Paris is the City of Light. It was named this because it was (and still is) literally bright, as Paris was one of the first to add gas lamps to their streets and even today the city lights up at night.
It is also a name that is metaphorically true, as they were at the forefront of the Enlightenment, the 18th-century movement towards reason and logic. There is nothing like visiting Paris for the first time and this is your guide to making the most of your time there.
First things first – where should you stay? If you want to be close to most of the picturesque monuments, you should stay in the first district (the first “arrondissement” in French). However, if you are a student and looking to mingle with other students, the best place to be is in the Latin Quarter in the fifth arrondissement. The fifth arrondissement is where Ernest Hemingway used to find his inspiration by wandering the streets.
Now, let’s get to the important stuff- where to eat? You must eat a cream puff from Odette, which is in the Latin Quarter right near the Seine river. If you want to taste the same food Picasso ate, have a croissant at Café de Flore.
A popular attraction that lives up to the hype is Ladurée. Although Ladurée is a bit touristy, their macarons are unbelievable. For the best thick hot chocolate you will ever taste, head to Angelina. It is always crowded, but you can take one to go and skip the line.
There is so much to see in Paris beyond the Eifel Tower. One place to go is the bookshop Shakespeare and Company, which is known to be the old stomping grounds of Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Are you an artist? If so, you must visit the neighborhood called Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement where people paint on canvases outside.