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Paris

Travel Guide
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.

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Where to stay in Paris

K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
4 out of 5
4 Boulevard Raspail, Paris, Paris
The price is $164 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orsay Museum and Le Bon Marche. Tuileries Garden and Saint-Sulpice Church are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Loved this place. Great location"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
Victoria Palace Hotel Paris
Victoria Palace Hotel Paris
5 out of 5
6 Rue Blaise-Desgoffe, Paris, Paris
The price is $172 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Paris City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Le Bon Marche and Luxembourg Gardens. Les Invalides and Paris Catacombs are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Victoria Palace Hotel Paris
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
4 out of 5
18 avenue de Suffren, Entrée au 22 rue Jean Rey, Paris, Paris
The price is $270 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in 15th Arrondissement, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars. Rue Cler and Place du Trocadero are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,053 reviews)
"Excellent location to Eiffel Tower. Very clean and extra large rooms with great amenities. Wonderful restaurants within short walk. Very safe neighborhood. Available taxis outside front entrance at all times."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Pullman Paris 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.
Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
2 rue Edouard Buffard, near Disneyland Paris, Montevrain, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $67 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Situated in the entertainment district, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aquatonic Paris Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe. Val d'Europe Shopping Center and ...
3.4/5 (4,971 reviews)
Perfect stay on a budget.
"This was the 7th time we have stayed here and every time has been exactly what we needed. For our family getting to Disney this was the perfect base and a fraction of the price. There is a bus stop outside direct but we drove in and it’s a simple 10minute drive. The bakery next door is amazing value ..."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
4 out of 5
53 Ter Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris, Paris
The price is $184 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
This family-friendly Paris residence is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Les Halles, and Notre-Dame. Rue de Rivoli and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,680 reviews)
"This property is very well situated in Paris. A comfortable walk to many major attractions, restaurants amd shopping areas. We were very pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of our apartment. It did not include daily cleaning services - was more like a short term rental. Would recommend for ..."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Residhome Appart Hotel Paris-Opéra
Residhome Appart Hotel Paris-Opéra
4 out of 5
30 Rue Joubert, Paris, Paris
The price is $133 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Located in Paris City Center, this residence is steps from Theatre Mogador and Boulevard Haussmann. Galeries Lafayette and Palais Garnier are also within 10 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,094 reviews)
"Beautiful neighborhood and a friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Residhome Appart Hotel Paris-Opéra
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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