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Paris is a magnet for lovers and their nearest and dearest; a sleepless and sophisticated capital fueled by champagne and dreams, with an unwavering allure for the world's art and culture connoisseurs.
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Les Halles is at the heart of Paris – once a market, it's still bustling today, but as a transportation hub. Bookshops and boutiques line the streets of the Latin Quarter, an area steeped in academic tradition. Visit the Pantheon, a spectacular building modeled after the Roman original. Check out Rue de Rivoli for brand-name shops and the BHV department store.Accommodations in Paris City Center
Paris’ famous shopping strip attracts both locals and tourists to its mix of high-end and brand-name stores. Head to Parc Monceau to see the famous rotunda, or relax on the banks of the Seine. The area is also home to government buildings including the President's home, Le Palais de l’Elysée, and the Ministère de l’Intérieur.Accommodations in 8th arr.
Paris’s 2nd arrondissement is an eclectic mix of cuisine and commerce. Shop underneath the covered walkways of Passages Couverts and visit Galerie Vivienne to see the magnificent glass roof and floor. Later in the day, the area becomes eerily quiet when the 9-to-5 workers clear out. Rue Sainte-Anne has many Japanese restaurants to explore.Accommodations in 2nd arr.
The 9th arrondissement is the city's music hub, with countless theaters, music halls and museums, especially those around Faubourg-Montmartre. This area is home to the Folies Bergère, an enduringly popular entertainment spot since the Roaring Twenties. For shopping, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are huge department stores.Accommodations in 9th arr.
Le Marais is known as a melting pot of diverse cultural groups. Lined with bookstores and boutiques, the area also includes a triple-threat of museums including Musée Picasso, Musée des Arts et Métiers, and Musée Carnavalet. The Georges Pompidou Centre, a modern art museum, is a short walk away down Rue des Francs Bourgeois.Accommodations in 3rd arr.
Paris's 6th arrondissement is bordered by the Seine to the north, and Boulevard Montparnasse to the south. Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore served spirits to Hemingway and Sartre, and today they welcome celebrities and tourists. The Luxembourg Gardens are filled with sunbathers in summer, and Paris’s Jazz scene thrives in the basement clubs.Accommodations in 6th arr.
The 4th arrondissement is brimming with galleries, covered walkways and museums. For a dose of culture, head to the Carnavalet Museum, the Picasso Museum or the Métiers Art Museum, which is set in the priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs. Relax in Square du Temple or enjoy Les Enfants Rouges, a local ethnic market.Accommodations in 4th arr.
Wind your way uphill through the charming cobblestone streets of Montmartre to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, which has great views over Paris. At the bottom of the hill, Pigalle is a “strip” in every sense of the word – a small boulevard dedicated to the oldest profession. The area has slowly evolved into a club and bar mecca for young Parisians.Accommodations in 18th arr.
In the 20th century, many artists had their studios in La Ruche (The Hive), an area that quickly became the artistic heart of Paris. In the densely populated 15th arrondissement, find the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, the Aquaboulevard aquatic park, and the artificial island of Île aux Cygnes, which contains a replica of the Statue of Liberty.Accommodations in 15th arr.
The artistic legacies of Rossini, Verdi and Balzac live on in the elegant houses, embassies and consulates that occupy the 16th arrondissement. The Balzac Museum in the picturesque hills of Passy was once the home of the legendary artist. Longchamp Racecourse and Roland Garros Tennis Stadium attract the elite of Paris and beyond.Accommodations in 16th arr.
The culturally vibrant Latin Quarter envelops the 5th and 6th arrondissements on the left bank. There's an abundance of bistros and jazz bars scattered around the Saint-Michel Fountain. The Pantheon is a monument devoted to French national heroes. The area is typically filled with students from the Sorbonne, Paris' oldest university.Accommodations in 5th arr.
Many visitors head straight for the Louvre, but it's worth exploring the other landmarks, museums, shops, restaurants and bars that make up this small district on the right bank of the Seine River. The area also includes the western part of the Île de la Cité. Don’t miss the Orangerie Museum, Sainte Chapelle, or the Palais Royal Gardens.Accommodations in 1st arr.
The 17th arrondissement is divided into four distinct areas. Épinettes is mainly residential. Parc Monceau is a large park surrounded by townhouses, and Ternes and Wagram Streets in the Quartier des Ternes are lively shopping areas. For a taste of true Parisian culture, visit Batignolles Market from Tuesday through Sunday.Accommodations in 17th arr.
Bastille is packed with cafés, restaurants, nightclubs, and the famous roundabout. Take the metro to République, a 300-yard-long square that contains the famous Statue de la République and doubles as a popular hangout for rollerbladers. Take Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire to the Cirque d'Hiver theater, an important events venue.Accommodations in 11th arr.
Paris’ ethnically diverse 10th arrondissement is a densely populated center of trade and commerce. Château Rouge is an area filled with stores selling African goods and Gare du Nord is its Indian counterpart. There are plenty of budget bars and restaurants and the banks of Canal Saint Martin are popular picnic spots in the summer.Accommodations in 10th arr.
The 7th arrondissement is elegant, traditional, and made of money. Hôtel des Invalides is a museum complex dedicated to French military history. Walk down Rue Saint Dominique to Paris's iconic tower – buy a ticket and up you go! Along the streets, you'll find typically French bakeries and brasseries with street-side seating.Accommodations in 7th arr.
In 1944, Paris was liberated from the Nazis through the Porte d'Orléans, one of the many gates to the city. The bustling neighborhood shops and lively cafes around Rue Daguerre still seem to be celebrating freedom. For the strong-hearted, visit the Catacombs or the many graves of de Beauvoir and Sartre in nearby Montparnasse Cemetery.Accommodations in 14th arr.
Gare de Lyon is one of Europe’s oldest stations. Inside you’ll find Le Train Bleu – the ornate décor and waiters in tuxedos will transport you back 100 years. Head East to Bercy, an area with foundations in the wine trade. The former warehouses of Cour Saint-Émilion are now a shopping complex with modern bars, restaurants, and a cinema.Accommodations in 12th arr.
From Avenue d’Ivry’s local stores, head to the primarily residential Butte-aux-Cailles. The quaint winding streets reveal plenty of local gems, like patisseries and small restaurants. Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design is the new fashion museum, which has a rooftop terrace with picturesque views over the Seine.Accommodations in 13th arr.
The popular Buttes Chaumont Park is at the center of this district, with 62 acres of hilly parkland, a lake, and a waterfall. Although mostly residential, these streets come to life at night. If you have concert tickets, head to the popular CentQuatre arts center and Zenith, or the trendy bars along La Villette Canal.Accommodations in 19th arr.
Historically, Belleville and Ménilmontant were working-class neighborhoods that evolved into ethnically diverse areas, popular with artists and musicians. There’s a medley of restaurants and bars to enjoy, as well as Parc de Belleville. Père Lachaise Cemetery is the resting place of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, and Marcel Proust.Accommodations in 20th arr.
Marie-Luz has lived in Paris for 8 years and loves to hang out on the Right Bank.
The 19th-century walkways of the 2nd district are perfect for exploration. These passages provide a glimpse of the luxury and bourgeois living in "old Paris." Shop here for nostalgic wares or visit the Grevin Museum on Passage Jouffroy.Accommodations nearby
Helen has lived in five parts of Paris and loves discovering new and off-beat areas.
Take a romantic walk on the banks of the Ile-Saint-Louis. You’ll spot lovers being serenaded by youthful musicians. From here, you’ll have views of Notre Dame, the spectacular Parisian sunset, and possibly smiling tourists waving from the Seine Cruise Tour boat.Accommodations nearby
It was always Valentina’s dream to live in Paris – it came true 3 years ago.
Le Comptoir Général is a cultural haven where you’ll find a bar, a small restaurant that offers African and Asian specialties and a garden with tropical plants. You’ll also find a vintage shop and many exhibitions throughout the year.Accommodations nearby
Anne has lived in Paris for her entire life and loves exploring the "City of Light."
Le Marché des Enfants Rouges is a food market to suit any taste. There are many different stands, including Lebanese and Italian. I personally fell in love with the colors and vibrancy of this unique environment.Accommodations nearby
Zoraida planned to move to Paris for only 7 months – but has stayed for three years!
Every summer, the banks of the Seine between the Arab World Institute and Ile Saint Louis are filled with the sounds of Latino music and salsa dancing. Non-dancers can just sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the show.Accommodations nearby
After 2 years, Silvia is still surprised by Paris and loves discovering its hidden treasures.
After a stroll in Jardin des Plantes, relax in The Mosque in Paris. In addition to being a place of worship, it’s a beautiful architectural site and includes a hammam, restaurant and tearoom. Enjoy hot tea with some North African pastries.Accommodations nearby
Marilyn always carries a pocket map to navigate Paris – much more reliable than a smartphone!
From Place de la Bastille to the Paris ring, an old railway line has been transformed into an elevated linear park that offers 4.7 kilometers (3 miles) of pristine green space. Go for a walk here and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.Accommodations nearby
Ellen’s life in Paris began 5 years ago, living on a houseboat next to the Eiffel Tower.
The banks of Canal Saint-Martin are the perfect place to spend a hot summer night in Paris. Enjoy a picnic with your friends down by the water, or grab a pint of takeaway beer from one of adjacent bars.Accommodations nearby
Guillaume loves Parisian architecture and discovering the city’s many hidden treasures.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year in Paris! Every district has its own market, some of which have ice-skating rinks. There are themed decorations in the windows of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps that are worth the visit alone.Accommodations nearby
Marie-Anne loves Paris's contradictions and always feels at home in this intense and passionate city.
For a truly Parisian picnic, blend in with the locals in Paris’s Northeast. Pick up some baguettes and cheese at Rue de Belleville’s boulangeries and fromageries, then find a tranquil spot in Buttes Chaumont. Don’t forget your bottle opener!Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Paris start with?
The Louvre is way too large for one visit. At the Louvre I choose only the period I am interested in, like Middle Ages, and only spend about 3 hrs at a time - afterwards I do something else. I recommend the Musee D'Orsay if you love impressionisms and fine sculptures and the Musee de LÓrangerie is a most if you like Monet. The museum of the Middle Ages (Cluny) is a most if you are interested in that period. Make time to just walk around, it is a beautiful city. Shopping is too expensive, but I found some lovely items while walking around while nothing affordable at the main shopping malls and streets.See all 346 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's the best way to make the most of Paris by foot?
We walked everywhere, only using the metro to get to and from our hotel with luggage. Just wander and let yourself literally get lost, particularly in the little streets of Montmartre, the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain. You could have a small map on you just in case but you'll hardly need it, as there are so many landmarks to help you work out where you are and which direction to go in. Mornings are the quietest time in my experience to just walk around.See all 75 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Paris while avoiding the crowds?
Fodor's travel guide for France said to get to Versailles by 9am to avoid crowds. I think most people have heard that advice and there was a huge line at 9:15! I recommend going a bit later to avoid that first crush. Go to the Louvre on Wednesday or Friday mid afternoon. The Louvre is open until 9:30pm those two days. The crowds significantly diminish by 5pm.See all 368 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What did you discover about the museums in Paris that wasn't in the guidebooks?
We took my granddaughter to Paris for her first time. We took her mainly to the normal tourist attractions and felt it was a good experience for her. In the future we will take her to more mountain areas, but this time we just wanted her to experience Paris. Her favorite area was Montmartre due to all of the small shops. She also loved the parks.See all 101 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in Paris that makes history come to life?
There is more culture and history in Paris than we could see in our stay, unfortunately. The city is like a living museum with its architecture and monuments and museums. The places like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe that you see in pictures your whole life are even more magnificent in person.See all 95 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Paris.
Paris has something quite unique: big and specialized stores. So if you want comics, there are huge stores for it. Same for kitchen equipment, ocean-themed stuff, and so on. Usually you have stores that are more generic, but in Paris you will find everything there is about a given topic.See all 96 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Paris?
Probably do the day bus trip if first trip, buy tickets to museums and art galleries in advance to avoid LONG queues. Watch the traffic at the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur and Montmartre and of course the Eiffel tower, a trip on the Seine in the Bateaux MouchesSee all 95 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Is there more to shopping in Paris than just brand-name stores?
Other than the champs élysées for the big branded shops like Louis Vuitton, most streets feature vintage shops which are excellently priced, I picked up a shirt for €1! Also check out kilo shops which price clothes and accessories based on weight which is great.See all 74 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Why do you recommend Paris for food?
The food in Paris is diverse but there's nowhere else you can get a simple and delicious Steak Frites with a glass of wine and watch people go by. The French have superior culinary offerings; fresh delicious food, well prepared and good value.See all 134 answers
The RER B suburban city train connects Charles de Gaulle to Gare du Nord, and beyond – it runs every 10 minutes from 5 am to 11:30 pm, costs around EUR 9.50 and the ride to central Paris takes about 50 minutes. You can also catch the Roissybus shuttle to Opéra – it operates every 15-30 minutes between 5:45 am and 11 pm, takes 45 to 60 minutes and costs EUR 10.50. Taxis are readily available, cost around EUR 50-70 and take 35-60 minutes depending on traffic.
There are a few transportation options from Orly to the center of Paris. Catch the Orlybus outside terminal entrances G or D, which takes 20 minutes and costs approximately EUR 7.50. For the train, catch the ORLYVAL shuttle train to Antony RER Station (around 8 minutes) then line B towards Mitry-Claye (approx. EUR 10.90 for the full trip). Taxis are readily available at Orly Airport – taxi stands are outside exits L and M and cost around EUR 40–55 to the center.
Paris’s train system is well organized and connects the entire city. There is no "central station" as such, but Gare du Nord to the north of Paris has many connections to the airports, RER lines (a high-speed suburban rail), Metro lines 4 and 5, and Eurostar and Thalys trains to international cities. Gare Montparnasse in the south of Paris and Gare de Lyon in the east have high-speed national train services to west, south and east of France.
The Paris Metro is the fastest and most reliable way to move around – once you get the hang of it. Services run from 5:30 am – 1:30 am Sunday to Thursday (until 2:15 am on Fridays, Saturdays and the day before public holidays). One-way tickets cost approximately EUR 1.70, ask for a "carnet" of 10 for 13.70, or pay EUR 6.80 for a one-day ticket, which includes unlimited travel in central Paris (zones 1 and 2). Tickets are available at multilingual machines in the station. Watch out for pickpockets!
Although there are many bus routes, traffic jams often make journeys slow. Where possible, stick to the Metro. If you do travel by bus, there are 64 routes that run between 5:45 am and 12:30 am weekdays and from 7 am – 8:30 pm Sundays. The 73 route goes up the Champs-Elysées and past the Arc de Triomphe, and the 69 goes past the Eiffel Tower. Tickets are available on board and cost around EUR 2 for a single journey, but it’s best to buy a "carnet" of 10 at the nearest Metro station.
Taxis are readily available in central Paris – just hail one on the street or stop at one of the many taxi stands, usually located near the Metro stations. Taxis are reasonably priced by European standards and a ten-minute ride in moderate city traffic will cost around EUR 15. There's usually a minimum charge of EUR 6.40. Some drivers may sometimes ask where you’re traveling to before you get in, even though it's technically forbidden.
Driving in Paris is not for the faint of heart. Traffic congestion is a continuous problem, especially between 8 – 11 am and 5 – 8 pm. Finding on-street parking (free after 7 pm) is difficult and you must have a "carte de stationnement" for pay-and-display machines (available at tabacs for EUR 15 or EUR 40). Road conditions are good and the highways easily connect you to other French and international cities.
One of the most pleasant ways to see the City of Lights is with pedal power. Pick up a bike from one of hundreds of "Velib"-branded stations throughout the city – most are within 300 yards of each other in the most populated parts of the city. You don’t need to subscribe – just bring a credit card, buy a ticket from the meter and you’re ready to go. Journeys of less than 30 minutes are free; anything longer then tickets cost around EUR 1.70 per day, and EUR 8.00 for seven days.
A true Parisian institution with its century-old large mirrors, windows and columns, Benoît is the only bistro in Paris to have been given a Michelin star. Now owned by Alain Ducasse, it's become known globally and there is even a replica in Tokyo! The lunch and dinner menus vary but most often you can find a chesnut soup and Burgandy snails. The crowd is generally older and one that likes their tradictional French cuisine.
Located right next to Georges Pompidou centre, this place offers salted or sweet crêpes and “tartines”: toasted slides of bread with a choice of topping. The service is quiet fast if it is a good value for the money. Suitable at lunchtime between friends, family members or if you need to ask your boss for a salary raise.
A little bit of Spain in Paris! Located right next to Saint-Jacques Park and Les Halles Shopping centre, this tapas restaurant offers planchas and Spanish brunches. It is populated with locals who miss Spain and tourists but remains indeniably one of the best places to eat croquetas, empanadas or planchas in Paris!
Looking for velvet cushions, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a beautiful view of the Seine River?Come here to enjoy the Belle Epoque atmosphere and outstanding French cuisine. The dishes change according to the seasons, however some of the specialities are Scallops with roasted wild prawns and sea bass grilled with sea salt. you can definetly go there for a romantic dinner or with a group of gourmet friends after a stroll along the Seine. When the weather is fine you can also dine on the terrace!
A very elegant, bistro-style restaurant where you can sample a simple sandwich or a fancier meal such as the sesame Espadon with olive oil purée. It welcomed a lot of different artists: Sarah Bernhardt, Jules Vernes or Emile Zola. Full of work colleagues at lunchtime and couples at dinner, Café Zimmer is the right place guaranteed in a district full of tourist traps.
Offering classic American dishes such as burgers, toasted sandwiches and hearty salads, the large front glass windows invite you in to the relaxed atmosphere. Don't miss the chance to try their creative cocktails! The Mexican burger with its salsa and sour cream toppings offers something different to try as well as the Cobb Salad with chicken, bacon, avocado and egg. The bar generates a young crowd mainly, especially during happy hour.
Possibly the only hot dog stand in Paris! They have 4 typesof hot dogs, l’Alsacien (with sauerkraut), Tex Mex, chicken and classic. Cheap,simple and quick for hungry shoppers in the Marais area.
Unusually vegetarian friendly, you will find a modern décor with art from all corners of the world. The artisanal onion rings served with a fresh salsa is a great appetizer and the tagine vegetables are served in its traditional pot. Ideal for families, couples and groups of friends.
With a Certificate of Excellence, Claude Colliot's menu consists of high quality fresh products created to seduce your tastebuds. The modern yet cosy restaurants allows a calming atmosphere. Examples the dishes include chocolate ice cream with black olives and a veal tartare. Despite the location, the crowd isn't touristy.
Decorated as an "alimentari", the traditional Italian grocery's stores, this cosy restaurant proposes Italian specialties, especially from Sardinia. Start with a "fantasia di antipasti", a mix of different saussages and ham accompanied by grilled vegetables, mozzarella and Pachino cherry tomatoes. Eventualy ask for spaghetti with seafood. Perfect for couples or friends.
An American-style diner with a menu packed full of meaty dishes including 14 different types of burger! Indulge yourself with a New York cheesecake, milkshake or come for brunch at the weekend. Hearty portions. Checkered table covers, kitsch decor with memorabilia of the Simpsons TV cartoon. Boisterous atmosphere. Couples, groups of friends.
Nestled away in a cobblestoned alley, this little place is known to have the best falafel in Paris. Crispy chickpea fritters in pita bread with fried eggplant, red cabbage and pickled cucumbers. Most opt for a take-away falafel and enjoy it as they stroll through the Marais. Good to know – you pay inside and then join the queue outside to get your order.
Opened in 1582, this gourmet-style restaurant offers a panoramic view of the river Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the typical Parisian roofs. It is internationally known for its duck dishes and some people say it inspired the animated movie, Ratatouille.
Located just a 3-minute walk from Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sola is housed in a 17th-century building with stone walls and exposed beams. It offers 2 rooms with 2 different atmospheres and serves minimalistic dishes inspired by French and Japanese cuisine. If you want to celebrate a romantic occasion, bring your lover to Sola and take your shoes off to enjoy a colourful and tasty combination of fresh products served by an excellent staff.
Offering offal specialities, this unique menu offers adventurous dishes for those daring restaurant goers as well as the more convential French cuisine for the faint hearted. Pigs nipples and pork ear terrine are just an example of the amuse bouches. Due to the nature of the menu, this restaurant is more advised for adults.
Set on a corner in the northern parts of the Marais area,this little bistro is wildly popular with hip young Parisians. It is almostalways crowded and proposes a range of classic cocktails, wine, beer andsimple, French dishes. Simple, warm décor.
Eggs, bacon, pancakes and bagels - this American-style diner serves breakfast throughout the day! Burgers, wraps, chili cheese fries and bottomless cups of Joe are also on the menu. Extremely popular for brunch during the week-end, so try to go on a week day to avoid standing in line.
This design restaurant, imagined by designers Laurent Taïeb and Philippe Starck, offers a panoramic view of the city of lights and the river Seine.Very fashionable and trendy, you must go there to sample an Asian-style dish mixed with French tastes! And who knows... you might meet a movie star on the terrace or at the bar!
Located in the heart of the city of light, this trendy restaurant, decorated in a bistrot-style changes its menu every day. You need to try the babybel croquettes or the salmon tartar. Full of not morning-persons, it is also very well-known for its brunches.
At Chez Denise - La Tour de Montlhéry, you will be able to sample very typical french dishes: snails, boeuf bourguignon, etc. This restaurant with tables for 2 and 4 is perfect if you want to seduce somebody or laugh with your friends and … it is open until 05:00!
A gastronomic restaurant, an atelier and an art gallery all underone roof! The décor is modern and minimalistic and the contemporary cuisine isstrongly influenced by the chef’s many trips to Asia. Inventive fusion dishes and an open kitchen, so you can watch the chefs as they work. Good for couples.
Set along the Seine banks, this loft-style restaurant has wooden tables and serves traditional French dishes. On sunny days, you can enjoy the south-facing terrace with views of the river and share a pizza with your friends, also to go. Mostly tourists and young Parisians go there to enjoy the river. Specialities: Pollock tartare with mango and coriander and Pear tart served with hazelnut icecream.
Located in the Marais area, this is the place to go to eat one of the best crepes you can find in Paris and drink delicious sider. You can start with a galette classic with artichaut and then move to the crêpe with butter and brown sugar for a sweet finishing touch. Oysters from Cancale can also be enjoyed on site. The owner exported the concept in Tokyo where he opened another creperie.
Traditional restaurant in the heart of the 1st arrondissement, which never closes its doors. Full of young people eating after a night out. Its specialities: pork dishes and homemade onion soup.
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