France or République Française can be said to be one of the most popular northwestern European countries and one of the core Western countries for the rest of the world. In art, architecture, culture, history, cuisine, and fashion, the impeccable French touch is impossible to ignore. On the contrary, the allure of France attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to the country each year. 

Whether your flights of fancy to France started with Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables or contemporary shows like Lupin or Emily in Paris to Paris, or with French fashion, pharmacies or cuisine – all over France – you know that France is the quintessential place to visit if you are looking for a quick escape from the usual mundane to feel revivified. 

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It’s crucial for Muslim travelers to find Halal-friendly options for a comfortable journey. France has a long-established Muslim community, offering plenty of halal options for tourists. Wego presents an itinerary that respects Islamic guidelines and highlights key destinations. Keep reading to learn more and plan ahead for a trip to France.

Day 1: Arrival in Paris 

When touring France, you ought to start with the capital, revel in the “je ne sais quoi,” and set the tone for the rest of the trip. 

Morning

Upon your arrival in Paris, check into a certified Halal hotel. We recommend freshening up and taking in the view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether you have been blessed with your first Paris daylight or evening, take in the day and, perhaps, smell the coffee. 

One of the most versatile qualities of cities like Paris is that you are likely to find something or another Muslim-friendly to do in the city irrespective of the time of the day.

If nothing, Paris presents a wonderful backdrop to take a stroll if it is too late to go to museums or parks, and if you are lucky, you will find a pharmacy or a supermarket open from where you can buy your essentials for the rest of the trip or something to take back home. 

Afternoon

If you are up for exploring Paris for the rest of the day, then we recommend Paris’ illustrious lady of iron, La Tour Eiffel, or the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution at the International Exposition and, with time and then swiftly transcended into a global muse for artists, evolving into an icon of modernity and avant-garde during the 1920s.

Venturing through its four floors will bring you a different perspective of the city from each level. For instance, at the ground level of 57 meters, you will be provided with a unique subterranean perspective. From there, when you next board the elevator to go to the second level at 115 meters, you will be presented with a panoramic spectacle of the City of Love, including Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur, and the Grand Palais.

Ascending further, 670 steps unveil the second level, providing a 360-degree visual feast of Paris. To reach the summit at 300 meters, an elevator awaits, ushering you into Gustav Eiffel’s private office and an unparalleled bird’ s-eye view of Paris.

After taking in all the breathtaking views of Paris, head over to a nearby Halal restaurant for lunch, for instance, Taj-Mahal-Paris-Centre-Halal-Tour-Eiffel which is located between the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and serves authentic homemade Indian food including vegetarian food in a cozy atmosphere. 

Post-lunch, board the Line 89 bus to the Grande Mosquée de Paris or the Grand Mosque of Paris in the 5th arrondissement. The architecture of the Paris Mosque has been inspired by Moroccan architecture, particularly the el-Qaraouyyîn Mosque in Fez, Morocco.

It is the oldest mosque in Metropolitan France and has prayer rooms, an outdoor garden, a small library, a gift shop, a cafe and a restaurant. 

Evening

Promenade at Parc du Champ-de-Mars or Champ de Mars Garden as the sun sets. Breathe in the fresh air as you revel in the Parisian vibe and enjoy live music. As twilight hours slowly seep into the evening, be mesmerized by the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower

Walk a few steps to ride the wooden carriages and horses of Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel and end the evening catering to your inner child. 

Finally, visit a Halal-certified restaurant in the Seventh Arrondissement before returning to your hotel, such as New Jawad, which offers amazing Indo-Pakistani cuisine.

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Day 2: Exploring Paris

For your brand-new day in Paris, it’s time to visit some evergreen maidens like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. 

Morning

Visit the First Arrondissement to find the Louvre Museum or Musée du Louve. It is seated on the charming Right Bank of the Seine and is part of the Louvre Palace, which dates back to the 12th century. The Louvre Museum dates back to 1793 and houses some of the most famous and important works of Western art, including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the Raft of the Medusa and more.

The Islamic Arts Department at the Louvre Museum features a collection of nearly 3000 Islamic objects for the benefit of visitors, allowing Muslim travelers to immerse themselves in their ancestors’ stories and understand the relationship between France and Islam.

Afternoon

Checking out the Louvre is going to take time, so we recommend grabbing lunch at a nearby Halal-certified restaurant like Libshop – L’expérience Libanaise to experience authentic homemade Lebanese cuisine. 

After lunch, if you want to take a break from world-famous art and escape into nature, the Tuileries Garden awaits you in all its glory. 

You can next take the Line 1 subway, board the Line 21 bus, or hail a cab (or walk near about 1.6 kilometers) to go to the Fourth Arrondissement and visit Notre Dame Cathedral, also known as Notre Dame de Paris or Our Lady of Paris to visit Eiffel Tower’s gothic sibling. Notre Dame is a symbol of Paris and France’s architectural prowess.

Originating in the 12th century, Notre Dame took 300 years to build. It showcases a blend of French Gothic, Renaissance, and Naturalism styles and boasts extensive displays of Neo-Gothic artwork within the walls of the cathedral.

Evening

As the sun bids au revoir for the day, take a stroll on the “bridge of romance” or Pont des Arts or board a cruise on the Seine and float in the area that holds countless tales of romance lingering in the air.

Day 3: North of France

Before heading to the famous South or elsewhere, you ought to take a peek at this delightful little Muslim-friendly town called Versailles.

Morning

If time is on your side, we recommend spending the entire morning wandering around Versailles. The bucolic French town feels like a portal to a fairytale-esque place. Discover charming little cafes and bookstores that have not made their mark on the interwebs yet are hundreds of years old. 

However, if you are in a time crunch, your first destination ought to be the Palace of Versailles, one of the finest achievements of 17th-century French art. Once home to French royalty, it is now a national landmark of France and a World Heritage site. 

There are many things to marvel at within the Palace walls; however, one thing that cannot be missed is the Hall of Mirrors. No word or picture can do justice to this dazzling chamber. 

Afternoon

The northern coast of France has a favorable ambiance and plenty of cities and bucolic towns to venture into. The next stop will be at Lille, often written as L’Île. 

Lille is nestled on the banks of the Deûle River. It is the capital of Nord département and of the Hauts-de-France région, northern France. 

Before heading out on a guided tour of the city on a convertible coach bus or walking tour of the old city, we recommend getting your lunch at a Halal-certified restaurant like Restaurant La Mamounia, which serves authentic Moroccan cuisine. 

Evening

Lille, being one of the core centers for industrial activities, presents wonderful opportunities to shop for souvenirs or just update your wardrobe.

From unique boutiques in Old Lille to high fashion boutiques and sampling everything in between at the famous Wazemmes market, where stalls are up to offer a variety of ready-to-eat dishes and raw produce from around the world, as well as fruits, vegetables, pastries, meats, fish, plants, fabrics, household appliances, and decorative items. The market buzzes with energy every market day.

Before calling it a day, head to a Halal-certified restaurant like Le Roi Du Couscous, an authentic Moroccan restaurant, to savor some good food before earning your well-deserved rest. 

Day 4: South of France 

Almost halfway through our itinerary, to experience the nonchalance of “c’est la vie,” next on the itinerary is the South of France. The district is Muslim-friendly and is bejeweled with lavender fields and marvelous beaches and has inspired artists over centuries. 

Morning

Start your day with one of the most famous places in France, corners of which are perhaps recognized as much as Paris — the French Riviera or Cote d’Azur (literally meaning Azure Coast). 

As you take a hike up the winding stairs of La Colline du Chateau in Nice overlooking the glimmering Mediterranean Sea, you will soon reach what was once a castle on the hill.

Now, as you reach the top, you get to bear witness to Celtic and Roman remains and take in the breathtaking picturesque panoramic views of Old Town, Nice’s boardwalk, Baie des Anges, and the city’s zestful architecture. 

Afternoon

Right underneath Castle Hill resides the Old Town of Nice or Vieille Ville, also known as Vieux Nice or Old Nice. Rarely do we get an opportunity to step back in time while being tethered to the present and the streets of Old Nice.

It’s filled with markets, local artist galleries, restaurants, and shops that sell everything from spices to hand-made jewelry, cosmetics, and knick-knacks. You can shop to your heart’s content and engage with the local culture.

Start your walk towards the main shopping area from the heart of Old Nice, starting from Place Massena. Then, find your way to the main street of Old Nice Saint-François de Paule and turn left, which will lead you to Cours Saleya—Nice’s main marketplace. Along the way, you will pass by several chocolate and candy shops, which have existed since 1820 and are said to have once supplied sweets to Queen Victoria. 

The Cours Saleya is a lively square filled with stalls of flowers and food until midday, which later transforms into a huge open-air restaurant. On Mondays, there’s a flea market, and it’s worth trying the traditional pancake called Socca.

Before moving on to the next destination, visit a Halal-certified restaurant like Le Bedouin Chez Michel, which serves authentic Moroccan cuisine. 

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Evening

Check into a Halal-certified Hotel in Cannes and stay there for two nights and one day.  

Take a stroll along the Mediterranean Sea on the beauteous Promenade de la Croisette, and let the sound of the waves and gentle sea breeze be the soundtrack for the evening. 

For dinner, go to one of the Halal-certified restaurants in the area, like Le Maghreb, and let their food nourish your system while their antique decor quenches your soul.

Day 5: Cannes 

Morning

Visit the Grande Iqra Mosque of Cannes to start your day embracing the serenity that can only be found in a space of worship. The mosque is characterized by its simplicity and elegant white decorations and has separate prayer rooms for women and men. 

Afterward, head over to one of the many local markets of Cannes, like Marché Forville, where you can buy fresh flowers for yourself or sample some of the best seafood and cheese in the world. If you are in Cannes between Thursday and Saturday, head over to La Napoule Market to buy souvenirs, artisanal products and popular Cannes treats. 

Afternoon

Find your way around a charming old Roman village called Le Suquet, which also happens to be the oldest district of Cannes. Be swooned by the swirling old cobblestone streets that have seen so many facets of civilization, sequined with local restaurants and cafes, shops, markets, Old Port, and the clock tower and church that overlook the Bay of Cannes and Cannes itself.

For lunch, find your way to a Halal-certified restaurant like Al Charq restaurant which specializes in Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. 

Evening

For your last evening in Cannes, head over to the Old Port, which lies at the foot of Le Suquet. Frolick down the seaport as you are flanked by the boats on one hand and night markets and live musicians on the other.

Feast at a Halal-certified restaurant like it is your last night (in Cannes), like King Jaïpur, which specializes in Indo-Pakistani cuisine. 

Day 6: Back to Paris 

Morning & Afternoon

As the week comes to an end, we return to where we started from at the heart of France — Paris. 

We recommend visiting Disneyland Paris to commemorate your final day in France. Make new memories along with Mickey Mouse and friends as you spend the day in the magical land of Disney and live your best life. 

Evening

If you still have some time before departure, visit the home of the Phantom of the Opera, Palais Garnier. Every single room in Palais Garnier has its own story to tell and history to share. You can book a self-guided tour of the Palais Garnier that the Paris Opera offers and get lost in the harmony between sculpture, painting and architecture.

 

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