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Paris is the city of Light and public displays of affection, it is so exciting. When will you go? Where will you stay? What will you eat? What will you do? Are you going to be mocked for wearing New Balances? Perhaps but, Who cares I want to have fun and enjoy life.
Well you are in the right place. We can help a little with information. All you need to know before arriving to Paris. Although wandering around the city aimlessly eating baguettes is just as acceptable and fun. And if you do insist on seeing, doing, and eating everything the tourist books say you must, make sure you’re smart about it.
Even if you eat LOT of kale, still eventually you are unfortunately going to die. It sucks, we know. But the good part is that before all of that happens, you get to hang out in Paris, probably the most beautiful and cultured city in the world — and to make sure you squeeze every last ounce of life out of this glorious place, here are the things you need to do before you leave Paris.:
-First go to the flea markets, And you must buy a souvenir “treasure” to take home.
– Go to Harry’s Bar and have Bloody Mary. It’s the bar that birthed the perfect hangover cure, so pay a visit.
– Go to Sacré-Cœur and listen to Buskers Beer, live music, and a view of the world’s most beautiful city are hard to find elsewhere.
– See the Mona Lisa and regret it, Those crowds won’t quit, but you have to pay your respects.
– Go to Père Lachaise, Even death looks stunning in Paris.
– Go to Angelina and wait in line for hot chocolate, It may seem silly, but you need to know what the fuss is about.
– Take a Bateaux-Mouches boat cruise, Embrace your inner nautical tourist.
– Eat a falafel in the Marais, It’s Middle Eastern not French, but it’s so good that no one cares.
– Spend lot’s money on fancy chocolate, Put Patrick Roger’s kids through college with a few pieces of chocolate-covered ganache.
– Have a glass of wine at the Les Deux Magots or Café de Flore and Quietly judge people.
Guidebooks say they are apparently the only two cafés in Paris, so you’d better try them.
– Bike ride with a Parisian along the Seine, Preferably ride with a striped shirt and scarf waving in the breeze. Baguettes in basket optional.
– Descend into the Catacombs, Millions of Parisians’ bones creepily on display for your morbid enjoyment.
– Picnic, picnic, picnic just get some cheese and go the Seine or a park, .
– Dine in the Eiffel Tower, It’s the height of cliché and fine dining.
– Stroll the Champs-Élysées, More fun doing it at Christmas. when the lights make the crowds bearable.
– Ride the 3bis Metro line, You know you’re curious to find out what its deal is. Don’t leave without solving the mystery.
– Hear an organ concert at a church, You have your pick of the bunch, so visit Notre Dame or Sainte-Chapelle, among the many others, to hear what those pipes can do.
– Must watch the fireworks from the Champ de Mars on July 14th, Watch the show directly from the front of the Eiffel Tower.
Large crowds, sure, but it is cool don’t miss it.
– Eat at a fancy, Michelin-starred restaurant
It doesn’t even have to be that expensive.
– Watch the Champs-Élysées, Unique views of the Champs-Élysées from up above await you. And there’s a lift!
– Witness the chaos of the Galleries Lafayette during the sales, Save a few euros. Test your agoraphobia.
– Must see an opera or ballet at the Palais Garnier, Play dress-up and enjoy a show in arguably the world’s most beautiful theater.
– See a Monet somewhere (d’Orsay, l’Orangerie, Marmottan), He’s at least once French painter worth checking out, though of course there are probably others.
– Must try street crepe, Ham and Cheese wrapped in a crepe is street-food perfection.
– Walk the stars up to Montmartre, After all that cheese, you’ll need to workout.
– Pretend to shop on Avenue Montaigne, They don’t know what the sales are here, but it’s fun to pretend.
– See a football match at the Stade de France, Yes, the French do more than just eat cheese and baguettes.
– Ride on a scooter or motorbike, You need to have that quintessential Paris moment when you’re riding down a ridiculously gorgeous street, wind in your hair and life in your hands.
– Have a macaroon taste-off, Ladurée vs. Pierre Hermé — whichever loses, you win.
– Take a day trip to Versailles, You may have been putting it off, but don’t insult Louis XIV by overlooking his legacy.
– Buy a kitschy Eiffel Tower key chain from a migrant vendor, This way your keys will remind you daily that you aren’t in Paris anymore.
– Visit the Moulin Rouge, Lido, or Crazy Horse for a cabaret show, Paris was basically built by topless dancers.
– Pet the bunnies at one of the oldest flower and bird markets on Île de la Cité, Well, it’s better than eating them.
– Attend a jazz concert somewhere.
– Have a swanky club night out somewhere, like Le Baron, Just be ready to take an Uber home.
– Buy the best French baguette in Paris, Must have this crossed off already. Get with it.
– Go to Maxim’s Dine or have drinks, It’s Art Nouveau and it’s Maxim’s
– Buy a book from Shakespeare and Co. … and understand every English word gleefully.
– Go up the Montparnasse Tower, Get the bird’s eye view of Paris that actually includes the Eiffel Tower.
– Play pétanque with some grumpy Parisians, Where else is it actually cool to play the French version of bocce ball?
– See an outdoor movie in the summer, It’s where cinema was invented.
– Have a drink/tea at a five-star hotel, Enjoy yourself
– Dance the tango on the Seine on a summer evening
– Drink Champagne along the Seine, Pop a bottle of bubbly
The myth that everything shuts down in August is not a myth at all and totally happens. Everyone leaves for the vacation month, and things close for weeks at a time. But if you do find yourself there during the dead season,
Stay close to the river for optimum city access
If you want to be closest to the traditional tourist stuff, find a hotel or an Airbnb in the 1st, 4th, 6th, or 5th arrondissements (neighborhoods), which spiral clockwise from the inside out like a snail shell.
… but if you want something a little more upbeat, try the neighborhoods in the northeast
The areas around Metros Republique, Oberkampf, and St. Maur have hip, affordable bars and are only a 15-minute Metro ride from the touristy center. Conversely, southwest Paris is seriously swanky, and not always in a good way.
The Metro is ridiculously easy to navigate and is obviously marked by Hector Guimard’s Art Nouveau designs. Just be sure to lift the lever on the door if you want to enter or exit — they don’t open automatically.
… and never throw out your ticket
You’ll likely buy a carnet of 10 really-easy-to-lose tickets. Controllers do periodic checks for these little tickets, and if you’re caught without, you’ll have to deal with their stone-cold fury, and a big fine.
Seriously, these guys are terrifying. Don’t mess this up.
RER is bigger, faster, and accesses the suburbs (and the airports). They are identified by letters A, B, AND C. SNCF Transilien is the giant train line for the suburbs and beyond. Stick with the Metro and you should be fine.
This might not be as relevant with so many ride share systems these days, but it can be pretty tricky to find a cab after a night out, and when you do, it’ll be super expensive.
Go to a bar within walking distance of your stop and never get lost!
This is a cheap ploy to get you to click this super-handy Metro bar map.
Similar to the Empire State Building in NYC, going to the top of the tower is overpriced and not as worth it as you think it will be. See the city from up high from the top of the Tour Montparnasse and actually have the Eiffel Tower in your view, or head to Montmartre for a sweeping, totally-free skyline.
Visit Versailles… if you have time
If you’re a history buff knock yourself out, but it’s expensive and the line to get into the palace is absurdly long. The better option is to wander the grounds for free on a sunny day.
See Venus and Mona, of course, but do not leave without walking through the lavish Napoleon III Apartments. The place is enormous — wear comfortable shoes.
See Monet’s Water Lilies, then picnic in the Tuileries Garden
The tiny Musée de l’Orangerie in the southwest corner of the park is the permanent home for a handful of works by Picasso, Chaim Soutine, Modigliani, Matisse, and, the pièce de résistance, eight giant panels of Monet’s Water Lilies.
It won’t take you more than an hour or two to see everything so pair the visit with lunch in the garden.
Notre Dame is obviously impressive and worth seeing (from the outside at minimum), as is Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre. But the real sleeper hit is Sainte-Chapelle on Île de la Cité. The Gothic architecture and stained-glass windows of its interior are stunning,
Get off the beaten path
You will not be disappointed by the rolling hills of Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the northeast.
Shop in Le Marais in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements
It’s kind of the SoHo of Paris with hip, artsy fashion types and the boutiques to match. Definitely take a coffee break and people-watch at an outdoor cafe.
Buy bread, cheese, and produce at an open-air market
And then go hang out in a park with your loot. Markets are everywhere
Have an authentic breakfast on a terrace
You could brunch but really, a cafe a pain au chocolat or a croissant is all that’s necessary. If you want milk in your coffee order “un creme” — it’s basically a latte. Don’t be a smart ass and order “un cafe au lait.” No one does this.
Indulge at the best Michelin restaurant you can afford
Steak frites, fromage, foie gras, crepes, croissants — all the foundation of the French food canon. You’d be silly to not try ‘em in their origin country, at the Paris place that does them best.
And don’t waste your money or calories on cheap crepes in front of the Eiffel Tower — they’re targeted towards tourists and often don’t use quality ingredients (you’ll see off-brand Nutella in the back, and a stack of pre-made pancakes). Instead, a ham and cheese crepe from a takeaway stand attached to a restaurant is the move.
Or the coffee tart. There are multiple locations around Paris, but none have made it to the US yet. Ladurée’s macarons are good, but Pierre’s pastries are downright divine.
Savor your meal
Be prepared to wait a bit between courses because leisure is a national pastime. And always ask for “une carafe d’eau” (a carafe of water) if you don’t feel like constantly asking for refills. It won’t have ice in it.
Your meal could be “service compris” (tip included) or “service non-compris” (tip not included), but either way, if your server was nice, leave a few euros on the table when you leave.
Eat Lenny Kravitz’s favorite falafel
This wouldn’t be a Paris guide without L’As Du Fallafel!!
Head to a cafe
Loud, divey bars with dance floors are a rarity, so do as the locals do and head to any one of the hundreds of cafes or wine bars to drink, smoke, and talk in circles about the three topics forbidden in America, but beloved in France: sex, religion, and politics.
Grand Boulevard and Pigalle (though the latter is considerably sketchier) are great destinations for the big nightclub scenes. Rex Club will have everything you’re looking for, including a hefty cover charge.
Hang out by the Canal Saint-Martin
While fancier people and tourists picnic on the banks of the Seine, the place to be during the warmer months for the young and hip is along the locks and bridges of the canal.
Public drinking is totally legal so buy an inexpensive twist-off top bottle of wine from any Franprix (they sell wine in grocery stores) and post up with nothing more than a baguette, charcuterie, radishes, a chocolate bar, and some cheap as fuq cheese. Secure a spot early as it can be pretty crowded.
The central river is inarguably stunning (and horribly, horribly dirty) and each of its 37 bridges totally walk able… particularly if a bar is your destination
Learn at least a little of the language
These four basic words will suffice: “bonjour” (hello), “au revoir” (goodbye), “s’il vous plait” (please), and “merci” (thank you). Immediately speak English with a French person and they will pretend to not speak English.
Speak French with a French person, they will switch into English. It’s just how it works.
Pleasantries are mandatory
Say “bonjour” and “au revoir” to every shop owner, salesman, and server every time you enter and exit a store or restaurant.
Step up your clothing, but don’t worry too much
Popular opinion will have you believe that all Parisians are beautiful, svelte snobs who only wear designer clothes. Which is mostly true, but France has loosened up dress codes considerably in the last 30 years. Plenty of people wear sweatshirts, shorts, and tank tops. You can too!
Keep your voice down if you want to blend in. The French tend to mumble inaudibly.
Bread goes on the table, not on your plate, and you better not butter it
Unless it’s breakfast, butter likely won’t even be an option. But buttered bread with shellfish is totally okay, for some nonsensical reason.
“Faire la bise” instead! An air kiss on each cheek is a standard greeting for both men and women. And eschew the handshake if you’re introduced to someone — state your name while you faire la bise and you’re all set.
It’s actually an excellent system because there’s never any confusion about if you should shake hands, pound, hug, kiss, or high five.
Beware of scams
Hecklers can be particularly intense in this city. People trying to sell you sunglasses, umbrellas, Eiffel Tower key chains, and water bottles are concentrated around the big tourist spots like Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and the Louvre and are mostly harmless, if not mad annoying. But if you do decide you want 15 key chains for one euro, don’t be distracted during the transaction as that’s when accomplices pickpocket.
More nefarious are the women angling for your sympathy by pretending to be deaf, and the “finger scam,” in which men target non-French speakers and tie a friendship bracelet around your wrist, and then aggressively follow you around demanding payment
People will make it with you. And hold it an uncomfortably long time. Do it right back.
Avoid the tourist traps
Do not at anywhere on the Champs-Élysées unless you have plenty of money to blow on a $16 cafe. Same goes for restaurants near Place St-Michel, though the views around there are, gorgeous.
Watch where you step
For a city this beautiful, it’s baffling that locals don’t feel the need to curb their many, many dogs.
There’s no such thing as a doggie bag. Most restaurants serve appropriately proportioned dishes that you’re expected to finish. You’ll seem rude otherwise.
Avoid unnecessary bank charges
Bank of America has a deal with Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP Paribas), which enables you to make the cash withdrawals at BNP ATMs sans fees.
Paris doesn’t shut down on Sundays
Particularly in touristy places, you’ll always be able to find a restaurant or a food store or a tabac for cigarettes.
1. The Moulin Rouge lover
No locals go here. Hell, there aren’t really even any locals that dance here. And if you stand outside obnoxiously taking a selfie with the windmill in the background, prepare to get run over by a moped or taxi.
2. The jerk that apparently didn’t look up how to say bonjour andmerci
whatever man, we know you know.
3. The 20-something who goes to Irish/British/Aussie pubs
If you find yourself in this situation, then simply make your way to Gare du Nord, buy a ticket, and to go to London, because you seem to be confused about where you are.
4. The urbanite who raves about the Metro
saying how much you love the Metro is like telling a New Yorker stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel for the fifth time in a week “how wonderful the brickwork is”.