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.

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Where to stay in Paris

Le Grand Hotel de Normandie
Le Grand Hotel de Normandie
4 out of 5
4 rue d'Amsterdam, Paris, Paris
The price is $85 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boulevard Haussmann and Galeries Lafayette. Palais Garnier and Place Vendome are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (950 reviews)
"Location was great. Right across from Saint Lazare station and within walking distance to a lot of other neighbourhoods - Place de Clichy, Opera. And lots of shopping in the area near Galeries Lafayette. Front desk staff was friendly and spoke English fluently. Rooms were clean and had a fridge and ..."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2021

Le Grand Hotel de Normandie
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
The price is $86 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Paris Nord 2 International Business Park, Aeroville Shopping Center, and Usines Centre Outlet ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,950 reviews)
"Everything was great."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Duquesne Eiffel
Hotel Duquesne Eiffel
3 out of 5
23 Avenue Duquesne, Paris, Paris
The price is $143 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Les Invalides and Rue Cler. Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"Beautiful and lovely staff. Had a great stay"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2021

Hotel Duquesne 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 $56 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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 Good! (5,082 reviews)
"This was a great place to stay for a budget trip to Disney. There was a little kitchenette as promised and with a kettle. We basically just used it as a place to sleep between our days at Disney. The bus was so easy - right outside the hotel and 2 euros per person ecah way. Perfect."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

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 $170 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
This family-friendly Paris residence is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Notre-Dame, and Rue de Rivoli. Luxembourg Gardens ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,753 reviews)
"Great hotel. The rooms had plenty of space. Staff very helpful."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Marriott Village d'Ile-de-France
Marriott Village d'Ile-de-France
1, Allee de l'Orme-Rond, Bailly-Romainvilliers, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $122 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
This family-friendly Bailly-Romainvilliers aparthotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Golf Disneyland® Paris and Val d'Europe. La Vallee ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (716 reviews)
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"We loved the place this is my second visit and would not be our last one."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Marriott Village d'Ile-de-France
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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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