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Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and one of the most romantic cities in Europe. There are endless reasons why people choose to visit Paris again and again: it is a beautiful and cultural city, very walkable, with great sights and it has been a source of inspiration for many writers, artists, and filmmakers.  Why people love Paris so much?

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, Photo: Paramount Pictures/ Wikimedia 


As locals, we are lucky to enjoy the City of Light all the year round, through its different seasons, events and also different moods. On this post we wanted to share with you what we love most about Paris, completing the list with beautiful shots from our fellow bloggers.

We hope you will enjoy the list (and the pics!) as much as we enjoyed writing the post. So pack your bags, we are going to take you to the City of Love and Romance, the City of Light.

Because Paris is Always a Good Idea 

NB: This post is dedicated to N, thanks for your courage and effort to become a Parisian!

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River Seine, Paris’ Most Beautiful Avenue

The Seine River (La Seine in French) winds its way through the heart of Paris, crossing it from wast to east. It is the origin of the city and its development is uniquely tied to the river. Walking along the Seine’s banks on a sunny day is a wonder and you will never be bored: majestic historical buildings reflected on its waters, the typical Parisian “mansards”, the bridges of the Seine, each one with a unique style . . . But also the iconic Bouquinistes, improvised picnics by locals dangling their feet over the water and even a crazy beach area in the summer! At sunset, take a Seine night cruise to enjoy the nocturnal revival of the City’s monuments: magical atmosphere guaranteed.

photo by Tom McClive, July 2016 | A World of Flophouses 

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Magnificent Views of Paris

See Paris from above, there are several points offering breathtaking panoramic views of Paris. Enjoy the view from the top landmarks in Paris like Tour Montparnasse, Notre Dame or Arc de Triomphe. Another cool alternative is Paris’ rooftop bars, from where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the city cocktail in hand. Also, some Parks located in the highest areas of the city, like Parc Buttes Chaumont or Parc de Belleville propose great views of the City of Light.

photo by Christopher Rudder, July 2011 | Rudderless TravelIG 
Pro Tip
Why Paris is also known as “City of Light” or “City of Lights”? This is because in the past it was a famous center of education and ideas. Also, Paris was one of the first cities to adopt the street lighting. In 1828, Paris started lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps.

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A City of Luxury and Great Shopping

Thanks to people like Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton or Yves Saint Laurent, Paris is today the capital of haute couture and fashion. There is great shopping in the city, especially in the famous Golden Triangle of Paris: Champs-Elyées – Avenue Georges V – Avenue Montaigne display the most prestigious international labels with a strong French presence. But also Grands Boulevards and le Marais are great areas to shop. And because Paris is the capital of fashion why not adding a Parisian touch in your closet? We tell you how to dress like a Parisian on this post.

Probably we will never enjoy any of these 5-star luxury hotels but we have to admit that they give a touch of elegance to the City of Light. Hôtel Ritz Paris, Le Bristol Paris, Le Four Seasons Hôtel George V . . . only the names make us dream, at least until we check the price! In any case, have a look at their grandiose facades (and everything the security staff allows you to see), some hotels like Shangri-La Hôtel are listed as historical monuments.

photo by Tina Owts, June 2016 | Our World Travel Selfies| IG 

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Paris is a City full of Art and History

If you are a culture lover, Paris is the city for you. The city counts 153 museums to explore, with museums like Musée d’Orsay or Louvre Museum worldwide known. For a more local experience, visit the Musée Carnevalet which offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the City of Light. Or explore some smaller but interesting museums like the Paris Sewer Museum or the (oh so Parisian!) Perfume Museum. If your budget is tight and doesn’t want to spend much on sights, wander around Paris 13 to see Paris’ amazing Street Art. You can also check out the city’s free museums, with some hidden gems.

reasons love parisphoto by Norbert Micus, October 2016 

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photo by Cindy Baker, October 2016 |Travel Bliss Now | IG

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Best Parks in Paris: out of the city without leaving the city

For those who need a break from the city bustle, there is always a park nearby to get a breath of fresh air. The best gardens in Paris (well, the most known gardens in Paris) are Luxembourg Gardens and Tuileries Gardens while other more local green spaces like Parc des Buttes Chaumont or the Promenade Plantée are waiting to be discovered.

Things to do in Paris | La Coulée Verte Paris | Viaduc des Arts | Parks in Paris

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Paris Cafe Culture

Parisian cafes were the meeting place of the French Enlightenment in the XVIIth century. They were the stage of passionately engaging intellectual chats some years later. Today sitting and sipping in a Paris cafe-terrasse is among the finest common pleasures in the City of Light and the perfect place to watch as the city goes by. If you want to enjoy Paris Like a Local, add a cafe & croissant in a typical Parisian Cafe on your to-do list. We tell you everything about Parisian Cafes and French food on Yummy Paris.

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The Sparkling Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and all France. Despite all the controversy during its construction and inauguration (1887 -89) today we cannot imagine a visit to Paris without paying our respects (and take some selfies) to the Dame de Fer. Since 1985 Paris’ icon is adorned with lights that sparkle for 5 minutes every hour on the hour. The sparkling has a reach of 80 kilometers, being this the signal for the nocturnal revival of monuments in Paris.

Pro Tip
According to YouTube, the Eiffel Tower is one of the Most Romantic Places to Propose in the World. Since its launch in 2005, YouTube tags every proposal video uploaded in their chain and the Eiffel Tower is always on their Top 10 Locations for Proposals in the World, only beaten in France by Euro Disney (!)

photo by Alessandra Branco, October 2016 | An expat diary | IG 

photo by Sheila Boudreaux, 2015 |No tour guide needed | IG 

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    Nathan
    03/05/2017 at 11:43 am

    I still have never been to Paris! Your post is really making me want to go sooner rather than later. Great photos!

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      WorldInParis
      03/06/2017 at 10:54 pm

      Thank YOU Nathan! Hope you will make it to Paris soon 🙂

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    Laura
    02/27/2017 at 9:00 am

    How can you NOT love Paris? It’s a city with a rich history, combined with a wonderful atmosphere. I’m a regular visitor, and always dream of going back.. I love your photography! Makes me daydream instantly!

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      WorldInParis
      02/27/2017 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for the comment Laura. Actually the pictures are not mine, but our readers’. This was a contest hold during the “Month of Photography” in November and these pictures are the bests (according to our jury) 😉

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    Arni
    02/04/2017 at 2:40 pm

    I have fond memories of Paris. The first time I visited was with my husband who was then my fiance. My many trips to France after that, I was just passing through. One of my biggest regrets is not spending time to stop for a few days during those trips to France. I have always longed to travel to Paris on my own, perhaps a gastronomical trip immersing myself more in french cuisine, lingering in cafes . On verra bien.

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      WorldInParis
      02/25/2017 at 8:03 pm

      Hope you will make it, Arni. Paris (for a first, second, third time . . .) is always a good idea? 😉

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    Kerri
    01/09/2017 at 11:03 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Love this city so much – it’s variety, it’s food, the places to see, the streets to uncover….so much to love about it all.

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    Marge
    12/09/2016 at 9:39 pm

    I don’t want to just go to France, I want to live there. Ever since I watched Before Sunset, I have been in love with Paris. I even imagine myself living in an apartment pretty much like the one where Delpy’s character was residing. Also, I want to learn another language and I have already set my sights on learning French. I hope I can do this in the near future. I would definitely check out the spots that you mentioned here.

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    Gypsycouple
    12/09/2016 at 12:03 pm

    Such an amazing bunch of reasons to like Paris, a city everyone wants to love and few ever get to know intimately 🙂 Thanks for sharing

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    Vyjay
    12/08/2016 at 7:27 am

    Paris is so charming and elegant, its love grows and grows on you till it has you in thrall. The city is mesmerising and pull you into its fold again and again. Everything about the city is enchanting.

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    Jerny
    12/08/2016 at 2:34 am

    If ever I’ll be in Paris, I sure would love it too! I’ll be sure to contact you as well for a full tour, would that be possible? 😀

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      WorldInParis
      12/09/2016 at 9:36 am

      Of course! I am on the Silver Guides list 🙂

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    Christina
    12/07/2016 at 4:14 am

    Oh, so many reasons to love Paris. Nice to hear a local’s point of view about one of my favorite cities in Europe. Next time I visit, I would like to experience the parks in the city. They look like a world away from the hustle and bustle that I experienced in my previous visit.

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    Andi
    12/07/2016 at 4:05 am

    Paris will always be one of the most wonderful places in the world. With rich culture and awesome places. I would like to try authentic french cuisine aside from strolling those amazing places. The pictures are stunning and makes me want to go very soon!

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    Sophie
    12/07/2016 at 1:56 am

    Oh I can’t wait to experience Paris! Love your photos, too 🙂

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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    12/06/2016 at 11:25 pm

    Who would not love Paris? The reasons you have provided and everything you have written about this beautiful place has really encourage me to save money, so I can go there real soon. Thank you so much for sharing about your wonderful experience in Paris.

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    Christine Maguire (@thetraveloguer)
    12/06/2016 at 7:07 pm

    Paris is so beautiful, I must go back soon. You chose really great photos to highlight how pretty the city is!

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    Zinga Hart
    12/06/2016 at 6:30 pm

    Gorgeous views of the tower!

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    Erica M Poyauan
    12/06/2016 at 4:28 pm

    Truly there are a lot of reasons to love and to enjoy Paris!

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    Jessica The Dining Traveler
    12/06/2016 at 4:19 pm

    I used to travel often to Paris for work when I lived in Brussels. I never tire of Paris, such a wonderful city! This post explains it perfectly!

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    Louiela
    12/06/2016 at 4:07 pm

    Whenever my friends step on Paris, one common word I hear from them is love… I haven’t been to Paris, but following your posts, I can feel your love for this place is contagious… I’ll be there, for sure, one day…

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    Marlene Marques
    12/06/2016 at 9:35 am

    Just LOVE Paris! And you’ve manage to mention all the reasons! ???? But I never knew that there were 153 museums in the city (!!!) Well, Just have to go back again and with a lot of more time. Wonderful idea with the contest photos.

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      WorldInParis
      12/06/2016 at 9:54 am

      Thanks for your kind comment, Marlene 🙂

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    Lara Dunning
    12/05/2016 at 11:43 pm

    Very engaging photos. I can see why people return again and again. I haven’t been yet, but I look forward to visiting. Hopefully soon!

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      WorldInParis
      12/06/2016 at 9:55 am

      Just make me know when you come! 🙂

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    neha
    12/05/2016 at 3:17 pm

    I had almost started rethinking my decision of visiting Paris after several posts of why they didn’t like it, didn’t feel at home etc. Your post reaffirmed my decision to visit here.

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      WorldInParis
      12/06/2016 at 9:55 am

      Ooohh, happy to know that I made you change your mind; ha haa 🙂

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    Nathan
    12/05/2016 at 4:58 am

    I can’t believe in all of my travels I’ve still never been to Paris! This post is incredible and makes me really want to plan a visit. Great photos!

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      WorldInParis
      12/06/2016 at 9:57 am

      Thanks Nathan, pictures come directly from a facebook photo contest, I also find them great! 🙂

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    Megan Jerrard
    12/04/2016 at 10:09 pm

    You have beautiful photography 🙂 I’m going to be a bit blasphemous and admit that Paris didn’t woo me in the way it does many others – I enjoyed my time there, though I think the city was so hyped up before hand that it was impossible for it to live up to the expectations I had created in my head. But I did enjoy the cafe culture and the sparkling Eiffel Tower … we had the pleasure of ice skating on the Eiffel Tower during winter one year – the views were incredible 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      12/06/2016 at 1:06 pm

      You are not blasphemous, you say what you think and I like it 😉

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    Trisha Velarmino
    12/04/2016 at 8:39 pm

    I miss Paris, I truly do. I keep on wondering how Paris can preserve its beauty. Paris is timeless, I love its priceless artistic treasure, I’m in love with its fashion and style., all its iconic architectures, glorious food, its wine and cafes. Oh! There are really more reasons to love Paris.

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      WorldInParis
      12/06/2016 at 1:07 pm

      Yes, If I think it longer I would add 10-15 reasons more to love paris, hahaha

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    Jessica {The Bohemian Diaries}
    12/04/2016 at 6:02 pm

    There is so much to love about Paris! It’s a city that you hardly have to sell because there is something for everyone to enjoy about the beautiful capital. Thanks for sharing!

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      WorldInParis
      12/06/2016 at 1:07 pm

      You are welcome 🙂 And thanks for your comment

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    SindhuMurthy
    12/04/2016 at 5:44 pm

    I had enjoyed reading your previous post on Promenade Plantée. This post comes as a complete roundup of Paris. Thanks for such an informative post and the wonderful photographs of Paris. I just hope I’ll be able to check this dream location off my list 🙂

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    Cristina
    12/04/2016 at 5:32 pm

    Love your list and will definitely follow some of your recommendations for my next trip to Paris. Great photos btw :).

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    Bart & Eena
    12/04/2016 at 1:59 pm

    The arts and culture of Paris never failed us and we will always want to go back there every single time for that. ❤️

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    Corinne
    12/04/2016 at 10:05 am

    I love Paris for all the reasons you mention, plus the cafe culture and the amazing food. I also love visiting the smaller cities and villages of France. I could seriously live there.

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    Indrani
    12/04/2016 at 8:50 am

    Very valid reasons! And I failed to decide for which reason I love it the most. 🙂 Not satiated event after my 5 day tour there, I hope to visit again.

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    anna
    12/04/2016 at 7:29 am

    Ahh! Agree with you on everything. We will always love Paris too!

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    LC
    12/04/2016 at 1:04 am

    To me, Paris is a city that you do either love or hate. I have to admit I’m on the other side of the fence about the French capital… but I truly wish I weren’t. Particularly when I read articles like this!

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    Carrie @ Two Small Potatoes
    12/03/2016 at 10:16 pm

    We visited Paris for the first time last May and I have to admit, my husband and I weren’t super excited. We’re not city people and if friends hadn’t asked us to meet them there, I’m not sure we would have ever visited, even though we’re living in Europe! Not only did I absolutely LOVE it, but my husband even enjoyed it. We packed in as much as we could in just 3 days, but it wasn’t nearly enough time. It just left us wanting to see more of your beguiling City of Light.

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    Tiffany
    12/03/2016 at 8:29 pm

    I loved all your reader’s photos. Such a great idea!

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    Kevin's Travel Diary
    12/03/2016 at 6:55 pm

    I also love Paris, I’m a bit soppy and just love the romantic feel of Paris!
    great post

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    Angela @ Dangtravelers
    12/03/2016 at 6:29 pm

    Paris will always hold a special place in my heart because my husband (of ten years) and I got engaged on the Eiffel Tower. Even if that wasn’t the case, we think it is just as romantic and culturally exciting as everyone said. Thanks for getting me excited to get back there!

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    Jennifer
    12/03/2016 at 4:18 pm

    I particularly love that shot by Tina Owts!

    Paris is definitely a beautiful city. I love the cafe culture, gorgeous buildings and larger than life monuments. Plus, things like French pastries and wine…oh, and the food. Yes, safe to say that I love France!

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    Carla Abanes
    12/03/2016 at 1:31 pm

    I love Paris too!! Never mind that is such a crowded city, I still love it! I will always long to come back. Hopefully soonest.

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    Cameron
    12/03/2016 at 12:15 pm

    We seriously need to get back to Paris soon. Keep debating about our next European trip. Perhaps it is time to head back to Paris…

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    Tina
    12/03/2016 at 8:18 am

    Great article! Thank you for the feature! Paris is magnificent!

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