Paris is the undisputed romantic capital of the world. This charming city is alive with history and culture and home to some of the world’s best-loved sights, including the Louvre, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Cœur, Château de Versailles and the Eiffel Tower.
Visitors to the city shouldn’t just marvel at the landmark 307-metre high Eiffel Tower from ground level, there are also stunning vistas of the entire Paris metropolitan area to be enjoyed from the viewing platforms. Take a romantic cruise along the Seine and let your soul run free as the buildings pass you buy, each one more impressive than the last.
A stroll through the Marais district is highly recommended. Once marshland, this area is studded with architectural gems and widely held to be one of the most attractive parts of the French capita.
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Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy
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Stade de France
The Parisian address 3, rue Royale, is still legendary, even though things were rather quiet in this club for a long time. However, Maxim – also located there – has once again become a top hotspot for after-work parties. The opulently decorated club with a great past is open Wednesday to Saturday between 11.30 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Another permanent feature of Parisian nightlife is the Rex (5, boulevard Poissonnière). The club opens at midnight from Wednesday to Saturday: well-known DJs and a huge dance floor await disco fans – however, you have to be prepared to wait in the long queue before you get in.
Duc de Lombards (42, rue des Lombards) has been offering top-class jazz for over 25 years. Established jazz greats and hopeful talented acts act out their passion on stage, delighting the audience (open daily between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.).
Balajo (9, rue de Lappe), has been around a lot longer, i.e. since 1860 – it is an absolute must for fans of Latin American rhythms and sounds. Salsa courses for beginners are held at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Holders of a course ID are also entitled to visit the club, which is open until 5 a.m. in the morning.
f you had considered going up the Eiffel tower but couldn’t face the long wait, then simply continue a bit further, and take the restaurant’s lift to the first platform and enter the Jules Verne. Although the interior isn’t necessarily the most up-to-date around, the fantastic view across the city makes up for it – and the rather hefty prices. Opening times: daily 12.15 to 1.30 p.m., and 7.15 to 9.30 p.m.
If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Sacré Coeur and feel peckish, we recommend a detour to the small yet stylish Crêperie Préface (11, rue des Trois Frères). You will find original Breton crêpes here and delicious galettes (waffles) of the highest quality every day between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Le Fumoir (6, rue de l’Amiral Coligny), right at the back of the Louvre, offers excellent food and very good wines at acceptable prices. The restaurant is open daily until 2 a.m.
If you want to check out a genuine Parisian brasserie, Le Nemrod (51, rue du Cherche-Midi) is a good choice. The terrace tempts you outdoors on fine days.
Just the sound of the word Paris is enough to get the hearts of fashion-conscious shopoholics racing. The selection really is immense, price ranges vary according to the quarter and brands, little presents and souvenirs are to be had on any street corner.