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The City of Light has been a favourite with loved-up beaus for a while now. But there's always a way to get around those smooching couples clogging up the Eiffel Tower queue. It goes without saying that culture is practically on tap, but there are some corking festivals to go with it. Summer brings the Fete de la Musique and man-made beaches along the Seine. 

Top things to do in Paris

  • Shop til you drop
    From the beautifully designed Gallerie Laffayette, the Champs-Élysées stretch of high-end stores, boulevards of chic boutiques to Le Marais' vintage clothing emporiums and weekend flea markets, this is a shopaholics dreamland so be prepared for some serious temptation! 
  • Go sky high at the Eiffel Tower
    It may be basic, but a trip to Paris just wouldn't be the same without this iron icon. Join the queue (or call us for a queue jump ticket) and head to the top for sky-high views across this geometrically designed city. Not feeling the climb? Take a picnic to the park that surrounds it and admire from below or sit outside a buzzing bar and watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle on the hour. 
  • Check out boho Belleville's street art
    This multicultural northeastern neighbourhood is a hot pot of innovative food, coffee roasters and creative expression. Head to Rue Dénoyez for some of the city's best street art and meander the streets lined with artist work shops, second-hand bookshops and laid-back bohemain cafés.
  • Ogle art in Paris' many art galleries
    From the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, the old-school masterpieces of Picasso at the Musée D'orsay, Monet's dreamy landscapes at L'Orangérie to modern creations in the quirky Centre Pompidou. This barely scratches the surface of just how much art you can discover in Paris!
  • Explore the Catacombs
    Head below the streets and discover the hidden chambers filled with skulls and learn the secrets of the worlds largest underground burial site.
  • Indulge in chocolat chaud and macarons
    Take a break from all the wandering and enjoy a little french indulgence. Head to Ladurée for multi-coloured macarons (take a box home too), drink the most lavish of hot chocolates in Angelina and get your teeth around a decadent chocolate éclair at L’Éclair de Genie. 

Getting to Paris and around

Like most European cities, getting to Paris is a doddle. Direct flights to Charles de Gaulle are available from most UK airports (about an hour flight from London), or choose to take the train or even road trip it there and get a ferry or shuttle across the channel. Once you've made it, it's easy to explore this magical city via the metro, bus, uber or on your own two feet.


Best time to visit Paris

Whatever the weather, Paris will never fail to pull on those heart strings! Picnic in the many parks and join the Parisians socialising along the Seine in spring/summer. Come autumn, wander the picture-perfect boulevards, and exhibition hop from one gallery to the next. In the wintertime, snuggle inside Paris' iconic bistros, bars and cafes with a chocolat chaud and a feast of colourful macarons. 

Paris neighbourhoods

The 'Arrondissements' of Paris each have their own charm that help give this city its magic. From the cool and creative 11th to the 16th arondissement where the iconic Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower sit.
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Le Marais (3rd & 4th arrondissement)
Vintage clothing stores, independant art galleries, jewish bakeries serving up amazing falafel wraps (Chez Hanna *drools*) and a vibrant bar/LGBT scene. Get lost in the Parisian magic of Le Marais. When you've recovered from a falafel coma, take a stroll across the Seine to Notre Dame or head left to the Hôtel de Ville, the Louvre and the Tuileries. 
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Montmartre (18th arrondissement)
Home to the impressive Sacre Coeur, this hillside spot of colourful vine-covered houses, cobbled roads, cute cafes and artists setting up easels on the sreet has its own tempo. We recommend getting off the tourist track and meandering the smaller roads and seeing what Parisian gems you find!
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Canal Saint-Martin (11th arrondissement)
A stomping ground for the 'bobo's' of Paris, join the hipsters and arty folks as they populate the pavement cafés, trendy homeware stores and cocktail bars that line this picturesque canal spot. Check out Le Coq for an innovative alcoholic blend, Babel for quirky gifts, Café Craft for a seriously good brew and cambodian flavours at Le Petit Cambodge.
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Champs-Elysées and around (16th arrondissement)
If you're keen to tick off a long list of must-sees in the space of a few hours, Champs Elysées is a good starting point. Start with a selfie at the Arc de Triomphe and wander the whole way along this busy, tree-lined boulevard to Place de la Concorde pick up an indulgent hot chocolate at Angelina and take a stroll through the Tuileries gardens. Sunny day? Find the perfect spot along the Seine to lounge at, preferably with a baguette, cheese and a bottle of red. Dreamy. 

Our favourite Paris Hotels

paris hostel
This hostel is home to stylish rooms and a lively atmosphere, with a sweet roof terrace which is home to all the festivities. It's situated within a converted office block in the 10th arr., 15 mins' walk from Gare du Nord and close to Canal St Martin.


From £29pppn
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Caulaincourt Square
A bright, bohemian and colourful hostel located on a leafy square in arty Montmartre minutes from the iconic Sacre Coeur. Ideal for backpackers wanting to say 'oui' to the joie de vivre of French life.
From £26pppn
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Bastille De Launay
This relaxed and traditional townhouse hotel is a stones throw from the Picasso Museum and Victor Hugo's house. Sip on cocktails on the outside terrace before heading out to enjoy the Marais' pumping nightlife.
From £66 for a twin/double room
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Tours and activities in Paris

Paris food walking tour
There's no need to consider calories when you combine gourmet French food with a three-hour walking tour! Your small group tour is led by an expert food connoisseur, who will take you through a number of Paris neighbourhoods to visit a French bakery, pastry shop, French caterer, wine shop, cheese shop, fruit and vegetable shop and market.

From £85

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Moulin Rouge show
The Moulin Rouge is the number one show in Paris, if not the whole of Europe. No wonder it sells out quickly! Don't miss your chance to see the world-renowned showgirls and French Cancan dancers strut their stuff on the Moulin Rouge's historic stage.

From £78

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Seine river hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise
Cruise along Paris’ Seine River on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise! Use a 1-day ticket to travel to top Paris attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre Museum, or upgrade to a 2-day ticket for another consecutive day of sightseeing. Simply hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the nine stops along the Seine River’s UNESCO-listed riverbanks.
From £15
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Disneyland Paris express shuttle and entry
Feel the magic like never before as Disneyland® Paris turns spectacularly sparkly to celebrate the 25th anniversary! Come on board the Disneyland® Paris Express shuttle for a magical time. Experience includes transportation from Paris and Disney® Parks ticket (Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios® Park).

From £89

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