Paris travel guide

The City of Light

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You're Going to Love Paris

Paris is the capital of fashion, art, and instantly recognizable landmarks. There is nothing quite like seeing the city lit up at night viewed from the Eiffel Tower, or watching the can-can dancers at the Moulin Rouge. Known throughout the world as the City of Light, Paris is renowned for its architecture, bridges, cathedrals and parks.

With its quaint quartiers (quarters) and small village districts within the city, Paris is charming yet intimate. It is one of the world's most vibrant cities and a firm favorite with honeymooners. Newlyweds enjoy walking romantically together along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees or the Place de la Concorde.

Paris has a real sense of community with its local shops, markets, restaurants, and cafes. The Parisians are very friendly and proud of their city. Shopaholics love to visit Paris, and the city has many international stores like L'Eclaireur, Printemps, or the Galeries Lafayette.

Whether you're jetting off to Paris for a two-week vacation or a long weekend, there are plenty of exciting things to do and see.

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What to do in Paris

When to Visit Paris

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Although Paris has reasonably priced accommodation all year round, the summer months, May to September, are the most expensive. The city is alive in summer with outdoor music festivals like the Fete de la Musique and Bastille Day celebrations on July 14th. For something a little different visit the open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette. You can find cheaper air fares and hotel deals in spring time and during the autumn months of September to early November. Winter can be dark and cold but still a wonderful time to visit Paris, especially during Christmas and New Year festivities when Parisians flock to the Champs-Elysees as the clock strikes twelve.

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How to Get to Paris

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Where to Stay in Paris

Accommodation wise, Paris has plenty to offer. There is an exciting range of options available throughout the year. It is a good idea to book accommodation early, especially during the peak season. Why not reserve a room in Le Bristol Paris, the Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Crayon or the Hotel de Londres Eiffel?

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Paris' hottest shopping streets

Paris is renowned for its fantastic array of shopping options. It is up there with New York, London, and Milan, a shopper's paradise. There are tempting window displays with the latest fashion designs, jewelry, cosmetics, electronics, arts, and crafts. Browse the boutiques along Canal St-Martin or be invited into the impressive arcades of the historical Palais-Royal. Find affordable goods in Le Marais from Parisian design clothing stores.

Groceries and other necessities

Paris has many grocery stores and supermarkets. If you are self-catering, buy quality groceries at Franprix, a chain of supermarkets found in almost every neighborhood. There is also Carrefour, Dia, and Picard offering exclusive food and Parisian specialties.

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Where to Eat in Paris

Dining out in Paris is a must. There are culinary delights to suit every palate, great food, and French wine. Foodies can wine and dine on grand-mere's roast chicken or riz au lait. For dessert, how about wild-strawberry and rose ice cream? A typical meal costs around 30 Euro per person.

Bistros, cafes, wine bars and restaurants, there are lots of places to eat in "gay Paree". For the best food around, check out the 5th arrondissement, the Place Saint-Michel, and the Louvre. Here you will find the Richelieu Angelina and Les Cafes de la Pyramide serving an expansive range of food.

Popular options include:

Abri Restaurant serves pumpkin soup, succulent duck with vegetables, lemon marinated mackerel, and tasty desserts.

Fish la Boissonerie offers black squid-ink risotto, roasted cod, crispy pumpkin, and molten chocolate cakes.

La Bourse et La Vie has the most delicious steak frites with melt in the mouth beef. There is also pot a feu, delicious veal, and vegetables in broth.