The City of Light is best seen from ground level, where you can get as close to the sights, sounds and smells of the city as possible. Paris is a place which needs to be experienced in person, not seen from inside buses or automobiles.
So when you next come to Paris, why not choose a bike rental and tour the arrondissements like a local? Parisians have long been cycling fanatics. From the spectacle of cyclists finishing the Tour de France, to movies like Belleville Rendezvous, bikes are a key part of the city's identity, and they are a really popular way to get around.
So instead of renting a car or hopping on the Metro, jump onto the saddle of a bicycle and pedal your way around everything that Paris has to offer.
When you're underway, your bike tours could pass by a huge variety of iconic sights. For instance, with a bike you can approach the Eiffel Tower along the Quai Branly, before heading down the Boulevard Garibaldi towards the Luxembourg Gardens then turning left up the Boulevard Saint-Michel to see the cathedral of Notre Dame.
Alternatively, you could take a tour of Paris' hidden gems. When you are on two wheels, the city opens its doors, unveiling totally new experiences that most people miss. If the weather is fine, there are miles and miles of bike routes in the Bois de Boulogne. While you're there, why not take a quick rest and transfer to a rowing boat on the Lac Inferieur for a genuinely Parisian experience?
Cycling is also a great way to get to know Paris' famous districts. There's no better way to traverse the winding streets of Montmartre, where you can take in stunning views from Sacré Cœur, take coffee at buzzing cafes and take snaps of the Moulin Rouge cabaret.
Whatever your plans, cycling in Paris is great fun, and safer than ever thanks to a citywide network of cycle paths. If you head out on weekend mornings, the roads will be almost deserted, aside from your fellow cyclists, and you'll find that the city is compact enough to get around with ease.
Be aware of the hills, though. Some Parisian districts can be difficult for inexperienced riders, although a good map and some expert advice will set you on the right route. And get to know places that aren't on the beaten track. Areas like Canal Saint-Martin and Les Batignolles are like little villages inside the city, and they are ideal destinations for short bike rides.
At the Hotel Britannique, we are big cycling fans, and we will be able to provide all of the maps you need to navigate the French capital. Our team can connect you with reliable rental companies, or explain the handy Vélib' Métropole bike hire system.
In any case, we really recommend a Paris bike rental. So get in the saddle the next time you stay with us. You won't be disappointed.