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.
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.