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City break in Paris

Stroll along the Seine, enjoy a coffee in a secluded café or climb the Eiffel Tower. Paris is a city for lovers - lovers of art, lovers of culture and lovers of fine dining! Whether you want to see all the sights or just soak up the atmosphere, there's so much to discover in this bustling French metropolis.

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The 20 districts (so-called arrondissements) in Paris are arranged in a spiral shape fanning out from the centre of the city. Arrondissements 1 to 11 are most popular with tourists and for sightseeing.

If you’re looking forward to exploring the historic city centre or seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre on your city break in Paris, then the 1st arrondissement is the place for you. Here, you can find the following interesting sights:

  • The Île de la Cité, a famous island on the Seine
  • Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge
  • The Palais Royal, a former city palace
  • The Jardin des Tuileries
  • Rue de Rivoli shopping street
  • The Comédie Française theatre

The 3rd arrondissement is a lively hotspot for bars and restaurants which are buzzing day and night. The vibrant market, Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, is also very popular as are the numerous art galleries on Rue Sainte Anastase and the Picasso Museum.

If it’s romance you’re after, make sure to plan a trip to the 18th arrondissement. The picturesque artists’ quarter of Montmartre is perfect for a relaxed stroll of an afternoon and the views from Sacré Coeur are stunning on a clear day.

It’s just as gorgeous in the 20th arrondissement! It’s a fantastic spot for a weekend excursion and offers majestic views of the city from Parc de Belleville. Sunset in the park is magical. Many tourists also visit the Père Lachaise cemetery, where Jim Morrisson, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde are buried.

Our tip for art lovers: Head to Espace Dali in Montmartre where you can find a permanent exhibition bursting with countless works by Salvador Dali.

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Top Events in Paris

Paris never sleeps and neither does its bustling social calendar. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Paris Fashion Week in Spring with the presentations of the collections from classic fashion houses like Chanel or Dior
  • The Heures Heureuses - numerous restaurants across the city open their doors for a tasting tour
  • The Festival des Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés with countless national and international artists
  • The legendary Fête de la Musique on 21. Juni - the bright, rhythmic start to the Summer
  • The Tour de France final leg in July, which travels down the magnificent Champs-Élysées
  • The European Night of Museums in May where many Parisian museums open their doors free of charge
  • The Rock en Seine in August with a variety of concerts in Parc de Saint-Cloud

Sightseeing in Paris

If you want to have lots of flexibility while sightseeing around Paris and not waste money on endless individual transport tickets, it’s worth buying a PARIS VISITE tourist ticket. You can buy a ticket for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days either for zones 1-3 or zones 1-5 and then you’re free to use all forms of public transport in those zones.

There are also other practical tourist tickets and passes which are useful for sightseeing in the city, like the Paris Museum Pass. This gets you entry to over 50 monuments and museums including the Louvre, the Rodin Museum, Sainte-Chapelle and the Arc de Triomphe.

The Paris Passlib is just as useful. This bundle combines certain tourist tickets and passes and gives you everything you need to explore Paris including:

  • Entry to the most significant museums and monuments
  • Unlimited travel on public transport in zones 1-3
  • Free city map and guide
Eating and Drinking in Paris
Eating and Drinking in Paris

Paris has an incredibly diverse culinary scene. There is a plethora of gourmet restaurants scattered all over the city. Here are two insider tips:

The Bouillon Chartier - This spot has all the charm of a typical Parisian bistro. It’s great for grabbing some delicious morsels at lunchtime and is good value for money by Parisian standards. Address: Rue de Faubourg, Montmartre 7, 75009 Paris.

Le Coude Fou - This is one of the last traditional wine bars in Paris and has a staggering selection of excellent wines and small bites. Address: Rue du Bourg, Tibourg 12, 75004 Paris.

Transport in Paris
Transport in Paris

If you’re heading to Paris for a city break, you have an incredible 160+ museums, 100+ theatres and 10,000+ restaurants just waiting for you to explore.

The Parisian transport network is a quick way to hit all of the sights on your list. There are 14 metro lines and around 300 stations in total.

Trains start running from 05:30 and during the week they run until 01:15 (02:15 at the weekend and on public holidays). There are also 5 RER lines (regional express trains), over 350 bus routes, 42 night bus routes and 3 tram lines.

FAQs about city breaks in Paris

Why should I pick Paris for my next city break?

Paris is unparalleled when it comes to romance, fashion, art and culture. Combined with a rich history, divine gastronomic options and a diverse musical landscape, there’s something for everyone here.

How many days should I allow for my city break in Paris?

You’ll want to spend at least 2 days in Paris on your city break, and even five or six days to really explore the city.

What should I pack for my city break in Paris?

You shouldn’t need anything out of the ordinary for a trip to Paris but don’t forget the following:
  • A camera
  • Comfortable everyday clothes
  • A chic outfit for going out

How much does a city break in Paris cost?

With Travelcircus, you can find deals for your city break in Paris from as little as £32 per person including breakfast.

Where can I book my city break in Paris?

You can book your city break in Paris here with Travelcircus.

What are some must-sees for a city break in Paris?

Some of the most popular sights in Paris are:

How much does it cost to stay at a premium hotel in Paris?

You can book premium hotels in Paris from £32 per person including breakfast with Travelcircus.

When is the best time to travel to Paris for a city break?

The ideal time of year to travel to Paris is between March and October. In Winter, Paris can be cold and the days are shorter, but in Summer, you can expect temperatures of 19-30°C making it great for wandering along the banks of the Seine and exploring everything the city has to offer.