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

  • 90%



    Pretty expensive city but worth every penny. Paris is magical with a lot of things to do and to see. The Louvre, la Tour Eiffel... les macarons.. tout! However, be careful.. it isnt pretty safe so... watch out!

  • 80%


    Very touristy, pricey, and packed but must-see nevertheless.

    Paris is a whirlwind and hogepodge of different cuisines, music traditions, cultures and artistic elements. You'll see shwarma places all over. Cafes, brasseries, and small boulangeries/patisseries are literally on every single street with few exceptions. I loved the city for its ability to exploit its own stereotypes (think crepes, scarves, wine picnics, fashion) and yet offer me a modern French city full of diversity and problems. I'd go back at least once more.

    Insider Tip:Hit the petit grec (look it up on trip advisor) the portions are unfinishable and well-worth the wait in terms of packed flavour and quality of ingredients. These guys don't mess about. Also, if you're there a friday, sat, or sun (or stat. holiday) and 25 or under pick up a day pass for about 3 euros and change. Trust me. As per the eiffel tower, go later in the evening just before sun down and walk up the stairs (4 euros) you can come back down the elevator. It's a good workout and it's manageable.

  • 80%


    Paris is worthy

    I've been to countless cities in the U.S. and a few others internationally and I think Paris is the best of the bunch. There's so much to see and do, and there's beauty at every turn. It's a pretty clean city as well, and the Metro is easy. Don't be initimiated by the large train stations; people will help guide you. My favorites are the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. I absolutely love the cobblestone streets and alleys around St. Michel and Montmartre, and the city parks are excellent.

    Insider Tip:Try to plan at least 5 hours to tour the Louvre and make sure you get a map before going so you can plan your route. The best food opportunities are on the first floor.

  • 70%


    Amazing history

    The city of Paris is awesome in terms of its historical attractions, however as a youngish woman, I constantly felt threatened on the streets with men always groping and making inappropriate comments.

  • 90%


    You'll fall in love with the city of love

    I loved Paris. The city is beautiful and there are lots of things to do (plenty free if you're a student!!). The metro is easy to figure out but it's also great to walk everywhere when the weather is good! The nightlife is good as well.

    Insider Tip:I took lots of walking tours to get to know the city and learn some more information about the city. It was a great decision! Make sure you hit up the Moulin Rouge neighborhood! Save money by buying lunch/dinners and eating in the parks (bread and wine are so cheap)!

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