Paris, the capital of France, has a reputation as being one of the most romantic cities in the world. Its beautiful buildings, the wide sprawling boulevards, the alluring fashion, the young couples kissing by the river…Paris has it all and so much more! There are so many varied and impressive sights to take in within this European metropolis, from its wealth of museums to the cobble-stoned streets with quaint cafes and chic boutiques to the outstanding range of fine foods. Rather than staying in a uniform hotel which could be located anywhere, why not stay in a true Parisian apartment, complete with high ceilings, wooden floors and bay windows? Our Wimdu hosts are passionate about Paris and are keen to impart their knowledge and give recommendations. Our apartments are occupied and looked after by real Parisians, people who know where to find the best croissants, the strongest coffee and the liveliest bars. Make your trip to Paris a truly memorable one!
Over 20% of French people live in the Parisian region.
On the first Wednesday of every month, the civil service alarm is sounded at midday - it's sounded to test whether it works in times of emergency!
Disneyland Paris is the most visited attraction in Paris!
The Eiffel Tower is given a makeover, including a new coat of paint, every seven years - that's why it always looks so good!
This one's for statistics lovers - there are more dogs in Paris than children (there's about 300,000 more dogs).
Things to See
Paris is expensive to stay in - this much is true. But staying in a self-catering apartment in Paris is a great way of making the trip more affordable as you are able to make your own coffee at home or prepare a packed lunch. This will save you a good deal of money and allow you to enjoy some of Paris’ top attractions. We all know that a trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without visiting The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or The Louvre. These famous French landmarks that we have all grown up with are certainly as impressive in real life as you’d expect and are well worth investigating, but what about life in Paris? What are the lives of Parisians lives actually like?
A masterpiece of gothic architecture, Notre Dame is a 12 century cathedral that represents the heart of Paris.
The Musee d’Orsay hosts a permanent collection of impressionist paintings. It houses some extremely impressive paintings and is located in a former railway station.
The Pont Alexandre III is an impressive bridge which connects the Champs-Elysees quarter and the Eiffel Tower quarter.
is a big deal in Paris and Parisians have an impeccable fashion sense. Perhaps it is the pressure of the Paris Fashion Week, partnered with the London, Milan and New York fashion weeks, that keeps them on their toes? Paris is great for shopping and its top shopping districts attract millions of visitors a year. The Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honoré are particularly good for chic home furnishings, designer fashion and cosmetics. The Boulevard Haussmann is home to Paris’ most prestigious department stores. For those interested in books, Shakespeare and Company is Paris’ most famous bookstore featuring several floors of books on literature and French history. It’s often referred to as the best bookstore in the world!
Paris is also home to lively entertainment. The Moulin Rouge
cabaret theatre show is a hot ticket and particularly popular with tourists. The Barrio Nightclub is a fantastic Latin music venue spread over four floors. The décor is extremely impressive and the restaurant on the second floor serves classic Latin dishes. La Piano Vache
is a popular underground entertainment venue located down the hill from the Pantheon – a must-see for those interested in seeing the gritty side of Paris.
In terms of daytime entertainment, Paris has a diverse array of activities to offer. There are zoos and safari parks, water parks and boat tours. Seeing Paris by boat is a great way to admire the tall, beautiful houses that line the waterways.
Paris Off the Beaten Track
There are some parts of Paris that are never mentioned in any guide books. We’re sure that your Wimdu hosts have plenty of interesting recommendations.
Here are some of our own:
The Montmartre Vineyards offer a small slice of countryside in Paris. Planted in 1932, this vineyard produces a limited line of bottles every year and is well worth a visit.
A small distance from the centre of Paris is the Cour Saint-Emilion, a village of boutiques and restaurants built in former storehouses. A great place to avoid crowds of tourists.
The Catacombs hold the skeletons of 6 million Parisians. It is a little gruesome but well worth visiting by those looking for an adventure.
The Bois de Vincennes is located on the far eastern side of Paris and easily accessible by public transport. It is a beautiful garden full of ponds, wildlife and woodland. It is very big and used to be where the king hunted. The beautiful parks of Paris are part of its charm and we urge you to check at least one out! We recommend you bring a picnic too!
Getting To and Around Paris
Paris’ main airport, Charles De Gaulle, is 30 minutes from Paris city centre. Paris has an excellent public transport system and many shuttle buses link the airport with the city. The metro is the best way to travel around the city. There are 16 lines and each has a different number and colour making it easy to navigate. There are 6 zones in Paris and it is worth establishing where you plan to go so you can get the best value from the ticket you buy. Taking a boat is a fun and novel way to travel around Paris. The Batobus company operate along the Seine with 8 stops at all the major tourist sites. A one day pass costs 11 euros and can really make the difference to your day of sightseeing.
Staying with a local in Paris will offer you a great insight into life in the city. Wimdu’s range of studio apartments and bed and breakfast accommodation in Paris are affordable and well situated. Living like a local has never been more straightforward!