Paris City Break
Where to stay in Paris
Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements, so deciding where to stay can be an enjoyable debate. While many Parisian stays are expensive, you can find mid-range and budget rooms as well. Here are five of the top neighbourhoods to consider making your base.
If Boho vibes are your thing, the area of Montmartre is for you. With the Montmartre windmills, street performers, a lively arts district and plenty of cafes, it oozes Parisian culture. Plan at night at the Moulin Rouge Cabaret. With champagne served during the famous show, it's one of the best nights out in Paris.
Situated in the third and fourth Arrondissement, this part of Paris was favored by aristocrats and the well-to-do for centuries. These days you can find great hotels, art galleries, bars and trendy boutiques. The cobblestoned streets and are charming in this area that is often called SoMa (South Marais).
If you want that iconic Eiffel Tower photo from your bedroom that all the Instagrammers post, a stay in the 7th Arrondissement is essential. You are also within walking distance to the best landmarks like Napoleon's Tomb, Rodin Museum and Les Invalides.
In the 6th Arrondissement, the vibe is chilled out and it's a good place to stay for families and those who like to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are nice cafes to people watch as you sip your latte and trendy boutiques with items you might not find anywhere else.
The Latin Quarter
If you are looking for an affordable accommodation option in a nice area of the city, The Latin Quarter calls. This student area has markets, great dining, and some interesting sites like Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon and The Eglise Saint-Séverin Saint-Nicolas. The Latin Quarter is in the 5th Arrondissement.
Paris, the City of Light, is associated with love and romance and indeed there is much to adore. The French capital is a wonderland for travellers who go for the museums, historic sites, fine food, fashion and culture. Spend time in Parisian cafes, shopping in little boutiques, wandering the romantic streets and seeing famous attractions like the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum. A week is ideal for first-time visitors to Paris, but even if you only have a weekend in Paris, you will call it the trip of a lifetime.
What to do in Paris
Paris has endless things to do, including visiting historic sites, museums, churches and art galleries. Also, a simple day of sampling Paris food, roaming cobblestoned streets to admire traditional homes and picking up souvenirs can be as memorable as seeing the Mona Lisa.
Visit the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur
Montmartre sits on a 130m-high hill in the 18th Arrondissement, with the white-domed basilica being the main attraction. After the basilica, see the Saint Pierre de Montmartre that dates back to 1147, then check out Montmartre's art scene, shopping and restaurants. The nightlife is also excellent so you may want to return after dark.
Photograph the Arc de Triomphe
This famous monument at the western end of the Champs-Elysees is worth more than a few photos. Climb the 248 steps to enjoy the view from the top or catch the elevator that goes part of the way up.
Drink Coffee At Le Procope
The cafe culture in Paris can't be missed. Even if you don't love coffee you will soon fall in love with the tempting pastries and baked goods made fresh every morning. Treat yourself by visiting the oldest cafe in the city. Le Procope has been open since 1686 with many famous names, including Benjamin Franklin and Marie Antoinette, stopping by for their caffeine fix.
Cruise the Seine
A leisurely cruise down the River Seine will be a highlight of your time in Paris. You start your journey at the Eiffel Tower and the iconic landmarks, including the Notre-Dame, keep coming into sight as you float down the pretty river on the hour-long trip. You can purchase a ticket here.
Spend the day at Disneyland
Let your inner child come to play with a day pass to Disney, where Mickey and the gang will be waiting to show you epic rides, shows, attractions and other magical sights. Paris Disneyland is one of the best in the world, so get your tickets in advance for this must do in Paris. You can purchase a ticket here.
What to see in Paris
The City of Love has so many amazing sights that even Cupid is dizzy with the options. Iconic historic sites are a main highlight, along with museums that hold treasures by some of the most famous artists ever. You've seen the replicas of fine art pieces and now you can see the real thing. Paris really is one of the most amazing cities in all of Europe.
The most famous street in Paris is Champs-Élysées. You can walk the 1.9 kilometers from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, stopping for photos of the interesting architecture and luxury shops along the way.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
The medieval Catholic cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. A fine example of French Gothic architecture, the Notre Dame is being restored after a fire in 2019. But you can still see it from the outside from the square in front of the cathedral (Parvis Notre Dame).
Explore The Best Museums In Paris
Start by getting a Paris Museum Pass for entry and discounts when visiting museums and monuments around the city. There are too many amazing museums to list with some of the most famous masterpieces ever created by artists like Picasso and Monet on display. The Musee D'orsay is a must see in Paris along with the Rodin Museum, The Centre Pompidouou, Jeu de Paume and The Louvre.
Smell the Flowers in the Jardins des Tuileries
The Tuileries Garden is a beautiful wide-open green space with fountains, benches, statues and flower beds. Take a scenic walk, enjoy a picnic with fresh fruit and cheese and soak up the sun. There are often events happening in the gardens. If you want to know where to go in Paris for free, this pretty place is a good start.
See Paris By Night
Many of the major landmarks are lit up at night and look spectacular. With so many of them to take in, a Paris city tour by night can be the best way to make sure you don't miss any. Just sit back and enjoy the tour and decide which iconic attraction is the most beautiful illuminated by lights.
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