Explore Paris: its museums, monuments, cathedral and more!

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.

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Where to stay in Paris

Paris City Centre
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Paris City Centre

Museums, Monuments, Architecture

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.

Marais
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Marais

Museums, Cafés, Architecture

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.

7th Arrondissement
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7th Arrondissement

Tours, Cafés, Museums

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

1st Arrondissement
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1st Arrondissement

Museums, Architecture, Monuments

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

8th Arrondissement
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8th Arrondissement

Cafés, Museums, Sunsets

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
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Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Cafés, Museums, Architecture

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

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citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
4 out of 5
7 Rue de Rome, Roissypole, Terminal 3, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
Rs5,641/night
12 Oct-13 Oct
4.6/5Wonderful! (4,380 reviews)

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! (4,380 reviews)

"Location was great and ease of check-in. The restaurant offers good variation of cuisine. TV has good selection of channel choices. Early check-in was given good attention."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
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Vienna House Dream Castle Marne La Vallée
4 out of 5
Rs6,304/night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4/5Very Good! (8,262 reviews)

This family-friendly Magny-le-Hongre hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Disney Village. Val d'Europe Shopping ...

4/5Very Good! (8,262 reviews)

"Our stay was AWESOME! Staff were great! Rooms were Fantastic..clean, comfy & fun with the themed children’s rooms. We’ll be back on our next trip."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019

Vienna House Dream Castle Marne La Vallée
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ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
Rs5,784/night
20 Sep-21 Sep
3.8/5Good! (4,753 reviews)

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (4,753 reviews)

"Great property closed to airport . Really convenient"…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

ibis Paris CDG Airport

Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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