Paris Tourist Guide

Paris Tourist Guide - Destination Overview

Paris Tourist Guide

Paris is the ultimate cosmopolitan capital, and is a city like no other. Popularly known as The City of Lights, it is much more than that! Home to historical and cultural wonders like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral and the hub of fashion haute coutre, it has something for everyone, throughout the year.

Located in the Northern part of the country on the River Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. The heart of Europe, it throbs its way into people's inner sanctums, romancing them, making them love it. Paris (Pah-Ree to the locals) makes you indulge, fulfilling your desires and stimulating your senses. Paris is a city that never sleeps, and is a stunning contrast of decadence and vitality, of old-world charm and avant-garde restlessness. From vibrant gay and lesbian outbursts to avant garde theatre, Paris has it all - a dream destination which has to be visited at least once in a lifetime!

Places to See in Paris

From a reflection of Paris the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre and Ile de la Cite to Champs Elysees, the widest street in Paris that stretches from Place d'Etoile to Place de la Concorde, Paris, in totality is a dream come true!

The Louvre is the world's largest and most diverse collection of pre-20th century painting and sculpture: most prized being the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Connoisseurs of architecture and those who have read the Da Vinci Code, cannot miss out on Notre Dame Cathedral with its dramatic towers, spire, stained glass and statuary. The Musee d'Orsay is the bridge between classical and modern art and houses impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Visit the Sorbonne University, one of Europe's oldest universities (established in 1257).

Besides these, visit the celebrated Pere Lachaise Cemetery, where Molière, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Richard Wright and Jim Morrison are buried. Paris offers various sights and attractions, and you can choose what you want to see, but a ride down the Siene River offers one of the best sights of Paris, up close and personal. Don't miss out on this for the world.

Also a must see in Paris should be a visit to the beautifully glorious and world-renowned castles, including Chateau de Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau, and Chateau de Malmaison.

Shopping in Paris

 Paris is a shopping mecca. Parisians are famous for their sense of fashion. One can find all types of stores from haute-couture to the flea market and everything in between. No matter where you are, streets are usually filled with stores in which you can always find nice clothing, handbags, shoes, scarves, and accessories.

The price you see is the price you pay. Normally, taxes are included in the prices of clothing or other goods in France.

Eating in Paris

 The brassieres, cafes, roadside restaurants and high end restaurants make Paris a food lover's paradise. Whether a simple snack or a heavy course meal, Paris has some delightful surprises on offer. Home to international chefs, Paris has a number of Michelin star gourmet restaurants serving delicacies like Foie Gras Ravioli, and Wild Breton Lobster. Visit the Le Grand Véfour at Rue de Beaujolais for a life changing experience not only because of the food but the ambience as well.

Barring these high end places, Paris offers equally delightful and sensuous food like Basil Palmiers and Brandade Canapes to Beef Bourguignon, Sauerkraut, Sea Pream, and Pepper Steak, to an excellent range of desserts like Creme Caramel, Blueberry Mousse, Chocolate Torte with Blueberry Wine, Cinnamon Espresso Crème Sablesand various crepes. Some of the popular roadside restaurants are Chartier, La Table du Marquis, Au Duc de Montmorency, Le Bistrot d'Andre, and Chez Stella.

Fast Facts Paris

Main Languages Paris
: French is the official language. A marginal amount of English is also spoken.

When to Go Paris
: Paris has a different charm for all seasons. It really depends on your taste and budget when you want to visit Paris. Springtime in Paris is colourful and poetic with vibrant landscape and highly pepped local culture evident in the café culture that inhabits the city. Summer in Paris is festival time, with many open air events peppered across the city and there is a general carefree nonchalant atmosphere that reigns. Winter months are beautiful with festivities and happiness in the air, a sort of surreal magic prevails and is most romantic at this time of the year.

Local Transport Paris
: Commuter express trains (RER) are the most popular mode of transport in Paris. Buses and cabs are other options. You can even take a ride down River Siene to get to one place from another. However, this can burn a hole in your pocket. Metro is also a convenient choice for any commuter in Paris.

Phone code Paris : +31

Currency Paris : Euro. 1 Euro (€) is 69.72 Indian Rupees (INR)

Time Zone Paris : Paris follows European Standard Time, which is GMT + 1 hour, and GMT + 2 hours during daylight savings.

Traveller Tips Paris

 To save money, when you buy your metro ticket ask for "Un Carnet" - a bundle of 10 tickets instead of one. There is also a Paris Visite Pass which you can purchase online and have it handy as soon as you get to Paris. Paris Metro Pass gives you access to public transportation such as the metro, buses, and RER. It is divided into 2 different zones and available for 1, 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days.