Paris has a timeless familiarity for first-time and frequent visitors, with instantly recognizable architectural icons and priceless artistic treasures. The wrought-iron spire of the Eiffel Tower, the glamourous Champs-Élysees guarded by the Arc de Triomphe, the gargoyled Notre Dame cathedral, bridges spanning the Seine and art nouveau cafes are etched in the minds of anyone who has visited the city - and the imaginations of those who are yet to. Despite being one of the world's major metropolises, Paris' quartiers are like a patchwork of villages, constantly evolving to be discovered and re-discovered. Awaken your artistic spirit at the incomparable Louvre, bargain hunt at the Marche aux Puces and enjoy the view at the Basilique du Sacre Coeur with a pain au chocolat. Paris is the ideal destination for pre and post conference day-trips.
There's no need to reach for your wallet if you want to have a good time in Paris. There are plenty of ways to go out in the French capital without spending a cent. Culture, sport and leisure are on offer.
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The majority of shops are open all day from 9:00 to 19:00, Monday to Saturday. Some smaller shops may close over lunchtime between 12:00 and 14:00, or all day on Monday. Sunday and public holidays arethe usual closing days, although there are some exceptions. During the week, department stores all have one late-night opening day, known as a 'nocturne', until 21:00. Supermarkets are open at different times depending on the neighborhood, every day except Sunday, until between 20:00 - 22:00. It's worth noting that many smaller shops close for their annual holidays from mid-July to end of August.
Museums open at 9:00 or 10:00 and close between 17:00 and 18:00. Usual closing days are Monday or Tuesday, with a few exceptions. Some are even open 7 days a week, such as some of the major monuments which can even be visited as late as 23:00 or midnight. Many museums have a late-night opening once a week until 21:00 or 22:00.
In France, prices shown include tax and service. However, if the service has been particularly good, you may wish to leave a tip in order to show your appreciation. As a general rule, the amount is 5 to 10% of the total bill.