The very name conjures up a multitude of images: pavement artists in Montmartre's lively Place du Tertre, evening cruises down the majestic Seine under the famous bridges, dusty bookstalls along the Left Bank and bohemian restaurants in the Latin Quarter.
The large department stores Printemps and Galaries Lafayette offer immense choice. For those looking for the latest fashions, designer shops can be found along rue St Honoré, boulevard St Germain and avenue Montaigne. The Marais offers an appealing mix of chic interior design, trendy boutiques and original jewellery, while St Germain is renowned for its antique shops.
For those who enjoy street markets, head to rue Mouffetard close to the Latin Quarter for cheese, fruit, vegetables and meat, whilst the large weekend flea market at Clignancourt meight tempt those looking to track down a vintage piece.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Paris, our top picks for the best time to travel would be February, April and June
Where better for a Valentine's escape than the original City of Love? Strolling its wide avenues and boulevards hand in hand, perhaps stopping for a glass of wine at a street cafe. Ooh la la!
Paris in the spring has its own unique charms: bright and sunny days, with the very beginnings of alfresco dining, romantic walks along the Seine, and chestnuts in blossom, all preparing for summer.
There are few lovelier cities than Paris in summer. Boulevards and parks bathed in golden sunshine and ample opportunity for pausing at one of its tiny street cafés to people-watch. A pure joy!
Things to do in Paris
Paris Blog posts
From Ireland's most popular travel bloggers
1st April 2022 by One Step 4wardVisiting the Paris Catacombs: 7 things to know before you go
In 2017 alone, more than 40 million tourists visited Paris, France. That makes THE most popular city in the world, in the most visited country in the world! With so many things to do in France, does visiting the Paris Catacombs cut the mustard? Yes it does! With so many beautiful and historic things to see, it’s no wonder, but there’s more to Paris than museums and old architecture. In fact, sometimes, the best way to get to know the city is to head underground. The Paris catacombs are one...
27th January 2022 by Eat Sleep Breathe Travel8 tips to explore Paris on a budget (and still have a magical experience)
Paris on a budget? Sounds kind of crazy doesn’t it. But, from someone who has been four times I can tell you that it is possible. And possible in a good way, not the sleep in a 20 bed dorm and eat packaged noodles kind of way because, let’s be honest, that’s never fun. So, how do you do it? Well, I’ve picked up plenty of little tricks over my visits that I’m happy to share. Now, of course, visiting Paris will never be ‘cheap’, especially in comparison to places in Southeast Asia...
24th January 2022 by Eat Sleep Breathe TravelA night at Le Moulin Rouge: is it really worth it?
When it comes to Paris, the famous red windmill of Le Moulin Rouge is just as iconic as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, or the Louvre. First built in the late 1800s this world-famous cabaret has attracted visitors from across the globe for over a century. With its risqué performances and beautiful dancers, Le Moulin rouge has inspired a collection of films, books, and even a song. Voulez vous couchez avec moi anyone? But the real question is: is the Moulin Rouge worth it? Here’s my thoughts...
21st January 2022 by Eat Sleep Breathe TravelSacré Bleu! 8 things not to do in Paris (and what to do instead)
Confession: I never expected to like Paris. My mom went years ago when she was in her twenties and had nothing good to say about it. That, paired with the fact that it’s known to be such a romantic destination, kind of threw me off. Of course, then I heard that Paris had some of the best European Christmas markets, I found a cheap flight, and somehow I fell in love with Paris. So much so that I’ve now been seven times and can’t wait to return. ...
20th January 2022 by Eat Sleep Breathe TravelFall in love with solo travel in Paris
Paris is known as a romantic destination for couples but it’s actually one of my favourite cities for solo travel. In fairness, I didn’t expect to love Paris. I actually only went for the first time in 2011 because I heard of the Christmas Markets but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the cobblestone streets, boulangeries, and the way the Eiffel Tower sparkles like a diamond at night (fun fact: technically it’s illegal to photograph that because its considered art). Sure,...
Weather in Paris
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Paris