Destination Guide - Paris

Paris – where to begin? We could talk about the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Le Louvre and Sacré Cœur endlessly but of equal importance is the ambiance. After you’ve ticked off the landmarks, pause to appreciate the little moments with all of your senses: tasting a baguette, feeling the lawn between your toes in the Jardin des Tuileries, listening to the vocal vendors at the open-air street markets, and sitting in a café smelling fresh croissants while watching the immaculately groomed Parisians stroll by.

The Basics

Currency: Euro (€)
Population: 2,200,000
Time zone: +1 Central European Time
Daylight savings: End of March to end of October
Language: French
Country code: +33
Area code: 01
Electricity voltage: 240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: European socket with two round pins
Mobile network: GSM


  • Le Louvre
  • River Seine
  • Jardin des Tuileries
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Sacré Cœur
  • Champs-Élysées


  • 14 July
    Bastille Day


Paris rarely suffers through extreme weather. It’s usually a pleasant 20-25°C in summer (July to August), while in winter (December to February) it drops down to a chilly average of 3°C.

Getting there and around

The Métropolitain is an excellent underground rail network and is reasonably simple to navigate. Paris is just as easy to get around on foot – and it’s always scenic. Taxis are a good option. Driving in Paris – like all major cities – is not for the faint-hearted.

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Food & Drink

Restaurant Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Paris: Cultured tastes

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Paris: To dine for

Can food lovers still afford to fall in love with Paris? Yes, but only if you know where to eat.

See & Do

Grand Action Paris
Paris: Films francais

In Paris even the movie dilettante can learn to focus with this line-up of eccentric cinematic establishments.

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Insider City Guide

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Paris match

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Slumber in style: these boutique Parisian hotels deliver more than a soupçon of groovy.

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Menswear: French polish

From suits to shoes, the finest purveyors of Parisian fashion offer a perfectly tailored shopping experience.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for more destinations and experiences around France.


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