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%



    I got stuck in Paris while waiting for my interrail pass to arrive, but it wasn't really a problem because there is so much to do here. A lot of the famous sights are free if you're from Europe and under 26, even things like Versailles and the Louvre. I couldn't get the hang of the metro, and it gets expensive quickly if you use it often. Luckily most of the sights are close together - except the eiffel tower and Versailles. I didn't go out so I don't know about the nightlife.

    Insider Tip:If you're under 26 and part of the EU, you don't actually need a ticket for the louvre or versailles. You can just show your ID and get in. If you're using the metro, buy a book of tickets. And if all else fails, just go to a park; there are a lot of them and they're almost all beautifully done. Oh and Shakespeare and Company has a library, where you can sit and read if it all gets a bit hectic. :)

  • 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.

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