Few cities in the world can claim to have the far reaching appeal of Paris – a capital famed for its food, monuments, art scene and unparalleled romance factor. Whether you’re a first time visitor to the City of Lights or have repeatedly fallen for its continental charm, you can rest assured there’s always something new to discover. Go discover the France's enchanting capital for yourself.
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Synonymous with historic monuments and contemporary structures, fine dining and intimate eateries – Paris is a city full of fascinating contradictions that’ll keep you on your toes no matter how frequently you visit. Split into twenty arrondissements arranged in an ordered spiral and intersected by the magnificent River Seine, France’s capital is a fascinating maze of things to see and do whatever your budget. So whether you’re after a romantic mini-break, a getaway dedicated to the city’s fascinating history and culture or a holiday devoted to retail therapy and fine dining - make sure you get the best of the city with our comprehensive guide to what to see, do, eat and enjoy.
Whether you’re eating on a budget or after a decadent blow-out meal, there’s nowhere quite like Paris when it comes to dining in style. Make it a night to remember and head to the eponymous Pierre Gagnaire restaurant where you’ll enjoy cuisine at the forefront of the fusion dining movement, created by a chef with three Michelin stars under his apron strings. Or perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy your dinner in fancy clothing 400ft up the Eiffel Tower at Le Jules Verne? For cheap eats that don’t compromise on flavour, Foyer de la Madeleine beneath the imposing Madeleine Church is hard to beat, whilst succulent steak-frites at Bistrot Victoires are served with a sizeable side of French charm and buzzing ambience. When dusk falls there’s nowhere quite like Paris to kick up your heels and party the night away, be it a rooftop bar with panoramic views, underground clubs with a heavy dose of grunge or chic bars exuding insouciant cool.
As a city renowned for its fashion prowess, it’s little wonder that Paris is a mecca for devoted shoppers after their fix of everything from haute couture to high street. Whilst it may be busier than other shopping precincts in Paris, there’s no denying that the Avenue des Champs Élysées is a must-visit both day and night for its palatial stores selling designer and big name brands under the shadow of the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Other areas worth visiting are the Boulevard Haussmann where you’ll find the two famous department stores Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps, each housing plenty of on-trend Parisian fashion. But for shopping with a view it’s got to be Galeries Lafayette, where hundreds of cosmetic and fashion stores are housed under a mesmeric domed atrium that’s particularly charming come Christmas time when it boasts the best window displays in the city. If you’re after something a little different then the largest flea market in the world - St-Ouen Flea Market near Montmartre is certainly worth a visit - just be prepared to come away laden with vintage art, fashion and trinkets that you never knew you needed!
If you're looking for Paris holidays suitable for families, why not treat the younger ones to a trip to Disneyland Paris? The theme park is around a 30 minute drive from the city and is great for a fun day out or a longer stay.
Few cities boast such a plethora of well-known attractions as Paris, and whether you’re a first-timer or frequent visitor, attractions such as The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame are worth waiting in line for. Once you’ve ticked these off your list why not descend into the underbelly of the city with a tour around Les Catacombes – an underground maze of tunnels that are arguably Paris’ spookiest attraction! Also worth a visit for those with an eye for art and culture is the Rodin museum where thousands of artistic masterpieces sit alongside impressive sculptures in the eye-catching landscaped gardens. Sports fans should make time for a pilgrimage to the Parc des Princes stadium for a fascinating guided tour of the Paris Saint-Germain team’s iconic club. And if you’ve still got time for more why not opt to see the city from a romantic river boat ride drifting down the Seine? Most boat tours take in many of the city’s iconic sights without the hectic queues - giving you unparalleled views, plenty of picture opportunities and a slice of that money-can’t-buy Parisian atmosphere.
Charles de Gaulle Airport is located to the north east of Paris, roughly 25km from the city centre. Orly Airport is located to the south of the city, around 18km from the centre.
IATA code: CDG
Name: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Address: Paris Charles de Gaulle, A'rogare 1, 95700 Roissy-en-France, France.
Telephone: +33 1 70 36 39 50
If you are travelling from Charles de Gaulle Paris Airport and wish to bring your own car, there are excellent parking facilities. There is no need to book in advance and a shuttle bus will take you from the car park to the terminals.
CDG is the largest airport in France and so has excellent transport links. If you are travelling to Paris to explore deeper into the country, you may wish to use the high-speed train service. There are two railway stations at the airport, A'rogare 1 and A'rogare 2, from which travellers can make their way to Paris or other cities. There are also shuttle bus services which operate between the airport and Paris city centre. The stops in the centre are all next to M'tro or local bus stations, making travelling around Paris easy. A typical adult ticket will cost between '14 and '19.
The easiest way to get into Paris from CDG is by taxi, although this is also the most expensive option. It is also the only way to get into Paris from the airport after 1am so this may be something to consider if you are arriving late at night. A taxi from Paris CDG into the city centre will usually cost around '50, but this price may vary depending on whether you arrive in the evening or at a weekend.
There is also the option of hiring a car and if you're planning to explore further afield, this may be preferable. You can either rent a car on arrival or prior to travel. There are plenty of car hire companies at the airport and many have more than one office.
Paris Orly Airport is an international airport located partially in Orly and partially in Villeneuve-le-Roi, 13 km (8.1 mi) south of Paris, France.
IATA code: ORY
Name: Paris Orly Airport
Address: Orly Sud 103, 94396 Orly Aérogare, France
Telephone: +33 1 70 36 39 50