The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the iconic Arc de Triomphe may be popular landmarks, but there are surely some more worthwhile reasons to visit Paris beyond these three heavy hitters. Read on below and you you will find even more reasons why you should visit the city along the Seine.

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Reason #1: To eat amazing French food and indulge with French Wine

French restaurants and cafés alike are found around the globe as the French pretty much set the standards for fine dining. There is most likely even one in your hometown. However, French cuisine is usually synonymous with expensive.

In Paris, you can enjoy French food without paying absurd prices. The city has a wide range of affordable food options from 5-star restaurants to amazing corner bakeries that will probably rival any you’ve been to in the entire world.

Parisians consider food as something that should be savored and enjoyed, not just a quick gut-filler. No matter where you find yourself in Paris, the food is likely to be delectable. You can pair pastries with savory French coffee in the morning and meals with wine (lunch and dinner is normal to drink wine!) Wine is considered a necessity and not a luxury in Paris, so it is not expensive compared to other countries.

Reason #2: Surround yourself in style

Paris is most definitely, a stylish city. Parisians take style seriously, and you’ll find them paying close attention to their attire, apartment decor, etc. This is why staying at a local’s flat is a unique experience and the best way to get the real vibe of the city where hotels are often overpriced and not as interesting.

Reason #3: Immerse yourself in over 2,000 years’ worth of history

The amazing historical landmarks and museums of Paris take the city’s deep history into account – all 2,000 years of it! Beginning with the birth of Paris all the way up until today, they showcase priceless antiques, paintings, sculptures, architecture, and all other aspects reminiscent of their respective eras.

Reason #4: Enjoy the world’s best art

Marvel at the masterpieces of globally-renowned artists. There are a mélange of world-class museums in Paris including the Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Musée du Quai Branly, Musée de l’Orangerie, Musée Rodin, and Picasso Museum. Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, and none other than Pablo Picasso are just some of the many popular artists whose works are shown in Paris (many lived here at some point too!).