Paris Travel Guide

Explore Paris

Paris has been known as the city of love, city of lights, city of romance, and so on Easily the most famous city in the world, Paris has gained a loyal following of travelers from east to west,backpackers to well heeled luxury seekers with its treasure trove of architectural icons,world class art work,and priceless historical sites. All that along with fresh green parks, royal gardens and winding rivers, make Paris such a welcoming city. Seriously, who doesn’t love Paris?


Top Things to Do

Eiffel Tower

A symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is the one attraction you can’t miss when in Paris. The wrought iron lattice tower was first constructed in 1889 by the famous engineer Gustave Eiffel, and has since become one of the most renown structures in the world. The tower has three levels for visitors, with an observation deck on the top level’s upper platform.

The Louvre

The world’s largest museum is not just an iconic landmark of the city, it’s also home to approximately 35,000 prehistoric artefacts exhibited in an area of 60,600 square meters — making it one of the world’s largest museums. Get there early though, if not prepare for a long line.

Notre Dame

Considered to be one of the most famous church buildings in the world, the Notre-Dame de Paris (meaning “Our Lady of Paris”) is a medieval Catholic cathedral poised on the bank of the Seine River. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and houses some of Catholicism’s most important relics, including the purported Crown of Thorns.

Arc de Triomphe

Dedicated to the army of the French Revolution, this symbolic landmark was inaugurated in 1836 and has since become a national landmark. From the top of the panoramic terrace, you can get a sweeping view of the grand boulevard, les Champs-Élysées.

Canal St. Martin

A popular spot in summer, the Canal St Martin is a 0.5km long canal that snakes its way through the historical centre of Paris. Locals and tourists alike convene on the banks of the river to watch barges snake through the waterway and navigate the bridges.

Grande Mosquée de Paris

The Great Mosque of Paris was founded in 1926 as a token of gratitude to the Muslim tirailleurs from France’s colonial empire, of whom some 100,000 died fighting against Germany during the World War. The mosque was built in the mudéjar style, with the 33m-high minaret as its centerpiece.

Where to Eat and Drink

French dining is known to be one of the best cuisines in the world; and Paris the culinary capital of the world. Halal restaurants are also easy to find, thanks to the large Middle Eastern community in the city. Be warned though, there are plenty of tourist traps in the city that serve overpriced and below-standard food. Do your research and hunt down the best local haunts in town and you’ll sure to satisfy your tastebuds.


RECOMMENDED PLACES TO EAT

Monsieur Bleu

Enjoy designer dining at this uber stylish restaurant at the base of the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art center. Well-heeled travelers will love the refined international cuisine served along with magnificent views of the Seine River and Eiffel Tower.

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L’Affable

Looking for some French comfort food? This super chic, modern bistro in the posh Rive Gauche district dishes up the city’s best steak tartare as well as traditional fare like lobster ravioli and steamed wild salmon. The restaurant’s setting is equally impressive, with its interior covered with multi-hued mosaic tiles and ancient beams.

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Boco

This unique eatery isn’t your typical neighborhoods Parisian bistro. It reinvents fast dining with affordable gourmet food prepared by 13 Michelin star chefs in creative jars for just a few euros. If you’re looking for a casual place to try genuinely good French food, this is it.

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Foyer de la Madeline

Those looking for a deeper meaning beyond sampling French food would be happy to know that this social-conscious restaurant contributes a percentage of their profits to charity. Located in the historical crypts of the Church of the Madeleine, this underground tavern offers French staples at a discounted rate through a mandatory annual membership.

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Le Paradis du Cous Cous

This fully-certified Halal Moroccan restaurant is known to be the best in town, serving authentic and savoury lamb cous cous at budget prices. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Morocco with its Arabic fare and Middle Eastern decor.

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Recommended Places to Stay

Le Bristol

Since 1925, Le Bristol Paris has been a fixture in the city’s hotel scene. Today Le Bristol Paris is a leading bastion of gastronomy, holding no less than four Michelin stars.

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée

Many people come to Paris for romance; if you’re one of them, this hotel will surely set you in the right mood. Their newly updated rooms feature exquisite Louis XVI inspired décor and captivating views of the Eiffel Tower.

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TRYP Paris Opera

Stylish yet affordable, this midrange hotel is well priced and centrally located near the Place de l`Opéra. Having been fully refurbished in 2015, the hotel features tastefully designed rooms decorated in warm tones with classic wooden furniture.

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Ibis Styles Paris

The best budget option in town is just opposite the Gare de l’Est TGV train station and within walking distance from main tourist attractions. If you’re looking for no frills rooms with modern facilities, this will be the perfect choice.

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Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Paris is in summer (from June to August) when the temperature is pleasant (in the mid 20s) and the daylight hours are long. There are also many festivals and holidays in summer, such as the Tour de France and Bastille Day.

However, this is also the most crowded and expensive time to visit as tourists from all over the world descend upon this popular destination. If you’re on a budget, we advise planning your trip for spring (March to May) or autumn (September to October) for less crowds and lower prices. Winter can get really cold in Paris, with temperatures dropping to around 0ºC.


Getting There

Many airlines fly from Saudi Arabia to Paris, including Oman Air and Etihad. Most flights have at least one stop, but there are a few direct flights (that take around 6 and 7 hours) from Riyadh or Jeddah with Air France and Saudia Airlines.

Getting from Airport to City
  • By Train

    The quickest and cheapest way to travel to the city centre is by the RER B (blue) train line which leaves from Terminals 2 and 3 of the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. A single fare costs 9.25 EUR each way and the journey takes up to 50 minutes.

  • By Bus

    There are a few options to travel to the city centre by bus: Roissybus leaves from all three terminals and runs from 06:00 to 23:00. Tickets cost the same price, at 9.25€ one-way, and the journey takes up to an hour. Local buses like numbers 350 and 351 are cheaper (at 5.70€ one way), but they stop frequently and can take up to two hours. Night buses N140 and N143 run seven days a week and depart from all three terminals (one way tickets cost 5.70€).

  • By Taxi

    This is the most expensive mode of transport; A fare to Paris city center costs approximately 50.00€. The journey can take more than an hour at busy times. There are taxi stands at all three terminals and you can spot legitimate taxis by the yellow lights on the roof.



Extra tips
  • In Paris, the language spoken is French. Most people don’t speak English, so try to pick up some basic French words before you go. The locals will appreciate that.

  • The currency in Paris is the Euro (EUR). The current exchange rate is 1 SAR to 0.24 EUR (€).

  • The outlets in Paris supply 230 volts at 50 hertz.

  • The plug in France uses two standard electrical socket types, the two-pin Europlug and the Shuko plug.