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City breaks in Paris

Go on, add a bit more pink to your life. 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. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or hoping to explore one of Europe's most popular destinations, Paris on a city break is the perfect destination.

Fascinating facts about Paris

  • The city's most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower, was only ever meant to be temporary. Built for the 1889 World Fair, it was intended to stand for just 20 years.
  • The city is home to its own Statue of Liberty. Placed at Île aux Cygnes in the Seine, it faces west towards New York and signifies friendship between the US and France.
  • As one of the world's most romantic places to holiday (and to propose) Paris has deservedly earned it's nickname, The City of Love.
  • Paris and Rome each consider only themselves as peers, thanks to the saying, "Only Paris is worthy of Rome and only Rome is worthy of Paris".

Explore the historical sights

  • Lose yourself in the world famous Louvre

  • Climbing the Eiffel Tower is a must on everyone's to-do list

  • See the splendour of Versailles

  • 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.

Things to do for families

The underground man made tunnels of the Catacombs are ideal for families with older children, especially those who are studying WWII. The 170 miles of tunnels were quarried two millennia ago and then used as a place to lay the remains of six million Parisiennes over the following centuries. Later they were used by both the Nazis and the Resistance in the Second World War.

Those with younger childrenshould head to the Jardin du Luxembourg, especially on a sunny day. The beautiful gardens of Luxembourg Palace are home to sandpits, playgrounds, a puppet theatre and a carousel. If you're visiting the city in summer you can also lie on the beach that's created on the banks of the Seine each year. A swimming pool offers safe swimming whilst water sports such as kayaking are popular here too. Families should also consider day trips out of the city to either Disneyland Paris or the Palace of Versaille.

Arty Paris

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.
 

Shopping

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.
 

Markets

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.
 

Paris by night

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. 

Go at night to the Eiffel Tower 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.

How to spend a weekend in Paris