From the gorgeous Eiffel Tower to the beautiful Notre Dame, Paris holidays certainly pack a punch. Take a fancy cruise along the River Seine, climb the winding staircase of the Notre Dame or just kick back and relax with a platter of delicious French cheese and locally made wine in front of you. If you’re travelling with little ones in tow, a visit to the nearby Disneyland Resort in Paris is a must, while loved up couples will revel in the many romantic settings this picture perfect city has to offer.
If you plan on spending your days delving into all the Lourve has to offer, booking yourself into one of the hotels along the Champs-Elysees makes the perfect base. Not only will you have the top shopping hotspots on your doorstep, but you’ll also have the scenic Jardin de Tuileries on your doorstep which is great a place to kick back in the summer months.
With a mild climate all year round, holidays to Paris are unforgettable at any time of the year. The summer months bring plenty of sun which is when you’ll find it the best time to make the most out of the gorgeous parks on hand. Take a stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg, grab a deckchair in Jardin des Tuileries or take some time out of the hectic city in Parc de Belleville. In the festive season you’ll find that the City of Lights really lives up to its name, with a sprinkling of festive magic covering the city.
From embarking on an underground adventure to the Catacombs de Paris and speeding up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, there are so many things to do in Paris that you’ll be spoilt for choice from the word go. Wherever you turn you’ll find gorgeous architecture and picture perfect scenes; a stroll along the River Seine will take you past all the top attractions including the mini Statue of Liberty, the famed Love Lock Bridge and the colourful Notre Dame.
If you’re looking to delve into the local café culture, Paris offers it in spades. Sit back and sip an espresso from one of the St. Germain cafes, head over to Moulin Rouge for tables that spill out onto the cobbled streets or enjoy a crepe from one of the local joints overlooking the sparkling waters of the river.
Synonymous with top designer fashion brands, a trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without shopping until you drop. There are gorgeous department stores to be found around Boulevard Haussmann, while Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysees are great for designer flagship stores and trendy labels. Just remember to leave some spare room in your suitcase!
The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are some of the most easily recognisable attractions in the world, and thousands of people visit them everyday. If you've got a head for heights then you can either walk or get the lift up the tower to get the best views of the whole city. Other highlights of the city include the cathedral that was made famous by the Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Also, the Basilique du Sacre Coeur steps boast amazing views across the whole of Paris and the man-made beaches that line the banks of the River Seine in summer also attract thousands of visitors every year.
Traditional French cuisine has an international reputation for being some of the best in the world. Walking around the streets, you will be spoilt for choice - finding everything from cosy little street cafés, to patisseries that make cakes that look too pretty to eat, and Michelin starred restaurants. Head for the less touristy areas for a cheaper, more traditional meal. Popular lunches include soups with fresh French bread and mussels with chips.
The French are very proud of their history and heritage and you will find a museum or gallery at almost every corner of central Paris. A must-see is the world famous Louvre gallery that houses the Mona Lisa. For something modern visit the Pompidou centre, the exhibition space famous for its inside-out approach. The Musee Rodin houses some of the best sculptures in Paris, or for something a bit different vist the Moulin Rouge - one of the world's most famous caberets.
One of the most famous shopping spots in the city is the Champs-Elyseès - dubbed as the equivalent of Bond Street in London, you will find everything from Louis Vuitton and Armani to H&M and Marks and Spencer. For everything under one roof, you must visit Le Bon Marche for department store heaven.
For outlet shopping head for the Rue d'Alesia or for the opposite end of the spectrum the Avenue Montaigne is home to some of the most famour designers.
For antiques and furniture the Place des Vogues on the right bank of the Seine, or the Carre Rive Guache on the left bank are the best places for finding hidden treasures.
Paris is also famous for its many bookshops - if you love food and cooking the the Librairie Gourmande in la Rue Monmatre is a must. For books in English you have a few options - The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore and Tea & Tattered Pages are very popular.
If you want to take some edible goodies home with you, first check your luggage allowance, and then head for Poilane, where you can pick up one of its famous baked loaves or cakes.
L’Arc de Triomphe is one of the most popular attractions in the city, as well as one of Paris’ busiest traffic spots. If you're feeling brave you can hire a car or taxi, or just walk if you don't fancy taking on six lanes of traffic!
The Passages Couverts on the right bank of the Seine are home to beautiful shopping arcades and really give a feel of 19th century Paris.
The Pantheon is one of the most famous non-religous mausoleums and is where the crypts of Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau are found.
The swanky area of Saint-Germain-de-Prés is good to just take in the atmosphere and architecture, while the Tuilleries gardens are beautiful to talk a stroll in.
Aside from the famous Louvre gallery, you must see the Musée d’Orsay. This remarkable museum was made in the site of the original Orsay railway station for The Great Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself is something to see as well as their great collection of Imppressionist art. Paris also has a wide selection of smaller galleries and museums scattered all over the city showing everything from historical artifacts to contemporary fashion.
Other highlights include the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris where there are examples of every kind of art from the last century - found on the Avenue du President Wilson.
French cuisine will be available on every street for you to enjoy and nearly every restaurant will serve the well-known L’Escargots dish - if you can stomach it, snails are definitely worth a try!
Although you will have a vast range of food on offer, eating out will probably be one of your biggest expenditures. However it doesn’t have to be so expensive if you have your biggest meal at lunch, when most prices in restaurants are lower than in the evening.
Foods that the French are most famous for include cheese, meats and their parings with fine wine!
The easiest way of getting a taste of French history is to walk around the streets of Paris because much of the original architecture and structures are still standing.
A stroll in the Marais area is a great place for a nostalgic atmosphere. You should also visit the Notre Dame cathedral and walk around the surrounding area with its winding streets and gothic architecture. The Sacre Coeur church os the ultimate in French history.
The revolution is obviously one of the biggest events in Paris' history and if you visit over Bastille Day (14th July) there are dances on the night of the 13th, that are sponsored by the firefighters - Bals des Sapeurs-Pompiers, and on the morning of 14th there is a parade along the Champs-Elysees including an aircraft fly-past and fireworks in the evening.
Known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, you will be sure to have a holiday to remember in Paris. During the daytime you can get breakfast at one of the cafes along the banks of the Seine, get lunch in the backstreets of St Germain, or choose one of the delicate pastries or cakes from one of the beautiful patisseries - they might look too good to eat though!
During the evening you can try the restaurants in the side streets of the historic Montmartre or Marais areas for intimate candlelit dinners, complete with roses and soft music.For a perfect after-dinner treat, take a cruise down the Seine and take in the city lit up at night.
Paris is world renowned as one of the most romantic cities in the world - it has the stunning architecture and views, the food and wine, and even the horse and carriage rides.
By day, you can also take a stroll in one of Paris’ many green spaces or arty plant-lined Promenade Plantée. Romantic river cruises are available along the river Seine as well as the outdoor Lac Inferieur boat cruises.
Apart from the many relaxed bars on offer, an evening of live entertainment at the Moulin Rouge is an enjoyable experience of cabaret and light burlesque. Or you also have the world famous Lido shows that take place from the afternoon matinees through to late night.
In true French splendour, there are definitely elegant hotels for a romantic trip away. A popular luxury choice is the Hyatt Regency Madeleine, offering elegant interiors and open rooms. Located close to the posh shopping district of Rue de Faubourg St. Honore and main attractions like the Louvre, you are well situated for an enriching Paris experience.
Another great hotel for a romantic escape is the Royal Elysees, that is just off the Champs Elysees, one of the most popular areas in the city. It is home to some of the best shopping and restaurants in Paris and is perfect for exploring.
If you’re only visiting for the weekend you sure have a lot to see before you leave! The famous Eiffel tower is open all day, every day with the option of walking halfway or taking a lift to the top to take in stunning views of Paris.
L’Arc de Triomphe is another must-see and is particularly impressive when it is all lit up at night.
Other than the well known museums and landmarks like the Moulin Rouge and the Louvre, one of the best ways to see the real Paris is to get the Metro and get off at a stop that you've never heard of!
The French are well known for their culinary excellence and you will find traditional cafés, bakeries and restaurants on almost every street. The cosier spots down the side streets of historic Montmartre and Marais are ideal for an intimate spot to eat, whilst central Paris offers fine cafés to catch some afternoon tea and coffee. If you feel daring, you can go to almost any restaurant to try the famous L’Escargots (snails), but you might have to look a bit harder for frogs legs!
La Scene Bastille is the place to go for live music at the weekends if you like everything from hip-hop to electro. It is found in the 11e arrondissement.
Le Divan du Monde has an even wider range of elclectic music styles - from indie rock and roll to new wave, you will find DJ's and live acts to tickle your ears here. They also do amazing cocktails. Get here on the Metro lines 2 and 12.
Social Club is a huge club that is underground in the centre of Paris, on, or under, Rue Monmatre. Open Wednesday to Sunday.