Located in the north of France, Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, and one of the most beautiful. Also known as the City of Love and the City of Light, you will have an unforgettable vacation if you visit Paris Centre. From the wonderful monuments and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower
, Notre Dame
or Arc the Triomphe
, to impressive green areas such as the Tuileries Gardens. The river Seine, that crosses Paris Centre, gives an extra dose of class to this already magnificent city. Right in the river, you can get lost among the little streets and places of the two little islands in the middle, Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. You can enjoy the little hills that conform the unequal surface of the city, Montmartre being the tallest and the most visited, thanks to the bohemian district that stands there.
Paris is divided in 20 arrondissements
or districts, where the many tourist attractions are located. You will be surrounded by locals of all ages, although the residents of Paris Centre are usually of upper or upper-middle class. You will also be surrounded by lots of artists and expats, since Paris is a very international city. More than 2 million people live in Paris Centre, although its metropolitan area extends way beyond the centre of the city: It is the most populated of the European Union, with a population of more than 12 million people.
In Paris Centre, you will be also surrounded by lots and lots of tourists: It receives more than 30 millions of tourists every year.
The best means of transportation in Paris Centre is the metro. There are many different lines that will take you to the different parts of the city, and you can find metro stations all around. Get one good metro map and voilà! You’re free to go wherever you want in Paris Centre.
It is true that you can’t go over all Paris Centre in one day, but if you have the time, the best way to get to know it is by foot. You will be able to admire the uniqueness of French architecture, and besides, Paris Centre is one of those places where you will find everything beautiful. So if you book one of GowithOh’s apartments in Paris Centre, seeing every day one of the areas in detail is a very good option.
If you don’t have that much time, you can hop onto one of the many sightseeing buses that operate in the area.
There are thousands of things to do in the capital of France if you book an apartment in Paris Centre! You can walk along the beautiful Champs Elysées and see how you approach little by little the majestic Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the wide avenues that are born in the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc is located. Then, you can take avenue Kléber until Trocadero, where you will be able to admire the beautiful gardens and you’ll get the best view of the most famous landmark in Paris Centre: The Eiffel Tower. Then, you can walk up until Les Invalides, and visit the tomb of Napoleon, which is built in a way that you have to bow to him – an emperor even centuries after his death. After that, you can walk along the river seine until Île de la Cité, where you will see the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, which challenges the passing of time as its gargoyles look at the river Seine, at both its sides. Of course, you may need more than one day to do this wonderful tour, since Paris Centre is huge!
And if you want some culture, there are tons of it as well in Paris Centre. You can literally spend days inside the Louvre Museum if you want to see all the wonders it hides – and if you prefer to visit one more reachable, you can see the wonderful Musée d’Orsay or the Pompidou.
Eating out in Paris Centre is a whole different experience. The capital of France is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, and the elaborate French cuisine will make the delights of any foodie. Try the restaurants Pierre Gagnaire, La Veraison or the Epicure, whose name is already telling you that it will be a real pleasure!
However, Paris Centre is also an expensive place to eat, and its fancy restaurants are not apt for all kinds of wallets. However, you can still find some wonderful bistros where to have a very nice dinner without scaring out your credit card, such as Bistrot Victoires, close to the Louvre Museum, the Breizh Café of Le Marais or Le Petit Clerc, close to the Eiffel Tower. You can also grab some sandwiches to go and enjoy a picnic lunch with the whole family in one of the beautiful parks and gardens of Paris Centre. An option that your children will surely enjoy!
In Paris Centre, you can find many places where to mingle with the locals. One of the best and most fun atmospheres is in the Latin Quarter, one of the liveliest neighbourhoods of Paris. In Rue Mouffetard, you will find many bars and pubs where to have a drink and grab a bite!
But the night is also as good a time as any to enjoy the beauty of Paris Centre. The most important monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower, as well as the unique pyramids of the Louvre Museum are illuminated at night, and they offer a different picture of the city.