Paris

Travel Guide
Eiffel Tower which includes 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.

Where to stay in Paris

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, 95700
The price is CA $145 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Roissy-en-France. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,947 reviews)
"Staff was very accommodating to us when we checked in late at night. The restaurant was able to seat us as well even though it was five minutes to closing. Since the hotel is in an area without many shops and restaurants, we were relieved to have a hot meal after our long journey! The braised chicken ..."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport, an IHG Hotel
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
4 out of 5
18 avenue de Suffren, Entrée au 22 rue Jean Rey, Paris, Paris, 75015
The price is CA $492 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (976 reviews)
"I did not like the fact that I had a 7 hour flight I requested a early check in and I was not granted so I had to pay for another room to take a nap until our original room was readying got in @7am and Check in wasn’t until 3pm"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
4 out of 5
30 A rue d'Alsace, Paris, 75010
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $189 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,082 reviews)
"More than expected given the area. Best Choice if your trains are gare nord or gare l’est."

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l'Est
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.
Aparthotel Adagio Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Aparthotel Adagio Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
4 out of 5
14 Rue Du Theatre, Paris, Paris, 75015
The price is CA $231 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,002 reviews)
"Beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower at floor 28. Paid only extra £15 for this, it was very much worth the money. Clean bathroom, beds and nice long curtains that keeps the room dark during the bright mornings. Beds very comfy with little torch lights if needed for reading. Only 10 minute walk to the ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2022

Aparthotel Adagio Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Residhome Paris Opéra
Residhome Paris Opéra
4 out of 5
30 Rue Joubert, Paris, Paris, 75009
The price is CA $298 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Paris. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,138 reviews)
"Nice clean place with friendly staff a great location"

Reviewed on Apr. 16, 2022

Residhome Paris Opéra
Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
5 out of 5
6 Boulevard De Neuilly, Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine, 92400
The price is CA $234 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Courbevoie. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (513 reviews)
"Very clean property, wonderful breakfast, pleasant staff. Location is situated beside the metro, and a taxi stand is right in front of the hotel. If you want to call a taxi, the staff will gladly do it for you. There is also a app in the lobby that you can order one avoiding the exchange of cash. ..."

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
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.

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