Everything you need to know on where to eat, stay and play in Paris. Paris, the city of light, the most romantic city on earth… whatever the superlative-laden description you use, they all apply here. The French capital as we know it today was settled by the Parsii people between 259 and 225 BC on the Ile de la Cité, on the banks of the Seine which is now occupied by Notre Dame and more than a few souvenir shops. Since then Paris has endured a colourful history, including a Roman conquering, vikings, a royal monarchy and a revolution or two along the way. Now a sprawling multicultural metropolis of 2.2 million people (there are over 12 million people in the wider urban Paris area), the city is divided into 20 arrondissements containing a number of distinctive neighbourhoods and world-famous sites. Among the city’s most iconic landmarks is Montmartre with its rich art history and Sacré Coeur; the literary enclave of Saint-Germain-des-Prés; the funky former Jewish quarter of the Marais; the haut shopping (and even hautier ladies) along Rue Saint Honoré (pronounced Honeray), the Louvre, the Champs Élysées and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. Whatever your travel tastes, here is International Traveller’s guide to the latest and greatest in Paris.