The City of Lights is one of the best places in Europe for a romantic weekend getaway, but it’s no stranger to backpackers. Paris is overflowing with museums, galleries and historical monuments to explore. It’s also the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes.
Thanks to its reputation in the backpacker community, there are all kinds of cheap hostels in Paris to choose from. You can expect the usual benefits like free internet and breakfast, but some of the best hostels in Paris give you the option of relaxing on a waterfront terrace with a cold drink in hand.
Most Paris youth hostels are north of the river, but you won’t struggle to find cheap accommodation in the South either. Regardless of where you stay, there are shared dorms and private rooms, plus friendly hostel staff who can tell you all about the best spots normally reserved for locals.
With 20 different areas, also known as arrondissements, to choose from, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by size of Paris. The neighbourhoods are numbered in a spiral, starting in the city centre and working their way out until you reach the 20th arrondissement in the East.
The Marais is right in the city centre on the banks of the river Seine, perfect for strolling through the city streets in search of hidden treasures. The hilltop neighbourhood of Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement is full off cobblestone streets and plazas, while the Latin Quarter has more of a bohemian feel, thanks to the abundance of students, cool nightlife spots and ethnic restaurants.Check out our guide on where to stay in Paris for a full rundown of the best areas.
Deciding what to see in Paris can be tricky, especially when you have to choose between so many world-renowned landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Or if you prefer to let your inner child run free, how about a day trip to Disneyland Paris?
Paris also has some world-class shopping to enjoy. Take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées in search of luxury fashion boutiques and quaint cafes, or check out the more up-and-coming parts of Paris where you can browse the artisan shops of Rue de Charonne and Canal Saint Martin.
You'll never cover it all in one trip, but make time to visit one of these amazing vegan restaurants in Paris in between all the sightseeing.
Getting from Charles de Gaulle airport to the city centre is easy with the shuttle bus that runs throughout the day. If you’re taking the Eurostar, you’ll arrive at Gare Du Nord, which is puts you within walking distance of cheap Paris hostels, plus the Metro if you’re staying further out.
As for getting around town, the Metro is an affordable option, with tickets starting from just €1.90 for a single trip. If you’re staying for a week or more, consider purchasing a Navigo pass. The bus is another cheap option for getting around Paris that lets you take in more of the sights, or if you want a more unique take on Paris, the Batobus lets you take in the city from the river Seine.