Paris

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Capital of chic

The French capital boasts some of the most instantly recognisable, iconic monuments in the world, with Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower lined up in a great sweep along the River Seine. Yet for all its historic grandeur, elegant boulevards, world-class museums, chic boutiques and cosmopolitan buzz, Paris is also an intimate, intensely lived-in city, best discovered on foot, where each district has its own distinct style, bars, food market and village atmosphere.

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Image from a sightseeing cruise at Bateaux Parisiens.
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4.0
A romantic way to see the City of Light
Eiffel Tower
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4.0
A city symbol around the world
 Patinoire de l’Hôtel de Ville
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4.5
The current location of Paris's City Hall
Image from Jardins du Luxembourg
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4.0
Near the Sorbonne University
A veiw of La Conciergerie
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4.0
Over history this landmark has been a palace and a prison
Les Catacombes
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4.4
Famous underground ossuary
The Montmartre Cemetery.
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4.0
A beautiful and artistic cemetery
Musée d'Orsay
Museum
4.6
Housed in the former railway station, the Gare d'Orsa
Musee du Louvre at night
Museum
5.0
Originally a palace, converted into a museum in 1793
Centre Pompidou
Museum
4.6
One of the most daring modern arts museums in the world
Notre Dame
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4.0
Roman Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité.
Sacre-Coeur
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4.7
A place of worship from early days to present times
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Neighborhoods in Paris

BastilleBourseChamps ElyséesLouvre MontmartreOperaQuartier LatinSaint-GermainThe MaraisTour Eiffel Tuileries Garden

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Bastille

The green lungs of Paris
Bois de Vincennes
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Bastille is home to Opéra Bastille, one of the finest entertainment venues in the world, the main attraction in the neighborhood. The Bercy Village in the south is the closest you can get to the French countryside in Paris. At the heart of Parc Bercy, the scenic Yitzhak Rabin gardens are another major attraction in the area. Don’t miss Bois de Vincennes, a beautiful park with footpaths, scenic lake, and zoo. If you don’t want to go that far, there’s always Promenade Plantée.

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Bourse

The central business district
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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The area around the Bourse (Stock Exchange) is one of the nicest old parts of Paris, and it is also one of the most authentic parts of the city. The pedestrian Rue Montorgueil is a food-lovers delight, while shopping in one of the stunning historic galleries - like La Gallerie Vivienne - is always a rewarding experience. Entertainment is ensured by the Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique, and for culture buffs, la Bibliothèque Nationale de France is free to visit.

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Champs Elysées

Shopping and tourist hub
Arc de triomphe
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The Champs-Elysées is a paradox – traffic-laden and lined with cinemas and car showrooms it may be, yet the perspective between Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe is undeniably grandiose. Business and smart apartments mix with the luxury fashion and blockbuster art shows at the Grand Palais. The streets behind the Avenue line up Haussmanian buildings, while elsewhere in the area you find museums, clubs, restaurants and chic pubs. Don’t miss the elegant Église de la Madeleine.

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Louvre

Paris' heart and origin
Louvre
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Around Île de la Cité, the heart and origin of the city, the Center of Paris is one of the busiest tourist hubs after Champs-Élysées. This is the site of the iconic Louvre, where Mona Lisa is at home. The area around Louvre boasts other landmarks, such as Colonne Vendôme, Palais Royal, Saint-Eustache church, and the historic La Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned. Aside Louvre, the list of world-class museums here includes l'Orangerie, and Musée des Arts décoratifs.

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Montmartre

Paris's bohemian village
Moulin Rouge
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Clustered on Paris’s tallest hill around the sugary white Sacré Coeur, Montmartre is famous for its cabarets (Moulin Rouge, Le Chat noir, Lapin Agile) and bistros, and its narrow streets and stairways. The neighborhood still has the charm of a provincial village, and unlike the more touristy spots in Paris, Montmartre is quiet, serene, with picturesque cottages, bohemian bars and quirky shops and galleries. Down the hill, Place Pigalle is a young trendy hangout.

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Opera

Shopping central
Opéra Garnier
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The Opera district is a popular shopping destination, for both tourists and locals. You’ll find here the iconic Galeries Lafayette, as well as les Grands Boulevards full of flagship department stores. The magnificent setting for The Phantom of the Opera, Opéra Garnier and the Olympia Hall provide for quality entertainment. Other attractions in the area include Musée Grévin, ideal for children, and the shopping district of Pigalle.

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Quartier Latin

Student buzz amidst history and culture
Sorbonne
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One of the best known of the city’s central districts, Quartier Latin is the young heart of Paris, with many student hangouts around the Sorbonne university. Like anywhere else in Paris, you’ll find numerous historic landmarks. Here, the Panthéon steals the show, and if you want to slow down and enjoy nature’s wonders, visit the Paris Botanical Garden, and La Ménagerie. Quartier Latin couldn’t be complete without its museums, and if you are in the mood for a shopping spree, try rue Mouffetard.

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Saint-Germain

Paris without the price tag
rue Vavin
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From the finest restaurants in the world, to historic landmarks and striking views, the neighborhood surrounding the Saint-Germain church has got it all. The romantic Jardin du Luxembourg is a local favorite, for its beautiful landscape surrounding the imposing Palais du Luxembourg, which houses the French Senate. For a taste of the Parisien without the price tag, head over to rue Vavin. And don’t miss the Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés - the final resting place of Descartes.

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The Marais

Aristocratic 17th-century Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris
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The Marais area used to be marshland and was one of the last areas of central Paris to be built up, leaving it with a spectacularly preserved legacy of gorgeous 17th- and early 18th-century golden stone mansions, many of which can now be visited as museums or art galleries. Among the iconic landmarks here, Notre-Dame de Paris and Hôtel de Ville are the most popular. You’ll find a lively mix of unusual fashion shops, contemporary art galleries, gay bars and Jewish bakeries.

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Tour Eiffel

The epitome of Paris
Tour Eiffel
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The Tour Eiffel is perhaps the most popular sight in Europe. The area around the Tower is touristy, crowded and expensive. There’s fine dining with a price tag; then luxury shopping at Le Bon Marché, the world’s first department store; but also culture and history at Musée d'Orsay, and art at Musée Rodin and Musée du quai Branly. Don’t forget your camera to take in the area’s other exciting landmarks, including Hôtel des Invalides. For a more interesting take, check out Les Egouts de Paris.

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Tuileries Garden

The lavish gate to the Louvre
Jardins des Tuileries (Paris Louvre)
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The lavish Tuileries Garden was once the royal garden of the Tuileries Palace. Today, it is mainly known as the gate to the Louvre, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris. Despite popularity, the place still keeps its romantic flair, and evenings it’s an ideal landscape for a walk from the museum to the Champs-Elysées.

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