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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)

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

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

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

4.5/5Wonderful!(59 area reviews)

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

4.5/5Wonderful!(87 area reviews)

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

5/5Exceptional!(28 area reviews)

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

4.5/5Wonderful!(85 area reviews)

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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$169 per night

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! (1,643 reviews)

"Over all the place is amazing, beautiful and clean! However the morning eggs tasted like rubber and the transportation coming back from the parks was ridiculous!! We ended up walking back to the hotel (30 minute walk) b/c that was faster then waiting for a bus to come back and possibly not get on! ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 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$128 per night

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! (3,639 reviews)

"Well equipped rooms with a lovely deep bath. Friendly welcoming Reception staff. Fabulous location within walking distance of Disneyland Paris or a free shuttle bus."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2020

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is AU$212 per night

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! (1,759 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

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$51
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

AU$128
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

AU$24
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

AU$28
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets
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Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

AU$94
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting
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French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting

AU$41
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 54.1501976284585%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.6034255599473%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.665349143610013%
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2 - Disappointing 1.3175230566534915%
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1 - Terrible 0.2635046113306983%

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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