As well as being one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is a bustling and exciting metropolis.

When you walk down the avenues and boulevards of Paris, everything you could possibly want is always just a few steps away. From legendary galleries and museums whose names are renowned across the world, like The Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, to striking modern buildings and great places to shop and explore, the city offers endless opportunities.

More than two million people reside in the French capital, making it a remarkably diverse place where you can find an enchanting blend of historical and cultural influences. Even if you're here for just a brief stay, you can find so many different sides of Parisian culture just by wandering from street to street.

Of course the Paris skyline is famous throughout the world in its own right, lined with iconic buildings that you'll recognise from countless paintings and photographs. From the medieval religious grandeur of Notre Dame cathedral to the civic showpieces of Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding photo opportunities.

Venture out of the centre of town to the bohemian Montmartre district, home of the Moulin Rouge as well as the graceful Basilique du Sacre Coeur greeting you at the top of the famous steps. When you look out across the city from this vantage point, you'll see the towering modernist structure La Grande Arche among the rather different, glittering buildings that make up the city's La Défense business district.

The best way to get around the city is to use the Paris Metro system, a quick and cheap means of transport. Or you may prefer to explore the city on foot, losing yourself amid the beautiful buildings and down the narrow side-streets. Walking down the bustling Champs-Elysées is a thrill in itself, whilst the cosy bars of Le Marais and the charming spots you'll find in St-Germain-de-Prés and St-Michel are all worth taking the time to explore.

And of course no visit to Paris would be complete without enjoying a taste of the two things the French capital is most enduringly famous for: food and fashion. Whether you find yourself craving a coffee and a croissant at a pavement café or a fine dining experience at one of the city's myriad of great restaurants, you won’t be disappointed. And then when you've mustered up enough energy to go exploring the shops, head for the famous Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré where you'll find some of the world's leading fashion houses.

Where to stay in Paris

Paris City Centre
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel featuring a sunset and heritage elements as well as a large group of people

Paris City Centre

Known for Museums, Monuments, Architecture

4/5(14 reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning cathedral and charming cafes, 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.

7th Arrondissement
7th Arrondissement featuring street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

Known for Tours, Cafés, Museums

4.5/5(181 reviews)

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

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

Marais

Known for Museums, Cafés, Architecture

4.5/5(117 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.

1st Arrondissement
Paris featuring heritage architecture and interior views

1st Arrondissement

Known for Museums, Architecture, Monuments

4.5/5(223 reviews)

Few urban districts in Europe have a higher concentration of artistic masterpieces and breathtaking architecture than this neighborhood.

8th Arrondissement
8th Arrondissement which includes a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

Known for Cafés, Museums, Sunsets

4.5/5(334 reviews)

Featuring the most famous street in Paris, this district is strongly linked to Napoleon’s rise and France’s dark years of revolution. 

Saint-Germain-des-Pres
French Academy which includes heritage architecture, heritage elements and signage

Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Known for Cafés, Museums, Architecture

4.5/5(63 reviews)

Known for its charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Check out top attractions like Ile de la Cite and Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, and jump on the metro at Mabillon Station or Saint-Germain-des-Pres Station to see more of the city.

Top hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
4 out of 5
3, Place du Général Kœnig, Paris, Paris
Rs10,700
per night
1 Dec-2 Dec

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! (722 reviews)

"La propreté des lieux / Être à 2 pas de tout ce qui est nécessaire ( pharmacie Snack - métro - bus etc etc"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
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
Rs5,641
per night
23 Nov-24 Nov

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,606 reviews)

"Very modern. Small spaces but when you get to the hotel you dont need any additional space. Just a good bed a good shower and silence. This hotel has it all. Conveniently located at CDG"…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2019

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
ibis Paris CDG Airport
ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
Rs5,427
per night
16 Nov-17 Nov

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! (5,037 reviews)

"Very comfortable to flight early in the morning. Enough for this proposal."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

ibis Paris CDG Airport

Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,280 reviews)

This iconic landmark is the image that comes to mind whenever the city of Paris is mentioned.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(1,062 reviews)

Climb to the top of this grand historic monument for a spectacular view over the beating heart of Paris.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(877 reviews)

With its iconic glass pyramid, this Parisian landmark is one of the world's most significant artistic centres.

Moulin Rouge
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Moulin Rouge

4/5(334 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(1,019 reviews)

A famous work of French gothic architecture, which is a renowned place of worship and rich in religious and artistic heritage.

Opéra Garnier
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Opéra Garnier

4.5/5(329 reviews)

Attend a performance, browse museum exhibits and marvel at the opulent design of one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. 

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.57359635811836%
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3 - Okay 5.728376327769348%
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4/5 - Good

Chloe

11 Nov 2019

Everything is busy, people have no matters and will just push in front of you, apart from that it’s beautiful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Lovely weekend away Food and drink very expensive

5/5 - Excellent

Graeme

11 Nov 2019

Wonderful city, very classy with lots of great buildings and amazing architecture. The Brasseries and Bistro's are great too, and there's plenty of them.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Like most cities in the world they are often judged by their suburbs.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Loved Paris, wish I had more time. Birthday trip for daughter

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Paris in the Autumn, always happy to be visiting…

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10 Things You Can Only Buy in Paris

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

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