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4.6/5Top Destination

Explore Paris: its museums, monuments, churches, and more!

In true French style, Paris combines the classic and the modern. Classic landmarks include the ancient Notre Dame cathedral, Arc de Triomphe the Eiffel Tower, and contemporary architectural achievements such as the La Défense district.

The city is divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts, which spiral clockwise from the city’s center. Paris is also split by the river Seine into the Left and Right Banks. Each arrondissement and area of Paris has its own character and flair. Le Marais is best known for medieval architecture, intimate wine bars and a diverse community. Luxembourg has a special old-world charm, enchanting gardens, and proximity to the upscale St-Germain-des-Prés. Montmartre is famous for its cobbled streets, the Moulin Rouge and magnificent Basilique du Sacré Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart).

Paris is easy to navigate, either by the quick Metro system or taking your time by foot. Meandering through the winding streets, it’s easy to see the French passion for food and wine. There are open-air produce markets, patisserie windows piled with croissants and macaroons, and wine shops with offerings from regional vineyards. Restaurants of all kinds abound: traditional silver service venues, sidewalk cafes and rustic coffee houses.

Paris has fostered many artistic talents, including Édith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Monet and Coco Chanel. It’s known the world over for its museums and galleries such as the opulent Musée d'Orsay and the Pompidou Centre’s National Museum of Modern Art. For performance art, spend an evening at the beautifully decorated Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra de Paris. Internationally renowned opera and ballet companies perform here regularly.

Fashion, too, is ingrained in the Parisian psyche. Stroll along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to find some of the most revered fashion houses in the world, including Lanvin, Hermes and Dior.

Visitors overwhelmed by all that Paris has to offer should head to the Champs-Élysées. Here you can wander and enjoy the beauty of this famous tree-lined boulevard, stop at Ladurée patisserie for a macaroon, or visit La Maison Guerlain’s shrine to perfume.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Paris page.

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Museums, Cafes and Culture

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Where to stay in Paris

Paris City Centre
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Paris City Centre

Known for Museums, Monuments, Architecture

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning cathedral, and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Paris City Centre. Top attractions like Palais Royal and Louvre Museum are major draws. Catch the metro at Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre Metro Station or Louvre - Rivoli Station to see more of the city.

Marais
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Marais

Known for Museums, Cafes, Architecture

4.5/5(457 reviews)

Admire historic and architectural marvels and visit one of the largest museums of modern art in Europe in the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements of Paris.

7th Arrondissement
7th Arrondissement which includes street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

Known for Tours, Cafes, Museums

4.5/5(1,458 reviews)

Visit this district’s well-known attraction, the iconic Eiffel Tower, and its other superb historic buildings and museums.

1st Arrondissement
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1st Arrondissement

Known for Museums, Architecture, Monuments

4.5/5(1,162 reviews)

Few urban districts in Europe have a higher concentration of artistic masterpieces and breathtaking architecture than this neighborhood.

8th Arrondissement
8th Arrondissement showing a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

Known for Cafes, Museums, Sunsets

4.5/5(1,577 reviews)

Featuring the most famous street in Paris, this district is strongly linked to Napoleon’s rise and France’s dark years of revolution. 

Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Known for Cafes, Museums, Architecture

5/5(465 reviews)

Known for its charming cafés and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Check out top attractions like Ile de la Cite and Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, and jump on the metro at Mabillon Station or Saint-Germain-des-Pres Station to see more of the city.

Top Hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
4 out of 5
7 Rue de Rome, Roissypole, Terminal 3, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
$79
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.6/5Wonderful! (4,511 reviews)

"great location if you're catching a flight from CDG. Also few minutes walk from RER stop (first stop at CDG) from Gare du Nord so easy to go to/return from Paris center where I had to drop off the car rental. Loved their shower and bed. Best shower I've had during my entire trip."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
ibis Paris CDG Airport
ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
$76
per night
Oct 26 - Oct 27
3.9/5Good! (4,916 reviews)

"This the best choice when flying in and out of Paris. Easy checkin. Comfortable bed . Take shuttle to Terminal 3 .next to the terminal. Super easy. Loved the Italian restaurant in the Hotel ..huge breakfast buffet."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

ibis Paris CDG Airport
OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
4 out of 5
30 A rue d'Alsace, Paris
$109
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4.7/5Exceptional! (231 reviews)

"overall it is a good hotel, close to north/east train station, staff is helpful, breakfast and light dinner is good quality, the only problem is housekeeping, we stay 8 night, there were 3 days, my room not got clean, I was been told the housekeeper forgot to clean my room"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est

Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(6,965 reviews)

Nothing says Paris like this landmark of iron latticework emblematic of the City of Light. 

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(5,855 reviews)

An imposing monument at the center of a busy traffic intersection, the archway rises majestically above the city, with coveted city views.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(4,422 reviews)

Home to the Mona Lisa, and instantly recognizable by its glass pyramid, this landmark has vast collections of well-known art from France and around the world. 

Moulin Rouge
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Moulin Rouge

4/5(1,427 reviews)

Whether you fell in love with the film or are a fan of the iconic architecture, don’t miss one of the greatest stage shows and most well-known landmarks in Paris.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame

4.5/5(4,330 reviews)

A monumental masterpiece in French gothic architecture on the outside, inside this landmark cathedral is a serene place of worship for devotees of religion and art.

Opéra Garnier
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Opéra Garnier

4.5/5(1,615 reviews)

Attend a performance, browse museum exhibits and marvel at the opulent design of one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. 

Top activities in Paris

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

$61

Treat yourself to the magic of Disneyland® Paris. You can choose between 2 incredible Disney Parks, the original Disneyland® Park or the Walt Disney Studios® Park. Or, for the ultimate Disney adventure, you can choose a 2-park ticket and visit both.

Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

$109

Set sail for an unforgettable evening on the water as you soak in the majesty of the illuminated landmarks that line the Seine. Step aboard a glass-enclosed boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and settle into your seat.

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$39

Plan your Paris adventure with Big Bus: hop-on, hop-off tickets and tours designed to help you experience the very best of the City of Lights. We have two routes to show the best Paris has to offer and both are included in your ticket price.

Comprehensive Louvre Tour: Skip-the-Line & Explore More
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Comprehensive Louvre Tour: Skip-the-Line & Explore More

$68

Visit the Louvre Museum’s must-see attractions and discover under-appreciated treasures in this comprehensive tour. Skip-the-Line access gives you more time to absorb all that the massive museum has to offer.

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour
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Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour

$46

Take a trip back in time while at the Louvre, once a grand former palace and now the world's most famous museum.Along with your map and audio tour guide, you'll receive additional details for your day at the Louvre from our offices.

Private Round Trip to Disneyland from Paris Center
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Private Round Trip to Disneyland from Paris Center

$38

Your driver will greet you in your hotel in the city center and drive you to Disneyland amusement park- one of the most popular theme parks in the world. Afterward, at the chosen time, he will also pick you up from the place (please be advised to set the pick up point clearly) and bring back to your hotel.

Reviews of Paris

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

We would recommend purchasing skip the line tickets to any of the attractions that have them in advance, at least 2 or 3 days ahead as they do fill up pretty quickly!

5/5 - Excellent

Shu

Oct 15, 2019

Loved it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Love Paris and France so far driving around most of France. The French are nice people and have been friendly to us

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

I can’t wait to come back!

5/5 - Excellent

LenC

Oct 14, 2019

Love the city would go back in a heartbeat ...food, wine, art and culture are out of this world....only bad experience was having my camera stolen out of my backpack

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Public transport can be down for maintenance on the weekends so plan accordingly. Taxis are expensive so bring your trainers to walk around the city

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The Top 8 Museums in Paris
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The Top 8 Museums in Paris

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