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Paris Travel Guide

Introduction to Paris

Paris is full of beautiful places, and the city of lights is a treat to visit whether you're here on business, with family or you're celebrating a romantic weekend. Whilst the traditional stops such as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees and Montmartre are classics for a reason, you should also check out the Sacre Couer (prepare yourself, it's a hike), boutique shopping in Le Marais, and late night jazz clubs in the Latin Quarter. These are the experiences that will make you realise why paris is said to be the most romantic city in the world.

Whilst you might enjoy Paris' endless streets of shops, restaurants and bars, the kids might not enjoy it so much, but luckily Disneyland Paris is only a short journey away on the train. The parks are also a great place for family picnics, sight seeing and strolls during spring and summer too.

Read: A local's guide to the city of lights

Other things to do in Paris

A boat tour down the Seine, watching the Eiffel Tower's twinkling light shows with a bottle of red, and sipping your morning coffee with a croissant are all essential Parisian experiences you need to feel at least once whilst you're here.

The city is a treat for the eyes too, the Tuileres Garden, the Pantheon, Les Invalides and Palais Garnier are all feats of French architecture that should be added to any walking tour. A stroll down Champs-Elysees to window shop in the designer stores and get the signature photo of the Arc de Triomphe is also a must do! If you prefer to see art up close (and you ever tire of the Louvre), Musee Rodin and the Gardens are definitely worth investigating.

If this is your second or third time in the city, you might prefer to look around some of the other neighbourhoods. Montmarte is known for it's youthful and hip crowds, whereas Oberkampf is great for people watching in cafes, or drinking till the early hours. Canal Saint-Martin is the definition of Parisian chic: take a stroll here to observe the cool crowds, sip coffee in regentrified bars and shop for knickknacks in the market stalls.

Read more: 10 romantic hotels close to 10 great attractions in Paris

Eating and drinking in Paris

Many of Paris' experiences are tied to food: how can you not picture bread and cheese when you think of France? Paris' restaurants vary from the small creperies on street corners, to Michelin-starred restaurants off the Champs-Elysees. Make a detour from the tourist traps around the Eiffel Tower, and venture into Montmartre for real, authentic French bistros, or Haut Marais for gastronomic excellence – Le Jeune Rue is a street dedicated to up market restaurants and cool new cocktail bars.

Most arrondissements tend to have their own hidden, sleepy bistros, but there are a few foodie experiences you need to have in Paris. The hot chocolates at Angelina's will warm you up from the inside out, the macarons at L'aduree are as pretty as they are tasty, and a plate of steak et frites in the Parisian sunshine always goes down a treat.

Paris climate

The weather is Paris is mild and moderate, but it does extreme very cold winters and super hot summers. Expect upwards of 25° in June, whereas the months from November to February are known to experience snow, rain and wind.

When to go to Paris

Christmas is a lovely time to see the city decked out in decorations, and spring is great for Fashion Week (thus, also a great time for shopping breaks). Many Parisians move south for summer, so it can become quieter during July and August.

Flying to Paris

You can fly to Paris from Cork, Shannon and Dublin. You can fly to Charles de Gaulle from Dublin or Cork, but Shannon's flights arrive in Paris Beauvais. Beauvais is slightly further away than Charles de Gaulle.

Charles de Gaulle is located 40 minutes from Paris on the train, and it's easy to catch connections to the city from the airport.

Check out the airports in Paris here.

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