Plan Your Trip to Paris

Guide to Paris 2024

If you are planning a trip to Paris, this article is for you! Yes, we know Disney is nearby, but we love a boulangerie too. Here you will find all the most fabulous events and exhibitions happening this year, the best places to partake in a shopping spree if you are ready for discovery during Paris’ famous les soldes d’hiver (winter sales), some of our favorite places to eat from quaint bistros to the best crêpes for eating your heart out, and in case you are just now deciding “Yes, I want to go to Paris,” we have also included some of our favorite places (including some new ones!) to take our rest after long days counting steps in the French capital.

Plan Your Trip to Paris

Must-See Exhibitions and Events

At Musée des Arts Décoratifs, you have “Shocking! The Surreal Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli”. This exhibit dives deep into the imaginative and bold designs of Schiaparelli, showcasing her contributions to fashion and her collaborations with artists like Salvador Dalí. It’s a must for anyone interested in the interplay between fashion and art.

Then, the griffe brand of the luxury world, Chanel, is hosting a pop-up exhibit on their iconic Nº5 perfume called “Le Grand Número de Chanel” at Grand Palais Éphémère de Paris. This immersive experience delves into the history and legacy of one of the world’s most famous fragrances, offering a sensory journey through its evolution.

Going to the grand Opera Bastille? The Swan Lake is playing, but you can still have tickets for Tristan und Isolde and Il Trovatore. The grandeur of the venue combined with these classic performances ensures an unforgettable evening. If you plan to attend the opera, be sure to check out the nearby Hotel Indigo or Hotel Touraine Opera for a convenient and luxurious stay.

Design Extravaganza

For design enthusiasts, Paris is a treasure trove of inspiration. You simply cannot miss this year’s Paris Déco Off, where the best suppliers for all things interior design, from textile to wallpaper, enliven showrooms around the Parisian streets. This event is a paradise for those looking to revamp their homes with the latest trends and timeless pieces.

Simultaneously, Paris Déco Home, during the same time as Déco Off, is your fix for home décor and the art of living. From furniture to lighting and accessories, each house opens its space between the first 8 arrondissements, making it a comprehensive showcase of the finest in home design.

Maison & Objet at Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center is another highlight. This event takes on interior design, furniture, and all home decor with the theme “Take Care!” for its 2023 edition. This year, the program also includes exhibits in the city center. Be sure to take a look and be inspired by the innovative designs and thoughtful presentations.

Shopping Sprees and Winter Sales

It is in the crispy air of the month that Paris holds its infamous Les Soldes D’Hiver (Winter Sales), available in all stores. These sales are the perfect opportunity to snag high-end fashion and accessories at a fraction of the price.

Be sure to check your favorite boutiques and then some for these special sales. We won’t miss a visit to Printemps, Le Bon Marché, or the iconic and newly renovated La Samaritaine. These department stores offer a wide range of products, from luxury brands to unique finds, making them perfect for an all-day shopping spree.

For more exclusive offers, head to L’Artyrie Paris, 58m, and Soi Paris in the chic Marais neighborhood. These boutiques offer a curated selection of trendy and unique items that will make your wardrobe stand out. And, of course, visit your favorite designer brand stores. Hermès Paris Faubourg Saint Honoré store is always a must for those looking to invest in timeless luxury.

Culinary Delights

Paris is a culinary paradise, offering a diverse array of dining experiences that cater to every palate. The restaurants at Cheval Blanc hotel are not to be missed, curated by the hand of chef Arnaud Donckele. The exquisite dishes and impeccable service make for an unforgettable dining experience.

Les Ambassadeurs at Hotel de Crillon is another top recommendation. This elegant restaurant offers a refined menu in a stunning setting, perfect for a special night out. The combination of historic grandeur and contemporary cuisine creates a unique dining experience that captures the essence of Parisian elegance.

For a more casual but equally delightful experience, head to one of Paris’ many bistros and cafés. Le Comptoir du Relais, located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The cozy atmosphere and delicious menu make it the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch or dinner.

Don’t miss the chance to try some of the city’s best crêpes. La Crêperie de Josselin in Montparnasse is renowned for its authentic Breton crêpes, both sweet and savory. Pair your crêpe with a glass of traditional cider for the ultimate experience.

Hidden Gems and New Discoveries

While the classic attractions of Paris are always worth a visit, the city is also home to many hidden gems that offer a unique perspective on its rich culture and history. One such gem is the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, a quirky museum dedicated to hunting and nature. The eclectic collection and imaginative displays make for a fascinating and offbeat experience.

Another hidden gem is the Albert-Kahn Museum and Gardens. Located in the western suburbs of Paris, this museum is dedicated to the work of Albert Kahn, a banker and philanthropist who documented cultures around the world through photography and film. The museum’s beautiful gardens, inspired by various cultural styles, provide a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.

If you’re looking for a new and trendy spot to explore, head to the 11th arrondissement, known for its vibrant nightlife and diverse food scene. The area is home to many up-and-coming restaurants, bars, and cafés that offer a fresh and contemporary take on Parisian dining.

Rest and Relaxation

After long days of exploring, shopping, and dining, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest and recharge. Paris offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxurious hotels to charming boutique establishments.

The Cheval Blanc Paris, located in the heart of the city, offers a luxurious retreat with stunning views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. The hotel’s elegant rooms and top-notch amenities ensure a comfortable and memorable stay.

For a more intimate experience, consider staying at one of Paris’ many boutique hotels. The Hoxton, Paris, located in the 2nd arrondissement, offers stylish and comfortable rooms in a beautifully restored 18th-century building. The hotel’s central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the city.

If you’re looking for something truly unique, consider booking a stay at the Off Paris Seine, a floating hotel on the River Seine. The hotel’s modern design and stunning views of the river offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you’ll never forget.

Practical Tips for Your Trip

When planning your trip to Paris, it’s essential to keep a few practical tips in mind to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

  1. Transportation: Paris has an extensive public transportation system, including the metro, buses, and trams. Consider purchasing a Paris Visite travel pass, which offers unlimited travel on public transportation for a set number of days. Alternatively, the city’s bike-sharing program, Vélib’, is a fun and eco-friendly way to explore.

  2. Language: While many Parisians speak English, learning a few basic French phrases can go a long way in enhancing your experience. A simple “Bonjour” (Hello) or “Merci” (Thank you) can make a positive impression.

  3. Money: Credit cards are widely accepted in Paris, but it’s always a good idea to carry some cash for smaller establishments and markets. ATMs are readily available throughout the city.

  4. Safety: Paris is generally a safe city, but it’s always important to stay vigilant, especially in crowded areas and tourist hotspots. Keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings.

  5. Weather: Paris can be chilly in the winter, so be sure to pack warm clothing and comfortable shoes for walking. An umbrella or raincoat is also a good idea, as the weather can be unpredictable.

With these tips and recommendations, you’re well-equipped to plan an unforgettable trip to Paris. Whether you’re exploring world-class museums, indulging in gourmet cuisine, or discovering hidden gems, the City of Light offers endless possibilities for adventure and inspiration. Bon voyage!

The whole country celebrates Epiphany Day by eating a traditional Galette des Rois with a flute of champagne, available at any boulangerie near you! If you are in town, be sure to indulge!

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Still Need to Book a Hotel?

If you are checking for hotels, read on for our top picks, specially selected as the perfect places to get around the main Parisian neighborhoods!

You can never go wrong with one of the many Hyatt locations or the ever-perfect Hôtel Ritz Paris with its Chanel Spa), but there are many other fabulous hotels waiting for your visit as well!

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Simon Costanza
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