Well, that’s a stupid question – everyone knows why Paris! The Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees etc. But when you have used a whole week in Paris following the top 10 Tripadvisor guide, what do you really know about the Parisian culture?
Paris is beautiful in every season and is one of those cities where you can walk for hours and never get tired. On our first day in Paris, we walked 25 kilometres just browsing the streets, sensing every detail of the famous capital. It is indeed famous for a reason – and a good one, but when you visit Paris don’t just follow the tourist guides. Remember to stay curious about everything you see and taste, and step a bit out of the box.
We would recommend you to see all of the historical monuments, and while doing that enjoying the Parisian charm! Never take a quick snack or eat at your hotel, always go discovering.
We have gathered some of our favourite experiences in Paris, and hope that you will enjoy them as much as we have.
Our absolute favourite part of Paris is the old jew district. These streets are filled with fromageries, boulangeries, boucheries, and the best restaurants and caffées. The buildings are colourful and inviting, and you can go around the streets for hours, just soaking every impression in. Be sure to try out their falafel shops and their pastries, especially the tarte au citron.
Another beautiful and historical area of Paris. There is a great atmosphere in the summer, with street artists and many small buzzing cafes. The district is located on a hill that has the most amazing view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. We actually celebrated our 2016 new years eve looking at this view. Spectacular and romantic. This is also the area to find Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur.
Café St. Regis
5 minutes from Notre Dame you can discover the perfect place to eat breakfast or lunch after a lot of sightseeing. This cafe has a classic French styled interior and there are many regulars. The staff are buzzing behind the bar and are making jokes with the regulars, and everyone is just contributing to a delightful and easygoing atmosphere.
Enjoy an omelette and cafe au lait in this chatty atmosphere and you will feel like a real Parisian.
L’as du Fallafel
Okay, so this is not any falafel joint – this is the one! In the Marais you will get a lot of opportunities to buy falafel, but please do yourself a favour and choose this one. You can stay outside or go inside to sit, but the place is not much in itself. The falafel, however, is something to write home about.
Also, it is magical hangover-cure to the day after you have been out drinking French wine all night.