To make your travel to Paris easy, we asked locals for their advice. They came up with these 7 simple steps to follow to ensure your trip is magnifique.
Paris is sliced into twenty arrondissements. Locals tell us that every section of the city is a bit different, so knowing where to stay is a good first step as you plan your travel.
So...where should you stay? It depends on your travel style. Our trip planners tell us that the Latin Quarter (5th Arrodisement) and the Marais (4th) are good choices.
Locals tell us that the Latin Quarter, on the south side of the Seine (called the Left Bank) is home to students, jazz clubs, and fantastically classic Parisian architecture.
They say that the Marais (directly across the river, on the Right Bank) has a totally different vibe, although many of the same perks. Here, you’ll find cool art galleries, a surplus of museums, and tons of great Jewish bakeries and restaurants.
Both offer an opportunity to indulge in one of the best things to do in France—people watch at one of the country’s many cafes.
Of course, you might be looking for something a bit different. So see what locals say about which of Paris’ 30+ neighborhoods fits your travel style.
What’s on your dream itinerary? Our trip planners tell us there is no one-size-fits-all travel plan for Paris—the city has way too much going on to do it all. Get some local advice about what to check out!
Maybe you’ll decide to prioritize museums. Paris is home to some of the world’s best. Locals rave about the popular places to visit in France, like Centre Pompidou—but also about hidden gems, like the quiet, but lovely, Picasso Museum.
If you’re into history, you’ll find it around every corner. Or, maybe, down some stairs. Locals tell us that you’ll likely have to wait in line to visit the Paris Catacombs, but this creepy experience is worth the wait.
As for food—well—that’s a place where you’ll definitely want some suggestions. There are over 40,000 restaurants in Paris!
Paris is extremely walkable. But if you want to see the top places to visit in France, you’ll likely have to take some form of transportation. As the French say, pas de souci! No worries. Locals tell us that transportation in France is easy to use.
Navigate with ease with some local advice. Our trip planners say you’ll have three main options:
Transportation in a new place can feel overwhelming. Locals tell us that once you get the hang of it, it’s easy! But they can help out by providing detailed transit instructions.
If you’re taking the metro, don’t lose your card. Fare enforcement may check it. And, if you’re on the RER, you may need it to exit the station.
Are you a foodie? Paris is one of the best cities in France for excellent meals. Here, locals rave that you’ll find romantic riverside cafes, classic French bistros, and a surprising smattering of fantastic international cuisine.
What should you eat in Paris? Locals suggest:
As you enjoy a late-night meal, remember to be cautious as you walk home. France is safe, but Paris is a big city. So take the same precautions you would anywhere else.
Locals tell us that one thing you should know about Paris is that some places will be closed on Sundays.
This is typical throughout France. In Paris, you’ll find more things open than in other cities and towns.
However, some grocery stores, restaurants, and shops will be closed on Sundays. Plan accordingly!
You’ll find more places open in the Marais, the Jewish district of France.
To sum it up, Paris is a wonderful place to stay in France. So get the most out of your Parisian adventure!
When you work with a local to plan your trip, you know your getting expert, insider advice from the people who know best—actual Paris locals.
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