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

Paris City Centre
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Paris City Centre

Museums, Monuments, Architecture

Paris City Centre is a vibrant neighborhood that's popular for its cafés. In addition to its architecture, the neighborhood has many charming qualities. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the museums and monuments.

Marais
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Marais

Museums, Cafes, Architecture

Admire historic and architectural marvels and visit one of the largest museums of modern art in Europe in the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements of Paris.

7th Arrondissement
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7th Arrondissement

Tours, Cafes, Museums

Visit this district’s well-known attraction, the iconic Eiffel Tower, and its other superb historic buildings and museums.

1st Arrondissement
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1st Arrondissement

Museums, Architecture, Monuments

Few urban districts in Europe have a higher concentration of artistic masterpieces and breathtaking architecture than this neighborhood.

8th Arrondissement
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8th Arrondissement

Cafes, Museums, Sunsets

Featuring the most famous street in Paris, this district is strongly linked to Napoleon’s rise and France’s dark years of revolution. 

6th Arrondissement
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6th Arrondissement

Cafes, Museums, Churches

Read about Parisian intelligentsia, discover the lively Latin Quarter and enjoy scenic gardens and bohemian café culture.

Top Hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Vienna House Dream Castle Marne La Vallée
4 out of 5
40 Avenue de la Fosse des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre
¥16,829/night
Aug 18 - Aug 19
4/5Very Good! (7,999 reviews)

"Great service and very clean. Restaurants are way over priced. We ate in the villages nesrby."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Vienna House Dream Castle Marne La Vallée
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ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, Tremblay-en-France
¥8,338/night
Aug 8 - Aug 9
3.8/5Good! (4,546 reviews)

"Proximity to the train station and airport terminal was awesome!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

ibis Paris CDG Airport
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citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
4 out of 5
7 Rue de Rome, Tremblay-en-France
¥8,338/night
Aug 7 - Aug 8
4.5/5Wonderful! (4,171 reviews)

"Always stay at citizenM Paris CDG when I am passing through Paris. Love it!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle

Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

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

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

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

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

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. 

Moulin Rouge
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Moulin Rouge

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

A monumental masterpiece in French gothic architecture on the outside, inside this landmark cathedral is a serene place of worship for devotees of religion and art.

Opéra Garnier
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Opéra Garnier

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

Top activities in Paris

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

¥8,233

Treat yourself to the magic of Disneyland® Paris. You can choose between 2 incredible Disney Parks, the original Disneyland® Park or the Walt Disney Studios® Park. Or, for the ultimate Disney adventure, you can choose a 2-park ticket and visit both.

Dinner at the 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant
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Dinner at the 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant

¥17,749

Experience a unique and exclusive dining experience on the first floor of the most famous monument in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. While enjoying stunning views of the City of Light, enjoy a multi-course dinner that features classic French dishes and elegant desserts.

Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

¥10,774

Set sail for an unforgettable evening on the water as you soak in the majesty of the illuminated landmarks that line the Seine. Step aboard a glass-enclosed boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and settle into your seat.

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

¥3,607

Discover all the romance, history, and atmosphere of the French capital on an open-air double-decker bus. Explore the City of Light at your own pace, scoping out world-famous monuments like Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower and hopping off to get a closer look at Parisian landmarks.

Comprehensive Louvre Tour: Skip-the-Line & Explore More
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Comprehensive Louvre Tour: Skip-the-Line & Explore More

¥6,372

Visit the Louvre Museum’s must-see attractions and discover under-appreciated treasures in this comprehensive tour. Skip-the-Line access gives you more time to absorb all that the massive museum has to offer.

Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

¥1,748

Batobus stops include: 1. Eiffel Tower, Port de la Bourdonnais 2. Musée d'Orsay, Quai de Solferino 3. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Quai Malaquais 4. Notre-Dame Cathedral, Quai de Montebello 5. Jardin des Plantes, close to Pont d'Austerlitz 6.

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The LeBrun Instagram Diaries: Promenade in Paris
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The LeBrun Instagram Diaries: Promenade in Paris

Second episode of an ongoing blog series that follows a young female backpacker and her husband around the world

A tour of Paris in pictures
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A tour of Paris in pictures

Capturing the essence of the City of Light

7 floor plans of famous hotel rooms from film
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7 floor plans of famous hotel rooms from film

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