Paris

Travel Guide
Paris
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

ibis Paris CDG Airport
ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis, 93290
The price is $94 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
$94
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3
Stay at this 3-star eco-friendly hotel in Tremblay-en-France. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,798 reviews)
"Very convenient. Airportbus takes you to the door.."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

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, 75010
The price is $141 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$141
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,041 reviews)
Weekend Paris Break
"Friendly and helpful staff. Clean and modern hotel. Very handy location, also didnt hear any trains even though we were beside the station"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
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, 77700
The price is $108 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
$108
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Magny-le-Hongre. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,448 reviews)
Nice B&B stay with family of 6
"Hotel is in really good location and has regular shuttle bus. The shuttle bus can be an issue regarding doors opening at the rear and punctuality but this is not the fault of the hotel. Breakfast at hotel good although if you like 'engish breakfast tea' take your own tea bags. Nice bar and evening ..."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
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.
Les Jardins du Marais
Les Jardins du Marais
4 out of 5
74 Rue Amelot, Paris, Paris, 75011
Stay at this 4-star spa residence in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,254 reviews)
"Like the plaza on the center of the hotel with places to sit and enjoy the night. Like the srand that sell waffles on that plaza. Room was big with lots of space. Very friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Les Jardins du Marais
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, 75006
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly residence in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,966 reviews)
"Its clean and easy to access location is great Staff are fabulous, Only thing is late chick in at 3 And the bed is uncomfortable Other than that it was good"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2023

Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Residhome Paris Opéra
Residhome Paris Opéra
4 out of 5
30 Rue Joubert, Paris, Paris, 75009
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! (1,248 reviews)
"Amazing location and great suite!!!"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

Residhome Paris Opéra
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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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