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Visit Paris

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

Paris City Centre
Paris City Centre which includes a fountain, street scenes and heritage architecture

Paris City Centre

Known for Museums, Monuments, Architecture

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning cathedral, and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Paris City Centre. Top attractions like Palais Royal and Louvre Museum are major draws. Catch the metro at Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre Metro Station or Louvre - Rivoli Station to see more of the city.

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

Marais

Known for Museums, Cafes, Architecture

4.5/5(508 reviews)

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.

Montmartre
Montmartre showing views and a city

Montmartre

Known for Cathedrals, Cafes, Churches

4.5/5(325 reviews)

Presided over by the Sacré-Cœur, this charming neighborhood is still reminiscent of its days as an enclave for some of the world’s greatest artists.

8th Arrondissement
8th Arrondissement showing a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

Known for Cafes, Museums, Sunsets

4.5/5(1,725 reviews)

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
6th Arrondissement which includes a park and a statue or sculpture

6th Arrondissement

Known for Cafes, Museums, Churches

4.5/5(495 reviews)

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

7th Arrondissement
7th Arrondissement which includes street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

Known for Tours, Cafes, Museums

4.5/5(1,617 reviews)

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

Top Hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
¥8,647
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre and within 12 mi (20 km) of Parc Asterix and Parc ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,722 reviews)

"Very modern and sleek. Room was small but comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
4 out of 5
3, Place du Général Kœnig, Paris, Paris
¥15,551
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palais des Congres de Paris, Champs-Elysees, and Arc de Triomphe. Luis Vuitton Foundation ...

4.2/5Very Good! (770 reviews)

"It's really a 4-star hotel. High quality, Convenient location."…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2019

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
ibis Paris CDG Airport
ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
¥8,338
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Aeroville Shopping Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Usines Centre Outlet Shopping Mall and Paris ...

3.9/5Good! (5,135 reviews)

"Close to CDG terminal 3. Restaurants on premises, although closed during some parts of the day. Flights come and go at any time, so a flexible eating joint would be a plus."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

ibis Paris CDG Airport

Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(7,448 reviews)

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

4.5/5(6,224 reviews)

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

Disneyland® Paris
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Disneyland® Paris

4.5/5(956 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Disneyland® Paris and find out why this is a popular amusement park in Chessy. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this family-friendly area.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(4,869 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. 

Moulin Rouge
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Moulin Rouge

4/5(1,552 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

4.5/5(4,692 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Paris

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

¥6,755

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 Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

¥11,943

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.

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

¥2,051

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.

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour
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Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour

¥4,705

Take a trip back in time while at the Louvre, once a grand former palace and now the world's most famous museum.Along with your map and audio tour guide, you'll receive additional details for your day at the Louvre from our offices.

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

¥2,353

Plan your Paris adventure with Big Bus: hop-on, hop-off tickets and tours designed to help you experience the very best of the City of Lights. We have two routes to show the best Paris has to offer and both are included in your ticket price.

Wifi everywhere in Zurich
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Wifi everywhere in Zurich

¥1,186

Stop hunting WiFi spots. Instead of paying data roaming fees or hunting free WiFi spots, stay connected everywhere and anytime with high speed WiFi. The pocket WiFi is a mobile WiFi Hotspot that you can take everywhere to get online on the go.

Reviews of Paris

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.569627143245942%
3 - Okay
566
3 - Okay 5.134718316247845%
2 - Disappointing
109
2 - Disappointing 0.9888415131996734%
1 - Terrible
40
1 - Terrible 0.36287761952281594%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

The highlights of my trip were going for dinner and a show at Le Lido de Paris and taking a pastry class at Cook’n with Class. I highly recommend both experiences!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

There was a strike. Transportation was complicated

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

Wonderful city

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

Paris transportation strike was a bummer.

5/5 - Excellent

Angelina

Dec 10, 2019

Dress properly for cold temperatures

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

It is a magical place that aroused all of my senses. I can’t wait to return.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Paris

10 Things You Can Only Buy in Paris
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10 Things You Can Only Buy in Paris

Discover unique items you’ll only find in Paris, from sumptuous chocolate and confections to antique books.

The Top 8 Museums in Paris
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The Top 8 Museums in Paris

To truly have the Paris experience, you need to live through its art. Visiting one of the city’s art museums is a great way to understand the city.

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