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Global City Guidebook: Paris

Jul 13, 2023

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Destinations / Europe

Paris is France’s capital and most populous city. The City of Lights draws travelers from all walks of life for its art, fashion, dining and cultural attractions. Paris plays host to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

GETTING THERE & AROUND
Two main airports serve Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris-Orly Airport. Of the two, Charles de Gaulle offers more flight options, though Orly lies closer to city center. If flying into Charles de Gaulle, travelers may take a taxi, rideshare, rental car, train or bus into city center. For travelers flying into Orly, taxi, rideshare and rental cars are available, or take the Orlybus, the airport’s only mode of public transportation. Once in the city center, the metro proves the easiest way to get around.

LODGING
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
The 5-star hotel is situated just off the Champs-Élysées. Indulge in a meal at one of the property’s three restaurants — with a combined five Michelin stars among them. The hotel recently debuted a new spa.
31 Av. George V, Paris, France
tel 33 1 49 52 70 00
fourseasons.com

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
Originally opened in 1928, the property underwent a massive renovation in the mid-2000s. The hotel offers guests unique amenities including a movie theater, art gallery and library.
37 Av. Hoche, Paris, France,
tel 33 1 42 99 88 00
raffles.com

Shangri-La Paris
Located in the former home of Prince Roland Bonaparte (Napoleon’s great- nephew), the hotel boasts stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine and is home to the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in France.
10 Av. d’Iéna, Paris, France,
tel 33 1 53 67 19 98
shangri-la.com

DINING
Au Pied de Cochon
The charming brasserie has served guests 24/7 since it opened in 1947. The restaurant specializes in charcuterie and cheese as well as seafood and French classics. Adventurous diners: Order The Temptation of Saint Anthony “Patron of the Butchers,” which comes with pork tail, ear, snout and trotter.
6 Rue Coquillière, Paris, France
tel 33 1 40 13 77 00
pieddecochon.com

Restaurant Guy Savoy
Often considered one of the best restaurants in the world, the French eatery features inventive à la carte and fixed-price menus alongside impressive wine pairings.
Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, Paris, France
tel 33 1 43 80 40 61
guysavoy.com

Stohrer
The oldest patisserie in Paris has served sweet and savory baked goods since 1730. The famous shop offers a rotating selection of tarts, flaky pastries, breads, quiche and other delectable desserts.
51 Rue Montorgueil, Paris, France
tel 33 1 42 33 38 20
stohrer.fr

ATTRACTIONS
Le Maris
Spend time exploring the trendy neighborhood of Le Marais. Once the city’s Jewish quarter, today the historical neighborhood is home to many boutiques, cafés, bars, galleries, museums and nightclubs, plus a thriving LGBTQIA+ scene.

Musée d’Orsay
While the Louvre may be one of the most recognizable museums in the city — and the world — travelers should consider a visit to one of Paris’ many other museums. Musée d’Orsay is a great option. Housed in a former railway station, the collection boasts a variety of French art dating from the late 1800s through early 1900s.
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, Paris, France
tel 33 1 40 49 48 14
musee-orsay.fr

Rooftop Bars
Paris is known for its beautiful architecture and the iconic Eiffel Tower. For a unique, panoramic perspective, opt to take in the views from a rooftop bar. With many throughout the city, consider these options: Sequoia Rooftop Bar, Créatures Paris, Le Perchoir Ménilmontant and Skybar Paris.

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