Why Do People Like Paris? And Why You Should Visit!

Why do people like Paris?

If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you might be wondering what makes this city so special. There’s something about it that continues to draw travelers from around the world. It has that in explicable je ne sais quoi factor. 

It’s somehow charming, alluring, and fascinating all at once. At least that’s what I felt when I moved to France. Paris was my first love, and it continues to hold a special place in my heart all these years later.

So, today, I want to share with you what makes Paris so enchanting and why people love it.

Why Do People Like Paris?
Why Do People Like Paris?

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Why Do People Like Paris?

Paris is one of those cities that has it all. It’s romantic for those looking to enjoy a special moment with their significant other. It’s a party city for anyone looking to experience an epic night filled with food, drinks, and music. Then, there are the charming cafés, jaw-dropping cathedrals, and enthralling historical sites. And, even if you know all the off-the-beaten-path spots, there’s always a hidden gem right around the corner.

Not only that but Paris is easy to get to from anywhere in the world. And once you’re here, you’ll have no problem getting around.

Simply put, Paris is an incredible city. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth time, it’s easy to see why people like Paris.

17 Reasons Why People Love Paris So Much

1. The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower from Place du Trocadéro at Sunrise in Paris
The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is an iconic symbol of Paris. Since the 19th century, this beloved monument has towered over the city, luring visitors from around the world.

Whether you’re looking for romance or adventure, there’s something extraordinary about standing atop this iconic structure. It’s an experience that you will no doubt cherish forever. If you want to catch a glimpse of this masterpiece, I recommend going to Place du Trocadéro at sunrise, visiting the observation deck at Montparnasse Tower, or taking a river boat cruise along the Seine.

For the best evening cruise on the Seine, I recommend this tour.

2. Perfectly Located

Day Trip from Paris to Luxembourg
Day Trip from Paris to Luxembourg!

Located in the heart of France, Paris is a central hub that offers easy access to other cities and countries. It’s home to two international airports (Charles de Gaulle and Orly) and several big train stations (Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, and Gare de Lyon).

Not only can you take day trips or weekend getaways to nearby destinations, but it’s also a great starting point for any exploring the eastern part of France. Spend a day drinking champagne in Reims or meandering around Luxembourg. You can even visit the capital of Burgundy, Dijon! Either way, Paris is the perfect place to start any adventure!

If you’re looking to spend an amazing day in Reims, I recommend this tour.

3. Magnificent Historical Landmarks

The Arc de Triomphe just before Sunrise
The Arc de Triomphe

Paris is a city filled with stunning historical landmarks. Of course, the Eiffel Tower is top on the list, as mentioned above. But there are so many others. From Les Invalides to the Pantheon and the Arc de Triomphe, the list goes on.

The history of Paris dates to the third century when it used to be an island. So, you’ll find everything from ancient ruins to post-World War II memorials. And the best part is, France continues to maintain these pieces of history so they can be enjoyed for years to come.

If this doesn’t make France worth visiting, I don’t know what does!

4. Shopping Heaven

Shopping in Paris is the best
Shopping in Paris!

Paris is for shopaholics. There’s a store for everyone and everything! With famous department stores like Galeries Lafayette, you’ll have access to the latest fashion trends. Then, for those who are more budget conscious, Forum des Halles is a fantastic option. If, however, you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind gift, take a stroll through one of the many street markets. You’re sure to find some cool souvenirs.

No matter what you’re looking for, Paris is sure to have it. It is, after all, one of the many reasons why people love this city so much.

Learn about the history of French fashion with this amazing walking tour.

5. Breathtaking Architecture

The ever-impressive Sacré-Cœur Basilica
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica

No matter where you look, Paris is full of architectural wonders!

The city’s skyline is shaped by centuries of history. It stands as a testament to its timeless beauty.

Of course, with so much amazing architecture, it’s hard to choose which is the most impressive. But there are a few that stand out. Pont Alexandre III is the most beautiful bridge while the Sacré-Cœur Basilica holds the title of the most impressive church.

There are also several contemporary pieces like the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Seine Musicale.

If you’re want to see all that Paris has to offer, I recommend this tour.

6. Romantic Atmosphere

Often called the City of Love, Paris has an undeniable romantic atmosphere that’s sure to make your heart skip a beat. Its cobbled streets, twinkling lights, and cozy cafes are the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.

Believe it or not but it’s estimated that 7,000-10,000 proposals take place per year at the Eiffel Tower alone! It’s an impressive number, to say the least.

7. Incredible Museums and Art Galleries

Mural at the Boulevard Paris 13
Mural at the Boulevard Paris 13

Paris is home to a whopping 130 museums! From small local galleries to large national museums, there’s something for everyone. If you appreciate art, culture, and creativity, then Paris doesn’t disappoint.

Some of the most famous museums include the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. But my favorite is Boulevard Paris 13. This open-air street art gallery is a collection of hand painted murals spread across the 13th arrondissement. It’s definitely one of the more unique museums in the city.

8. Incredible Food and Wine Scene

When it comes to food and wine, Paris is second to none. With its incredible variety of restaurants, bars, and bistros, this city has something for everyone. Stop by a boulangerie for a fresh baked baguette or enjoy an espresso on a terrace. There’s no wrong way to do food in Paris.

And if that weren’t enough, the city’s wine scene is nothing short of spectacular. From wine bars to caves à vin, it’s the perfect place to sample some of the finest wines in the world.

If you’re in Paris in November, I recommend visiting the Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants. Every year wine producers from around the country come to showcase their products. It’s a great place to sample and buy some of the best French wines.

If you’re looking to sample a variety of food and wine, I recommend this tour.

9. Paris in Summer is Amazing

Gardens are in full Bloom when it is summer in Paris
Gardens in Full Bloom!

The best time to visit Paris is in the summer. This is when the city truly comes alive. Parks, covered in lush green grass and filled with vibrant gardens, are set to welcome visitors for a relaxing afternoon. Restaurants ready their terraces with tables for the Friday apéro. And artists line sidewalks to showcase their latest work. The weather is warm, and the atmosphere is contagious. It’s the perfect place to spend your summer vacation.

If you’re want to see all that Paris has to offer, I recommend this tour.

10. Exciting Nightlife

Paris is a city that doesn’t sleep. There’s always something going on in this vibrant city. And once the sun sets, the party begins. You can choose from a wide variety of clubs and bars, each with its own unique vibe. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or enjoy some jazz music, Paris has you covered.

Then, if you’re visiting in May, you’ll be able to take part in the Nuit des Musées. This epic event takes place on the third Saturday in May. And for one night Paris’ museums, exhibitions, and galleries are open to the public all night long!

Explore Paris at night with this amazing tour.

11. Easy to Get Around

The Paris Metro Zooming by in the 13th Arrondissement
Line 6

One of the best things about Paris is its public transportation. You can explore all the city has to offer without having to worry about finding parking. From trains and buses to metro lines and trams, there’s a variety of ways to get from one place to another in this bustling metropolis.

Not only that but it’s affordable. As an example, a single metro ticket only costs €2.10, and if you buy ten (€19.10) you save even more money. It makes traveling easy and efficient in an otherwise big city.

12. Lots of Parks and Gardens

Bois de Vincennes in the summer
Bois de Vincennes

There’s no denying that Paris is a big, busy city. And sometimes you just need a break. Luckily, there are tons of parks and gardens. About 450! So, when you need to escape the hustle and bustle, there’s sure to be a green space not far from you. Enjoy a picnic with a friend or an afternoon stroll. Either way, you won’t regret a minute you spend in any of these!

Some of the most popular gardens are Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin Tuileries, and Jardin des Plantes. But my favorites are Bois de Vincennes and Parc Montsouris.

If you’re want to see all that Paris has to offer, I recommend this tour.

13. It’s Walkable

Walking to Père Lachaise Cemetery
Walking to Père Lachaise Cemetery!

While Paris does have excellent public transportation, the city is also very walkable. And exploring on foot is one of the best ways to discover hidden gems. I’ve actually walked all the way from the Champs Elysées to the Père Lachaise Cemetery and found tons of cool spots!

If you have to cross the city, I recommend taking the metro. But once you get to where you want to go, explore the area on foot. You won’t regret it!

14. Diverse Demographic

Paris is a city that embraces diversity. Not only that but it’s also considered one of the best cities for expats. It has a long history of immigration, and you’ll see a variety of cultures and backgrounds in the streets. And even though French is the main language in Paris, you’ll also hear English, Spanish, and Chinese. It’s this vibrant melting pot that gives the city its energy. 

15. Full of Hidden Gems

One of the most beautiful Streets in Paris-Rue des Thermopyles
Rue des Thermopyles

I love discovering new things in known places. It’s not always an easy task, especially in cities like Paris. But, if you’re willing to get off the beaten path, even the City of Lights will surprise you.

There’s always some tucked-away street or unknown restaurant hidden somewhere. Paris is full of little surprises. One of my most recent findings was Rue des Thermopyles. This beautiful street has yet to appear on any Instagram page, so you can be sure you’ll have it to yourself!

If you’re want to see all that Paris has to offer, I recommend this tour.

16. Year-Round Destination

Yes, Paris is the perfect city to vacation in summer, but that’s not the only season you can visit! The capital of France is a year-round destination. The winters are mild, so you can walk around without freezing. And let’s not forget the Christmas market. It’s a fairytale-like winter wonderland that can’t be missed.

Of course, there are a few other perks to visiting outside the summer season. From September to May, prices are lower, there are fewer people, and there are more accommodation options. So, if you’re considering a trip to Paris, remember you can have an enjoyable trip any time of the year!

17. Luxurious yet Affordable

Paris is Elegant but Affordable
Elegant but Affordable!

While it might seem impossible, Paris manages to be luxurious yet affordable. The city is full of buildings from its former monarchy, yet tickets to visit them are never more than €20. It costs nothing to tour the perfectly manicured gardens. And the food is so good, you don’t need to eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant to enjoy it. You can have fine dining at a reasonable price.

So, if you’re wondering why people like Paris so much, this is it. All the things listed above are available to everyone on every budget!

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Is Paris the Best City in the World?

Believe it or not but Paris is the best city in the world. And it’s easy to see why it holds this title.

First, it combines culture, art, and history to create a vibrant international city. Second, it’s easy to get around. Public transportation is extensive and efficient. And, if you want, you can also walk. Third, it’s full of parks and gardens, despite being a busy metropolis. And, finally, Paris is one of the few cities that you can visit year-round.

What do you Call a Paris Person?

A person who is from Paris is called a Parisian. 

What is the Nickname of Paris?

The nickname of Paris is the “City of Light,” or “La Ville Lumière” in French.

But the exact origins of this nickname remain unknown. There are, actually, three theories. The first, and most obvious, is that Paris is one of the first cities to use gas street lamps in Europe.

The second dates to the 17th century when King Louis XIV tried to regain the trust of his citizens after a period of unrest. He wanted to create a safe city, free of crime. So, he installed lanterns on every street. And by doing this, the police were able to catch lawbreakers.

The last theory suggests that the nickname refers to the Age of Enlightenment. At that time, Paris was home to the best scientists, engineers, and artists. And it’s thought that the word ‘light’ in ‘City of Light’ refers to the intellect and knowledge that existed in the city and not lamps.

Why is Paris called the City of Love?

Paris is often called the City of Love because it is a popular destination for lovers and honeymooners. And many of the city’s monuments, like the Eiffel Tower, are seen as symbols of romance.

Conclusion: Why Do People Like Paris?

Paris is a city that has something for everyone. From its landmarks to its museums and parks, it’s easy to see why people like Paris. So, whether you want a vacation full of adventure or just want to relax, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. So why wait to visit? Pack your bags and get ready to discover this incredible city!

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Jen Ciesielski
Jen Ciesielski

Jen Ciesielski is the creator of Dabbling in Jet Lag. She has lived abroad for over ten years, traveled to more than 50 countries, and speaks French and English fluently. Her areas of expertise include moving abroad, learning languages, and travel planning. Originally from the United States, she now lives in France, where she has been for more than six years. She has also traveled extensively around the country. She shares her experiences as an expat living in France and helps thousands of people plan their trips every month.

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