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Paris Holidays

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Fall in love with Paris

Paris holidays take you to the heart of this captivating capital. Here, every symbol is instantly recognisable – from the wrought-iron elegance of the Eiffel Tower to Sacré Coeur’s glistening white domes.

There’s an ambience in Paris that you just don’t find anywhere else. The perfect location for a romantic break or honeymoon, this is a city that offers something for every kind of visitor.

History lovers will relish learning more about its colourful, occasionally tumultuous, past. For others, the boutiques of the Champs-Elysées and department stores of Boulevard Haussmann beckon

Celebrated works of art fill the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou, while there are more than 100 Michelin-starred restaurants dotted around the city.

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Things to do in Paris

With its endless culture, iconic landmarks and gastronomic glories, the French capital is a special place to visit. Here are a few ideas for your Paris holiday.

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Discover the City of Love

You only need to look at the lovers’ locks along the Pont des Arts and watch the countless couples wandering hand in hand around the city to understand Paris's romantic appeal.

To really ramp up the romance, head to the Versailles Palace and seek out the Temple of Love. Commissioned by Marie Antoinette, the neo-classical design stands on its own small island with a statue of Cupid at its centre.

There are plenty of cosy neighbourhood bistros across the city where you can enjoy classic French cuisine in an intimate, candlelit setting. But if you’re looking for a truly special dining experience, book an outside table at Girafe on the Place du Trocadéro.

Here, delicious contemporary dishes are served up alongside stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. Time it right and you’ll be in prime position for the evening light show.

Where to stay in Paris

Couples’ hideaway in Montmartre

If you’re planning a romantic holiday in Paris, then basing yourself in Montmartre is a good start.

Within its winding streets you’ll find a mix of charming neighbourhood restaurants, cosy cafés and independent boutiques.

The art deco Terrass Hotel Montmartre is a short walk from the Moulin Rouge and Sacré Coeur with a rooftop terrace that’s a perfect place to relax after a day's sightseeing and soak up the views.

the place du tertre with cafe tables and the sacre coeur in the early morning in montmartre paris
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City centre charm in Le Marais

The historic quarter of Le Marais has a lot to offer, so it’s always bustling with shoppers, diners and tourists.

If you like the idea of exploring its charming nooks and crannies and enjoy a bit of buzz, this could be the spot for you.

The four-star 1K Paris is a short walk from the pretty Place des Vosges, as well as local museums including the Musée Picasso, and has a highly rated Peruvian restaurant.

Ultimate Parisian luxury

If you’re looking to splash out in the city’s boutiques, then the area around the Champs-Elysées is a great option.

You’ll find some of the most luxurious hotels in Paris here – take your pick from the likes of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Le Bristol and the Plaza Athénée.

Nearby are the Grand Palais and Petit Palais museums, the Place de la Concorde (where King Louis XVI was executed during the revolution) and the Arc de Triomphe with its poignant Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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All you need to know about Paris

Local currency

The local currency in Paris is the euro. There are plenty of ATMs all over the city and you can pay by card in most places. 

Getting around

Buses and taxis are available but hopping on the Métro or exploring on foot are the most common ways to get around Paris’s 20 arrondissements.

Languages spoken

French is the language you’ll hear all around you, but you’ll also encounter plenty of others in this cosmopolitan city. Many people will understand English.

Public holidays

Like most Christian nations, France observes public holidays around the Easter and Christmas period. You’ll also find many businesses close for Labour Day (May 1) and Bastille Day (July 14).

More about Paris

Local cuisine

Parisian cuisine remains an experience in its own right, with a wealth of Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, as well as a fantastic international dining scene.

There are some sumptuous venues to seek out, including those with a difference. The famous Le Train Bleu restaurant is located in one of its train stations, the Gare de Lyon.

For a more laid-back meal, you can walk into pretty much any local bistro and expect a good menu featuring hearty French staples, such as steak frites and moules marinière.

Many places offer a fixed-rate lunchtime menu (formule) where you can get two courses for a decent price.

the ornate interior of the le train bleu restaurant in paris

History and heritage

If you’re a first-time visitor, it’s worth adding a tour or two to your Paris holiday package.

A guided tour can make navigating the huge array of museums, galleries and monuments more manageable, and you’ll also get a great insight into the history of the city.

There’s a lot to pack in, such as Paris’s many art museums, a visit to the Place de la Bastille (a key location in the story of the French Revolution) and the city’s graceful churches.

The historic cemetery of Père-Lachaise, which dates back to the 1800s, is another famous site, and well worth the trip to the east of the city.

Cafe culture

Cafe and restaurant terraces in Paris range from glamorous rooftop spots to more modest neighbourhood favourites.

For a quiet coffee in a sunny corner of Montmartre, try Au Petit Montmartre. To sit by the Seine with views of the Pont Neuf, there’s Maison Maison. In trendy Belleville, squeeze into a space at Café Chérie if you can.

Georges, on top of the Pompidou Centre, is a perennial favourite for people-watching with city views.

Hotel Bienvenue’s restaurant has a gorgeous little patio with a secret garden feel to it, as does the compact courtyard at Hotel Amour.

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Why we love Paris

“What’s not to love about Paris? From the art collections of the Louvre to romantic walks along the Seine, there’s so much to enjoy in the City of Light. Just be sure to give yourself enough time to see as much as you can.” 

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