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Paris is one travel destination that never goes out of style. With 20 arrondissements or districts to explore, discovering the crème de la crème of French cuisine, contemporary art and fashion has never been easier. Live like a local or tour the city’s landmarks, Paris is a city for everyone. Discover a slice of Paris with our travel guide.

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Places to stay

Divided into 20 arrondissements, every neighbourhood in Pairs is unique. For a base in the heart of the city, you can't get more central than the first arrondissement, where the homey Hotel Crayon resides.

Looking for a romantic getaway? You've come to the right city. The winding backstreets and charming village feel of Montmartre make it a popular area for loved-up couples. Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is a private hideaway, tucked down a quiet cobblestoned street. Literary lovers can bunker down in Oscar Wilde's former room at the opulent L'Hotel in the luxurious sixth arrondissement.

As the epicentre of Parisian nightlife, and not far from the famed Moulin Rouge, Pigalle is a funky, late-night neighbourhood. In the lively 10th district, budget travellers can enjoy Generator Hostel's inexpensive rooms. Design-lovers will appreciate the 18th-century Parisian elegance of the Hotel des Grands Boulevards. In the stylish eighth arrondissement, there are plenty of private mansions and revamped townhouses that offer refined accommodation, including Hotel Splendide Royal.

Things to do

With its array of bistros, museums, boutiques and cultural sites, planning a day out in Paris is easy. Here are just a few ways to spend your time in the French capital. There's something magical about Paris in the early hours. Start your day the traditional way with a flakey croissant straight from the oven at Blé Sucré. Pastry in hand, head to the Louvre to see if you can squeeze in an early tour. If you’re in Paris on the weekend, unearth hidden treasures at Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, which is thought to be the world's biggest flea market. Enjoy Paris’ fine dining over a long lunch. Restaurant Frenchie offers one of the most affordable midday tasting menus in town.

Head to Centre Commercial for sustainable fashion brands or stock up on some cult beauty products. For a sweet treat, visit Pierre Hermé, where you’ll find macarons and pastries to munch on. Start your evening with a glass of wine or champagne. Septime la Cave is an intimate wine bar pouring mostly natural wines from all over Europe. No trip would be complete without dining out at a classic French bistro. A lavish place to devour steak-frites is La Bourse et la Vie. For a late-night drink or dance, Glass is a great end to your night.

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Galleries and museums

Whether you prefer historical works or contemporary art, Paris has it all. Palais de Tokyo is one of Europe's best spots to see contemporary and modern art.

On a sunny day, stroll around the sculpture-filled gardens of Musée Rodin. Musée d'Orsay hosts an incredible collection of impressionist art. If the little ones are in tow, visit the Musée des Arts Forains and hop on the vintage carousels. 

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Day trips

Paris is the perfect starting point for a jaunt around France. The extravagant palace Versailles is a must-see and only a short train ride away. For wine lovers and history buffs, driving two hours southwest of Paris will take you to the heart of the Loire Valley. Peer into Claude Monet’s world by visiting his home in Giverny, less than an hour from the city by train or car.

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Getting around

From the airport: Charles de-Gaulle International Airport (CDG) and Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) are connected to the city by train, bus, rental car, taxi or shuttle. RER trains take approximately 40 minutes to reach the first major train station in Paris, Gare du Nord.

In and around the city: the Metro is a cheap and convenient way to explore Paris. Go at your own pace and discover Paris on foot or rent a bicycle. You can also hire a car to explore the city, then hit the motorway to see the magnificent French countryside, from the spectacular villages of Provence to the vineyards of Bordeaux and sweeping coastline of the Côte d’Azur.

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