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Insider Travel Guide to Paris

Beacon for architecture. Capital of haute couture. Epicentre of culinary excellence. Paris sits at the cutting edge of culture: for every world-renowned museum, big-name fashion house and Michelin-star restaurant, there’s a contemporary art gallery, an up-and-coming designer boutique and an innovative young restaurateur doing things very differently.

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Paris attractions and experiences

Newsflash: France’s capital is popular. Overcrowded tourist hotspots are still worth visiting if you’re smart about it, but there are some worthwhile alternatives. Take the Mona Lisa: it might be the most famous painting in the world, but the Louvre has 35,000 artworks worth seeing that aren’t blocked by selfie sticks. And while the Champs-Élysées is beautiful, these days it’s your standard high street – complete with a McDonald’s. Instead, try Rue de Marseille and the nearby Canal Saint-Martin, an area popular with young Parisians for its bars, boutiques and concept stores. Another lively, under-the-radar area is Porte de Clignancourt, with its large flea market and fantastic views of the Sacré-Cœur. Of course, there are some quintessentially Parisian experiences that’ll never get old: a stroll along the Seine, a trip up the Eiffel Tower (try a ‘stairs and lift’ ticket) and settling down with a bottle of wine and steak frites at one of the City of Love’s many brasseries.

Neighborhoods in Paris

FAQs About Paris

Budget-friendly restaurants in Paris include L’As du Fallafel, Trois Fois Plus de Piment, the Grilled Cheese Factory, Pizzeria Popolare and Ippudo Paris. See the full list here:

Budget Restaurants in Paris.

Must-see places for Paris include the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. But you can also squeeze in Montmartre and the Jardins des Plantes. See this guide to navigating the French capital:

How to Spend 48 Hours in Paris.

Stroll along the Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts, or go ballroom dancing on the waterfront at the Jardin Tino Rossi. See the full list here:

The Top Unusual Things to Do in Paris.

From Montmartre to Pigalle, Oberkampf and the Canal Saint-Martin, here is a full list:

The Best Neighbourhoods in Paris.

Try the Dragons Elysées, Guy Savoy, Zerda Café or Aspic Restaurant. See the full list:

The Best Restaurants in Paris.

For a night out on the town, go to Mama Shelter Rooftop Terrace, Point Ephémère, or the bar at the Terrass Hôtel. See a full list here:

The Best Rooftop Bars in Paris.