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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.

Tourist favorites in Paris

Musée Rodin

The Musée Rodin, opened in 1919, is dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and is one of the most visited museums in Paris. It has two sites, at the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris, and just outside Paris at Rodin's old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine). The collection includes 6.600 sculptures, 8.000 drawings, 8.000 old photographs and 7.000 objets d’art. The museum receives 700,000 visitors annually.
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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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Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, an impressive Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum is home to many sculptures and impressionist paintings and holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Formed from the national collections and opened to the public in 1986, the gallery is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. Place de la Concord is the most monumental square in Paris located just about 0.4 miles away from the d'Orsay museum.
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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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Great hotels in Paris

HĂ´tel Pavillon RĂ©publique Les Halles

Location. HĂ´tel Pavillon RĂ©publique Les Halles is located in Paris's 10th Arrondissement neighborhood, close to Porte Saint-Martin, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Louvre Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Arc de Triomphe and Picasso Museum. Hotel Features. HĂ´tel Pavillon RĂ©publique Les Halles features laundry facilities, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and concierge services. Additional property amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, an elevator (lift), and a safe deposit box at the front desk. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Guestrooms. 58 guestrooms at HĂ´tel Pavillon RĂ©publique Les Halles feature hair dryers. Bathrooms feature showers with handheld showerheads. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Televisions have satellite channels and pay movies. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request irons/ironing boards.

Prince Albert Lyon Bercy

Location. Prince Albert Lyon Bercy is located in Paris's 12th Arrondissement 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 (surcharges apply). Prince Albert Lyon Bercy features multilingual staff, tour/ticket assistance, and express check-in. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. Additional property amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, an elevator (lift), and a safe deposit box at the front desk. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms. 38 air-conditioned guestrooms at Prince Albert Lyon Bercy feature safes and complimentary newspapers. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer phones. Televisions have satellite channels. Guests may request extra towels/bedding.

Castex Hotel

Castex Hotel Paris enjoys a perfect location right in the middle of the Marais district. The hotel is close to the Opera Bastille, 'Place des Vosges', the Carnavalet museum and the Picasso museum. The style of the Castex Hotel creates the look and feel of Paris in ancient times. The 17th century interior can be seen in the room decorations, and in the Louis XIII furniture. All of this is in perfect match with the traditional look of the Marais, bringing back memories of past times. Castex Hotel Paris offers 30 rooms and they are all equipped with  modern amenities such as cable television, air-conditioning and double-glazed windows to keep the street noise out. The comfortable rooms are the perfect mix of antique and modern design.

Hotel Banke

Located in the 9th arrondissement, in the Opera area, Hotel Banke Paris is right in the heart of the Grands Boulevards quarter, a stone’s throw away from 'Place Vendôme' and ten minutes from the Louvre Museum. This hotel is the ideal place to enjoy the City of Light as it is a luxury, designer hotel in the centre of Paris offering 5-star services. Located in one of the most commercial and luxurious parts of Paris, on 'Rue La Fayette' near 'Boulevard Haussmann', the hotel is a new concept in the Paris hotel industry. Restored with contemporary decor, a sophisticated atmosphere and a private art collection, Hotel Banke Paris, opened in April 2009, occupies a classic Parisian building designed by architects Paul Friesse and Cassien Bernard in Eiffel style. The hotel has its own art collection which is now a trade mark of all hotels from the Derby Hotels Collection. On the first floor of the hotel the original architectural elements, such as the moldings, the height of the ceiling and the parquet flooring, have all been enhanced, bringing the Haussmann style into the 21st century. The Banke Hotel offers 94 rooms to get away from the hubbub of Paris and rediscover the exquisite tranquility of luxury in this spectacular hotel. The 20 singles, 27 doubles, 20 executives, 9 deluxe rooms and 18 suites of up to 60 m², have a décor that simply exudes refinement with cream and chocolate tones, purple curtains, parquet flooring, plaited leather rugs, damask leather headboards and designer furniture. Comfort is guaranteed in all rooms thanks to the quality of the fine materials. In the bathrooms the most beautiful marbles are used, some lined with silver-plated mosaics.

Novotel Paris Les Halles

Location. Located in central Paris, Novotel Paris Les Halles is a business-friendly hotel within walking distance of Forum des Halles and Museum Georges Pompidou. Additional points of interest include Palais de Justice and Hotel de Ville. Hotel Features. Novotel Paris Les Halles's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. This 4-star property offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and audiovisual equipment. This Paris property has event space consisting of a conference center, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a terrace, multilingual staff, and currency exchange. The property has designated areas for smoking. Guestrooms. 285 guestrooms at Novotel Paris Les Halles feature laptop-compatible safes and coffee/tea makers. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to complimentary newspapers and safes, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones with voice mail. Televisions have satellite channels and pay movies. Rooms also include welcome amenities. Guests may request irons/ironing boards, hypo-allergenic bedding, and extra towels/bedding. Housekeeping is available daily. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

Top eats in Paris

Passy Mandarin - 16eme

This great Asian restaurant opened its doors in 1976 in the most select area of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Enjoy a Far Eastern style menu in a beautiful dining room complete with carved wood, lovely paintings, sumptuous silks and lavishly dressed tables. Indulge in dishes such as shrimp rolls with mango, shark fin soup, crab ravioli, huge prawns, fillet of beef, pork spare ribs with laurel flowers, young pigeon sautéed with vegetables or Peking duck. A tasty Beignet of flambéed coconut ice cream, freshly steamed egg gateaux, coconut delights or Thai flan with coconut milk all feature on the dessert list.


Open until late every day, the Le R'Yves restaurant, bar and lounge is a cleverly designed Parisian restaurant, inspired by the style of the 1970's.

Leather seating, golden toned alcoves and a light panelled bar area complete the space in which the ambience is warm and relaxing. Head Chef Didier Petin is at the helm of the kitchen and presents a creative menu featuring simple yet sophisticated cuisine.

With 20 years of experience under his belt in well known restaurants such as La Fontaine Gaillon or Le Doyen á Paris, Petin takes inspiration from the cuisine of Asia and the Caribbean in his dishes, often using exotic spices and produce. Tuck into dishes such as tomato chutney with grilled olive oil bread; fillet of red mullet with aubergine crumble; chicken tandoori curry with cardamom infused rice and Black Angus entrecote steak. Desserts include roasted pineapple; rum juice and coriander cake and the unforgettable Jivara millefeuille. After dinner head to the lounge bar where you can chill out to the music and enjoy a drink or two.

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.

Les Truffes Folies

The Les Truffes Folies restaurants is a warm and inviting space and can be found in Paris' 7th arrondissement, just steps away from the Invalides L'Esplanade. As the name suggests, the restaurant specialises in the truffle, all of which have been chosen with care and passion. Indulge in dishes such as vegetable terrine with tomato and truffle concasse; black truffle omelette with crispy rocket or Lyon sausage with truffles and pistachios. The “Black Diamond” is omnipresent and even features on the dessert menu in dishes such as crème brulée with truffles or Quemada of Panna Cotta with truffles.


The Chaumette is a traditional French bistro near the New York Avenue in the 16th district of Paris. Photos of old bistros as well as modern art and antique style mirrors adorn the walls give the Chaumette a real atmosphere of an old fashioned Parisian bistro. The cuisine is flavoursome and copious, using fresh vegetables, meat and fish to create high quality traditional French dishes. Try a real French hotpot or some wild boar. The dessert menu is also varied and unavoidable tempting and the varied selection of wines may tempt you into trying something new.

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