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Paris - City Overview

Paris City Guide - The Wise Traveller


Located on the banks of the River Seine, Paris has always been a major tourist destination, and is home to many museums, art galleries, historical monuments and recreation places.  When first constructed, the Eiffel Tower was the largest building in the world and is now the most visited, with about 6 million people flocking to see it every year.  At the end of the Champs Elysees, you will find the famous Arc de Triomphe, housed in the middle of the Place de Charles de Gaulle.


Paris has always been a city of worship, and perhaps the best known Cathedral is the Notre Dame, setting for the famous story of the Hunchback. It is here that the Archbishop of Paris has his home.


For those wishing to experience Paris’s Bomemian atmosphere, Monmartre, is the area to visit. Some of the world’s most famous artists, including Touloue LeTrec, plied their trade here, in the area that is crowned by the glowing white façade of the Sacre Couer Basillica. This is also the area that epitomises the city’s street culture. Tourists and locals alike delight in the coffee shops and small bars along its streets.


For art lovers, The Louvre, perhaps the most recognised art gallery in the world, began as a fortress later becoming a royal residence but becoming a museum in 1973.


Of course, Paris is home to an eclectic array of businesses. Whilst tourists and visitors will enjoy the wide variety of attractions and the chic fashion shopping available, Paris’s Central business district of La Defense, west of the main tourism areas of Paris is La Defense. Over 140,000 people work here every day, and links between it and all of Paris’s main attractions are well developed, in particular with a fast Metro line. 


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Best Paris Hotels For Business

Best Business Hotels In Paris - The Wise Traveller
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Whether it is five star luxury, or a cheap short term stay that you are looking for, Paris provides all ranges of temporary accommodation for businessmen. Here are five great hotels for all business travellers.

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Very possibly one of the best hotels in Europe, the marbled lobby gives a clue as to the quality of rooms and service at the George V.


With 245 guest rooms – 59 of which are suites, and 30 of these with private terraces – the hotel also boasts its own health club, housing a full service spa, swimming pools, saunas, steam bath, and whirl pool. Fitness instructors ensure correct use of the most up-to-date equipment. Relax in your room, or in the tea room accompanied by soft harp or piano, before taking dinner in the fine restaurant. The George V is a located between the Chanps Elysees and The River Seine, at 31 Avenue George V.


Hotel Agora, Saint Germain

Centrally located, this hotel provides great accessibility to all of Paris’s attractions, with major public transport termini a stone’s throw away. The reception has staff willing to help and answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Breakfast is served in the cellar which has a nice relaxing feel to it. This hotel is located 42 Rue des Bernadins.

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel

A 4 star hotel with an ‘urban’ design, fresh and modern guestrooms, also equipped with Satellite TV and WiFi. There are areas to relax within the hotel or alternatively, many of the tourist attractions are only a short walk away. Le Marceau Bastille Hotel’s address is 13, rue Jules César, 75012.

Mercure Paris Montmartre

This hotel is within close reach of the metro through which you can get to any tourist attractions as well as La Defense and the Stade de France. They also provide meeting and presentation rooms. This hotel is located at the foot of Sacre Coeur, close to the Moulin Rouge; 3 Rue Caulaincourt, 75018.

Novotel Paris La Defense Hotel

This hotel is a few minutes away from the metro station allowing easy access to all tourist sights. It is located on the edge of La Defense Business District, and so offers an excellent location to the business traveller who has meetings during the day and the freedom to explore later. This hotel also has several rooms for business meetings, as well as areas dedicated to relaxation or work. You can find this hotel at 2 Boulevard de Neuilly, 92081.

Best Paris Restaurants For Business

Best Business Restaurants In Paris - The Wise Traveller

The French are fiercely defensive about their culinary expertise. Nowhere is this more evident than in Paris, where around every street corner there is a place to delight the taste buds. For food loving business travellers Paris is the place to be. Here are five of the best as selected by ‘Time Out’.

La Tour d’Argent

The excellent food served at this restaurant is matched by the spectacular views over Paris. Dinner could hardly be eaten in a more inspiring setting: just ensure you sample one of their specialities, Crepes “Belle Epoque”, a magnificent mouth-watering finale to the menu.
The location of this restaurant is 15 quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris.
La Tour d'Argent Website

La Pulperia

If you want to dine on fine steak, then this Argentinian restaurant is the treat you are looking for. Be warned: its dishes are not for the feint hearted, and its dining rooms are more South American machismo than Parisian chic, though its wine list will rival most other restaurants in France. La Pulperia is located a short walk from the Bastille at 11 Rue Richard Lenoir, 75011
La Pulperia Website

L’Ambassade d’Auvergne

This restaurant is another of the ‘must-dines’ in Paris. It serves regional dishes that will both surprise and satisfy, and it is possible to eat either a reasonably priced set menu or a la carte. As you would expect, the menu also benefits from an extensive and superb wine list. Nestled between the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musee de la Poupee, and the Musee Picasso, at 22 Rue di Grenier Saint-Lazare, 75003.
L’Ambassade d’Auvergne Website

Terminus Nord

The most animated of the great Parisian Brasseries, this restaurant is popular with all kinds of people, from businessmen to members of the European Parliament. The restaurant provides private lounges for groups if they wish to sit away from the other customers, a perfect solution for those wishing to mix business with pleasure. A great location, not far from many tourist sights, 23 rue de Dunkerque, 75010.
Terminus Nord Website

Chez L’Ami Jean

For those looking for convenience without giving up on quality, this bistro offers a choice of set menus to suit all pockets whilst breathing in the typical French bistro ambience. The chef even provides an a la carte selection for a single price. Located in the centre of Paris 27, rue Malar, 75007.
Chez L’Ami Jean Website

Paris After Dark

Paris City Guide - The Wise Traveller

There is just as much to do during the evenings in Paris as there is during the day, or after a strenuous day’s business. Try an evening tour on an open top bus for a quick review of the city, before perhaps, cruising along the Seine dining and taking in the lights of the city as they reflect majestically across the water: Paris is rightly called the City of Light.

For those without sea-legs, dinner in one of the restaurants along the Champs Elysees allows you to watch the night life of Paris beginning to take shape, and, of course, there are many cabaret clubs at which you could take in the very best of the world’s light entertainment. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Moulin Rouge, a simply wonderful night of food and entertainment.


For the more classic evening, a night at the opera beckons at Opera Garnier or Opera Bastille, while a Paris Night Photography Tour for small groups is a different way to see this beautiful city. For more interesting and exciting ways to spend your evenings visit


Paris Extras

For up to date Paris events and activities try the following:

Paris Timeout

Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau - ParisInfo

Things To Do In Paris

Fodors 20 Ultimate Things To Do In Paris

Top 30 Things To Do In Paris - TripAdvisor

Top Things To Do In Paris - Lonely Planet

Offbeat Paris: Alternative Things To Do In Paris

Paris Travel Tips & Information

Paris City Guide - The Wise Traveller

Business Etiquette

In Paris, business is always approached with the utmost respect and politeness. The formal address of “vous”, rather than ‘tu’ should always be used, and doing so will promote good business relations from the very beginning. Parisians are especially proud of their language: being able to converse, even a little, in French will win you many friends.


Personal topics are off the agenda, though it is considered a given to wish those you cross paths with a good morning. Muted colours tend to be worn, a clue to the sombre business meeting style where patience and respect are seen as the most important traits to have.


Paris is easy to travel across, though it is usual to go underground and use the extensive metro system (one of the most advanced in Europe). You could, of course, choose to travel along the river on one of the plentiful river taxis (or ‘boat buses’), though if traveling by taxi be prepared for a nail biting ride through Paris’s streets – there seems to be little regard for other road users by any driver in the city.


For the traveller staying in the city for some time, it would be wise to plan your travel in advance, or to purchase a multi fare ticket which allows cross city travel on public transport.


Generally speaking, Paris is known to be a rather safe place, though care should be taken at night, particularly in unlit back streets and when walking late at night.


Although pickpockets are still a little troublesome around the tourist areas, with some common sense and caution you should be ok.  A little care and being observant will go a long way.



Whilst smoking is mostly banned from public places, places of work, bars, and restaurants, generally have to provide areas where smoking is permitted.

Emergency Numbers

The emergency services number is 112.


Useful Information

Country: France

Region: Île-de-France

Population: ~2.5 million

Time Zone: UTC +1

Currency: Euro

Useful Paris References

Paris weather: MateoFrance

Paris Official Website

Paris Wikipedia

Paris Lonely Planet

Paris TripAdvisor

Paris/France Visa Requirements


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Tags : Stay In Comfort, Europe, France, Paris
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