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Things to do in Paris

The variety of things to do in Paris is endless, as the cosmopolitan French capital is a world centre for fashion, culture and gourmet cuisine. Visit internationally-renowned museums, shop at ultra-chic boutiques and explore different areas of this beautiful city.

On Paris holidays discover the capital’s 20 districts or ‘arrondissements’ – from its landmark filled centre to the bohemian eastern areas. Admire world-famous works of art and take in iconic sights. Shop at exclusive stores or trendy flea markets and dine on the finest French cuisine. Stroll at your leisure around the city or enjoy unforgettable family days out at Disneyland® Paris.

Paris attractions

Paris attractions

Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower and see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Sample delicious goodies at the Boulevard Richard Lenoir food market. Take in breathtaking views from the top of the majestic Arc de Triomphe. Drive to the stunning Versailles Palace or take a day trip to Disneyland® Paris.

Paris shopping

Paris shopping

Shop for cutting-edge styles and enjoy wonderful views from the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store. Visit exclusive Chanel at the site of the original boutique on Rue Cambon. Wander around hip shops in bohemian Le Marais or browse for bargains at the mammoth Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen flea market.

Paris dining

Paris dining

Paris offers an unrivalled gastronomic scene. Treat your taste buds to classic French cuisine with contemporary flair at the Four Season George V’s Michelin-starred Le Cinq. Or tuck into delicious bistro-style fare at the cool and quirky Septime. Don’t leave Paris without sampling the delectable multi-coloured macaroons at Pierre Hermé.

Paris nightlife

Paris nightlife

Head to Harry’s Bar and Laperouse for high-class cocktails, or bar-hop on Rue Oberkampf. Take in an exhilarating show at the famous Moulin Rouge or groove to funky jazz sounds at Autour de Midi. Or discover the multiple club offerings around the Champs Élysées, including hip retro nightspot Le Baron.

Return visits to Paris

Return visits to Paris

On return visits to Paris, take in the attractive Port de Plaisance marina in the Bastille area. Stroll or cycle alongside Canal St Martin, lined with an array of bars, cafés and restaurants. Browse the excellent Musée du Quai Branly and step back into Piaf-era Paris at La Java club.

Tips from a Ventoura Local

Unlock the secrets of Paris with advice from a local. We caught up with Antoine, a young Parisian with a passion for city’s unique cultural offerings and the underground scene. Check out his recommendations for the perfect Paris adventure. You can connect with Antoine to book an experience on the Ventoura app.

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Jazz cafes.

Hear live jazz at Café du 38 Riv

A popular jazz haunt amongst locals, Café du 38 Riv is one of Paris’ best kept secrets. This intimate venue will see you seated up close to the live band while sipping on some of France’s best vino. Between the cavern-style interior and the lively music, Café du 38 Riv makes for a truly Parisian experience.

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La Pagode.

Catch a film at the Pagoda Theatre

Le Pagode is a hidden architectural gem within the Parisian skyline. Built in the style of a Japanese pagoda, Le Pagode was originally an extravagant gift from 19th-century businessman François-Émile Morin to his wife. A cinema since the 1930s, Le Pagode screens French and international films in decadent luxury, where red velvet chairs and ornate patterned walls make for a breathtaking cinematic experience. After seeing a film, enjoy high tea in the pagoda’s lush gardens.

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Bastille Opera.

See a performance at the Bastille Opera

It is well-known amongst locals that an evening at the opera needn’t cost much – by nabbing one of the few standing-room tickets you can enjoy world-class performances for just five euros. At the Bastille Opera in the 12th arrondisement you’ll be treated to performances from France’s most talented singers and musicians in an elegant modern theatre. However, there are only 32 standing-room tickets available each evening, so you have to get in quick for the chance to see these breathtaking productions.

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Indulge your sweet tooth at Du Pain et des Idées

This traditional French boulangerie serves all kinds of different breads and sweets to indulge your sweet tooth and satisfy your hunger. Serving everything from the traditional pain au chocolat to modern green tea croissants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The only challenge is making a selection from this mouth-watering range.

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Ventoura Local, Antoine.

Explore the streets at dusk

Paris comes alive in the evening. Take a nap after lunch so you have a spring in your step to discover the city’s nightlife. Each district of Paris brings its share of oddity and you can find sometimes the hidden gems behind the walls. Join me for a unique view of Paris’ most famous districts. I can tailor my tour for your tastes and interests, setting a surprising program. I worked for a public radio show, unearthing strange stories and treasures of knowledge; you won’t go home without a story to tell. I’m on the Ventoura app for iPhone and Android.

Thrilling Paris experiences

See the very best of Paris with these unforgettable experiences

Paris City Hop-on Hop-off Tour.

See the highlights of Paris at your own pace with a two day ticket on the Paris City Hop-on-Hop-off Tour. Take in the iconic Eiffel Tower. Stop off at the majestic Arc de Triomphe and stroll down the bustling Champs-Élysées. Admire famous works of art including the enigmatic Mona Lisa at the world-renowned Louvre. Enjoy wonderful views from the top of the double decker bus, listen to the multi-language recorded commentary and hop on and off as often as you like.

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Disneyland Resort Paris With Transport.

Discover Disneyland® Paris – a magical kingdom where dreams come true and your favourite Disney characters are waiting to meet you. With your transport provided, explore Disneyland® Park and its five famous lands – nostalgic Main Street, USA; exhilarating Adventureland; fairytale-filled Fantasyland; legend-inspired Frontierland and futuristic Discoveryland. Right next door to Disneyland Resort, experience the thrilling world of cinema and television at Walt Disney Studios® Park. Choose between a 1 Park ticket or a 2 Park ticket.

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Dinner and show at the Paris Moulin Rouge With Transport.

Welkommen and bienvenue to cabaret at the legendary Paris Moulin Rouge. Spend an unforgettable evening at the home of the French Cancan in bohemian Montmartre. Enjoy a three course meal of elegant traditional French cuisine and enjoy a glass of fine wine as you watch the Moulin Rouge’s latest fantastic show. Sumptuous sets, elaborate costumes, colourful light shows and superb choreography are all part of this exhilarating experience. Includes transportation from central Paris. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Visit some of Paris’ finest patisseries and discover the baking secrets of the delectable macaron. On this 2.5-hour guided tour of the St-Germain-des-Prés district, you will taste macarons from some of Paris’ most renowned producers. Learn about the exotic ingredients used in these wonderful coloured meringues and visit a ‘surprise’ patisserie, as well as the famous Pierre Hermé.

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Disneyland Paris Ticket: 1 Day 2 Park.

Experience the magic of Disneyland® Paris, where dreams come true and fairy tales are brought to life. Discover the storybook world of Disneyland® Park. Your Disneyland® Paris 1 Day 2 Park ticket is fantastic value, giving you the freedom to hop between both Disneyland® Parks as often as you like.

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Montparnasse Tower 56th Floor Observation Deck.

Prepare to be wowed by incredible panoramic views of Paris from the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower. Take Europe’s fastest elevator to the top of the tower, where you will be amazed by the view of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. The 360 Café and bar is the perfect place to enjoy a gourmet snack or drink while taking in the stunning Paris sunset.

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Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Tour from Paris.

Spend a moving day visiting the Normandy beaches where thousands of Allied troops tragically lost their lives during World War II. Focusing on the sites where heavy losses were suffered by American soldiers, this guided tour includes visits to the Omaha Beach Museum and American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. As well as learning about the D-Day landings, you will explore the beautiful Normandy countryside and stop for a traditional cider tasting followed by a two-course lunch.

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Paris Chocolate and Pastry Food Tour.

Perfect for foodies – this gastronomic tour combines French gourmet specialities with an afternoon of walking. Which means you won’t feel guilty as you sample mouth-watering chocolates and pastries from some of Paris’s leading chocolatiers and pastry shops. Your tour is led by a food connoisseur, who will give you an overview of French culinary habits and an introduction to the shops’ specialities. You will also learn about how these sumptuous treats are produced and how to prepare your own.

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Paris weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
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Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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Average daily sunshine (hours)
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