Paris

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Eiffel Tower showing a sunset, a monument and heritage architecture

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.

Where to stay in Paris

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
5 Rue du Voyageur, Roissy-en-France, Val d'Oise, 95700
The price is $101 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Roissy-en-France. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,947 reviews)
"Great hotel for an overnight at the airport. The shuttle train is easy to find. The only negative is if the weather is poor since you have to walk outside for a short distance. The rooms were very comfortable. I recommend bringing some bottled water. The tap water tasted like chlorine. The buffet ..."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport, an IHG Hotel
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
4 out of 5
18 avenue de Suffren, Entrée au 22 rue Jean Rey, Paris, Paris, 75015
The price is $378 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
"So close to the Eiffel tower, we had a balcony room with a perfect view of the Eiffel tower. Was amazing. The bed eas so comfortable. The big walkin shower was also amazing. Would stay again"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
4 out of 5
30 A rue d'Alsace, Paris, 75010
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $145 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,076 reviews)
"More than expected given the area. Best Choice if your trains are gare nord or gare l’est."

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
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.
Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
5 out of 5
6 Boulevard De Neuilly, Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine, 92400
The price is $142 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Courbevoie. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (512 reviews)
"Very clean property, wonderful breakfast, pleasant staff. Location is situated beside the metro, and a taxi stand is right in front of the hotel. If you want to call a taxi, the staff will gladly do it for you. There is also a app in the lobby that you can order one avoiding the exchange of cash. ..."

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
Residhome Paris Opéra
Residhome Paris Opéra
4 out of 5
30 Rue Joubert, Paris, Paris, 75009
The price is $213 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,138 reviews)
"Nice clean place with friendly staff a great location"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Residhome Paris Opéra
Aparthotel Adagio Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Aparthotel Adagio Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
4 out of 5
14 Rue Du Theatre, Paris, Paris, 75015
The price is $177 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,000 reviews)
"Beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower at floor 28. Paid only extra £15 for this, it was very much worth the money. Clean bathroom, beds and nice long curtains that keeps the room dark during the bright mornings. Beds very comfy with little torch lights if needed for reading. Only 10 minute walk to the ..."

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Aparthotel Adagio Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
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.

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