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About Paris

The very name conjures up a multitude of images: pavement artists in Montmartre's lively Place du Tertre, evening cruises down the majestic Seine under the famous bridges, dusty bookstalls along the Left Bank and bohemian restaurants in the Latin Quarter.

Shopping

The large department stores Printemps and Galaries Lafayette offer immense choice. For those looking for the latest fashions, designer shops can be found along rue St Honoré, boulevard St Germain and avenue Montaigne. The Marais offers an appealing mix of chic interior design, trendy boutiques and original jewellery, while St Germain is renowned for its antique shops.

For those who enjoy street markets, head to rue Mouffetard close to the Latin Quarter for cheese, fruit, vegetables and meat, whilst the large weekend flea market at Clignancourt meight tempt those looking to track down a vintage piece.

When to visit

If you're planning a holiday in Paris, our top picks for the best time to travel would be February, April and June

February

Where better for a Valentine's escape than the original City of Love? Strolling its wide avenues and boulevards hand in hand, perhaps stopping for a glass of wine at a street cafe. Ooh la la!

April

Paris in the spring has its own unique charms: bright and sunny days, with the very beginnings of alfresco dining, romantic walks along the Seine, and chestnuts in blossom, all preparing for summer.

June

There are few lovelier cities than Paris in summer. Boulevards and parks bathed in golden sunshine and ample opportunity for pausing at one of its tiny street cafés to people-watch. A pure joy!

Books inspired by Paris

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Paris holiday

Paris

Edward Rutherfurd

An epic novel following four families over hundreds of years: bound by forbidden loves and marriages of convenience; dogged by vengeance and murderous secrets; torn apart by the irreconcilable differences of birth and faith, and brought together by the tumultuous history of their city. A book which bursts to life in the intrigue, corruption and glory of its people.

Chosen by Stuart

Suite Française

Irène Némirovsky

A poignant two-part novel about French society at the point of the German invasion of WW2. Originally intended as 4 parts, the author's untimely death in Auschwitz in 1942 prevented the rest from being written. This was discovered and published 65 years later and is now hailed as a masterpiece.

Almost French

Sarah Turnbull

The author met "a very French Frenchman" whilst backpacking around Europe, accepted an invitation to spend a week with him, and never left. This is a perceptive and humorous book about the culture clashes and paradoxes of starting a new life in France.

Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin

David meets Giovanni in a bar in Paris and they're drawn into an intense love affair that David can't fully acknowledge. His girlfriend returns from abroad forcing difficult, life-altering decisions and desperate consequences.

A Year in the Merde

Stephen Clarke

A humorous bestselling novel about what the French are really like from the point of view of an Englishman who moves to Paris to start a new job.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Patrick Suskind

A beautifully written and sensuous novel set in 18th century France. An unwanted and "unscented" child is born with an extraordinary sense of smell and uses his gift to become the finest perfumer in France. But his dreams of creating the world's finest perfume bring out murderous instincts. A cult classic, you won't have ever read anything like it!

Paris Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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13th September 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Hidden gems in Paris: The best secret spots in Paris

Move aside Mona Lisa. Had an eyeful of the Eiffel? Here's our inside guide to the best kept secrets in Paris. Uncover our favourite collection of Paris hidden gems. Embrace modern France with a visit to the art and culture-filled Institut du Monde Arabe and sip mint tea while gazing at Parisian rooftops and the bulk of Notre Dame.For a more (ahem) immersive experience, strip off and head to the Hamman at the Paris Mosque (although not in that order.) Once you've recovered from the vigorous...

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18th February 2021 by Andy

Free things to do in Paris

Known as one of the world’s most romantic cities, Paris can easily be found on anyone’s Bucket List of places to visit. But city life can be expensive so we've put together a list of some of the best things you can do in Paris – for free!Paris Walking TourSandeman organises an excellent and FREE walking tour of the city of Paris that will take you through the city’s top local attractions. Stroll by the banks of the river Seine, stand in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower or discover the...

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1st March 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to spend 4 days in Paris

If you're wondering what to do in Paris in 4 days, I've put together the ultimate guide with more than 30 things to see in Paris. Where should we begin? The world class food or the world class architecture? The history that reaches into almost every part of the world or the icons we all grew up with? The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Mona Lisa and Notre Dame?...

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24th September 2020 by Emma

Announcing the winner of our Eurostar holiday competition

On Thursday 24rd September we drew the winner of our summer Eurostar holiday competition. From the thousands of valid entries received, twenty were chosen at random and placed in a "hat" (our trusty Cabeau travel pillow bag). Watch the video of Stuart drawing the winner in the Facebook video above.A big congratulations to Sophie-Mai Wilde! Her prize is valid for 12 months, so I'm sure she'll make good use of it once the current travel restrictions are lifted. And thank you to all who entered;...

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1st March 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Your guide to a weekend in Paris

From London, the Eurostar train service often makes sense as it's fast, efficient and you arrive right in the centre of the city. For places other than London, flying is probably your best bet. Paris receives a huge number of flights daily and has over 40 000 hotel rooms. For this reason, it's often best to use a flight and hotel comparison and booking engine, such as...

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29th November 2018 by PommieTravels

Tips for visiting the Louvre in Paris

With that unmistakeable glass pyramid, The Louvre is one of the most iconic attractions in Paris. Because of this, it is incredibly popular with tourists, attracting 7.3 million people per year, so you can expect to be fighting your way through the crowds to catch a glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting. Still it’s worth it, since the museum is home to a huge collection of art works including the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory. Here are my top tips for visiting the...

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16th February 2021 by Stuart

Review: Paris Catacombs

Make no bones about it, they're creepy! Cata-come and visit! I've been to Paris lots of times and ticked off all the major tourist attractions. So on recent visits I've been starting to look at slightly more obscure or out-of-the-way things to do. I'd wanted to go to the Catacombs in Paris for quite some time, having seen a few photos online. I took the photo attached to this blog during my visit and I'm sure you'll understand my sense of macabre interest in seeing the place for...

Weather in Paris

Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Paris

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