Paris at a glance
Paris is famous for being one of the most fashionable and romantic cities in the world. The City of Light is divided into 20 areas called arrondissements; each with their own distinctive features, heritage and attractions. The centre of Paris is 1st arrondissement where you find top attractions such as Louvre and Jardin de Tuileries and the other 19 arrondissements spiral out from there.
Paris is home to famous attractions such as the iconic Eiffel Tower, the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens, impressive Notre Dame, the great shopping street Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe at its top, and the antique church Sacré-Cœur where you find an extraordinary view over Paris.
If you are visiting Paris for the first time staying in a serviced apartment, you might find their culture quite different from what you are used to. Parisians are very proud of their city and are often perceived as rude, even though often they are simply just honouring their heritage. Try and speak a couple of phrases in French and you’ll see them opening up to you straight away.
The local currency is Euro and there are loads to spend it on; Parisians understand how to truly indulge – but never over indulge. You’ll find that enjoying a bottle of exclusive wine or champagne with small dishes is very common and popular among locals, and there are plenty of tasty delicacies to dig in to.
Paris is a shopping haven like no other. On the large avenue Champs-Élysées you find an impressive amount of high street and luxury stores. The many large flagship stores offer a unique shopping experience and although there’s always thousands of tourists here, the large layout of the street and the many shops allow plenty of space for everyone.
There are various other small shopping areas and markets in Paris, with especially the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés being popular choices. Here you’ll find lots of independent designer boutiques as well as classy cafés and brasseries. Another popular area is Operá that houses impressive department stores
Paris is best explored by foot but the city is quite big and it will be impossible to see it all by walking around. The Paris Metro covers the entire city with 300 stations split into 16 metro lines and once you familiarise yourself with the metro map, it is very easy and convenient to use. There’s a variety of ticket passes to choose from – if you are staying in Paris for a while, you can buy a weekly, monthly or annual pass but it’s also possible to buy a day pass or a book with 10 or 20 tickets. If you buy a single ticket, the price is €1,80 and you can buy them at any metro station using coins or card. If you know that you’ll be travelling on the metro several times, it is always cheaper to get multiple passes instead of single tickets.
If you want to travel with a taxi, you can find these on most large streets and taxi ranks. If the light on the taxi’s roof is white it is free, if it’s orange it is busy. Always make sure to get in a licensed vehicle, and pre order a taxi if needed or book an Uber.
Staying in Paris
Make sure to find accommodation in a comfortable and safe part of the city, no matter if you are staying for a couple of nights or a couple of years. Space is usually limited in Paris and it is not unusual that several people are sharing a tiny studio flat. Parisians seem to always be great with interior and the small spaces are always full of character and traditional furniture and details. Stay in a Paris serviced apartment for a homely experience and a true Parisian feel in the beautiful city.