Few cities can match the kind of iconic status that Paris boasts in the imagination of travellers the world over. In fashion, gastronomy, the arts, she is queen. As you visit the different 'quartiers' of the City of Lights her moods shift from gritty to sophisticated, Haute Couture to punk. Paris is a true metropolis and there is always something new to discover beyond the legendary sights and museums we all know so well. This fabled city has a way of getting under your skin and feeling instantly familiar to all who wander her hypnotic streets and linger at her inviting cafes.
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L’Officiel des Spectacles
General opening hours in Paris are Mon-Sat 9am-7pm. Smaller shops may close between midday and 2pm or on Mondays. On Sundays and public holidays shops are closed. Department stores have one late-night opening day, called “nocturne”, during which shops are open until 9pm. Supermarket times may differ depending on the neighbourhood.
Tourist Information Office
25 rue des Pyramides, Paris
+33 8 92 68 30 00
Writers, travellers, artists, photographers and filmmakers have tried to capture the magic of the French capital for hundreds of years. Time and time again, they have failed. It may be possible to understand and admire the magnificence of its architectural splendours, the appeal of its long tree-lined boulevards, the draw of its vast, green parks, but that unique feeling of strolling through this open-air museum on a clear night cannot be reproduced by any medium. Paris is a city that must be experienced first-hand.
Instantly recognizable for its iconic architecture, it is a vibrant metropolis in constant change. Though perennial monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral are a must, as are world-renowned museums such as the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, there are wonders to be found on every corner. From the trendy bars, boutiques and galleries of Marais to the artsy and bohemian feel of Montmartre to the grandiose elegance along the Seine, there is plenty for all tastes, a full range extending from earthy grit to over-the-top sophistication, but always with an emphatic and inimitable Parisian flavour.
A pioneer in design of all kinds, Paris is consistently at the forefront of innovation in everything from the arts and culture to fashion and gastronomy. Be it for shopping, dining or sightseeing, it is hard to find a better place than this, the world’s most visited city.
There is never enough time to take in everything that Paris has to offer. Visiting the sights and museums is immersive and awe-inspiring and could easily keep you occupied for months. But visitors are best rewarded by simply venturing out into the night. Like most truly great cities, Paris is best experienced after dark and without a fixed route in mind, when the explorer is free to stumble upon an unexpected sight or an undiscovered hole-in-the-wall, drawn in by an alluring scent or some sort of innate feeling. One thing is for sure, you will never run out of things to see, do and experience in Paris.
La Tour Eiffel
Musée du Louvre
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
L'Arc de Triomphe
Château de Versailles
Seine River Cruise
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Place de la Concorde
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Jardin du Luxembourg
Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration
Paris’ cuisine surprises as much for its variety and range as it does for its quality and exquisite presentation. From small family-run bistros to Michelin-starred restaurants run by internationally famous chefs, dining here is more art than science. Sweets, pastries, cheese and fresh market produce are also an essential part of the Parisian gastronomic experience, as are, of course, local specialties like foie gras, macarons and crème brûlée. Top it off with a treat from a specialty chocolaterie and a fine local vintage in the evening to complete the tour of the best delicacies Paris has to offer.
Hôtel du Nord
Carré des Feuillants
L'As du Fallafel
La Maison de Verlaine
Fresh baguettes and croissants with a strong espresso in the morning, aromatic teas or pastis in the afternoon, a local vintage with friends in the evening, it's never the wrong time to visit a Paris cafe. They are a quintessential part of the Parisian experience and the perfect vantage point from which to engage in a lazy afternoon of people watching. The wide variety of drinks and the occasional live music round off the cafe experience to perfection.
KB Coffee Roasters
Café de Flore
Café de la Paix
Paris’ nightlife is intense and very diverse, offering options to satisfy all tastes. From high-tech dance clubs to mellow jazz haunts, there is always something to fit your mood. Trendy and popular bars abound, serving high-quality drinks with a good mix of people and music, and it is not uncommon to find live DJs. For a unique dose of vibrant local entertainment, you can't beat Paris' famous cabaret venues.
Favela Chic Paris
Le Nouveau Casino
Galway Irish Pub Paris
Le Social Club
Shopping in Paris is synonymous with famous designers and luxurious brands (the names Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior come to mind). But you will also find more affordable options to match your budget in the huge department stores or many popular neighbourhood markets. Take your pick of fashion, food, books or souvenirs.
La Vallée Village
Les Grands Boulevards (Hausmann)
Les Halles and Marais
Along the Seine
Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt
Le Carrousel du Louvre
Le Bon Marché
Area Surrounding Place Vendôme
L'ABC du Parfum
Wine by One
Le Sept Cinq
La Fausse Boutique
France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris is served by two major airports. Most international flights arrive at Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG), 30 kilometres from the city centre. Orly is 18 kilometres from the city centre. A third airport, Paris Beauvais, is mainly served by low cost airlines.
Roissybus offers a direct bus from the airport terminals every 15 minutes and arrives at the city centre (Opéra) after a 45-60 minute journey.
One of the cheapest and fastest options (30 minutes) is the underground RER B to Gare du Nord running every 10-15 minutes, from where you can connect to Paris’ metro network.
Air France buses go to Porte Maillot and Etoile every 15 minutes, and taxis can be found near the terminals’ baggage collection area exits. A taxi from the airport to the city centre takes around 30-40 minutes and should cost €45-50.
Address: Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris
Phone: +33 1 70 36 39 50
Paris Orly Airport
Paris Orly Airport is located 18 kilometres from the city centre. From Orly, the automatic metro Orlyval takes you to RER B Antony station from 6am to 11pm. The journey takes about half an hour. The other cheaper option are the airport shuttle buses going to RER C Pont de Rungis station. As for buses, the Orly bus takes you straight to Opéra station. The bus takes 20 to 30 minutes.
Address: Paris Orly Airport, Paris
Phone: +33 1 70 36 39 50
Paris Beauvais Airport
Paris Beauvais, is mainly served by low cost airlines. A shuttle service is organized between the terminals and Paris-Porte Maillot. The journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Address: Paris Beauvais Airport, Paris
Phone: +33 8 92 68 20 66
Best Time to Visit
As one of the most visited cities in the world, it is safe to say that there is never really a bad time to go. The weather is best in summer, but crowds are by far the biggest. Autumn is also highly recommended for its still pleasant weather, smaller crowds and stunning foliage.
The city’s local transport system is cheap and efficient. The bus, underground (metro) and commuter train system (RER) are divided into five zones. Tickets are valid on both buses and trains, and can be purchased from the stations and in kiosks. Travel cards, ranging from one to five days, are also available at the airport, at underground stations and from tourist information offices.
Phone: +33 8 92 69 32 46
Batobus is a boat service through the heart of Paris, with stops at eight key locations along the river Seine. It functions as a hop-on-hop-off service, and tickets are sold for one day, two days or one year.
Taxis can be hailed at stands or on the street, but they can be hard to find, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. Beware of fake cabs at the airports.
+33 1 49 36 10 10
+33 1 45 85 85 85
Stamps are available from kiosks and news agents. For mail overseas, it is advisable to visit a post office. The central post and sorting office of the Louvre is open 24 hours a day.
Main Post Office:
Address: 52 rue du Louvre, Paris
Phone: +33 1 40 28 20 00
Pharmacies are either open late or around the clock.
Pharmacie Les Champs Elysées:
Address: 84 Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris
Phone: +33 1 45 62 02 41
Plug types C and E
Country code: +33
Area code: 1