Paris Tourism and Travel Guide

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Best Time To visit Climate How To Reach Places To Visit Things To Do Top Restaurants Best Places To Stay Shopping Travel Agents


Best Time To Visit

‘Paris in springtime’ is one of the best seasons to visit Paris. Early January and mid-February is the best time to visit Paris for holiday shopping in winter while in summer late June and July are the best times for shopaholic tourists. The best time to travel to Paris is bifurcated in two quarterly times. June to August and September to October are the best time to visit Paris for holiday when the weather is the most pleasant.

Although Paris in winters is heavenly. However, the best season to visit Paris (France) depends on the traveler’s interest. Be it a nature getaway, a romantic escape, or an adventurous holiday, the city has a unique surprise for every couple who are looking forward to exploring Paris for the honeymoon. Do not forget to book popular attractions in advance to avoid the queue. Let’s take a month-wise look at the best time to go to Paris below:

March – May (10°C to 15°C)

These months of spring season lure in travelers with fewer crowds and cheaper travel cost. While nights are still a bit chilly, the average daytime temperature in Paris is quite pleasant. Paris in May is beautiful as the gardens and flowers are in full bloom.  

June – August (14°C to 26°C)

Most of the major holidays in France are celebrated in the summer season which makes it the most popular season to visit Paris. Days are warm and sunny and nights are lively. Being the peak season for tourism, hotel rates and flights are a bit expensive.  

September – October (8°C to 23°C)

After the humid and crowded summer months, travelers in Paris start to recede as autumn approaches. With the start of September, hotel rates decrease and as do the flight fares. It’s the ideal season to explore Paris and France for budget travelers.

November – February (10°C to 0°C)

The winter season, November to February, is the best time to visit Paris for honeymoon as the weather is at its best, markets and sales come alive, greenery gives a romantic feel, and Christmas and New Year add a plus in the celebration time. Snowfall in Paris usually occurs around late December or January, if at all. Planning a honeymoon in Paris in December is a good idea for a trip to France.


Climate

Summer Season in Paris

The city attracts the most tourists in summer when the sun shines around 8 hours a day and unexpected rainfalls make the weather romantic. One can book a trip at the best time to visit Paris with friends and family in summer and take advantage of school holidays. Of course, one cannot miss Disneyland in Paris. In summers, one will find long queues here as the schools are on vacation. Do not choose weekends for visiting the place in order to avoid heavy rush and hiked prices. Summer is also the best time to visit Eiffel Tower due to clear skies and ideal weather.

Monsoon Season in Paris

Spring is the unbeatable season to attract newlyweds when gardens blooms, greenery calls, and Easter getaways add romance in the weather. It is the best season to visit Paris if one loves outdoor activities. In autumn, the temperature resides between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius along with cooler nights.  It rains a lot in Paris from September to December. November and December is the festive season in Paris that makes it the best season to visit Paris for art and culture lovers.

Winter Season in Paris

Winter is the best time to visit Paris for honeymoon when the temperature drops to 1 degree. Put on layers to save yourself from cold and experience the beautiful Christmas time in Paris when Christmas market come alive. Tourists can choose Paris in winter as the ideal time to plan a holiday due to its reputed New Year celebration, Christmas Market, lighted decorations, and spend colorful time in the capital of France. Fewer crowds and short queues make the winter season best for couples, as one will get decreased tourism from January to March. At this time, tourists can get best deals on airfares and accommodation.


How To Reach

It is a known fact that Paris is is a top tourism destination in the world. In the recent years, Paris has hit its all-time tourism highs. With such a huge number of tourists coming into the city, it is well equipped to take them around with relative ease. There are many ways of traveling to and within the city of Paris. Here’s all you need to know about reaching Paris.

By Air

Paris has three international airports and each one is located in a place that makes traveling easier and smoother. Charles de Gaulle International Airport is the busiest and is located about 23 kms from central Paris. It connects to the most number of international flights. The next, Orly Airport is located about 13 kms to the south of Paris. Most flights coming in here are low-cost flights and ones from French or other European cities. The third is Beauvais – Tille Airport which the farthest, located 85 kms to the north of Paris. This airport is exclusive for flights from and to European destinations.  These airports receive flights from all major airlines such as Air France, Emirates, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Air China, American Airlines etc.

By Train

Paris is brilliantly connected to other parts of France and most European stations through railways. It has six terminal stations that also connect to major international spots. Each of them is located in different area of Paris and they are all very accessible. There are trains that link these stations with each other as well. There are some trains that directly take you to destinations such as Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Cologne, and United Kingdom.

There is also a Metro and Regional Express Network in Paris. The metro services are operational from 5.30 am until 12.30 am. With 16 metro lines, the service is superb and has a high frequency of trains. The regional express network is the most convenient and affordable source of travel with the city.

By Bus

Buses in Paris are a great way to commute. You get to see the beautiful landscapes and amazing architecture of the city without spending a lot. Buses are inexpensive and convenient. Buses in Paris run within the city, country and even to international places. The bus passes are low-priced and allow you to board multiple buses. Most buses start at 6.30 am and close at 8.30 pm with some exceptions that go on until midnight. The traffic usually dense but the expressways also called ‘autoroutes’ here are one of the best.

By Boat

The river Seine of Paris offers cruise service that takes a trip through the river with nine stops. These stops include some of the landmark spots of the city like Notre Dame, The Louvre, Eiffel Tower. The passes are comparatively costlier than the buses but are totally worth it. A glimpse of it is even seen in the famous movie Before Sunset. 


Best Places To Visit

1. Eiffel Tower

The first thing that pops in our head when talking about Paris, is the Eiffel Tower, one of the most popular places to go in Paris. Named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, Eiffel Tower is a lattice tower made of wrought iron and is considered to be the most important places to see in Paris. Built in 1889 as the main doorway to World Fair, it is now a cultural icon of not only Paris but entire France. The tallest structure in Paris – 1063 feet tall with 3 levels open for visitors – tops the list of must see tourist attractions in Paris. The first two floors have restaurants and shops while the top level boasts of the most magnificent and best bird’s eye view of Paris.

This is a place that is worth visiting. This is a place where you can have a completely different experience. It is not only one of the topmost tourist attractions in the city but it also one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. Without visiting this place your Paris trip remains incomplete. Make sure that you have enough time while visiting this place.

Don’t miss: A fabulous view of Paris from the transparent new first floor and second floor, Eiffel Tower Shops for souvenirs, and exotic dine and wine at Le 58 tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne

Opening hours: Mid June to early September: 9 am to 12 midnight and Rest of the year: 9:30 am to 11:30 pm

Entry fee: Entry Fee to Eiffel tower for kids below 4 years is free. Rest of rates are as follows:
Lift Entrance upto 2nd Floor – €11,00 for adults, €8,50 for children (12-24) years, €4,00 for children ( 4-11) years, differently abled and French job seekers
Lift Entrance upto Top Floor – €17,00 for adults, €14,50 for children (12-24) years, €8,00 for children ( 4-11) years, differently abled and French job seekers
Stair Entrance upto 2nd Floor – €7,00 for adults, €50 for children (12-24) years, €3,00 for children ( 4-11) years, differently abled and French job seekers

2. The Louvre

Situated in the heart of the city, Louvre is the most visited and most popular art museum and gallery in the entire world. It is also amongst the most beautiful places to visit in Paris. Spread over sprawling 21,000 hectares, this museum is located in a royal fort, also called the Louvre. The relics of the same are still visible in the basement area.

As one of the most crowded tourist places in Paris, this lavish and exotic museum is divided into several sections – Egyptian antiquities, oriental antiquities, Islamic art, Greek and Roman art, paintings, objects of art, sculptures of medieval period, and graphic art to name a few.

Don’t miss: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave, Lamassus, and Great Sphinx of Tanis

Opening hours: 9 am to 10: 30 pm on Wednesday and Friday and rest of the days from 9 am to 6 pm. It is closed on Tuesday.

Entry fee: €12

3. Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame is a famous and beautiful Roman Catholic cathedral – one of the top places to visit in Paris. The Gothic style architecture, the amazing sculptures and gargoyles fascinate every traveler. Its beauty lies in its ruins and domed roof. f you want to witness the beautiful architecture in Paris then this the place to be. The place has a unique charm to itself which is simply hard to ignore. No wonder the place is treated as one of the most visited places in Paris.

Local guides reminisce and impart tales about different points of interests. Small shops and eateries in the neighborhood see heavy inflow of tourists, just because of traveler’s piqued interest in the Cathedral. The place has a lot to offer so make sure that you are ready for a great experience at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Don’t miss: Superb architecture and wood carvings of internal décor, ‘Parvis de Notre Dame’- the front court and statute of Bas Relief and Jeanne D’Arc (Joan of Arc)

Opening hours: 8 am to 6:45 pm

Entry fee: None

4. Arc De Triomphe

Built in the honor of imperial army in the 19th century, Arch of Triumph is an excellent structure and one of the famous places in Paris. The amazing sculptures, pillar carvings and engraved victory tales on the arc are the elements of beauty here. The beauty of the place lies in its beautiful architecture. It is guaranteed that you are sure to get mesmerized by the amazing architecture of the place. It is because of its a beautiful architecture that the place is so popular among the tourists. Throughout the year thousands of tourists visit the place. Make sure that you check the place on your list.

Don’t miss: Tomb of Unknown Soldier of France and breath-taking view of Paris city from the panoramic terrace

Opening hours: April to September: 10 am to 11 pm and October to March: 10 am to 10:30 pm. It is closed on Monday.

Entry fee: € 8

5. Montmartre

Montmartre is a hillock located north of Paris. Known for white-domed Basilica and the bustling Square of Tertre, this highland attracts plethora of tourists, thus qualifying as one of the best places to visit in Paris. This cross road always has painters and sculptors creating fascinating creations inspired by their surroundings. In fact, Montmartre has been an inspiration to many eminent artists like Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Amedeo Modigliani in the past. This is truly a paradise for all the art lovers out there. If you wish to witness beautiful artworks in the city of Paris then this is the place to be. Witness the great artwork around the place and get inspired by it.

Don’t miss: Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Musée du Montmartre, Place des Abbesses, Espace Dalí and Bateau-Lavoir: A Famous Artists’ Atelier

Opening hours: May to September – 8:30 am to 8 pm and October to April – 9 am to 5:30 pm

Entry fee: None. Charges needs to be paid for audio and video guide.

6. Palace Of Versailles

Built as an emblem of French Supremacy, Palace of Versailles is one of the most popular world heritage and cool places to visit in Paris. This gigantic and awesome structure boasts of landscaped gardens, exotic décor, amazing terrace and charming display of artwork of the Renaissance era. This amazing place as listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years. This is also considered to be one of the greatest achievements of the 17th French art. The palace today contains over 2,300 rooms each of which is designed in a unique way. The magnificence of the palace is truly hard to ignore.

Don’t miss: Hall of Mirrors, Museum of the History of France, Garden, Queen’s Chamber, Chapelle, Royale, The Grand Trianon and Musical Fountain Shows

Opening hours: 9 am to 6:30 pm

Entry fee: €18 or €25 on the days of the Musical Fountains and Garden shows

7. Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier is an age old opera house in Paris, formerly known as Salle des Capucines. Often referred to as Opéra Garnier, this was the chief centre of Paris Opera – a famous group of opera artists in the city. Presently it mainly stages mesmerising ballet shows. The mesmerising and pretty wooden carvings, paintings and artwork displayed in main façade, stairway, stage fly tower, grand foyer and pavilions make it major Paris points of interest.

Don’t miss: Salon du glacier, Foyers, Bassin de la Pythie, and Grand Escalier, The Auditorium, the library and any one of the magnificent ballet performances.

Opening hours: 10 am to 4.30 pm from September to June and 10 am to 5:30 pm from July to August

Entry fee: €9

8. Quartier Latin

Located on the bank of Seine, Quartier Latin tops the list of must-see tourist attractions in Paris. It houses many renowned educational institutions like Ecole des Mines de Paris, Schola Cantorum, Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Superieure. Luxembourg Park is the private landscape garden surrounding the Senate House known as Palais du Luxembourg, known for picturesque fountains. The garden also hosts many sports championships including championship of France Tennis.

Don’t miss: The beautifully landscaped garden, apple orchards, Medici fountain, the Orangerie and the Pavillon Davioud and bronze made miniature of Statue of Liberty

Opening hours: 7 am to 1 hour prior to sunset in summer and 8 am to 1 hour before sunset in winter.

Entry fee: None

9. Moulin Rouge

As the birthplace of French Cancan, Moulin Rouge is a vintage and classic cabaret venue, located at the base of Montmartre highland. Formerly a seat for courtship dance, Moulin Rouge now is a nicely decorated and extravagant cabaret house. And of course, one of the most fascinating Paris tourist places. The well illuminated building, sizzling music and romantic décor makes it one of the best places to go in Paris at night. Also, if you’re looking for unusual places to visit in Paris, France, this might top some of the travelers’ lists.

Don’t miss: A superb and exhilarating cabaret performance.

Opening hours: 9 pm to 1 am

Entry fee: €9

10. Disneyland

A vibrant, colourful, cheerful and always bustling amusement park – Disneyland is one of the immensely popular tourist destinations and best places to visit in Paris. Disneyland in Paris is not only popular among kids but also among adults.

Originally known as Euro Disney Resort, this one of the most famous places to visit in Paris is known for super fun rides, shows, animation movies, rallies and exciting moments of meeting your favourite characters. From exploring the Disney arcade, roaming in horse drawn street vehicles, discovering ‘the little word’ to visiting the princess pavilion or clicking with favourite characters like mickey or pooh- the list has it all. If you are looking forward to spend a fun-filled day with your kids in Paris then this is the place to be.

Don’t miss: The galore of thrilling and super fun rides like Crush’s Coaster, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Autopia, Arcade Beat’em Disney Animation, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Orbitron , Disney parade and fireworks and crazy selfies with your favourite Disney character.

Opening hours: 10 am to 11 pm

Entry fee: Ticket for one day costs £36.00 for adults and £30.00 for kids. Besides daily tickets, there are annual passes and holiday packages.

11. Place De La Concorde

Place de la Concorde is the largest square in France built in honour of King Louis XV’s recovery. This is considered as one of popular points of interest in Paris. Initially there was a statue of the king. But later the statute was replaced by a statute of freedom known as Liberté. Presently the square surrounding the statue of the king is a busy and bustling one decorated with fountains and other figures.

Don’t miss: Luxor Obelisk, Fontaine des Mers and Fontaine des Fleuves

Opening hours: Throughout the day

Entry fee: None

12. Sainte-Chapelle

As a perfect and glorious example of Gothic style architecture, Sainte-Chapelle was the former residence of king of France. It is now a beautiful Chappelle with marvellous décor and display. A restored national historic monument, it is mostly visited by history enthusiasts and photographers, and is considered as one of the most charming places to visit in Paris. Today, the place is one of the most popular places to visit in the city. The Chappelle is known to house several Christian relics which includes the Christ’s thorn acquired by Saint Louis. You can witness all of these precious possessions only at the Sainte Chapelle.

Don’t miss: Christ’s Crown of Thorns, Fragments of the Cross and the mind blowing décor of the Chappelle with colourful stained glass and wood carvings.

Opening hours: 9:30 am to 6 pm

Entry fee: €10

13. Centre Pompidou

Located at the Beaubourg area, Centre Georges Pompidou is a fascinating and complex structure designed with superb intelligence and expertise. Also known as Pompidou Centre fv, this building houses a library, a museum and centre for music and acoustic research. It is also the venue for several renowned exhibitions of France, organised every year. The collection of vintage as well as contemporary art here is truly amazing.

Don’t miss: Public information library and museum of modern art. Do not miss the enthralling sunrise and dusk at Georges- the rooftop bar and restaurant.

Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm

Entry fee: €10

14. Musee D’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay is one of the most popular museums of Paris, displaying some magnificent artwork and sculptures. Paintings of eminent artists like Berthe Morisot, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Eugène Carrière and Johan Barthold Jongkind etc are put up here for visitors. The place is a hot favourite amongst art enthusiasts, culture followers and history buffs. And truly one among the most famous tourist places in Paris.

Don’t miss: Georges Seurat, The Circus, Auguste Renoir, Bal du Moulin de la Galette, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet and Auguste Renoir.

Opening hours: 9:30 am to 6 pm on all days and till 9 pm on Thursday. The place is called on Mondays.

Entry fee: None

15. Sacre-Coeur

Popularly known as Sacré-Coeur Basilica, this is located on the upland of Montmartre and is one of the most gorgeous tourist places in Paris. Reflecting Romano-Byzantine features, this Basilica has immense spiritual significance. The portico, arches and walls show off nationalist themes while the garden area for meditation and fountain are perfect for solemn serenity and mental peace. Use of camera is strictly banned inside the basilica.

Don’t miss: Roman-Byzantine style architecture, mosaic (read the largest mosaic in France) designed ceiling and 360-degree view of France from the top of the dome.

Opening hours: 6 am to 10:30 pm

Entry fee: €5

16. Tuileries Garden

This is yet another place that is worth visiting in Paris. Located next to Louvre, this is a beautiful place to visit in the city. Majority of the visitors visit the garden to enjoy the afternoon sun while gazing at the French formal garden design. The garden has a beautiful view which is going to calm your mind. If you wish to spend some quality time with your loved ones then this is the place to be. The garden also has a small amusement park which is a perfect spot for you to enjoy with your kids. This place is ideal for travelers on vacation with their families. When in Paris, you must visit this wonderful place once.

Location: 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Timings: 7 am to 9 pm
Things to do: You can have a lovely time in the garden or enjoy with your kids in the amusement park inside the garden.

17. Musée De L’Orangerie

If you are an art lover then this is the ideal destination for you in the city of Paris. This impressionist art gallery is located in the west corner of the Tuileries Garden. The gallery is mainly known for hosting the eight water lilies murals by Monet. Other than that you can also enjoy viewing other masterpieces by famous artists like Picasso and Renoir. Art happens to be an important part of the French countryside and therefore, there is every need for you to visit this beautiful art gallery. Visiting Paris and not exploring any art gallery basically makes your trip an incomplete one. So make sure that you squeeze in some time to visit this wonderful art gallery in Paris.

Location: Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: 9 Euros

18. Pantheon

Located in the dynamic Latin Quarter houses is a crypt that contains the tombs of famous French figures. Tombs of Victor Hugo, Marie Curie and Voltaire are contained at this place. This is one of the most important places to visit in Paris. By visiting this place you also get to explore the surrounding of the Latin Quarter. Latin Quarter is basically a lively student neighborhood which is mainly known for bookstores, bistros and cheerful cafes. You can explore all of these by visiting this place.

Location: Paris, France
Things to do: Explore the place and the tombs. You can also enjoy some quality time at the numerous cafes and restaurants located in and around the area.

19. Jardin Du Luxembourg

Located on the left bank of River Seine, the Luxembourg Park is a beautiful place to visit in Paris. The place has a charm of its own which never fails to impress its visitors. If you are a sucker of beautiful views then this is the place to be. The place is ideal for a family picnic. The lush green surroundings of the place are the best way to take a break from the busy life of the city. The serene beauty of the place is going to provide you with relief from the hustling and bustling city life. If you wish to spend a nice cozy afternoon with your loved ones then you can very well visit this place. Inside the park is the Palais du Luxembourg which too worth a visit. Overall, this is a great place to spend some quality time with your family.

Location: 75006 Paris, France
Timing: 7 am to one hour before sunset
Entry Fee: None

20. Saint Germain Des Pres

This place is too located along the River Seine. This Parisian neighborhood is mainly known for its galleries, upscale shops, trendy cafes, and restaurants. The place has a lot of things to offer. If you are to visit this place make sure that you spend a full day here. You can explore a lot of things in the area. You can enjoy a nice cozy time in one of the cafes or restaurants in the area after long hours of exploration. Visitors should also be informed that the place is also famous for it’s thriving nightlife. So if you want to have a memorable night in Paris then this is the place to be. In short, this is one of the must-visit places in the city of Paris.

21. Musee Picasso

Musee Picasso or the Picasso Museum is one of the most visited museums in Paris. The main attraction of the museum lies in the fact that it houses more than 5000 works along with tens of thousands of archives pieces. All of these pieces are known to demonstrate the creative process of the Spanish cubist master Pablo Picasso. If you are an art lover and have always been admiring the work of Picasso then this is a must-visit place for you. You can also explore the different artworks of the artist. Starting from drawing to sculpture to engraving, you can view it all in here. The museum is known to have a unique collection of works of the great artist. If you wish to see the whole works of Pablo Picasso then this is the place to be. By visiting this place you also get to learn a lot about the artist as well.

Location: 5 Rue de Thoringy, 75003 Paris, France
Timings: 9:30 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: 12.50 euros, entry is free on the first Sunday of every month.

22. Musee Rodin

Located in central Paris, Musee Rodin is yet another must-visit museum in Paris. This particular museum is dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. In the museum, you can witness some of his extraordinary works including The Kiss, The Thinker and The Gates of Hell. This is a place where you are guaranteed to get amazed by the works of the great sculptor. If you are someone who loves to appreciate art then this is the place for you. You can explore plenty of great works in the museum. This is a good way to learn about the art of sculpting in Paris.
Location: 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
Timings: 10 am to 5:45 pm
Entry Fee: 12 Euros

23. Le Marais

This is a place where you can explore plenty of things. The medieval streets of Le Marais are worth a visit. The place is filled with unique small shops, hip cafes, trendy galleries and restaurants. It can be said that this is a neighborhood of great interests where you can have a great time with your loved ones. This is actually a must –visit place for all the visitors. The place is known to have an Avant-garde reputation. If you want to spend a cozy afternoon in Paris then this is the ideal destination for you. So make sure that you don’t skip out this place from your list.
Things to do: Enjoy the numerous shops and cafes located at the place.

24. Galeries Lafayette

If you want to have the ultimate shopping experience in Paris then there is no other place that can be better than the Galeries Lafayette. The dazzling galleries of Lafayette feel nothing less than a paradise for the all the shopping lovers. The place is located in the posh Opera neighborhood. The grand department store is known to feature 3 blocks of buildings. This is the place where you can explore the shops of some of the top most brands in France. The big brands that you can explore include Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Other than that you can also get other brands as well. You can also visit the last floor in order to have a great view of the city. In short, this is a place which is worth visiting in the city of Paris. If you want to have some luxury experience then this is the place to be.
Location: Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France
Timings: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm

25. Catacombs Of Paris

This is yet another world-famous destination to explore in Paris. The significance of the place lies in the fact that it holds a huge collection of bones and ossuaries under the city. The place was formed in the 18th century when the overpopulation of the cemeteries was a rising problem. More than 6 million people were moved to the ossuary. The place is really worth visiting. If you want to experience something unique on your trip then this is the place to visit. Here you can witness whole underground tunnels and caves filled with bones and skulls. This place is an ideal a spot for all the adventure lovers.
Location: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
Timings: 10 am to 8:30 pm

26. Seine River

Amongst the most beautiful and popular places to visit in Paris, Seine River is also known as the heart of Paris. The river is 777 km long is the major source of water in the city. While there’s not much to do at the river, there’s definitely a lot to see around the banks of the river.

Timings: NA
Entry Fee: Free

27. Île De La Cité

The very center of Paris, this island is one of the only two remaining isles in Paris. This is the place where the original Parisian tribes founded the city. There are only 981 residents in the area since only the northeast and western region of the island is inhabited. There are many canon’s houses in the area, all developed by in 16th century. There is a memorial here for the people who were deported from Vichy to Nazi concentration camps during WW2- Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation.
Don’t miss: Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation.

28. Musée Jacquemart-André

This museum, under the wing of Institut de France, is a privately-curated museum in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The museum has 5 parts and was designed by the famous French architect, Henri Parent. Before being turned into a museum, it was the residence of Édouard André and his wife, a famous society painter, Nélie Jacquemart. They collected famous art pieces their entire lives and put them up here for the world to see.
Don’t miss: Paintings by Sandro Botticelli, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin Neri di Bicci, Rembrandt, Pietro Perugino and many more.
Opening hours: 10 am–6 pm; Be here at least 30 mins before it shuts down.
Entry fee: Between € 7–11

29. Le Manoir De Paris

Do you like the idea of haunted houses? Then you will love Le Manoir de Paris. Spread around 1000m², it is one best places to visit in Paris at night. The 30 artists who work here bring 14 Parisian legends to life – most of which are based on facts. The 23 rooms offer stories of horror told in 5 levels of fearfulness that visitors can choose from. There are 3 animatronics, a rabid dog and a garish gargoyle added to the fleet of “horror” objects.

Don’t miss: The dark night which is held on Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Christmas and every Friday 13th

Opening hours: 6 pm to 10 pm; Open only on weekends. (Fri-Sun)

Entry fee: Adults 29€, 10 to 15 years old 20€ and Fast Pass at 37€

30. Louis Vuitton Foundation

Owned by the LVMH group, the main aim of the Louis Vuitton Foundation is to promote art and culture. It is one of the places you have to visit in Paris, not only because of the fancy label but because of its incredible design as well. Situated on the Mahatma Gandhi Avenue in Paris, it is one of the places you should not miss out on when in Paris.

Don’t miss: There are 11 galleries in the building, all of which are of different dimensions. You can also check out the huge auditorium that can seat about 350 people
Opening hours: 11am–8pm
Entry fee: € 2.00

31. Pont Alexandre III Bridge

Touted as one of the most beautiful bridges in the entire world. It connects Champs-Élysées and Les Invalides and its foundation stone was laid in 1896. It was built for 1900 Exposition Universelle, the fair that saw the introduction of radio, escalators, talking films, and the world’s most powerful microscope. Named after the Russian Tsar Alexander III, it commemorates the alliance of Russia and France in 1892. The Tzar was quite loved in France since he could speak French as fluently as a native.

Don’t miss: The various statues sculpted on and around the bridge


Best Things To Do

1. Climb up the Eiffel Tower and soak in the panorama of Paris

The most identified symbol of Paris and even France is unquestionably the Eiffel Tower. Nicknamed the Iron Lady, it was built in 1889 as an entrance to Paris Exposition to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. The tower was named after Gustave Eiffel, the chief engineer behind its construction. It remained the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years until the construction of Chrysler Building in NY. Initially criticised by leading artists of France, the wrought iron edifice has become the most visited paid monument in the world. The tower welcomes around 7 million visitors every year, so be prepared for the crowd around its giant base. It is rewarding to climb to the top of the monument; lifts take around 8 minutes to take you to the observation deck. Book tickets online in advance to avoid queuing up. It is worth visiting the tower at night when it is illuminated with 20,000 light bulbs, and the breathtaking panorama of Paris is certain to leave a lasting impression on your mind!

2. Get lost in the labyrinths of Louvre Museum

Musée du Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world that houses a collection of more than one million works of arts and antiquities, out of which 35000 are on display. Located on the banks of River Seine, the museum was originally a part of Louvre Palace, opened to the public in 1793. It is the second most visited museum in the world. Some of the highlights of the museum are the Greek statue of the ‘Venus of Milo’ from 100 BC and the erotic Turkish Bath by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres in Sully Wing. Rubens and Rembrandt adorn the walls of Richelieu Wing. The grandeur of Napoleon III Apartments on the first floor will leave you spellbound. And not to be missed is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci from 1506 on the first floor of Denon Wing. It is the biggest crowd-puller of the Louvre. Get lost in the glitzy galleries of Musée du Louvre and marvel at some of the most celebrated works of art. And when you are done inside, mull over the mystery of La pyramide du Louvre, near the entrance, which is a modern structure built sharply in contrast to the historical building!

3. Visit the awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame de Paris is the most famous cathedral in the world. Its construction began in 1163 and it took almost 200 years to complete. Walking around this Gothic masterpiece reveals its impressive architectural elements. The highlight of the Notre-Dame Cathedral is its Western Facade with three large portals showcasing Portal of the Virgin, Portal of the Last Judgment and Portal of St-Anne. The Gallery of the Kings on top of the portals features 28 statues of Judean kings. The interior of the cathedral is worth visiting primarily for the well-preserved north rose window, which is a fine example of stained glass creation in Gothic Rayonnant style. Music lovers can attend one of the organ concerts, choirs or classical music concerts organised inside the church during spring and summer. It is possible to climb to the top of the tower, from where you can closely view its famous gargoyles, chimeras and largest tower bell, the Emmanuel Bell. The spectacular view of the city from the top is mind-blowing!

4. Reminisce over the royal grandeur of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is France’s most famous and celebrated palace. Built during the 17th century by the King of France, Louis XIV, this palace is one of the finest examples of French Baroque architecture. It was the seat of political power till the beginning of the French Revolution in late 18th century. The palace is still used by the state for ceremonial functions. The palace served as a venue to showcase the finest that France could produce including the glass, silver, tapestry and artworks by renowned French artists. Some of the sections worth visiting are King’s Grand Apartment, Queen’s Private Apartment, Hall of Mirror, Royal Opera, Chapel of Versailles and the Museum of History of France. The highlight though is the lavish Gardens of Versailles, lined with fountains, sculptures, statues and the Grand Canal. The fountains are world renowned for their beauty and technical innovations. Take a day trip to the Chateau and regale in this French royal retreat. The awe-inspiring extravaganza of the Ancien Régime of the Kingdom of France is truly astonishing!

5. Go glitzy at Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge has been the centre of Paris nightlife since its creation in 1889. Located on Boulevard de Clichy, close to Montmartre, Moulin Rouge transformed the world of cabaret and has now become a world famous entertainment venue. The revue of cabaret involves showgirls, dancers, chorus singers and musicians putting up a thematic dazzling spectacle. The meticulously choreographed extravaganza reveals the bourgeois lifestyle of Paris with titillating costumes and over the top set designs. ‘Féerie’ is one of the most celebrated shows at Moulin Rouge, running since 1999. The atmosphere of the theatre turns magical with 100 dancers taking up the stage in elaborate feather and rhinestone-studded costumes. No trip to Paris can be complete without watching a legendary cabaret show at Moulin Rouge. The visual feast is going to shake up your budget but what the heck, it is worth every penny. Enjoy a French meal with champagne along with the show and turn it into an enchanting evening!

6. Take sunset cruise on River Seine

River Seine runs through the heart of Paris, and taking a cruise on the river is a great way to experience the grandeur of the French capital. The city cruise passes by some of the most popular landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre-Dame Cathedral. The cruise crosses picturesque bridges of Pont Neuf and Pont Alexandre III. Cruising in a glass topped boat gives an opportunity to capture stunning pictures of the historical buildings in different perspective. Cruises are available throughout the day but the best time to enjoy it is around sunset. The dusk is the time when Paris turns magical under the twilight with all the monuments illuminated with golden lights. The evening River Seine cruise can be combined with gourmet dinner on the boat where you can enjoy a three-course Parisian meal with best of French wines. Take a break from the hectic sightseeing itinerary and gaze at the beauty of this romantic capital from the luxury of a cruise liner. It will certainly be a night to remember!

7. Drive through the vineyards and indulge in French champagne 

No trip to Paris can be complete without tasting French wines including the world famous champagne. The vineyards of Epernay are famous for the world renowned champagne of Moet & Chandon. Dom Pèrignon from Hautvillers is another widely desired premium champagne. The city of Reims is known for House of Mumm champagne cellars. A day trip can be organised to explore the champagne region outside Paris. Drive through the beautiful French countryside and discover the details of complex champagne making process at wineries in Reims. Walk around the vineyards and soak in the French spirit! Learn the art of savouring the champagne in a French way from the experts at House of Mumm. Relish the lunch of authentic French cuisine, paired with some of the finest champagnes. Sipping on the champagne in chic cellars of Moet and Chandon is what you will boast about to your friends back home. You are certainly going to return with a bottle or two of the exquisite spirit!

8. Marvel at the majestic interiors of the Palais Garnier

Constructed in the late 19th century, the Palais Garnier was the main venue for Paris Opera and Ballet and was commissioned by Napoleon III. It is also known as Opera Garnier and is one of the most opulent buildings in Paris. The glitzy interiors are worth visiting for its breathtaking grandeur. The highlights of this architectural marvel are the grand staircase made of white Italian marble, the grand foyer with intricate mosaics and the grand chandelier in the main auditorium weighing seven tonnes. The horseshoe-shaped auditorium has a capacity of almost 2000. You can be lucky sometimes to glance at the rehearsals going inside the main auditorium while taking a tour of the palace. Splurge on opera at the Palais Garnier that mesmerises audiences with a spectacular performance. Though extravagant, it would surely be a once in a lifetime experience!

9. Experience the magic of Paris at night

The City of Light, Paris, comes alive after dusk. Historical monuments, churches, palaces and museums come alive when they are illuminated with golden floodlights at night. The city’s most iconic symbol, the Eiffel Tower, glows in the dark when illuminated by thousands of light bulbs. It is a sight to behold. Some of the sights worth visiting at night are Notre-Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Palais Garnier, Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. The best way to experience the magic of Paris is to walk around the beautiful boulevards or take a night bus tour after a sumptuous dinner at one of the restaurants specialising in French cuisine. The golden glow of historical monuments will blow your mind. You will return home with some of the best shots of Paris during this night sojourn. Besides, the city is certain to bring out the romantic in you, be prepared to get mesmerised; you will end up professing your love under the twinkling twilight—just magical!

10. Splurge on fashion at Champs-Élysées and Saint-Honoré

Paris is the ultimate shopping destination when it comes to buying high-end fashion labels. Some of the world’s best luxury brands can be found in the department stores and boutiques on the glitzy boulevards of the city. Triangle d’Or is home to the most desired haute couture labels in the world. Flagship stores of brands such as Prada, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana and many more can be found in this Mecca of fashion. French as well as international luxury brands share the space of the grand department store of Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann, the most luxurious street of Saint-Honoré. It houses France’s iconic luxury labels of Hermès, Lanvin, Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino. Champs-Élysées has established itself as the shopping destination for some of the best international brands. Whether you are ready to splurge or just window shop, Paris will delight you with its glamour galore. Mark your calendar for the end of season sale dates and you might return with a precious booty!

11. Savour delectable French cuisine

The birthplace of nouvelle cuisine, Paris is a heaven for food lovers. French cuisine is famous for freshly cooked dishes, prepared in a simplified manner where the meat or vegetables are cooked just enough to retain their natural flavours. The emphasis lies on small serving and meticulous presentation. Start your day with traditional breakfast of croissant and pain au chocolat over a cup of coffee. The typical French meal consists of three courses, starting with croquet-monsieur, basil salmon terrine and bisque. The most identified French bread baguette is a staple of every meal. Move onto the main course with steak tartare along with Quiche Lorraine. Heavenly dinner of duck confit served with garlic potatoes sautéed in duck fat will leave you asking for more. No French meal can be complete without nibbling on assorted French cheeses, gulped down with copious amount of wine. The crème brûlée is absolutely divine to end the culinary journey. While strolling around the streets of Paris, you can snack on macaroons, crepes or mille-feuille available in every patisserie. Even a month in Paris will not be enough to try all the mouth-watering delights!

12. Enjoy the grand fireworks from River Seine on Bastille Day

La Fête Nationale, popularly known as the Bastille Day, is the French National Day that commemorates the storming of Bastille by French people in 1789. On every 14th of July, Paris celebrates its national day with spectacular military parades, large outdoor events, dance and music parties as well as iconic fireworks. The morning military parade at Champs-Élysées is followed by all-day festivities in major squares, plazas and gardens around Paris. The highlight of Bastille Day celebration is the magnificent firework display at the Eiffel Tower. The best place to witness this spectacular show is from an excursion boat on River Seine. Another unique feature of the celebration is the Fireman’s Ball, where the fire fighting department organises a dinner and dance party to raise funds! Eat delicious macaroons and nutella-filled crepes and enjoy festivities around Paris. So celebrate the French culture, where else better than in the heart of Paris!

13. Pay respect to the maestro at Musee Picasso

Established in the historical building of the Hôtel Salé in Rue de Thorigny, Musee Picasso is dedicated to the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The private mansion was converted into an art gallery in 1976. The art collection of more than 5000 pieces contains paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and installations created by Picasso during his lifetime. Most of it was donated by Picasso’s wife and daughter after his death. Musee Picasso has a larger collection of Picasso art than the one in Barcelona which was founded by the artist himself. Final paintings are hung next to the original drawings to portray the artist’s creative journey. Some of the notable works include Portrait d’Olga dans un fauteuil, the Large Nude in a Red Armchair and the works from the Cubist period. The top floor of the museum also carries works of Renoir, Modigliani and Matisse which were part of the artist’s private collection. Enjoy the tour of the museum where rich interiors of Hôtel Salé provide the perfect backdrop for the legacy of the 19th century genius!

14. Walk around Rue Des Martyrs market 

Rue Des Martyrs is a paradise for gourmet lovers. The market with old-fashioned houses has traditional shops selling vegetables, meats, cheeses, jams, bread, pastries, macaroons, desserts and wines. Besides the culinary delights, the street market is also popular for Bohemian concept stores selling antiques and knick-knacks. The best way to explore is to wander around the street from Notre Dame de Lorette towards Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur. Fill your bags with delicious cheeses from Fromagerie Chataigner, jams from La Chambre aux Confitures, olive oil from South of France at Première Pression à Froid, pastries from Sébastien Gaudard and Corsican cured meat from Terra Corsa. The wine experts at La Cave des Martyrs will satisfy your quest for suitable wines to bring back home. Small cafes lining up the street are ideal places to take a break for a cup of coffee and watch Parisians pass by!

15. Climb to the top of the hill to explore Sacré-Coeur Basilica

Located on the top of Montmartre hill, Sacré-Coeur Basilica is a Roman-Byzantine style church. It took almost 45 years to complete the construction of the church that became functional in 1919. The church has been created with special stones which secrete calcites. Because of this special feature, Sacré-Coeur Basilica remains gleaming white in all weather conditions. The interior of the church is adorned with one of France’s largest mosaics known as Christ in Majesty. The other highlights include 19 tonnes tower bell La Savoyarde and the large pipe organ. This imposing basilica towers over the city, and its highest point is higher than the top of the Eiffel Tower. The dome of the church can be accessed by climbing 234 spiralling steps. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Paris from the top. Sometimes you can catch musicians performing on the steps of this picture perfect church. A visit to Sacré-Coeur Basilica provides the opportunity to take some awesome pictures of Paris!

16. Go bargain hunting in one of the largest flea markets in the world

The 19th century Marché Aux Puces De Saint-Ouen is Europe’s largest flea market and bargain hunters’ paradise. The large area is covered with series of villages which form its 14 markets, each having its own specialty. More than 2000 traders gather here to sell wares, ranging from antiques, books, furniture, lights, lamps, vintage clothing and jewellery to almost everything. The flea market appears to be more of an old open-air museum with hundreds of shops selling antique furniture and decorative items. Marché Biron and Marché Antica are famous for old and priceless antiques. The shops in Marché Dauphine and Marché Cambo are filled with furniture from 18th and 9th century. Marché Malik is popular amongst youngsters for casual clothing. The market is crowded during weekends and on holidays. The best time to go bargain hunting is either on a Monday morning or any wet cold day, the chances of getting a great deal are higher when there are fewer interested customers!

17. Glide through Paris on the HOHO bus

One of the best ways to get a bird’s-eye view of the splendour of Paris and enjoy its rich heritage is to get on top of the Hop-On, Hop-Off (HOHO) Bus. These relaxing bus tours are convenient if you are travelling with small kids, where you do not need to worry about transport around the city every now and then. A one-day city pass entitles you to hop on and hop off a double-decker bus at popular stops. The tour takes you to all the iconic sights including Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Palais Garnier, Place de la Concorde, Musée d’Orsay, Champs-Elysées, Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, Arc de Triomphe and many more. Drive past various palaces, churches, gardens and historical monuments which make Paris one of the most popular cities in the world. The bus tour gives an opportunity to explore the lavish grandeur of Paris in a short period of time. Take awesome pictures of famous monuments around Paris without getting photobombed!

18. Go crazy on fancy rides at Disneyland Paris

Located in the suburb of Marne-la-Vallée, Disneyland Paris is the European version of the theme park. Famous for their ‘audio-animatronics’, the park entertains both kids and adults by recreating the magic of Walt Disney films and its themes. Disney characters parade throughout the park and it is worth catching them in a theme show. Some of the popular rides include Space Mountain, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. Besides the rides, The Fantasyland is a visual delight inside the park. Rock n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith is thrilling and highly recommended for visitors of all age groups. Not only are the kids going to have a time of their life here, but also adults as the park is certain to provide wholesome entertainment to them with a variety of rides, bars and dance floors. The Disneyland Paris attracts more than 5 million visitors a year and it is not far behind Eiffel Tower. So plan your visit during weekdays to avoid long waits for popular rides.

19. Relax at Luxembourg gardens

Located in the heart of the city, Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. Marie de’ Medici, the widow of the King Henry IV, commissioned the palace and the gardens in 1612. They were inspired by the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens of her hometown Florence. The lush green lawns of Jardin du Luxembourg are adorned with pathways, flower beds, statues, ponds and fountains. The highlight of the garden is the 17th century Roman Baroque styled Fontaine Médicis, which depicts Greek mythological figures. Another beautiful structure is Fontaine de l’Observatoire, depicting a globe supported by four women. There are apple orchard and orangery in the back of the garden. The Luxembourg Palace forms the backdrop for the gardens and is the official house of the French Senate. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a walk in the picture-perfect well-manicured gardens.

20. Walk into the battlefields at Normandy

Located on the West Coast, Normandy came to be known on the world stage when one of the largest assaults was carried by Allied Forces to override German occupation during WWII. The D-Day operation was launched under the code name Operation Overlord. The comprehensive operation was also one of the bloodiest events of WWII, leading to the loss of life of thousands of American and French soldiers. The Caen Memorial is dedicated to the D-Day landings depicting the events of the Second World War. A day trip to Normandy can be planned with an organised group tour so that you can accommodate the main sights without losing much time. Enjoy the beautiful drive which passes through lush green French countryside. At Normandy, walk on the serene lawns of American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer where more than 10000 American soldiers are laid to rest. Visit quiet beaches of Omaha and Juno which withstood the bloodiest assault as the history unravelled in their lap.

21 Creep into the corridors of Catacombs of Paris

Paris is about everything beautiful, even its catacombs are artistically designed. Known as the ‘world’s largest grave’, the Catacombs of Paris were created in the late 18th century to overcome the challenge of lack of space and overflowing cemeteries. Skeletal remains of more than six million Parisians were exhumed from existing cemeteries and brought to these reinforced tunnels inside an unused quarry, in the south of the city. The corridors of these tunnels are aesthetically designed with skulls and bones, making it a sort of a mausoleum. It is possible to explore around 2-kilometre stretch inside the tunnel, which is open to the public. Walking through these creepy tunnels is not for everybody; even then you will find long queues waiting outside the Catacombs of Paris. This place shows how Parisians value artistic expression in everything!


Best Places To Eat

1. Verjus – 1st • $$$$

Inventive French fare in an elegant yet cozy setting, just steps from the Palais Royal. Its 78€ tasting menu changes regularly and is one of the most creative and affordable in town.
+33 1 42 97 54 40 • Nearest Metro: Pyramides

2. Restaurant yam’Tcha – 1st • $$$$

Inspired Chinese take on contemporary French cooking. The chef spent years in China honing her craft before coming back to Paris to open up one of the most unique contributions to the city’s gastronomic scene. For an unusual pairing, opt for the tea instead of traditional wine. Service is friendly and flawless.
+33 1 40 26 08 07 • Nearest Metro: Louvre-Rivoli

3. Juveniles – 1st • $$

Wine shop turned restaurant with cozy French home cooking. Prices are affordable, portions are generous and the warm welcome from Margaux and her boyfriend Romain make this a favorite.
+33 1 42 97 46 49 • Nearest Metro: Pyramides

4. Aux Lyonnais – 2nd • $$$

The rustic and hearty cuisine of Lyon is celebrated here at this Alain Ducasse bistro. Traditional classics like quenelles (a pillowy cloud of fish served in a seafood sauce) or Pot de la cuisinière lyonnaise (suckling pig with foie gras) are exceptional. The 1890 dining room feels like a step back in time.
+33 1 42 96 65 04 • Nearest Metro: Grands Boulevards

5. Frenchie Wine Bar – 2nd • $$

Creative small plates and a unique wine list; a taste of the same cooking that you’d find across the street at the hard-to-book Restaurant Frenchie. The wine bar offers a fun and relaxed scene without the hassle of booking months in advance.
+33 1 40 39 96 19 • Nearest Metro: Sentier

6. Coinstot Vino – 2nd • $$

Natural wine-focused restaurant with simple French food inside the charming Passage des Panoramas. Though its location inside a historic monument might say tourist trap, the crowd is mostly neighborhood regulars and die-hard natural wine fans. As the night progresses, the vibe skews younger; once they shut the Passage gates off around 11pm you‘ll feel like you‘re in a private party.
+33 1 44 82 08 54 • Nearest Metro: Grands Boulevards

7. Bistro Grands Boulevards – 2nd • $$$

Mediterranean-influenced dishes in a beautiful, airy setting that makes you feel like you’re dining al fresco. The retractable glass roof opens up in nice weather for dining under the stars. Serious wine and cocktail list with a rooftop bar in the summer.
+33 1 85 73 33 33 • Nearest Metro: Grands Boulevards

8. Marché Des Enfant Rouges – 3rd (Marais) • $-$$

A cross between a farmers’ market and a food hall, the dining options at the Marché Des Enfant Rouges are some of the most diverse you’ll find in one place. Everything from a wine bar to classic French to Japanese bento boxes to Moroccan couscous or the ever-popular vendor that sings while making crepes. Great for families.
Nearest Metro: Filles du Calvaire

9. Le Mary Celeste – 3rd (Marais (3rd) • $$

Fusion-friendly small plates, outstanding cocktails, and oysters on the half shell in a hip setting. Raucous crowd and loud music. Great for groups.
+33 1 42 77 98 37 • Nearest Metro: Filles du Calvaire

10. Hugo & Co. – 5th (Latin Quarter) • $$

Shareable plates with a twist from Cambodian-born, NY-trained Tomy Gousset. Drawing from this diverse background, dishes include a stellar savory pancake with guanciale and pecorino, as well as a pork cutlet with black rice, cabbage and curry sauce. Convivial setting with a mix of clientele due to its Latin Quarter location – academics, students, creatives, and visitors.
+33 9 53 92 62 77 • Nearest Metro: Cardinal Lemoine

11. La Bouteille D’Or – 5th • $$$

Hip space in one of the oldest restaurants in Paris, with stunning views of Notre Dame and an internationally-influenced menu. Dating back to 1631, La Bouteille D’Or has been updated with modern décor, a large outdoor terrace and a reasonably-priced three course 34€ menu. The location and views are unbeatable.
+33 1 84 83 00 75 • Nearest Metro: Maubert-Mutualité

12. Semilla – 6th (Saint Germain) • $$$

Contemporary French cooking from an award-winning chef in the heart of Saint Germain. Reasonable prices, an extensive wine list, and a friendly, bi-lingual staff make Semilla popular with locals and visitors alike.
+33 1 43 54 34 50 • Nearest Metro: Saint Germain des Près

13. Le Relais de L’Entrecôte – 6th (St. Germain) • $$$

Classic steak frites are the only thing on the menu at this popular restaurant chain. Though it may seem like a tourist trap, Le Relais de L’Entrecôte is an institution. Regulars come for the famous sauce while value diners appreciate the mountain of french fries and generous portions. Additional locations in the 8th and the 14th.
+33 1 45 49 16 00 • Nearest Metro: Saint Germain des Près

14. Ze Kitchen Galerie – 6th (Saint Germain) • $$$$

Imaginative mix of Asian ingredients and French technique in a modern, upscale setting. Creative combinations like shrimp ravioli in tamarind sauce or white chocolate wasabi ice cream earned it 1 Michelin star.
+33 1 44 32 00 32 • Nearest Metro: Odeon

15. L’Avant Comptoir du Marché – 6th (Saint Germain) • $$

This Spanish influenced, small plates, natural wine bar popular with Parisians has a new, larger space in the Saint Germain Covered Market (known for its excellent vendors). Friendly, easy-going atmosphere.
+33 1 44 27 07 97 • Nearest Metro: Mabillon

16. David Toutain – 7th • $$$$

Modern French food from one of the most inventive chefs in Paris. Surprising and successful flavor combinations earned him a Michelin star. Minimalist décor compliments the adventurous tasting menu.
+33 1 45 50 11 10 • Nearest Metro: La Tour-Maubourg

17. Café Constant – 7th • $$$

Classic French food, a prime location near the Eiffel Tower, and a convenient no reservations policy make Café Constant a great standby. Favorites are the more contemporary tartare of salmon and oysters served on the half shell or the hearty Parmentier de canard (a sort of upscale Shepherd’s pie). Always popular and crowded, just join the queue to get a table.
+33 1 47 53 73 34 • Nearest Metro: École Militaire

18. Le Cinq – 8th • $$$$

3-star Michelin inside the Four Seasons Hotel with a wine list as thick as a phone book. This is haute cuisine at its finest. Dress code required.
+33 1 49 52 71 54 • Nearest Metro: Georges V

19. Le Laurent – 8th • $$$$

A secluded 1-star Michelin in a former hunting lodge of Louis XIV. Its unique and romantic setting lends a French countryside feel; large bay windows overlook lovely gardens and in the summer months tables are set up on the terrace near a beautiful fountain.
+33 1 42 25 00 39 • Nearest Metro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau

20. Bouillon Chartier – 9th • $$

A stunning Belle Epoque dining room with old school waiters that write your order on white paper table cloths – and cheap prices. With mains priced around 9-14 euros, this bustling brasserie turns out solid fare like Confit du Canard or escargot in a fun, lively atmosphere. Great for families.
+33 1 47 70 86 29 • Nearest Metro: Grands Boulevards

21. Buvette – 9th • $$

Cozy, rustic space with a neighborhood vibe and French classics like Croque Monsieur and Coq au Vin. Unlike most places in Paris, Buvette is open throughout the day as a café, bar, and restaurant. In the up-and-coming South Pigalle.
+33 1 44 63 41 71 • Nearest Metro: Pigalle

22. Pink Mamma – 9th • $$

Meat-centric menu inside a stunning 4-story former hospital. Each level has its own character, starting with the speak-easy basement with Italian-influenced cocktails. The real treat is the glass-enclosed top floor with views over the city. Excellent pizzas and pastas round out the menu.
+33 1 40 36 03 94 • Nearest Metro: Pigalle

23. Le Galopin – 10th • $$$$

Refined and elegant tasting menu driven by great, seasonal ingredients in a tourist-free part of Paris. Beautifully-executed dishes that are at once nuanced and complex. Its laid-back atmosphere, simple yet stylish décor, and charming location on a neighborhood square (Place Sainte-Marthe) make it a destination.
+33 1 42 06 05 03 • Nearest Metro: Belleville

24. Les Arlots – 10th • $$$

Excellent neighborhood bistro offering modern-interpreted French classics near Gare du Nord. Top quality ingredients and prize-winning house-made sausage. Strong natural wine list, low-key vibe, perfect if you’re catching the Eurostar.
+33 1 42 82 92 01 • Nearest Metro: Gare du Nord

25. Septime – 11th • $$$$

1-star michelin with one of the best modern French tasting menus in Paris. A favorite among foodies and voted one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Simple, rustic-industrial decor in a low key, off the beaten path part of the 11th. Definitely worth the trek and the effort to get a reservation.
+33 1 43 67 38 29 • Nearest Metro: Charonne

26. Bidoche – 11th • $$$$

Butcher shop by day, restaurant by night. Choose among some of the highest quality meat in France (beef, veal, lamb or pork) and have them prepare it for you in the chic, hidden restaurant in the back. The fun part is selecting your cut from the boutique.
+33 9 81 12 59 81 • Nearest Metro: Oberkampf

27. Bistrot Paul Bert – 11th • $$$

Consistent, top quality bistro fare (think steak Bearnaise or soufflé au Grand Marnier). The classic interior – woodwork, mosaic tiles, and zinc countertops – has a timeless Parisian feel. It’s in all the guide books (for good reason), but it’s popular with locals too.
+33 1 43 72 24 01 • Nearest Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny

28. Aux Deux Amis – 11th • $$

Lively wine bar with a local vibe and great small plates. Frequented by Parisian fashionistas and natural wine aficionados, the crowd skews young and hip. Expect contemporary French food with a menu that changes daily.
+33 1 58 30 38 13 • Nearest Metro: Oberkampf

29. Fulgurances – 11th • $$$$

The most experimental restaurant in Paris. An incubator of sorts, Fulgurances showcases a rotating roster of burgeoning chefs by offering them a temporary residency to let them run their own restaurant. Check the website to see who is being hosted.
+33 1 43 48 14 59 • Nearest Metro: Rue des Boulets

30. Le Chateaubriand – 11th • $$$$

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s 50 best restaurants, its no choice, 75€ tasting menu changes every night. Friendly service, modest wood interiors, in a low-key part of the 11th. Very popular with visitors so expect to book weeks in advance.
+33 1 43 57 45 95 • Nearest Metro: Goncourt

31. L’Assiette – 14th • $$$

In a more residential part of Paris, this is the place for hard to find home cooked dishes like hearty cassoulet or pork knuckle rillettes. Simple interiors with touches of marble and antique glass. Near the Catacombs but tourist-free.
+33 1 43 22 64 86 • Nearest Metro: Mouton-Duvernet

32. Les Grands Verres – 16th • $$$

Mediterranean-inspired cuisine inside a gorgeous space in the Palais Tokyo. This vibrant and hip take on museum dining updates the traditional mold with small shareable plates and a great cocktail list.
+33 1 85 53 03 61 • Nearest Metro: Alma-Marceau

33. L’Oiseau Blanc – 16th • $$$$

Romantic setting with a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower and Michelin-worthy food. This stunning rooftop restaurant inside the Peninsula Hotel is perfect for a special occasion. Elegant interiors, impeccable service, and a terrace open in the summer to enjoy a pre-meal drink while taking in the monuments.
+33 1 58 12 67 30 • Nearest Metro: Kléber

34. Le Grand 8 – 18th (Montmartre) • $$$

Traditional, unfussy, French food with gorgeous views at the foot of Sacré Coeur. Tucked away on a pretty, tree-lined street, this neighborhood gem offers a low-key vibe and a strong natural wine list.
+33 1 42 55 04 55 • Nearest Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt

35. Le Grand Bain – 20th (Belleville) • $$$

Off the beaten path, contemporary small plates restaurant on a street famed for its graffiti in Belleville, an artsy and edgy hotspot in Northeast Paris. The dining room can get loud.
+33 9 83 02 72 02 • Nearest Metro: Belleville


Best Places To Stay

1. The Hidden Hotel – Tucked away in quietness

Location: 28 Rue de l’Arc de Triomphe

Living to its name, The Hidden Hotel is settled in a quiet street, at a short walking distance from L’Arc de Triomphe (A famous landmark, the inspiration of India Gate). The look of the hotels in quite unique due to usage of mainly wood and other natural elements like organic cotton.

Having 35 tastefully crafted rooms, The Hidden hotel has a cozy feel to it without compromising on fancies of amenities. No wonder, it tops our list of top 10 romantic hotels in Paris.

What’s special: Besides the fact that it is hidden and looks kinda antique at the entrance, the hotel’s breakfast is quite a delight. Though comes at an extra charge, it is prepared using local ingredients and makes for a healthy and delicious start of the day.

Tariff: EUR 160 per night onwards

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2. Saint James Paris – The Chateaux brilliance

Location: 43 Avenue Bugeaud

Hotel Saint James Paris is a nineteenth century manor and the sole chateaux hotel in Paris. The entrance is beautified with lawns and a fountain. A neoclassical gem, it also features a library bar and antique portraits. Besides, each of its room has its own different character and look.

After a long day of visiting top attractions of Paris Saint James will pamper you with its luxuriant spa and hammam.

What’s special: The hotel has its history dating back to 1892, and is the only chateaux hotel in Paris.

Tariff: EUR 200 per night onwards

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3. Hotel Pont Royal – Art-lovers’ haven

Location: 5-7 Rue Montalembert

Hotel Pont Royal is perfect for art aficionados as the property is surrounded by art galleries. Musée du Louvre (World’s largest museum) is just a 10 minute walk away from the hotel. The restaurant, Atelier St Germain de Joel Robuchon is renowned across the world for mastering in gourmet cuisines like Mont Blanc. The rooms are cozy with distinctive paintings hung above the bed.

What’s special: Just a few minutes away from art galleries and the Louvre, this hotel has hosted artists like Ernest Hemingway. It makes for a perfect hideout for the couples who admire art and heritage.

Tariff: EUR 200 per person onwards

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4. La Maison Favart – A stay adorned like a melody

Location: 5 Rue de Marivaux

A value for money hotel, La Maison Favart deserves to be on this list of most romantic hotels in Paris for its ornate decor reminding of the eighteenth century. La Maison Favart’s main catch are the glass-framed portraits and soundproofed rooms with the view of Opéra Comique (A Parisian theater). Pastel shades are craftily sprinkled around to add some chic to the overall decor.

What’s special: The soundproofed rooms come with an MP3 players, so you both can enjoy your favorite melodies. The hotel features a separate house, which served as a former-home to an eighteenth century music director.

Tariff: EUR 200 per night onwards

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5. Pavillon de la Reine – Seventeenth century marvel

Location: 28 Place des Vosges

Pavillon de la Reine is quietly snuggled in the Place des Vosges (The oldest planned square in Paris), which people call most beautiful square around the globe. This is one of the most most romantic hotels in Paris for many reasons, a vibrant flowery courtyard is just one of them. Each of the rooms are uniquely adorned with warm tones and the exquisite period furniture adds to the look.

What’s special: The hotel’s building is a 17th century marvel, having its facade draped in ivy.

Tariff: EUR 350 per night onwards

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6. Le Bristol – Live the opulence

Location: 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Right from the welcoming treat, Le Chocolat Viennois (hot chocolate topped with whipped cream), Le Bristol just doesn’t cease to make the jaws drop. Shades of beige, and golds are beautifully adopted in the decor to reflect authentic Parisian luxury.

What’s special: The hotel’s in-house restaurant Epicure is among the best restaurants in Paris. The place is a wonderland of gastronomical aesthetics, serving mouth-watering French cuisine in a sophisticated setting.

Tariff: EUR 1,000 per night onwards

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7. La Reserve – Technology that’s leave you boggled

Location: 42 Avenue Gabriel

Just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Grand Palais (A historic monument and museum in Paris), La Reserve pleases with its decor theme that’s reminiscent of the nineteenth century standing in stark contrast to its contemporary details. The building was built for Duc de Morny, Bonaparte’s half-brother.

Silk-laden walls, ceiling to floor French doors, and wardrobes carved out of oak; everything in the hotel is crafted with precision, bearing in mind simplicity stays the key.

What’s special: The hotel along with being among the best romantic hotels in Paris France, also happens to have highest of standards in technology. You’ll realize when you’ll see the televisions disguised in the mirrors.

Tariff: EUR 1,100 per night onwards

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8. Shangri La – The fusion of Asian and Parisian

Location: 10 Avenue d’Iéna

Once a palace for Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, Shangri La is a star among top romantic hotels in Paris near Eiffel Tower. The decor is designed to reflect the aesthetics of Asian art, adapting light tinges of blues and yellows. There’s enough room for comfort, even in the bathtub.

What’s special: The hotel is set up in the former palace of Prince Roland Bonaparte, the grand nephew of Bonaparte. The guests are welcomed with a hot cup of jasmine tea in a traditional Porcelain tea pot.

Tariff: EUR 1,100 per night onwards

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9. Four Seasons Hotel – Mastering the art of romance with views of the tower

Location: 31 Avenue George V

The list of most romantic hotels in Paris is incomplete without mentioning the Four Seasons Hotels. This 1928 property is a five-star eight-storey building and looks incredibly classy. Adding cherry to the top is the Parisian panorama of Champs-Elysées (A 2 km long avenue where Arc de Triomphe is located).

What’s special: Most of the rooms come with private terraces overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Tariff: EUR 1,200 per night onwards

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10. Hotel Plaza Athenee – Plush and perfect

Location: 25 Avenue Montaigne

Exquisite crystal chandeliers, silver-framed windows overlooking the tower, and heavy silk curtains to complete the Parisian look of the Hotel Plaza Athenee. The rooms and suites are palatial, decorated in the style of classic Art Deco.

Whether a candle-light dinner in of its six restaurants, or a relaxing session in the spa, the hotel seems to be the brand ambassador of perfection. This is among the most romantic hotels in Paris with view of Eiffel Tower.

What’s special: The hotel has six restaurants, each of which are distinctive. A romantic dinner date just gets more beautiful with illuminated Eiffel Tower in the backdrop.

Tariff: EUR 1,200 per night onwards

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Shopping In Paris

1. Boulevard Saint Germain

Located along the 7th arrondissement in the heart of St-Germain des Prés, the famous Boulevard Saint Germain is where you need to head for the best shopping in Paris. It starts from the Seine River and has all the great home decor shops, fashion boutiques, and gourmet food stores. And just in case you’re strolling here during the summer, don’t fret because the sight of lush green trees and the beautiful Parisian buildings around will add on to your experience.

What To Buy: High-end party wear, elegant home decor accessories, casual accessories, and more
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
Location: 7th arrondissement, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France

2. Rue Du Commerce

There is no dearth of places to shop in Paris, and you’ll realize it the moment you step onto this beautiful shopping street. From popular brand shops to small boutiques, this place has got an excellent array of stores for the best shopping in Paris 2019. Also, there are a number of cafes and bakeries where you can stop by when you wish to give rest to your feet and a treat to your tummy. So, if you wish to take back home the latest trends in the city, don’t forget to stop at Rue du Commerce.

What To Buy: Makeup, skin care products, dresses & more from Monoprix
Location: 15th arrondissement, Rue du Commerce, Paris, France

3. Les Halles

Transformed from a fruit market to a multi-level underground shopping center over the years, this place has become a hub for all the fashion lovers. If you’re looking for authentic Parisian style, you can plan a visit to this place and head to the small boutiques and trendy brand stores in the center. And when you literally feel like shopping till you drop, sit and relax at one of the open-air cafes.

What To Buy: Trendy clothing from Kookai and Princesse Tam Tam, cosmetics from L’Occitane, and surf wear from Quiksilver
TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5/5
Location: Les Halles, Paris, France

4. Le Marais

Located in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, Le Marais is a lively neighborhood for shopping in Paris. Its trendy boutiques, vintage shops, and the classic restaurants around make it a great hangout stop for both men and women alike. While you can shop here on any day of the week, the best time to buy what you desire is a Sunday morning since most of the other places stay closed this day.

What To Buy: Vintage articles, classic hats and glasses, and more
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
Location: 3rd Arrondissement, Paris, France

5. Triangle D’or

Shopping in Paris, France and not visiting the famous Triangle D’or is an absolute sin. Formed by Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue François 1er in the 8th arrondissement, this is the best place to treat the Shopaholic in you. With the top haute couture shops, top-notch fashion brands like Dior & Chanel, and the famous designers around, this place will surely leave you smitten.

What To Buy: Designer jewelry from Bulgari, linens from Porthault Linens (Linge de Maison), perfumes from Caron’s shop, bags from Louis Vuitton, and more.
Location: 8th arrondissement, Triangle d’Or, Paris, France

6. Rue De Rivoli

Situated along the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and the famous Louvre Museum, the Rivoli street is amongst the best shopping places in Paris. With so many stores and boutiques, it’ll be difficult for you to visit every place. So, make sure you follow this Paris shopping guide and visit only the popular stores like BHV first. And when you’re left with enough time, try and explore the nearby streets like Rue de Turenne, Saint-Paul Village & more for some awesome experience of shopping in Paris, France.

What To Buy: Elegant fashion wear, chic accessories, and classy shoes
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
Location: Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

7. Saint-Ouen Flea Market

The Saint-Ouen flea market or Les Puces is Paris’ largest and oldest shopping place. From antique furniture to vintage clothes, you can buy anything here without having to look at the price tags. But if this place doesn’t fall in the vicinity of your hotel, don’t worry. There are also many other flea markets around the city, and all of them are equally worth exploring.

What To Buy: Antiques, classic shoes, and vintage clothes
Location: Saint-Ouen, Paris, France

8. Boulevard Haussmann

All of the best shops in Paris can be found right in the heart of the city, in the popular Boulevard Haussmann. From the famous Galeries Lafayette to the popular Printemps department store, you will come across all the high-end shops here. This is certainly the best place to visit if fashion, home decor accessories, and cosmetics is everything that is on your list.

What To Buy: Home decor essentials, high-end cosmetics & toiletries, and luxe fashion wear
Location: 8th and 9th Arrondissement, Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France

9. Avenue Des Champs Elysées

Definitely, amongst the most famous shopping areas in Paris, this avenue is one place you cannot afford to miss during your holiday in Europe. Apart from looking too pretty and illuminated at night, this place lets you shop all things chic. Be it buying high-end clothing for yourself or toys for your kids, this is where you need to be for an ultimate and true Parisian shopping experience.

What To Buy: High-end linens, chic accessories, cosmetics, and more
TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5
Location: Avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris, France

10. Avenue Des Ternes

Unlike the other popular places to shop in Paris, the Avenue des Ternes located in the 17th district is a hidden paradise in the city. Books, household appliances, clothing, shoes, bags, and everything that you think of can be easily found here. So, without giving it a second thought, just pay a visit to this place and we vouch you will not be disappointed.

What To Buy: Books, luxe clothing, kitchenware, elegant bags, and more
Location: 17th Arrondissement, Avenue des Ternes, Paris, France


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