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Basic information

  • Area: 105.4 km² (40.7 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +33
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 2,203,817
  • Official language: French
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Paris – Overview

Paris, a multi-faceted, surprising and timeless city invites you to share in the magic of those aspects, unusual or more traditional, that make up the capital with a thousand faces....Marais - Hôtel de Ville - Les Halles – Montorgueil is the heart of the Right Bank beats fast. This is an area in constant movement, from the market in rue Montorgueil to the bars of the Marais, from the street performers in Piazza Beaubourg to the trendy boutiques along the rue des Francs-Bourgeois. Ile de la Cité - Latin Quarter - Ile Saint-Louis - Jardin des Plantes is in the shade of the Jardin des Plantes or along the banks of the Seine, all the timeless charm of the capital is to be found here. Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle illuminate the historic heart of the city with their gothic splendour, while the Institut du Monde Arabe opens the wide gates to the Middle East. Canal Saint-Martin - La Villette - Buttes Chaumont – Belleville, this melting pot of a neighborhood is the real Paris of the people - more than 60 different nationalities make this one of the liveliest, most welcoming and most diverse districts in the city. Belleville and its market, featuring African and Asian specialities, the Canal Saint-Martin with its 1930s atmosphere, La Villette, bringing families together around science or music, for open-air cinema or a jazz festival. République - Bastille - Oberkampf - Père Lachaise is a magical neighbourhood for nightlife aficionados. Festive Paris, with its in places to dine and its music bars, can be found in concentrated form around Place de la Bastille and Place de la République, in the Marais and on the fringes of Belleville. Party on down to a rich variety of sounds. Palais-Royal - Madeleine - Opéra - Grands boulevards form the elegant arcades of the Palais-Royal to the gourmet products in the Place de la Madeleine, not forgetting the fabulous window displays of the department stores, famous throughout the world: Paris is a shopper's paradise, both sophisticated and fun. The Opéra Garnier is open to visitors before the ballet and even produces its own honey. This is also where you'll find the covered galleries: gateways to the Belle Epoque for a pleasant break over a cup of tea.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Luxembourg - Musée d'Orsay – Montparnasse is the cultural life of the city flows through these streets - painters of the past and authors of the present, jazz clubs and specialist bookstores, discerning photographers or trendy confectioners - it's all here. Montmartre - Pigalle - Saint George - Trinité – Batignolles is the northern section of the city is one of the most dynamic areas of Paris. Here, creativity is at its height and you'll be able to put a new face to names you thought you knew. The vines of rue Saint-Vincent, the workshops of Picasso and l'Ecole de Paris, the square des Batignolles. Little-known spots, the boutiques of rising young designers and some unexpected oases of tranquility. Auteuil - Bois de Boulogne - Porte Maillot - Passy – Muette is a village that has lost nothing of its charm of times gone by and lends itself to the pleasures of walking. Leading architects have left their mark here - Hector Guimard, Le Corbusier, Mallet-Stevens - providing a genuine open-air museum of 20th-century architecture. In the Bois de Boulogne, created by Haussmann, you can go boating on the lakes, dine in one of the top-class restaurants or even bet on the races.

Viaduc des Arts - Place d'Italie - Bercy - Tolbiac Bois de Vincennes is the eastern section of Paris has undergone a transformation in recent years - traditional craftsmen now occupy the Viaduc des Arts and the former Bastille railway track has been turned into a pedestrian zone. The architecture of the old Bercy storehouses has been retained to create a village of spacious boutiques and restaurants. Tour Eiffel - Champ de Mars - Invalides – Trocadéro, this is the Paris of myths, celebrations and symbols: like the Peace Wall installed on the Champ de Mars for the year 2000. The major World Fairs have given us the Eiffel Tower and the Palais de Chaillot at the Trocadéro. A little further down, the market on Rue Cler is one of the most popular in the city. Concorde - Champs Elysées - Tuileries – Louvre is the most beautiful avenue in the world has had a facelift in recent years and has instilled new life into this mythical district. A stroll along the broad pavements of the avenue and the neighbouring streets is a must! Brightly-coloured restaurants, prestigious locations and a variety of international cuisine, nightclubs, luxury boutiques or a simple table in the shade of the trees in the Tuileries gardens: this area is worth a visit at any time of the day or night.

Compiled with the kind assistance of
The Paris Tourist Office