Paris’ Travel Guide
The City of Lights and Love, Paris is a magical place and a top tourist destination. Iconic landmarks, worldwide famous cabaret shows, top notch museums and fascinating gardens, Paris has it all.
When to visit Paris
Paris shows a different face at each time of the year. No matter the season, you will still find it charming. If you want to avoid the crowds and benefit from nice weather, spring and early autumn are the recommended periods to visit Paris. Winter months may sound tempting for the snow’s romanticism, but the city is bustling weeks before Christmas and also in February, when the kids are on holiday. On the other hand, Paris is almost deserted by its inhabitants in August, but the tourists take their place, and this month is the hottest and most humid.
Must-see in Paris
The French capital city is dotted with iconic landmarks that feature many bucket lists, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Triumph Arch and the Louvre. While they remain a must-see while in Paris, you should know that the City of Lights is much more than that.
Located on Champs-Elysees, the Triumph Arch has been dominating the Etoile Square since its inauguration in 1836. A symbol of the Napoleonic era, this landmark became the national emblem, and the preferred venue where national events are held.
Dominating Paris’ skyline from its 324 meters of height for over 120 years, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 edition of the Universal Exhibition. Today, it is the symbol of Paris and of the French spirit. Popular with tourists, adored by Parisians, the Eiffel Tower offers great views over the city.
Featuring an exquisite Gothic architecture, Notre Dame de Paris was originally built on the place of former pagan temples and its construction spanned over two centuries to be completed by the end of the fourteenth century. The two rosettes that adorn each side are among the largest in Europe and each measure 13 meters in diameter. The bronze plaque on the floor represents the zero point from which road distances are calculated.
Home to an exceptional concentration of treasures dating from various eras, Paris is one of the world’s capitals of art. The permanent collections of all museums belonging to the city of Paris are freely available to all, throughout the year. Among them, Paris’ Museum of Modern Art, Romantic Life Museum, and memorial houses dedicated to French writers like Balzac and Victor Hugo. The national museums offer free entry the first Sunday of every month. One of them is the emblematic Louvre - the largest museum in the world, the unique Centre Pompidou, D’Orsay, Picasso and Rodin Museums.
The legendary cabaret situated in Boulevard de Clichy, Moulin Rouge has been shaking the Parisian nights since 1889. If the cancan of La Goulue, Jane Avril and Nini was immortalized by the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, today’s Moulin Rouge revives the great tradition of the Music Hall, the program featuring feathers, rhinestones and sequins. Opened in 1951 on the premises of former wine cellars, the famous cabaret Crazy Horse is best known for his erotic shows, whose choreography is performed by naked dancers "dressed" with light effects.
But Paris’ nightlife is much more than Moulin Rouge and Crazy Horse. Jazz lovers can add some sax to your life by immersing themselves in the Paris of the Roaring Twentieswith furious jam sessions at Duc des Lombards, New Morning, the Sunset or Caveau des Oubliettes. Stand-up comedy buffs will certainly have a blast at Pointe Virgule, while alternative music fans should follow the concerts agenda at La Maroquinerie.