- By Kevin
- On Dec 27, 2017
- Travel Tips
What about the attractions and things to do in Paris? Our Paris travel guides tell you something you need. Paris is unique in that it is a major global city — home to more than 10 million people in the greater region — yet it manages to synthesize the rhythms of village life with those of a cosmopolitan world capital. Although the city is a center of European commerce, packed with attractions and things to do, many shops are closed on Sundays, leaving time for lazy brunches or shopping excursions at a local market.
Sipping Wine at Willi's: Back in the early 1970s, the first-timer to Paris might have arrived with a copy of Hemingway's A Moveable Feast and, taking the author's endorsement to heart, headed for Harry's Bar at "Sank roo doe Noo." Harry's is still around but now draws an older, more conservative clientele. Today's chic younger expats head for Willi's Wine Bar. Here, the waitresses and long-haired young bartenders are mostly English. The place is like an informal club for Brits, Australians, and Yanks, especially in the afternoon. Some 300 wines await your selection.
Checking out the Marchés: A daily Parisian ritual is ambling through one of the open-air markets to buy fresh food — perhaps a properly creamy Camembert or a ripe plum — to be eaten before sundown. Our favorite market is the Marché d'Aligre. During mornings at this grubby little cluster of food stalls, we've spotted some of France's finest chefs stocking up for the day.