Guide to Paris

Our Guide to Paris

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Tourism in Paris

Paris, the so-called "City of Lights" is really one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This city is composed of 20 districts or "arrondissements". Each "arrondissement" has its own identity and meaning for Parisians and offers a long series of cathedrals, palaces, parks and gardens. Come discover them all while learning French.

Do not hesitate to buy the "Pariscope, a newspaper - which is more of a guide to discovering what is happening each day. In it you will find information about culture, events, bars and nightclubs ... The streets of Paris are filled with legacies of the past turned into historical landmarks: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Ste-Chapelle, the Conciergerie and the Hotel des Invalides, to name a few. The art, music, theater, fashion, literature and architecture of Paris make this city a mecca for travelers from around the world.

Paris Highlights

  • Cathedral of Notre Dame:
    The Cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the oldest cathedrals in France (early twelfth century) built in Gothic style, located on the plaza Parvis. It is the work of architect Maurice de Sully and Pierre de Montreuil. It is well known by the great diversity of important events that occurred here including: Napoleon's coronation as emperor.
  • Louvre Museum:
    This museum was built in 1981. The building is an example of the evolution of architecture and French style. The Louvre has a great reputation both for its interior as well as its architecture.
  • The Eiffel Tower:
    The Eiffel Tower was built by the engineer Gustave Eiffel for the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1889. It has a height of 324 meters and weighs 7300 tons. Inside the tower one can find shops and restaurants, and this magnificent structure is a spectacular part of the Parisian skyline.
  • The Champs Elysees:
    This famous boulevard is known as one of the most beautiful avenues in the world.

Geography and Climate

Paris is located in the north of France, by the river Seine.  Temperatures in the city are rarely extreme, and it has warm, comfortable summers, but chilly winters.

Culture in Paris

Paris is known as the city of artists. If you're an art lover, this city will provide endless opportunities for recreation. Paris offers all its visitors a countless number of museums, exhibitions like the Louvre, the Orsay Museum or the Rodin museum.

Shopping in Paris

Paris is a city known worldwide for its passion for fashion. Moreover, this city offers various possibilities for every budget, from designer shops with a reputation to stores accessible to all. Enjoy shopping and strolling by the different streets and do not forget to visit the famous Galeries Lafayettes or the Boulevard Haussmann.

Food in Paris

The French attach great importance to food. Meals are typically eaten three times a day. Breakfast is from seven to nine o'clock, is when you can take the famous croissants with butter and jam. Mealtime is between twelve and two in the afternoon. Usually a copious meal with two dishes, coffee and dessert. Dinner is about seven in the evening.

Due to Paris' status as a cosmopolitan city, you can sample food from around the world in this city. Some of the typical foods that you shouldn't forget to try is the always popular croissant, coffee and of course, the baguettes and crêpes.

Nightlife in Paris

The neighborhoods with a more lively nightlife are: Montmartre, Pigalle, the Champs Elysees, les Halles and Bastille et Saint-Germain de Prés, among others. All neighborhoods will offer various activities: cafes, chic bars and restaurants. You will have infinite possibilities, come to discover all of them and be dazzled by Paris, "the city of love."