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Paris Olympics 2024 | A Guide to the Olympic Games and Other Things to Do in Paris

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The City of Lights is set to shine even brighter in 2024 when it hosts the Paris Olympics.

AOne hundred years after it last hosted the Olympics, all eyes will again be on Paris as it hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics from July 26-August 11. The City of Lights is one of the most popular destinations anytime, but it will shine even brighter as the world’s best athletes take center stage.

With more than 9.7 million spectators expected to attend more than 329 events during the 19-day event, travelers need to plan now to ensure a great time not only attending the Olympics but also enjoying what is arguably the most beautiful city on earth. 

While my favorite way to see Paris is to wake up and see where the day takes me, that spontaneity will not work during the Olympics. If you plan to attend the Games, you must put your planner hat on for everything from hotels to game tickets, restaurants and museums. Setting your plans in stone in advance is essential, so start reserving now.

The Olympic Games

Paris Olympics

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The Paris Olympics will be the largest event ever held in France. More than 10,000 athletes will compete in 32 sports, including four new Olympic competitions: surfing, skateboarding, breaking and climbing. 

21 of the 41 events will occur at 15 event sites within Paris. Some of the city’s most ICONIC landmarks will transform into event locations, including the Place de la Concorde, Pont Alexandre III, the Grand Palais, Trocadéro, Champs de Mars, Hôtel des Invalides and the Hôtel de Ville. Several other event venues, including the Palace of Versailles, are located just outside the city. 

For the first time in Olympic history, the Opening Ceremony will occur outside a stadium, centered in and around the heart of Paris, its river Seine. Athletes will ride in a 4-mile parade in 160 boats. The ceremony expects to draw 600,000 spectators, and in the upper quays, admission will be free. 

Paris Olympics on the Seine

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Olympic tickets are already on sale, and visitors can purchase up to six tickets per session, except for high-demand sessions, where the limit is four tickets. Each registered account can purchase 30 total tickets across all Olympic events. Ticket prices vary for each event and session but range from $26 to over $1,000. If you can’t get your preferred event sessions, in Spring 2024, an official ticket reseller platform will open as the date of the Olympic Games approaches. 

Official Packages

With the world descending on Paris, one of the easiest ways to create your optimal Olympic experience is to book a travel or hospitality package directly through the Olympics. Travel packages, are priced from $517 to more than $10,000/person and are grouped from one to three days or three to six days and include hotel, Olympic tickets, transportation and other amenities. 

Visitors can also book hospitality packages, including tickets to specific events and exclusive guest areas within the stadiums.


Besides finding tickets for your favorite Paris Olympic event, the second most challenging part of your trip planning will be to find a hotel. Availability is already tight, and rates are skyrocketing. Here are a few properties to start your search.

Hôtel Dame des Arts

Hotel Dame des arts in Paris

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Located in the artistic Latin Quarter, the boutique Hotel Dame des Arts is well-located for any event within the city. Designer Raphaël Navot uses natural materials throughout the hotel, resulting in a relaxed, clean-line aesthetic. The hotel’s rooftop terrace provides a great view of Paris. Rooms are small, so if space is important to you, try to secure a suite. If the hotel is booked, try one of the other 14 Preferred Hotels in the city, all of which are either four- or five-star properties. 

Hôtel Fauchon

Fauchon L'hôtel in Paris


Fauchon L’Hôtel Paris is the first gourmet hotel in the city. Fauchon has its roots in food, dating back to 1886. Today, the five-star hotel in the 8th Arrondissement is in one of the most beautiful Haussmannian buildings in the city. Inside, you’ll find the brand’s signature pink and black colors throughout the hotel. Upon arrival, you’ll be treated to tea and the brand’s ICONIC macarons. In the room, the complimentary minibar boasts Fauchon goodies and Champagne. Olympic reservations are currently open.



From pain au chocolat for breakfast to steak frites or Escargots de Bourgogne for dinner, eating in Paris is a decadent experience. And during the Olympics, it’s an experience you’ll want to book far in advance. No following your nose to the best-smelling bistro this time. These were a few of my favorites on a recent trip to Paris.


Pavlova at Joia

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Three Michelin star chef Helene Darroze has restaurants in London and France, including Joia by Helene Darroze, located in the 2nd Arrondissement. The focus is on bistro gastronomy with recipes rooted in Darroze’s childhood in Southwest France and her global travels. Using the freshest local ingredients, the Darroze creates a menu with unique starters like mimosa soft-boiled egg from Cantabria or Foie gras terrine from Landes. For the main, the red tuna from Saint-Jean-de-Luz is outstanding. Fun fact: Darroze inspired Colette in the blockbuster movie “Ratatouille.” 

The Grand Café Fauchon

The grand café in Paris


Since 1886, Fauchon has been synonymous with gourmet French food. The Grand Café Fauchon is a Paris institution and a great people-watching café. The prix-set menus are surprisingly affordable at dinner at just €50 or €60 for two or three courses. Don’t miss what Chef Nicolas Flechel does with the Burgundy truffle tart. For the main course, the Saumon Fauchon is a must. It’s like Beef Wellington, but with salmon. Naturally, the meal ends with petit fours featuring the famous Fauchon macarons.

Au Père Louis

Au Père Louis restaurant

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I’ll admit that Au Père Louis, a wine bar and restaurant, has a special place in my heart as it was where my now husband and I had our first date. It is located near the Luxembourg Gardens and boasts a great carte de vins of French wines. The restaurant serves homemade, classic French cuisine like cassoulet and tartare de boeuf. 

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Many of Paris’ museums need no introduction. These famous bastions of art boast amazing collections and require tickets to be booked in advance at any time to visit. They will be crawling with tourists during the Olympics, so I suggest you see a few of my favorite, in-the-know museums instead.

Olympic day museum

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Musée Rodin 

Rodin is one of my favorite artists, and Musée Rodin pays tribute to his artistic genius. Located in an 18th-century mansion in the 7th Arrondissement, the museum features some of Rodin’s most ICONIC works, including The Kiss, The Thinker, The Walking Man, The Gates of Hell, and The Age of Bronze. A beautiful outdoor sculpture garden isn’t to be missed. 

Musée Carnavalet

The large, free Musée Carnavalet in Le Marais tells the history of Paris. The museum was closed from 2016 to 2021 for renovations and now features new galleries and an expanded art collection. My favorite parts of the museum are the rooms that recreate Parisian homes from the 15th to 19th century and their collection of antique signs and posters from Parisian shops. 

Musée Marmottan Monet

While most people think the Musée d’Orsay is the go-to place to see Claude Monet, it’s actually the Musée Marmottan Monet. This smaller museum in the 16th Arrondissement boasts the world’s most extensive collection of Monet paintings, thanks to a bequest of many works from Monet’s son, Michel. Visitors can see ICONIC paintings that span the artist’s entire career. From The Houses of Parliament and Gare Saint-Lazare to a whole room dedicated to the water lilies and gardens at Giverny, the museum is a must for any Monet lover. The museum also holds many other impressionist works from artists like Berthe Morisot, Degas, Manet, Pissarro and Sisley.

Crowd at Paris Olympics

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The 2024 Paris Olympic Games are poised to be one of the most interesting Olympiads in history in one of the most magical cities on the planet. The combination of the two will provide visitors with an ICONIC vacation experience. 

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