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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.

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 701 239

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 5050

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

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 5050

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 6110

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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


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.


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 Orly
Our favourites

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 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 - 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.

Paris Orly Airport Information

Aeroport d'Orly


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

Distance from town centre 15km.

Getting to Orly
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