Paris, the capital of France, is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities. Known as "The City of Light" (La Ville Lumière) as well as "The City of Love" (La Ville d'Amour), it welcomes millions of visitors every year, in reverence of its cityscape, culture and lifestyle. With museums housing impressive collections of artworks and sculptures, cathedrals and churches intricately designed, palaces lavishly decorated, hundreds of parks providing green spaces and tranquility, list of events that leave one wanting for more than 24 hours per day to fit everything in, and more importantly, the richness of the cuisine found in this metropolitan city and the most sumptuous feast that one can indulge in, Paris is a mistress after one's own heart.
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. -- Ernest Hemingway, American writer
Even Parisians dedicate their lives to be better acquainted with the city. From one arrondissement to the next, each with its own personality (in as much as its inhabitants), each proud of what their neighbourhood has to offer. From historical squares to major boulevards, from ancient temples to modern museums, the city remains dynamic while retaining what is beautiful from the past.
No stay in Paris will be complete without a visit and a picture of the Iron Lady. That is, the Eiffel Tower. The single most iconic structure that identifies Paris to the world, in 2009, the tower turned 120 years old and the occasion was celebrated all year long with special exhibitions, fireworks and contemporary lightshows.
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Paris is shaped like a snail and divided in 20 districts called arrondissements. The first district is in the middle of the snail. As you unroll the shell (in a clock-wise manner), you will go from the Louvre to the Marais, taking your time on the side of the River Seine which crosses Paris from east to west. Walk up the Champs-Élysées and enjoy the city seated at the terrasse of one of the famous cafés. In Montmartre, the painters and the Moulin Rouge offer another touch to a Parisian visit. Stroll around the narrow streets and appreciate the only vineyard in the capital.
Each of the Parisian arrondissements has their own attractions for the millions of visitors that travel in each year. The arrondissements are as follow:
Visitors to Paris may have also identify Parisian neighbourhoods differently from just those based on arrondissements, and here are the main and familiar names.
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River Seine separates Paris into two, the Right Bank (Rive Droite) to the north and the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) to the south. There are two natural islands in the Seine - the larger Île-de-la-Cité where the city was founded, and adjacent to it the smaller Île-Saint-Louis. There is also an artificial island Île-des-Cygnes to the west of the city, where a small replica of the Statue of Liberty stands, facing towards New York City.
The arrondissements of Paris is easily identified in postal codes, which begins with the département number 75. The postal code for the 1st arrondissement is 75001, the 2nd is 75002 and so forth, until the 20th with 75020. In the 16th, the northern part is 75116 while the southern part is 75016. Postal code that doesn't begin with 75 is not within Paris city boundary but refers to the suburban areas within Île-de-France] (This is of particular note when choosing budget accommodations - beware of places that claim to be in Paris but has non-75 postal codes).
Main article: [Sights and Attractions of Paris]
There are much to see and to visit in Paris. First time visitors tend to focus on the main sights, usually also the busiest given their popularity. Below is a list of the top 10 sights commonly featured in lists of favourites. For a more comprehensive listing and visiting tips/strategies, please refer to the main article of sights and attractions of Paris. For additional information and event listing, check the official [[http://www.parisinfo.com (< ERROR: the link title is too long!) website.
Part of the Axe Historique, the Arc de Triomphe was Napoleon's commemoration of his victory of Battle of Austerlitz. Today it offers a vantage viewpoint of Paris from the top of the triumphal arch while the tomb of the unknown soldier is located beneath the arch to honour the dead of World War I. The arch links to the Axe Historique on the east by way Champs-Élysées, running along to Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Palais du Louvre. (M: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, George V, Franklin D Roosevelt, Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau, Concorde).
The Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris is a beautiful and imposing Gothic cathedral that stands on Île-de-la-Cité. Although the hunchback did not actually live here, it was this tale by Victor Hugo that saved the cathedral from destruction and immortalising it in words. Taking nearly two hundred years to build, Notre Dame was completed in 1345. The cathedral was heavily damaged during the French Revolution but then was restored in the early 19th century. Since 2000, a major cleaning effort on the west façade of Notre Dame has been underway, removing centuries of filth mainly from massive industrial activity. This meticulous cleaning process is accomplished with the use of lasers and countless tiny brushes. Today Notre Dame is one of the most popular sights in Paris and of France. (M: Cité, St-Michel, RER: St-Michel-Notre-Dame).
The quirky "inside-out" Centre Georges Pompidou features modern art by great artists, among them are Matisse, Picasso, Miró and Pollock. The building was built in the manner such that the escalators, lifts, air and water ducts are all located to the exterior, and in return this allows the creation of a flexible exhibition space inside. At the piazza outside the museum there are often street performers plying their trade, contributing to the buzzing atmosphere in the area. (M: Rambuteau, Hôtel-de-Ville, Châtelet; RER: Châtelet-Les-Halles).
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The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, or just Champs-Élysées, is the most prestigious road in Paris. It is one of the most famous roads in the world and also one of the world most expensive ones regarding the renting and buying of real estate. The name is French for Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed dead in Greek mythology, and is sometiems voted as one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. The road is lined with luxury shops, restaurants, small cafés and other interesting places. The avenue is about 2 kilometres long and goes through the 8th arrondissement in the northwest of Paris, running from the Place de la Concorde in the east, with the Obelisk of Luxor, to the Place Charles de Gaulle in the west, the location of the Arc de Triomphe. The Champs-Élysées forms part of the Axe historique and since 1975 also is the traditional finish place of the last stage of the Tour de France.
The Cimetière de Père Lachaise is Paris' most prestigious cemetery where many celebrities are buried, such as Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. Set on a wooded hill that overlooks the city, fans of the celebrities flock to the cemetary to pay homage to their idols. For the curious travellers, this cemetary also showcases some rather unusual tomb "designs", from the sculpted bust of Balzac (over his grave of course) to the stone canopy over the graves of Pierre Abélard and Héloïse, to the art-deco winged sculpture for Oscar Wilde. (M: Père Lachaise, Alexandre Dumas).
Originally called Euro Disney resort, Disneyland Paris is the most popular tourist attraction in Paris. The theme park and Disney studios are situated in the Parisian suburbs in Marne-la-Vallée. The parks are packed with a wealth of fairground rides and attractions to suit all ages. Colourful parades take place throughout the day and night shows include fireworks, illuminations and music. Disney fans can meet and dine with their favourite characters, try out the rides or train to become a Jedi at the Jedi Training Academy. It is possible to stay at a Disney themed hotel or you can stay at one of the hotels in the area and get the shuttle into the park. Visiting Disneyland Paris is not cheap but it is magical. As Paris is so well connected, visitors can stay outside of the Disney area and simply spend the day at the resort. Trains run regularly to Marne-la-Vallée from across the city.
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La Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower) defines Paris. It is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Europe, if not the world. It is an iron structure built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition of that year in Paris. It is named after its designer, the famous engineer Gustave Eiffel. Standing at 324 metres tall (including the antenna), it was built by 300 workers who joined together 18,038 pieces of puddled iron (a very pure form of structural iron), using two and a half million rivets. It is still the highest building in Paris and one of the most visited (paid) buildings anywhere on planet earth. More than 243 million people have visited the iconic Eiffel Tower since its construction for the Exposition Universelle of 1889. (M: Trocadéro, Bir-Hakeim, École-Militaire; RER: Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel). You can climb up the tower and even enjoy a meal or a beverage at the onsite restaurant which has panaromic views of the City of Light. Night time visitors will be able to see Paris in all its glory as the illuminations bring the darkness to life.
Affectionately known as Luco by the locals, Jardin du Luxembourg is a green haven in the heart of a bustling city. There are numerous fountains and sculptures in the garden, and the French Senate is housed in the Palais du Luxembourg. It is the perfect place to sit with a book to read, or for picnics with friends, or simply for a family day out. In the summer months, really good ice cream carts are set up by the entrance, so pick a couple of flavours and enjoy the treat while strolling the garden. (M: Saint-Sulpice, Notre-Dame-des-Champs; RER: Luxembourg).
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Famous for its nightlife (the Moulin Rouge is right here!) and for being a gathering point of writers and artists, the quarter of Montmartre is nowadays very lively. Its uphill streets, its staircases and its unmistakable and welcoming cafés make this quarter a destination you can’t miss. The neighbourhood is charming, conveying the Bohemian romanticism of Paris. There is also a quaint vineyard in Montmartre. Atop the hill, the most interesting sight is Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (the Basilica of the Sacred Heart) built between 1875 and 1919. The Basilica is accessible through the Montmartre funicular. Caution should be taken at night around Pigalle and Blanche, which is the red light district of Paris. (M: Anvers, Pigalle, Blanche).
The Musée d'Orsay is best known for its amazing collection of masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (the largest in the world), the two arts movements that began and came to prominence in Paris. The works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh are all on exhibit here. Sculptures by Rodin, Gauguin, Cavelier and Claudel can also be found here. Other photographs and decorative arts from similar time span (late 19th century/early 20th century) are also present. The museum is housed in a former train station, the Gare d'Orsay, which is an impressive Beaux-Arts edifice, built in time for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. (M: Solférino, Assemblée Nationale; RER: Musée d'Orsay).
Musée du Louvre is one of the biggest and famous museums in the world. Housed in the historic Palais du Louvre, the museum was opened in 1793, making it one of the oldest museums in the world. Its exsquisite walls house an extensive collection which includes the most famous portrait ever created: Mona Lisa (La Joconde). But the Louvre is much more than just the Mona Lisa. Other notable exhibits include famous sculptures of the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the renowned Code of Hammurabi, and paintings of Delacroix (Liberty Leading the People), Vermeer (The Lacemaker, The Astronomer), da Vinci (Virgin and Child with St Anne, St John the Baptist), and Velázquez (Infanta Maria Margareta). Musée du Louvre draws millions of people each year. (M: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre).
The Panthéon, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, is the final resting place of France's notables and great heroes, including Voltaire, Rousseau and Zola. This Neo-Classical building was not intended to be a mausoleum, but to replace the damaged church of Sainte-Geneviève, patron saint of Paris. The interior of the building is simply breathtaking, and in the summer months visitors are also allowed to walk around the dome and take in the beautiful view before them that is Paris. (M: Maubert-Mutualité, Cardinal-Lemoine; RER: Luxembourg).
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Paris has more than a long list of sights and attractions to keep its residents and visitors occupied. Here are some of the activity options.
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Paris' climate is tempered by the North Atlantic Current, ensuring the city rarely experiences extreme temperatures. The average yearly high temperature is about 15 °C and yearly lows averaging around 7 °C. Summers last from June to August when average daytime temperatures are a pleasant 22 to 25 °C and nights are mostly around 15 °C. Winters from December to February are usually above zero during the day, though frost as night is common, especially in January. The record high for Paris was 40.4 °C, recorded in 1948. The record low was -23.9 °C, recorded in 1879. The city averages 641.6 mm of precipitation each year, with no specific season contributing more rain. Snowfall is rare, usually appearing in January or February and seldom sticking for longer than a day. May/June and September are good times for a visit, as the weather is great and you avoid the European holiday season, especially August when the entire population of France seems on the move.
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There are two major airports in Paris, Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Orly Airport (ORY). Charles De Gaulle is larger and concentrates on international traffic while Orly is more (but not wholly) domestic. A third option, Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA) is used by budget airlines, but is located quite some distance from Paris (85 kilometres).
One smaller airport that is often advertised as being close to Paris is the Paris Vatry Airport (Disney) (XCR) (Châlons Vatry Airport is the official name). Few airlines fly here, including Ryanair from Porto, Stockholm and Marseille.
Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) is approximately 25 kilometres from Paris, off to the northeast near the town of Roissy (which is why you will sometimes hear the airport referred to as Roissy). It's one of the busiest airports in Europe, and has hundreds of flights throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has 3 terminals. Terminal 2 is subdivided into 2A to 2G and 2F again is subdivided into 3 sectors (2F, 2F1 and 2F2). The airport is on both the RER B train line and the high speed TGV train line, making it easy to connect to Brussels and several other places in France, bypassing Paris.
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The RER B is the cheapest and fastest way to travel to Paris and while it is safe in general, care is required particularly for very early or very late rides. Try to avoid empty cars and stay in those with other travellers if possible, as the RER passes some unsavoury suburban neighbourhoods.
The CDGVAL is a light-rail shuttle that links the terminals, railway station and parking lots. Started on 4 April 2007, the CDGVAL links all the three terminals (except hall 2G). There is only a single station for Terminal 2, near the rail station, so the walk distance to the more distant halls 2A-2B is more than 500 metres (and both CDGVAL and bus are needed to reach 2G from Terminal 1).
Paris Orly Airport (ORY) is located southwest of Paris near the town of Orly. It is approximately 19 kilometres to Paris from Orly airport. Although having less flights and destinations compared to Charles de Gaulle Airport, there are still many flights throughout Europe and also to destinations further away, including quite some flights to northern and western Africa as well as to Mauritius and Réunion and other French overseas territories and departments.
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Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA) is often billed as a Paris airport and used by budget airlines, most notably Ryanair (Alghero, Alicante, Bari, Bologna, Bratislava, Cagliari, Dublin, Girona, Glasgow, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, Oslo, Pisa, Porto, Rome, Barcelona-Reus, Shannon, Stockholm, Trapani and Venice), but also Blue Air (Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca) and Wizzair (Bucharest, Gdansk, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Katowice, Prague, Sofia, Timisoara, Warsaw and Wroclaw). The airport is located roughly 85 kilometres out of Paris near the town of Beauvais.
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The French Railways operated by SNCF has an extensive network with frequent, fast and comfortable connections to almost any of the major towns and cities in France. From the hub Paris, the TGV (high speed trains) run east to Strasbourg, west to Nantes, and south to Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille at speeds of approximately 300 km/hour. The Corail Intercité and Corail Téoz both connect Paris to other main French cities not serviced by the TGV, but note that reservations are required for Corail Téoz. Corail Lunéa are night trains operating similar routes to the other Corail services. TER (train express regional) is slower, regional rail service that stops at almost all stations along its operating routes.
For youth/young adult travellers, iDTGV is a new service similar to TGV but available at a lower cost, and ticket reservations and purchases are conducted strictly online. Most of their routes are between Paris and the south of France.
Train tickets may be purchased 3 months ahead of travel, from either Voyages-SNCF (in French) or TGV-Europe (English and other European languages) and the tickets will be delivered to the country of order accordingly. However, online purchase and reservation for TER is not possible. Tickets for iDTGV are available 6 months ahead of travel.
The Eurostar travels between Gare du Nord in Paris and St. Pancras station in London in just two and a half hours. When booking early, the non-flexible tickets can be quite a bargain compared to a flight. It is also time-saving, travelling directly from city to city and negates the extra time for travelling to/fro airports that are located outside of London and Paris. The Thalys travels fast towards Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne.
Tickets must be validated prior to boarding using the composteur machines, usually located in station halls and at the head of each platforms. Failure to do so may incur a fine by the inspector on board. If you are in a hurry to catch the train and fail to validate the ticket, mention it immediately when an inspector comes round.
There are 6 train stations in Paris serving different destinations, and travellers connecting trains in Paris must be aware that often the connection requires a change of the train station so please allocate travel time accordingly.
Paris is the focus of all roads that originate and terminate here. The main roads leading to/from Paris are the A1/A16 highways in norther directions towards Amiens, the A4 towards Reims, the A13 towards Rouen, the A11 towards Le Mans, the A10 towards Orléans, and the A5 and A6 in southwestern direction towards Dijon. All of them connect to other routes leading to places further away to the south for example.
Eurolines serves dozens of destinations from Paris, including domestic destinations and cities much further away, even as far as Russia and Morocco. The stop in Paris is at the Galliéni International busstation (Métro: Galliéni) 28 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, Bagnolet. It is possible to also get tickets here, but it is better to book your tickets in advance on internet in order to avail of special online rates.
There are no direction routes to get to Paris by boat/ferry. A common sea travel route normally involves arrival in the north of France (e.g. Le Havre, Caen, Dieppe, Cherbourg) and subsequent connection to Paris either by rail, by bus or by car. From the south of France, a common port of entry is Marseille.
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It is advisable to avoid driving in Paris. Traffic is usually extremely heavy and at places like the roundabout at Arc de Triomphe, skills and dexterity are required to manouver along the tens of lanes of traffic feeding in the roundabout. Limited parking also makes trying to find a parking space very difficult. Not only that, often the parking space is also tight, requiring an extraordinary amount of skill in "contact parking". Parking fees, particularly of private carparks, are also very high in Paris.
If you are desperate to rent a car, try companies like Sixt, Hertz, Avis or Budget.
Alternatively there are taxis across Paris but finding one is not always easy. It is common to get them either from taxi stands conveniently positioned (usually near train stations, on main boulevards, near major hotels, popular tourist sites) or by asking your hotel concierge to order one for you. Hailing them in the street is possible although if near taxi stands, they most likely will not stop (nor are they supposed to). If a taxi is empty yet unavailable, it's most likely on its way to collect passengers who have rang for it. (Note: don't try to steal a taxi that someone has called for - it's uncool, and you will also be left embarassed when the driver denies you the service because you can't provide the correct name.)
A taxi is available if the whole top of the taxi light is brightly illuminated, a dim light signals that the taxi is occupied. Taxi prices are relatively inexpensive and are an easy way to get home after a night out and the metro has closed. The three little bulbs below the "Taxi Parisien" sign indicate which rate is being applied: A (Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm), B (Mon-Sat 5:00pm-10:00am, Sun 7:00am-midnight, holidays all day), and C (Sun from midnight-7:00am). For Paris suburbs, rate B applies 7:00am-7:00pm and rate C applies 7:00pm-7:00am. For the latest rate, check this listing.
A relatively new initiative to allow exploration of the city on two wheels with the service of a chauffeur, the moto-taxi is supposed to be the middle ground for low emission mode of fast transport. For the "privilege" of avoiding the traffic jam and riding condition opens to the elements (e.g. rain, wind, cold temperature etc), be prepared to pay between €50 to €80 per one hour of chauffeured service. The moto-taxi must be booked ahead with companies that provide them.
Paris has a great public transit system that is ideal to shuttle tourists to the sites. Depending on where your hotel is, you may be able to walk to many of the sites, but some of them areas are a bit of a hike (e.g. in Montmartre). Services start from as early as 5:00am and end as late as between 12:30am to 1:30am, while Noctilien night buses run in between those late night hours.
Using the métro is an easy way to get around. There is usually a métro station within 500 metres from any location in central Paris. The map of the transit system can be found at the RATP website. There is an interactive map, and a very handy feature that will allow you to enter two addresses, and it will tell you how to get between them.
While newer métro trains have automatic doors, older ones (as well as the RERs) require the users to either push the button or pull the lever by the doors to open them. Similarly, on buses, there are buttons by the doors that need to be pushed in order to get them opened. Passengers may get on the bus from either the front or from the other doors further back.
There are a number of options for tickets to purchase. The key options are the Carnet (individual tickets in pack of 10), the Mobilis (unlimited 1-day pass) and the Carte Orange Hebdo (weekly pass). Tickets may be used on all public transport - métro, RER, bus and tram. Please note, for RER travels outside of central zone, correct Île-de-France tickets corresponding to the zones of travel must be obtained. Similarly, bus travels outside the périphérique will require 1 standard ticket for zones 1-2 and an additional ticket for every zone thereafter (e.g. zone 3 requires 2 standard tickets).
Standard Single Journey Ticket
Standard tickets can be purchased either as a "carnet" (10 tickets for €11.60) or individually (€1.60). In the carnet, the t+ ticket is valid for one journey and allows unlimited transfer between the same mode of transport (e.g. métro to métro, bus to bus), between métro and RER zone 1, and between bus and tram. Other transfers between métro and bus, métro and tram, RER and bus, and RER and tram are not allowed. Individually bought ticket allows métro to métro and métro to RER transfers, but not bus and tram transfers. A single journey time allowance is 2 hours for the métro/RER, and for the bus, 90 minutes is allowed between the first validation and the final validation of the ticket. The carnet is available from the métro/RER stations, the tabac, and selected newsagents.
Mobilis Day Ticket
For unlimited trips in a single day, get the Mobilis. For travel within zones 1-2 it costs €5.90. Please note Mobilis is not valid for travel to/fro Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports on special airport services (i.e. RER B, Roissybus, Orlybus, Orlyval), even if the tickets correspond to the zones where the airports are situated. The Mobilis ticket is used in the normal manner for métro/RER but on the bus, do not insert the ticket into the machine for validation as it will actually render the ticket invalid. It is sufficient to show the ticket to the bus driver when you board the bus. The ticket must also be dated correctly, based on European date notation - day/month/year.
Carte Orange / Passe Navigo
The Carte Orange gives you unlimited weekly trips (they have a monthly version as well) for €17.20 (for zones 1 and 2). It is valid strictly from Monday to Sunday (monthly version from the first to the last day of the month). Carte Orange in ticket form is being phased out and is more commonly loaded onto Passe Navigo. Ordinary Passe Navigo is only available to residents but visitors may purchase Passe Navigo Découverte at €5. A passport size photo is required for the pass.
Paris Visite Card
A tourist Paris Visite card is also available, for unlimited travel of 1, 2, 3 or 5 days in either zones 1-3 or zones 1-6. This transport pass is expensive to buy particularly for a couple of days and when most travellers stay within zone 1 of the city (e.g. zones 1-3 : €9 for 1 day, €14.70 for 2 days). However, it does give discounts and reductions to a variety of services, which may be of interest to the pass holder.
(Rates for RATP valid from 1 July 2009 until further notice)
A great way to see Paris, is by a leisurely boat ride across the Seine river with Batobus Paris. It runs from February to November, and comes along every 15-30 minutes. It operates on a hop-on, hop-off basis, and stops at 8 locations along the Seine in this direction - Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre and Champs-Élysées, before heading back to Eiffel Tower again. There are several other river sight-seeing cruises that operate in full loops with commentary and without the option to get on and off as desired.
Paris is a very walkable city and many of the main sights are close to one another that it's often more pleasant to navigate by foot than to take the métro (which normally means getting stuck underground) or the bus (getting stuck in the traffic). Away from the main boulevards, the streets may be small but there'll still always be foot path to walk on. At junctions with pedestrian lights, just walk when the light turns green, because there will still be traffic from some direction which equally have the right to drive along if nobody's crossing the road. At the roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe, if you want to go to the arch, there is an underground passage over. Do not even think about trying to run across, even if it seems quiet without much traffic around.
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Vélib' is the freebike scheme that has been in operation since 2007, and is now adopted as the model for freebike schemes in other cities including Bicloo in Nantes, Vélomagg' in Montpellier and Vélopop' in Avignon.
Pin-and-chip credit card is required to obtain a temporary subscription to Vélib' and to act as a deposit in the event of unreturned/lost bike. The short term subscription rate is €1 for 1 day or €5 for 7 days. The use of the bike for the first 30 minutes is free. Delays in checking the bike in after the 30 minutes will be charged to the credit card, and the rate is as follow (after the free 30 minutes): 1st additional 30 minutes €1, 2nd additional 30 minutes €2, all subsequent 30 minutes €4 each. E.g. a bike taken out for 1h15m will incur €3 charge; 2h15m will incur €11.
In order to avoid the supplementary charges, the bike should be returned to a station within 30 minutes of the initial hire. After checking that bike in, you may either take it out again or take another one out. This resets the time and another free 30 minutes period begins. If a station is full, enter the required information and you'll be allowed an additional 15 minutes to search for a station to return the bike. There should be another station within 300 metres.
By normal convention, if a saddle has been turned around, the bike is likely to be out of order. The Vélib' is operational 24/7, so it is useful late at night or early morning, when the public transport services are very limited or unavailable. Upon returning the bike, please ensure the bike is securely locked on the stand.
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Paris is known for its fine and luxurious dining, boasting a high number of Michelin-stars adorned restaurants. However it also caters to budget conscious travellers, with reasonably priced bistrots, cafés and small restaurants. As a cosmopolitan city, Paris has also adopted a range of cuisine, both from regional French cuisine and international cuisine. Unfortunately, one aspect that needs improving is in catering to vegetarian needs, as dishes are often meat-based.
By law, all restaurants and eateries in France is required to display their menus and the prices at the window or by the door outside their establishments. Most restaurants have special fixed price menus that make dining out more affordable for all. It is also cheaper to eat out at lunch than at dinner. On a typical French day, it starts with breakfast in the morning, followed shortly by lunch at noon. A late afternoon goûter is common to stave the hunger until dinner at around 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
For the visitors, it can be terribly easy to have poor dining experience in Paris throughout their stay, particularly if dining out is constantly at locations close to major attractions of the city. Not only the food would be unmemorable, the price tags are usually hard to justify for the quality received. It therefore pays to search for eateries off the main boulevards, where many of them are usually filled with locals.
An alternative to eating out would be to locate the food markets around the city, and buy food that can be eaten on the go or as picnic fares, such as bread and cheese, fruits, freshly prepared ready meal, cured meat, pâtés, and dried fruits and nuts.
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Paris is a coffee drinking capital and with the thousands of cafés at every corner of the city, it is easy to sit down and order one, while watching the world goes by. Mind, drinking coffee with the sit-down privilege comes with a price, sometimes 2-3 times higher than if you drink it while standing at the bar counter. Some cafés such as Café de Flore, Café de la Paix, Café les Deux Magots and La Coupole are well-knowned and celebrated in their own rights.
Ordering coffee in Paris
Hot chocolate is another perennial favourite, usually thick and creamy, served with an extra portion of whipped cream for good measure. Marshmallows, however, is not common. The preference for tea drinking is on the rise. Often ordering tea means selecting a tea bag from a box with a good variety of tea and tisane, and it would be served with a cup of hot water.
France is renowned for its superior wine industry and it is common to order wine with meals or on an evening out. It is not necessary to order wine by the bottle, as the inexpensive house wine can be ordered by the carafe and they're usually of good quality.
The nightlife and bar scene in Paris has something for everyone. From music thumping disco serving beer and alcopops, to gourmet cocktail bar, and everything in between. There are numerous Jazz bars with live music in Quartier Latin, nightclubs are aplenty in Montmartre, trendy clubs concentrating around Champs-Élysées, and the upcoming favourites among the locals in the areas of Bastille and Canal Saint-Martin.
Paris has accommodation options for every budget, from camp sites outside the city and hostels for the budget travellers, to luxurious 5-star hotels. A list of the main accommodation including ratings is included below.
|Absolute Paris||1 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi 75011||Hostel||84|
|Agil Hotel Le Pontel||46 Avenue de Bellevue 91210 Draveil||Hotel||-|
|Aloha Hostel||1 Rue Borromee 75015 Paris||Hostel||76|
|Appihotel||158 rue Saint Denis||Hotel||-|
|Armstrong Hotel||36 Rue de la Croix St. Simon||Hotel||77|
|Avenir Hotel||39 Boulevard Rochechouart 75009||Hotel||74|
|Bastille Apartment||16 RUE DE LA FOLIE REGNAULT 17 PASSAGE COURTOIS||Apartment||73|
|Best Western Grand Hotel de l'Univers||6 Rue Gregoire de Tours||Hotel||-|
|Boissiere||53 Rue Jean Jaurès Levallois Perret 92 300||Hotel||82|
|Butte Montmartre Apartment||8 Rue Gustave Rouanet||Apartment||57|
|Campanile Paris Berthier||4 Boulevard Berthier||Hotel||-|
|Cecil Hotel||47 rue Beaunier||Hotel||77|
|Cecilia's Guest House||10, Rue Denfert Rochereau 92600 Asnieres||Guesthouse||80|
|Centre International de Sejour Kellermann||17 boulevard Kellermann BP 313||Hostel||65|
|Centre International de Séjour Maurice Ravel||6 Avenue Maurice Ravel||Hostel||75|
|Daunou Opera||6 Rue Daunou||Hotel||-|
|Ethic étapes - Résidence Int. de Paris||44 rue Louis Lumière||Hostel||-|
|FIAP Jean Monnet||30 RUE CABANIS||Hostel||86|
|Garden Hotel||1 rue de Géneral Blaise||Hotel||-|
|Garden Opera||65, rue du Chateau d'Eau 75010||Hotel||76|
|Grand Hotel de Belfort||37 rue Servan||Hotel||-|
|Grand Hotel Magenta||129, Boulevard de Magenta 75010 Paris||Hotel||67|
|Hotel ABC Champerret||63 Rue Danton 92300 LEVALLOIS||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Altona||166 rue du Faubourg-Poissonniere 75010||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Ambassadeur||153 Rue Legendre||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Andre Gill||4 Rue Andre Gill Paris 18eme||Hotel||81|
|Hotel Angleterre Etoile||21, rue Copernic||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Annexe||4, Rue Taylor 75010||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Aris Nord||133 Rue du Faubourg St Denis||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Beaunier||31 Rue Beaunier 75014||Hotel||76|
|Hotel Belfort||22 Rue de Belfort 75011||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bertha||1, rue Darcet 75017 Paris||Hotel||75|
|Hotel Bonsejour Montmartre||11, rue burq||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Briand||156 Rue Aristide Brian 92300, Levallois Perret||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Brittany Paris||5-7 rue Saint Lazare||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bruxelles et du Nord||28 Rue de Dunkerque||Hotel||82|
|Hotel Caravelle||68, rue des Martyrs Paris 75009||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Charma||14 bis, Rue des Maraichers||Hotel||69|
|Hotel Clarisse||159 Boulevard Lefevbre||Hotel||76|
|Hotel D'Amiens||11 Rue des 2 Gares||Hotel||72|
|Hotel Darcet||4 Rue Darcet (near Place de Clichy) 75017||Hotel||-|
|Hotel de l'Europe||98 Boulevard de Magenta 75010||Hotel||78|
|Hotel de la Place||21 rue Henri Martin 92240 Malakoff||Hotel||-|
|Hotel de la Tour Eiffel||17 Rue de l'Exposition||Hotel||78|
|Hotel de la Vallée||84-86 rue Saint-Denis||Hotel||61|
|Hôtel de Londres et d'Anvers||131-133 Boulevard de Magenta||Hotel||76|
|Hotel de Paris||188 Avenue Jean-Jaures||Hotel||76|
|Hotel des Arts||2 Rue Godefroy-Cavaignac||Hotel||-|
|Hotel des Mines||125, Boulevard Saint Michel 75005||Hotel||81|
|Hotel des Nations Saint Germain||54 Rue Monge, 75005||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Du Commerce||14 rue de la montagne sainte genevieve 75005||Hotel||79|
|Hotel du Moulin||3 Rue Aristide Bruant||Hotel||-|
|Hotel du Parc Saint Charles||243 Rue Saint Charles||Hotel||-|
|Hotel du Petit Louvre||1 rue de Lourmel 75015||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Edouard VI||61, Boulevard du Montparnasse||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Eiffel Capitol||9 Rue Viala, 75015||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Elysee Montparnasse||11bis rue de la Gaite 75014||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Ermitage||42 bis rue de l'Ermitage 75020||Hotel||78|
|Hotel France Albion||11, rue Notre Dame de Lorette 75009||Hotel||82|
|Hotel Gerando||11, Rue Gerando||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Hippodrome Montmartre||7 Rue Forest 75018||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Innova||32, Boulevard Pasteur||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Kuntz||2 rue des Deux Gares||Hotel||-|
|Hotel le Faubourg||47, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière 75009||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Le Quercy||251, Bd Jean Jaurès Boulogne Billancourt,92100||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Le Rocroy||13 rue de Rocroy||Hotel||80|
|Hotel les Hauts de Passy||37 rue de l'Annonciation||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Les Jardins D'alésia||34 rue d'alésia||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Luxia||8, Rue Sevestre 75018||Hotel||74|
|Hotel Neva||14 rue Brey||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Novex||8 rue Caillaux 75013||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Opera Vivaldi 3***||10, Rue Du Helder||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Parc Even||14, rue Laforest 92240 MALAKOFF-Paris||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Pavillon Villiers||6 Rue Lebouteux||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Peletier Opera||15 rue le Peletier||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Prince Albert Monceau||9 Rue Tarbé 75017||Hotel||75|
|Hôtel Printania||150, Rue d'Avron||Hotel||71|
|Hotel Regence||33 rue de Saint-Petersbourg Champs Elysees- Paris 8||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Richard||35 Rue Richard Lenoir||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Richmond Gare du Nord||15 rue de Dunkerque 75010 Paris||Hotel||77|
|Hotel San Sebastien||42 Rue San Sebastien 75011||Hotel||69|
|Hotel Stars Arcueil||110 avenue Camille Desmoulin ARCUEIL Paris||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel Taylor||6 Rue Taylor||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel Terminus Nation||96 Cours de Vincennes 75012||Hotel||75|
|Hotel Viator||Avenue de Clichy ,Rue de Moines||Hotel||72|
|Hotel Voltaire République||10, boulevard Voltaire||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Yllen Eiffel***||196 Rue Vaugirard, 75015||Hotel||79|
|Ideal Hotel||96 Avenue Emile Zola||Hotel||-|
|Kyriad Brancion||62 rue des Morillons 75015||Hotel||-|
|La Maison Bacana B&B||9 Rue Emile Zola Vitry Sur Seine||Guesthouse||84|
|Le Montclair Montmartre||62, Rue Ramey||Hostel||82|
|Le Village||20 Rue d'Orsel 75018 Paris||Hostel||86|
|Liberty Hotel Paris||16,rue de nancy 75010 paris||Hotel||71|
|Luna-Park Hotel||1 Rue Jacquard||Hotel||76|
|Lutece Hotel||5 rue Langeac||Hotel||-|
|Mary's Hotel||15, Rue de Malte||Hotel||75|
|Mister Bed City-Bagnolet||2 avenue du Général de Gaulle BAGNOLET-Paris||Hotel||77|
|Modern Hotel||121, Rue du chemin vert||Hotel||75|
|New Hotel Saint Lazare||53 rue d Amsterdam||Hotel||-|
|Nouvel Hotel Eiffel||5, rue des Volontaires 75015||Hotel||75|
|Oops||50 Avenue des Gobelins||Hostel||84|
|Paris Hotel Le Mediterraneen||93, Rue de Charenton||Hotel||-|
|Pavillon Monceau-Palais des Congres||25 rue de Saussure||Apartment||75|
|Pavillon Pereire Arc de Triomphe***||51 Boulevard Pereire||Hotel||-|
|Pavillon Porte de Versailles||37, Rue du Hameau||Hotel||-|
|Peace & Love Hostel||245 Rue La Fayette 75010||Hostel||74|
|Pension Residence du Palais||78 rue d' Assas||Hotel||74|
|Perfect Hostel||39 rue Rodier, 75009||Hostel||82|
|Sacre Coeur Apartment||135 Rue du Mont Cenis||Apartment||63|
|Square Caulaincourt||2 Square Caulaincourt 75018||Hostel||79|
|St. Christopher's Paris||159, rue de Crimï¿½e Paris||Hostel||85|
|Stade De France Apartment||67 Rue De Le Chapelle 75018 Paris||Apartment||-|
|The 3 Ducks||6 Place Etienne Pernet||Hostel||83|
|Touraine Opéra||73, rue Taitbout||Hotel||-|
|Villa des Princes||19, Rue Monsieur le Prince,75006||Hotel||-|
|Vintage Hostel||73, Rue de Dunkerque||Hostel||84|
|Young & Happy||80 rue Mouffetard 75005||Hostel||81|
|Home Latin||15 rue du Sommerard||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Audran||7 Rue Audran||Hotel||-|
|Pavillon Losserand Montparnasse||76 rue Raymond Losserand||Hotel||-|
|Pavillon Republique les Halles||7/9 rue Pierre Chausson||Hotel||-|
|Pavillon Bercy Gare de Lyon||209/211 rue de Charenton||Hotel||-|
|Holiday-Inn Paris Porte d'italie||1-3 rue Elisee Reclus Kremlin Bicetre||Hotel||-|
|Lautrec Opera||8/10 rue D Ambroise||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Riviera||6 Rue Turgot||Hotel||-|
|Hotel des Arts Montmarte||18 Rue de Rochechouart||Hotel||72|
|L'Hotel Particulier||Rue Cremieux||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Residence Villiers||68 Avenue de Villiers||Hotel||78|
|Paris Résidence Hotel||32 Rue de Rocroy||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Alhambra||13 Rue De Malte||Hotel||-|
|Hotel De Nantes||33, Boulevard de Montparnasse||Hotel||-|
|Studio Hotel||25, rue Alain Chartier||Hotel||-|
|Quality Opera Saint Lazare||15 Rue De Constantinople||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel EUROTEL||67 Boulevard de Clichy||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Saint Louis Bastille||114 Boulevard Richard Lenoir||Hotel||76|
|Hôtel des Deux Avenues||38 Rue Poncelet||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Paris Bruxelles||4 Rue Meslay||Hotel||-|
|Plug-Inn Hostel||7 rue Aristide Bruant||Hostel||82|
|Regent Hostel||37 Boulevard Rochechouart 84 rue Dunkerque||Hostel||83|
|Timhotel Place d'Italie-Butte aux cailles||22 Rue Barrault||Hotel||78|
|Hôtel Maubeuge||79 Rue de Maubeuge||Hotel||76|
|Lucky Youth Backpacker Apartments Hostels||26 rue des rigoles||hostel||-|
|Résidence Le 300||11 rue Moreau||apartment||-|
|Bastille Apartments||129 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine||apartment||-|
|Apartments Père Lachaise||16 Cité Joly||apartment||-|
|City Residence - Marne la Vallée - Bry Sur Marne||80 avenue George Clémenceau||hotel||-|
|Euro Hotel Orly Rungis||Avenue du Parc de Medicis Parc Medicis||hotel||-|
|Hotel Faubourg 216-244||216-224 rue du Faubourg St Denis||hostel||-|
|Hotel de Bellevue||67 rue Philippe de Girard||hotel||74|
|Hotel Anjou||47 Rue Louis Rouquier||hotel||-|
|Hotel Bervic||4 Rue Bervic||hotel||-|
|Arcantis Hotel Residence de la Seine||51 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny||hotel||-|
|Hotel Rex Comprador||4 Bis Cité Rougemont||hotel||-|
|Hotel Stars Paris Chilly-Mazarin||1 Rue Ampère||hotel||-|
|Hotel Ibis Nord Sarcelles||12 Avenue Auguste Perret Centre Commercial des Flanades||hotel||-|
|Hotel Stars Paris Evry Courcouronnes||Avenue de l'Orme à Martin||hotel||-|
|Hotel Corona Rodier||4 Rue Rodier||hotel||-|
|Hotel California Saint-Germain||32 Rue des Ecoles||hotel||-|
|Friends Hostel||122 Boulevard de la chapelle||hostel||-|
|Best Western Montmartre||66 Boulevard Barbès||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Apogia Paris||14 boulevard paul vaillant couturier||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel Première Classe Chilly-Mazarin||3 Route de Longjumeau Chilly-Mazarin||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Kyriad Paris-Cachan||23, avenue Carnot Cachan||Hotel||-|
|Kyriad Fresnes||30/32 avenue de la Division Leclerc||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel Kyriad Orly Rungis||2, rue Mondétour||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel Kyriad Villeneuve La Garenne||80, boulevard Charles de Gaulle||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel Kyriad Paris Porte d'Ivry||1-11, rue René Villars||Hotel||-|
|Parthenon Hotel–Chilly-Mazarin||3 Route de Longjumeau||Hotel||-|
|Central Hotel||66 Rue du Château d'Eau||Hotel||-|
|Hotel de Paris Maubeuge||37 rue Maubeuge||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Floridor Etoile||35 Avenue des Ternes||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Reims||32 Rue Aubervilliers||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Lebron||4 Bis Rue Lamartine||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Amhotel 2*||96 Avenue Choisy||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Prince Eugene 3*||247 boulevard Voltaire||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Sainte Marie||6 Rue de la Ville Neuve||Hotel||-|
|Montholon Hotel 3*||15 Rue De Montholon Grands Boulevards||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Troyon||10, Rue Troyon||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Royal Mansart||Rue Mansart 1||Hotel||-|
|Picard Hotel||26 Rue de Picardie||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Sofia||21 RUE DE SOFIA||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Paris Lecluse||17 Rue Lecluse||Hotel||-|
|Friend's Hostel||122 Boulevard de la Chapelle||Hostel||-|
|Hotel La Vieille||151 Rue La Fayette||Hotel||-|
|Gay Guesthouse Giovanni's room||Rue Quincampoix||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Premiere Classe Igny||12 RUE MARYSE BASTIE Igny||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel de Nemours||8 rue de Nemours||Hotel||-|
|Hôtel Du Leman||20 Rue de Trévise||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Villa du Maine||20 RUE LEDION||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Central Bastille.||16 Rue De La Roquete.||Hotel||75|
|Avia Hotel||181 Rue de Vaugirard||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Iliade Montmartre||51 Rue Letort||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Eiffel River Gauche||6, rue Gros Caillou||Hotel||77|
|Blue Planet Hostel||5 Rue Hector Malot 12eme Arrondissement||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Bastille||24 Rue de la Roquette||Hotel||-|
|Hotel de la Terrasse||67 Rue Letort||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Mon Reve||76, Avenue Felix Faure||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Montmartre Clignancourt||4 rue de Clignancourt||Hotel||76|
|Hotel Rhétia||3 Rue du General Blaise||Hotel||-|
|Woodstock Hostel||48 Rue Rodier||Hostel||-|
|HOTEL NATION MONTMARTRE||4 RUE BOISSIEU||Hotel||68|
|Hotel Boetie||81 rue la Boetie||HOTEL||-|
|Chez Mc Donald||Les Gobelins||Hostel||-|
|City Residence - Chelles||55-57 Avenue François Mitterrand||Apartment||-|
|Paris Location Appartements||22 rue d'orsel||APARTMENT||-|
|Eiffel Villa Garibaldi||48 Boulevard Garibaldi||Hotel||76|
|Comfort Hotel CDG Goussainville||1 Rue Jacques Anquetil 95190 Goussainville||Hotel||-|
|Comfort Hotel Bobigny Paris Est||60-68 avenue Henri Barbusse 93000 Bobigny||Hotel||-|
|JUSTABED||36 rue Jean Bleuzen Vanves||Hostel||-|
|Balladins Superior Paris Est Saint Maur||1 Boulevard de Créteil 94100 Saint Maur des Fossés||Hotel||-|
|B&B Chambres de la Grande Porte||10 rue des Petites Ecuries||GUESTHOUSE||76|
|Hotel Paris Legendre||149, rue Legendre||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Pacific||70 Rue Du Chateau D'eau [email protected]||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Prince||66 Avenue Bosquet||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Marignan||13, rue Du Sommerard||HOTEL||78|
|Hotel Saint Pierre||4, rue de l'Ecole de Médecine||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel des Andelys||18, rue des Trois Bornes||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Musset||10, Rue Alfred de Musset||Hotel||-|
|Le Fontainebleau Studio||194/196 Avenue de Stalingrad Chevilly-Larue||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel des Bernardins||44, Rue des Bernardins||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Monnier||14 rue Henry Monnier||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Median Paris Châtillon ***||40 Avenue de Verdun Chatillon||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Median Roissy CDG Airport||2 Avenue Ferdinand de Lesseps Goussainville||Hotel||-|
|Aida Opera||11 rue Richer 17 rue du Conservatoire||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Eiffel Segur||34 Boulevard Garibaldi||HOTEL||-|
|Aida Marais Printania||19 rue du chateau d'eau||HOTEL||-|
|Etoile Champs Elysees Appartement||18, rue Theodule Ribot||APARTMENT||-|
|The Loft Hostel Paris||70 rue Julien Lacroix||HOSTEL||83|
|Hostel des 2 Empereurs||20, Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Eiffel Villa Garibaldi||48, Boulevard Garibaldi||HOTEL||-|
|Le Clos d’Alesia||8 rue Friant||HOTEL||76|
|Arty Paris||62, rue des Morillons||HOSTEL||80|
|Cafe Hotel de l'avenir||1 rue Charles Schmidt Saint Ouen||HOTEL||-|
|Palma Hotel||77 Avenue Gambetta||HOTEL||-|
|Le Baldaquin Hotel||16 Rue Caroline||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Aston||12 Cite Bergere Paris||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel de Flore||108 rue Lamarck||HOTEL||-|
|Hôtel de la Comète||196 boulevard de la Villette||Hotel||-|
|Hotel du Square d'Anvers||6 Place d'Anvers||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Moris Grands Boulevards||13, rue Rene Boulanger||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Opéra Lafayette||80, rue La Fayette||HOTEL||-|
|Kyriad Italie Gobelins||5, rue Véronèse 75013||Hotel||75|
|Neuilly Park Hotel||23 Rue Madeleine Michelis||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Residence De Bruxelles||88 Boulevard de la Chapelle||Hotel||76|
|Best Western Le St Maurice||12 Rue Du Marechal Leclerc Saint Maurice||Hotel||-|
|Apartment Saint Michel||26,rue de la Parcheminerie 75005||APARTMENT||-|
|Best Western Piemont Louvre 3*||22, Rue De Richelieu||Hotel||-|
|Classics Hôtel Parc des Expositions||6, rue Auguste Gervais||HOTEL||-|
|Classics Hôtel Bastille||131, rue de Charonne||HOTEL||-|
|Classics Hôtel Porte de Versailles||3, rue Georges Marie||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Jardin de Villiers||18 Rue Claude Pouillet||HOTEL||-|
|Grand Hotel de Clermont||18 Rue Veron||HOTEL||77|
|Open House||13 Rue Saint Jean Noisy le Sec||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|IH ACROPOLE||199, Boulevard Brune||Hotel||-|
|Hotel de la Cite Rougemont||4, cité Rougemont||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel des Ducs d'Anjou||1 rue Sainte Opportune||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Pavillon Bastille||65, rue de Lyon Paris||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Villa Glamour||85, rue de la Pompe||HOTEL||-|
|Jardins de Montmartre||131 rue Ordener 75018 Paris||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Median Paris Congrès||6/8 Boulevard de Douaumont||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Soft||52 bis rue des Vinaigriers||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel-Britannia||24 Rue d'Amsterdam||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Fertel Maillot||269 Boulevard Péreire||HOTEL||-|
|Pratic Hotel||9 rue d'Ormesson||HOTEL||-|
|Maxim Quartier Latin Hotel||28, rue Censier||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Studio Bastille||52,Boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Paris Saint-Honore||21 rue de Penthièvre||HOTEL||76|
|Hotel Chemin Vert||97 rue du Chemin Vert||HOTEL||-|
|Inter-Hotel Rueil Centre||1, Place Richelieu, Rueil-Malmaison||Hotel||-|
|QUALYS-HOTEL Rueil-La Défense||20, Avenue Albert 1er||Hotel||-|
|Paris 19th Rooms||24 Rue Mathis||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bobigny Guesthouse||5 Rue Jules Auffret||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Opera Frochot||4, Rue Frochot||HOTEL||-|
|Paranjib Guest House||23, Avenue Villemain||HOSTEL||-|
|Hôtel Paris Liège||36 rue Saint Quentin||HOTEL||-|
|Hipotel Paris Buttes Chaumont||7 rue Jean Baptiste Dumay||HOTEL||-|
|Sully Hotel||48 rue Saint Antoine||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Les Chansonniers||113 Boulevard de Ménilmontant||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Fertel Etoile||4 Rue Des Acacias||HOTEL||-|
|Agate Hotel||8 Cours de Vincennes||HOTEL||-|
|Little Olive Tree B&B||14 Allée Jules Guesde Massy||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel de l'Exposition||4 Bd de Magenta||HOTEL||-|
|Sabine House||58 Rue Du Garde Chasse Les Lilas||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B Magnolia Paris||89 Rue des Moines 75017||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B Republique||17 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth 75003||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B Place d'Italie||25 Rue du General Leclerc 94270||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Louvre Marsollier Opera||13, rue Marsollier 75002||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel New Parnasse||7, rue Vandamme||HOTEL||-|
|Auberge Flora||44, boulevard Richard Lenoir||HOTEL||-|
|Hôtel Le Canal||48 Avenue de Flandre||HOTEL||-|
|Best Western Nouvel Orleans||25 Avenue du Général Leclerc||HOTEL||-|
|B&B Canal Saint-Martin||91 Quai de Valmy 75010||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B Zenith||Rue de Crimee 46, 75019||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B Tour Montparnasse||Avenue General Leclerc 5, 75014||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B Butte Montmartre||Rue Damrémont 45, 75018||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|St Christopher's Gare du Nord||5, Rue de Dunkerque||HOSTEL||85|
|Hotel Beaugrenelle Tour Eiffel||19, rue Viala 75015||HOTEL||77|
|Hôtel de la Félicité||43 Rue de la Félicite||Hotel||-|
|Square Hotel||6 Place de la Chapelle||HOTEL||-|
|Hôtel Le Clos Notre Dame||22 rue de l'Hirondelle||HOTEL||-|
|Le Relais du Marais||76, rue de Turbigo||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Dauphine||236 rue des Pyrenées||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Murat||119 bis bd Murat||HOTEL||-|
|Appartement 11 min du Centre de Paris||42 rue des Camélias Alfortville||APARTMENT||-|
|Residence Pelican Paris 1er||7 Rue du pelican||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|AIJ Paris||10 rue Trousseau||Hostel||73|
|Adonis Paris Gennevilliers||26 boulevard Louise Michel||Hotel||-|
For EU citizens, there is no visa/work permit restriction as the free labour movement allows them to seek for an employment anywhere in the EU, including Paris. However, in many cases, a proficiency in French language is required. Bi-, tri-, or multi-lingual employees with complete fluency are coveted in major companies.
For non-EU citizens, an appropriate work visa is required and the bureaucracy involved in the process of application can be long and tedious. The visa is usually applied with the assistance of the employer, upon presentation of a work contract and a permission from the French Ministry of Labour. Once obtained, the employee may travel to Paris and within days will need to report to the local Préfecture of Police in order to secure a Carte de Séjour, which is the residency permit in France.
There is a new "Compétences et Talents" (Skills and Talents) residency card currently on offer - please contact your nearest French Embassy/Consulate for information. There is also a particular visa solely for Au Pair, which must be applied prior to entering France.
For English native speakers (i.e. citizens of America, Canada, Australia) there are also positions available as language assistants in French schools. The positions are renumerated by the French Ministry of Education (in 2009, it is €890 per month gross salary) but there is no guarantee that the posting will be in Paris. Language assistants often take up part-time employment to supplement their incomes.
Non-EU students in Paris may be eligible for some part-time employment, although many are likely to work off-the-book as language tutors (particularly for English native speakers), babysitters, bartenders and catering assistants.
For more employment information, as well as guides to relevant permits and employment rights, please consult the employment page by the Mairie de Paris.
Paris offers numerous opportunities for doing a study at one of its many universities but note that classes are in general held in French. Some of the main ones include:
French language courses are the most popular options, and may run from short courses of a couple of weeks to year-long courses that lead to some language proficiency qualifications. Among the top French language schools are:
Those interested in honing their cooking skills will be spoilt for choice, from the prestigious culinary school of Le Cordon Bleu to the fun, one-day classes hosted by food lovers. Some courses are geared more for the professionals, other more casual courses include a tour to the market. Some of the options:
Of course, wine tasting classes - another fun learning side of Paris (and France):
France has one of the best internet infrastructure in the world and high speed internet access is available in all parts of the city. Most of the hotels and hostels also have and offer free wi-fi internet access. Many McDonalds and a number of cafés also provided free wi-fi connection.
Additionally, the Mairie of Paris offers free wi-fi connection for everyone all over the city, of which connection points may be found at parks and gardens, libraries, museums and town halls for each arrondissements. At areas where access point is available, look for the network called "Orange" and select "Paris Wi-Fi 2h" pass. The period of access is dependent on the working hours of the relevant offices and mairies which provide the service.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international dialing code for France is +33 and the area code for Paris is 01 (mobile phone has the code of 06). French telephone number is made up of 10 digits including the area code, usually written in a set of 5 pairs of digit (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx). To dial an international number from France to abroad, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
The most common way to obtain cell phone access in France, renting a cell phone, is also the most expensive and inconvenient. There are many cell phone rental companies that offer service for France. You will need to rent a handset for the required amount of time plus pay for the airtime usage. Cell phone rental agencies are commonly found in most international airports.
Another option is to "roam" with your current mobile service provider, the rates will be more of less comparable to the cell phone rental option but the procedure is usually less cumbersome.
The third approach, although the least known, is by far the most cost-effective for obtaining cellular service while in France. Basically, this solution is to use one of the cellular providers in France. One of the greatest benefits with this option is being able to receive unlimited free incoming calls from anywhere in the world.
The post office or La Poste in Paris is also referred to as the PTT. The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for 'outside mail'. Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the 'Tabac' shops and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the départment. In Paris, it would be 75. The last numbers represent the arrondissements.
There are nearly 200 post offices in Paris. They are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.
The main post office in Paris on 52 rue du Louvre, 75001 opens 24/7 and never closes. However, the number of services available during the night is reduced to postal and telephone/fax services only, so banking activities (e.g. buying postal orders) are not available until normal operating hours.
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