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Wander around the café-lined streets or ascend to the top of one of the city’s main attractions for breathtaking panoramic views of France’s romantic capital.

This fantastic city is divided into 20 districts, referred to as arrondissements, which spiral clockwise from Paris’s centre. Each has its own character and flair, with the city’s compactness allowing visitors to appreciate the diversity of each area. The city is divided by the river Seine into the Left and Right Banks.

Paris is easy to navigate and is best appreciated taking your time and wandering around on foot. However, the speedy metro system or Paris’s efficient network of buses allows visitors to cram lots of its cultural offerings into a short period of time.

Food lovers can spend hours winding through the streets and open-air produce markets of Paris, soaking in the French passion for food. Days should be broken up with frequent stops at patisseries, boulangeries or one of Paris’s numerous restaurants. Wine is another passion with shops offering bottles produced in regional vineyards and street cafés providing tables for visitors to sit with a glass and watch Parisians going about their business.

Fashion hunters flock to Paris from around the globe. Visit some of the world’s most renowned fashion houses, including Lanvin, Hermes and Dior. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore attracts many visitors, and the Champs-Elysées also offers a shopping experience not to be missed.

Art, in all its guises, is at the heart of Paris, and this is evident in its world-famous museums, galleries, theatres and opera houses. The Louvre offers a comprehensive history of some of the most important pieces of art ever produced, while the Pompidou Centre’s National Museum of Modern Art allows visitors to contemplate the contemporary. To peek into the life of an artisan, stroll along the cobbled streets of Montmartre, where artists offer to paint the portraits of passing tourists.

With such a rich cultural tapestry, it’s hardly surprising that the French tend to holiday in their own country, with many of them taking their breaks between mid-July and the end of August. During this time, Paris becomes filled with tourists, with many of the local amenities off the beaten track seeming deserted. On the other hand, if visitors can face the crowds, July should not be avoided completely – Bastille Day on 14th July offers some of the world’s most spectacular photo opportunities.

Suggested ItinerariesDAY 1: Historical BeginningsStart the day early with a street-side breakfast of coffee and croissants. Head to the Avenue des Champs Elysees to take in the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. After a spot of lunch, walk towards the Cathedrale Notre-Dame before heading to the Left Bank for a chance to put your feet up in one of the bars. End the day with a River Seine cruise and a bistro dinner, before heading back to your hotel for a well-earned hot bath.

DAY 2: Art And CultureHead straight to the Louvre to avoid the crowds and catch the Mona Lisa in relative peace. If you only have half a day to spend in the gallery, pick the sections you wish to visit very carefully – it's truly enormous! Opt for a more relaxed afternoon by heading to the Montmartre quarter for an evening of wandering through Bohemian streets. Wind up the evening sampling the local wines in a Parisian bar.

DAY 3: Discover Outer ParisHead out of the city to the Palace of Versailles on the RER train. Its spectacular gardens and opulent decor have to be seen to be believed. Head back to town for a relaxing evening of traditional French fare in one of Paris' many Michelin-starred restaurants – and don't forget the desserts.

DAY 4: Indulge YourselfPut aside the day to indulge in that famous Parisian pastime: shopping. Whether you go for flea markets, or high-end boutiques and department stores, Paris has got you covered. Where else to wind up your Parisian experience than with a trip to the Eiffel Tower? Take a slow walk down the Seine to reach your destination, and then take your time observing the views from the summit. If you want to really ‘do' the Eiffel tower, book in for dinner or drinks at Altitude 95 on the upper levels.

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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 AU$140 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.

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! (3,042 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 21 Dec. 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 AU$149 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.

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 9 Jan. 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 AU$114 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.

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 1 Jan. 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.

Holiday 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 AU$101 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.

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 14 Mar. 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 AU$172 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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 21 Aug. 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 AU$227 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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 22 Sep. 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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Reviews of Paris

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Mar. 2020

Always love the atmosphere of the city. Unfortunately, due to the Virus, everything changed.

4/5 - Good

David

9 Mar. 2020

General level of service and friendliness in restaurants and stores was poor compared to New Zealand. The Alsace Restaurant on the Champs Elysees was so bad it was laughable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb. 2020

Highly recommend and would stay here again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Feb. 2020

The attractions of Paris are great and as we were in the winter months we did not have to queue for anything. But it is a very busy, crowded and somewhat dirty city. Crowding on the metro like sardines was not fun.

3/5 - Okay

Shelly

8 Feb. 2020

We love all the museums, galleries, but not train, underground station is dirty and smelly. Bus is clean and handy however road traffic is terrible.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan. 2020

Watch out for pick pockets and general low life in public places!!

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