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Paris is a glittering world city with an unparalleled number of historic buildings and important museums. Two of Paris's best known sights are an absolute must: both the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou have collections of outstanding quality.

Top things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
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Palais Garnier

The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille.
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Pont Alexandre III (Paris)

The Pont Alexandre III, widely considered as the most ornate and extravagant bridge in "the City of Love", is a deck arch bridge over the River Seine, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter. The Pont Alexandre III in Beaux-Arts style bridge is also a French Monument historique, which features Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses. Constructed between 1896 and 1900 by the architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin, the bridge is named in honor of Tsar Alexander III, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892, and is regarded as a marvel of 19th century engineering, consisting of a 6 m high single span steel arch.
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Jardin du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Gardens, is the second largest public park in Paris, and one of top must visit attractions in Paris. The park is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace. In 1611, Marie de Medicis, the widow of Henry IV and the regent for the King Louis XIII decided to build a palace in imitation of the Pitti Palace in her native Florence.
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The Louvre

The Louvre or Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums as well as a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, the Louvre is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). The museum is housed within the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre), originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum.

Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited in an area of 60,600 m2. With more than 8 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world's most visited museum.
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Recommended hotels in Paris

Helder Opera Hotel

Helder Opera Hotel Paris enjoys a perfect location in the city centre of Paris, only 3 minutes walking distance from the Opera and the ‘Galeries Lafayette’ department store. Furthermore, the hotel is situated near the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. In addition, Montmartre with the Sacré Coeur, its many artists and its splendid view overlooking Paris, is within easy reach. Furthermorem the property is well-linked to public transport at only 3 minutes walk's from metro stations ‘Opéra’, ‘Chaussée d’Antin-La Fayette’ and ‘Quatre-Septembre’. For your comfort, Helder Opera Hotel Paris started serious renovation in the entire hotel. In the near future, the rooms will get new decoration and will be upgraded with additional features such as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet connection and an internet access point. The breakfast room will also be enlarged. As you may know, the Helder is a picturesque Dutch coastal town and therefore the hotel’s aim with its renovation is to recreate the sporty atmosphere of a yacht as a symbol of discrete luxury and everlasting challenge. Hotel Helder Opera offers 22 comfortable and very quiet rooms featuring an en-suite bathroom with a bath/shower. Furthermore, the rooms are fully equipped with modern room facilities such as air-conditioning, a phone, a mini-bar, and an LCD TV with canal+ and CNN.

Hôtel Meslay République

The Meslay République Hotel is centrally located in Paris, in the heart of the 3rd arrondissement, very close to Place de la Bastille square, Centre Georges Pompidou, Place des Vosges and some of the most lively streets and boulevards of Paris. The Meslay, housed in a 19th century building, has been recently fully renovated and offers elegant and clean rooms and public spaces equipped with modern facilities. Pets are allowed upon request and groups are welcome (except for groups of students). The hotel also offers laundry service and a reception desk, open 24 hours a day, with tourist information, city maps and luggage deposit. A welcoming staff is at your disposal if you wish to book tickets for shows, a restaurant or whatever you may need.

Hotel Alize Grenelle Tour Eiffel

Hotel Alize Grenelle Tour Eiffel Paris is located in the Beaugrenelle-Charles Michel district, which is situated between the Eiffel Tower and the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre and 10 minutes by bus from the Georges Pompidou European Hospital. This 3-star hotel enjoys a nice location in Paris, just a short walk from the business district, between the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, Montparnasse and the Champs Elysées. Hotel Alize Grenelle Tour Eiffel Paris offers ideal accommodation for both business travellers and tourists alike. The friendly attentive staff at the reception desk will be happy to assist you to ensure a pleasant stay. The Alizé Grenelle Tour Eiffel Hotel is pleased to welcome you to one of its 50 air-conditioned rooms, with singles, doubles and triples available. The hotel's 50 cheerful and inviting rooms offer outstanding amenities such as soundproofing, air-conditioning, bathrooms with a bathtub or shower, a private toilet, hair dryer, a trouser press, satellite television, personal telephone with message service and automatic alarm clock, modem connection, a mini-bar, individual safe, Wi-Fi, magnetic keys and double-glazed windows.

Timhotel Paris Gare de Lyon

Location. Timhotel Paris Gare de Lyon is located in Paris's Paris City Centre neighborhood, close to Pont d'Austerlitz, Opera Bastille, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Nearby points of interest also include Louvre Museum and Place des Vosges. Hotel Features. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the breakfast room (surcharges apply). Timhotel Paris Gare de Lyon features express check-in, concierge services, and an elevator (lift). Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include a safe deposit box at the front desk. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Guestrooms. 54 guestrooms at Timhotel Paris Gare de Lyon feature safes and complimentary newspapers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include windows that open. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls.

Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre

Location. Located in central Paris, Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre is within walking distance of Cafe des 2 Moulins and Moulin Rouge. Nearby points of interest also include Sacred Heart Basilica and Louvre Museum. Hotel Features. For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre features multilingual staff, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and computer rentals. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include an elevator (lift). This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms. 50 guestrooms at Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre feature safes and windows that open. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Televisions have satellite channels. Also included are blackout drapes/curtains and welcome amenities. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls.

Recommended restaurants in Paris

Les Diables au Thym

Les Diables au Thym (literally Thyme Devils), is in the Lafayette district of Paris. The atmosphere is that of a modern bistro. The head chef Eric Lassauce is passionate about creative cuisine using local produce. There is duck foie gras cooked in a terrine, turnip purée, vension steaks with red cabbage purée and chesnuts.

Hacienda del Sol

Located in the Montparnasse area of Paris in the 6th arrondissement, the Hacienda del Sol restaurant is a warm and welcoming establishment. The restaurant serves great Mexican food, which is full of flavour and colour. Discover the extensive menu of delicious Mexican food with dishes specific to each region. The menu is changed regularly and includes many new and innovative dishes such as the Nopale salad (cactus salad, grappe tomatoes, onion and coriander), prawn quesadillas (small pancakes filled with garlic, tomatoes and a creamy cucumber and chilli sauce) or the Cochinita Pibil (pork marinated in orange served with red onions and avocado). Enjoy new versions of traditional recipes all at more than affordable prices


The first Parisian venture of the world renowned Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Market is centrally located and was designed by the minimalist interior designer Christian Liaigre. He prefers to use basic materials such as wood and stone giving the venue an earthy feel. Huge bay windows open out into an interior courtyard, and ethnic masks and other objects from Africa and Polynesia decorate the interior. There is a raw bar in the restaurant serving oysters, fish carpaccios and other uncooked delicacies. The banquettes in beige leather surround beautifully laid tables. The terrace is delightful for both lunch and dinner and VIPs are attracted by the chef's table hidden near the kitchens. The young chef Wim Van Gorp has already spent several years training with Jean-Georges in New York and is now at the height of his career. The food is a fusion of French, Italian and Asian producing mouth-watering and beautifully presented dishes.


In this pleasant and authentic restaurant, you will find a rare speciality of Japanese cuisine prepared in the most traditional style - Unagi (grilled eel). Carefully handed down from one generation to another, this eel recipe is the basis of very intriguing and delicious tasteful variations. After the expert preparation, the eel is server tender, grilled and almost caramelised. Before tasting it, it is suggested that one sprinkles the dish with a special spice called sanshô, which is very aromatic and resembles lemon grass. The chef who has created these dishes was trained in Japan by the founder of Nodaiwa, whose trio of restaurants in Tokyo have been considered as the greatest stars of Japanese cuisine for five generations since the Edo period.

Charbon Rouge

Situated close to the Champs Elysees and the Place de L'Etoile, Le Charbon Rouge specialises in meat cooked on the wood fire grill and is a spacious and elegant dining room.

The restaurant serves the very finest meat such as Hereford beef and Black Angus from Argentina and the USA, and Charolais from France as well as the amazing Wagyu beef from Japan all accompanied by the finest wines from around the world.

The dining room is huge, decked out in a contemporary style, yet is elegant at the same time. Owners Fernando and Julien are passionate about the meat and wine served and believes that there is no "best meat or wine in the world" - each country has its own unique meat and unique wine.

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