Wander through the charming streets of Paris while savouring its culinary delights and world-class wine. This romantic city is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts), each with its own character. Don't forget to grab a Pariscope at any kiosk; this free guide will tell you everything that's on in Paris that month.
FAST FACTS Airport: Charles de Gaulles airport Paris, Orly airport Paris or fly into Beauvais-Tillé airport with budget airlines such as Ryanair or Wizz Air. Time from airport to Paris city: From Charles de Gaulles: 50 minutes with RER-B train. From Orly: 30 minutes by Orlyval and RER-B trains. From Beauvais-Tillé: 1 hour and 15 minutes by airport shuttle and TER train Taxi from Airport to the city: €50 - €60 (Charles de Gaulle), €40 - €50 (Orly) Public transport types: Metro and bus Metro single journey cost: €1.80 (valid for 1:30 hours) 10-journey pass (carnay): €14.10 (valid for 1:30 hours per ticket) Average taxi rate: €1.30/km
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Stroll along the Seine
The Seine is a beautiful river that meanders through the centre of Paris. With your latest holiday squeeze in hand, or perhaps just your camera, take a stroll along its banks and zigzag over the bridges while marvelling at the charming historical buildings that line both sides.
Rummage for goodies at les Puces de Saint-Ouen
The French pretty much invented flea markets, and this particular one in Paris is the biggest in the world. You can easily spend an entire day rummaging through antique treasures and vintage goods at these stalls. Think old-fashioned brooches, postcards penned to lovers from long ago, and exquisite furniture that will have you wishing you had a Parisian apartment all of your own to put it in.
Montmartre is what every Parisian dream consists of. This little village, perched on a hill in the heart of Paris, is the artistic centre of the city. Walk the cobblestone streets of this romantic quartier and have a glass of red or two along the way in the name of culture.
Get your grind on at wanderlust
This relatively new and super trendy nightclub on the left bank of the Seine opens its doors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm until 6am. The club is on the top floor of the Quai d'Austerlitz complex that contains shops, cafés and a fashion museum. Dance until the early morning on this swanky rooftop terrace.
Picnic overlooking the Eiffel Tower
No, it is not a myth - the croissants and baguettes (and cheese and cured meats and macaroons) in France are to die for. So is the wine. Together, they form the perfect recipe for a picnic in the sun. So why not sample a few of these French delicacies on the grass field in front of the Eiffel Tower? If you manage to stay till after sundown, you'll be treated to the tower being lit up like a Christmas tree – an exquisite spectacle.