Paris city guide for tourism and travel

You plan a trip to Paris, a beautiful, romantic and exciting city. A Paris city guide since 1997, provides informed and independent advice from Parisians who love the city of lights: hotels, restaurants, sights, coach tours, cruises, nightlife, concerts, shopping, Disneyland, wine tours, places in France. Enjoy tourism in Paris.


Paris city guide: Sightseeing
Paris top sights
Paris city guide: monuments
Best monuments
Paris city guide: museums
Best museums
Paris city guide: Coach tours
Selected tours
Paris city guide: restaurants
Best restaurants
Paris city guide: hotels
Selected hotels
Paris city guide: nightlife
Nightlife icons
Paris city guide: fashion
French fashion
Paris city guide: shopping
Shopping venues
Paris city guide: Paris for children
Paris with children
Paris guide: city maps
Thematic city maps
Paris metro
Getting around

Planning a trip to Paris

You are planning a trip to the city of lights. This City Guide answers frequently asked questions like:

Why should I make a trip?
What's new in Paris?
What should I do in four hours, one day, two days?
When should I plan my trip?
Do I need a passport?

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View from Ciel de Paris restaurant
View from Ciel de Paris restaurant

Paris restaurants with a view

A few Paris restaurants combine great french food with a spectacular view of Paris. The Jules Verne, Ciel de Paris and La Tour d'argent are specially famous. Great adresses for an anniversary. Book in advance as these Paris restaurants are often fully booked.

See also our selection of Paris gastronomic restaurants and Paris affordable restaurants.

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Fashion, one top reason to come to Paris

French fashion is world famous with top brands such as Chanel, Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hermes, Vuitton and Saint Laurent. Discover these icon french brands.

Many lesser known French fashion brands, such as Tara Jarmon, Gerard Darel, Cyrillus and Armor Lux, maintain the French touch, a mixture of elegance and design. You will best find them at Paris Department Stores, Paris Shopping Malls and in Le Marais district.

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Chanel - 31, rue Cambon
Discover french fashion brands in Paris
Paris river banks
The Seine river banks provide endless sightseeing

The Seine river cruise, a must do

Many of the most famous sights are on the Seine river banks, including Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Palais de Chaillot.

With so much to see from the Seine River, take a Seine river cruise during your next trip. You will forever remember a Seine night cruise with dinner at Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge cabaret.

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Paris is fun with children

This is a well kept secret. Paris can be a lot of fun for children. Our top suggestions: Disneyland Paris, Parc Asterix, Thoiry Safari Park, Aquaboulevard Aquatic Park, the Eiffel Tower and a Seine river cruise.

There are also possibilities to visit the city in a way suited to children. See our top recommendations.

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Disneyland
With children, Disneyland Paris is a must do
Paris Picasso Museum
Paris Picasso Museum reopened in October 2014

Paris news

Lodging in Paris was until recently expensive for young people. This is not any more the case with the opening of modern backpacker hostels such as St Christopher’s Inn Paris near Gare du Nord. Combine a stay there with the free visit of the museums of the city of Paris, such as Carnavalet Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, eat japanese or chinese, do sightseeing and you will have a very affordable trip to Paris.

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Paris facts

Since 508 A.D, Paris is the capital of France, the largest country of Western Europe with 550 000 km2 (the second in population with 66 millions inhabitants).

Paris has 2.275 million inhabitants (last census in 2011). She is the core of the Paris metropolitan area, known as Ile de France region (11.9 million people).

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The pyramid at Louvre Museum
Mona Lisa painting is in Louvre Museum
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Fojndation Louis Vuitton
Visit the new Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry

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's mission is to help you make the best of your trip with an exclusive selection of what's worth your time and money in this extraordinary city.

Launched by Parisians in 1997, this Paris City Guide has strived hard ever since to provide the most accurate, thrustworthy, information on Paris tourism.

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