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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.

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Where to stay in Paris

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

Marais

4.5/5Wonderful!(92 area reviews)

Travelers 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 Hotel de Ville and Picasso Museum.

Marais
Montmartre which includes a city and views

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(56 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 neighborhood'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!(198 area reviews)

Enjoy the charming cafés in 7th Arrondissement. Les Invalides is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Varenne Station or La Tour-Maubourg Station to see more of Paris.

7th Arrondissement
8th Arrondissement which includes a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(258 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in 8th Arrondissement. Champs-Elysees is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Saint-Philippe du Roule Station or Miromesnil Station to see more of Paris.

8th Arrondissement
6th Arrondissement showing a park and a statue or sculpture

6th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(71 area reviews)

Known for its beautiful gardens and charming cafés, 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
9th Arrondissement showing street scenes as well as a small group of people

9th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(258 area reviews)

Known for its charming cafés 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

Top Hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
Free cancellation
The price is CA $94 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Golf Disneyland Paris. Disney Village and Walt Disney ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,619 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 Mar. 6, 2020

B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
The price is CA $99 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 23

This family-friendly Serris residence is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. Disneyland® Paris and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (3,645 reviews)

"i enjoyed my stay very much, customer service was brilliant."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2020

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $183 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,658 reviews)

"Hotel was very clean and the hotel is fantastic for children off all ages. The staff were very helpful and friendly and is close to Disney where a shuttle bus runs back and forward every 20 minutes. We could not fault anything about our experience at the Explorers hotel and would certainly recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2020

Explorers Hotel

Popular places to visit in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,334 reviews)

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

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(757 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. 

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(1,149 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(250 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.

Palais Garnier
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Palais Garnier

4.5/5(303 reviews)

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

Champs-Elysees
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Champs-Elysees

4.5/5(283 reviews)

Sublime architectural sites and some of the best shopping in Paris ensure that you can happily spend a day or two exploring this famous street. 

Top things to do in Paris

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

CA $48
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

CA $23
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

CA $26
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

CA $123
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours
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The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours

CA $205
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting
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French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting

CA $40
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 32.31182795698925%
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3 - Okay 6.344086021505376%
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2 - Disappointing 1.5053763440860215%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 25, 2020

I give it excellent as I’ve been before, This time everything was closed and police checks for your Attestation, resin to be outside. I did walk around with the form filled out for exercise. It was surreal to see the city empty.

4/5 - Good

Josh

Mar 23, 2020

Nice city. Lots to do here

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

We loved Musee de Musique, Musee Cluny, Musee Rodin and its surrounding gardens where we had not been before. We had wonderful meals within the immediate neighbourhood of Acacia Hotel. We found transport throughout the city was excellent.

2/5 - Disappointing

Jack

Mar 22, 2020

Stayed only two days due to the COVID-19 situation.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2020

Great walking city even in the rain.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

Very old beautiful city, so many options to choose from when shopping or selecting restaurants. Very unique experience.

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