Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometers (41 square miles) and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe’s major centers of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science, as well as the arts. The City of Paris is the centre and seat of government of the Île-de-France, or Paris Region, which has an estimated official 2019 population of 12,213,364, or about 18 percent of the population of France. The Paris Region had a GDP of €709 billion ($808 billion) in 2017. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey in 2018, Paris was the second most expensive city in the world, after Singapore, and ahead of Zurich, Hong Kong, Oslo and Geneva. Another source ranked Paris as most expensive, on a par with Singapore and Hong Kong, in 2018. The city is a major railway, highway, and air-transport hub served by two international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle (the second busiest airport in Europe) and Paris-Orly. Opened in 1900, the city’s subway system, the Paris Métro, serves 5.23 million passengers daily, and is the second busiest metro system in Europe after Moscow Metro. Gare du Nord is the 24th busiest railway station in the world, but the first located outside Japan, with 262 million passengers in 2015.
Plan Your Trip
We were lucky enough to travel to Paris in 2018 with our family and had an amazing trip. We have been traveling with our children since they were 7 months old, and they are now 11 and 5. We have traveled all over Europe and would love to share our family friendly Paris vacation tips with you.
My wife and I were in Paris recently and even though we did not have the kids with us, we were scoping out things that we thought the kids would enjoy. Most families will want to do the common touristy things – like the Louvre, Versailles and the Eiffel Tower (which are all great), but here are a few other activities that shouldn’t be missed.
Paris, France is a popular tourist destination filled with art, food, and culture. But with so much to see and do, planning a trip to Paris with kids can be overwhelming. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best blogs about things to do in Paris with kids.
You’ve spent a day sightseeing in the romantic city of Paris and now you want to end the day satisfying your sweet tooth. But where do you go? We rounded up the best dessert and chocolate shops in the area recommended by our contributors. You can’t go wrong with any of these options and there is an option for every mood you may be in!