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From an afternoon picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens to a night at the opera, France’s romantic capital offers both simple pleasures and extravagant splurges.

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.

Paris Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Paris

Paris City Centre which includes a fountain, street scenes and heritage architecture

Paris City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(32 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning cathedral, and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Paris City Center. 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.

Paris City Center
Marais - Pompidou - Notre Dame de Paris featuring a square or plaza and modern architecture as well as a large group of people

Marais

4.5/5Wonderful!(544 area reviews)

Travelers love Marais for its popular shops, and you can see more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Saint-Paul Station or Saint-Sebastien - Froissart Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Hotel de Ville and Picasso Museum.

Marais
Montmartre showing views and a city

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(349 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Montmartre, you might enjoy attractions like Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Place du Tertre. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Abbesses Station to see more of the city.

Montmartre
7th Arrondissement which includes street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,778 area reviews)

Enjoy the charming cafés in 7th Arrondissement. Les Invalides is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Varenne Station or La Tour-Maubourg Station to see more of Paris.

7th Arrondissement
8th Arrondissement showing a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,884 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in 8th Arrondissement. Champs-Elysees is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Saint-Philippe du Roule Station or Miromesnil Station to see more of Paris.

8th Arrondissement
6th Arrondissement which includes a park and a statue or sculpture

6th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(524 area reviews)

Known for its beautiful gardens and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in 6th Arrondissement. Check out top attractions like Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Sulpice Church, and jump on the metro at Saint-Sulpice Station or Rennes Station to see more of the city.

6th Arrondissement

Top Hotels in Paris

B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
2 out of 5
Disneyland® Paris, 60 Avenue De La Fosse Des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre
The price is $82 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris, and Golf Disneyland® Paris. Disney Village and Walt Disney ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,614 reviews)
Great hotel

"They are coping well with Covid 19. The buffet breakfast is now served in a bag so you can take to your room or eat in the restaurant. It is served to you by the staff. The hotel was clean, not cleaning rooms daily if you stay longer due to Covid 19. Love this hotel and so convenient for Disney ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
18 cours de l'Elbe, Serris, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $74 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

This family-friendly Serris residence is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. Disneyland® Paris and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (3,652 reviews)

"i enjoyed my stay very much, customer service was brilliant."…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
50 Avenue De La Fosse Des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $107 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 11

This family-friendly Magny-le-Hongre hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris, and Golf Disneyland® Paris. Disney Village ...

3.9/5Good! (1,599 reviews)

"Hotel was very clean and the hotel is fantastic for children off all ages. The staff were very helpful and friendly and is close to Disney where a shuttle bus runs back and forward every 20 minutes. We could not fault anything about our experience at the Explorers hotel and would certainly recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Explorers Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Paris

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
18 cours de l'Elbe, Serris, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $74 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

This family-friendly Serris residence is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. Disneyland® Paris and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (3,652 reviews)

"i enjoyed my stay very much, customer service was brilliant."…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
42 Cours du Danube, Serris, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $71 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

This family-friendly Serris residence is located in a shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Val d'Europe, Aquarium Sea Life Paris, and La Vallee Village. ...

3.7/5Good! (2,070 reviews)

"Stayed August 2nd for 5 nights and after reading all the negative reviews, I was pleased to see it wasn't as bad as some said. Covid has had an effect on the facilities available but the pool was open which was a massive bonus for us.Yes it could do with a little tidying and a splash of paint in ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
Relais Spa Val d'Europe
Relais Spa Val d'Europe
4 out of 5
1, rue des Grands Pres, Chessy, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $125 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in the heart of Chessy, this spa residence is within a 10-minute walk of Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,947 reviews)

"Luxurious and immaculate Hotel. Close to Shops, Restaurants & Disneyland Paris. Attentive staff very enjoyable stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Relais Spa Val d'Europe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Paris

Getting around Paris is very easy. The famous Paris Metro network is comprehensive, with around 300 stations covering all the key parts of the city. Metro tickets are also valid on other public transportation types, including city buses, the tramway and the RER suburban trainline. Hail a taxi if you are in a rush. Renting a car in Paris isn’t necessary, but you might want to have one for daytrips. Visit the Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration (RATP Group) website. Browse Paris rental cars.

Best time to visit

Paris is a very popular destination at any time of year, but summer in particular can get very busy. Beat the crowds by visiting between September and November or between April and June. Although August is one of the most popular months, this is when temperatures soar and most Parisians are away on vacation. Christmas in Paris is romantic, but make sure you bring warm clothes.

Popular places to visit in Paris

Disneyland® Paris
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Disneyland® Paris

4.5/5(1,008 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Disneyland® Paris and find out why this is a popular amusement park in Chessy. Discover the entertainment choices and shops in this quaint area.

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(7,781 reviews)

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

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(5,178 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. 

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(6,515 reviews)

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

Val d'Europe
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Val d'Europe

4.5/5(245 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Val d'Europe, a favorite shopping spot in Paris. Check out the amusement park and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge
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La Machine du Moulin Rouge

4/5(1,638 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.

Top things to do in Paris

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

$69
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

$116
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$46
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

$18
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours
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The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours

$155
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting
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French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting

$30
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Paris

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 65.73169713665581%
4 - Good
3311
4 - Good 27.640036730945823%
3 - Okay
620
3 - Okay 5.175724183988647%
2 - Disappointing
118
2 - Disappointing 0.9850571834042908%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4674847650054262%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 12, 2020

My wife and I both have issues with walking. It was easy to have the hotel managers make taxi reservations for us when being picked up at the hotel. But, getting a cab in Paris while away from the hotel was a nightmare.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 6, 2020

We'll always have PAris. Used to life there & love it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 18, 2020

Is the most beautiful city I have been to. It’s my favorite city. I have been to Paris 3 times and I plan to come back soon. There is so much to see and do.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2020

Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Is so nasty.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

I wished I had the opportunity to see Paris for what it really is . My trip to Paris was do to a family medical emergency . The staff were supportive and kind . Thank you for making my stay comfortable .

4/5 - Good

UStraveler

Apr 2, 2020

Wonderful. Do the open hop on hop off bus tour! It is worth it. The city feels magical at night too with all the lights! Loved it!!!

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