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By all means, swoon over its romantic potential but don’t forget that when it comes to business, Paris packs a punch. With world-class fashion designers, art museums and sporting championships, Paris represents a modern, thriving capital that bursts with innovation, edgy design and a love affair that never ends with elegance and great food. If you crave baguettes, art deco street signs, macarons and the voice of Edith Piaf, then you’ve come to the right place. Sip coffee over a copy of Le Monde and watch the (well-dressed) world glide by. Then see what else Paris gets up to in these 21st-century days.

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Our top five sights

Eiffel Tower

The controversial icon of Paris looks at its best when lit up at night.
5 avenue Anatole France, Champ de Mars, 0892 701 239More

Louvre Museum

The Mona Lisa takes pride of place in this former royal palace with inverted glass pyramids and a starring role in a Hollywood thriller.
Pyramide du Louvre, 01 4020 5050More

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

Whimsical church domes in the enchanting area of Montmartre, with one of the best views of Paris from its steps.
35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 01 5341 8900More

Rodin Museum

Find world-famous sculptures The Thinker and The Kiss among the manicured lawns of this 18th-century mansion.
79 rue de Varenne, 01 4418 6110More

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

A legendary cathedral with stained glass windows to impress even the uninterested.
6 Parvis Notre Dame, 01 4234 5610More

Our top five activities

Cooking

Where better to learn how to rustle up a three-course gourmet dinner than in the capital of a country devoted to food? Lessons take place across the city.

Sunbathing

Despite its inland status, the beach comes to Paris each summer with its Paris Plage project. Grab a deckchair and join in.

Hot-air balloon

Overdose in romance by rising above the city, champagne in hand, in a hot-air balloon.

Races

Mingle with society at the world-famous Hippodrome de Longchamp racecourse and take a flutter on the horses.
2 rue des Tribunes, 01 4430 7500

Spas

Enter the hammam at the beautiful La Mosquée for a high-temperature sauna followed by a scrub with black soap. Emerge relaxed and rejuvenated.
39 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 01 4331 3820

Our top five events

May-June: Roland-Garros

Making up one quarter of a Grand Slam in the world of championship tennis, the French Open at Roland-Garros takes place throughout the months of May and June.
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July: Paris Cinéma

The stylish and the chic gather together over a two-week period to celebrate French and international cinema.
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July: Bastille Day

The story begins with a prison break, ushers in the French Revolution and ends with the words liberté, egalité, fraternité (freedom, equality and brotherhood). Enjoy the fireworks every 14 July.
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July: Tour de France

After 3,360km of arduous cycling through the countryside, villages and mountains of France, it all ends here: the final showdown on the Champs-Élysées.
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December: Réveillon

Welcome in the New Year an hour earlier than you would back home and see Paris dressed up in its festive party clothes.
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Shopping

For luxury and glamour, shop between Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the resplendent Champs Élysées, home to the world’s top fashion houses. For boutiques, head to the Marais in the 4th arrondissement and for traditional French cheese, don’t miss the Marché Beauvau in the 12th or Place Maubert in the 5th. North African culture flourishes at Marché Barbès in Boulevard de la Chapelle. France’s favourite department store remains Le Bon Marché (24 rue de Sèvres, 01 4439 8000) although don’t overlook Printemps (64 boulevard Haussmann, 01 4282 5884) and Galeries Lafayette (40 boulevard Haussmann, 01 4282 3456).

Food & Drink

For a knockout Paris experience, dine at Le Jules Verne (5 avenue Gustave Eiffel, 01 4555 6144), a Michelin-starred restaurant 125m above the earth and within the Eiffel Tower itself. Lower-key affairs include critics’ favourite Le Bistrot Paul Bert (18 rue Paul Bert, 01 4372 2401) and Le Miroir (94 rue des Martyrs, 01 4606 5073) in Montmartre. Brasserie Flottes (2 rue Cambon, 01 4260 0084) has bar seating, perfect for solo diners, plus Parisian specialties like onion soup and crusty baguettes. Find pain au chocolat and croissants in patisseries (bakeries) city-wide.

Nightlife

While the Moulin Rouge (92 boulevard de Clichy, 01 5309 8282) no longer has a bohemian vibe, it is still alive and (ahem) kicking. Meanwhile, Café de Flore (172 boulevard Saint-Germain, 01 4548 5526) thrives after dark with the literary ghosts of de Beauvoir, Camus and Sartre. For live jazz, visit Caveau de la Huchette (5 rue de la Huchette, 01 4326 6505); for techno and dance, try the Rex Club (5 boulevard Poissonière, 01 4236 1096); and for a classical evening out, visit the sumptuous Opéra Garnier (8 rue Scribe, 01 4001 1789).

Accommodation in Paris

Anywhere within walking distance of the Seine or the narrow streets of Montmartre grants you instant access to the city’s charms. Many of the grandest hotels reside in former mansions, such as the Hotel Le Bristol (112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 01 5343 4300) and the elegant Hôtel de Crillon (10 place de la Concorde, 01 4471 1500) which occupies a former royal palace. The Sofitel Paris (15 rue Boissy d'Anglas, 01 4494 1414) prides itself on its business facilities, while lower rates can be found on the edges of the city in and around La Défense.

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Hotel du Nord Paris

Hotel Du Nord - 47 rue Albert Thomas, Tel: +33 01 42 01 66 00

This tiny establishment, which is located a stone's throw from the hip Canal Saint Martin, offers excellent value, friendly service, Wi-Fi, terrace café with canal views, a library, and even free bicycle loans to explore one of the city's more eclectic neighbourhoods.

 
Hotel Trocadero Paris

Hotel le Parc Trocadéro - 55-59 Avenue Raymond Poincarré, Tel: +33 1 44 05 66

Well located in the chic 16th arrondisement, this Marriott-run property offers every modern convenience you could wish for, including spacious meeting rooms with the latest technology, a beautiful private garden, which doubles as a courtyard dining room, and a menu devised by super chef Alain Ducasse.

 
Hotel Jules Paris

Hotel Jules - 49-51 rue La Fayette, Tel: +33 1 42 85 05 44

Prolific hotelier Grace Leo's newest Paris property is located not far from the business and shopping district of the Opera. It's also in easy reach of Paris' most famous auction house, Drouot, well-known antique dealers as well as some of the better theatres and more interesting restaurants. The 101-room hotel cultivates a modern vintage look and offers high-speed Wi-Fi, fitness centre, and an intimate bar perfect for cosy conversations.

Located 14km south of Paris, Paris-Orly is the closest airport to the city centre. From here, taxis take up to 30-40 minutes to reach the city centre and, depending on traffic, cost €30-€50. Alternatively, travel by train on the RER Line B, which takes around half an hour.

Once in the city, the Paris metro is the quickest, easiest and most atmospheric way of getting around. It’s possible – pleasant, even – to walk between most of the central attractions, such as Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower. Take a taxi or use the metro to reach Montmartre. Don’t hire your own car: traffic and parking hassles will engulf you.

Paris Orly Airport Information

Aeroport d'Orly

Website
www.aeroportdeparis.fr

General information
Tel: (+33) 1 70 36 39 50

Distance
Distance from town centre 15km.

Getting to Orly
CityJet flights from London City LCY to Paris Orly. Choose our schedule of up to 6 flights a day.

Check-in
Check-in generally closes 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

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Car parking
There are 7 car parks and full details are available on the airport's website.

Taxis
There are several taxi ranks on the arrival level outside the terminal. Fares to the City Centre are around €35.

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