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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

Travellers love Marais for its popular shops, and you can see more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Saint-Paul Station or Saint-Sebastien - Froissart Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Hotel de Ville and Picasso Museum.

Marais
Montmartre which includes views and a city

Montmartre

If you're spending time in Montmartre, you might enjoy attractions like Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Place du Tertre. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Abbesses Station to see more of the city.

Montmartre
7th Arrondissement which includes street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

7th Arrondissement is highly notable for its charming cafes, and you might want to visit top sights like Les Invalides and Rue Cler. See more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Varenne Station or La Tour-Maubourg Station.

7th Arrondissement
8th Arrondissement featuring a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

Travellers love 8th Arrondissement for its popular shops, and you can see more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Saint-Philippe du Roule Station or Miromesnil Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Champs-Elysees and Grand Palais.

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

6th Arrondissement

Known for its beautiful gardens and charming cafes, there's plenty to explore in 6th Arrondissement. Check out top attractions like Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Sulpice Church, and jump on the metro at Saint-Sulpice Station or Rennes Station to see more of the city.

6th Arrondissement
9th Arrondissement showing street scenes as well as a small group of people

9th Arrondissement

Known for its charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in 9th Arrondissement. Check out top attractions like Galeries Lafayette and Grevin Museum, and jump on the metro at Saint-Georges Station or Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Station to see more of the city.

9th Arrondissement

Top hotels in Paris

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
The price is AU$126 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Golf Disneyland Paris. Disney Village and Walt Disney ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,616 reviews)
Great hotel

"They are coping well with Covid 19. The buffet breakfast is now served in a bag so you can take to your room or eat in the restaurant. It is served to you by the staff. The hotel was clean, not cleaning rooms daily if you stay longer due to Covid 19. Love this hotel and so convenient for Disney ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2020

B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
The price is AU$115 per night from 23 Nov. to 24 Nov.

This family-friendly Serris residence is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. Disneyland® Paris and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (3,653 reviews)

"i enjoyed my stay very much, customer service was brilliant."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep. 2020

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is AU$165 per night from 7 Nov. to 8 Nov.

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

3.9/5Good! (1,599 reviews)

"Hotel was very clean and the hotel is fantastic for children off all ages. The staff were very helpful and friendly and is close to Disney where a shuttle bus runs back and forward every 20 minutes. We could not fault anything about our experience at the Explorers hotel and would certainly recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2020

Explorers Hotel
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Holiday Rentals in Paris

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
The price is AU$115 per night from 23 Nov. to 24 Nov.

This family-friendly Serris residence is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. Disneyland® Paris and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (3,653 reviews)

"i enjoyed my stay very much, customer service was brilliant."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep. 2020

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
The price is AU$110 per night from 23 Nov. to 24 Nov.

This family-friendly Serris residence is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Val d'Europe, Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. ...

3.7/5Good! (2,070 reviews)

"Stayed August 2nd for 5 nights and after reading all the negative reviews, I was pleased to see it wasn't as bad as some said. Covid has had an effect on the facilities available but the pool was open which was a massive bonus for us.Yes it could do with a little tidying and a splash of paint in ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
Relais Spa Val d'Europe
Relais Spa Val d'Europe
4 out of 5
1, rue des Grands Pres, Chessy, Seine-et-Marne
The price is AU$196 per night from 11 Nov. to 12 Nov.

Located in the heart of Chessy, this spa residence is within a 10-minute walk of Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,947 reviews)

"Luxurious and immaculate Hotel. Close to Shops, Restaurants & Disneyland Paris. Attentive staff very enjoyable stay."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

Relais Spa Val d'Europe
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.

Popular places to visit 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(249 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(319 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.

Top activities in Paris

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

AU$64
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

AU$146
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

AU$25
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Fairytale Loire Castles, Wine Tasting & Lunch: Full-Day Trip
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Fairytale Loire Castles, Wine Tasting & Lunch: Full-Day Trip

AU$277
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Paris in a Day: Eiffel Tower, Seine Cruise & Optional Louvre
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Paris in a Day: Eiffel Tower, Seine Cruise & Optional Louvre

AU$271
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting
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French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting

AU$42
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

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La Defense which includes a square or plaza and a city as well as a small group of people

Nanterre

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