Don’t we all wish we had that one friend, someone who’s a local, an insider who’s got the dish on what’s hot, what’s not, where to go, what to see and how to do it when we travel someplace? As a part of our City Insider series, we bring you the Paris Insider. Easy, simple and quick tips to help you manoeuvre the city of light like a local and experience that certain je ne sais quoi for your self.
Paris Insider: Isabel for HiP Paris
There are countless ways to ensure your time in Paris is fabulous, but here are a few tried-and-true recommendations we always stick to. Remembering to say bonjour, merci, and au revoir when you enter and leave an establishment or ask someone directions tends to render Parisians far friendlier. It is best not to assume everyone understands English, so we recommend learning a few basic French words and phrases, and don’t be afraid to use them. You’ll be forgiven if you make a mistake and this little effort goes a long way.
When first meeting a French person, we recommend steering clear of questions about personal politics and finances. These subjects come after you have a well- established friendship. When dining out, lunch is typically after 1pm and dinner is after 8pm. We love trying new dishes and ingredients, but when in doubt, feel free to ask your waiter for a recommendation. If you’re on a budget, we suggest booking lunch reservations over dinner. Many high-end restaurants are a bargain when you go for the lunch prix fixe menu. Our favourite way to see the city’s different neighbourhoods is on foot, constantly keeping an eye out for hidden passageways, inviting terraces, and local open-air markets. Another option is to rent a bike through vélib.paris and take a leisurely ride along boulevard St. Germain to the Ile St. Louis, par example.
And with these tips, you are ready to venture out into the magical City of Light and experience all it has to offer.
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