With so much to explore in this vibrant city, it can be difficult to plan your Parisian adventure. We’ve made it a little easier with this guide on the best places to stay, see and eat in the City of Love.
Places to stayWith an impressive choice of public transport this compact city remains easy to explore wherever you choose to stay. It can be stressful finding the perfect location though, with over 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) to choose from, each with its own distinct character.
The 1st neighborhood is arguably the most romantic, offering that Parisian charm that you’ve always imagined. It’s home to many of the major sights including the Pont des Arts, the Louvre Museum and Tuileries Gardens. It also boasts an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower. Be warned though, this comes at a hefty price. Most of the accommodation options are luxurious five star hotels.
For the younger traveler, the 5th arrondissement is a great alternative. Known as the Latin Quarter, it has a large student population with a trendy and happening vibe. You’ll find boutique hotels and plenty of cheap and cheerful bars and cafés.
Things to seeNo trip to Paris would be complete without scaling its iconic landmark. The Eiffel Tower will give you some awe inspiring views across the city and you can even enjoy a glass of champagne at a brasserie on the third floor. A day spent exploring the vast Louvre museum will impress even the most devoted philistine. Aside from the famed Mona Lisa, you can catch of glimpse of ancient sculptures and the French Crown Jewels.
If you’re looking to add that sparkle to a romantic getaway, you can’t miss out on a night at the Moulin Rouge. You’ll enjoy a night of cabaret in opulent surroundings with live singers and acrobatic performers.
To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, head to the Parc des Butte Chaumont in the northeast of city. It’s one of the biggest parks in the city complete with waterfalls, a lake and charming bridges. It’s a great place for a relaxed walk or picnic on a sunny day.
Where to eatParis has long been famed for its culinary delights with no shortage of fine dining establishments and Michelin star restaurants. There’s also an exciting choice of street side bistros serving French delicacies such as oozing Camembert or sweet and decadent crepes.
For a more unique taste of Paris, try visiting the neighborhood of Belleville which is often overlooked by tourists. It’s a melting pot of ethnic diversity with trendy hangouts and street art at every corner. A compact Chinatown serves up authentic cuisine alongside Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. It’s also surprisingly affordable for those on a budget.
Paris breaks have so much to offer with something to keep everyone happy. We've only got started on some of the best things to be enjoyed, the rest is now up to you. It’s all waiting to be explored on your next unforgettable holiday.
- Photo by Nicolas Halftermeyer used under Wikimedia Commons.
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