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Paris city guide with up to date information to organise your trip. Paris facts and news. Paris fashion facts. Monuments. Sights. History. Maps. Paris Digest is edited by Parisians since 1997. Questions and answers on Facebook.

Trip to Paris

This guide helps you make the best of your trip: things to do, restaurants, hotels, maps.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing is the top reason why Paris is year after year the number one tourist city in the world.

Shopping

Shopping is a the second top reason so many people love the city, a shopper paradise.

Paris facts

Since 508 A.D, the city of Paris is the capital of France, the largest country of Western Europe.

Paris news

This city guide publishes Paris news and answers your questions about the city through Facebook.

Visit France

Visit France on a day trip from Paris: wine tours, Normandy, Loire Castles, French Riviera.

Paris maps

Check our many thematic Paris maps: metro, monuments, museums, sightseeing, shopping, hotels, restaurants.

Find top hotel in Paris

Located near the Sorbonne University on the left bank, 3-star Hotel Henri IV offers 13 luxury rooms with period furniture and painted ceilings. It is a 10 minute walk to Notre-Dame. Marble fireplaces and vintage paintings give the rooms a 19th-century feel. All accommodation has free Wi-Fi access. This property has one of the best-rated locations and is also rated for the best value in town.

50, rue des Bernardins
Paris 75005 France

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Top hotel in Paris: Hotel Residence Henri IV
Top hotel in Paris: Hotel Residence Henri IV

Visit top museum in Paris

The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Picasso Museum and Centre Pompidou are the most famous museums of art in the city.

A relatively new comer in the city, the Picasso Museum opened in 1985 with 203 paintings and 156 pieces of sculpture from the Picasso heritage, paid as death duties.

Housed in the spectacular 1900 Orsay train station on the Seine river banks, Musée d'Orsay is the 19th century art museum of Paris. Musée d'Orsay is a must. Its impressionist painting collections are worth the trip. Monet, Van Gogh, Manet, Renoir, Gauguin and Sysley are specially well represented. Musée d'Orsay, Marmottan Museum and Giverny Gardens together turn Paris into the impressionism capital of the world.

This city guide has a selection of the best Paris museums.

Monet- Orsay Museum
Femmes au jardin - Monet - Musée d'Orsay

Try top restaurant in the city

William Ledeuil is a very talented French cook. His fusion food, inspired by Asia, is so tasty you will remember it for ever. Different yet complementary, united by the same audacious vision, his two restaurants are in the same lovely left bank street and are some of the bests in town.

His cuisine is derived from the dialog between his passion for Asia and his respect for French cuisine tradition. The ingredients and the flavors are decisive. He combines them in total freedom, depending on his inspiration. For William Ledeuil, food is a game of extreme rigor which means he can’t take himself seriously. Set menu start from 29 (KGB) to 40 euros (Ze Kitchen Gallery. One Michelin star) at lunchtime. We are regulars.

4 rue des Grands Augustins
Paris 75006 France

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Ze Kitchen Galerie is the archetype fusion food restaurant in Paris
Ze Kitchen Galerie serves great fusion food

Admire modern architecture

Created and financed by Louis Vuitton, the famous handbag designer, the Fondation Louis Vuitton encourages and promotes artistic creation internationally. In 2006, the Fondation Louis Vuitton commissioned a spectacular monument located in Jardin Acclimatation, a lovely amusement park in Bois de Boulogne.

Fondation Louis Vuitton was designed by architect Franck Gehry, a Pritzker prize winner living in Los Angeles. Franck Gehry is most of all known in Europe for the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. He has also designed the Cinématheque Francaise in the city.

8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Paris 7511604 France

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Fondation Louis Vuitton
Fondation Louis Vuitton

Visit the zoo with kids

Paris Zoo, officially Parc Zoologique de Paris, is located in Bois de Vincennes on the Eastern side of the city. It is divided into five geographical zones where over 1000 animals live in their original environment: Sahel, Patagonia, Europe, Amazonia and Madagascar. The most visible attraction is the 65 meters grand rocher, a rocky hill closed to visitors.

53, avenue de Saint-Maurice
Paris 75012 France

This city guide has a selection of attractions for kids including Disneyland, Parc Asterix, Musée Grévin and Aquaboulevard.

The tropical zone in Parc Zoologique de Paris
The tropical zone in Parc Zoologique de Paris

Spend a great evening in the city

Opéra Garnier is both an incredible 19th century monument and a magical venue for live performances. You will not forget a ballet performance there by the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris. The beauty of music and dancing resonates with the magnificent theater room and its Chagall ceiling. After the performance, you may have dinner in one of the restaurants open very late into the night in this very animated district.

8, rue Scribe
Paris 75009 France

This city guide has a selection of nightlife and concert venues.

Opéra Garnier
Opéra Garnier

Champagne wine tour

Planning your trip to the city, save a day for visiting the lovely French countryside. Your city guide has many suggestions of tours. One idea is to discover the world famous Champagne wines, produced from grapes grown in Champagne, an old French region 145 kilometers east of the city.

A coach tour to Champagne and back takes a day. Begin with a guided visit of the cellars of the famous Mumm Champagne house. Taste the well-known Mumm Cordon Rouge, one of the most popular sparkling wines in the world.

Continue with a tour of Reims's Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an extraordinary Gothic cathedral. Explore Reims and enjoy lunch in a restaurant there.

In the afternoon, discover the rolling countryside, the villages, forests and vineyards. Visit Mercier, a house founded in 1858. Travel by automated train to a depth of 100 feet to visit the huge cellars, finish the tour with wine tasting.

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Mumm Cordon Rouge, the famous Champagne wine
Mumm Cordon Rouge is a famous Champagne wine

Paris fashion facts

French fashion sets the trend worldwide for men and women. Paris remains the capital of fashion it has been since the 18th century. Iconic brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès perpetuate the Parisian style that turns all women into models. All these fashion brands are based in Paris. Many lesser known French fashion brands such as Cyrillus, Armor Lux, Tara Jarmon, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Sézane, turn Paris into one of the most creative fashion cities in the world. Find the best French fashion.

Paris fashion facts.

Paris fashion is world famous
Paris fashion is world famous

Paris history facts

From the Romans who conquered it in 52 BC to today's 6th Republic, the city has a rich 2000 year history.

The French Kings, who governed France, from 448 until 1848, commissioned famous monuments, such as the Louvre Palace, the Invalides and Versailles Palace.

In 1806, Emperor Napoléon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe at the top end of the Champs-Elysées. The Eiffel Tower was designed for the 1889 world exhibition to celebrate the progress of technology.

Over the centuries, faithful Parisians built beautiful churches, including Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle in 13th century and Sacré-Coeur in 19th century.

The original Statue of Liberty in New-York City was a gift from France to America in 1886, designed and moulded in Paris.

Paris history facts

Paris history: construction of Eiffel Tower
Paris history: construction of Eiffel Tower

Paris business

The City of Lights with the surrounding Grand Paris metropolitan area, is a major business city with diversified industries. La Défense Business district, Rungis wholesale market, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Villepinte Exhibition and Convention center are among the hubs of this intense business activity. The Paris Motor Show and the Paris Air Show are world class business shows.

Paris business.

La Défense is the top business district in the city
La Défense is the top business district in the city

Paris city today

The international image of the City of Lights in 2020 is mixed. On one hand, it is the world most visited city loved for fashion, elegance, good food and beautiful sights that can be discovered on foot. It is too the city of love and appeals to lovers of all countries. On the other hand, strikes are more commun than in many comparable places although transport strikes are less and less commun. Parisians are not seen as the most friendly and welcoming people. The city has been hit by terrorism, as have unfortunately been too other European cities. This all is partly true and only partly reflects the reality.

The city is the core of a metropolitan area counting 12 millions people and an incredible number of companies. La Défense is the largest business center in Europe. Rungis is the largest fresh product wholesale market in the world. Charles de Gaulle Airport is number 8th in the world. The city has also emerged as a welcoming place for many internet start-ups including icons such as Blablacar and Criteo. Station F is the largest startup incubator in the world. Parisians work very hard, spend a lot of time in transport. Most of them live outside the core tourist districts of the city. The way they live, dress, eat is still typically French and we think it will stay that way. The city is now also a multiethnic city. First second and third generations immigrants specially from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe are everywhere visible. This very fast immigration that is not easy to integrate rapidly is accounting for the incredible diversity of the metropolitan area. Go to Sarcelles city and its Chaldean community, to Lognes city near Disneyland and its 40% inhabitants from Asian origin. You will witness that our city has become a world city where communities from all over the world live together peacefully.

Paris is all that. Discover through this city guide the energy that is irrigating a fast changing and fascinating metropolitan area. Take the time to go beyond the cliché and discover 21st century Paris, a city that is a world in itself.

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