A Christmas market near the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Holiday Season. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra.
Paris is beautiful at any time of the year, but there’s something extra special about visiting the City of Lights during Holiday Season! From mid-November until mid-January, Paris becomes a magical place filled with sparkling lights, outdoor ice-skating rinks and Christmas markets. Furthermore, there’s Christmas shopping at the Galeries Lafayette and an Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris!
In this article, we’ve categorized our favorite holiday season activities, so you can easily create your own travel itinerary for your visit to Paris in the fall or winter of 2013!
Paris Market and Fairs
Paris is known for its many amazing food and antique markets throughout the year. However, come Holiday Season the city steps it up a notch with the Parisian Christmas markets! These amazing outdoor markets feature anything from Christmas gifts to seasonal culinary delights, and can be found all over the city. The following are some of our favorites.
- The Champs Elysées Christmas Market is the largest Christmas market in Paris. It runs from the Place de la Concorde all the way up to the Champs Elysées roundabout. From November 15th to January 5th, you can enjoy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and more on one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Of course, this is also a great place to get some serious Christmas shopping done. Have a look at Visit the Champs Elysées in Paris for more information about the shops. Read the entire story here…»
A holiday in Paris doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, if you do a little bit of research you’ll be able to see much of the City of Lights for free! To save you some time we compiled a list of our top 10 free things to see and do in Paris. From visiting free museums to discovering the Eiffel Tower up close without paying a dime, we’ve got you covered!
1. Discover Free Museums in Paris
You can visit the Louvre and other museums in Paris for free every 1st Sunday of the month
Fancy seeing the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay for free? You can visit all major museums in Paris for free on the 1st Sunday of each month! Understandably it can get quite crowded in the most popular museums of Paris on this day, so try to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. You can also choose to visit one of the slightly less famous (but still absolutely fantastic) museums in Paris such as the Musée des Arts et Métiers or Musée Rodin.
Are you a citizen of the European Union and under 25 years old? We have good news for you! You can visit all the museums in Paris free of charge. This applies to all major and small museums and even big attractions such as the Palace of Versailles. Do remember to bring proof of documentation such as a passport or identification card or you’ll have to pay! Read the entire story here…»
Famous for the Champs Elysées, the Galeries Lafayette and more, Paris is one of the best destinations for a shopping holiday in Europe. There’s something to find for everyone: from high-end boutiques to fantastic flea markets.
In this article we’ll introduce you to the world of shopping in Paris, and show you our top 5 shopping spots in the city. We categorized them so you can quickly find the type of shop you’re interested in. Enjoy some heavy window-shopping!
1. Paris’ Famous Shopping streets
The famous shopping street Rue de Rivoli in Paris
We start off the list with some of the world- renowned shopping streets of Paris. Along these streets you’ll find everything from large department stores to small French boutiques.
- The Rue de Rivoli is one of these famous streets that seem to offer everything. The Rue de Rivoli starts at the Place de la Concorde and runs east towards the Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church. Between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, the Rue de Rivoli houses many tourist-friendly stores to purchase souvenirs. East from the Louvre, there are many national and international chain stores, such as Zara, H&M, Yves Rocher, Gap, Mango, the Body Shop and more. Read the entire story here…»
The Champs Elysées in Paris
“La plus belle avenue du monde” or “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. This is how the Champs Elysées is known among the French. While not everyone may agree, the Champs Elysées is certainly one of the most beautiful and well-known streets of Paris. Starting at the Place de la Concorde on the right bank of the River Seine in the 8th Arrondissement, the Champs Elysées runs west towards the Place Charles de Gaulle and Arc de Triomphe. It is part of the Axe Historique, a line of landmarks that extends west from the city center of Paris.
Le Notre, the landscape architect of King Louis XV, built the Champs Elysées in 1667. The avenue was named after the Elysian Fields from Greek Mythology. During the Second Empire of Napoleon III the Champs Elysées was turned into a playground for the rich and famous, as luxurious restaurants and theaters lined the avenue. Nowadays, the avenue is still known for its fantastic theaters, cinemas and cafes. Furthermore, it has become one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.
In this article we’ll introduce you to the great avenue that is the Champs Elysées. We’ll show you some of the best places to shop, where you can find nice cafes and restaurants, and what museums and landmarks (such as the Arc de Triomphe) you can find in the area! Read the entire story here…»
Typical street in the heart of Le Marais
People coming to Paris, whether they’re tourists, students, interns or professionals, all ask the same first question: where should I stay? Paris has so many fantastic neighborhoods that it can become hard to pick one. This is why we chose to highlight one of our favorite areas in Paris: Le Marais. The Marais is an amazing neighborhood that brings together the old and the modern. Its ancient winding cobblestoned streets are filled with fun boutiques, great cafes, amazing galleries and so much more. The community also embraces beautiful architecture, making it a delight to stay in the Marais during your time in Paris. Read the entire story here…»
The Eiffel Tower in Paris in summertime
Paris in the summertime is picturesque: Parisians and tourists alike enjoy great food on café terraces, picnic in parks filled with flowers, and watch children play in fountains all over the city. Here, there’s something new to see or do every day! In this article we’ll list some of our favorite summer events in Paris, and show you how you can make the most of a holiday in Paris for the summer of 2013. Read the entire story here…»
The grand Palace of Versailles in France
The splendor of the Château de Versailles, or Palace of Versailles, is known throughout the world. Once the home of French kings and queens, nowadays the Palace of Versailles and its marvelous gardens are open to visitors. If you’re staying in Paris, the Palace of Versailles and the city of Versailles make a great day trip. Versailles is located just 17 kilometers (10,5 miles) southwest from the city center of Paris. The easiest way to get to the Palace of Versailles is to take the RER C train to the “Versailles Rive Gauche – Château de Versailles” station, which is a short walk away from the castle.
In this article we’ll tell you something about the history of Versailles, and also give you some visitor tips to make the most of your visit to the Palace and City of Versailles! Read the entire story here…»
Mr. Jacques B. and his wife in Paris
Welcome to the first article of a new series we’re developing, featuring interviews with people that have a connection to New York Habitat. From owners of apartments to people renting apartments, these are all people with amazing stories who have a specific connection with one of the cities where we offer apartments.
This first interview is with a man of French and Spanish heritage called Mr. Jacques B. Mr. Jacques B. grew up in Morocco, and used to visit Paris as a child in the 1930s. He returned to Paris when he served in the Free French Forces in the Second World War. Mr. Jacques B. now lives in the U.S. where he is a Professor in French literature, and he still visits Paris almost every year.
Mr. Jacques B.’s unique view of Paris in the 1930s, 1940s and in modern times makes his recommendations about Paris truly one of a kind.
Could you tell us something about your past in Paris and what it was like in the 1930s and 1940s?
“I used to go to Paris as a child practically every year. My first memories of Paris go back to 1930- can you imagine? I was 7 years old in 1930. I’m going to be 90 years old now. Some memories are quite vivid. I remember going up the Eiffel Tower as a child in 1930. And then, you know, everybody goes to the Eiffel Tower two or three times in a lifetime.” Read the entire story here…»
A beautiful sunset in Paris seen from the River Seine
Paris, the city of love, has many romantic activities to offer. Taking a stroll through the Latin Quarter or enjoying a picnic on the banks of the Seine River are just two examples. One of our favorite and perhaps most romantic activities is to watch a sunset in Paris. Nothing beats the view of the last sun rays touching upon the rooftops of Paris, and the red skies illuminating the Eiffel Tower. There are many spots in Paris where you can see an amazing sunset.
To help you find the perfect spot, we’ve come up with a list of the top 5 best spots to watch the sunset in Paris! Read the entire story here…»
Take the kids to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Besides being one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is also a surprisingly kid-friendly city. Paris is a relatively green city, and has lots of small parks where kids can play. Furthermore, among the city’s many museums you’ll find many gems that kids will love. Of course the city also boasts fantastic attractions that are must visits for children and adults alike. From the Eiffel Tower to Disneyland Paris, there’s enough to see and do in Paris to keep the whole family entertained for days.
In this article we’ll provide you with museums, parks and attractions in Paris that are great for kids, so you can envision what a perfect family holiday in Paris would look like! Read the entire story here…»