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Your Essential Paris Travel Guide: Top Tips for Every Traveler

Published 25 November 2023 by Leyla Alyanak — Parisian by birth, Lyonnaise by adoption, historian by passion

Although I visit Paris a few times a year (I live near Lyon), I'm anything but blasé − on the contrary, I'm still starry-eyed and in discovery mode whenever I visit the capital, turning into an inveterate explorer, armed with map and notebook. 

What do you think of when Paris is mentioned? Culture, history, romance, food? All of the above?

What follows is a look at Paris from every angle. I'll provide plenty of information about must-see sights, but given my mission to guide you around the offbeat, I'll also be adding those people, places and things that don't often get a mention!

Cool Paris attractions

Here are some of my favorite things to do or see in Paris, from major attractions to those that are a little more hidden away.

Best time to visit Paris

Paris may always be a good idea, but some seasons are better ideas than others!

Haunted Paris

Discover the haunted side of Paris, from burial places to eerie underground venues, where you're bound to run into legends of ghosts and spirits.

Where to stay in Paris

If you're looking for something different...

Safety in Paris

Beyond Paris?