Paris is always a good idea, especially if you’re planning on moving to the famous French capital. Whether you prefer living somewhere where there is lots of fine dining, living in the heart of luxurious sightseeing or living in one of the world’s hubs for designer stores, Paris really does have it all.
Although Paris is an incredible destination to visit, it’s an even better destination to move to. There are so many different things to do and with everything spanning across several different districts, you’ll never be bored. To help, I have put together an amazing guide to living a luxury life in Paris detailing why you should move, where you should stay and what you need to do whilst there.
Why Should You Visit Paris?
When it comes to choosing an incredible European city to move to, Paris should definitely be at the top of your list. From the stunning food to the incredible history, the thousands of reasons why you should move to the city of love speak for themselves. To help you decide, here are five incredible reasons why you should be booking your one-way ticket now.
You can view some of the world’s most famous landmarks – Paris is known for some of the world’s most famous landmarks, giving you the perfect excuse to see some of the most incredible sights you’ll ever see. From the Eifell Tower to Lourve – you’ll feel as though you’re stepping straight into the set of a movie the moment you arrive.
The food is AMAZING – Not only is Paris known for its amazing landmarks, but also for some of the most delicious food you’ll ever eat. Whether you prefer tucking into Parison pastries in a patisserie or eating at one of the many Michelin star restaurants dotted around the city – you will never get tired of the food you can eat in Paris.
The architecture and gardens are stunning – One of the most fascinating aspects of the city of Paris is the mix of modern architecture with the old. Whilst most buildings have kept their art deco style, you can see glimpses of the modern just creeping through as you walk along the river Seine.
Although Paris is a city filled with stunning architecture, there are also loads of incredible gardens to escape to if you’re looking for a moment of serenity. In fact, just seconds away from the Eiffel Tower you can enjoy one of the most scenic views in the city, all whilst sitting in the basque of the tower itself.
The history and art culture are fascinating – Paris is also known for its amazing culture when it comes to both art and history. The art scene stretches back centuries and can be viewed in the many of the cities famous galleries and museums including the Louvre, the home of the Mona Lisa. The Musee d’Orsay displays impressionist paintings, and will definitely interest lovers of modern art. Alternatively, if you’re interested in both African and Asian art, you can visit the Musee du Quai Branly.
You can shop until you drop – On top of the amazing food, incredible scenery and the luxury art galleries, Paris also has an incredible shopping scene. The city is the centre of fashion with international, and luxury brand names adorning the streets. If you prefer vintage then there are also plenty of delightful boutiques, antique shops and vintage markets around the city.
Where Should You Live For Luxury?
If you want to have the most luxurious experience whilst living in Paris, you need to ensure you pick an incredible area to live in. Whilst this isn’t difficult in Paris, some areas are much more luxurious than others.
If you are looking for a luxury apartment in Paris, here are some of the best districts to move to:
6th Arrondissement: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
7th Arrondissement: Eiffel Tower
8th Arrondissement: Avenue Montaigne
16th Arrondissement: Trocadéro
For more information on where to buy a luxurious place to live, you can visit these luxury apartments in Paris.
What Should You Do If You’re Looking For Luxury In Paris?
There are some many incredible luxurious experiences to have in Paris, so we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favourites:
Have Dinner At The Top Of The Eiffel Tower
Whilst the Eiffel Tower is an incredible sight on its own, taking that one step further and having dinner at the top is probably one of the best decisions you can ever make. There are several different restaurants at the top of the tower, however, for the most luxurious meal, you should visit Le Jules Verne. As a Michelin star restaurant with chef Alain Ducasse’s incredible menu, you won’t forget this incredible moment. With stunning views across the city as you enjoy your meal, you will definitely feel as though you’re on top of the world. To book a table, you can visit this site here.
Other Eifell Tower restaurants include the 58 Tour Eifell, Bar A Champagne, Salon Gustave Eifell and their buffet restaurant. Whilst they are not as luxurious as the Le Jules Verne, you will still be able to enjoy a delicious meal with an incredible view of the city below.
Visit The Mona Lisa In A Guided Tour At The Louvre
Whilst anyone can enter the Louvre gallery and museum for a fee, those wanting a more exclusive experience may want to consider a luxury, private tour. With several tour companies across the city offering this as a tour, you will be able to experience the museum with your own private guide. With insider information, incredible history and knowledge of the best route around the gallery – this is definitely a must see whilst living in Paris.
If a guided tour isn’t your thing and you want to create the best possible luxury experience, the museum is also available to hire during the evenings. Ideal for those incredibly special occasions and celebrations, a night with the Mona Lisa to yourself would definitely be a magical experience, even for the most luxurious of tastes.
Take A Romantic Boat Trip Along The Seine
If you want to have the ultimate romantic experience in Paris, why not consider a romantic private boat trip across the river Seine? Perfect for those warm summer evenings, this trip will give you a once in a lifetime view of those sparking Eifell Tower lights as you travel along the river, champagne in hand. Whether you take the tour during the day or in the evening, you will feel as though you have the whole city to yourselves. For more information, you can visit Tripadvisor here.
Learn The History Of The Notre Dame
Whilst you may not be able to book a private tour to see the Notre Dame, this should definitely be a must-see for anyone living in Paris. Just standing outside the front of the cathedral is an incredible feeling, especially as the sun rises in the early morning. If you want the ultimate private view, make sure you get there are early as you possibly can.
Book VIP Seats At Moulin Rouge
If you’re looking for something a little different for evening entertainment, why not book yourselves VIP seats at a Moulin Rouge show? The tickets include access to a private balcony (24 seats only), champagne, a set menu LOTS of feathers and all the macarons you could eat. If that’s not enough, you will have the best view of the whole show. Starting at 420 EURO per person, this will definitely be a night you remember. To book tickets, you can visit the Moulin Rouge site here.
Have A Private Chauffer Tour Of The City
If you’re looking to see as much of the city as you can during your first few weeks in Paris, hiring a private chauffeur to give you a tour of the city may be the best option. They will know the best possible routes, the ideal viewpoints and all of the delicious places you have to eat during your visit. Whilst you can’t escape the tourists at each landmark, you’ll definitely be able to escape them every time you head back to your private car. What more do you need to feel like royalty as you arrive in the city for the first time? The best way to get your bearings!
Shop Luxury On Champs Elysees
One of the most popular shopping streets in Paris is Champs Elysees, located parallel to the Arc de Triomphe. Often called the world’s most beautiful boulevard, this is an incredible place to get all of your luxury shopping done. With Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Longchamp and more – you won’t be short of places to shop. For more luxury shopping experiences in Paris, you can also visit Rue Saint-Honore, Avenue Montaigne and Boulevard Haussmann. For shopping with an incredible view, visit the Printemps Department Store.
Are you thinking of moving to Paris? Where would you stay and what would be the first thing you do? Is there anything you need to prepare in advance? Let me know in the comments section below.