Paris at a glance
“The City of Lights”, Paris is a timeless city offering some of the best sightseeing, art, culture and dining experiences in Europe with a distinctive 'je ne sais quoi' allure that continues to makes it one of the most visited city break destinations in the world.
With humble beginnings as a tiny fishing village, Paris has stood witness to conquering Romans, a flourishing Renaissance and Enlightenment, a devastating revolution and La Belle Époque (the beautiful age).
Growing up and out, Paris has become one of the largest cities in Europe with twenty distinct districts, known as arrondissements.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Stunning architecture
- Iconic sights
- Indulgent cuisine
- A bustling city break
Given the sweeping size of the city, the quickest way to get around is via the vast Métro system (on a par with the London underground). However, as many of the main tourist attractions are located in the central arrondissements, it’s easy to stroll between sights whilst stopping to enjoy a little pavement café culture.
Known as the Capital of Fashion, Paris is a cosmopolitan mecca for designer boutiques and retail therapy with a luxury twist. Try the Haussmann-Saint-Lazare-Opéra district for luxury brand department stores, including the famous Galeries Lafayette.
Dining in Paris
A truly cosmopolitan capital, Paris is a diverse and eclectic culinary mecca, offering an international smorgasbord of dining options ranging from sushi to tacos to Vietnamese noodles.
It goes without saying the city also abounds with bistros, patisseries and Michelin star eateries for those, perfect for those seeking a taste of Paris’ famed cuisine.
Must-try local dishes
- Bistro fare - soupe à l’oignonne, steak tartare, croque-monseiur and duck confit
- Unmissable French sweet treats: crème brulée, iles flottantes, macaroons at one of Ladurée’s tearooms and mille feuille pastries at La Maison Angelina
Osprey top tips
Heading up the Eiffel Tower is tempting for city views, however we recommend going to Terrasse du Printemps Haussmann for sweeping views of Paris. The department store is located in Boulevard Haussmann at the 9th arrondissement, with the free rooftop terrace open between 9:35am-8pm, it is less crowded and you won't be disappointed!
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Paris designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Paris hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 2,243,833 Languages French Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
(monthly highs °C)
- Interesting facts
Pick up a picnic to enjoy in the Jardin du Luxembourg - follow your nose to the treats at the patisserie Gérard Mulot nearby!
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Charles de Gaulle 23 km Orly 18 km
- Railway stations
Austerlitz Saint-Lazare Lyon and Nord Station