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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

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

Marais

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

Marais
Montmartre which includes views and a city

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

Montmartre
8th Arrondissement featuring a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(87 area reviews)

8th Arrondissement
6th Arrondissement showing a garden and a statue or sculpture

6th Arrondissement

5/5Exceptional!(28 area reviews)

6th Arrondissement
Les Invalides featuring heritage architecture and street scenes as well as a large group of people

7th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(58 area reviews)

7th Arrondissement
15th Arrondissement which includes heritage elements and a city

15th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(49 area reviews)

15th Arrondissement

Top hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Paris CDG Airport
ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
AU$129
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (5,372 reviews)

"I liked the response and services of the staff. The hospitality and assistance offered was great"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2020

ibis Paris CDG Airport
Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
2 out of 5
Disneyland Resort Paris, Marne-la-Valle, Coupvray, Seine-et-Marne
AU$185
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park. Disney Village and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,030 reviews)

"Everything was brilliant loved it here see staff were so friendly and helpful even the room hostesses were helpful"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
B&B Hotel at Disneyland® Paris
B&B Hotel at Disneyland® Paris
2 out of 5
Disneyland® Paris, 60 Avenue De La Fosse Des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre
AU$123
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Disney Village and Walt ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,769 reviews)

"The hotel was clean; the staff was very nice and helpful!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

B&B Hotel at Disneyland® Paris

Popular activities in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(332 reviews)

Gaze out over Paris from the top of its most important icon.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(248 reviews)

Spend the day wandering around the awe inspiring world-famous paintings, sculptures and decorative arts on offer at the Louvre.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(317 reviews)

Stroll around the base of this triumphal arch, or climb to the top to enjoy some of the most coveted views in all of France.

Moulin Rouge
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Moulin Rouge

4/5(103 reviews)

Tour the home of the cancan dance to find out about its lurid beginnings. The night club has been the inspiration for cabarets across Europe.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame

4/5(276 reviews)

This 850-year old majestic gothic monument offers awe-inspiring French art and architecture and a tranquil atmosphere within.

Opéra Garnier
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Opéra Garnier

4.5/5(105 reviews)

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

Top activities in Paris

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

80% of travellers recommend
AU$110
Per adult
Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

90% of travellers recommend
AU$127
Per adult
Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
AU$57
Per adult
The Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show - Féerie
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The Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show - Féerie

92% of travellers recommend
AU$173
Per adult
Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

80% of travellers recommend
AU$27
Per adult
1 day Road Trip from Paris onboard vintage Porsche Boxster and Mercedes SLK
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1 day Road Trip from Paris onboard vintage Porsche Boxster and Mercedes SLK

AU$495
Per adult

Reviews of Paris

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 53.97877984084881%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.726790450928384%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.702917771883289%
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2 - Disappointing 1.3262599469496021%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Highly recommend and would stay here again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 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

Feb 8, 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

Jan 31, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Bianka

Jan 22, 2020

First time we used the metro we were pickpocketed lucky another lady saw and started screaming. Apart from that everything was great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2020

I loved Paris and I will return with more time to see it all.

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