Paris travel guide

Cities and towns

About Paris

Paris in Ile de France is France's capital city and a hub of art, culture and fashion that is the most visited city in the world!

With over 15.5 million visitors every year, Paris is the world's favourite tourist destination. Filled with famous monuments from the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre and the catacombs that document Paris' long and tumultuous history, it is a city that must be explored to fully appreciate. Though the city dates back to Celtic and Roman times, Paris' most cataclysmic events have been in the last few centuries, first, as the centre of the Revolution, then as a place of culture and knowledge with the Belle Epoque's Universal Expositions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and it had its part to play during the world wars and was synonymous with the revolutionary feelings of the 1960s due to the student riots in 1968. A passionate centre of all things cultural, it is no surprise that Paris has been at the forefront of learning, politics and the media with famous literature, movies and more set in the multicultural capital.

There is much to see and do in Paris so it can be difficult to know where to go after the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre but the cathedral of Notre Dame is also unmissable. The home of the fictitious Quasimodo and one of the most famous cathedrals in the world, the Notre Dame de Paris is a fine example of French Gothic architecture. Other interesting religious monuments across the city include the basilica de Sacre Couèr, the basilica St Denis and the Eglise de Madeleine. Experience some high culture at the Paris opera house and the exhibitions of the Grand Palais and visit Paris' excellent world-renowned art museums - the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Georges Pompidou and many more. Take a walk around the city exploring the Champs Elysées and the Place Vendôme or rent one of Paris' 16,000 bicycles available throughout the city on the Velib' programme. Walk or ride over the city's fantastic bridges such as the Pont Neuf and the Pont Alexander III or travel underneath them on a Seine river cruise, one of the top things to do in Paris that should be on everyone's list. If you want a quicker way to get around the city then use the metro, Paris' mostly underground train network, which travels all over the city. 

No visit to France is complete without spending some time shopping in its hundreds of boutiques, department stores and above and below ground shopping centres. Admire the window displays of the haute couture designers on the rue de Fabourg Saint-Honoré and the avenue Montaigne and visit the huge glass-domed department stores on rue de Rivoli and boulevard Hausmann for the best in French and international fashion. Bring some French style to your home with arts, antiques and home decor from Paris' chic boutiques. Splash out on perfumes and beauty products and remember to visit Paris' dozens of street markets and delicatessens for some excellent food and drink. If you have a gourmet meal anywhere then it should be in Paris with restaurants here gaining up to the top 3 Michelin stars. For those with less expensive tastes there are countless restaurants, cafés and brasseries where you can sample most French cuisine and specialities. Why not try some of Paris' street food and and explore the chocolateries and patisseries for some delicious French gifts to take home?

Why visit Paris?

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Louvre
  • Arts and Culture
  • The Museums
  • Food and Drink 

Overview

  • Country: France
  • Region: Ile de France
  • Department: Paris
  • Population: 2, 234,000
  • Coordinates: 48.85952,2.35328

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Nearby attractions

The city of Paris has some stunning religious architecture and the beautiful Sainte Chapelle should be high on your list for a visit. Its upper chapel contains an incredible 6,458sqft of stained glass in deep reds and blues...

Possibly the most famous cathedral in the world, and the legendary haunt of Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the Notre Dame de Paris is an unmissable sight in France's capital.

Paris has many museums to visit but one of the best, after the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, of course, is the Musée National du Moyen Age, a museum of the Middle Ages.

One of the world's largest museums and the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre contains over 100,000 art objects from prehistory up to the 19th century.

Places to visit nearby

Versailles in Ile de France is the home of one of France's most famous and spectacular monuments - the Palace of Versailles.

Giverny in Normandy is a picturesque village that captured the heart of Monet, becoming his home town and inspiring many of his most famous works.

Chartres in the Loire Valley is an historic city on the River Eure, famous for its ornate cathedral and its reputation for producing fine perfumery.