Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or hoping to explore one of Europe's most popular destinations, Paris offers the best of both worlds. Explore the city's maze of fascinating historical sights - lose yourself in the world-famous Louvre, see the splendour of Versailles, and make your mark at the Moulin Rouge. After an evening stroll along the Seine, set your sights on Paris's Left Bank, where dining and entertainment options reach their peak.
Paris is an alluring destination for a city break. From its chic shops and fashionable cafes, to its famous museums and iconic sights, there’s plenty to take you beyond a short weekend break. If you haven’t already done it, climbing the Eiffel Tower is on most people’s must-do lists. Go at night, when it’s less-crowded, and you’ll see sweeping views of illuminated Paris. For something a bit more low key, wander streets around Place de la Bastille to discover the areas wonderful bakeries and cafés. We recommend Boulangerie Bazin with its award-winning breads and pastries.
Art lovers flock to The Louvre Museum for its huge art collection that includes the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Housed in the former historic palace it’s an impressive sight on the outside too. And, you can wander around gorgeous landscaped Tuileries Gardens, next door. There’s another opportunity to see great works of art within the gardens, as you’ll find Claude Monet's large water lily paintings in the Musée de l'Orangerie.
A Paris city break wouldn’t be complete without a spot of shopping. While in town, take a walk up one of the world’s most famous streets, the Champs-Elysees. If you’ve saved on a cheap Paris hotel you might like to spend big in the flagship fashion shops here including renowned brands like Louis Vuitton. For a different shopping experience, head to the cobblestone streets in Le Marais, where you can rummage for vintage fashion and browse independent boutiques.
If you’re the sort of person who likes to make shopping an experience why not soak up the atmosphere of Paris’ markets. Foodies will love the bountiful fresh food goodness on offer at Marché Bastille which takes place on the Boulevard Richard Lenoir twice a week. Slightly off the beaten track is Les Puces de Montreuil where you can rifle through stalls of vintage clothes, toys and antiques. You could even practise your French to help bag yourself a bargain.
For a big night out you’ll find classy nightclubs in the Champs Elysees area. Meanwhile, hipsters will feel at home in the trendy bars of Bastille including Le Motel where DJs pump out electro-pop-rock to a cocktail-sipping crowd. For a traditional Paris wine bar experience head to Le Baron Bouge, where you can sip quality wine and nibble delicious cheese and charcuterie. Choose from our great selection of luxury and cheap hotels throughout Paris to create your dream city break.
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