City breaks in Paris
Book a short stay or weekend break in the French capital
When it comes to city breaks, few places capture the imagination the way Paris does. The ever-enchanting City of Light is a destination like no other, packed with history, culture and legendary romance. From the sweeping grandeur of its architecture to the cozy charm of its bistros, shops and bars, Paris seduces on many levels – and all you need is a weekend to appreciate its delights.
Wander the broad boulevards and monumental public gardens, then marvel at the artistic treasures on display in the city's vast museums. Pause to savor a coffee at an outdoor café, before browsing the street markets and bookstalls along the picturesque banks of the Seine.
Hit up the city's renowned designer stores and boutiques to shop for your own slice of Parisian style, then spend the evening indulging in the legendary gastronomic delights of this culinary capital before exploring the decadent nightlife. There are countless ways to immerse yourself in the spirit of this great city.
Although Paris is a sprawling metropolis, many of its top attractions are within walking distance of each other. Strolling around the streets and squares is all part of the fun of a short getaway in the capital. By basing yourself at a Radisson Blu Hotel in the heart of the city (our Champs Elysées hotel is the most central), you can spend your time soaking up the atmosphere while getting a true feel for this unforgettable destination.
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Our top 3 Paris attractions
- Eiffel Tower
- Notre Dame de Paris
- Arc de Triomphe
- Musée du Louvre
- Musée d’Orsay
- Centre Pompidou
Use our Paris map to see our pick of the top attractions
Locations and Neighborhoods
Location and neighborhoods
Discover Paris’s different areasParis is divided into 20 neighborhoods called arrondissements. The arrondissements are numbered from 1 to 20, starting at l'Île de la Cité in the center, and radiating outward toward the suburbs. Many Parisians refer to these arrondissements when discussing areas in the city, but there are also certain neighborhoods with their own distinct name. We've highlighted a few of the most interesting and popular areas to visit in Paris during your stay.
Best for being in the center of it all: 1st arrondissement
Covering the Right Bank of the Seine, this area is as central as it gets. Here you'll find major attractions like the Louvre, the Palais Royal, the Pont Nuef and the Tuileries. Go for a stroll along the Seine or through the formal gardens and admire the impressive views.
Best for literary heritage and cafés: St-Germain-des-Prés
This eclectic Left Bank neighborhood is home to grand old cafés such as Les Deux Magots and the Café de Flore, which once resounded with the heady discussions of literary greats and intellectuals such as Oscar Wilde, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir. Today you can find plenty of cool galleries, bars and independent shops.
Best for quaint charm: Montmartre
Clinging to the slopes of the hill from which it gets its name, the cobbled streets of Montmartre still retain a charming, village-like feel. Long a favorite quarter for artists, its meandering lanes, galleries and stores are well worth exploring. Climb to the top to visit the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur and admire the spectacular views over the city.
Best for chic glamor: Golden Triangle
Bounded by the high-end shopping streets Avenue Montaigne, Champs- Élysées and Avenue George V, the Triangle D'Or is one of Paris' most exclusive districts, just 10 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Champs- Élysées. Browse here for luxury labels such as Balmain, Chanel, Chloé and Dior, as well as top-end restaurants and ultra-chic bars.
Best for history and bookshops: Latin Quarter
Home of the renowned Sorbonne University, this ancient part of Paris is rich in history and offers plenty of old world charm. Explore the winding lanes and cobbled squares to discover some of the city's best bookshops – including the famous Shakespeare and Company – as well as Roman ruins, quirky markets, and bohemian bars and bistros.
Best for historic architecture and eclectic shopping: Le Marais
Edgy and diverse, Le Marais boasts most of the city's oldest architecture, perched along winding streets and lanes that hint at the spirit of medieval Paris. Browse its shops to uncover everything from chic designer boutiques to fabulous vintage treasures, as well as cutting-edge art galleries and trendy eateries.
Best for laid-back cool: Canal Saint-Martin
Escape the crowds and relax with a coffee along the leafy banks of this peaceful canal. There's a laid-back, bohemian vibe that is the perfect antidote after a busy day of shopping and sightseeing, with plenty of low-key restaurants, bistros and cafés to help you revive and refuel for the rest of your visit.
Where to Stay
Book a Radisson Blu hotel in Paris
City breaks can be full of surprises. Book your stay with Radisson Blu and look forward to exploring everything Paris has to offer.
Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysées, Paris
This hotel near the Champs Elysées welcomes Paris travelers to enjoy a charming retreat only steps from the Arc de Triomphe. Beautifully decorated rooms offer superb amenities that include Free high-speed, wireless Internet, coffee and tea provisions, and twice-daily housekeeping. Enjoy fine French fare and your favorite vintage at the on-site restaurant and bar. An elegant terrace connects the restaurant and bar to the stylish meeting room, creating an ideal venue for a meeting or special event.
Radisson Blu Hotel Paris, Marne-la-Vallee
This Disneyland® Paris partner hotel lies on the premises of Golf Disneyland®, steps away from 3 challenging 9-hole courses that can be combined to create 3 different 18-hole courses. The hotel provides free round-trip shuttle service to the theme parks, located only 7 minutes away, and features 250 contemporary rooms and suites with Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Relax after a day at the parks with 2 on-site restaurants, a spa and fitness center, and 27 meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris Boulogne
This 4-star hotel provides the ultimate convenience to Paris sporting venues and a metro stop so you can access the entire city. After a day of exploring one of the world’s most famous locales, you’ll love returning to the plush rooms complete with 24-hour room service. Dine outside near the private vineyard, and maintain your workout regimen in the on-site fitness center. Ample meeting facilities are perfect for both personal and business events.
Things to do in Paris
Must-sees, must-eats and must-dos
Landmarks and attractions
- Eiffel Tower: Probably the most famous landmark in Paris, this 320m-high wrought-iron spire is visible throughout much of the city. Take the lifts to the viewing platforms for spectacular views over the city. Feeling energetic? You can also climb the 704 steps to the 2nd floor.
Directions: Take the metro to Trocadéro or Bir-Hakeim stations, or the RER to the Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel station. Buses 42, 82, 69 and 87 stop nearby.
- Panthéon: Originally built as a church, this massive, domed building is a prime example of neoclassical architecture, and the burial place of some of France's most famous citizens, including Voltaire, Rousseau, Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie and Louis Braille. Buy tickets on official site.
Directions: Disembark at Monge, Luxembourg or Saint-Michel metro stations.
- Notre Dame de Paris: This stunning French Gothic cathedral with its colorful stained glass windows and moody gargoyles has stood at the heart of Paris for over 700 years. Made famous around the world by Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this architectural treasure is a highlight for over 14 million visitors a year.
Directions: Located on l'Île de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine. Walk across one of the 8 bridges, or take the Batobus. Metro: Cité
- Jardin du Luxembourg: The lush lawns, orchards and terraces surrounding the Luxembourg Palace are a popular place to relax and enjoy the sun. Go for a stroll and admire the landscaped grounds and statues, then catch a puppet show, concert or exhibition in the grounds.
Directions: Situated on the Left Bank, just 15 minutes' walk south from l'Île de la Cité.
- Arc de Triomphe: It's hard to miss this imposing archway set dramatically at the central meeting place of 12 avenues. Commemorating Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz in 1805, the monument also straddles the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where an eternal flame burns. Climb the 284 steps to the top of the arch for impressive views. Purchase tickets on official site.
Directions: Just 5 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs-Élysées Paris, in the large roundabout at the top of the Champs-Elysées. Metro: Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
- Bateaux Mouches: The most scenic way to get a quick overview of Paris' chief attractions is with a river tour aboard one of these open-top sightseeing boats. Some of the tours even include meals and cabaret shows, for an unforgettable dining experience. Purchase tickets on official site.
Directions: The embarkation point is on the Seine at Port de la Conférence, near Pont de l'Alma. Metro: Alma Marceau or Champs-Élysées Clémenceau
- Place de la Concorde: This vast, octagonal space is the largest square in Paris. Adorned with elaborate fountains and statues, with a towering Egyptian obelisk at its center, the square is surrounded by a number of major attractions, including the Champs-Elysées, the Tuileries Garden and the Seine.
Directions: The square is located at the end of the Champs-Elysées farthest from the Arc de Triomphe.
- Croissant au beurre: The quintessential Parisian breakfast food. Find a croissant made with real butter for the richest taste and lightest texture.
- Steak frites: A deceptively simple but delicious bistro classic, with quality steak and fries expertly prepared and served with moreish sauce.
- Baguettes: It would be a crime to visit Paris without sampling a fresh, crusty artisanal baguette from a local bakery. Try it with Bordier brand butter.
- Macarons: The perfect sweet treat, these colorful, bite-sized meringue biscuits sandwiched together with creamy filling are irresistible. Locals recommend the selection at Pierre Hermé or Ladurée – there are branches of both within 10 minutes' walk of the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs-Élysées Paris.
- Crêpes: Pick up this popular Parisian street food at a take-out window or market stall and choose from a variety of sweet or savory fillings.
- Champs-Élysées: The most famous shopping street in Paris, this broad street running from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde boasts a wide variety of well-known brands, from Zara and Gap to Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton.
Directions: Just a 5-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Champs-Élysées Paris.
- Boulevard Haussmann: Here you'll find Paris' iconic Belle Époque department stores, Galeries Lafayettes and Printemps. Shop for everything from food and homeware to exquisite haute couture in the elaborate Art Nouveau interiors.
Directions: The closest metro stops are Opera and Havre-Caumartin, or take the RER Line A to Auber.
- Avenue Montaigne: Every fashion lover's dream shopping destination in Paris, Avenue Montaigne is home to the flagship stores of design houses such as Chanel, Chloé, Céline and Saint Laurent.
Direction: Just a 15-minute stroll from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Champs-Élysées Paris
- The Marais: Looking for shopping with a cool, eclectic feel? This trendy neighborhood is home to designer boutiques, antique stores, artisan food shops and art galleries galore, as well as the popular Merci concept store.
Directions: Exit the metro at either Saint-Paul or Hotel de Ville stations.
- Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen: The largest flea market in Paris, this vast 19th century street market is a fascinating place to hunt for vintage clothes, antiques and collectibles amongst the bric-à-brac.
Directions: Take the metro to Porte de Clignancourt – the market is only a 7-minute walk from here.
- Musée du Louvre: Originally a royal palace, the Louvre is today the world's most visited museum. Art lovers and history buffs could spend days exploring its rambling corridors, which house more 35,000 priceless works of art – including Leonardo da Vinci's famous and enigmatic masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. Buy tickets on official website.
Directions: From the Place de la Concorde, walk through the Jardin des Tuileries – about a 15-minute walk. Metro: Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre
- Musée d'Orsay: Set in a former art-nouveau train station, this bright and airy museum is home to a breath-taking array of impressionist and post-impressionist art, including works by Degas, Monet, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. Alongside the permanent collection, catch touring exhibitions, concerts, talks and other events here. Book tickets on the official site.
Directions: Just 10 minutes' walk from the Place de la Concorde, on the opposite bank of the Seine. RER: Gare du Musée d'Orsay
- Centre Pompidou: This quirky cultural center is renowned for its unique, "inside-out" construction, with pipes, plumbing, cables and more all visible on the building's exterior. Inside you'll find the Musée National d'Art Moderne, the national collection of modern art, as well as cinemas, a library, and spaces for exhibitions, performances and other cultural events. Purchase tickets on official site.
Directions: Take the metro to Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville or Chȃtelet stops, or the RER to Chȃtelet-les-Halles.
- Musée Rodin: Dedicated to the art of the famed French sculptor Auguste Rodin, the Rodin Museum occupies an 18th-century mansion that is the artist's former home. Within this grand house and its peaceful gardens you can view such famous works as The Thinker, The Gates of Hell and The Kiss. Book tickets on official site.
Directions: Just 15 minutes' walk south from the Place de la Concorde across the Pont de la Concorde and along Rue de Bourgogne. Metro: Varenne or Invalides
- Roland Garros Stadium: Home of the French Open, a Grand Slam tennis tournament, this vast venue features 20 tennis courts, restaurants and bars, a training center, and even a tennis museum. Visit official site.
Directions: Just under 20 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris-Boulogne.
- Parc des Princes: The home of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club, this almost 50,000-seater stadium has hosted a number of European and FIFA soccer finals, as well as Rugby World Cup matches.
Directions: Just 10 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris-Boulogne.
- Stade Jean-Bouin: This multipurpose, 20,000-seat stadium hosts a variety of association soccer and rugby union matches. It is the home of the Red Star FC and Stade Français soccer teams.
Directions: Less than 15 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris-Boulogne.
- Hippodrome de Longchamp: As one of France's most esteemed horse racing venues, the Longchamp Racecourse hosts a wide selection of top races, including the esteemed Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, held each October. Venue information.
Directions: Just a 15-minute drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris-Boulogne.
Travel in Paris
All you need to know about the city’s transport
Walking is the best way to appreciate Paris' handsome architecture and dazzling vistas, so staying in a central hotel near shopping, restaurants and attractions is a good plan if you want to get the most out of your weekend break in France.
Both our Champs Elysées and Paris Boulogne hotels also have excellent public transport links nearby, so you can head to any neighborhood in the city and start exploring.
Here’s everything you need to know about getting around Paris:
Charles de Gaulle Airport
It's easy to travel from Paris' main airport to the city center via the capital's RER express rail network or by city bus. You can also take a taxi if you're happy to splurge a bit.
Travel times are approximately 30 minutes by train to Gare du Nord train station, and between 60 and 90 minutes by bus, depending on your final stop and whether it's a direct or regular city service.
Visit official site
There are 6 main train stations within Paris' city center: the Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare Saint-Lazare, Gare de Lyon, Gare Montparnasse and Gare d'Austerlitz. Each features services to a particular part of France, or international destinations.
Gare du Nord is the busiest – this is where Eurostar trains arrive from the UK, as well as RER services from the airport.
Paris' official public transit authority RATP operates a comprehensive public transportation network that includes the metro subway system, RER light rail trains and public buses.
The network is quick and convenient, making it a useful way to visit more far-flung attractions or neighborhoods or simply to speed up your journey. The entire system covers 6 zones, but most attractions fall within Zones 1 and 2.
You can use the same tickets on the buses and metro, as well as on the RER trains within Zone 1 (beyond this you need a special ticket). They can be purchased as singles or in a book of 10. Single and multiday passes are also available.
Both the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysées, Paris, and the Radisson Blu Hotel Paris-Boulogne are located just minutes from the nearest bus and metro stops.
Like the idea of exploring Paris by bike? The city's Vélib bike scheme lets you rent a 3-speed, unisex bicycle from service points around the city, then return it to any other service point when you're finished. 1-day and 7-day tickets are available – all you need is a credit card.
For a unique way of hopping from one major sight to another, try the Batobus river shuttle service along the Seine. It features 9 stops at chief sites along the river, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and other attractions.
Facts and Useful phrases
Language, costs, useful phrases and more
Top 10 French phrases:
|Goodbye||Au revoir||Oh reh-vwar|
|Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?||Pahr-lay-voo ahn-glay?|
|Where are the toilets?||Où sont les toilettes?||Ooh sohn lay twah-leht?|
|How much?||Combien ça coute?||Kom-bee-en sah coot?|
|Please||S'il vous plaît||See voo play|
|Excuse me||Excusez-moi||Ehk-kewz-ay mwah|
|Yes / no||Oui / non||Wee / nohn|
|I’m sick||Je suis malade||Zhuh-swee mah-lahd|
Population: 2,241,346 (2017)
Average cost of travel: A single ticket for the bus or metro costs €1,90 (or 10 for €16).
Most defining feature: The iconic architecture
Average cost of a pint: € 6,00
Top 5 Paris facts and tips:
- Remember that many museums, restaurants, boutiques and markets are closed on Mondays – except for the Louvre, which is closed on Tuesdays.
- Many Parisians take their annual vacation in August, so many businesses are closed then, too.
- Paris boasts more than 1,100 bars and almost 1,800 bakeries.
- To save time and skip the lines, you can book tickets online for many of Paris' major attractions. The Paris Museum Pass gives you admission to more than 50 museums and monuments on a single ticket.
- When entering a shop in Paris, it is customary to greet the staff with a "Bonjour madame/monsieur" and then to thank them when leaving – otherwise you risk appearing rude.
- Paris is a very green city, with around 450 gardens, parks and green spaces covering more than 1,200 acres.
Paris enjoys 4 distinct seasons. You can expect temperatures as high as 25°C in summer, with lows of around 0°C in winter and occasional snow. Spring and autumn tend to be temperate and relatively settled in terms of weather, and are pleasant times to visit if you want to avoid the summer crowds and the winter damp.