Paris City Breaks
A Paris City Break Guide
A city break in Paris is a great idea for a short getaway, especially as it's only a couple of hours away by train and can often be very cheap.
Flying, taking the Eurostar and if you're on a budget, taking the coach, are all great options for getting to this beautiful city and whether you are visiting for the culture and museums or just to soak up all that Parisian atmosphere from a quaint little cafe, you are sure to enjoy yourself.
Try to book in advance if you can for the best fares, however Eurostar fares only come out four months before departure.
Getting to, from and around Paris
By far the best way to get from central London to Paris is by Eurostar. It's quick, easy and if you book far enough in advance, very affordable.
For those travelling from outside of London, many low cost and scheduled airlines fly into Paris' airports.
The Metro is an idea way to work your way around the city, and if you are planning on seeing plenty of attractions, a Paris City Pass is also a great option.
If the open top tour buses take you to the places you want, it may be worth while using these instead of public transport to get from one area of Paris to another.
Things to do in Paris
A city break in Paris would not be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower, admiring the city at sunset from the steps of the Sacre Coeur and gazing at the beautiful Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre, however, there are other attractions and activities that you should look out for during your stay.
On the way up to or down from the Sacre Coeur, be sure to visit the famous burlesque venue, the Moulin Rouge in the Montmartre district of the city. If it has always been a dream to watch the show live, tickets can be bought online at dosomethingdifferent.com.
Take a stroll down the Champs-Elysees for some great shopping and impressive views of the Arc de Triomphe, the iconic Parisian monument that honours those who have fought for France, and in particular the Napoleonic Wars.
Located in the 4th arrondissement in the heart of the city, the famous Centre Georges Pompidou building, housing the largest museum for modern art in Europe, the IRCAM centre for music and acoustic research, and the Public Information Library. When admiring the architecture of the building, you will notice the pipes and structure of the building are actually the pipes that service the building, including fire extinguisher system, plumping and electric wires.
Where to stay in Paris
Paris is split up into 20 districts, or arrondissements, as they are known locally. Each one is home to its own unique citizens and lifestyles. Generally, the further out you go, the cheaper you will find the hotel rates.
In the business district of La Defense, similarly to London's Canary Wharf, business visitors only stay during the week which means hotels around this area will often discount rooms and weekend breaks in Paris can be very affordable if you stay in this area of the city.
Northern areas of Paris can also be very cheap, and very useful if arriving by Eurostar as the train station is Gare du Nord and based in this area also.