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Paris City Guide: The Tribe’s Guide To All Things Parisian

Paris, the “City of Light and Love,” has roots dating back to the 3rd Century BC. It has served as inspiration for poets, artists, and musicians from all over the world. It is most known for the Eiffel Tower that’s tucked into the heart of the city. Check out our full Paris City Guide!

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Paris City Guide

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Members of the community have noted the usefulness and ease of using this city pass when they are visiting Paris for a short trip and are looking to maximize their time and budget on the highlights that Paris has to offer.

The Paris Online City Pass includes either skip-the line tickets or 20% discounts for a lot of the activities mentioned in our city guides and crowdsourced itineraries.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

SKIP-THE-LINE TICKETS for the Louvre & Montparnasse

☵ A CRUISE through the SEINE

☵ 1-WAY TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT to your hotel

☵ 3-DAY valid METRO CARD

20% DISCOUNT on Paris’ top attraction (see list)

PRICE: $71.06

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What Would A Local Do?

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Neighborhoods

Le Marais neighborhood
Saint Germain De Pres
Rue Montorgueil

Sights

Père Lachaise Cemetery
Montparnasse Cemetery
The Canal Saint-Martin
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
The Palais Royal
The Opéra Garnier

Museums

Musée d’Orsay

Fashion Stores

Le Bon Marché (Not Cheap!)
Avenue Montaigne 60 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris— (good starting point)
Walk down ave. Montaigne on a Sunday morning if you want to ogle at the window displays from Gucci to Louis Vuitton to Celine.
Colette 213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris —the epitome of concept store shopping. There is a restaurant in the basement and a gallery upstairs! **UPDATE: They’ve decided to close their doors after 20 years. Click the name to read the NY Times article about why.

Best Views

Saint-Jacques Tower: great view of Paris, walk up for free

Restaurants

L’As du Falafel
Jacques Génin Chocolatiers
Le Bac à Glaces
Berthillon
Telescope Café
Café de Flore

Markets

Saint-Ouen Flea Market
Marché des Enfants-Rouges 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris—find the burgers and the juice! Limited seating if you get something to eat – if so head over to Square du Temple (64 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris) to sit and enjoy the park!
Marché Aligre Place d’Aligre, 75012 Paris— a perfect little market to get some fresh veggies, cheese, meat or seafood!

Paris City Guide Activities

Activities

Free Activities

View Famous Landmarks:

Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe
Palais du Louvre
Notre-Dame
Sacre-Coeur
Opera de Garnier
Les Invalides
Centre Pompidou
Palais du Luxembourg
Hotel de Ville
The Pantheon

Stroll, Picnic Or Read Tn The City’s Gardens

Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin des Tuileries
Buttes-Chaumont
Jardin des Plantes

Free Tours

Take part in free walking tours from Discover Walks
OR
Running tours from RunParis

Connect To A Higher Power In The City’s Churches & Cathedrals

Sainte-Chapelle
St-Denis Basilica and Royal Necropolis
St-Sulpice Church
Saint-Etienne du Mont
St-Paul-St-Louis Church

Walk or picnic on the Seine River

  • Pont Neuf Place du Pont-Neuf, 75001 Paris—Go down to the seine around the horse statue and find a place to sit along the seine.
  • Pont Alexandre III 3 Port des Champs-Élysées—Walk down the stairs on the Grand Palais side and enjoy the view of the Eiffel and the Bridge
  • Pont Marie Place Louis Aragon / Quai de Bourbon—Cross the “Pont Marie” to the l’île Saint Louis and go down the stairs to sit along the seine

Other

Explore Free museums on the first Sunday of the month
Visit the Conciergerie building and marvel at the Concierge Clock
Browse books at Shakespeare and Co.
Catch a basketball game at the picturesque Piggalle Basketball Court
Marvel at graffiti art at 107 Rue Oberkampf
Discover the most colorful street in Paris at Rue Crémieux
 

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Cheap Activities

Enter the Eiffel Tower

Adult lift tickets to the very top cost about 17€ but you can opt to go as high as the second level for 11 euros

Versailles Gardens

A day’s time and an RER-C metro ticket will get you to Versailles. Once there, the gardens will run you about 7-10€
NOTE: to see other parts of Versailles will cost you more money

Line up and visit the Catacombes

Tickets will run you between 5-30€ depending on your age

Visit Centre George Pompidou

They have different expositions throughout the year.
You could simply buy their “View Of Paris” ticket for 5€ if you don’t want to see an exhibit because the view from the top floor alone makes it worth it to visit.
Museum and exhibit tickets will run you about 14€

Climb Notre Dame For A Great View Of The City

Cost: 10€
Why Climb?

Mid-Range Activities

Lunch On The First Floor Of The Eiffel Tower

This will run you about 42.50€/person

Dinner At The First Floor Of The Eiffel Tower

Starting price will run you about 99€/person

Get The Complete Versailles Experience

This will run you no more than 30-35€

Book A Cruise On The Seine

A basic sightseeing tour will run you about 16€ and is hop on and hop off

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Luxe & Ultra-Luxe Activities

Dinner at the Eiffel Tower First Level

This will run you about 99€/person

Romantic Dinner Cruise On The Seine

This will run you about 132€/person

Lunch On The Second Level Of The Eiffel Tower—Michelin Star

This will run you about 235€/person

VIP Moulin Rouge Dinner and Show

This will run you about 420€/person

Vaux-le Vicomte Evening Helicopter Tour From Paris With 3-course Champagne Dinner

This will run you about 1,296€/person

Daytime Helicopter Tour To Chateau Vaux-le Vicomte With Champagne Reception

This will run you about 1,296€/person

Modes Of Transport

Public bus
Metro
RER trains
Uber
City Taxi
Car Rental
Bicycle (Velib)
Boat (Batobus)

How Expensive Is Transportation?

Paris is a pricey city but their Velib (Bicycle), Metro, Bus and RER systems are an economically sound way to get around the city.

In navigating the city from cheapest to most expensive, you’re looking at Velib → Bus → Metro/RER/ → Uber → Car Rental → Taxi

Wheelchair Accessibility

The buses in Paris are wheelchair accessible and the most recommended mode of transport. Wheelchair accessible taxis are expensive and while almost all metro stations are technically wheelchair accessible only the trains on Line 14 and RER E in that they have roll on and roll off access.

Useful Resources
WheelchairTravel.Org Recommendations
Official Paris Tour Office Accessibility Info

Paris City Guide Transportation

Transportation

Neighborhoods

1st Arr.

Notable: Musee du Louvre

2nd Arr.

Notable: Rue Montorgueil 

3rd Arr.

Notable: Picasso Museum

4th Arr.

Notable: Notre Dame

5th Arr.

Notable: St. Michel Fountain

6th Arr.

Notable: St. Germain-des-Pres Neighborhood

7th Arr.

Notable: Eiffel Tower

8th Arr.

Notable: Arc de Triomphe

9th Arr.

Notable: Galeries LaFayette

10th Arr.

Notable: Canal Saint Martin

11th Arr.

Notable: Place de la Bastille

12th Arr.

Notable: Gard de Lyon Train Station

13th Arr.

Notable: Butte aux Caille

14th Arr.

Notable: Catacombs

15th Arr.

Notable: Beaugrenelle Shopping Center

16th Arr.

Notable: Passy Cemetery

17th Arr.

Notable: Batignolles Neighborhood

18th Arr.

Notable: Sacre-Coeur Basilica

19th Arr.

Notable: Parc des Buttes Chaumont

20th Arr.

Notable: Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

1st - 5th Arrondissement

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1st Arrondissement

Characteristic: Elegant and regal feel
Notable: Musee du Louvre

2nd Arrondissement

Characteristic: Not talked about highly; has great open street markets
Notable: Rue Montorgueil neighborhood with its popular restaurants and bakeries

3rd Arrondissement

Characteristic: Mix of bustling commercial and subdued residential areas
Notable: Quieter side of the Marais neighborhood which hosts the Picasso Museum

4th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Bustling, high-energy, diverse and a local favorite
Notable: Historic sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral. The highly-recommended Marais neighborhood with its small crooked medieval lanes, trendy art galleries and shops, and eclectic mix of Jewish, Chinese, and LGBT communities

5th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Rich with the cultural, intellectual and political history of Paris. A tourist favorite.
Notable: Pantheon, Jardin des Plantes and the ever-touristy, ever-popular St. Michel neighborhood. St. Michel is constantly filled with tourists and the restaurants and souvenir shops vying for their funds. It’s worth seeing for the charm that accompanies its part of the Seine, the flower adorned balconies, cobblestone streets and landmark St. Michel fountain.

6th - 10th Arrondissement

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6th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Has a posh, old-world feel
Notable: Luxembourg Gardens and St. Sulpice church. Saint-Germain-de-Pres neighborhood, one of the swankier, posh, artistic neighborhoods with well-dressed patrons.

7th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Rich, prestigious and affluent. Housing here will cost you a PREMIUM
Notable: Eiffel Tower, Musse d’Orsay

8th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Bustling commercial area with elegant architecture and popular shops and attractions
Notable: Arc de Triomphe and the highly recommended Avenue de Champs-Elysees—elegant with it’s beautiful walkways, infamous Laduree macaroon shop, and glitzy, old-school night life.

9th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Elegant and subdued with its shopping galleries and residential areas
Notable: Opera Garnier, Galeries LaFayette department store and Grand Boulevard neighborhood—filled with clubs, cafes and theaters

10th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Subdued, not popular amongst tourists and is a working-class area of young professionals and artists alike.
Notable: Canal Saint Martin neighborhood and New Morning famous jazz club

11th - 15th Arrondissement

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11th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Eclectic and diverse. Home to students and nightlife goers
Notable: Place de la Bastille and Oberkampf neighborhood—with its extremely lively nightlife

12th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Lesser known and houses major train stations
Notable: Bois de Vincennes park and Gard de Lyon train station

13th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Outlying residential area with artistic spots, Not popular amongst tourists
Notable: Butte aux Caille district and “Chinatown”

14th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Rich and cultural with an art scene and nightlife.
Notable: iconic Montparnasse tower and Catacombs

15th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Quiet and residential area. Mostly unknown to tourists.
Notable: Beaugrenelle Shopping Center

16th - 20th Arrondissement

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16th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Quiet and pleasant.
Notable: Passy neighborhood and Passy cemetery

17th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Quiet and less frequented by tourists. Home to upper-middle class residential areas
Notable: Batignolles neighborhood

18th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Charming with village-like streets and home to a couple of bustling, extremely active immigrant neighborhoods
Notable: Montmartre neighborhood, Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Barbes and la Goutte d’Or neighborhoods—home to many West and North Africans

19th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Not well visited by tourists and located in the corner of Paris. Quiet and subdued
Notable: La Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie and Parc des Buttes Chaumont

20th Arrondissement

Characteristic: Working class area not frequented by many tourists
Notable: Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

Hostels

Les Piaules—”super clean, modern, in nice and young area, Belleville”
St. Christopher Gare du Nord—”stayed here, liked it, recommend it”
St Christopher’s Inn Paris Canal—”it’s awesome and affordable. It has an awesome bar on the bottom level, curtains on the beds and was close to a train station”
Adveniat Paris—”it’s near Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower”

Mid-Range Housing

Mecure Paris Alesia— “we stayed there this summer and loved it. It’s a stone’s throw away from the metro station, and in a great neighborhood. The hotel is clean, safe and the staff is amazing. We just highly recommend this place to all.”

Hôtel du Midi Paris— “Nice hotel, definitely recommended! In the 14th arrondissement which has great monuments, museums and culture. Denfert-Rochereau RER B station was across the street, convenient to get to and from the airport. Catacombs are close by.”

Hôtel Tourisme Avenue—”we found this place last minute with no expectations other than clean. But is was so nice. Easy to hop onto the train and get around town. Lots of great restaurants in the area, great and helpful staff and very affordable. We will stay there every time we go now!”

Hôtel de Buci—”I stayed here this summer and loved it”

Housing

Food & Drinks

Restaurants & Bakeries

Le Chalet Savoyard—”hands down the best place for RACLETTE (a Swiss dish of melted cheese, typically eaten with potatoes) in Paris!” 21-40€/person

East Mamma—”Quality Italian food, good atmosphere, young people, nice neighborhood. You can walk to the colorful street of Rue Crémieux from there”

L’Afghani—Near Sacré-Cœur Basilica like 5 mins. Best food we had in our Europe trip”

Bistrot de la tour Eiffel—”has the best banana and Nutella crepes and it’s right behind the Eiffel Tower”

La reserve de Quasimodo in the Latin quarter—”amazing foie gra, charcuterie board, and carpaccio. It’s a winery as well. It’s a small quiet cozy place and the owners are very nice too!”

La Truffière— “never disappoints”

Tata Burger— “Fun, cheeky restaurant with amazing burgers and a gay theme. Located in the gay-friendly Le Marais, this place is a must for the food, vibe, people and neighborhood!”

Luangpra Restaurant Laotien Et Thailandais—21 Rue de la Roquette–“the best Thai food we had while living in Paris. Across from it is a crepe store that we really liked, it’s the one with the Hagen Daaz store I believe”

Dosanko Larmen ramen made to order–worth the wait”

Du Pain et des Idées—”For pastries…trust me on this one..just get 3 of everything and a gym membership for when you return home”

Drinks

Aux Folies 8 Rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris
Le Perchoir Marais 33 rue de la verrerie,75004 Paris— great drinks for a good price with a view that could kill. The entrance is a little hard to find
Alcazar 62 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris&— great place to get dressed up and go for a drink

Recommendation For Nightclubs

Palais Maillot—”for young people. Hip hop club on Fridays with free entry. No dress code.”
La Resevoir—”for adults 28-50. Great atmosphere. Live music. Free entry. No dress code”
O’Sullivans—”in Grand Boulevard. Music is a variety of rock, electrónica, hip hop, and R&B. Check out their FB Page
Raidd Bar— “one of the best gay bars in Paris in my opinion. Located in the vibrant, gay-friendly Marais neighborhood, you can’t go wrong here.”

Recommendation For Bars

Bastille— “has a street of tons of bars. In particular, I like Mermaids and Divers and Yellow Mad Monkey. Also cheaper drinks than other places in Paris. A young vibe”
Oberkampf Area
Pont Neuf— “by the Seine is great for drinking in the grass with music”

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