Paris, Tennessee lives up to its name by offering an array of natural beauty, historical landmarks, eateries and more. Located 60 miles north of Jackson, Tennessee, 60 miles west of Clarksville, Tennessee and close to Kentucky’s border, this friendly town is full of memorable activities. Paris may be most known for hosting the World's Biggest Fry in the last week of April, but there are a few places you should add on to your itinerary to experience all Paris has to offer.
Follow the green fields that lead the way to Paris. Just off the main road, stop at Sweet Jordan's, a local bakery that serves each visitor with a friendly smile. You may walk into the shop, expecting to grab a quick cup of coffee and a pastry and continue your journey. However, you’ll find your attention grabbed by the sheer array of sweets from ice cream to cakes, pies, cookies, smoothies, coffee and more which are all made in-house. A play area, comfortable couch seating and a full dining area make up Sweet Jordan’s. And the story behind Sweet Jordan’s is even sweeter. The bakery is named after a man named Jordan, who is a person with a disability. His parents wanted to create an environment that fostered the continual growth of him and others like him; the store employs over 38 other persons with a disability. It's a great way to start your day in Paris.
Just around the corner is a scale-size replica of the Eiffel Tower. If you angle your camera just right, you can snap a photo similar to that of the actual Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The city is one of 15 other cities named for the French capitol. Christian Brothers University in Memphis constructed this tower to commemorate the 1990 Memphis in May festival! It was later commissioned to make its home in Paris, Tennessee. After seeing the Eiffel Tower, you can also enjoy the playground, tennis courts, swimming pool and the walking paths.
Explore Downtown Paris
Downtowns are the epicenter of goings-on. Downtown Paris has charming art, shopping and goods made by local artisans. The downtown area has a variety of photo ops for visitors. At each street corner, you'll see catfish statues symbolizing the Fish Fry Festival, which hosts nearly 50,000 people each April and over 12,000 pounds of catfish. Murals are painted along the walls of downtown buildings, giving the town a vibrant and Instagram-worthy experience.
Lunch at Olive Pit
After working up an appetite walking around in downtown Paris, go to the Olive Pit. It's a family-owned business that offers some of the best pasta in town. This may be a catfish town, but you can have amazing Italian food here, too. Order the Spicy Alfredo Penne. The meatballs are a staple here as well.
After lunch, venture over to this local brewery to try different beers. Not only can you enjoy a cold brew, but they also host events every once in a while, including Brushstrokes at the Brewery and Cornhole competitions. You can even grab dinner like a burger or their delicious grilled cheese while sampling an array of crafted beers.
End the day with even more sweets at Sally Lane's. The most jovial environment welcomes you in with its vibrant colors and sweets jars. This candy shop is a long-time community shop that makes homemade candies and treats that have made their way into mainstream media. The White Chocolate Popcorn was a feature as "Snack of the Day" on Rachel Ray's TV show! In addition to the yummy popcorn, there's a chocolate bar with assorted varieties of bark; the milk chocolate bark with pecans is a popular favorite.
This natural oasis is the perfect summer getaway. Paris Landing State Park is 841 acres and is located on the western shoreline of the Tennessee River and is home to a marina, restaurants, cabins, camping and more. Many people spend their summer days swimming in the swimming area or the pool. You can also take a hike through the beautiful nature trails. Other activities along the lake include golf, fishing, boating and birding.
If you want to experience something different with unique surprises around every corner, make a trip to Paris, Tennessee.