Wanderlust: Paris, France

What do you think of when you think of Paris? Is it the romantic sidewalk cafes? Is it the majestic Seine River? Whatever thoughts may come to mind about this picturesque city, seeing it in person is simply a must! The museums, the architecture, the shopping … all these attractions make Paris a one-of-a-kind destination for business travelers everywhere. From the elegant fashions on Avenue Montaigne to the world-renowned cuisine, your visit to Paris is your chance to immerse yourself in a culture that is filled with history and art. Here are some suggestions for making the most of your time in this charming city.

Dining

There is certainly no shortage of dining options to choose from in Paris. Romantic café’s line the streets of Montmartre and Le Quartier Latin, and there are even outdoor dining options in the lush Jardin des Tuileries. Some may say there are few pleasures greater than enjoying a lingering lunch in an outdoor Parisian café as you watch people walk by.

There are many options for business lunches in Paris for every budget that offer a bit of the elegance that Paris is known for. Try Monsieur Bleu at 20 Avenue de New York in Paris for a stylish spot to people watch, excellent food, and an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. Monsieur Bleu is a favorite spot for those in the fashion industry as well as bankers – it is super chic.

Les Antiquaires is another great spot for authentic bistro food such as steak tartare. Centrally located near Le Musee d’Orsay, Le Jardin des Tuileries, and across from the Seine, this classic bistro is perfect for that authentically French dining experience, and it’s also perfectly appropriate for a business lunch.

Accommodations

There are many places to stay in Paris. Chatelet les Halles offers many affordable options like Hotel Novotel Paris les Halles and Citadines les Halles that are quite close to the Metro. These options are often good choices for the business traveler due to the location and the accessibility. For a splurge, consider the chic Plaza Athenee on Avenue Montaigne. This fashionable luxury hotel offers rooms with perfect views of the Eiffel Tower and every amenity you could possibly imagine.

Arts and Culture

The museums of Paris are legendary, and they are all worth seeing. The Louvre is the most classic choice of museums because of the Mona Lisa, which is quietly on display there, and the Venus de Milo. However, the crowds can be overwhelming, so arrive early. The Centre Pompidou is also worth a visit because of its collections of contemporary art. There is also the Musee d’Orsay, which features some of the most influential works of French Impressionism in the world.

Sightseeing

When in Paris, you can take a boat tour of Seine River to see many of the sights. This is a great way to spend the evening because it allows you to see the soft lights of Paris at night. There are many options for boat tours including a full dinner cruise as well as a hop on and hop off option for more casual sightseers. Make sure to see the Cathedrale Notre Dame when you’re in Paris too; its intricately historic architecture is truly a sight you must see.

Final Thoughts

Paris is one of the most visited and most beautiful cities in the world. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, you’ll be enchanted by everything Paris has to offer. Make sure to see as much as you can while you’re there, and enjoy all the unique sights to see. Whichever season you choose to visit Paris, you won’t ever forget it. Stay tuned to Lionbridge onDemand’s blog for more travel tips in the Wanderlust series of articles. 

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