Paris truly is the ultimate city break; it’s filled with culture, has some of the best eateries in the world and there’s even a few must-see sights in the capital, too. Thinking of booking a break? Here’s our guide to the City of Light…
Paris is reasonably easy to get to, and to get around once you’re there – most airlines will fly in to Charles De Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport and of course, there’s also the Eurostar which gets in to Gare Du Nord station in the heart of the city.
Travelling around the city is rather simple thanks to the Metro – this is best used for journeys throughout the city, buying a ticket each time you travel. Paris is definitely a city to see, so make use of your legs where possible!
Metro tickets are easy to purchase, there are self-service machines in each station that allow you to use coins to buy your tickets. You can toggle the language to English, too. If you’re only doing journeys around Zone 1 & 2 of the city, it’s best to buy a standard T+ metro ticket which costs €1.70 for each journey.
One thing to note is that a Metro ticket does you for one journey so if you need a return, purchase another ticket or there’s a possibility of being fined.
For more information on Le Metro and ticket types, see here.
Hotels in Paris are generally quite pricey; if you can, find small boutique hotels as they tend to be a little more affordable. Mama Shelter is a great place to stay and often not too pricey.
There’s also a CitizenM hotel in Paris, the hotels with the massive beds! This is out near Charles De Gaulle airport which may be handy if you have an early morning flight.
If you’re on a budget, we recommend Airbnb – this way you can rent out entire apartments or even single rooms at discounted rates. You are staying in someone’s home so you need to be considerate, but often you can find a lovely studio apartment in a good area for as little as £40 per night.
Read the reviews thoroughly before choosing a place to stay, and plan your journey around the area.
Of course, there are so many sights to see in Paris! We recommend picking up a City Guide book to read up as you go around the city as there’s just so much history.
Get the Metro to the Trocadéro and see the stunning view of the Eiffel Tower (above) and walk down towards the Seine, under the Eiffel and through the Champ De Mars.
You can also walk down to the École Militaire for more stunning sights and history.
There’s also the Pont des Arts bridge, perhaps more commonly known as Lovelock bridge (above), and you can stroll over to the magnificent Musee du Louvre which is not far. Again, this is beautiful to see even if you don’t fancy paying to go in.
Walk along the Seine in either direction and you will take in incredible sights.
Head to the Notre-Dame de Paris (above) – it’s free to enter the cathedral – for more breathtaking sights and browse the little shops along the lanes as you go.
There’s also a number of brilliant markets in Paris; they offer something for everyone and they’re definitely worth checking out.
Walk up the Champs-Élysées and head to the Arc de Triomphe, the arch which was erected in memory of those who fought for France. You can climb to the top of the Arc de Arc de Triomphe but be aware that it’s a far – although worth it for the panoromic view once you get to the top!
There’s free entry for 18-26 year olds with an EU passport too.
There are so many gorgeous places to eat in Paris – some are expensive, but you can find some brilliant little cafés that offer affordable meals.
For breakfast, we recommend a trip to Carette (below) for crêpes; it offers the cutest coffees with adorable foam hats and stunning views of the Eiffel Tower if you’re sitting outside.
Another breakfast place we love
Another French favourite is Blend, a simple gourmet burger joint that offers the most divine patty’s we’ve tasted! Don’t turn your nose up to fast food while in the capital, their sweet potato fries will complete your trip.
Mama Shelter also does brilliant food, and the atmosphere is incredible – such a great vibe, you’ll want to stay all night, cocktail in hand of course.
If you’re sticking to a budget, head to a local market, deli or supermarket to stock up on the essentials. You may prefer to have coffee or tea and breakfast in your apartment or hotel each morning – this will save you a whole lot and yet you can still get the full French experience.
Head towards Boulevard Saint-Germain for some serious shopping, including Sephora and the Diptyque boutique. There’s lots to see here, and it’s worth a trip after you have been at the Notre-Dame as it’s nearby.
There’s also the Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Here you will find the Ladurée tea rooms, a huge Sephora and so many other great shops. It’s worth a look around here even if you don’t plan on spending – and it’s close enough for perfect views of the Eiffel Tower.
Paris also has great designer boutiques – head down the little streets near the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to browse all the big names – and vintage stores. Look out for the Kilo Shop, it’s a treasure trove for those who like something a little different.
There’s so many great shops and other cute places in the Marais too so keep your eyes peeled.
If you’re a frequent flyer to the French city, please add your recommendations in the comments!