Destination Guide: Paris, France

A setting for countless movies and home to a colourful cast of artists, entrepreneurs, and long-term visitors seduced by its alluring atmosphere, Paris offers the chance to get swept away in the charm of this intoxicating city.

Must do's

Attractions in Paris are world-class with Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, The Lourve and the Arc de Triomphe all calling the city home.

  • Musée d'Orsay - taking up where the Louvre tapers off, Musée d'Orsay showcases collections of artworks from 1848 to 1914.

  • Centre Pompidou - with an innovative building design that reflects the modern artworks inside, the Centre Pompidou is an eye-catching attraction.

  • Paris Metro - one of the best ways to experience the city is by taking a ride on the Paris Metro. Beloved by locals and tourists alike for its scale, its offbeat Art Nouveau architecture and the sheer convenience of traversing the city's oft-clogged streets underground, the Metro is a Parisian institution.

Where to eat

The city is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants but even the humblest of back-alley bistros is likely to offer an absorbing candlelight experience.

  • Rue de Charonne - a classic Parisian hang out located in the 11th arrondissement. Septime at 80 rue de Charonne offers modern, Michelin-starred fine dining whereas classic French cuisine can be found at many establishments including Chez Paul at 13 rue de Charonne.

  • Rue du Montparnasse - for French crêpes head to La Crêperie de Josselin or one of the many other establishments along rue du Montparnasse.

  • Le Jules Verne - for a fine dining experience you’ll remember forever book into this Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse restaurant located 122 metres up the Eiffel Tower!

Shopping hotspots

The home of haute couture, fashion is the cornerstone of shopping in Paris.

  • Avenue des Champs-Élysées - the avenue is lined with luxury boutiques including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Mont-Blanc, Guerlain and flagship stores.

  • Galeries Lafayette and Printemps - both on Boulevard Haussmann, these department stores offer quintessentially Parisian shopping experiences.

  • Saint-Ouen - home to Paris' largest flea market, Saint-Ouen is a great place to shop for antique furniture, vinyl records and vintage clothes.

Where to stay

The sheer diversity of Paris' 20 arrondissements helps explain the city's enduring popularity with tourists. Paris hotels are spread far and wide, though certain quarters house more attractions than others.

  • Hôtel du Louvre, a Hyatt Hotel - located in the heart of Paris, this 5-star hotel offers elegant guest rooms in a Hausmannian-style building. It features a fitness centre, a concierge and a tour desk with ticket service.

  • Pullman Paris Charles de Gaulle - next to Charles de Gaulle Airport and an RER line, this upscale hotel is a great option for travellers needing to be near the airport.

  • La Royal Monceau Raffles Paris - The next generation of Palace hotels in the heart of Paris, within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe & Champs Elysees.

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