Paris Tourist Guide - Useful tips for visitors to Paris

The Big Attractions


This is the palace about 30 miles outside Paris where Louis XIV, the Sun King, lived before the French revolution. The luxury and Baroque architecture is marvelous, and it is easy to get a sense of the splendour that once surrounded the nobility of France.

Le Louvre

This huge former palace next to the River Seine is now home to hundreds of paintings, all arranged into wings. It contains many famous paintings and sculptures, such as ‘Venus de Milo’ and ‘Mona Lisa’. If you are interested in art, you could spend weeks here and still not see everything. READ MORE

Musée Picasso

This museum near the Bastille contains many paintings and sculptures of Picasso, the famous post-impressionist artist. Although he was in fact Spanish, he lived most of his life in Paris, and this museum gives a good impression of his works.

Georges Pompidou Centre

Built by the Prime Minister Georges Pompidou in the 60s, intended to promote art and culture, this large building has very interesting architecture. The building is made out of glass, and the main escalator runs in a glass tunnel up the outside of the building. Although the building contains many forms of art, the one which attracts the tourists is the Museum of Modern Art. This post-1900 art includes works by Kandinsky and Dali. There is also a café on the top floor, from which you have a lovely view of Paris.

Musée d’Orsay

Famed museum which contains works by impressionist artists such as Monet, Manet and Van Gogh, housed in a building converted from a railway station. If you have the time, it is worth a trip, both for the famous paintings it contains and the architecture of the building.

Eating Out

Restaurants are of course everywhere in Paris offering a wide variety of enticing food. Traditional French restaurants abound. Good Italian cuisine is easily found. Indian is expensive and milder on the palatte than for most tastes. Japanese is fairly cheap -- Chinese the same -- but don't be surprised if some of the familiar varieties are not on the menu. However, it can be difficult to find cheap restaurants which offer good food at a reasonable price. If you are not prepared to spend a fortune, try choosing an area away from the very centre as restaurants do tend to exploit tourists. Most restaurants offer a set menu and this works out cheaper than buying a-la-carte dishes. In France menus are displayed outside restaurants, which make browsing much easier and saves some embarrassment on occasions.


As everywhere else, Paris has its share of crime, including that which is specifically targeted at tourists. Pickpockets pose a persistent and widespread problem and are commonplace where tourists are concentrated. The Metro is a favourite hunting-ground for these particular thieves. That said, it is on the whole safe for visitors and you can expect to enjoy your visit without mishap. You would need to be unlucky to become a victim, but it is advisable to take sensible precautions to safeguard yourself and your property.

Getting Around

Paris is separated into 20 arrondisments or districts. Most of the attractions you will be visiting will be between the 1st and the 9th. Try and be a little adventurous, as nowhere is really that far from anywhere else in Paris. The Metro is the best form of transport for the visitor. Traffic on the roads is appalling, so try to avoid the buses if possible. READ MORE
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