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With a deserved reputation as one of the world’s most cultural and romantic cities, it is easy to forget that Paris is also one of the busiest and most exciting.

As a destination, Paris really does have it all – from world class galleries and museums such as The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to stunning modern architecture and globally renowned shopping.

Home to well over two million people, Paris is a fantastic example of contemporary French style which is characterised by a unique mix of classic and modern influences. Divided into 20 districts spiralling clockwise from the centre of the city, Paris is also divided into left and right banks by the Seine. As you might expect, each of these districts are quite distinct, making it easy to experience various different sides to Parisian culture in even a relatively short visit.

Renowned for its stunning landmarks, Paris is home to some of the world’s best known sights. Ranging from the simple medieval beauty of Notre Dame cathedral to the grand spectacles of Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, Paris is as picturesque as it is pleasant. One of the most popular districts of Paris for visitors is Montmatre – the artistic heart of the city and home to the Moulin Rouge. Climbing the district’s cobbled streets is a must, not only as a chance to visit the magnificent Basilique du Sacré Cœur but also to admire the stunning view across the city. In the far distance stand the skyscrapers of the La Defense business district – itself worth a visit to see La Grande Arche, an enormous modernist monument to France’s humanitarian ideals. You can gain access to all Paris’s best attractions without breaking the bank with the Paris Pass.

The Paris Metro system is quick and inexpensive making it very simple to traverse the city, but many prefer simply to allow themselves to wander around the twisting streets and grand boulevards such as the Champs-Élysées. Particularly popular areas to visit include Le Marais with its intimate bars and beautiful architecture, as well as the upscale districts of St-Germain-de-Pres and St-Michel – Paris’ intellectual hub.

It is often said that food and fashion are Paris’ two greatest love affairs, and it is easy to see why. Wherever you go, exceptional food and drink are never more than a moment away. From a quick café express and croissant at a pavement café to a silver service dinner with fine wines, the city heaves with choice and variety. Should shopping be more your thing, a stroll along the famous Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is sure to delight – the perfect place to indulge your passions for the world’s most revered international fashion houses.

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Where to stay in Paris

Paris City Center, Paris, France

Paris City Center

4/5Very Good!(15 area reviews)

Palais Royal and Louvre Museum are a few top attractions in Paris City Center. Hop around the city on the metro at Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre Metro Station or Louvre - Rivoli Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, stunning cathedral and charming cafes.

Paris City Center
Marais - Pompidou - Notre Dame de Paris which includes a square or plaza and modern architecture as well as a large group of people

Marais

4.5/5Wonderful!(144 area reviews)

Travellers love Marais for its popular shops, and you can see more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Saint-Paul Station or Saint-Sebastien - Froissart Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Canal Saint-Martin and Picasso Museum.

Marais
8th Arrondissement which includes a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(411 area reviews)

Travellers love 8th Arrondissement for its popular shops, and you can see more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Saint-Philippe du Roule Station or Miromesnil Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Champs-Elysees and Grand Palais.

8th Arrondissement
Montmartre featuring views and a city

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(137 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Montmartre, you might enjoy attractions like Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Place du Tertre. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Abbesses Station to see more of the city.

Montmartre
7th Arrondissement featuring street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(240 area reviews)

7th Arrondissement is highly notable for its charming cafes, and you might want to visit top sights like Les Invalides and Rue Cler. See more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Varenne Station or La Tour-Maubourg Station.

7th Arrondissement
6th Arrondissement featuring a statue or sculpture and a park

6th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(108 area reviews)

Known for its beautiful gardens and charming cafes, there's plenty to explore in 6th Arrondissement. Check out top attractions like Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Sulpice Church, and jump on the metro at Saint-Sulpice Station or Rennes Station to see more of the city.

6th Arrondissement

Top hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
3 out of 5
38-40 Rue Saint Séverin, Paris, Paris
The price is £70 per night

Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my stay. The service was very exceptional and nice."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
4 out of 5
7 Rue de Rome, Roissypole, Terminal 3, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
The price is £75 per night

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Parc Asterix and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,045 reviews)

"I really liked the personalized aspect of it, and I was also a big fan of the light controls:)"…"

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2020

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
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

Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Disney Village and Walt ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,677 reviews)

"Over all the place is amazing, beautiful and clean! However the morning eggs tasted like rubber and the transportation coming back from the parks was ridiculous!! We ended up walking back to the hotel (30 minute walk) b/c that was faster then waiting for a bus to come back and possibly not get on! ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

B&B Hotel at Disneyland® Paris

Popular places to visit in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,466 reviews)

Nothing says Paris like this landmark of iron latticework emblematic of the City of Light. 

Disneyland® Paris
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Disneyland® Paris

4.5/5(684 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Disneyland® Paris and see why people love this theme park in Chessy. Discover the entertainment choices and shops in this quaint area.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(1,042 reviews)

Home to the Mona Lisa, and instantly recognizable by its glass pyramid, this landmark has vast collections of well-known art from France and around the world. 

Val d'Europe
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Val d'Europe

4.5/5(106 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Val d'Europe, a favourite shopping spot in Paris. Visit the theme park and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(1,233 reviews)

An imposing monument at the center of a busy traffic intersection, the archway rises majestically above the city, with coveted city views.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge
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La Machine du Moulin Rouge

4/5(395 reviews)

Tour the home of the cancan dance to find out about its lurid beginnings. The night club has been the inspiration for cabarets across Europe.

Top things to do in Paris

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
£35
Per adult
Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

90% of travellers recommend
£71
Per adult
Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

80% of travellers recommend
£15
Per adult
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

84% of travellers recommend
£13
Per adult
Bateaux-Mouches Sightseeing Cruise on the Seine River
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Bateaux-Mouches Sightseeing Cruise on the Seine River

84% of travellers recommend
£12
Per adult
Paris in a Day: Eiffel Tower, Seine Cruise & Optional Louvre
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Paris in a Day: Eiffel Tower, Seine Cruise & Optional Louvre

94% of travellers recommend
£148
Per adult

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.79204892966361%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.0244648318042815%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Apr 2020

Took 2 weekends in Paris in summer 2019 - loved it! The hotel was fantastic. Eurostar from St Pancras was so easy. Cafes and restaurants in Paris were wonderful. We avoided the usually tourist traps and explored the city by foot - 100% recommend!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

Loved the Marais quarter. Know Paris well so didn’t feel need to do lots of touristy things.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Integrated transport system makes Paris easy to get around and getting to places of interest is pretty straightforward.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Architecture, History, Restaurants, Total atmosphere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Lovely

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Very nice city with excellent food and wine, will definitely visit again. Do your search well when you book a place to stay...

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