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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

Novotel Paris Gare Montparnasse

Location. Novotel Paris Gare Montparnasse is a business-friendly hotel located in Paris's 15th Arrondissement neighborhood, close to Tour Montparnasse, Luxembourg Palace, and Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Additional points of interest include Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Novotel Paris Gare Montparnasse include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the dining room (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 4-star property offers a meeting/conference room, a technology helpdesk, and technology support staff. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. Business services, concierge services, and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a terrace, multilingual staff, and express check-in. This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms. 199 air-conditioned guestrooms at Novotel Paris Gare Montparnasse feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Accommodations offer city views. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to complimentary newspapers and safes, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Flat-panel televisions have premium satellite channels, TV Internet access (surcharge), and pay movies. Rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls.

Hotel RĂ©sidence La Concorde

Location. Hotel RĂ©sidence La Concorde is located in Paris's 1st Arrondissement neighborhood, close to Jeu de Paume Museum, Louvre Museum, and Place de la Concorde. Nearby points of interest also include Orsay Museum and Paris Opera. Hotel Features. This 3-star property has a business center. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, tour/ticket assistance, and express check-in. Guestrooms. 25 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel RĂ©sidence La Concorde feature safes and complimentary newspapers. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Flat-panel televisions have satellite channels. Guests may request irons/ironing boards. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Best Western Hotel Faubourg Saint-Martin

Located on a small and peaceful street, just steps from Gare de l'Est and Gare du Nord, the Best Western Hotel Faubourg Saint-Martin is an ideal base for reaching the Grande Boulevards and the Halles shopping mall. Freshly renovated and refurbished, this Paris hotel is now trendy, urban, and will make you feel at home. Start your day with a bio and healthy breakfast buffet in the stone vaulted ceiling breakfast room. Ready to go out? You are in the right place for theatres, jazz-Soul & World Music (New morning), discount retail shops, old fashion Parisian brasseries and much more. The atmosphere of the typically Parisian distric is very cosmopolitan, with theatres, cinemas, shops, clothes wholesalers contributing to make it a lively commercial and cultural area. Easy to reach thanks to metro lines 4, 8 and 9 (the Strasbourg-Saint-Denis metro stop and Velib Station are just a 2-minute walking distance), this hotel has everything you might need for a perfect stay in Paris, including free wireless Internet access.

HĂ´tel des Halles

If you need to stay in the heart of the French capital, Hotel Résidence des Halles provides cosy accommodations in downtown Paris. Ideal mix between serviced apartments and a city accommodation, this 3 star hotel lies next to Châtelet-Les Halles, in Paris' most central arrondissement, close to the river Seine, Notre-Dame and the Louvres museum. The multilingual staff at Hotel Résidence des Halles welcomes you for a thrilling stay in the City of Light. The reception is open 24 hours a day and provides guests with a variety of tourist info brochures. In addition the breakfast room may be booked for meeting purposes, accommodating up to 15 people. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests may relax and have fun at the hotel's lounge bar. The numerous public transportation facilities outside the hotel will allow you to reach all major attractions in Paris very quickly. Even Eurodisney is only 25 minutes away from here. Restaurants, pubs, a theatre and a large shopping centre are all within walking distance.

Pavillon Saint-Louis Bastille

The hotel Pavillon Saint-Louis Bastille is situated in the heart of historical Paris, between the Place de la Bastille and the Gare de Lyon and within walking distance from the famous Place des Vosges and Marais district. A welcoming atmosphere invites guests to enjoy a pleasant stay, in a typical Parisian ambience. On-site facilities include a cosy bar and 2 fully equipped meeting rooms.

Top eats in Paris

Chez la Mère Catherine

One of Paris' most historic restaurants, founded in 1793 by Catherine Lemoine, the decor of Chez la Mere Catherine respects its past, retaining features such as traditional antiques, chairs and a bar. Spread throughout large rustic rooms, this is the original 'bistro' overlooking the city, with a peaceful garden and a blooming flowery terrace for wonderful summer dining. Although the menu has certainly changed over the years to meet the wishes of the clientele, the changes are not so radical as to stray from the typical cuisine of France. Offerings on the menu include Honey Confit of Suckling Pig, Ginger Grilled Frog's Legs and Seabream with Mango Coulis, amongst other delights. Entertaining you with performances of yesteryear, cabaret singers put on a show every night, whilst you enjoy your dinner in the romantic atmosphere of the village of Montmarte.


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.

Bouillon Racine

The famous Bouillon Racine is in the district of the celebrated Parisian university of the Sorbonne. This splendid brasserie was created in the art nouveau style by the Chartier brothers in 1906. The building itself is a listed building and the interior has been painstakingly renovated to its former splendour. The menu is a mixture of modern and traditional French with specialities such as stuffed milk pig, the original Café Liégeois or the crème brûlée flavoured with maple syrup. The Bouillon Racine takes you on a wonderful journey through time back to the Paris of the 1900s.

Le Reminet

Found just behind the Montebello quay which looks out over the L'Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame, Le Reminet is a charming bistro, attracting both tourists and a regular resident clientele.

This authentic and charming restaurant fits in perfectly with this historic quarter of Paris and offers a gastronomic menu where dishes are a true work of art.

Chef Eric Ponchet has created a superb menu full of the freshest seasonal ingredients, always of a first class quality and prepared with passion. Le Reminet also boasts a fabulous wine cellar that will please all wine lovers.

Cafe Prunier

This new contemporary culinary showcase can be found in the prestigious Place de la Madeleine in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Opened by Jacques Grange, the ambience is a refined one and food gourmets everywhere will be impressed by the beautifully presented dishes.

Try the famous Balik salmon, a recipe of 25 stages that dates back to imperial Russia over 150 years ago. Other dishes include crab, oysters and fresh caviar. The menu really does offer the ultimate in small pleasures.

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