City Guide Paris, France

Visiting Paris

Regarded as the most romantic city in the world, Paris is definitely a wonderful place for couples to visit, although you don’t have to be travelling there with that ‘someone special’ to appreciate it. It is full of famous landmarks and museums, great places to eat and a host of buzzing bars and nightclubs. So even if you are going with some friends or on your own, you won't find it hard to fill your days.

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Paris Podcasts

Getting to know Montmartre

In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty travels to Montmartre, one of Paris' best-known neighbourhoods, to speak to Frederique Maitrehenry of Musée de Montmartre to find out what makes it so unique.

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Paris Videos

How to save money in Paris

How to save money buying tickets for public transport, when the main museums in Paris are free and more.

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Paris Pocket Guide

Paris Pocket Guide

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Paris City Reviews

  • 40%


    2 nights in Paris

    Paris was wonderful. The only real problem with scammers was in Montmartre where they actually grab at you where as near the Eiffle Tower they left you alone when you said no. Food was expensive but expected.

    Insider Tip:Remember to check opening times/days for attractions. So you don't end up walking an hour to the Louvre, in the pouring rain, to find out Tuesday is the only day its closed.

  • 80%


    Paris: The Classic Trip

    I had never been to Paris before, and as such I feel that like any large city, you cannot know it in a short time. My trip was punctuated by all the tourist hot spots. I imagine there are many layers to the Paris' culture, nightlife, and day-to-day living that I cannot begin to comment on. As for someone seeing the famous sights and enjoying some fine dining. I had a great time. It's a busy place, and there is so much to see.

    Insider Tip:The panhandlers and scammers were out in force more than anywhere else I have visited. The best tip is to shake your head and keep walking. Do not speak to them even to say "no thank you" they will take this as an invitation to try and get you to stop. a stiff shake of the head and walking away is the only thing that will get them to disengage without follow up.

  • 70%



    the best part of staying in Paris was going to the sights you've always seen on TV and holiday brochures. They are, however very spread out and the in-between parts are dirty and populous. Everything is expensive (apart from the metro, with which I was very impressed!) and there are sellers/beggars outside every shop window. To escape the bustle of the city, explore the river banks and parks as these offer a refuge for a weary traveler - Paris is beautiful in good weather but you'd be lucky!

    Insider Tip:The Shakespeare Company book shop is right opposite Notre Dame cathedral - it is a must see for any literary lover and hosts a myriad of novels and oddities.

  • 70%


    Fun part of town

    This is in close proximity to the party center for Paris. That being said it's not loud and disturbing at night, the rooms were very comfortable and even on the beautiful balcony you wouldn't notice the city sounds that much. Staff was truly great and open to questions. Very close to the cheap and easy metro which makes getting around no problem.

  • 90%


    Beautiful City

    Paris is a really beautiful city, you should definitely visit it if you love to travel. The metro system is great for getting places. There are parks everywhere and even just walking through the streets is fun because of how beautiful all of the architecture & streets are. The only negative thing about Paris in my opinion is that many many people here smoke, which really irritated my body when walking through certain areas. Other than that its one of my favorite places I've been to :)

    Insider Tip:Don't spend big on shuttle trips to Versailles ! You can take the RER train in the metro to Versailles for half the price of a lot of tour groups. Just ask the attendant at whichever Metro station you purchase tickets from (they all speak english). I also recommend getting a multi-day metro pass if you're staying in Paris for a few days or a week . Zones 1 - 3 for Paris, or get one for Zones 1 - 4 if you plan on seeing Versailles :)

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