Everything you need to know about Paris
If you have a question, we have the answer. Find everything you could ever need to know about the French capital
Here at Plum Guide, we’re known for the extraordinary quality that we expect of our accommodation, but we also pride ourselves on offering you the very best travel advice. Over the years, we’ve created myriad journal posts to guide you through your holidays, and now we’ve decided to make your life that little bit easier (you’re welcome). If you’re planning a trip to the City of Love, read on and equip yourself with all of our expert knowledge, so you’re perfectly prepared for a memorable vacation. Here is absolutely everything you need to know about Paris.
Read our advice on the top things to do
View of a ferris wheel from Tuileries Gardens, Paris
If you’re looking for things to do in Paris, then look no further. We’ve put together all of our very best suggestions so you can make the most of your trip, even if you’re specifically looking for activities to do with children. There are so many great ways to enjoy your time in the French Capital. Find the best places to shop, browse the top museums in the city, or wander through parks and gardens. We’ve also created expert guides for those of you who are hoping to save your money with free activities, and for anyone looking to explore the city on a budget.
As you are more than likely aware, Paris is split into districts known as arrondissements, and we appreciate that if you've not encountered these before, they can be tricky to understand. That's why we've written a quick guide to arrondissements, to try and make your trip to the French capital smoother. We even have posts discussing specific arrondissements for you to enjoy, with a list of places to visit in the 15th arrondissement, as well as a guide to visiting the 19th arrondissement. So, next time you’re wondering what to do in the City of Light, heed our advice and embark on a trip full of enjoyable activities.
Choose where to stay
When you’re deciding where you want to stay in Paris, it’s well worth checking out all of our thorough suggestions, with our exclusive collection of luxury holiday rentals in Paris ranging the whole city. We’ve got you covered whatever your personal needs or wishes may be, so if you’re looking for advice on the best places to stay with family or where you should stay as a tourist, we’re sure you’ll find your ideal temporary home. The City of Love is the perfect place to enjoy a memorable holiday, with countless great places to visit, but we know it can also be daunting visiting a country that you're not overly familiar with. That's why we've rounded up the safest places to stay in the French capital, so you can avoid any unwanted surprises. We also have information for those of you wondering where to stay as a young adult, as well as a guide to staying close to the Bataclan, so you can book your trip with the confidence and excitement it deserves.
Discover the perfect itinerary for your trip
Planning the perfect holiday is never going to be easy, but with our extensive travel knowledge, we can certainly make it easier. Whether planning a longer trip or just visiting for a night or two, you will find plenty to do. Take a look at our advice on how to enjoy a long weekend in Paris, as well as our guide to spending 1 day in the French capital. If that doesn't quite cover your stay, read our guide to visiting the City of Love for 2 days, or check out our ultimate 3 day itinerary. We also have an itinerary for those of you visiting the city for 4 days, as well as a slightly longer 5 day itinerary. Or, if you're committing to France for the week, read our ultimate 7 day itinerary.
Find the ultimate foodie travel tips
Croissants and cookies in a Paris cafe
One of the main reasons people travel is the food, with new and exciting dishes making every meal time something to savour. In Paris, that is no different, and whether you’re after traditional dishes or something slightly different, there really is something for everyone. Embrace the city’s culture with our unmissable food tour, and treat yourself at some of the city's finest bakeries. Enjoy our guide to the very best places to eat too, with advice on the greatest restaurants and food markets you really must visit.
Embrace the season whenever you visit
The Arc de Triomphe in a snow-covered Paris in winter
There’s no right or wrong time to embark on a trip to the City of Light, as there are still plenty of ways to enjoy a memorable trip whatever season you’re travelling. Whenever you’re choosing to travel, we’ve got the perfect guide for you. Take a look at our advice on how to spend Spring here, as well as our suggestions on what to do in January. We have the answers to your questions if you are visiting in February, and can help you discover the best things to do in March. Check out our guide to visiting in April if that is suitable for you, or discover how to enjoy the French capital in May. Or celebrate the beginning of summer with our guide to staying in Paris in June, and make the most of your break with a stay in one of the top apartment hotels in the whole of Paris.
If the heat of summer is more your time for travelling, read our guide to spending July in the city, and check out our advice on what to do in August. We also have a guide outlining the best things to do in September, and learn how to celebrate Halloween properly with our October guide. For those of you coming to town in the colder months, read our guide to visiting in November, or explore our advice on the best things to do in December. We even have a guide dedicated to spending Christmas in the famous French city, so grab your coat, gloves, scarf and hat, and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the most wonderful way possible.
Explore some of the city's best homes
As you (hopefully) know, we here at Plum Guide pride ourselves on offering the best of the best when it comes to vacation rentals, so explore our guide outlining some of the very best apartments that Paris has to offer. We offer a wide range of home types for you and your loved ones to enjoy here, so read our guide to the city's top pet-friendly homes, as well as our favourite airbnbs in the French capital for families. We also have a guide to some of the more unique homes to book, so across our entire range of luxury Paris vacation rentals, you're sure to find something for you.
Treat your partner to a romantic getaway
A couple by the Eiffel Tower on their wedding day in Paris
Going away with your partner, creating new memories and spending quality time together is always an enjoyable experience, so we’ve used our expert knowledge to make sure you’re perfectly prepared for your trip. Guarantee your partner a good time by checking out our guide to the city's most romantic airbnbs, and plan the couples' holiday of a lifetime with our guide helping you choose where to stay on your romantic holiday.
Embark on a business trip
Sometimes you have to travel for a reason other than holiday, we get that. We realise it isn’t quite the same, but it really doesn’t have to be that different at all. You can still explore a new place, try new things, eat new foods, and ultimately have an enjoyable time. Read our guide to everything you need to know about business etiquette, or if you happen to be stopping over permanently, check out our advice on relocating to the French capital.
Stay near a famous French landmark
The Louvre Museum, Paris
We all love the odd day out to a tourist attraction, but why not get the full experience of your favourite landmark by staying nearby. We have a whole host of content highlighting the best homes near attractions in Paris, so explore our post on the best homes to book near the Eiffel Tower, as well as our list of the top holiday homes near Disneyland. We also have suggestions for anyone wanting to stay near Moulin Rouge, or for those of you hoping to find a home near the Palace of Versailles. If you want to reside close to the Louvre, we've got the answers for you, and check out our expert guide for our favourite homes near the Champs-Elysees. We've also got you covered if you want to stay near Sacre-Coeur, book a home close to Galeries Lafayette, or reside just a short distance from Musee d'Orsay. The expert advice doesn't stop there either, as we also have a guide to the best holiday homes near the Pompidou Centre, as well as a post outlining the top places to stay near Sainte-Chapelle.
Ensure that you’re well prepared for your trip
Woman with umbrella in blistery weather at Disneyland Paris
It can always be a little bit daunting when visiting somewhere for the first time, so we here at Plum Guide have created a number of guides to help ease any concerns you may have. If you’re travelling here for the first time, check out our ultimate beginners guide to the French capital, so you know exactly what to expect when you arrive, and learn how to navigate the city's airports with ease. You can also read our list of things you have to know before visiting, and to guarantee that you're ready for anything, take a look at our monthly guide to the weather in Paris.