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The French capital is at once historic, modern, romantic, intellectual, grandiose and elegantly understated.
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Paris, dubbed the City of Lights (la Ville Lumière) and the Capital of Fashion, is the cosmopolitan capital of France. It is reputed as being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world’s most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido etc, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.
Have a spectacular view of the capital city of France from the Eiffel Tower. You will be amazed by the romantic landscape this city presents.
Some people love them; some people hate them, but natural wines have without question garnered a growing interest and attention across the Paris dining-scape. These are restaurants for people who love to eat. They are places that should be reserved for those who will happily eat anything and everything, who are going to most appreciate what is offered, and who are willing to trust the magic of these chefs. That might include raw veal or an organ of some type – not always, but certainly not rare.
Looking for ideas to add to your Paris travel plans? Browse through our themed top ten lists of things to do in the City of Light and discover a wide range of activities and attractions perfect for foodies, romantics, first-time visitors to Paris and more. We’ve also included our favourite free things to do in the French Capital as well as a handy list of rainy day activities.
Famous landmarks? Check. World-renowned museums? Check. Fabulous culture, dining, and nightlife? Triple check!
With its elegant avenues, bourgeois-meets-bohemian vibe and cafe culture, it just doesn’t get any better than Paris. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or are a frequent visitor to the famous City of Light, you’re in for a treat. Beautiful year round, Paris is the kind of city that keeps you coming back for more.
No trip to Paris is complete without a whirlwind tour of its major landmarks, but be advised, the city is full of them! To keep things balanced, carve out time to explore some of the city’s beautiful and vibrant districts in between stops at the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and other famous spots. The Latin Quarter, the historic islands, Montmartre, Le Marais and Saint Germain-des-Prés districts are always popular, and if you start feeling worn out just take a seat at a corner cafe, order a café au lait and relax like a true Parisian.
In addition to everything Paris has to offer, a wealth of sites and attractions can be found just beyond the French capital. Take a short train or coach ride outside the city and you’ll find everything from a gleaming palace in Versailles to a fairytale castle at Disneyland Paris.
Paris is known for its night life and chances are that even when you have spent a full day of visiting museums and galleries, walking the streets, eating, shopping and exploring, after a short rest you will still want to go out and see that the city has to offer. If you are like me that may just mean finding a nearby cafe to have a glass or two of wine and decide where to go for dinner. A small bistro may have you conversing with your neighbours at the next table until it is time to go home or visit a nearby bar or jazz club or even a famous cabaret or two.
There are plenty of hotels of every category in Paris and in every part of the city. As a general rule you want to be in the following arrondissements: The 5th which is the Latin Quarter, the 6th which is St Germain, the 7th which is the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel des Invalides, the 4th which includes the Ile de la Cite and Ile St Louis, the 1st which includes the Louvre, the 8th which includes the Champs Elysees and the 18th which is where Montmarte is. All these areas are on the river with the exception of the 18th, and if you are healthy you can walk just about anywhere from them. But I still think the 5th and the 6th are the best areas to stay in. You can go to the pages I have written about these areas and I have included a few recommended hotels on each. The Grand Hotel des Balcons, is a nice two star just off the Luxembourg Gardens, still a family owned, clean as a whistle and great breakfast. Good wifi. Helpful staff. The rooms can be small but that is not unusual. Prices are great, 129 for a double, 90 for a single.
The Paris metro is one of the oldest and one of the best systems in the world, right up there with London and New York. There are around 300 stations connected by nearly 300kilometers of track. You can get within a couple blocks of anywhere you want to go. The metro runs from 5am to 12:30am and for the price of a ticket you can ride around all day long if you like. (as long as you don’t leave the system). Tickets can be bought at the ticket booth in the station one at a time, by ten or by 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 5-day, Le Paris Viste tickets for tourists. There are also weekly and monthly tickets called the Carte Orange.