The capital of France has just over 2 million inhabitants, which makes it a city not so big that anyone would get lost, nor too small to discover on foot. This, by the way, will not be necessary, as Paris also has one of the best public transport systems in the world.
Where to stay in Paris, France
In a big city like Paris, it’s always good to know the neighbourhood that has everything to do with your personality before embarking. That way, you stay in the most interesting place according to what you’re looking for in the French capital and don’t run the risk of being disappointed on arrival when you realize that “it wasn’t exactly what you were looking for”.
Keep in mind that some regions tend to attract more tourists, such as those located between arrondissements (or regions) 1 to 6, usually perfect for those who choose to explore the city on foot. While it may seem more interesting to stay in arrondissements 1 or 2, 3 to 6 tend to have an extra charm that their more central neighbours don’t have. In other words, you gain in location but lose in the quality of the surroundings, which are more ugly in the most central part of the city. But let’s go by neighbourhoods:
Very busy and full of bars and restaurants, the neighbourhood offers easy access to any part of the city and vibrant nightlife. It is located in arrondissement 5 and guarantees that your arrival at the hotel (or rented apartment) will be peaceful at night, as there are always people in the region, which are super touristic. By the way, the student meeting point is in this part of the city, famous for its large number of universities, including the more than well-known Sorbonne. On the other hand, if you usually opt for less crowded regions when travelling, get away from here.
A very traditional neighbourhood in Paris, with its nice cobblestone streets and many tourist souvenir shops, all at the foot of the Sacré Cœur Basilica, is the perfect spot to get a wider view of the region. The neighbourhood is also home to the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret, which guarantees excitement at any time of the day, even though it is further away (in arrondissement 18). If you want to feel like a true Parisian, be sure to explore the best of the neighbourhood, with its corner cafes and restaurants that are the pure charm.
Did someone mention luxury? It’s here! If this is your accommodation option, be aware that it’s a good idea to prepare financially: the Champs-Élysées is expensive, but it’s also home to some of the best hotels in the city. You could also: the avenue connects two of the main attractions of Paris, connecting the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre Museum. Along the way, boutiques and restaurants ooze elegance and attract tourists who stroll through the region. The avenue is also crossed by three subway lines, which ensures you are easy to get around wherever you go.
Wake up and sleep in a neighbourhood that is pure charm. Do you have something else to want on a visit to Paris? This is precisely the proposal for those staying in the Marais, a neighbourhood loved by Parisians and tourists alike. Good for shopping and full of great gastronomic options, Marais has its origins in Jewish immigration, but today it also stands out for being a meeting point for the LGBT community, which enjoys the best of the region’s nightclubs. Many fairs and street food complete the scene of this neighbourhood that is one of the darlings of the city.
With an artistic flair, the Bastille region is a delight for anyone looking to experience a glimpse of old-time Paris. Its old buildings and winding streets please those who pass by, even if unpretentiously. On the other hand, the neighbourhood is complete with several ethnic restaurants that offer delicacies from all over the world. This is where the July Column is located, erected in honour of the 1830 revolution in the country; and also the incredible Paris Opera. To make your visit complete, let yourself be lost in the neighbourhood and you are sure to find a Paris full of hidden charms.
Where to eat in Paris, France
The gastronomy of France is considered one of the best in the world, which makes Paris one of the most disputed gastronomic capitals.
French cuisine is very rich and varied, thanks to the quality of raw materials and the enormous cultural diversity that France has.
These are some of the traditional dishes of French cuisine:
Foie gras: Liver of ducks or fattened geese.
Boeuf Bourguignon: Beef sauteed in red wine.
Croque-monsieur: Ham and cheese au gratin sandwich.
Quiche Lorraine: Salty pie made with eggs and sour cream, as well as other ingredients such as cheese and bacon.
Coq au vin: Chicken with vegetables prepared with wine.
Pot-au-feu: Braised beef with vegetables.
Brioche: Sweet based on eggs, yeast, milk, butter and sugar.
Tarte Tatin: Tarte with caramelized apples.
Crepe: Thin dough of wheat flour that can be covered with either sweet or savoury ingredients.
Ratatouille: Eggplant, tomato, zucchini, peppers and basil stew.
Where to go and what to do in Paris, France
Discover Paris’ most striking monuments and tourist attractions that you can’t miss when travelling to the French capital.
Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars
Arch of Triumph
Notre Dame cathedral
Palace of Versailles
As an artistic capital and one of the main tourist destinations in the world, Paris is a city with more than 150 museums.
Main parks and gardens
Jardin des Plantes
Disneyland Paris is the complex where Disney’s theme parks, hotels and restaurants are located. Includes Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios parks.
The complex opened on April 12, 1992 under the name EuroDisney, but in 1995 it was renamed Disneyland Paris due to strategic changes, as the brand had deteriorated after recording losses in the early years.
It currently receives nearly 15 million visitors a year and is one of the main tourist attractions in Paris.
Disneyland Paris has two theme parks: Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. We introduce you both:
Walt Disney Studios
Tours and Tours:
Mont Saint-Michel abbey
Avignon: Palace of the Popes and Bridge
Bordeaux: La Cite du Vin
Dijon and Burgundy
Paris: Montparnasse Tower
Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze
Paris: L’Orangerie Museum
Provence and the lavender fields
Places We Visit:
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe
Pont Alexandre III
Notre-Dame de Paris, referred to simply as Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral was consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
The Church of Saint-Séverin (French: Église Saint-Séverin) is a Roman Catholic church in the Latin Quarter of Paris, located on the lively tourist street Rue Saint-Séverin. It is one of the oldest churches that remains standing on the Left Bank, and it continues in use as a place of worship. It was on this burial ground that the first recorded surgery for gallstones was performed in 1451 by Germanus Collot.
The Jardin du Luxembourg, also known in English as the Luxembourg Gardens, is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, France, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile—the étoile or “star” of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues.
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