Paris, France. La Ville Lumière, the city of Light, the one that never sleeps. Millions of visitors flock to the French capital every year to enjoy the culture, the buzz and of course the unique ‘Frenchness’ of it all. It’s the perfect place for a romantic break, for those who enjoy a good meal with a great bottle of wine, for art and museum lovers, history buffs and shopaholics. Paris is also increasingly a favorite destination on a world backpacking tour, a city break destination and the place to party the night away with friends and an international jet set.
The charm of Paris extends beyond the above forever, and a few days sightseeing around the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland and Louvre are barely enough to scratch the surface of this fabulous city. Despite Paris being uniquely French, it is the blend of many international cultures and foreign residents that add a little spice to the city. You may want to spend your day looking at the Mona Lisa and buying a baguette in the local boulangerie, but you will never be far from some excellent Tunisian or Moroccan couscous restaurants, and African themed bar or a market selling spices and North African dress.
If nightlife charms you, head off to Montarte where you can spend the evening by just chilling out with friends and enjoy few glasses of wines in one of the bistros. Still looking for some more entertainment? Catch a cabaret show in one of the restaurants to enjoy a nice ‘musical’ dinner.
In conclusion, Paris is the centre of multicultural France, and you will be amazed at its scope and diversity. Each one of you should visit Paris at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Paris.
Hotels & Restaurants Paris
PLACES TO STAY
- Hotel Saint Andre des Arts: This budget pet friendly accommodation is perfect for those who are travelling on a fixed budget. The hotel offer free Wi-Fi access throughout the property.
- Hotel de l'Aveyron: This hotel is located at the center of the city. It offers furnished rooms. It serves continental breakfast.
- Sully Hotel: This budget accommodation is situated in the Marais district of Paris.
- Belambra City: Magendie – This moderately budget accommodation is located near the metro station. It offers free Wi-Fi access throughout the property.
- Hotel de Roubaix: This mid-budget accommodation offers continental breakfast in the breakfast area. It has free Wi-Fi access throughout the property.
- Hotel Choiseul Opera: It is one of the mid-budget hotels in Paris.
- Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile (ex Concorde Lafayette): The designer guest rooms and the panoramic view from the free, full-equipped fitness center of this expensive hotel is something to look forward.
- Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe: This lavish accommodation has a spa, fitness center and on-site parking
- Hotel Du Louvre, a Hyatt Hotel: This expensive hotel is located right at the center of Paris. It offers elegant rooms, a fitness center, a concierge and a tour desk with ticket service.
PLACES TO EAT
It’s hard to list some of the best places to eat in Paris, as there are so many catering to all tastes.
- le Stella on Victor Hugo: For traditional French taste, try le Stella on Victor Hugo which is an excellent brasserie,
- Le Meurice: The old French world Le Meurice for top French luxury glamour.
- The Latin Quarteris: It is full of great restaurants for all budgets.
- The Mansouria restaurant: This restaurant on Faidherbe is an excellent example of the top Moroccan restaurants on offer in Paris.
How to reach Paris
- By Air: There are three international airports that serve to Paris. They are- Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Orly International Airport and Beauvais. From these airports, buses, metros and cars are available to reach the center of the city.
- By Train: Paris has well connected trains with other of Europe. However, the city doesn’t have any central train station. Other 6 stations that serve trains to/from Paris are: Gare du Nord – has trains to/from Belgium, Netherland, Cologne, Germany and the United Kingdom. Gare d’Austerlitz – has trains to/from the center and southwest of France. Gare de l’Est has trains to/ from Luxembourg, Saarbrucken, Frankfurt, Munich in Germany. Gare de Bercy has overnight trains to/from Italy and regular trains to Auvergne.
- By Bus: Companies like Euroline, Megabus, iDBUS, FlixBus, Starshipper serves bus to Paris from places like Germany, London, Amsterdam, Brussels.
- By Car: Paris is link with France via A1, A3, A5, A6, A4, A13, A10.
- On Foot: Exploring this beautiful city on foot is the best thing you can do.
- By Metro: Paris has excellent underground metros connecting to almost every corner of the city.
- By Bicycle: If driving is not your forte, you can hire a bicycle to explore the city. Many shops are there who provide bicycles on rent.
- By Bus: Though Paris has well connected metro line but all places are not accessible by this underground train. Hence, buses are another option to consider.
- By Taxi: Taxis are quite inexpensive, specially during late evening hours as the traffic is very low at this time of the day. However, taxis are not available is large numbers.
- By Boat: Excellent boat services are available in Paris.
- By Car: Driving car is not at all a good idea in Paris. This is because street parking is difficult to find. Moreover, traffic is very dense during day time.
- By Scooter/Motorbike: Scooters and motorbikes are available on rent.