Paris (Paris, France)

4 Reasons to Stay Local in Paris

Paris has more to offer when you stay in an independent boutique hotel and experience unique adventures like these.

When you book a boutique hotel in Paris, you’re probably picturing croissants, baguettes and maybe a mime. But Paris has much more to offer than just what you’ve seen on the postcards — from street food to diverse art to a biking tour filled with history. Here are four reasons that, in the words of Audrey Hepburn, Paris is always a good idea.

Visit a Fairytale Palace

Visit a Fairytale Palace

The Palace of Versailles is one of the largest palaces of its kind. Built before the French Revolution in an incredibly difficult time for the country of France, the magnificent building and gardens are well worth the 15 minute train ride outside of the city to see.

The buildings and grounds feature fantastic architecture and detail, as well as unbelievable history to go along with each room and building. The compound has many acres of private gardens and fountains open to visitors. You can tour the main palace as well as its many specialized chateaus and manors scattered across the surrounding land. And after your trip around the palace, there are many great food and bakery shops in the beautiful city of Versailles for you to try.

View Timeless Art

View Timeless Art

Everyone knows Paris is a great place to see beautiful art. But there’s more to Paris than the Louvre and its Mona Lisa. An alternative to the crowds at Da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Musée d’Orsay is located in an old train station just across the river. The Musée is a great combination of pre- and post-modern art, with a collection spanning many centuries and several artistic styles.

The Paris Museum of Modern Art is a top destination for modern art in the city. With many unique and dazzling sculptures from across the 20th and 21st centuries, the over 10,000 pieces of this collection can show you many different types of art from diverse artists, styles and parts of the world.

Try the food of the streets

Try the food of the streets

With a wide variety of dishes, Paris is famous for its food carts and little shops. Whether you are craving burgers, pork, deli sandwiches, ice cream, or the world famous crepes, Paris has a food truck or boutique fit for your taste. Even better, most trucks allow you to eat on the go with food packaged to eat while you walk.

Bike around the city

Bike around the city

Some of the best views of the city can be from the seat of a bike. Winding through the historic roads of downtown Paris, it seems as if there is a building on every street with a piece of history to learn and explore.

Take an afternoon bike tour and learn the ins and outs of the city, all while being active and enjoying the outdoors. Due to the very flat roads and easy riding of the road bikes, there is no need to be an experienced biker for these tours. You can ride from the Eiffel Tower all the way to the Golden Dome of Dôme des Invalides and see the Place de la Concorde in between.

The next time you stay local in Paris, remember that there are many kinds of fantasies awaiting you on its streets, from a picturesque old castle to a warm Nutella crepe. You can always hop on a bike and ride the streets until you’re hungry for more.

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