Thrilled? You should, as there is a lot to explore.
We are excited to share with you our best insider tips.
We introduce you to all the information about Paris and the unique experiences that the city offers.
We cover in this guide:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Paris
- How to get around
- What to see in Paris
- Things to do in Paris
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Paris
- Itinerary for Paris
- Packing List
- City Map
Paris, the city of love! It is one of the most popular spots in Europe and world wide.
Known for its Eiffel Tower, the poetry, Notre Dame, its romance.
1. Paris for Beginners
Paris is a big city.
No surprise here. It can be overwhelming with all its different districts, the sights to see, the accommodations, and transport.
With all our information you will be able to spend one marvelous week. Here are the basics you need to know:
Currency: EUR (€)
Language Spoken: French
Population: 2.1 million
Known for: Eiffel tower, Louver Museum, Arc de Triomphe and Macaroons (cookies)
Best time to visit: Paris is beautiful all year long. We prefer springtime with May and June, and again September and October. This time of year it is usually less crowded, less expensive, and the weather is lovely.
Summer in Paris can be very hot, up to 40 degrees, while the winter can be very cold.
Accommodation: The city is loaded with great luxury hotels to middle-ranking hotels and budget hostels. You can also find good apartments.
Find more details in our where to stay in Paris section below.
Public Transport: The best way to get around is the Metro, bus, and bikes. The bus and metro are very well connected. More under how to get around Paris.
Safety: While Paris is generally very safe, you can find many pick-pockets. Physical violence, meaning robbery is very rare. Pick-pockets are usually only after your wallet and smartphone.
Pay attention especially in tourist hot spots like Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Notre Dame, and the Louvre.
The introduction guide to Paris by Lonely Planet is a fab resource to get a good insight on sights to visit, and what to consider.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
Let us get into details now.
2. Where to stay in Paris (and what area to avoid)
Paris is big, we need to explain a bit the districts first. We added all districts on a map for better planning. We have also handwritten a big, unique guide on where to stay in Paris for first-time visitors.
This guide walks you through every single district. Our recommended areas are:
- 7th Arrondissement – Eiffel Tower
- City Center of Paris
- 8th Arrondissement – Chic (and Local)
- 10th Arrondissement – Restaurants and Bars
- Montmartre with Sacre Coeur
- 11th Arrondissement (Hipster Area)
- Le Jardin du Luxembourg Area
- 13th Arrondiss