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The City of Light

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You're Going to Love Paris

Paris is the capital of fashion, art, and instantly recognizable landmarks. There is nothing quite like seeing the city lit up at night viewed from the Eiffel Tower, or watching the can-can dancers at the Moulin Rouge. Known throughout the world as the City of Light, Paris is renowned for its architecture, bridges, cathedrals and parks.

With its quaint quartiers (quarters) and small village districts within the city, Paris is charming yet intimate. It is one of the world's most vibrant cities and a firm favorite with honeymooners. Newlyweds enjoy walking romantically together along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees or the Place de la Concorde.

Paris has a real sense of community with its local shops, markets, restaurants, and cafes. The Parisians are very friendly and proud of their city. Shopaholics love to visit Paris, and the city has many international stores like L'Eclaireur, Printemps, or the Galeries Lafayette.

Whether you're jetting off to Paris for a two-week vacation or a long weekend, there are plenty of exciting things to do and see.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Paris

1. The mouth-watering food

The French offer great food so try “haute cuisine”, artisan baguettes, croque-madame, or how about duck confit? There are many mouth-watering culinary delights that can be found in gourmet restaurants such as Le Jules Verne or Le Chateaubriand.

2. The historical churches

The city's iconic historical churches are integral to the feel of Paris. A visit here would not be complete without seeing Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur, both of which attract tourists from around the world.

3. The allure of the city’s great landmarks

Paris has many impressive and historical landmarks to see. From the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre to the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris will certainly delight you. Spend a day in the Gardens of Versailles or for something a little different, take the kids to Disneyland Paris.

4. The grand museums

Paris is recognized as a city filled with magnificent museums. There is everything from the majestic Louvre(about 11 Euro) to the petite Musee Rodin (around 9 Euro), the Carnavalet Museum(4-8 Euro) to the Musee de l'Orangerie (approximately 8 Euro).

5. The chance to spot a celebrity

What could be better than enjoying a coffee with a delicious croissant in Café de Flore watching the world go by? Keep an eye out for famous celebrities, many of whom live in and frequently visit the City of Love.

What to do in Paris

1. The Eiffel Tower

When in Paris you cannot miss the Eiffel Tower. Opened on 31st March 1889, this magnificent structure is as impressive now as it was then.

2. Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris which literally means "Our Lady of Paris" is a stunning medieval Catholic cathedral. It is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture that has inspired artists the world over.

3. The Louvre

There is no other museum quite like the Louvre found nestled on the bank of the River Seine. It is the world's largest museum and a famous landmark in central Paris, home to the incredible Mona Lisa painting.

4. Sacre Coeur

Make sure to visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. It is a popular neighborhood, politically, culturally, and artistically. Climb to the top of the Basilica to the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in Paris.

5. The Arc de Triomphe

Have your photograph taken beside Paris' most famous monument, the Arc de Triomphe. Standing in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle this monument is a triumphal arch in honor of all those who fought for France.

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1. The Eiffel Tower

When in Paris you cannot miss the Eiffel Tower. Opened on 31st March 1889, this magnificent structure is as impressive now as it was then.

2. Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris which literally means "Our Lady of Paris" is a stunning medieval Catholic cathedral. It is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture that has inspired artists the world over.

3. The Louvre

There is no other museum quite like the Louvre found nestled on the bank of the River Seine. It is the world's largest museum and a famous landmark in central Paris, home to the incredible Mona Lisa painting.

4. Sacre Coeur

Make sure to visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. It is a popular neighborhood, politically, culturally, and artistically. Climb to the top of the Basilica to the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in Paris.

5. The Arc de Triomphe

Have your photograph taken beside Paris' most famous monument, the Arc de Triomphe. Standing in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle this monument is a triumphal arch in honor of all those who fought for France.

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Top activities & attractions in Paris

Where to Eat in Paris

Dining out in Paris is a must. There are culinary delights to suit every palate, great food, and French wine. Foodies can wine and dine on grand-mere's roast chicken or riz au lait. For dessert, how about wild-strawberry and rose ice cream? A typical meal costs around 30 Euro per person.

Bistros, cafes, wine bars and restaurants, there are lots of places to eat in "gay Paree". For the best food around, check out the 5th arrondissement, the Place Saint-Michel, and the Louvre. Here you will find the Richelieu Angelina and Les Cafes de la Pyramide serving an expansive range of food.

Popular options include:

Abri Restaurant serves pumpkin soup, succulent duck with vegetables, lemon marinated mackerel, and tasty desserts.

Fish la Boissonerie offers black squid-ink risotto, roasted cod, crispy pumpkin, and molten chocolate cakes.

La Bourse et La Vie has the most delicious steak frites with melt in the mouth beef. There is also pot a feu, delicious veal, and vegetables in broth.

Most popular restaurants in Paris

Contemporary French
Excellent (103 reviews)
Italian
Excellent (53 reviews)
French
Excellent (49 reviews)
International
Excellent (26 reviews)

When to visit Paris

Paris in April
Estimated package price
$612
2 travelers
Flight to Paris
3 nights at hotel
Paris in April
Estimated package price
$612
2 travelers
Flight to Paris
3 nights at hotel

Although Paris has reasonably priced accommodation all year round, the summer months, May to September, are the most expensive. The city is alive in summer with outdoor music festivals like the Fete de la Musique and Bastille Day celebrations on July 14th. For something a little different visit the open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette. You can find cheaper air fares and hotel deals in spring time and during the autumn months of September to early November. Winter can be dark and cold but still a wonderful time to visit Paris, especially during Christmas and New Year festivities when Parisians flock to the Champs-Elysees as the clock strikes twelve.

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How to Get to Paris

Plane

The vast majority of holidaymakers travel to Paris by plane. Most visitors to the city arrive at the Charles De Gaulle International Airport. Located to the south of Paris, the distance from the airport to the city center is just over 8 miles. From the airport, Paris is accessible by train, bus, taxi or rental car. The most convenient and economical way is by train.

Train

The RER train line B connects Charles de Gaulle International Airport to Down Town Central Paris. Once you arrive at the airport traveling by train is the fastest and most affordable option to take you to the heart of the city. Trains leave every eight minutes. Expect a journey of around 35 minutes to Gare du Nord and 45 minutes to Denfert-Rochereau.

Car

At Charles de Gaulle International Airport, there is the choice between taking a taxi or renting a car. You can arrange to have your rental car ready and waiting for you when you land. From the airport take the A3 road onto the A1 towards Saint-Denis. Then follow the signs to Paris city center.

Bus

Charles de Gaulle International Airport has excellent bus connections from all terminals directly to Opera Garnier in central Paris. Check out the Roissybus service which takes approximately 60 minutes. For convenience and cheap travel, there is also Bus Express from the airport to the city center.

Airlines serving Paris

Lufthansa
Good (1,058 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,321 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,775 reviews)
KLM
Good (263 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (941 reviews)
British Airways
Good (762 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,553 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (301 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (846 reviews)
Iberia
Good (544 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (468 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (154 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (582 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (329 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (67 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,025 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (265 reviews)
Finnair
Good (349 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (175 reviews)
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Where to stay in Paris

Accommodation wise, Paris has plenty to offer. There is an exciting range of options available throughout the year. It is a good idea to book accommodation early, especially during the peak season. Why not reserve a room in Le Bristol Paris, the Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Crayon or the Hotel de Londres Eiffel?

Popular neighborhoods in Paris

Paris is divided into 20 official districts called arrondissements. Here are the four most popular.

Arrondissement 1 - known as the geographic center of Paris, this is the most popular place to stay. Here you can find the Musee du Louvre, the Jardin desTuileries, the Place Vendome and many other attractions.

Arrondissement 2 - the second district and the city's smallest arrondissement. It is also a bustling business center with many restaurants and cafes. To get a feel of the city, take a walk along the famous Rue Montorgueil and the hip Etienne Marcel.

Arrondissement 5 - the Latin Quarter district has an old world charm and the bustling Maubert Mutualite Market. Nearby there are street performers, vendors, and boutique hotels. It is a popular area with students attending La Sorbonne and famous Parisian high schools.

Arrondissement 7 - known as the Eiffel Tower district here you will experience a sleepy, relaxed atmosphere. This is a quiet part of town with gorgeous houses in the unique Parisian style. Walk to the Eiffel Tower and take the elevator to the top for unbeatable, panoramic views across the city.

Most popular hotel in Paris by neighborhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Paris

Most booked hotels in Paris

La Rose Des Vents
Excellent (9.6, 92 reviews)
$85+
Aux 5 Sens
Excellent (9.1, 179 reviews)
$77+
Hotel Aiglon
Excellent (8.7, 974 reviews)
$146+
Hotel de Sevigne
Excellent (8.6, 2019 reviews)
$178+
Hotel Thoumieux
Excellent (8.5, 282 reviews)
$169+
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Excellent (8.3, 3932 reviews)
$269+
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How to Get Around Paris

Public transport

It is possible to see most of Paris' landmarks and attractions on foot. Explore the entire city in only a few hours, popping into a café or two along the way. Alternatively, there is public transport, Metro or buses. Buy a one day ticket for around 5 Euro. Weekly or monthly public transport travel passes are also available.

Taxi

Taxis are very expensive in Paris, but are a little cheaper at night when there is less traffic around. Taxis can be found near train stations, big hotels, attractions, and major intersections. There is a minimum fare on all taxi fares of 6.50 Euro.

Car

Traffic is very busy in the center of Paris and street parking is virtually impossible especially around the Arc de Triomphe. Driving in Paris can be erratic, to say the least. Renting a car costs on average 70 Euro per day.

The Cost of Living in Paris

Paris' hottest shopping streets

Paris is renowned for its fantastic array of shopping options. It is up there with New York, London, and Milan, a shopper's paradise. There are tempting window displays with the latest fashion designs, jewelry, cosmetics, electronics, arts, and crafts. Browse the boutiques along Canal St-Martin or be invited into the impressive arcades of the historical Palais-Royal. Find affordable goods in Le Marais from Parisian design clothing stores.

Groceries and other necessities

Paris has many grocery stores and supermarkets. If you are self-catering, buy quality groceries at Franprix, a chain of supermarkets found in almost every neighborhood. There is also Carrefour, Dia, and Picard offering exclusive food and Parisian specialties.

Cheap meal
$14.40
A pair of jeans
$96.89
Single public transport ticket
$1.99
Cappuccino
$3.90