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Paris
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Paris

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,430 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre and 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Parc Asterix. Stade ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,935 reviews)

"The staff was so friendly and helpful, the location is convenient if you have an early flight. The room itself was small but very chic and modern. Would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

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K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
4 out of 5
4 Boulevard Raspail, Paris, Paris
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥17,831 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orsay Museum and Le Bon Marche. Tuileries Garden and Saint-Sulpice Church are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"Fantastic stay, extremely helpful staff and great location! The staff made our stay, so friendly, excellent English and helped us with everything we needed! Nothing was ever too much to ask!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

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Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
50 Avenue De La Fosse Des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre, Seine-et-Marne
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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! (1,493 reviews)
Ideal place for families

"A great hotel for those with kids. Plenty for the kids to do. Not keen on the branding of the hotel now, looks a bit tacky, but it’s more geared up for those with kids so it may appeal to those. Had a good pizza at the pool side. The pool and play areas look really good and also has a nice outdoor ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

Explorers Hotel
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Vacation Rentals in Paris

Standing Hôtel Suites by Actisource
Standing Hôtel Suites by Actisource
9 Allée du Verger, Roissy-en-France
The price is ¥5,886 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Paris Nord 2 International Business Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition ...

3.9/5Good! (332 reviews)

"I rarely post a review about things in general but this time I was so enthusiastic about this place that I felt it was fair enough to encourage this type of business practice: the client’s satisfaction! Very spacious, room very well designed with very convenient amenities (dishwasher, microwave, ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2020

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Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
4 out of 5
28 Boulevard d'Indochine, Paris
The price is ¥7,547 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21

Located in 19th Arrondissement, this residence is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Philharmonie de Paris and within 6 mi (10 km) of Palais Garnier and Notre-Dame. Arc de ...

4/5Very Good! (387 reviews)

"All kitchen amenities were in a very good condition. Security level at the property is good. It is just the room service for house keeping/ changing sheets & towels to be reconsidered since it is only done once in every 8 days☹️"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

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Sejours et Affaires Serris Rive Gauche
Sejours et Affaires Serris Rive Gauche
2 out of 5
20 Cours Du Danube, Serris, Seine-et-Marne
The price is ¥6,680 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Serris, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Disney Village and Walt Disney Studios Park are ...

3.8/5Good! (1,325 reviews)
Good Value for money

"Wonderful stay clean and plenty of space"…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Sejours et Affaires Serris Rive Gauche
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