Just like in any other big city, the streets of Paris are mixed with tourists and locals alike – so it’s important for everyone to get along! There is no need to be afraid of the French – they are very nice people! But keep in mind etiquette is important to keep peace, show respect and make friends. After all, the better you know the culture, the more rich and authentic your Parisian experience will be. Listed below are our tips on the most important etiquette in Paris.
1. Learn a few words in French
Locals really appreciate a tourist who tries to speak the language. It shows a love of French culture and a desire to learn more. Don’t worry if you can’t get the accent right – the locals will think it’s cute when you pronounce a word wrong! It’s the thought behind the language that counts, oui? This tip will likely work to your advantage while communicating with a native. He or she is likely to respond more thoroughly to a foreigner who speaks a bit of French! If the conversation gets to be too difficult to understand, ask the person if he or she speaks English. Most French people do speak English in addition to French, especially the younger generations.
2. Know the geography of the city
The Eiffel Tower in Paris.
In order to maximize your traveling experience it’s important to know the layout of the city. This way you won’t waste time getting lost – or asking strangers for help! Get familiar with the twenty arrondissements (districts) of the city. These arrondissements are divided by the Seine River in the center of the city, separating districts into “left bank” and “right bank”. The right bank includes the 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 arrondissements – the rest are on the left (south) bank! Looking for a tip to navigating the districts? Here’s a clue – the arrondissements are arranged in a spiral, starting at the center of the city near the Louvre. The higher the district number you are in, the further you are from the city center. Read the entire story here…»
The Eiffel Tower and Trocadero fountains during the summer.
It’s that time of year again! The birds are singing, the sky is blue, and Paris is just opening its arms to the crop of tourists and lovers for this year’s summer season. Paris is one of those cities where it’s easy to be lucky in love – but whether you fall for tucked-away art cafés or swoon over watching the Eiffel Tower light up at dusk is up to you. If you’ve something a little more eclectic in mind, read on and let us know what you think about these outside-the-box popular seasonal events!
Watch Outdoor Movies in Paris
Why sit inside a dark, stuffy theater when it’s so pleasant outside? Every year Parisians and visitors alike look forward to summertime outdoor movie screenings throughout the city. Whether you bring a date or a picnic basket (or both!) it won’t take you long to figure out why this is one of Paris’s most eagerly-anticipated activities of the summer.
- Sate your movie-watching cravings with a trip to the famous Cinema en Plein Air. The movie green is easily found in the Parc de la Vilette from July 23rd to August 27th. Tickets are €7 per show or €20 for five shows. There’s a new show every weeknight, drawing from French and American classics like Super 8, The Social Network, Ocean’s Eleven, and Hôtel Woodstock. Read the entire story here…»
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” So said Thomas Jefferson, reflecting upon his travels to the French metropolis. It’s been several centuries since he set foot in Paris, but the city’s splendor has not diminished — it remains the financial and cultural capital not only of France, but a capital of the world. Here we’ve assembled a list of the Top 10 Must-See Sites to visit during your stay in Paris, the fabled city known around the globe for its sophistication, romance and, of course, light.
The landmark Eiffel Tower rises above Paris
1) The Eiffel Tower
Like Big Ben in London and the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Eiffel Tower is Paris’s most identifiable landmark with the numbers to prove it – 7 million visitors per year. Named after the engineer who built it (Gustave Eiffel), the Tower was constructed to welcome guests to the 1889 World’s Fair. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world! Initially many Parisians considered the monument an eyesore; in fact, the Tower was almost dismantled in 1909, but was saved because of its value to transmit radio signals. Today, the Eiffel Tower is regarded as an architectural marvel and is the most frequented paid monument in the world.
There are three levels open to the public, the highest standing at a height of 276 meters or 905 feet. All levels can be accessed by elevators/lifts or stairs (though the latter is not for the faint of heart). On the first floor you’ll find a cinema devoted to the Tower’s history, a souvenir shop, and the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. The second floor is home to the Jules Verne restaurant, where you can sample French cuisine with a spectacular view of the city. At the top floor, walk through a recreation of Eiffel’s office before making a toast at the champagne bar. And no matter how high you travel, the Tower will provide stunning views of Paris laid out before your eyes. The monument stands on the lawns of the Champ de Mars, which is located in Paris’s seventh arrondissement. Check out our guide of the 7th Arrondissement of Paris for more details. Read the entire story here…»
It’s without a doubt one of the most famous landmarks in the entire world: the Eiffel Tower. No trip to Paris can be complete without gazing upon this embodiment of Parisian life. And just imagine waking up in Paris, looking out the window and seeing the Eiffel Tower right there in front of you! In this article, we’ll show you how to make this fantasy a reality. We’ve selected six of our favorite apartments in Paris that offer magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower. Discover what it’s like to vacation in Paris while staying in an apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower!
Lovely one-bedroom vacation apartment in Invalides
View of the Eiffel Tower from the balcony of this 1-bedroom apartment in Invalides, Paris
The view from this 1-bedroom apartment in Invalides is absolutely stunning. Not only does it offer a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower directly from the French windows in the bedroom, but also from the fully-equipped kitchen! This means the apartment truly offers an amazing and authentic Paris experience. Tenants can wake up in the morning to the splendid view of the Eiffel Tower, prepare breakfast in the kitchen with the same amazing view, and perhaps enjoy a croissant with a coffee in the living room — or outside on the balcony, offering a striking view of typical Parisian rooftops and the Hôtel des Invalides! The apartment sleeps up to two people, and is located right in the center of the beautiful Invalides neighborhood. Just blocks from the apartment you’ll find the Seine River, monumental buildings, a bustling street market, and of course the Champ de Mars park with the Eiffel Tower.
For some history and practical information about the tower, check out our Visitor Guide to the Eiffel Tower! Read the entire story here…»
The new wave of coffee culture has taken Paris by storm
It’s been a long time coming, but the new wave of coffee culture that’s swept the globe has finally reached Paris! Gone are the days of old, when traditional bistros served mediocre coffee. In the past couple of years, new specialty coffee shops have started to pop up all over the city of lights! This new trend of coffee shops is heavily influenced by some of the leading coffee regions in the world, such as Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Baristas from these regions have introduced Paris to techniques such as pour-over coffee and filter coffee, not to mention fresh coffee beans from the world’s best coffee producers and roasters.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of our favorite new coffee shops in Paris. Keep in mind that the Parisian coffee culture is simply bustling right now, so this is definitely not meant as a definitive list. With that said, we’re sure this list of our favorite top 10 coffee shops in Paris will be of use to you during a visit to the city!
1. La Caféothèque
La Caféothèque on 52 Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville was one of the first new barista-focused coffee shops in Paris. Barista Gloria Montenegro, who was the former Guatemalan ambassador to France, founded the café some seven years ago. She has a true passion for coffee, personally selecting and visiting coffee growers across the globe. Customers will taste this commitment to quality coffee beans in each drink: the espresso and cappuccino are both brewed to perfection. La Caféothèque is a real Parisian gem: you’ll come for the excellent coffee, and stay for the friendly baristas and cozy interior. Read the entire story here…»
A typical French baguette and bread in Paris
France without bread is like a Paris without the Eiffel Tower. When it comes to baguettes and croissants, there is no equal to France’s famous bakeries, which are better known as boulangeries. It’s important to know the difference between a boulangerie and a patisserie. While a patisserie is a bakery specializing in pastries, and headed by a pastry chef, a boulangerie is a bakery that focuses mainly on baking breads. There’s also a difference between a boulangerie and an artisanal boulangerie: the latter indicates that all the bread is being baked fresh on the premises.
In this article, we’ve gathered our top 10 bakeries in Paris. You’ll find that some are combinations of a patisserie and a boulangerie, while others focus only on baking bread. What they all have in common, however, is some of the most delicious breads in Paris and perhaps even the world! Read the entire story here…»
Colorful French Macarons
Macarons, croissants and chocolate éclairs: if you have a sweet tooth, Paris is definitely the right place for you! The city features hundreds – maybe even thousands – of wonderful pastry shops. These pâtisseries offer the most exquisite selections of tarts, cakes, pastries and more. It’s important to know the difference between a bakery and a pastry shop: while bakers in bakeries only make bread, pastry chefs in pastry shops specialize in pastries and sweets. You’ll find that most pastry shops in Paris have certain areas of expertise, and are often known for a specific type of pastry. It’s not uncommon for Parisians to visit one pastry shop to get a box of macarons, and then travel across the city to buy their éclairs at another place!
In this article, we’ll give you our top 10 pastry shops in Paris. Keep in mind the list is not definitive as there are so many amazing pâtisseries in town. However, all the shops listed here do have one or more specialties that really make them stand out. The following are some of our absolute favorites in the city of Paris. Enjoy!
1. Pierre Hermé
The Parisian pastry shop Pierre Hermé is famous for its delicious macarons
Pierre Hermé is the perfect first pastry shop to try in Paris. It’s got two very French and very delicious specialties that you just have to try during a visit to the city: the macaron and the croissant Ispahan. Pierre Hermé became famous for his delicious macarons: sweet meringues with crunchy outsides and delectable creamy fillings. Try the pistachio, violet, or chocolate. The croissant Ispahan has a topping of rose and glaze, which adds just a pinch of inventiveness to the traditional pastry. Pierre Hermé was once called the ‘Picasso of pastry’, and it’s easy to see why! There are several locations of the brand in Paris, but the best known is probably the Rue Bonaparte flagship store in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This store often has a line out the door, but the pastries are definitely worth standing in line for! Read the entire story here…»
View of the Eiffel Tower and 7th Arrondissement of Paris
It’s a sight that will stick with you for the rest of your life: the first time you lay eyes on the magnificent Eiffel Tower rising above the rooftops of Paris. First-time visitors to the City of Lights often head to the 7th arrondissement as soon as they arrive, as this is where the Champ de Mars and the Tour Eiffel can be found. It’s a shame that some of these visitors don’t take the time to also explore the neighborhood itself, as it is one of the most beautiful areas in Paris! The 7th arrondissement is an ancient and affluent neighborhood that boasts some of the best museums in town, as well as architecture that will absolutely take your breath away.
In this article, we’ll explore the 7th arrondissement in Paris and show you what it’s like to live here as a local!
The 7th arondissement is famous for its tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and Hôtel des Invalides, as well as for its many amazing museums, such as the Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin. However, it’s also a very popular residential neighborhood in Paris. Not only because many of the apartments in the 7th Arrondissement provide splendid views of the Eiffel Tower, like this beautiful 1-bedroom rental in Invalides, but also because the area is simply one of the best residential neighborhoods in Paris. Still associated with the French nobility and upper class, this central Paris neighborhood is fittingly shaped like a diamond. It’s bordered in the north by the Seine River, to the southwest by the Avenue de Suffren, and to the southeast by the Rue de Sèvres. It’s very well connected to the other arrondissements of Paris by the Metro lines 6, 8, 10, 12 and 13, and by the RER C. This means it both provides a fantastic base to explore the city during a holiday and an ideally located home for a longer stay in Paris. Welcome to the 7th arondissement! Read the entire story here…»
View of the 6th Arrondissement in Paris
Most visitors in Paris want to experience a bit of everything while staying in the City of Lights: a taste of the bohemian lifestyle, the best Parisian cafes, art galleries, museums, parks and more. Lucky for them, it just so happens that the 6th Arrondissement in Paris offers all of these things! It’s the epitome of life in Paris: home to famous cafes such as the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, the 6th Arrondissement comprises part of the bustling Latin Quarter. It’s also the intellectual center of the city, with its world famous universities and seat of the Senate in the beautiful Luxembourg Palace, right next to the public park Jardin du Luxembourg. The 6th Arrondissement is one of the most sought after residential neighborhoods in Paris. In this article we’ll show you what living in the 6th Arrondissement looks like!
Welcome to the 6th Arrondissement of Paris
The 6th Arrondissement of Paris includes some of the most famous areas in the city: The Latin Quarter in the northeastern part of the arrondissement, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in the area around the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Odéon area around the Odéon Theatre, the Notre-Dame-des-Champs area around the metro station of the same name, and the Luxembourg area around the Jardin du Luxembourg. Discover what it’s like to walk the streets of the 6th Arrondissement in our Latin Quarter video tour. The 6th Arrondissement is roughly bordered by the River Seine in the north, the Boulevard Saint-Michel in the east, the Boulevard du Montparnasse in the south, and the Rue de Sèvres and Rue des Saint Pères in the west. The neighborhood is easily accessible with the metro, as the 4, 10, 12 and RER B lines run right through it. Read the entire story here…»
A Christmas market near the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Holiday Season. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra.
Paris is beautiful at any time of the year, but there’s something extra special about visiting the City of Lights during Holiday Season! From mid-November until mid-January, Paris becomes a magical place filled with sparkling lights, outdoor ice-skating rinks and Christmas markets. Furthermore, there’s Christmas shopping at the Galeries Lafayette and an Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris!
In this article, we’ve categorized our favorite holiday season activities, so you can easily create your own travel itinerary for your visit to Paris in the fall or winter of 2013!
Paris Market and Fairs
Paris is known for its many amazing food and antique markets throughout the year. However, come Holiday Season the city steps it up a notch with the Parisian Christmas markets! These amazing outdoor markets feature anything from Christmas gifts to seasonal culinary delights, and can be found all over the city. The following are some of our favorites.
- The Champs Elysées Christmas Market is the largest Christmas market in Paris. It runs from the Place de la Concorde all the way up to the Champs Elysées roundabout. From November 15th to January 5th, you can enjoy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and more on one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Of course, this is also a great place to get some serious Christmas shopping done. Have a look at Visit the Champs Elysées in Paris for more information about the shops. Read the entire story here…»