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Paris
Travel Guide

Eiffel Tower featuring a monument, heritage architecture and a sunset

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

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$138 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Parc Asterix and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,844 reviews)
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Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
3 out of 5
The price is AU$132 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Paris Nord 2 International Business Park, Aeroville Shopping Center and Usines Centre Outlet ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,630 reviews)
"It's convenient for the airport. The hotel is clean and friendly."

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2021

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is AU$226 per night from 16 May to 17 May
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! (1,423 reviews)
Ideal place for families
"A great hotel for those with kids. Plenty for the kids to do. Not keen on the branding of the hotel now, looks a bit tacky, but it’s more geared up for those with kids so it may appeal to those. Had a good pizza at the pool side. The pool and play areas look really good and also has a nice outdoor ..."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Explorers Hotel
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Residhome Roissy Village
Residhome Roissy Village
3 out of 5
4, avenue de Montmorency, Roissy-en-France
The price is AU$93 per night from 7 May to 8 May
Situated near the airport, this residence is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Paris Nord 2 International Business Park and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Aeroville Shopping Center. ...
3.8/5Good! (698 reviews)
Overnight layover at CDG
"A reasonable place to stay during a long layover. Not fancy but clean and decently priced"

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020

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Citadines Bastille Gare de Lyon Paris
Citadines Bastille Gare de Lyon Paris
3 out of 5
14-18 Rue Chaligny, Paris, Paris
The price is AU$138 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Located in 12th Arrondissement, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of AccorHotels Arena, Opera Bastille and Hotel de Ville. Place de la Nation and Place ...
3.9/5Very Good! (522 reviews)
Great place
"Spacious room, great price. The kitchen was also great, and it was close to many dining places and grocery stores. I totally recommend"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2020

Citadines Bastille Gare de Lyon 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$225 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
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! (2,659 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
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