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Paris

A short break in the French capital is the perfect tonic; arrive feeling jaded and after a few hours you’ll be filled with va-va-voom!

Paris is often said to be the most romantic city in the world. Hugging the banks of the River Seine, it is divided into twenty districts, known as arrondissements, each with its own distinct atmosphere and share of interesting attractions. From the medieval charm of Le Marais to the bohemian Left Bank, the quaint artists’ quarter of Montmartre to the ultra-fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Près, the blend of ancient and modern is seamless.

This compact city is easy to get around on foot, with a public transport system that’s simple to use and drops you conveniently close to all the main sights. The famous Paris Metro has some beautifully designed stations which are well worth a look in their own right, while buses are reliable and cheap. For a romantic alternative, consider catching a boat along the river.

However you choose to explore, you will soon be seduced by the city’s special charms. Window-shop in the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to see why Paris is the world capital of haute couture, with labels such as Lanvin, Hermès and Dior presenting their beautiful creations in opulent displays. Then treat yourself to a delicately flavoured macaroon at the famous Ladurée patisserie on the Champs-Elysées or a flaky croissant straight from the oven of a street corner bakery.

As well as being a world-famous shopping destination, Paris is also revered for its culture. Painters, musicians, writers and film directors have all been inspired by its beauty, and its museums and galleries are among the best in the world. Visitors queue for hours just to see the inscrutable smile of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum or the Picasso masterpieces at the National Museum of Modern Art housed on two floors of the iconic Pompidou Centre. The Palais Garnier is an opulent setting for performances of opera and ballet, while the Musée d’Orsay houses its priceless collection of French Impressionist paintings in a beautifully converted former railway station.

No visit to Paris would be complete without taking the lift to the top level of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy panoramic views across the whole city before heading for the champagne bar to drink a toast to romance.

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Where to stay in Paris

Marais - Pompidou - Notre Dame de Paris featuring modern architecture and a square or plaza 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 which includes a city and views

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 a city and street scenes

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
9th Arrondissement featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

9th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(458 area reviews)

Known for its charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in 9th Arrondissement. Check out top attractions like Galeries Lafayette and Grevin Museum, and jump on the metro at Saint-Georges Station or Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Station to see more of the city.

9th Arrondissement
15th Arrondissement which includes a city and heritage elements

15th Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(321 area reviews)

Enjoy the charming cafes in 15th Arrondissement. Tour Montparnasse is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Felix Faure Station or Boucicaut Station to see more of Paris.

15th 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 €75 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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,297 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
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! (2,957 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
Explorers Hotel Marne-la-Vallée
Explorers Hotel Marne-la-Vallée
3 out of 5

This family-friendly Magny-le-Hongre hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Golf Disneyland Paris. Disney Village ...

3.8/5Good! (6,539 reviews)

"The layout of the hotel , swimming pool and the rooms were a good size"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Explorers Hotel Marne-la-Vallée

Popular places to visit in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,466 reviews)

The views from the top of this iconic symbol of Paris are an unmissable highlight of any visit.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(1,042 reviews)

One of the world’s biggest and best art collections is housed in one of Paris’s most beautiful buildings.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(1,233 reviews)

This iconic Parisian landmark commemorates one of Napoleon’s most famous victories and offers panoramic views from the top.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge
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La Machine du Moulin Rouge

4/5(395 reviews)

Whether you fell in love with the film or are a fan of the iconic architecture, don’t miss one of the greatest stage shows and most well-known landmarks in Paris.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame

4/5(1,164 reviews)

The gothic façade of Paris’s principal place of worship is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

Palais Garnier
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Palais Garnier

4.5/5(386 reviews)

Attend a performance, browse museum exhibits and marvel at the opulent design of one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. 

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
€39
Per adult
Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

90% of travellers recommend
€79
Per adult
The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours
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The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours

72% of travellers recommend
€132
Per adult
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

84% of travellers recommend
€15
Per adult
The Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show - Féerie
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The Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show - Féerie

92% of travellers recommend
€100
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
€17
Per adult

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1906
5 - Excellent 58.28746177370031%
4 - Good
1105
4 - Good 33.79204892966361%
3 - Okay
197
3 - Okay 6.0244648318042815%
2 - Disappointing
43
2 - Disappointing 1.3149847094801224%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.581039755351682%

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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