Why Paris Should be the First Stop for Your European Vacay

Why Paris should be your first European vacay stop

Eight reasons Paris is the perfect first stop for your European Vacay.

Aubrey Hepburn once said – “Paris is always a good idea.”

There are endless reasons to visit Paris. It is one of the most beautiful and romantic European cities, with classic tourist attractions and unforgettable food.

It is home to some of the world’s most iconic fashion and beauty brands, the most recognisable architectural moments, and some world-class food and wine.

It is the city of love and lights, after all. This makes it one of the most ideal locations for your first stop on your Europe Vacation.

Here are the reasons why Paris should be the first stop for your European Vacation

It’s a classic

The beautiful streets of Paris are as romantic and iconic as they can get.

Paris is a classic. It’s a city everyone falls in love with. From the romantic atmosphere in the streets, shops, luxury hotels and iconic tourist locations, the city of love is a perfect place for your first European stop.

Have a night picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower and wait for it to sparkle at midnight.

Or experience the café culture and indulge in famous French pastries, piping rich hot chocolate, roast duck, bistro food, and a glass of champagne.

Paris will always be an iconic city to visit.


Louis Vuitton Maison Champs Élysées, Paris, France
Louis Vuitton Maison Champs Élysées, Paris, France.

Paris is home to some of the world’s most famous, luxurious and iconic fashion brands, from Chanel to Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and so many more.

The original stores are still operational, and even window shopping along Avenue D’Montagne, one of the world’s most famous fashion strips, is a feast for the senses.

French women have their own sense of style wether or not they are draped in designer brands, and simply people watching is a lesson in French fashion.

The food and wine

Hôtel du Louvre, Place André Malraux, Paris, France
Amazing and delicious food at Hôtel du Louvre, Place André Malraux, Paris, France.

Paris is famous for its amazing food and wine and multiple Michelin-star restaurants. The bistro restaurants in Paris are a must-try, with classic and ambient experiences to enjoy.

For the ultimate indulgence, try Le Gabriel, La Réserve Paris  (8th), a two-star Michelin restaurant with a show-stopping 7-course traditional Parisian tasting menu.

Or for a more casual meal, the globally famous Café de Flore, Saint-Germain (7th) is a perfect Instagrammable spot to visit and a location where famous names are often seen.

Paris is packed with wine bars, and French wine and champagne are some of the world’s best. An indulgent afternoon sitting outside a wine bar in summer or inside in winter can be a great way to slow down and soak up everything French.

Impressive architecture

The Louvre Paris
The famous Louvre Pyramid. One of Paris’ best architecture must-sees.

While there are many meals to enjoy, Paris’ architecture is unforgettable, and it is everywhere you look and walk.

For every visitor to Paris as well as all architect lovers, the essentials to visit are the sparkling Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and The Louvre Pyramid, Pont Alexandre III, and Colonne de Julliet.

Book a River Seine trip to see some of Paris’ best architectural works while also experiencing the culture and a French meal on board.

Easy to travel from

If you’re planning a big European trip, it might be helpful to know that Paris is easy to travel from. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or your next destination, Paris makes it easy for you.

From Paris, you can visit London, Brussels, Zurich, Luxembourg and Heidelberg by the fast TGV train. You can also enjoy different French cities which are a short train ride away, like Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and more.

Day trips

Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland Paris.
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Paris.

If you have a few days to occupy during your trip to Paris, fun day trips are plentiful.

Paris is filled with historic landmarks and amazing attractions, and you can see more of this by taking a day trip within Paris.

The Versailles, The Louvre, Disneyland Paris, and Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny are all within an hour of Paris on the train, which is cheap and easy to navigate.


Although Paris is a big city, it is an easy one to navigate. Surprisingly, many hot tourist attractions are a close walk from each other. And there are so many apps you can download with maps and directions. Paris has one of the easiest metro systems.

Cycling is also another popular form of transport that keeps you fit during your visit as well as giving you the opportunity to see so much more than you would expect.

Given that the Tour De France started in France, the drivers are accustomed to cyclists on the road, making it very safe.

Home to the world’s most Instagrammable locations

The amazing sparkle of the Eiffel Tower.
The amazing sparkle of the Eiffel Tower at night.

It is well known that Paris is an aesthetic city. Kick off your killer Instagram feed by starting your trip to Paris with some sexy snaps in front of the world’s most recognisable landmarks.

Some places to visit to capture some of the best photos include the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Arc De Triomphe and Champs Elysees.

These are only a few of the many places that will get your Instagram feed looking great. Even the basic Parisian streets are elegant, iconic and photogenic.

Amber Grech
Amber Grech

Writer and Video Producer

Amber is a writer and content producer who has a passion for reading, films and collecting vinyl records. You’ll can always find her with a book in hand, or with her headphones on, listening to her favourite music and podcasts. She loves all things entertainment and pop culture, especially movies, actors and books. It’s always been a dream of her's to work with actors and write about them, their work and travel the world.

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