While there is a lot to see in Paris, you may be tempted to leave the city for a few days and discover a new but equally beautiful city in France. With this guide you will be able to decide which outside of Paris attractions you want to visit based on the different sites to see and things to do outside of Paris!
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If you are looking for a great small city to stop at on a travel tour of France, consider spending a few days in Lille, located in the French-Flanders Northern France region! From here you can easily travel to Belgium or to other places in France. We highly recommend visiting the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lille, one of France's national monuments, as well as spending some time in the "Old Town" to take in the views of the 17th century architecture in comparison to the new city's architecture. Additionally, if you're looking for somewhere to stay we recommend La Maison du Jardin Vauban and to get the golden room.
TRAVEL TO LILLE
The easiest way, aside from driving, to reach Lille is to take the train, booking your tickets on either the SNCF website or at major train stations in France from wherever you may be traveling from.
EAT AND DRINK IN LILLE
La Capsule is one of the best places in France to get craft beer, located at: 25 Rue des Trois Mollettes.
Meert Ladurée is where to go to try a famous "gaufre" (an incredible Belgian waffle) and enjoy a coffee or tea, located at: 27 Rue Esquermoise.
L'estaminet du Welsh is highly recommended to try one of their famous "Welsh" meals, located at: 45 Rue de Gand.
Visiting Nancy, a city just 1.5 hours from Paris, will allow you to discover a city that was at the center of the early 20th century Art Nouveau movement. We also recommend visiting the Musée de l'École de Nancy, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Place Stanislas. If you want to experience local music and dance, get your groove moving at L'Envers Club, it's a gigantic club in a refurbished cave!
TRAVEL TO NANCY
The easiest way, aside from driving, to reach Nancy is to take the train, booking your tickets on either the SNCF website or at major train stations in France from wherever you may be traveling from.
EAT AND DRINK IN NANCY
Brasserie Excelsior is a great restaurant where you can eat amongst the Art Nouveau décor
L'Arrosoir is a restaurant near Place Stanislas which has a garden theme and excellent French cuisine
Voyou is a more casual dining option where you can enjoy original burgers with local ingredients
Étretat is a commune in the Normandy region of France. Tourists flock here to see the beautiful natural cliffs and seaside in Normandy. Give yourself an enjoyable walking tour in France and walk along the coast of Normandy.
EAT AND DRINK IN ÉTRETAT
La Salamandre is the place to go for fresh seafood in Étretat and it also just happens to be the oldest restaurant in the city, located at: 4 Boulevard Président René Coty.
Crêperie de Lann Bihoué is a great inexpensive spot to have crêpes and local cider, located at: 45 Rue Notre Dame.
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OTHER OUTSIDE OF PARIS PLACES TO VISIT
We also recommend visiting the Loire Valley and Mont Saint-Michel on trips outside of Paris for a few days. For more information on visiting these diverse and spectutlar locations, click on each location below.
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