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Travel Guide To Paris

  • France
  • Paris
  • 105.4 km²
  • 11°C, Wind
  • Mon 12:19 am
  • Euro
  • French
  • 2.211 million
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General Information About Paris

Paris needs no introduction. It’s synonymous with food, culture, fashion, and architecture, rarely disappointing those who visit. Despite being the dream destination for millions of people each year, the French capital still has plenty hidden secrets to offer beyond the Eiffel Tower and its world-class museums. In T+L’s Paris travel guide we share our favorite spots, from traditional to up-and-coming. People from all over the world are drawn to its cutting-edge fashion, art, and culinary scenes, as well as a certain je ne sais quoi that appeals to all kinds. While the attractions are plentiful on any Paris trip, this is an insider's city, steeped in a rich history of riots and revolutions. Every quarter is unique and, though the summer is the most popular season to visit, each time of year is compelling in its own way. From the hilly cobblestoned streets of Montmartre with its rich history of Belle Époque artists and cabarets, to the quickly gentrifying neighborhood of Belleville, arts and culture are steeped in the city’s DNA. Parisians sometimes joke that they visit museums as often as they go to the bathroom, and to truly understand Paris you have to immerse yourself in the city’s artistic culture. Beyond the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, you can get your culture fix at the renovated Picasso Museum and the new Fondation Louis Vuitton, not to mention dozens of small museums and galleries. Shopaholics will delight in the city’s myriad options, from chic department stores like Le Bon Marché to famed boutiques like Deyrolle. To make the most of your trip, it's best to have a sense of the places you'd like to explore when you visit Paris. Read on for ways to make the City of Lights your own.

Sports Played in Paris

On the programme: tennis, handball, horse racing, athletics, basketball, judo, cycling … The Stade de France, the AccorHotels Arena, the Parc des Princes and Stade Roland Garros have high-class facilities that enable them to host top sporting events every year, some of which are major international events.

Paris Culture and History

Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
  • Local time: Monday 9:11 AM
  • Weather: 16°C, Wind W at 3 km/h, 82% Humidity
  • Hotels: 3-star averaging ₦45,161, 5-star averaging ₦116,428.

Major Paris Nightlife

Paris is known for its nightlife and chances are that even when you have spent a full day of visiting museums and galleries, walking the streets, eating, shopping and exploring, after a short rest you will still want to go out and see that the city has to offer. If you are like me that may just mean finding a nearby cafe to have a glass or two of wine and decide where to go for dinner. A small bistro may have you conversing with your neighbors at the next table until it is time to go home or visit a nearby bar or jazz club or even a famous cabaret or two. You can find plenty of suggestions in the large number of guidebooks and the culture and entertainment magazines and brochures which will most likely be in the lobby of your hotel. But for those of you who don't want to make too many decisions, and just want to be told what to do here are some ideas based on what I have done in the past and some ideas which I got from doing what any normal person who visits Paris would do, which is reading a guidebook or two. But keep in mind that Paris is one of those places that you can walk around and see amazing buildings and statues lit up dramatically so if you are of college age, before you get too wasted in one of the many bars or clubs take a walk around the city after dark. Probably by evening after a day of exploring the wonders of Paris you will have passed several cafes that looked interesting and are right around your hotel. A cafe with a decent view of the street, and a few young people who look like they could be students, is not bad place to begin your night with a glass of wine or two. You have probably read elsewhere in these pages that the Cafe Mairie is one of my favorite places to hang out and strangely enough when I told this to my friend and fellow Sifnos musician Simon Wroe he told me that this is where he spent much of his time several decades earlier. Later I found that this little cafe had historical significance during the student strikes of May 1968. It is an unpretentious place with interesting people and it is also where Rue de Canettes meets the Place St Sulpice which is loaded with restaurants, bars, Jazz clubs and even a micro-brewery. You can find this area easily by going up Rue du Four from where it intersects with Blvd St Germain at the Mabillon metro station. Or you can take the #4 metro and get off there or at St Sulpice. But probably you will want to go to the Cafe de Flor and the Brassierie Lipp or Deux Magots on Blvd St Germain for a drink, despite the fact that they are more expensive because after all, how could you not hang out in the places where Hemingway and Sartre spent much of their time? It's OK. Just because every American tourist in the world goes to these three places, that does not mean it is not a cool thing to do. Another better choice is the funky and faded elegance of the Cafe Panis, right down from Shakespeare and Company and across from the Cathedral of Notre Dame which is more reasonably priced and has also been a favorite of writers, poets and artists of the past. The whole area between Blvd Saint Germain and the river is full of bars, cafes, small clubs and restaurants including an Irish pub on Rue St Andre des Arts and a Canadian Bar right on the river which if you happen to be in Paris over Thanksgiving serves a Turkey dinner and shows American Football. If you want to speak to people in English these X-pat style bars are good choices and coming here in the off-season you will actually find that many of these people from Ireland and the UK actually live here. In the summer finding someone who is not a tourist may be difficult. Crossing Blvd St Michel the nightlife continues and the restaurants and fast-food joints proliferate. The area across the street from the statue of St Michel is a sort of open air stage for break dancers and street performers right in front of Espace St Michel art cinema which shows rare films that you may not see unless you live in a college town. There are the Greek restaurants with live music that I was not permitted to go in and on Rue de Huchette the famous jazz bar Le Caveau de la Huchette with live music every night in a club that has seen some of the world's most famous jazz musicians in its long history.

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