Known as the City of Light, Capital of Fashion, and the City of Love, Paris is the cosmopolitan capital of France. One of Europe's most densely populated cities, there are 2.2 million residents within the city limits and 12 million total residents within the metropolitan area. From fashion and cuisine to historical landmarks, Paris should be on your bucket list if it isn't already. Before you join the 45 million annual visitors, read the Paris tourist info collected in this travel guide.
When to visit
There is never a bad time for you to visit Paris as there is always something going on in the City of Light. The calendar year kicks off with the Maison & Object furniture and interior design trade fair in January. February marks the le nouvel an chinois (Chinese New Year) celebration in several districts within Paris. March offers the first of two fashion weeks, Spring Fashion Week, that take place annually.
Other notable events worth taking in when you visit Paris include the French Tennis Open (May-June), La Fete Nationale (Bastille Day) on July 14th, and beginning of the Christmas season on the third Thursday of November with the release of Le Beaujolais Nouveau.
Located in Western Europe along the Atlantic Ocean, Paris enjoys a maritime climate the results in cool winters and warm summers. Snow is uncommon in Paris, with the average high during even the coldest month of the year hitting 43 degrees F (6 C). Spring and fall are characterized by cool temperatures and wet conditions. Summer is the best time of year to visit Paris. The average high during mid-summer months is 77 degrees F (25 C).
A better question to ask yourself would be "what can't I do in Paris?" Like many other global capital cities, Paris has so much to do that it would be impossible to take it all in during one visit. For the sake of this travel guide, you'll find a majority of the must-do activities included.
A highlight of the summer months is the annual Cinema en Plein Air. This outdoor cinema event takes place at the Parc de la Villette in July and shows films on the 9th largest inflatable screen in Europe. Other must-do activities include the city's incredible music festivals of Rock en Seine (August), Techno parade (September), and Jazz a la Villette (September).
If you do nothing else during your visit, don't forget to try out the myriad of amazing cuisine options. One of the world's culinary capitals, Paris has the second highest concentration of Michelin restaurants behind only Tokyo, Japan.
Most people cannot come to Paris without seeing the city's impressive icons like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Paris is home to roughly 70 museums, including the Louvre, which counts the Mona Lisa among its impressive artistic displays.
If you want to step outside the box, consider visiting the city's infamous catacombs. Here you'll find the exhumed remains of roughly 6 million people who were moved from overflowing cemeteries across Paris. There's no better view of the city than that offered from Sacre Coeur. The church is located at the highest point in the city, offering stunning views of the entire city.
Tips & Recommendations
• Paris is considered one of the world's safest cities. Nevertheless, exercise caution in low-income neighborhoods at night.
• Parisians are often labeled rude or arrogant. A difficult fact of life in the City of Light is dealing with a constant stream of tourists. Be patient and polite when interacting with Parisians. After all, they deal with 45 million people like you each year.
• Parisians dress conservatively, despite the city's status within the fashion world. Bright colors can attract the wrong attention in areas such as the 9th and 18th arrondissements (districts).
• Try the flea markets. Paris has three famous flea markets along the city's outskirts, each offering antiques and second-hand goods.
• Consider a ParisPass. This prepaid entry card offers entry and queue jumping at 60 attractions around the city.
If you're looking for a larger property, consider ibis Styles Paris République. The 3-star rating ensures a memorable stay here. Thrill-seekers should consider a visit to Le Parc de Bercy. Whether your Paris stay is one day or several, Centre Pompidou, 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from here, is a must-see. If you have the time, be sure and visit Place des Vosges. For business travelers, this location provides close proximity to Opera Bastille.
Ibis Paris Père Lachaise offers 3-star service. You'll be completely mobile, with Charonne Metro Station connecting you to areas around Paris. Good to know: This accommodation is close to Bastille. Famous sites such as Place des Vosges are close by. Several events and conferences take place year-round in the nearby Opera Bastille.
Large and roomy ibis Paris Italie Tolbiac 13ème offers friendly, personalized service. Book a comfy 3-star room here. Parc Montsouris is one of many fascinating attractions found within the accommodation's vicinity. Nearby and easily accessible, you'll find Le Parc de Bercy.
Ibis Paris Porte de Brancion Parc des Expositions has 3 stars. The extensive number of rooms on offer means you'll have lots of good choices. Gare Montparnasse is close by. A fun-filled option nearby is Aquaboulevard. Expo Porte de Versailles is close to the accommodation, making it convenient for business delegates.
In contrast with impersonal corporate hotels, BP Apartments - Canal St. Martin offers a more intimate atmosphere. Explore the surrounding area in comfort thanks to the nearby Gare de l'est. Nearby Buttes Chaumont might be the high point of your vacation. From this area you can easily visit Place de la République, Bassin de la Villette and even Belleville. Le Parc de Bercy is one of several nearby options for fun and entertainment.
For easy travel, BP Apartments - Cozy Montmartre is a short distance from Marcadet – Poissonniers. Moulin Rouge is one of the easily accessible attractions from here. Easily-accessible Le Parc de Bercy is a fun place to spend some time. Palais Garnier draws many visitors to Paris for special events.
If you prefer a more intimate property, BP Apartments - Charming Louvre is a good option. Bonne Nouvelle Metro Station is an easy jaunt from this location. If you plan on visiting Porte Saint Denis, Porte Saint Martin or Palais Royal, this accommodation is a good choice. You'll enjoy this prime location that's just a short distance from Odéon. Palais Garnier is easily accessible.
The modest-sized BP Apartments - St. Gervais offers intimate spaces and comfy rooms. You'll be a short distance from Ile de la Cite and Ile St.Louis, Le Marais Area and Jardin de Plantes. Bastille and Odéon are close enough to reach on foot from here. You'll be central to several attractions in the area, including Place des Vosges, just 0.6 km (0.3 miles) away. The world-class Opera Bastille is close by.
For easy travel, Bed and Breakfast CHEZ MARIE is a short distance from Charonne Metro Station. Good to know: This accommodation is close to Bastille. You'll be a short distance from Le Marais Area, Place de la République and Belleville. Be assured that Opera Bastille is easily accessible.
For easy travel, B&B Legendre is a short distance from Gare Saint Lazare. Moulin Rouge and Parc Monceau are close enough to reach on foot from here. You'll be centrally located near landmarks such as Montmartre and Barbes. Aquaboulevard is close to this property.
For easy travel, Bed & Breakfast Pompidou Chic is a short distance from Arts et Métiers Metro Station. Porte Saint Martin, Porte Saint Denis and Place de la République are within a short walk from here. Bastille and Odéon are recommended favorites. One of the Paris monuments close to this establishment is Place des Vosges, which is 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from here.
For easy travel, Bed and Breakfast Charenton is a short distance from Bel Air Metro Station. Bercy is just one of the famous landmarks here. Fun-filled Le Parc de Bercy is in the vicinity. Musée des Arts Africains et Oceaniens is located within walking distance of this property.
St Christopher's Inns The Canal Hostel is a large property with an extensive selection of rooms. La Chapelle Metro Station is an easy jaunt from this location. Bassin de la Villette is a popular landmark found nearby, as is Belleville. Buttes Chaumont isn't far from here and it's a must-see! Le Parc de Bercy is one of the attractions near the property.
Offering an intimate atmosphere, the small-sized Peace & Love - Hostel is a nice place to unwind. The nearby La Chapelle Metro Station is a convenient transportation hub. The popular attraction Buttes Chaumont is walking-distance close. If you plan on visiting Bassin de la Villette, Barbes or Belleville, this accommodation is a good choice. Le Parc de Bercy is not far and offers loads of fun.
For easy travel, The Loft Boutique Hostel & Hotel is a short distance from Gare de l'est. Take a leisurely walk toButtes Chaumont, a recommended attraction! Paris's famous Belleville, Place de la République and Cimetière du Père-Lachaise can all be reached on foot from this property. If you like amusement parks Le Parc de Bercy is a must-do.
MIJE Fauconnier - Fourcy - Maubuisson - Hostel is a large property with an extensive selection of rooms. Enjoy good connections to surrounding areas via Arts et Métiers Metro Station. Bastille and Odéon are close enough to reach on foot from here. Popular landmarks near this property are Ile de la Cite and Ile St.Louis, Le Marais Area and Jardin de Plantes. Famous sites such as Place des Vosges are close by.
The roomy Camping Indigo Paris Bois de Boulogne in Paris offers agreeable hospitality and guest services. Book a comfy 4-star room here. Bois de Boulogne is one of the easily accessible attractions from here. Aquaboulevard is an entertaining option for your Paris visit.
Résidence Alma Marceau has 4 stars. You won't get lost in a crowd here, as there are fewer than 20 rooms. Porte Dauphine Metro Station connects you to the rest of Paris. Make memories at Parc Monceau and École Militaire, which are close to here. This location offers excellent proximity to Aquaboulevard. Nearby are numerous museums, including the fine Musée du Petit Palais and Musee Rodin collections.
Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées is among the more luxurious of Paris properties, with 5 stars. You'll have numerous rooms to choose among here. This district is jam-packed with landmarks such as Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Faubourg du Roule and Eiffel Tower. From this property, you can head out and see Arc de Triomphe. Aquaboulevard is just a short distance from here. Just a short distance away you'll find Palais des Congrès.
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