10 Places to Visit If You Love Paris

What comes to mind when you think of Paris? Chic French women sipping wine at outdoor cafés? Beautiful buildings lining the Seine? Trisha Ping, an editor for Lonely Planet, says two words top her list: elegance and history. "Paris manages to be modern while feeling timeless, a tough balance and a really alluring combination for visitors." Paris is special thanks to its well-preserved architecture, picturesque river, and numerous street performers and buzzing cafes, says Ping's fellow Lonely Planet destination editor Bailey Freeman. "Everything feels like a scene out of a film, and you'll find yourself stumbling over fascinating encounters and perfectly framed moments," she tells us.

Is there anywhere else on earth that can compare? Possibly. If you crave that feeling you get when you're in Paris - but still have an urge to discover new cities - you'll want to start with these 10 spots.aa

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New Orleans

Francophiles will appreciate the French influence seen in New Orleans's architecture and culture. Plus, Ping says, "it's one of the few cities in the States where cafe culture exists."

St. Petersburg

This Russian city might have a very different culture than Paris, but its aesthetic will feel familiar. "The Hermitage is on par with museums like the Louvre, and the architecture and design of the city was heavily influenced by Paris," Ping notes.


Vienna joins Paris as a sophisticated and elegant capital city. As the seat of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna is packed with historical imperial architecture and museums. It's also famous for its own café culture.

With its cobblestone streets, French-inspired architecture, and gourmet restaurants, Montreal feels like a piece of France in North America. It's the perfect place to practice your French, while still being able to slip back to English seamlessly.


Rome may be one of the only cities in the world that can rival Paris's cinematic splendor. An ancient city founded along a river (sound familiar?), Rome will enchant you with both its historical charm and modern Italian vibrancy.

If you love cafe life in Paris, you'll appreciate Lisbon's kiosk culture. The vintage Art Noveau structures pop up all over the city's plazas, parks, and gardens and provide a place to enjoy traditional food and drinks while taking in the city's charming street cars or buildings.

Buenos Aires
During Argentina's golden age, developers in Buenos Aires looked to Paris for inspiration. You'll notice many boulevards, buildings, and public spaces have a taste of Paris.

With its collection of historic buildings, Australia's second city has the most European flair of any city down under. Like Paris, it is located on the banks of a river, and it's known for exciting food and fashion scenes.


If you have a soft spot for the French language and the rich comfort foods of France, you'll feel right at home in Brussels. In fact "French fries" are actually from Belgium, as are moules-frites and waffles.

San Francisco
Just like in Paris, picturesque San Francisco will leave you walking around with your mouth agape. With low-rise buildings, a vibrant food scene, and winding streets, San Francisco lives up to its status as a sister city to Paris. Check out Belden Place alley if you want to experience the city's small-but-mighty French quarter.

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Travel Magazine: 10 Places to Visit If You Love Paris
10 Places to Visit If You Love Paris
Paris is special thanks to its well-preserved architecture, picturesque river, and numerous street performers and buzzing cafes, says Ping's fellow Lonely Planet destination editor Bailey Freeman....
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