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As the birthplace of the Age of Enlightenment and a constant trendsetter in the world of fashion, Paris has cemented itself as one of the world's must-see cities. In a country known for exceptional food, style and culture, the capital delivers on all three counts.

The city is split into 20 districts (known as 'arrondissements'), which all display their own character. Le Marais (in the fourth arrondissement) is famed for its medieval, meandering lanes, full of traditional patisseries and chic boutiques. The area is also home to the iconic cathedral of Notre-Dame, considered one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture.

The seventh arrondissement is home to some of Paris' most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and Musée d'Orsay. Neighbouring districts also have plenty to offer, such as the famous Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Opéra Garnier. In the centre of Paris you'll find the world-famous Musée du Louvre, home to tens of thousands of works of art, including da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa'. Further outside the city, but still worth a visit, are the mysterious Catacombs and the Château de Versailles.

Each French city takes pride in its cuisine and Paris is no exception, offering some of the world's best food. You'll find everything from three-Michelin-starred establishments like Restaurant Guy Savoy, to laid-back bistros like La Mascotte.

Offering fun for visitors of all ages, Disneyland Paris is located to the east of the city, in the suburb of Marne-la-Vallée and can be reached easily by train.

Tonight

From £40 per night

This weekend

From £79 per night

Next weekend

From £79 per night

Most popular time to visit December–February
Cheapest time to visit September–November
Local currency € 10 = £9.01
Language French
Average weekend price £111 per night
Average weekday price £108 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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What other travellers say about Paris

6.0

Paris, The City of Meh...

6 January 2016

If it wasn't for the Eiffel Tower, Paris wouldn't have much to offer except huge expense. The food is good, but not worth the prices and all the portions would satisfy children no older than 10. A "polite" Parisian would be considered offstandish and surly in most other countries. They smile occassionally- when you hand them money. I travel a lot and Paris is the most tourist filled city I have ever been to, and that is one reason I never plan on going back. The Eiffel Tower wait, in the middle of Winter even with a tour is approx. a 3 hour wait to get to the top. Half of that wait is on the 2nd floor exposed to the elements with no heat. The Louvre- the wait can be 5-6 hours long to get in. You can't really plan a schedule in Paris because of these things. Many better ways to improve how Paris does their wait times for attractions, but it won't happen because people will continue to stand in place for hours like trained sheep. Overall it wasn't bad, but unless you stay in a hostel for about 4 days in Paris look to spend at least 500-800 Euro (not including travel), and stand through long lines for hours for the privilige to spend that money. Maybe after WW2 Paris was romantic, but I didn't see anything romantic about modern day Paris: huge lines, huge expense, soldiers, migrants, and refugees all over the place, grafitti and trash around the edges, the actual citizens live in buildings that resemble communist country architecture. The PR people are what created the image of Paris, but in this city the image is very far from the reality.

Ronald
Ronald United States
10

Paris J'ai t'aime

18 January 2016

Be smart about how to travel. if you are under 26, get the under 26 travel ticket its only 3.8E for the day. During the week you need to ask for this as the help desk of any station and during the weekend you can get it from the ticket machine, If you don't want to do that get a book of ten. Most things are walk-able distance, so if you are good with a map get some comfortable shoes on and walk! (i usually walk and find it more enjoyable than being stuck on the metro) all the sign posts though are pretty self explanatory, so really easy to move around. Unless you know where you are going don't take the bus. wear comfortable shores. try not to go to busy restaurants, you will end up paying more, except use apps like Dojo, there recommendations are spot on. plan ahead what you will eat. as a vegetarian i really struggled with what i could and couldn't eat. if you want to see museums going during the week is the best time as it super quiet. as i go to Paris regularly, i always hit up the same spots. Find the district you like then really get to know it, you will be surprised at how different each district is and how much they have to offer in terms of food/ bars/ local history to that area. be smart and aware of things like money, pick pockets are strong in Paris, so i always pay by my card. the interest is small on my account so i don't mind taking the hit. other than than Paris is pretty much like most cities, easy to navigate once you know how. you get top point to attempting to speak french. but most of the time people can clock that your English so there will be an English menu to hand. :)

Rachel
Rachel United Kingdom
10

Nice, beautiful city

4 January 2016

I was trying to live with a 30 euros/day budget, but it's isn't enough in Paris. I'd say that Paris is 50% more expensive than the average price in Europe. I mean, you can do it with 30 euros, but you'll have to miss some things. It is a really big city, enough things to see for 4~5 days if you like to walk. The main points are near one another (Louvre, d'Orsay, Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Jardin des Tuileries, Notre-Dame, bridge of the lockers, Eiffel Tower (15min walk)). I went there on new year 2015-2016, so it was winter and there wasn't much nature life around to see, even so the city was really beautiful. When I go there again, I'll do it in summer or spring, think it will be way better. There are lots of cultures around, and you can see and sense that everywhere, but I feel like they don't mix. It is really easy to get around with the metro, you just need to read the maps fixed in the metro entrances and walks. I loved the metro street artists, there wasn't one ride I took that dind't have one. Oh, yeah, almost forgot. I went there alone and it wasn't than much of a fun. It was worth knowing the city, having a feel of one of the most known cities in the world, but next time I'll do it with my girlfriend, because I think the best thing about Paris is the romance and the fun you can create out of the things you see, and share that with someone. Lastly. I didn't like and didn't understand why they don't let people step on the grass in the parks... that's ridiculous.

Felipe
Felipe Brazil
10

Hommage a Paris

23 January 2016

Paris is the most beautiful and my favorite city in the world and I've visited 101 countries so far. Some cities are beautiful because of their natural location, for example San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro, but there city centers are much like any other. Paris is beautiful for what man has done with flat land and swamps by the side of a river. It took centuries to build this gorgeous city where you can find Roman ruins, iconic landmarks like the Tour Eiffel, Louver museum, and Arc de Triumph, stunning 19th century Haussmannian architecture, and the most modern of buildings. Paris, the City of Lights, is a walking city with something new to discover when you turn each corner. The bistros and cafes with tables and seats outside where you can sit with a coffee or glass of wine and watch the world go buy. Some say Paris is more an open air museum than a vibrant city like London, but I disagree. Though I know both cities well, and London has its pluses, I prefer the less hectic pace and serene beauty of Paris. Also, when you throw in the quality of the food and wine available in France and Paris, in my view, Paris wins!

John
John France
8.0

A great weekend break

1 February 2016

Paris is so easy to get around .Don t worry if you re not' 'on top of' the Eiffel Tower . The metro is brilliant ,cheap and easy to use , We left our hotel in Mont Martre ,Jules Joffrin metro and by lunch time had walked from Place de Concorde up Champs Élysées to Arc de Triomphe and then to the Eiffel Tower and surrounding area . Walked to Metro then lunch in Marais near St Paul . We didn t go up ET as just a toe in the water for one of us who wanted to get orientated ,plus low cloud . Try the many excellent French restaurants in back Streets at Abesses ,Marais and Mont Martre near Sacre Coeur . The set menus and wine are all good value for city restaurants . We took a taxi from Airport on the Fri night as we had restaurant booked for Fri eve ..it took 1 hr 20 mins And €70 !! Traffic typical for a Friday night apparently . Have confidence and get the train € 10 and takes just over an hr . We can recommend Seb'on restaurant on Rue D' Orselle near Abesses metro and in area of Moulin Rouge a small bistro Le Colibri on rue Veron. both small excellent food popular with French and great atmosphere. The museums ,palace of Versailles and Seine trips are great when you have more time . We ll do that again on our return . So much to see and do ,great for walking around too A must for everyone .Everyone we met as,very welcoming and helpful.

hilary
hilary United Kingdom
8.0

Friendly Paris

15 December 2015

Paris has changed enormously during the last 50 years I have been visiting. In the 1970s and 1980s I found Parisians had an attitude and not particularly friendly to visitors but on this trip I didn't find this to be the case. Parisians were very friendly and they spoke excellent English. While my ability to speak French has declined through lack of use their ability to speak English has improved remarkably. Paris is known as a beautiful city and there is much to explore. Did a short walk in the 10th arrondissement and thought the small businesses delightful - small fruit juice bars, coffee bars, tea shops, restaurants. The neighbourhood was thriving and filled with small neighbourhood shops and restaurants. Would like to spend more time exploring the city on foot and by bike on a future visit. At dusk on a blue sky winter's day went on the large ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde and views over Paris and down Champs-Élysées were spectacular. I have had poor meals in Paris on previous visits but on this visit I ate very well; the food was very good.

Richard
Richard Guernsey

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