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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

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
The price is ¥10,149 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

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! (3,041 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

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
4 out of 5
Roissypole, Rue de Rome, BP16461, Roissy CDG Cedex, Tremblay-en-France, Val-d'Oise
The price is ¥10,856 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Usines Centre Outlet Shopping Mall, Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, and Paris-Le-Bourget. ...

3.9/5Good! (1,048 reviews)

"It was very clean and the staff was really friendly and kind, the breakfast was great and i even took your taxi to go to the airport he was very nice"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
INNSiDE by Melià Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
INNSiDE by Melià Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
4 out of 5
9 rue du Voyageur, Roissy-en-France, Val-d'Oise
The price is ¥8,324 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Paris Nord 2 International Business Park, Aeroville Shopping Center, and Paris Nord Villepinte ...

4.2/5Excellent! (686 reviews)

"Clean, modern, functional hotel with helpful staff. What we appreciated most is that the rooms we stayed in were cozy and warm unlike other higher end hotels nearby. The only real negative issue was that they were very busy when checking in due to new years eve crowd but otherwise we had a good experience. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2021

INNSiDE by Melià Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
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.

Vacation Rentals in Paris

Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
4 out of 5
28 Boulevard d'Indochine, Paris
The price is ¥7,344 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

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

Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris
3 out of 5
37 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥12,544 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Paris City Center, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Saint-Martin, Opera Bastille, and Place des Vosges. Place de la Bastille and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,161 reviews)

"Nice hotel, others I spoke to in the lobby paid less for some reason. The room was clean but some of the linen we’re stained."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Citadines Bastille Marais Paris
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
4 out of 5
53 Ter Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥16,535 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

This family-friendly Paris residence is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Les Halles, and Notre-Dame. Rue de Rivoli and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,656 reviews)

"Room was spacious and had everything we needed. Location was amazing!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
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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