Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world. As a result, first-time visitors often arrive in the French capital with all sorts of expectations: of grand vistas, of intellectuals discussing weighty matters in cafés, of romance along the Seine, of naughty nightclub revues, of rude people who won't speak English. If you look hard enough, you can probably find all of those. But another approach is to set aside the preconceptions of Paris and to explore the city's avenues and backstreets as if the tip of the Eiffel Tower or the spire of Notre Dame wasn't about to pop into view at any moment.
You'll soon discover (as so many others before you have) that Paris is enchanting almost everywhere, at any time, even 'in the summer, when it sizzles' and 'in the winter, when it drizzles', as Cole Porter put it. And you'll be back. Trust us.
Paris' blend of romance, art and sultry brasseries casts a spell on visitors, but where do you start in the City of Light? Master Paris with our favourite sights, tours and places to stay.
Fall in love with the hidden gems.
Luxury hotels to make you go 'ooh-la-la'.
Crane your neck at iconic towers and cathedrals.
See the city through its streets.
Experience Paris with tasting tours and classic sights.
Watch the locals at play in these Parisian paradises.