Paris Travel Guide
Updated: Feb 16
Because of Emily in Paris, Paris once again became a popular destination in 2020. Here’s some guidance for you when you can travel to Paris once we are able to do.
Paris, the capital of France, is one of the most romantic and influential cities in the world. In terms of tourism, Paris is the second most visited city in Europe after London. In this travel guide, we will show you how to shop in Paris.
It is a fact that Paris is a pricey city to visit or the most expensive city in the world. If you want to discover the capital’s top attractions, find accommodation in a good area and eat in renowned restaurants, it will be expensive. Nevertheless, if you plan in advance, it is possible to save money on your trip and you still can enjoy the best. This is our advice:
Book your flight and hotel in advance
Booking your flights and accommodation in advance is one of the easiest ways of saving. In the hotel search engine such as booking.com or agoda.com you’ll be able to find great deals plus member rates. Furthermore, in most cases, it is possible to cancel just 24 hours before your arrival date and you won’t have to pay until you get to the hotel.
Next, you can purchase the tourist card in Paris called the Paris Pass, which includes the advantages of the Paris Visite and it also gives you free entrance to over 60 tourist attractions and monuments.
Paris is very spread out and its top attractions are far apart. If you want to find accommodation in the most elegant parts of the city, the best options are Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, and Opéra Garnier. If, on the other hand, you prefer a lively neighbourhood and want to enjoy the city's nightlife, we recommend the Latin Quarter. However, do note that accomodation around those places are pretty costly such as Four Seasons Hotel Paris.
In short, I recommend finding accommodation on both sides of the Seine, from the Île de la Cité to the Eiffel Tower. These areas are safe, central and ideal to stay in.
If you want to spend less on accommodation and don’t mind spending a little more time on the metro every morning to get to the city centre, there are a variety of cheaper hotels in the suburbs but you might spend more on public transportation as well.
Hotels in Paris
According to the latest statistics, the average price per night in Paris is over € 100 (US$ 120.30). However, it is possible to find good hotels for € 70 (US$ 84.20) - € 90 (US$ 108.30) a night. If you’re looking to spend less, there are bargains for a little over € 50 (US$ 60.10).
I recommend you to stay in Astotel Paris as they are 17 properties in Paris and it is quite affordable yet comfortable.
Galeries Lafayette (Boulevard Haussmann 40): Declared historic monument thanks to its spectacular Neo-Byzantine dome, Galeries Lafayette is one of the most visited department stores in the world. It is worthwhile visiting the building, even if you don’t plan on buying anything.
Printemps (Boulevard Haussmann 64): Very close to Lafayette, the department store Printemps includes the most expensive luxury fashion brands worldwide. Visitors will find it difficult to find items for less than €300.
High-end shopping streets
Champs-Elysées: The city’s most popular avenue is also renowned for its exclusive stores, luxury brands and designer fashion. This is where Louis Vuitton’s insignia shop is, attracting hundreds of clients and thousands of curious tourists to its window display each day. The majority of its clients are wealthy Asians. You can also find other luxury boutiques like Hermes.
Avenue Montaigne: This small street is where the city’s most exclusive and high-end shops, hotels are found. It is worth visiting, at least to see the extravagantly decorated window displays. For example, Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermes, Feni, Balenciaga, Celine, Gucci and many more!
Rue Royale: This street connects Place de la Concorde with la Madeleine. Halfway down the street, Rue Saint-Honoré cuts it perpendicularly. This artery is where stores like Hermès, Prada or Yves Saint Laurent are found. If you continue walking east, you’ll get to Place Vendôme.
The Latin Quarter is a great option if you’re looking for high streets with affordable shops. The streets: Saint-Germain Boulevard, Saint-Michelle Boulevard and the neighbourhood’s cobbled streets are all worth discovering.
Île de la Cité Market: Located in the Place Louis Lépine and open during the whole year, this market is one of most famous in Paris. On weekdays there are flower stands and on Sunday they sell birds as well.
Marchés aux puces de Saint Ouen: In this huge open-air market travellers will be able to find from antiques to clothes. The most important days are Saturday and Sunday. The best way to get to the market is taking the metro to the Porte de Clignancourt station.
How many days do you need to spend in Paris? I recommend 6 days just nice where you can shop and eat and visit some local attractions!