Here are some tips and useful information designed to make your journey into the City of Light - Paris, one of the most beautiful!
1. Firstly, book your flights in advance and do so to hit the off-season, when the city and the sights are not crowded.
2. The best would be to plan your trip to Paris in spring or autumn.
3. If hotels are expensive for what they offer, choose to rent an apartment, for example from https://www.airbnb.com/ - being an excellent option and the price can be even 70% cheaper than if you stay at a hotel.
4. Avoid taxis to get from one point to another. Being crowned, you will spend more time in traffic and the meter, unfortunately will continue to work. The best mode of transport, fast and affordable, definitely is the subway. So use it!
5. Eating at the restaurant is so pleasant, especially when French food is so tasty and diverse. However, when you see the check, your state of pleasure probably will become concern because of its high tariffs. So, avoid restaurants located in central areas and choose the ones where the menu is display and where a lot of people are.
6. Coffee in Paris can be sharply expensive, so tiny cafes on small streets of the city, where prices are acceptable, could be the ideal option!
7. I recommend Dia supermarket, Monoprix, Franprix or Carrefour. The last one has a greater variety of products but the prices are also higher than the first three.
8. If you want to eat more, cheap and tasty, try at the Turks, Arabs and Asians, who have tiny restaurants or stalls everywhere.
9. Always to have some money on the card for unexpected expenses!
10. Always to have a subway map and a guide book.
11. Louvre and Orsay Museum are some attractions that you can’t visit in two or three hours, because you’ll need several hours. Besides that, if you get in high season, you will spend more time in endless lines than in the museum. However you can photograph them from the outside.
12. Champs-Elysées is one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. Yet, prices in both the cafes, restaurants and shops are overly high. Avoid shopping in this area.
13. Do not stay near North Station, because it’s a dubious area with pickpockets and your safety is in danger.
14. One of the most ill repute areas is near the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, and must be completely avoided when the sun goes down!
15. On Tuesday most museums are closed.
16. Paris busiest objectives are: the Louvre, Orsay, Notre-Dame and Versailles, so try to arrive early morning.
17. Watch your pockets, purse, when you visit certain objectives, especially where it is very crowded. In the evening avoid going on streets which are not populated.
18. Depending on the location, if you are less than 25 years, you have free entry to most museums and sights.
19. One of the ways to visit many museums and sights in Paris, at an affordable price, is the Paris Museum Pass, a pre-paid ticket that provides access to over 70 tourist attractions and museums.
20. In Paris on Sundays all shops are closed. They are open Monday-Friday from 10 am to 7 pm.
21. Most tourist attractions are in zones 1 and 2. Major attractions outside of zones 1 and 2 would be:
- Zone 3 - La Defense, Stade de France, Saint Denis
- Zone 4 - Orly Airport, Versailles
- Zone 5 - Charles de Gaulle Airport, Disneyland
- Zone 6 – Fontainebleau
22. Avoid how much you can to visit the most important sights of Paris on weekends. Is extremely crowned!
23. There is a special ticket called ‘Paris Visite’ - you can get unlimited travel on all public transport for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days for zones 1-3 or 1-6. In addition will also have access to the funicular trip from Montmartre if you visit Sacre Coeur.
24. When changing a subway with a RER (train) - the ticket will be stamped again, it’s not like the subway, and so you change the lines between them, and are valid for a single entry.
25. Warning: if you buy a transport ticket for one day, for example today at 10 am, he will not be available tomorrow until 10 am, so the ticket is available only for the current day.
Start your tour on the Champs Elysée (metro station: Étoile), which extends from Place d'Étoile to Place de la Concorde. You’ll get right in front of the Arc de Triomphe (the largest monument of its kind in the world: 49 m high, 44 m wide), built by Napoleon as a tribute to the soldiers of Austerlitz. The Place de la Concorde, it welcomes you with the obelisk of Luxor. During the French Revolution, in this aria was placed the guillotine, who beheaded Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Other attractions that may attract your attention are: Montmartre, Saint Germain/Ile de la Cité and Trocadero / Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris. Nearby is Les Invalides (Napoleon was buried here) and the Rodin Museum. If you want to go on the heights of Paris, then visit the Monmartre hill (Metro Anvers, Abbesses). Here is the impeccable cathedral Sacré Coeur.
Square du Vert-Galand (Metro 1: Pont-Neuf)
Ile Saint-Louis (Metro 4: Pont Marie)
Eiffel Tower at night (Champ de Mars, Metro 7: Bir-Hakeim)
Place des Vosges (4 Metro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert)
Jardin du Luxembourg (6 Metro: Odéon or St-Michel or RER Luxembourg)
Place of Furstemberg, Latin Quarter (Metro 6: Mabillon)
Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine, Marais (4 Metro: Saint-Paul)
Jardins des Tuileries (Metro 1: Tuileries or Concorde)
Pont des Arts
Jardins du Palais Royal (Metro 1: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre)
- Musée de la Vie Romantique - Museum of romantics - address : 16, rue Chaptal – get out of the subway at Pigalle station
- Le Petit Palais - Musee des Beaux Arts in Paris ville - Address : Avenue Winston Churchill – get out of the subway at station : Champs Elysées Clemenceau station
- Cognacq -Jay Museum - Address: Hôtel Donon 8 rue Elzevir - get out of the subway at Saint Paul station
- Zadkine Museum - Address: 100 bis , rue d' Assas – get out of the subway at station Notre -Dame des Champs
- Maison Victor Hugo - Victor Hugo 's home - address : 6, place des Vosges Hôtel de Rohan - Guéménée - station Bastille
- Maison de Balzac - Balzac 's house - address : 47, rue Raynouard - Passy metro station
- Museum Carnavalet - Paris History Museum - Address: Hôtel Carnavalet , 23 rue de Sévigné - Saint Paul station
- a pain chocolat (bread with chocolate chips ) , pain aux noix (bread with nuts or peanuts ) , pain de campagne ( country bread made traditional ) , pain brie ( a very thick bread crust , made in Normandy ) - seafood, mussels, roast venison and deer or wild boar , lamb and veal
- Chez Stella - Address: Therese , no. 3, District 1 - Subway station - Pyramides
- Chez Gladines - Address: The 5 Diamonds, no. 30 , sector 13 - Subway station - Place d' Italie - Chez Papa - Address: Lafayette Street , no. 206 , Sector 10 - Subway station - Louis Blanc - Chartier - Address: rue du Faubourg - Montmartre , No.7 , Sector 9 - Subway station - Grands Boulevards