Things You May Not Have Thought of Doing in Paris
Paris is one of those cities that almost everyone has visited if only just for a weekend. I adore Paris. The first time I went was with my best friend three years ago. I also visited with my mom around a year and a half ago. Then this summer my best friend and I visited again for ten days. We turned from tourist to locals in those ten days (you can find a great breakdown of tourist attractions here on the left side if you haven’t already been). We practised our language skills, hung out with locals and avoided the touristy stuff. I feel like Paris is a city I know and can survive in solo. Here’s the top 5 things I’ve done in Paris ever since my first visit three years ago.
1. Visit During a Popular Holiday or Event
The city is just so much more alive when you visit during a public holiday or when something exciting is going on. When I last visited Paris the Euro’s were on (football). Although neither of us particularly like football there were so many people from different countries who were all having a great time and getting to know one another. We met a great group of French, Swiss and Dutch people who were were able to hang out with on a few different nights. I highly recommend visiting when you can expect the city to be busy and full of buzz. It just makes it that bit more sociable and special.
2. Bar Crawl on the Rue de Croissant & beyond
My best friend and I went to a bar on Rue de Croissant, I believe it’s of the same name and we had one of the best nights out there! The bartenders were so nice and gave us free drinks after we spent more than one evening there. The bar is full of locals but don’t be intimidated. They are all super friendly and will want you to speak with them so you can practise your English. There’s a couple of affordable hotel options right nearby too so you’re in the heart of Paris and have a good bar scene!
3. Eat a French delicacy
Frogs legs and snails may not sound appealing to all but they are actually quite nice. my mom and I stopped by a lovely steak restaurant in Paris and very bravely ordered frogs legs. They taste like chicken but with the consistency of fish. I feel as though I haven’t had the full experience of a country if I don’t try their food, so I’m glad I gave them a go!
4. Shop at Colette on Rue Saint Honoré
This shop is honestly a blogger’s dream. When you enter there are a few long tables full of interesting books ranging from fashion and art to recipe’s and creativity. Downstairs there’s a chic cafe and upstairs contains the clothing section. The clothes are definitely on the “affordable” designer price range meaning you’ll have to splurge but the shop is definitely worth looking in and having a look around. Your Instagram will be popping after a short visit and the fashion will inspire you.
5. Go clubbing at the Sacre-Coeur
The Sacré-Coeur is a popular tourist spot because the cathedral there is so, so stunning. But, you must visit a great Irish bar that’s tucked at the side of one of the main staircases facing the church. It is a bit ironic that so near sacred ground is a bar where all kinds of debauchery goes on. However, the bar was home to one of the wildest and best nights my friend and I had out. The drinks are affordable, the people are friendly and the music is great. A must visit bar that no tourists seem to know about. Montmarte where the Sacré-Coeur is based is a little out of the city centre but is amazing to visit and stay in in its own right. The hotels over there tend to be more affordable because it’s slightly North of the city.
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Have you guys ever been to Paris? What would you recommend I get up to on my next visit?