Paris is split into lots of different neighbourhoods each with their own individual character. The trendy Marais district and the luxurious Champs Elysées feel like completely different cities. So make the most of the spring weather, when it’s not too hot and not too cold, and wonder around the different areas. Read our guide to the best neighbourhoods in Paris and pick one to spend a day exploring. We love the cobbled side streets of Montmartre.
Paris has more iconic sights than lots of other capital cities put together so a day sightseeing is a must when you’re here. Of course, the obvious place to head is the Eiffel Tower. The imposing iron structure is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the whole world and climbing it will reward you with one of the best views in Paris. Notre Dame, The Louvre and The Seine are some of the other places you mustn’t miss. If you’re short on time, why not take an open top bus tour of the city? It’s a great way to see the sights and will also provide you with information about Paris as you go.
Paris is famous for its shops and for good reason. While the luxury boutiques of the Champs Elysées draw the crowds, there are so many other quirky shops in Paris that you’ll love getting lost in. Whether it’s perfume, cheese or one-off vintage finds that you’re after, you’ll find it all in Paris.
At the first signs of sun, Parisians head outside, taking up residence at pavement cafes, sipping wine and generally looking chic. There is no shortage of al fresco dining in Paris so whether you’re after breakfast or brunch or a slap up meal, you’ll find somewhere to eat while soaking up the spring weather.
Paris was the first city in the world to introduce a public bike sharing scheme and since it was launched in 2007, Velib has expanded to now have a fleet of 20,000 bikes and nearly 2000 rental stations across the city. Swipe your credit card at any of the docking stations and you’ll be able to use one of the bikes for a small flat fee. It’s a great way to get around the city, especially in spring.
Disneyland has been attracting visitors from all over the world for decades now and still one of the most popular attractions in Paris. There is a regular train and coach service which will take you from the city centre to the amusement park. The perfect excursion for families with children, or adults who simply want a bit of fun!
Paris has a surprising number of parks and gardens that are a delight to explore in spring when the flowers are blossoming. A few of our favourites are the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Jardin des Tuileries and the Jardin du Luxembourg. Spend a day in one of these green spaces and enjoy feeling close to nature in the middle of the city.
The French are renowned for their patisseries, so an essential Parisian experience is seeking out the best pastries in Paris. From croissants and cakes to tarts and eclairs, your sweet tooth will be well and truly satisfied. Wash it all down with the best hot chocolate in Paris or the most delicious coffee in Paris and enjoy spending the day shoulder to shoulder with the locals.
Located out on the western edge of the city, Versailles is a must visit for history lovers. The Palace of Versailles, also known as the Château de Versailles, has been the scene for several historic events, not the least of which was the signing, on 28 June 1919 in the Hall of Mirrors, of the Peace Treaty between defeated Germany and the Allies that brought the First World War formally to an end. Spend a day wondering around the impressive palace and grounds, soaking up the grandeur.