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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

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

Paris City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(32 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning cathedral, and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Paris City Center. 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.

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

Marais

4.5/5Wonderful!(544 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 showing views and a city

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(349 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 which includes street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,778 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 showing a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,884 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 which includes a park and a statue or sculpture

6th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(524 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

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
The price is ¥8,709 per night

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre and within 12 mi (20 km) of Parc Asterix and Stade ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,049 reviews)

"A funky , comfortable, clean and friendly hotel that is superior to many hotels but more especially to other airport hotels stayed in!! Its a holiday!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
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
The price is ¥12,617 per night

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,672 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
Hotel Monceau Wagram
Hotel Monceau Wagram
4 out of 5
7 Rue Rennequin, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥7,441 per night

Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, Champs-Elysees, and Parc Monceau. Arc de Triomphe and ...

3.8/5Good! (604 reviews)

"Extremely well situated. Staff very helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Hotel Monceau Wagram

Popular places to visit in Paris

Disneyland® Paris
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Disneyland® Paris

4.5/5(1,008 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Disneyland® Paris and find out why this is a popular amusement park in Chessy. Discover the entertainment choices and shops in this family-friendly area.

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(7,781 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(5,178 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(6,515 reviews)

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

Val d'Europe
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Val d'Europe

4.5/5(245 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Val d'Europe, a favorite shopping spot in Paris. Check out the amusement park and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge
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La Machine du Moulin Rouge

4/5(1,638 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.

Top things to do in Paris

The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours
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The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours

¥15,806
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

¥1,797
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

¥9,460
Per adult
90% 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

¥2,036
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Bateaux-Mouches Sightseeing Cruise on the Seine River
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Bateaux-Mouches Sightseeing Cruise on the Seine River

¥1,703
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting
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French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting

¥3,082
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Paris

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 65.73169713665581%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.640036730945823%
3 - Okay
620
3 - Okay 5.175724183988647%
2 - Disappointing
118
2 - Disappointing 0.9850571834042908%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4674847650054262%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 12, 2020

My wife and I both have issues with walking. It was easy to have the hotel managers make taxi reservations for us when being picked up at the hotel. But, getting a cab in Paris while away from the hotel was a nightmare.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 6, 2020

We'll always have PAris. Used to life there & love it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 18, 2020

Is the most beautiful city I have been to. It’s my favorite city. I have been to Paris 3 times and I plan to come back soon. There is so much to see and do.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2020

Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Is so nasty.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

I wished I had the opportunity to see Paris for what it really is . My trip to Paris was do to a family medical emergency . The staff were supportive and kind . Thank you for making my stay comfortable .

4/5 - Good

UStraveler

Apr 2, 2020

Wonderful. Do the open hop on hop off bus tour! It is worth it. The city feels magical at night too with all the lights! Loved it!!!

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