Paris

 
Overview
The capital of France and the capital of love, Paris has a timeless familiarity for first-time and frequent visitors. With its instantly recognisable architectural icons, beautiful boutiques and a tasty cuisine, Paris is perfect for any type of trip whether it be for couples, family’s or solo travel Paris puts a smile on all travellers faces. 
Best Time to Visit

Paris is perfect year-round, with warmer months mean picnics and parks, but also crowds. During colder months skies are grey, but there are fewer tourists. There are events year-round, from outdoor summer concerts to holiday extravaganzas in the winter.
Paris
 Transportation
The ever-expanding metro and RER train systems transport Parisians just about anywhere they want to go. It’s cheap and efficient; a single ticket costs €1.80 and day passes start at €7. Taxis and buses are also easily accessible, but locals will walk or grab a Vélib bicycle if they don’t have far to go.
Paris Weather
January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 5°C (41°F). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F).
Know Before Visiting
Paris is a diverse, evolving city, so leave many of the Hollywood stereotypes at home. Try to speak French a bit and dress a little nicer than usual, but in the end, relax. Even Parisians wear sneakers—albeit fashionable ones.

Language
French

Electric
Type E two-prong plug

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
Arc de Triomphe

Situated at end of the Champs-Élysées the Arc de Triomphe has been a defining symbol of Paris since its completion in 1836. Engraved on the arch are numerous victories, while beneath it is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Climb to the top for stunning views of Paris without the need to climb the Eiffel Tower.
Opening Times: Daily 1000-2300 (Apr-Sep); daily 1000-2230 (Oct-Mar).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (Sacred-Heart Basilica)

A series of steps lead to the white domed Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, which dominates Montmartre. The interior is splendid with neo-Byzantine mosaics and the domed tower offers a spectacular view over Paris. The crypt contains an interesting collection of religious relics and a slide show on the construction of the Basilica.
Opening Times: Daily 0600-2230 (Basilica); Crypt and dome times vary.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

There’s no missing this mighty cathedral sat smack in the centre of the Seine. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ranks as one of France's finest examples of gothic architecture. Visitors flock here to admire its massive rose windows and impressive flying buttresses - and to look for a certain gargoyle.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0745-1845, Sun 0745-1930.
Admission Fees: No (charge for towers and treasury)
Wheelchair Friendly: No
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Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum)

Home of some of the world's most famous artworks, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The permanent collection also includes Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian and oriental antiquities, as well as sculptures, objects d'art, prints and drawings.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month and 14 July)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Musée Picasso (Picasso Museum)

This collection of Pablo Picasso’s work is housed in a stunning 17th-century mansion in the Marais. All phases of his art are represented, with preparatory sketches and paintings covering the Blue Period, Rose Period, cubism, classicism and surrealism, and sculptures ranging from a huge plaster head to a small cat. Memorable works include the self-portrait Paolo as Harlequin, the surreal LargeNude in a Red Armchair and poignant paintings of Marie-Thérèse, his lover and muse. We advise to Book in advance.
Opening Times: Tus-Fri 1130-1800, Sat-Sun 0930-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)

The emblematic Eiffel Tower towers over the Champ de Mars in the smart 7th arrondissement and its third floor offers a sweeping panorama of Paris. Directly underneath is a fascinating view of the delicate ironwork constructed by Gustave Eiffel. It’s a long trek up the stairs, but it takes less time than queuing for the lifts.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-0000 (Jun-Sep); daily 0930-2300 (Sep-Jun).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Centre Georges Pompidou (Georges Pompidou Centre)

Designed to look like a building turned inside out, tubes, pipes, stairs and fittings race around the outside of the building in an unapologetic display of primary colours. The art on the inside makes the exterior look tame. The centre was extended to cope with the huge numbers of people visiting its expanding collection of contemporary art and multimedia library.
Opening Times: Wed-Mon 1100-2100.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery)

There’s something eerily fascinating about visiting the burial site of celebrities like Molière, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde. Jim Morrison’s grave lives on in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise as well. Before you go though make sure to print a map out online as it can be quite hard to find some of the graves - download a printable version here.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0800-1730, Sun 0900-1730 (Nov-Mar); Mon-Fri 0800-1800, Sat: 0830-1800, Sun 0900-1800 (Mar-Nov).
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum)

The Musée d’Orsay is a magnificently restored railway station that houses France’s national collection of art from 1848 to 1914. The museum has attracted many from far and wide to see Manet's Déjeunersurl'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), five Monet canvases of Rouen Cathedral, ballet scenes by Dégas, and works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Opening Times: Tues-Wed, Fri-Sun 0930-1800; Thurs 0930-2145.
Admission Fees: Yes (free first Sun of the month)
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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The Catacombs

A museum somewhat, home to the remains of six million people, venture down the tunnels under the streets of Paris in a maze of skulls and bones, many in which are moulded into pieces of art. If your planning we go to the catacombs be prepared for a very long wait or arrive an hour before opening.
Opening Times: Tuesday- Sunday 10am - 8pm.
Admission Fees: yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: no.
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Food & Drink
Du Pain et des Idées

This bakery is widely known all over paris and theres a very good reason why. Let’s talk sweets; it makes some of the best buttery, flaky pastries around, and no one should leave Paris without trying its signature escargot, a spiral filled with pistachio paste and chocolate bits.
Address: 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
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Harry’s Bar

While frilly cocktails are all the rage, sometimes you want to get back to basics. The Bloody Mary and several other drinks were all created at this old-timey bar back in the early 1900s. Come take a sip of history and check out the Bloody Mary or the Side Car or Blue Lagoon.
Address: 5 Rue Daunou, 75002 Paris, France
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Berthillon

It’s the most famous ice cream in town. It's so popular that the main parlour actually closes down in the summer. Business must be good. One lick of the salted butter caramel or strawberry and basil will make it obvious why this is the case.
Address: 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
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Relais de l’Entrecôte

Both Travellers and locals alike line up for this restaurant’s only dish - steak frites. It's drowned in a mystery green sauce. Don’t just leave when you are finished as they are known coming around offering second portions. Situated in four different locations; Pierre-Fatio, Marbeuf, St-Benoît and Montparnasse.
Address: 101 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
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Pierre Hermé

Macarons are everywhere in Paris and beyond, but the most innovative and elegant examples are found here. If you want a real macaron, Parisians will tell you to pay Pierre Hermé a visit.
Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
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La Tour d’Argent

While not the cheapest restaurant in Paris, the duck is meant to be the standout dish here, in the restaurant where the French royalty allegedly first used a fork. You pay extra for the history and depending on your budget its probably worth it.
Address: 15 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France
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Le Mary Celeste

Though it’s become a bit of a scene at Mary Celeste, the oysters at here are as good as its cocktails. A variety of options await those hungry for a taste of the ocean, with just a squeeze of lemon.
Address: 75003, 1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris, France
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Pink Flamingo

This Franco-American establishment has some of the oddest pizzas, and the Basquiat, with Gorgonzola, dried figs, and French country ham is a best-seller. You won’t find this on a slice in New York, that’s for sure.
Address: 105 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
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David Toutain

Toutain is one of the newest Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, and its tasting menu is nothing short of mastery. Innovative, playful, and relatively affordable, the tasting menu at lunch or dinner is the only way to go.
Address: 29 Rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris, France
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Nightlife
Le Bar Du Plaza D’Athénee

A cosy mix of old and new, built With warm wood paneling mixed with a transparent bar and other contemporary features. Famous for its cocktails, that are up there with the best of them, and with a restaurant by Alain Ducasse next door, we’d expect nothing less.

Address: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
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Palais Maillot
At this luxurious and roomy club near Porte Maillot, their legendary After Works, usually on Thursdays, start at around 7pm and go until past midnight. Other nights of the week you'll find featured DJs, Summer Sessions and other themed nights. Check their website to see what's coming up. This club is a comfortable venue where those who want to just chill can and the others in your party who want to get their rock on can hit the dance floor for as long as they can.

Address: Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris, France
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Le Montana
This club and bar is located on a small St. Germain-des-Prés street and happens to be right next to Café Flore. Hence, it's one of those clubs hidden in plain sight. It has the reputation of being ultra-exclusive and for the most part lives up to that reputation. Revamped by über-cool graphic artist André, Le Montana is a VIP magnet - Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Bruno and Kate Moss have all hit the floor here since the relaunch. The biggest challenge is getting through the door.

Address: 28 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris, France
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Le Crazy Horse

To say that Crazy Horse is like any other Las Vegas show is just not doing it justice. These dancers, this choreography and the supremely innovative lighting that accompanies each act serve to transport you to a sort of world removed far far away from the daily grind. So go ahead, treat yourself.
Address: 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
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Wanderlust
A newer spot that anchors the Left Bank, Wanderlust is the expansive terrace bar and club that perches atop the Cite de la Mode et du Design. Wanderlust is run by the same team that runs Silencio and the dance club part of the programming happens only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm onwards and goes until 6am and with a terrace view overlooking the Seine, what more do you want from a club?
Address: d'Austerlitz,, 32 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France
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Transportation

Public transport:
Public transport in Paris is plentiful, relatively easy to understand and when compared to other capital cities pretty good value for money. The Paris Metro serves most tourists’ needs. Stops for the main sights and attractions are clearly signposted. Free transport maps are available at Paris metro stations, bus terminals and tourist offices and are usually available as leaflets at most hotels.
To link it all together, there’s the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) an integrated, five-zone system of bus, metro and trains that is both cheap and efficient.

For the Paris Metro, one ticket covers one journey, whether you travel for one stop, 20 stops, change trains or fall asleep and wake up at the end of the line. The one great failing, however, is the relative lack of lifts or escalators and the narrow ticket barriers. Trying to get around with prams, suitcases, crutches or wheelchairs is a challenge that you might decide you’d rather skip.
Taxis:
Taxis in Paris can be hailed in the street or caught at taxi ranks.
*Uber is also available in and around Paris and is a great alternative than Taxi’s. Click here for your first journey free.
Driving:
As with most major cities, driving in central Paris is usually more trouble than it’s worth. Most hotels do not have garages, parking is difficult (illegally parked cars are towed away) and traffic jams are frequent. with the combination of taxis and public transport, there’s really little need for you to battle the roads yourself.
Bicycle hire:
Vélib’ is Paris's city-wide bike hire service. The first half hour is free, with low charges thereafter. The 1,800 stands mean you are never more than 300m away from picking up one of the 20,000 bikes. And besides, is there anything more romantic than seeing Paris by bike?
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Tips
- 18-25 year-old EU-citizens can get free admission to many Parisian museums and attractions. Check prices at the entrance.
Every first Sunday of the month, many Parisian museums offer free admission — expect long queues.
- Practical information about the metro, bus and RER network, including departure times and multi-day tickets, is found on the RATP website.
- When the metro closes, the night buses start running. It’s a good network, accessible with your normal metro and multi-day passes. For Noctilien timetables, see the RATP website.
- Cycle like a Parisian. Insert your credit card in a Vélib bike to take it wherever and whenever you want, cycling through the city. Be mindful of the traffic.
- Be aware that drinking and eating on terraces is more expensive than in the bar or restaurant itself. Plus, the closer a restaurant is to a hotspot, the higher the prices will be.
- Pay careful attention to your belongings, especially in metros and around tourist attractions.
- Do not sign any petitions or papers from people without a badge, don’t play betting games and be mindful of tricks that distract you in order to steal your valuable possessions.
- If you know that you’ll be making several journeys on the Metro, you can save money by buying a carnet (a batch of 10 tickets) instead of paying for each ticket one by one.



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