A FIRST-TIMERS GUIDE TO PARIS
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
If you aren't already planning your first trip to Paris, you should be! From starting mornings off with some of the world’s most amazing freshly baked bread to cruising down the river Siene, there are so many things to do, see, and experience in the City of Light.
PARIS PACKING TIPS
Pack light and leave the beret at home! Some hotels in Paris don’t have elevators, so you don’t want get stuck lugging your heavy suitcase up and down the stairs.
Some neighborhoods in Paris are lined with those picturesque cobblestone streets, so bring a pair of comfortable shoes along with your fancy footwear.
Adapter – Don't forget to bring a standard European adapter and converter for Paris.
PARIS FOOD + DRINK
You might be surprised to discover that in Paris, an entrée is an appetizer, and a plat is a main dish. “Menu” is not a physical menu, but rather a combination meal (usually food + drink + dessert) - keep this in mind when ordering at your favorite Paris bistro!
While you may certainly take in the below iconic Parisian food places, explore what's around your hotel and eat like a local - you may make a new friend or two and bring back memories of a great and unique dish or specialty from a local bistro or restaurant! (the following locations are currently closed or delivery only due to Covid-19, but indicate as returning to business in the near future)
Crepes - BREIZH Café (https://link.where2nexttravel.co/73972), 109 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd Arrondissement
Macarons - Pierre Hermé (https://link.where2nexttravel.co/dd93e), 18 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 4th Arrondissement
Croissants - Blé Sucre (https://link.where2nexttravel.co/d2ae0), 7 Rue Antoine Vollon, 11th Arrondissement
French Baguettes - Le Grenier à Pain (https://link.where2nexttravel.co/b3a02), 38 Rue des Abbesses, 18th Arrondissement
Ice cream - Berthillon (https://link.where2nexttravel.co/67d4d), 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 4th Arrondissement
TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR PARIS ITINERARY
Avoid over-planning – pick one or two major attractions per day, leaving the rest of the time for dining in bistros, or strolling through the city’s picturesque gardens.
Top Paris Must-See Locations
The Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral - closed due to fire)
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Arc de Triomphe
Bonus: A trip to Versailles is a must while in Paris! Leave a day free, hop on the RER train (Réseau Express Régional (English: Regional Express Network)), and make your way to this charming town and its iconic palace and gardens.
USEFUL FRENCH PHRASES
Hello - Bonjour
Excuse Me - Excusez-moi
Thank you - Merci
Goodbye - Au revoir
Where is the bathroom? - Où sont les toilettes?
Yes - Oui
No - Non
Please - S'il vous plaît
More wine, please - Plus de vin, s'il vous plaît
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