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City of Paris
Place de la Bastille (4th, 11th and 12th arrondissements, right bank) is a district of great historical significance, for not just Paris, but also all of France. Because of its symbolic value, the square has often been a site of political demonstrations. Place de la Concorde (8th arrondissement, right bank) is at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, built as the "Place Louis XV", site of the infamous guillotine. The Egyptian obelisk is Paris' "oldest monument". On this place, on either side of the Rue Royale, there are two identical stone buildings: The eastern one houses the French Naval Ministry, the western the luxurious Hôtel de Crillon. Nearby Place Vendôme is famous for its fashionable and deluxe hotels (Hôtel Ritz and Hôtel de Vendôme) and its jewellers. Many famous fashion designers have had their salons located here. Champs-Élysées (8th arrondissement, right bank) is a 17th-century garden-promenade-turned-avenue connecting Place de la Concorde andArc de Triomphe. It is one of the many tourist attractions and a major shopping street of Paris. Les Halles (1st arrondissement, right bank) were formerly Paris' central meat and produce market, and, since the late 1970s, are a major shopping centre around an important metro connection station (Châtelet – Les Halles, the biggest in the world). The old Halles were destroyed in 1971 and replaced by the Forum des Halles. The central market of Paris, the biggest wholesale food market in the world, was transferred to Rungis, in the southern suburbs. Le Marais (3rd and 4th arrondissements) is a trendy Right Bank district. It is architecturally very well-preserved, and some of the oldest houses and buildings of Paris can be found there. It is a very culturally open place. It is also known for its Chinese, Jewish and gay communities. Avenue Montaigne (8th arrondissement), next to the Champs-Élysées, is home to luxury brand labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton(LVMH), Dior and Givenchy. Montmartre (18th arrondissement, right bank) is a historic area on the Butte, home to the Basilique du SacréCœur. Montmartre has always had a history with artists and has many studios and cafés of many great artists in that area. Montparnasse (14th arrondissement) is a historic Left Bank area famous for artists' studios, music halls, and café life. The largeMontparnasse – Bienvenüe métro station and the lone Tour Montparnasse skyscraper are located there. Avenue de l'Opéra (9th arrondissement, right bank) is the area around the Opéra Garnier and the location of the capital's densest concentration of both department stores and offices. A few examples are the Printemps and Galeries Lafayette grands magasins(department stores), and the Paris headquarters of financial giants such as BNP Paribas and American Express.
Quartier Latin (5th and 6th arrondissements, left bank) is a 12th-century scholastic centre formerly stretching between the Left Bank's Place Maubert and the Sorbonne campus. It is known for its lively atmosphere and many bistros. Various higher-education establishments, such as Sciences Po Paris, the École Normale Supérieure, Mines ParisTech, and the Jussieu university campus, make it a major educational centre in Paris. Faubourg Saint-Honoré (8th arrondissement, right bank) is one of Paris' high-fashion districts, home to labels such as Hermès andChristian Lacroix.
In the Paris area
La Défense (straddling the communes of Courbevoie, Puteaux, and Nanterre, 2.5 km (2 mi) west of the city proper) is a key suburb of Paris and one of the largest business centres in the world. Built at the western end of a westward extension of Paris' historical axis from the Champs-Élysées, La Défense consists mainly of business 2 high-rises. Initiated by the French government in 1958, the district hosts 3,500,000 m (37,673,686 sq ft) of offices, making it the largest district in Europe developed specifically for business. The Grande Arche(Great Arch) of la Défense, housing a part of the French Transports Minister's headquarters, ends at the central Esplanade, around which the district is organised. Plaine Saint-Denis (straddling the communes of Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers, and Saint-Ouen, immediately north of the 18th arrondissement, across the Périphérique ring road) is a former derelict manufacturing area that has undergone large-scale urban renewal in the last 10 years. It now hosts the Stade de France, around which is being built the new business district of LandyFrance, with two RER stations (on RER lines B and D) and possibly some skyscrapers. In the Plaine Saint-Denis are also located most of France's television studios as well as some major movie studios. Val de Seine (straddling the 15th arrondissement and the communes of Issy-les-Moulineaux and BoulogneBillancourt to the southwest of central Paris) is the new media hub of Paris and France, hosting the headquarters of most of France's TV networks (TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France 2 in the 15th arrondissement, Canal+ and the international channels France 24and Eurosport in Issy-les-Moulineaux), as well as several telecommunication and IT companies such as Neuf Cegetel in Boulogne-Billancourt or Microsoft's Europe, Africa & Middle East regional headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux.
Monuments and landmarks
Three of the most famous Parisian landmarks are the 12th-century cathedral Notre Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité, the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe and the 19th-century Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was a "temporary" construction by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exposition, but the tower was never dismantled and is now an enduring symbol of Paris. TheHistorical axis is a line of monuments, buildings, and thoroughfares that run in a roughly straight line from the city-centre westwards. The line of monuments begins with the Louvre and continues through the Tuileries Gardens, the ChampsÉlysées, and the Arc de Triomphe, centred in the Place de l'Étoile circus. From the 1960s, the line was prolonged even farther west to the La Défense business district dominated by a square-shaped triumphal Grande Arche of its own; this district hosts most of thetallest skyscrapers in the Paris urban area. The Invalides museum is the burial place for many great French soldiers, including Napoleon; and the Panthéon church is where many of France's illustrious men and women are buried.
and gardens being laid to the periphery along the traces of its former circular "Petite Ceinture" railway line: Promenade Plantée. including the Gothic 13thcentury Sainte-Chapelle palace chapel and the Église de la Madeleine. the Parc André Citroën. French cinema comes a close second. built in the later Second Empire period. The Palais Garnier. The New Morning is one of few Parisian clubs still holding jazz concerts. created by Louis XIII's doctor Guy de La Brosse for the cultivation of medicinal plants. The Sorbonne is the most famous part of the University of Paris and is based in the centre of the Latin Quarter. Another project executed under the orders of Baron Haussmann was the re-sculpting of Paris' western Bois de Boulogne forest-parklands. Claude Chabrol. and the Left bank Luxembourg Garden. A larger version of the statues was sent as a gift from France to America in 1886 and now stands inNew York City's harbour. is a concert hall today.Georges Brassens. Parc des Buttes Chaumont. that is to say with a dominance of Hollywood-generated film entertainment. found their fame in Parisian concert halls: Legendary yet still-showing examples of these are Le Lido. François Truffaut. Bobino. much reduced from its original size. created in the 16th century for a palace on the banks of the Seine near theLouvre. La Villette quarter and a "parc-omnisports" stadium in Bercy serve as large-scale rock concert halls. The Élysées-Montmartre.The former Conciergerie prison held some prominent Ancien Régime members before their deaths during the French Revolution. such as Édith Piaf. there are several other ecclesiastical masterpieces. and many of its most popular actors today are also stars of French television. A few of Paris' other large gardens are Second Empire creations: The former suburban parks of Montsouris. and Luc Besson. and Charles Aznavour. houses the Paris Opéra and the Paris Opera Ballet. TheJardin des Plantes. In more recent times. and the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse. Some of Paris' major theatres include Bobino. Some Parisian theatres have also doubled as concert halls. such as Rock en Seine. Parisians tend to share the same moviegoing trends as many of the world's global cities. Théâtre Mogador. Parks and gardens Two of Paris' oldest and famous gardens are the Tuileries Garden. on the city's opposite eastern end. Another symbol of the Revolution are the two Statues of Liberty located on the Île aux Cygnes on the Seine and in the Luxembourg Garden. there were two other active and competing opera houses: OpéraComique (which still exists to this day) and Théâtre Lyrique (which in modern times changed its profile and name to Théâtre de la Ville). the Bois de Vincennes. and the latter provides a mixed repertoire of classic and modern. and the more slapstick/popular . Many of France's greatest musical legends. another former private garden belonging to a château built for Marie de' Medici in 1612. Jean-Luc Godard. while the former palace of the Louvre now houses one of the most renowned museums in the world. l'Olympia and le Splendid. Theatre traditionally has occupied a large place in Parisian culture. Newer additions to Paris' park landscape are the Parc de la Villette. was Paris' first public garden. the former tends towards the more classic ballets and operas. with major directors (réalisateurs) such as Claude Lelouch. the Le Zénith hall in Paris. Maurice Chevalier. received a similar treatment in years following. built by the architect Bernard Tschumi on the location of Paris' formerslaughterhouses. Entertainment and performing arts The largest opera houses of Paris are the 19th century Opéra Garnier (historical Paris Opéra) and modern Opéra Bastille. but the same also specialises in "indie" music. andParc Monceau (formerly known as the "folie de Chartres") are creations of Napoleon III's engineer Jean-Charles Alphand. Apart from Notre Dame de Paris. Several yearly festivals take place in Paris. In middle of 19th century. This still holds true today.
it owed much to the 19th-century organisation of a railway system that had Paris as a centre.A "temporary" construction of Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exposition. The Goutte d'Or .Housed in a rail station. was born under a lamppost on the steps of Rue de Belleville. The Eiffel Tower . Of the most luxurious of these. Xxx Within the City of Paris Arc de Triomphe . especially Paris' late-19th-century Expositions Universelles (World's Fairs). Belleville.An old district of Paris on a hill containing the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur and the Place du Tertre. There is now a trend toward modern multiplexes that contain more than 10 or 20 screens. Cathédrale Saint-Maclou de Pontoise .A working class neighborhood that is home to one of two Chinatowns in Paris.National Museum of Natural History.Roman Catholic cathedral located in the town of Pontoise. Cuisine Paris' culinary reputation has its base in the diverse origins of its inhabitants. Marché Barbès. In its beginnings. the Hôtel Ritz appeared in the Place Vendôme in 1898. the Grande Mosquée de Paris (The Great Mosque of Paris) is the largest mosque in France. The Conciergerie . where one can find various products from Africa.Located in the Latin Quarter. Les Invalides .African and North African district in the 18th arrondissement of Paris known as "Little Africa. Muséum national d'histoire naturelle . In a given week.Extensive art gallery. Paris . French singer Edith Piaf grew up here and.genre with director Claude Zidi as an example. it is a medieval building which was formerly used as a prison where some prominent members of the ancien régime stayed before their death during the French Revolution. starting in 1909. most of the largest cinemas were divided into multiple.Located on the Île de la Cité. Hotels were another result of widespread travel and tourism. The Paris Mosque . on the outskirts of Paris. according to legend. This reputation continues through today in a cultural diversity that has since spread to a worldwide level thanks to Paris' continued reputation for culinary finesse and further immigration from increasingly distant climes.A hands-on science museum that attracts over 2 million visitors yearly. Later. Montmartre . and the Hôtel de Crillon opened its doors on the north side of the Place de la Concorde. European and Asian films are also widely shown and appreciated. making the capital a focal point for immigration from France's many different regions and gastronomical cultures. whereas other cinemas all have fewer than 1. commemorating the victories of France and honoring those who died in battle. smaller rooms: Paris' largest cinema today is by far le Grand Rex theatre with 2. the movie fan has the choice between around 300 old or new movies from all over the world.Monument at the center of the Place de l'Étoile." It is famous for its market. Many of Paris' concert/dance halls were transformed into movie theatres when the media became popular beginning in the 1930s.800 seats.000 seats. A specialty of Paris is its very large network of small movie theatres. Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie . this museum is smaller than the Louvre but it houses one of the largest Impressionist exhibits.Complex containing museums and monuments relating to the military history of France The Louvre . Musee d'Orsay. Home to the Reformed Church of France and Parc de Belleville. .
Paris's 12th-century ecclesiastical centrepiece. Disneyland Paris is a major tourist attraction for visitors to not only Paris but also the rest of Europe.The largest business district in Europe.Hosting the Paris Museum of Modern Art. Notre Dame de Paris (Cathedral of Notre Dame) on the Île de la Cité .Also located on the Île de la Cité. Centre Georges-Pompidou . Place des Vosges . by far Paris' most famous monument. Saint Denis Basilica .A Park located nearby the 17th century Château de Sceaux (Sceaux Castle). Parc Asterix . Palais Garnier . throughout the city.The 80. including the Mona Lisa (La Joconde) and the Venus de Milo statue.5 million visitors in 2007. and a concert hall.Church and tomb of a number of France's most famed men and women. averages over six million visitors per year and more than 200 million since its construction. it is one of the largest of the French royal châteaux. a museum. Parc de Sceaux .A large glass exhibition hall built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition. Château de Fontainebleau .a château built in the 18th century.A smaller version of the New York City harbor statue which France gave to the United States in 1886. The Panthéon .A large medieval castle nearby the Bois de Vincennes (Vincennes Wood). the Louvre. and the Cité de la Musique which houses various musical institutes.castle located in Loire Valley. Statue of Liberty replica .Built by Francis I of France. housing many works of art.One of the universities of Paris (Paris IV). The city's cathedrals are another main attraction: Notre Dame de Paris and the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur receive 12 million and eight million visitors. Père Lachaise Cemetery The Wallace Fountains. Château de Rambouillet .000 seater stadium in which France won the 1998 edition of the FIFA World Cup. The Grand Palais . The Louvre is one of the world's largest and most famous museums.One of many of Paris' theme parks. In the Paris metropolitan area Palace of Versailles . welcomes over 8 million visitors a year. built in the later Second Empire period. Château Villette. Château de Vincennes (Vincennes Castle) . Flame of Liberty Replica of the flame held by the Statue of Liberty. the centre of Paris's Latin Quarter.The summer residence of French presidents. Works by Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin are found in Musée . Parc de la Villette .the burial site of the French monarchs. being by far the world's mostvisited art museum. respectively. Sainte-Chapelle . Disneyland Resort Paris . xxx The city's most prized museum.Paris's central opera house. located on the Île aux Cygnes on the Seine. Another version is in the Luxembourg Garden. La Défense . The Eiffel Tower. Barbizon .a French village where the Barbizon School of Painting is located. The Sorbonne . Chateau de Chambord . it is a 13th century Gothic palace chapel.The famous former palace of French kings. a science museum. with 14.Hosting the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie.Square in the Marais district laid out by Henry IV. Stade de France .the largest theme park in Europe.
Many of Paris' once-popular local establishments have come to cater to the tastes and expectations of tourists. 8. Oceania. whose tomb is kept constant vigil by fans. Centre Georges Pompidou and the "Beaubourg" Neighborhood-Parisians consider the Centre Georges Pompidou to be the cultural pulse of the city. village-like streets of Montmartre. or butte. while the artistic community of Montparnasse is chronicled at the Musée du Montparnasse. from which you can expect sweeping views of Paris on a clear day. houses the Musée National d'Art Moderne. Notre Dame Cathedral 3. Much of Paris' hotel. the Sacre Coeur sits at the highest point of Paris on the Montmartre knoll. such as its ballrooms and gardens. the Sorbonne is one of Europe's oldest universities. located in the neighborhood affectionately dubbed Beaubourg by locals. opened its doors in June 2006 and houses art from Africa. for example. including philosophers René Descartes. which was consecrated in 1909. the Musée d'Orsay's light. the Moulin Rouge cabaret-dancehall. from Degas' ethereal dancers to Monet's water lilies. is either loved or reviled-. is a staged dinner theatre spectacle. Major works by Van Gogh. Enjoy a drink on the café terrace in front of the college before exploring the winding little streets of the Latin Quarter behind it. The Center's signature skeletal design. where higher learning has flourished for centuries. Paris' newest (and third-largest) museum. Oscar Wilde. rather than local patrons. Delacroix. the former with the prized tapestry cycle The Lady and the Unicorn. restaurant and night entertainment trades have become heavily dependent on tourism. airy rooms whir you through three floors of modern wonders. Asia. all the way to Gaugin's leafy jungles.no inbetweens. consider a traditional Parisian cabaret at the legendary Moulin Rouge. 5. and Simone de Beauvoir. respectively. Countless famous figures are buried here: the most popular being The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison. Founded in 1257 for a small group of theology students. respectively. All of the establishment's former social or cultural elements. which evokes bones and blood vessels. And after expending all your energy climbing Montmartre's formidable hills and stairs. This modern art museum and cultural center. Rooftop views of the city are also in order. opened in 1977 to honor president Georges Pompidou. and the Americas. Starkly apparent with its service-pipe exterior. the Centre Georges Pompidou. 9. the permanent collection at the National Museum of Modern Art is a must and features works by Modigliani and Matisse. Art and artifacts from the Middle Ages and Impressionist eras are kept in Musée Cluny and Musée d'Orsay. Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées 7. are gone today.Picasso and Musée Rodin. 6. is best-known for its garish gold mosaic interiors and for its dramatic terrace. Sacre Coeur and Montmartre-With its unmistakeable white dome. Père Lachaise Cemetery-Paris counts within its walls many of the world's most poetic cemeteries-. The French playwright Molière.but Père Lachaise outdoes them all. Housing the world's most important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist painting. also known as Beaubourg. . too. Take the funicular up with a metro ticket and stop off at Sacre Coeur before exploring the winding. xxxx Top Paris Sights and Attractions 1. and others await you. The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter-The Sorbonne University is the historic soul of the Latin Quarter. Musée d'Orsay-Walk over the bridge from the Louvre to the Musée d'Orsay-.and see the bridge between classical and modern art. Eiffel Tower 4. It has hosted countless great thinkers.Le Lido. the Musée du quai Branly. This basilica. a dance display that was once but one aspect of the cabaret's former atmosphere. Jean-Paul Sartre. Manet. If wacky design isn't your cup of tea. Edith Piaf. The Louvre 2.
and humanities. there‟s no admission fee to climb the North Tower at Notre Dame. there‟s no admission fee. Centre Pompidou – On the 1st Sunday of every month. On a sunny day. sciences. Hours: Saturday: 8-9am until 5-6 pm Sunday: 10 am until 5-6 pm Monday: 11 am until 5-6 pm How to get there: Metro: Porte de Clignancourt. there‟s no admission fee. Many of these are must-see sites no matter your budget-. You can also take tours of some of Paris' canals and waterways. Oh. Xxxx Paris Flea Markets Puces de Saint Ouen The daddy of French flea markets. there‟s no admission fee. Paris Cathedrals and Churches-Paris houses many of history's more stunning spiritual relics-. Kids under the age of 18 always get in for free. there‟s no admission fee. Kids under the age of 18 always get in for free. the word "culture" has a broader sense that refers to the universal right for all to be exposed to the arts. but revived interest in the 19th century brought about their restoration. including the Louvre and theMusée d'Orsay. with 2000-3000 vendors. Musée National du Moyen Âge – On the 1st Sunday of every month. Kids under the age of 18 always get in for free. and the lively square outside the museum is always free no matter how old you are. And if you‟re under 26. Musée Rodin – On the 1st Sunday of every month. Many Paris museums offer entirely free admission at all times. You can hop on near Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower.and Richard Wright are a few others.but the fact that entry is free doesn't hurt. are free for all every first Sunday of the month. the government funnels lots of funds into making "la culture" accessible to all.cathedrals and chuches that stand today as breathtaking testimonials to a complex heritage of Christianity that dominated in Paris from the fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution. Friday nights from 6pm-9:45pm you can get in free. Go at night to enjoy the shimmering play of light on the water. Companies such as Bateaux Parisiens offer 1-hour tours of the Seine year-round for about 10 Euros. which will allow you to see a semi-hidden side of the city of light. this market is housed in a strange mixture of ramshackle structures and more modern buildings above the Porte de Clignancourt to the north of the city. there‟s no admission fee. Panthéon – On the 1st Sunday of the month from October-March. Many of these majestic cathedrals and churches fell into nearruin in the wake of the Revolution. 10. and dress warmly-. while others. climbing to the cemetery's summit and looking down on the lavishly designed crypts can be surprisingly joyful. Xxx Free Paris Museums-In French. Notre Dame Tower – On the 1st Sunday of the month from October-March. and to that end. and for a nice view. Musee d’Orsay – On the 1st Sunday of every month. Boat Tour of the Seine River-Seeing some of Paris' most beautiful sites glide past as you drift down the Seine river is an unforgettable and essential experience. Louvre Museum – On the 1st Sunday of every month and all day on Bastille Day (July 14). there‟s no charge to ride the Pompidou escalators to the top. there‟s no admission fee. Kids under the age of 18 always get in for free.the wind from off the Seine can be chilly. Sainte-Chapelle – On the 1st Sunday of the month from November-March. Line 4 .
It's doubtful you'd visit every one of them. The Louvre (9 EUR). to glassware to paintings and prints to Art Deco items to clocks. Versailles (12 EUR).) Xxx Paris Pass gives you free access to about 60 Paris attractions. admission is in fact very affordable anywhere from 9-20 Euros per ticket. Hours: Saturday. Line 9 Porte de Vanves One of the best markets in all of France. Buy a weekly Metro pass for 16. the RER The RER from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the city is only 12 Euros. which is more than half the price of the pass. Buy a museum pass If you want to visit as many world-class museums as you can in 2. Bring an extra passport sized photo of yourself. or use one of the many photo booths available at Metro stations.m. and then ask for a Carte Orange at the kiosk. If you prefer to visit galleries at a more leisurely pace. Line 13 Xxxx Take the local commuter train. take-out lunches and enjoy a set-course meal at dinnertime Also consider shopping at local markets to prepare your own picnic along the Seine or at one of Paris' many parks and gardens. This will save you about 40 Euros compared to taking a taxi. . Eat light breakfasts. Ticket are available may be bought online at the website of the Paris Tourism Office. The pass also allows free transit for two days on the Metro. this is one of the biggest pastimes of Parisians during nice weather. lamps and books to second hand clothing and even some furniture. Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise (11 EUR). (get there early!) How to get there: Metro: Porte Vanves. The RER connects to the Metro subway that can take you anywhere in Paris. Hours: Saturday and Sunday mornings until 1 p. However. Sunday and Monday 8 am-6 pm How to get there: Metro: Porte de Montreuil. get the convenience of a museum pass.80 Euros Weekly passes are available for unlimited travel in zones 1-2 (the most you will likely need that covers all quarters of Paris) beginning on Mondays through Sundays.Puces de Porte de Montreuil This market of about 50 vendors on the eastern edge of the city should be reserved mostly for the more intrepid flea market shoppers who don‟t mind sorting through a lot of junk in hopes of finding a treasure. there are several hundred vendors here who sell everything from ceramics. As cliche as this might sound. many museums have free admission. Also don't forget that bicycles are available for rent throughout Paris now. (PS If you’re in Paris the first Sunday of the month. Paris Exhibition (10 EUR). 4 or 6 days. Those five together are 51 EUR ($79 USD). among that larger number are some top attractions: The Eiffel Tower (9 EUR). You will need to get a pass called Carte Orange in order to buy a weekly subway ticket. Porte de Vanves may not be as big as the markets at Saint Ouen. Adults pay 85 EUR for two days ($132 USD).
The same is true every July 14. In effect. In addition.Take a look at their list of attractions and decide how many you would visit anyway. or Faubourg-St. There are few places on earth like it. as are food streets like Montorguiel. Time is money on vacation. 16 rue d’Aligre Metro: Ledru-Rollin Les 4 Frères Attention to detail and bargain prices make this a great bet for lunch or dinner. If your itinerary takes you there on the first Sunday of the month.50. you've already got your ticket for each place. Xxx Bastille and Latin Quarter are chock full of restaurants. too: you bypass admission lines at attractions. If you're not necessarily an art lover. and rice) for €8. like this one. Naniwa-ya A big bowl of ramen topped with your choice of meat or vegetables starts at €6.Denis. curries. here are some specific suggestions: North African/Couscous Restaurant 3FC No frills to this place. For vegetarians: Krishna Bhavan Strictly vegetarian “thali” (big tray of food with several different items. 24 rue Cail Open daily. 37 Boulevard de la Villette Métro : Belleville Japanese In the Japanese quarter of Paris (to the southeast of Opéra) you will find some small sit down restaurants serving up large portions for little cash. cheap authentic Indian restaurants a block south of La Chapelle (Metro 2). 11 rue Sainte-Anne Métro: Quatre Septembre Indian There’s a concentration of. 11 – 23h French Cuisine Chartier . it can’t be beat. you still need to invest a few hours to have the Louvre experience. Arrive later in the day on Wednesdays and Fridays and you'll receive a discount of up to 3 EUR. with a vegetarian couscous costing just €5. you'll pay no admission. Rue Mouffetard. but for a complete meal at €7. This is a great value at 9 EUR ($14 USD) for admission. Consider something else. too! Some art lovers block out days rather than hours to visit the Louvre Museum and it's entirely possible to do so and still not see everything. No matter.
50. 22 Place des Vosges Metro: Saint Paul Xxx Fast food. bakeries. but a croque-monsieur here is a steal at only €4. and a slathering of hummus. €3. 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre Métro: Grands Boulevards. 8 Rue de la Présentation Metro: Belleville L’As du Fallafel Each sandwich is stuffed with the golden fried falafel. fresh mint and carrot. and a drink will only set you back €10. 16 rue d’Odessa Metro: Montparnasse Open 7 days/week 11h to 23h Café Hugo This beautifully decorated restaurant is located in a very posh area of town. slaw.50. and other specialties. and Starbucks. for only €4.Established in 1896. At €3. Subway. In addition. They also have kebabs. supermarkets and fast food Sidewalk Vendors Your best budget bet is to choose from the multitude of street vendors and shop fronts that sell sandwiches. this definitely qualifies as one of the cheapest lunches in Paris. low prices.50. and versatile. cheese.50. 34 rue de Rosiers Metro: St Paul Closed Saturdays Crêperie Oroyona Crêpes are the budget traveler’s best friend in Paris: cheap. €8. lettuce. To name a few: McDonald’s (called “MacDo” by the French). crêpes.KFC. dessert crêpe. you will find all the usual suspects in Paris. Saigon Sandwich Banh-mi filled with meat. and a drink for €5. La Feste Bretagne A full meal consisting of a savory galette. Steak & Frites. portable. Good food. dessert crêpe. this high-ceiling Belle-Epoque restaurant has surprisingly modest prices: Frisée bacon salad. 34 Rue Mouffetard Metro: Place Monge Fast Food If you are interested in something quick and easy like fast food. the French have some chain fast food restaurants you may want to try: . At Oroyona the lunch deal comes with a savory crêpe. caramelized eggplant.
easy way to eat in Paris is to hit the grocery stores. lingerie. 10am to 7pm . Brioche Dorée. xxx SHOPPINGForum des Halles This large subterranean shopping center with more than 180 stores connected by a labyrinthine network of escalators and hallways guaranteed to get you lost at least once. Boulangeries (Bakeries) With a bakery located every couple of blocks. and Place d’Italy. and coats. The big Monoprix stores (and their smaller verion Monop’) and Franprix are the most common. save the name changes (i. from previous collections at a deep reduction of their original cost. as most of the markets in the city open at 07:00. it is possible to find some low-budget copies of high Paris fashions. Xxx Eating It can be expensive to eat out in Paris. it’s easy to rustle up a cheap breakfast. There is an especially large concentration of these inexpensive eateries in the bustling Forum Des Halles shopping center. and PAUL are all chain bakery/cafés that serve sandwiches and pastries to eat in or take away. around Bastille.” features designer seconds from last seaon’s clothing. though there are a number of other grocery store chains found around the city.e. Thursday and Sunday too. You will find quiche. Supermarché (Supermarkets) A cheap. Metro: Chatelet Les Magasins Sympa Grandes Marques Griffées “Sympa. a Happy Meal is a “Magic Box”). The market at Boulevard de Belleville is excellent and open Tuesdays and Fridays. look for the bistro style restaurants throughout the city that can offer you authentic food at around €15 for a main dish. so your best bet is to take advantage of the market foods. You’ll have to get up early though.Pomme de Pain. Metro: Les Halles Rue de Rivoli A block south of Forum des Halles you have your choice between standard stores like H&M and the very budget friendly C&A. If you can keep your bearings. and their menus are nearly identical. especially if you have use of a hostel kitchen . and other savory delights. These can all be found in most major areas around Paris. McDonald’s biggest competitor in the market. sandwiches.. Quick is chain of hamburger restaurants. If you are opting to eat out however. 62 Blvd de Rochechouart // 1 bis Rue de Steinkerque // 18 Rue d’Orsel Metro: Anvers Monday to Saturday. 4 Blvd de Rochechouart Metro: Barbes Rochechouart Monday to Saturday. lunch. There is another good market at Rue de la Convention every Tuesday. 10am – 7pm Tati Full of amazing bargain finds from souvenirs to clothes. or dinner.
tableware. at the hotel conciergeries or Cityrama agency. Monday-Saturday. Saint Ouen Flea Market The best known of the three markets. Bookworms will delight in looking through these bargain tomes. Saturday to Monday Metro: Porte Clignancourt Puces de Vanves Located along Avenues Georges Lafanestre and Marc Sangnier. which details the layout. Discover .fr Les Bouquinistes One of the most charming. old-world fixtures in Paris is the row of green bookstalls perched against the parapet of the Seine’s Left Bank. Shuttle bus available from the RER upon request. Saturday to Monday Metro: Porte de Montreuil *A word of warning: Watch your belongings. Flea Markets Paris has three main Marche aux Puces (flea markets). and other luxury labels offer items from previous season’s collections with a 33% to 60% reduction off the original price. Some of the city’s most talented pickpockets come out to play around the crowded markets.parispuces.www. Reservation required by 5:00pm the day before departure. Cityrama shuttle runs from the centre of Paris to La Vallée Village 3 times a week (Tuesday. keep your purses zipped up. place des Pyramides. paintings. Fares: 15€ round trip. Thursday and Sunday). and books at reasonable prices. or perhaps reencountering an old favorite. According to the weekly Pariscope you can visit some 58 different markets in Paris in any given week. Departure from the Cityrama agency. There is a map at www. Over 70 stores including clothing. careful where you put your wallet. The Vernaison section is most popular with local bargain hunters.com. at 10:15 am and return to Paris at approximately 5:00pm. So girls. but still a fun place to find interesting bargains. discovering something new. with over 2500 vendors sprawling over 17 acres.tati. the Malik section specializes in clothing. and boys. The term “flea market” was thought to have originated in Paris. jewelry. A bit downscale from the other two flea markets. Open-air Food Markets Though the frequency of open-air markets has been reduced in most cities. and Sunday 11am-7pm Getting there: RER A: Station Serris-Montévrain-Val d’Europe. Metro: Saint Michel Outlet Mall: La Vallée Village This outlet “village” is located 30 minutes from Paris. Saturday & Sunday morning Metro: Porte de Vanves Marché aux Puces de Montreuil The sellers here offer a vast variety of mostly post-1900 merchandise. the 350 vendors here offer furniture. the tradition is still going strong in Paris. There are twelve sections within the massive market. most likely a reference to the infestation that would have been a commonplace occurrence in secondhand items of centuries past. 10am-8pm (7pm winter).
profiting from discounts of 30 – 50% on clothing. Primarily comprised of highend boutiques and restaurants. and has a distinctly cosmopolitan air. cours du Danube 77711 Marne-la-Vallée Cedex 4 . rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris. Address: 99. Notable for its hypermarket.direction@unibail. multiple food choices. and a large selection of entertainment options have made this mall popular with Parisians and tourists alike. and accessories.les4temps.fr http://www. France 01 43 16 47 10 http://www. Le Carrousel also presents a rotating series of cultural events.com/W/do/centre/accueil #3 Val d’Europe Arguably the best shopping mall in Paris in terms of range. 250 boutiques. The winter sale season starts at the end of January and the summer one in late June. Parvis de la Defense Paris. Each sale season lasts 6 weeks. including theatrical productions and art exhibitions. Address: 4. and technological items. Val d’Europe is a short walk from Disneyland Paris.carrouseldulouvre. shoes. Address: 15. sports. Xxxx Shopping malls #1 Le Carrousel du Louvre In keeping with its proximity to the Musee de Louvre.shtml January/July Sales Those fortunate enough to be visiting Paris during Les Soldes will be able to take advantage of these famous sales. and houses a massive hypermarket perfect for hours of discount shopping.discoverfrance. the mall is smaller than most.com/W/do/centre/accueil #2 Les Quatre Temps This large shopping complex is in the business district of La Defense. a large discount shopping market. the mall carries a wide selection of fashion. music. France 01 47 73 54 44 lesquatretemps. this is the mall to visit for those on a budget. 150 shops and 16 restaurants spread out over two floors. this mall is a little more upscale.net/France/Paris/Shopping/Paris_markets.France has put together a nice comprehensive list of these outdoor markets by arrondissement:www.
was considered outlandish and controversial when it was completed in 1977. white-domed Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.ATTRACTIONS-FREE 1. Explore the Centre Georges Pompidou If you time your visit to coincide with the first Sunday of the month. and are valid for one transfer so long as you make it within 1 ½ hours from when it was stamped. but for the majority travelers. as long as you are staying within the city limits. while outside in Place Georges Pompidou you can often enjoy some free street entertainment. RER. There are free tours available in several languages including English and German. It is on the Ile de la Cite right in the center of the Seine River. 18th arrondissement. B. The impressive interior of this Catholic basilica contains neo-Byzantine mosaics. a park leads you downhill past seats from which you can enjoy the Paris skyline. Notre Dame Cathedral The Notre Dame Cathedral cost nothing to go to all year round although it costs €7.50 if you want to climb the tower. Where: Parvis du Sacré-Coeur. The Cathedral took 200 years to complete building and was finally finished in 1345. The metro lines are numbered 1 through 14. France Xxx TRANSPORT. you can also buy an unlimited pass* Xxx . 4th arrondissement. but over the years it has become a familiar landmark in the city‟s urban landscape. The bus is quite straightforward. Nearest Metro: Abbesses. The design of this art complex. The RER follows the same concept. Climb up to Basilique du Sacré-Coeur It costs nothing to visit the gleaming. 4. 2. of course. the metro is the preferred way of travel Do I purchase a Metro travel card in advance?-You can purchase un billet (a single ticket) for €1. while the dome itself offers fantastic views over the city. but you can get to the island by bridge from either side of the river. or un carnet (a stack of ten tickets) for €12 which can be used on buses.The kind folks at RATP have made the public transport system increasingly easy to use. and your direction is based on the line’s terminus . There are plenty of route maps posted at every metro station. a famous Parisian landmark perched on a hill at the highest point in the city above the bohemian district of Montmartre. 3. except it is called by it’s letter (A. D. the direction you are traveling.C. Outside. or E). you can visit the Pompidou Centre for free. and in charming Montmartre you can watch artists at work. metro.Paris. It has some beautiful gothic architecture including many gargoyles to inspire the artist in you. What is the preferred way of travel?-People have their own personal preferences. and the stops you will make along the way. with its garish external tubes. Nearest Metro: Rambuteau or Les Halles. RER is integrated in the metro system so that your tickets are interchangeable.70. Take some time out in Parc Monceau . There is a map at each bus stop clearly depicting the route. Where: Place Georges Pompidou. *If you plan to use public transportation extensively (more than 7 times in one a day to make the purchase worthwhile). Inside you can look around the Musée National d‟Art Moderne.
usually rolled in a spiral Pain au Chocolat – A pastry with a filling of pieces of chocolate (not a chocolate pudding) Chausson aux Pommes – A pastry folded in half and baked with a filling akin to apple sauce There are other pastries in Paris that are more appropriate for dessert – like eclairs and profiteroles – but you‟re on vacation. it has been the subject of several famous Monet paintings. Where: various locations each year.com). and composer Frédéric Chopin – amongst many other famous figures. Dating back to 1769. which has a touch of sweetness but not nearly as much as the pastries listed above. Nearest Metro: Monceau. While many Parisians flee the city during these hottest months of the year. go for it. Although you can‟t swim in the Seine. Pay your respects at the city’s most famous cemetery Said to be the world‟s most visited cemetery. and every year new features are added to the scene. the Curie Museum. Where: Boulevard de Courcelles. Other top free attractions in Paris include the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Besides the traditional croissant. If you want an eclair for breakfast. but Parc Monceau with its beautiful flower gardens. Sunbathe on Paris-Plages If you visit Paris in late July or early August. and Jim Morrison or The Doors. Nearest Metro: Philippe Auguste. Where: Boulevard de Ménilmontant. La Fontaine and Balzac. Paris offers a wide choice of parks. the Père-Lachaise soon became the most prestigious burial ground in Paris thanks to its royal connections. and Friday fashion shows at Galeries Lafayette (although you need to reserve a free place by emailing welcome@galerieslafayette. I‟m talking. hosting a range of outdoor activities. 6.mar-dec-OVER! Xxx What to Eat in Paris for Breakfast The French don‟t eat big breakfasts. 20th arrondissement. Pastries in Paris are an art form. and chewy on the inside. 5. recently a floating swimming pool was created. another option is to enjoy some of that famous French bread – pretty much any bread shape will do. crisp on the outside. other breakfast pastry options include: Pain au Raisin – A pastry with a sweet custard-like filling and raising. Take a stroll through the grounds spotting the graves of singers Edith Piaf.To escape the city crowds. If all of these options are too sweet for your tastes first thing in the morning. although a portion of a traditional baguette with some butter and jam makes a lovely breakfast. writers such as Oscar Wilde. grotto and waterfall is one of its most beautiful of all. The typical Parisian breakfast consists of a croissant and a cup of coffee – and not only will this smaller breakfast help save you a little money each morning. The beaches are usually open on or around 20 July for four months each year. at their best. and. and today it contains the graves of many interesting characters. it will also give you a chance to eat something very French every single day. a string of palm tree-lined artificial beaches springs up along the river Seine. The name itself is French. are light. of course. and this is especially true in Paris. 8th arrondissement . >> Read more about French pastries What to Eat in Paris for Lunch or Dinner . Maria Callas. for those that must stay behind the beaches offer some respite. There‟s also the puffy brioche. meaning “crescent. flaky. about the croissant. Molière. impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.” and refers to the shape of the pastry – but don‟t feel limited to just sampling the actual croissants your chosen cafe is serving.
Coq au Vin – This is a chicken dish where the bird has been cooked in wine (yes. Huitres. Luckily. a croque monsieur is a grilled sandwich with cheese (usually on the outsie) and ham (on the inside). In fact. cheese. and it‟s an incredibly popular dish among the French.) Huitres – Mussels aren‟t the only shellfish popular in Paris. If you have to try it to say you did. most of which are meal-sized. a confit de canard is tender. Boeuf Bourguignon – A favorite dish in the winter months. There‟s a special utensil you‟ll be given to hold onto the shells while you pull the snails out. Parisians like to cook with wine). Onion Soup – Outside France.” in Paris. this will usually be on menus as “French onion soup. Steak Frites – This is one of those dishes people have heard of before visiting Paris. this is a slow-cooked beef stew with an enormous quantity of Burgundy wine poured into the sauce. cooked in a sumptuous buttery sauce (perfect for soaking up with bread after!). (For a variation. Confit de Canard – In English. that‟s fine. this is a great introduction. but it‟s still mostly raw. but there are many other quiche varieties. It‟s delicious. made with egg. are a nice splurge meal at one of the many oyster bars in Paris (if oysters are your thing). they don‟t need to designate the country. depending on your dining style when you‟re traveling. and worth trying even if you‟ve had mussels in other places. or oysters. waiters in Paris will no longer look down their nose at you if you‟d like just a salad for your meal – especially since so many salads in Paris restaurants these days are quite large enough to be lunch (or even dinner) all by themselves. are: Croque Monsieur/Madame – The French version of the grilled cheese sandwich. and could serve as a stand-in for just about any comfort food you can imagine. The only “cooking” it‟s been through is being marinated in alcohol. This is a rich beef-based broth full of onions cooked until they‟re soft and sweet. so can be eaten as a snack or (for larger ones) as a more complete meal with a salad.) Omelet – You may recognize the word. but it‟s not as exotic as it might sound.” which is a dish of mussels baked in a cream & white wine sauce.I‟m lumping these two meals together here because you will sometimes find smaller versions of the dinner menu available for lunch. It‟s also a good idea to look for prix fixe menus for whatever meal you‟re making the largest of the day. Here are some different kinds of salads in Paris. which helps travelers on a budget sample some famous Parisian fare at a lower cost. They‟re a Parisian must-have. but may think is something more complicated than it actually is. but an omelet in Paris isn‟t breakfast food. you‟ll see signs for moules (mussels) on sidewalk chalkboards in front of restaurants all over Paris. Steak Tartare – Another way to eat adventurously is by ordering steak tartare. but if you‟re trying to be adventurous this is a good place to start. and is another cold-weather favorite. These are often available from crepe stands. The “madame” adds a sunny-side-up egg to the top. (Fun fact? The original name for this dish was steak a l‟Americaine. and bits of ham. this is duck confit. Quiche – The most famous quiche is a quiche Lorraine. flavorful. Escargots – Snails aren‟t to everyone‟s liking. try “mouclade. Moules – When they‟re in season. cream. since you‟re more likely to get a better deal (not to mention food that‟s actually in season and fresh) if you go with the chef‟s choice for the day – but you‟re still going to get quite a bit of food! Some of the things you‟ll see on menus in Paris that you can consider for lunch or dinner. paired with a salad it‟s a lovely light lunch. . Proper escargots are served with the little critters still in their shells. Prepared right. It‟s a steak and fries – and that‟s essentially it. and if you‟re confused (and being nice about it) your waiter will likely give you a lesson. They‟re different in Paris. If you‟ve never tried duck. then covered with cheese and baked in the oven. but don‟t make the mistake of assuming it‟s light because it‟s soup. which is very finely chopped raw beef that‟s been marinated and seasoned.
This city has a sizable immigrant population. and fried. these are sometimes served with honey or jam for drizzling on certain cheeses). then folded up. a vanilla-cream sauce.Not all of the popular food in Paris is French. Clafoutis – This is a sponge cake that usually has baked right into it whatever fruits are in season. But if you‟re looking for a more portable option to satisfy your sugar craving. and it‟s particularly common in certain neighborhoods of Paris. But maybe you‟re not Parisian. they‟re usually extremely brightly colored. eaten sandwich-style. Laduree in Paris. The most famous macarons come from the shop that started it all. What to Eat in Paris for Dessert Thankfully for anyone with a sweet tooth. What to Eat in Paris for Snacks Parisians don‟t “snack” the way people do in some other countries. Read more about couscous in Paris. chances are the desserts there will be tasty as well. formed into golf ball-sized balls. and eaten with the hands. Crepes – Ultra-thin pancakes filled with just about anything you could imagine. Couscous comes to France by way of North Africa. Some French desserts you might find on offer are: Iles Flottantes – This translates to “floating islands. . It‟s an excellent budget-friendly meal (for locals and travelers alike). Maybe you‟re running around all day from one museum to the next. falafel itself is a dough made from ground chickpeas. Take all of these things (plus a bottle of water or wine. Also keep in mind that to many French people. a selection of fine cheeses is the perfect way to end a meal. depending on your preference) to a nearby park and enjoy a perfectly Parisian picnic. In addition being dainty and delicious.” and it‟s essentially dollops of meringue “floating” in a pool of creme anglaise. and maybe somepate for good measure. here are a few things you can hunt for while in Paris: Macarons – Don‟t confuse a French macaron with that little mountain of shaved coconut. you really can‟t go wrong with a crusty baguette from a good boulangerie. Galettes are often made from buckwheat flour. there‟s no reason you shouldn‟t indulge in more than three meals a day. but these are more often eaten with a knife and fork. burning through your breakfast croissant or lunchtime croque monsieur too quickly. quick. and are predominantly savory. If you‟ve enjoyed a good meal at a restaurant. French macarons are light cookies (made with egg whites) that sandwich a layer of icing. But if you‟re looking for a typically Parisian snack that isn‟t a full-fledged meal.) Galettes – Also ultra-thin pancakes served with fillings and folded up. (Read more about finding the best crepes in Paris. Falafel is another import from North Africa and the Middle East. Most often served in a pita and dressed with condiments. Paris will not disappoint in the dessert category. but if they‟re looking for something quick between meals or – and this is especially Parisian – to sustain them through a night of clubbing. So if you‟re looking for a dessert alternative that‟s less about sugar. These are a completely different animal. however. a selection of fine French cheeses. and it‟s good as a snack or a light lunch – especially when it‟s served in a pita as a quasi-sandwich. Can be sweet or savory. What then? Is snacking midday just too gauche? The truth is. meaning it can be eaten with the hands and without sitting down at a restaurant table. you could try a cheese plate (many places will bring out all the cheese they have and you point to the ones you want pieces of. you‟re on vacation – and since eating in Paris is such a delight. In other words. and two dishes in particular that have made their way into the Parisian consciousness to the degree that the locals probably don‟t even think of them as “ethnic” anymore are couscous and falafel. between-meal foods that are still very Parisian include: Falafel – Mentioned above. the most popular things are cheap.
But there are parts of the city that are better-known for their shopping – they‟re listed below. Rue Cambon (Metro: Concorde) For boutiques the locals love – Place Victor Hugo. so you‟ll find shopping opportunities just about everywhere. Boissier) For department stores – Galleries Lafayette. Rue de Rivoli arcade. you‟d swear you were eating the actual fruit). Boulevard Victor Hugo (Metro: Victor Hugo. in fact. Honore (Metro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile. Rue de Grenelle. Avenue Montaigne. there‟s nothing stopping you from saving a few from your afternoon stop at the patisserie and letting them melt in your mouth on the Metro ride back from your dinner that evening. There are entire books dedicated to the chocolate shops in Paris. Sulpice) For discount shops like Stock & Degriffe – Rue Alesia (Metro: Alesia) For childrens‟ clothing – Rue Vavin (near Luxembourg Gardens) (Metro: Vavin) More information on cool French kids’ clothes . Faubourg St. Berthillon‟s sorbets are especially noteworthy (they taste so real. Germain des Pres. European hot chocolate is nothing like the watery microwaveable stuff you may be used to. but the best one is on the tiny Ile Saint-Louis near Notre Dame. & bead shops – Marais neighborhood (Metro: St. There are a few branches of the Berthillon ice cream shops in Paris. Franklin Roosevelt. Paul) For Daum glassware – BHV Bazaar Hotel de Ville (Metro: Hotel de Ville) For more upscale shopping – Rue Etienne-Marcel. thank goodness. Printemps. Galeries Lafayette (Centre Commerciale Gare Montparnasse) (Metro: Montparnasse) For chain shops like H&M. but in Paris there‟s a particular ice cream shop that‟s not to be missed. but that doesn‟t mean there isn‟t a long list of chocolatiers in Paris who are busy perfecting the art. And yes. a few steps from Notre Dame. (Read more about Berthillon in Paris. Mango.) Madeleines – These famous French sweets are halfway between a cookie and a cake. Chocolate – Paris didn‟t invent chocolate. Germain des Pres) For department stores – Au Bon Marche (Rue du Bac. Passage Vivienne (Metro: Bourse) Shopping on the Left Bank For designer shops – Boulevard Saint-Germain. Rue du Four (Metro: St.* Xxx Paris Shopping Neighborhoods This is Paris we‟re talking about. you owe it to yourself to indulge in a cup of hot chocolate in Paris at some point. and although you‟ll more often see them served with coffee or tea as opposed to being listed on a dessert menu. Grands Boulevards. Champs Elysees) For designer discounted womens‟ wear – Miss Griffes at 15 rue Penthievre (Metro: Miromesnil) For great window shopping – Place Vendome. * The best ice cream in Paris is on Ile Saint-Louis. Honore. Rue du Cherche Midi). so even if you‟re notthat into chocolate it can‟t hurt to stop into one if you‟re passing by. but I‟ve never tasted anything there that wasn‟t top-notch and well worth writing home about. that‟s why I think it qualifies as dessert and not a beverage. Rue du Cherche Midi. St. George V. Rue St. Rennes. Shopping on the Right Bank For luxury & designer clothing – Champs Elysees. jewelry. Hot Chocolate – If the weather‟s the least bit chilly. & inexpensive shoe stores – Rue de Rennes (Metro: Montparnasse. Ice Cream – Ice cream is a nearly universal phenomenon. St. Place des Victoires. north of the Garnier Opera House (Metro: Havre-Caumartin) For trendy boutiques. along with a few favorite spots worth sharing and theMetro stops you‟ll need for each. it‟s more akin to pudding than something you might drink.
Don‟t make the same mistake I did when I was a young pup who didn‟t speak the language. “Wow. “Oh. They may take more dedication. They‟re not new. the Paris sales will be like nothing you‟ve seen before. Think of it like this – you‟re not acclimated to the sale periods in Paris the way the locals are. this? I picked it up the last time I was in Paris. You‟ll need to dip your toe in and approach slowly. While this may make shopping seem like a job. so don‟t make it worse by trying to navigate the crowds in heels or skin-tight jeans.” or “Inexpensive Paris” guidebook. handbags. Slowly browsing through the racks isn‟t the way things are done during the sale. how I sometimes miss that silly and naive little girl… Do your reconnaissance work. from what parts of the city to look in to specific store names to seek out. Monoprix is roughly the equivalent of Target in the US – it‟s an inexpensive chain. thin. you can see whether the additional discounts make it worth picking up – or whether someone else has bought it first. thereby making your decision for you! Dress for the occasion. there‟s no shopping in Paris without the “Paris Pas Cher. but it can be so worth it. (This is also when people begin hiding things in the store. Your best bet is to check the stores on a few different days. so you‟re madly hunting for the perfect little black dress or that to-die-for pair of designer stilettos. lest you get overwhelmed and drown.Paris Shopping on a Budget Not all shopping in Paris has to be the kind you‟d need a trust fund for. As mentioned. Flea markets in Paris (see the point above) are great places to scope out those real “finds” every shopper dreams about. Xxx Survival Tips for Paris Sale Seasons Survival tips for a sale? Don‟t scoff. but it‟s not that simple. like squirrels storing nuts for winter. Just be aware that you‟re usually buying knock-offs. and perhaps find a few things you‟ll want to come back to once they‟re marked down. it‟s a good idea to visit the stores you‟re hoping to score bargains in a day or two (or more) before the sales actually start – especially if you‟re not as familiar with them. for them all to be getting rid of it at the same time…” Oh. You‟ll be able to learn where things are in the store. where all the women seem to be impossibly beautiful. and T-shirts in Metro stations at typically very low prices.” when someone asks where you got that fetching bag. After all. if you‟ll be in Paris for awhile during the sale. all these stores are selling the same thing – something called „soldes‟ – and they‟ve all got it marked down. and stylish. and comfortable . then this is the part to pay attention to. not the real thing. But it‟s still French. and if you find one in a particularly chic neighborhood you‟re more likely to find the cast-offs there are designer labels. So if you‟re on a limited budget and you still want to be able to smugly say. Know the lingo. all that shopping can be tiring. if there‟s something you were on the fence about. Parisians like a bargain as much as anyone. because unless you‟re a seasoned pro. and you‟re shopping in Paris. Many people take days off to shop during the sale periods. Also on this note. so knowing what‟s where – and what size is yours – beforehand helps immensely. There are consignment shops (AKA second-hand shops) in Paris. and you‟ll see it all over the city during the sale seasons. More information on Parisgirl’s favorite consignment shops in Paris There‟s a great deal of information on this article about cheap clothing stores in Paris. Okay. you need to resist the urge to try to blend in by dressing up. then this method will let you enjoy the shopping a bit more when the stores are less busy. so even at midday on a weekday you may find stores as crowded as they are on weekends. and at different times. it‟s a good idea to check back with a store you like at different points during the sale period. It must be really bad. however. For true shoppers.) Plan to shop when the locals aren’t. This sounds like it would be easy. thinking. You can buy more than a subway ticket in the subway – you can also pick up scarves. As long as you‟re not intent on picking up any one specific item. Despite all of this. Wear comfortable shoes that you won‟t mind standing and walking in all day long. Consider these tips your slow approach. when it‟s a take-no-prisoners rush to grab the best stuff. This way. The word “soldes” means “sale” in French. because you‟re on vacation and can therefore shop during the day when Parisians are working. but you can sometimes find excellent deals.
be found almost everywhere now. In other words. The toasted triangles of bread are filled with smoked salmon. Price: €9 Details: 9 Carrefour de l'Odeon. Xxxx Food-You'll find dailies called Monop' (small version of the Monoprix supermarkets) where you can buy sandwiches. soups rather than fat hamburgers. meatballs and cheese along with lettuce. Order the special and you get a half crusty. but when you‟re surrounded by people who are equally single-minded it‟s hard to not get (and stay) caught up in it. 2. Closed Saturdays. Also some "healthy fast foods such as Bert's and Cojean can. Order from the window at the door and get even better value by ordering your felafel to take away. drinks. If you‟re lucky enough to be close to your hotel or hostel in Paris. It‟ll cost more than the knock-off. And if you haven‟t had a chance to scout the sale racks beforehand and try things on. 3. Saigon Sandwich Banh-Mi from Saigon Sandwich must be the cheapest lunch in Paris. and anything that‟s well-made will have the added bonus of lasting a long time. Paris (Ph +331 4427 07 97) Metro: Odeon. sandwiches. comte and a dash of caviar. while you can probably pick up a designer knockoff for what feels like pennies during the sale seasons in Paris. Price: €3 . Details: 34 rue de Rosiers. eggplant and slathered with hummus along with a dash of harissa. This tiny little shopfront makes only one thing: banh-mi. but with healthy salads. Paris (Ph 01 48 87 63 60) Metro: St Paul. Still.. salted cucumbers. Read my full review here. Not that you‟re going to spend six full weeks in the pursuit of the best deal. wear clothes that are easy to get on and off in the changing rooms. Price: €4.. but it‟ll still be a bargain compared to the normal prices. you‟ve still got to eat. if it‟s as poorly made as most knock-offs are it‟ll fall apart within a year and you‟ll be out both the money you paid for it and the item itself. Le Comptoir du Relais Admittedly not everything on the menu is at Yve Camdeborde's bistro is a cheap eat but order wisely and you can feast on the most decadent Croque Monsieur that you are likely to ever eat. Even if you‟ve set aside a whole day for shopping. it is hard to complain at this price. 1. Remember to take breaks. or something that you‟ve been putting off buying but you actually need – this is the time to get it.clothing that breathes. Each felafel is stuffed with golden balls of fried chickpea along with pickled red cabbage. Shopaholics will certainly agree with me when I say that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. fresh mint and carrot. light baguette filled with pork. Don’t assume the lowest price is the best deal. and even eat on site. Same concept as a McDonalds. A day of single-minded bargain-hunting can be exhausting. L'As du Felafel This felafel shop in the Marais is legendary and once you have had a felafel there you will understand why. salads. not to mention six straight weeks of it. The taste is fresh and zesty although there was quite a bit of gristle on the banh-mi that I tried. etc. salami. If there‟s something that‟s normally quite expensive on your shopping list – something you‟ve really been wanting. you can drop off your purchases before heading out to fill your stomach and dive back into the shops.
Le Bambou You can get brilliant Vietnamese food at this no frills eatery for bargain prices. sweet crepe and drink for €5. Creperie Oroyona There are a few creperies in action along the tiny Rue Mouffetard however Creperie Oroyona attracted me with its bright aqua exterior and window showcasing two large hotplates for frying the crepes. however Au Rochere de Cancale is one of the picks of the bunch. Au Rochere de Cancale There are lots of inexpensive cafes in the streets around Les Halles. except perhaps Tokyo. Price: €5.50 Details: 70 Rue de Baudricot. Yet one of the great joys of this city lies in discovering its . Try the lunch deal where you can get a savoury crepe such as the fromage one I devoured. The salads here are fantastic and packed full of goodies or order the menu of the day. Price: €10 Details: 46 rue des Martyrs. Don't worry though the feel is modern and the food is great. 75013 Paris (Ph 01 45 70 91 75) Metro: Maison Blanche 6.50. Read my full review here. Patisseries and boulangieres Finally.Details: 8 rue de la Présentation. Paris 75005 (Ph 01 43 366 046) Metro: Place Monge 7. Xxxx Eating in Paris for under €10 Paris has a well-deserved reputation as an expensive food city: probably nowhere else. Your crepe will be cooked to order in front of your eyes by pouring on the creamy batter and deftly swirling it into a thin paste. It's not the best lunch in Paris but when you factor in the bottles of water on each table and good quality brown bread and butter it is a good value option. Desserts such as the tarte tartin start at €4. Look out for artisian boulangiere which indicates that all products are made on the premises. Price:€7 to €8. You can get freshly made salads and quiches for a reasonable price. Price: €4 .50 Details: 34 Rue Mouffetard. Paris 75011 (Metro: Belleville) 4. Rose Bakery For a piece of Le Anglais in Paris head to Rose Bakery run by English/French couple Rose and Jean-Claude. Two of my favourites are Frederic Comynand A La Flute Gana. 75009 Paris (Ph 01 42 82 12 80) 5. can you spend such huge sums on such tiny quantities of food.€10 Details: 78 rue Montorgueil. Paris (Ph 01 42 33 50 29) Metro: Les Halles 8. the best place in Paris for a cheap eat is of course a patisserie or boulangiere. Read my full review here. It is hard to go past the pho however my favourite dish is the spicy beef served sizzling hot in a terracotta dish. The age of the cafe is evident from the solid timber beams supporting the roof and the prices seem to be stuck in time as well.
Best meal-in-a-bowl salad Bistrot Victoires The French see nothing contradictory in topping a “salad” with mounds of meat. Dating from 1896. gizzards and cured ham.70 for this dish). and in many cafes the enjoyment factor outweighs a Michelin-star experience. a 1930s bistro or a pâtisserie done up to look like the inside of a jewellery box. not €9. but it’s all part of the fun. and it retains the same democratic approach today. and if you time it right – show up early or very late – you won’t have to queue for the best croque-monsieur in town (€9). sandwich and juice bars have popped up all over Paris and office workers armed with meal vouchers worth €7. 9 carrefour de l’Odéon. mustard-enriched mayonnaise and accompanied by green beans. an increasing number of bistros are growing more flexible. Best eggs Le Voltaire It looks like a misprint: 90 cents. +33 1 42 61 43 78. but that’s no bad thing when you also want to leave time for sightseeing. Camdeborde’s crêpe and sandwich stand next to his bistro is also popular. Le Voltaire – so named because the philosopher once lived in this building – has never changed the price of its oeuf mayonnaise. The egg turns out to be a model of the genre. crisp lettuce leaves and tomato wedges. Best poulet-frites Chartier The roast chicken with French fries at Chartier might not be the very best in town. but it’s impossible not be dazzled by the lofty painted glass ceilings and low prices (€8. Though street food has its charms. seems light in comparison. while the salade océane. duck wing. Thanks to the credit crunch. Eating on a budget in Paris often means foregoing the traditional three-course meal.more accessible culinary treasures. serving meat and vegetables in nourishing broth to blue-collar workers. black banquettes and a zinc bar has perfected the art with its selection of salades géantes costing €8. no-reservations affair. a limited budget can also buy you access to a sumptuous 19th-century dining room. squid and prawns in mayonnaise.80 are more likely to tuck into takeaway fare in a nearby park than to wash back a steak-frites with a carafe of wine in a café. Waiters snappily dressed in black and white dash about tallying bills on paper tablecloths while a mix of Parisians and tourists dive into simple and satisfying French fare. allowing diners to order just one or two courses (particularly at lunch) and serving reasonably priced wines by the glass. opening a crêpe and panini shop next door to the bistro where food-lovers from around the world queue for one of the coveted seats. 1st arrondissement. This vintage Art Deco bistro near the Palais Royal gardens with original parquet floors. Made with smoked salmon and Comté cheese and served with a Caesar-like salad of sucrine lettuce. Most rib-sticking is the salade Landaise with foie gras. Métro: Grands Boulevards. which most of us don’t want all the time. 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre. draped with silky. The dining room gets crowded and noisy. Hot dishes are great value too: the entrecôte with chunky French fries costs €11. it makes the standard ham-and-cheese version seem positively banal. but at least this dish will ease your . Lunch is a more casual. Soup. Bistro chef Yves Camdeborde saw the trend coming more than a year ago. or an exquisite box of multicoloured macarons flavoured with violet and blackcurrant or cherry and pistachio. +33 47 70 86 29. the best buckwheat galette this side of Brittany. 9th arrondissement. Chartier was one of the original Paris bouillons. Nothing else on the menu is cheap. an emblematic French dish that is poetic in its simplicity. seafood or cheese. Our selection of classic French eats for less than €10 shows that there are still some surprising bargains to be found. Gone are the days when €10 would buy you a hearty three-course lunch. Métro: Bourse. +33 1 44 27 07 50. for a first course in a chic bistro favoured by French politicians and celebrities. Métro: Odéon. slivered mushrooms. Best croque-monsieur Le Comptoir du Relais St-Germain The 20 seats at Yves Camdeborde’s Art Deco bistro are some of the most coveted in Paris: his no-choice. All that’s missing are the bells and whistles. prix-fixe dinner fills up months in advance. anyway.50-€9. but it’s enough for a sensational croque-monsieur. 6th arrondissement. heaped with poached salmon. 6 rue de la Vrillière.
is a winner – but €7. Best crêpe Breizh Café This offshoot of a crêperie in Cancale. No one can outclass Pierre Hermé. 27 quai Voltaire. +33 1 42 72 13 77. too: the lemon tart is filled with baked lemon custard topped with a layer of lemon curd (€4 to take away. Though €1-€2 a macaron is not exactly cheap (prices vary depending on the ingredients). with another branch in Tokyo. tails or trotters. 1st arrondissement. Rose Bakery’s sweet tarts are exemplary. Métro: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. +33 1 43 54 47 77. which ensures that the airy mixture rises evenly. 109 rue Vieille du Temple. A classic is his passionfruit macaron with milk chocolate ganache. At the fashionable Franco-British café Rose Bakery. two dainty rounds of almond meringue sandwiched together with a ganache filling.conscience as you sip one of the vintage wines. and two other branches in Paris. Métro: Rue du Bac.50 brings you a galette complète containing egg. tomato and thyme or artichoke and pea (€5 to take away. crème fraîche and herring roe. has become the sweet by which all Paris pastry chefs must be judged. and the filling should contain just the right balance of eggs and cream so as to be rich but not too rich. ham. 6th arrondissement. wooden tables and Basque table runners between the Eiffel Tower and St-Germain. Ricotta. Métro: Sèvres-Lecourbe or Volontaires. Once the haunt of vendors from the wholesale food market which moved outside Paris in the late 1960s. Best French onion soup Au Pied de Cochon A late-night bowl of onion soup is said to soothe the effects of over-indulgence. a perfect balance of tart and sweet. + 33 1 42 8212 80. Breton butter and Valrhona chocolate. The onion soup (€7. Métro: St-Sébastien-Froissart. Those with heartier appetites might follow this with one of the house specials involving pigs’ ears. serves buckwheat galettes and crêpes made with nothing but the finest quality ingredients – organic flour. 3rd arrondissement. Brittany. Best tart Rose Bakery Creating the perfect quiche is no mean feat: the crust should be crisp and flaky. 46 rue des Martyrs. a theory that has been tested for several decades at this brasserie near Les Halles shopping centre.50) is a must. cheese and an extra ingredient such as cider-laced onion jam. Best chocolate mousse L’Ambassade d’Auvergne . €13 in the dining room with two salads) are among the fillings that change with the seasons. it now attracts revellers from the area’s increasingly hip bars. Also 30 rue Debelleyme. 21 rue François Bonvin. 6 rue Coquillière. +33 1 42 61 17 49. +33 1 45 66 89 00. 15th arrondissement. mushrooms or Breton artichoke hearts.80) is just what it should be: plenty of slowly caramelised onions in a meaty broth. Jovial Basque native Christian Etchebest runs this boisterous bistro with a zinc bar. Be prepared to queue for the privilege. The secret to his sky-high soufflé (€9)? A thick coating of butter around the edge of the ramekin. Best half-dozen macarons Pierre Hermé The macaron. Métro: St-Sulpice. it seems a small price to pay for one of the greatest luxuries Paris has to offer. Métro: Châtelet les Halles. +33 1 40 13 77 00. 9th arrondissement. but the vanilla soufflé with Basque cherry jam has become a classic on the ever-changing menu of Le Troquet. and his set menu – €26 at lunch or €32 for three courses at dinner – is great value considering the quality of the food. The more elaborate savoury galettes cost slightly more than our €10 limit – the Cancalaise. Metro: Filles du Calvaire. 3rd arrondissement. who flavours his with anything from black truffle to candied chestnut depending on the season. Best soufflé Le Troquet Not many Paris bistros go to the trouble of serving soufflés nowadays. 72 rue Bonaparte. filled with mostly organic ingredients. topped with thick slices of baguette and a crusty coating of emmental. crunchy and smooth. with smoked herring. 7th arrondissement. not soggy. +33 1 44 78 08 97. For dessert. €6 on the spot). the salted caramel and vanilla ice-cream crêpe (€6. the individual square tarts are made fresh every day.
Then the workers run out with boxcutters.two by Blvd. Rochechouart (from station Anvers. 22 rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare. With a dense. but they took their photos after the crowds vanished. It's western civilization at its finest! On this street you will also find interesting fabric stores. The sight alone is remarkable. arms grow heavy under mountains of cloth--. Xxx SYMPA CHEAP CLOTH-There are multiple SYMPA shops at the base of Montmartre on rue Steinkerque nearMétro: Anvers. City dwellers with street smarts engaged will have no problems. of course.turn right down the boulevard) one by rue d’Orsel (same street where McDonalds is). Arrive early on Saturday morning and you will be amazed to see trucks pull up and dump enormous cardboard boxes onto the sidewalk. but the two Sympa stores with big red signs are an excellent place to find cheap clothing. yes. 3rd arrondissement. Mouton-Duvernet. you won’t be in danger but. clothes sail over shoulders. -There are various cheap shops on rue d'Alesia/Avenue du General Leclerc (metros Alesia. Look for the big red SYMPA signs above the shop doors. –How to get there? Take metro line no. Brace yourself: the street and area are urban gritty. College interns sent to snap some of the photos seen here had a good time watching the shoppers attack those boxes. Set threecourse menus start at €30. Do not let that discourage you.What makes the perfect ending to a meal of sausage with aligot. this house classic served in an earthenware bowl big enough to feed a family will ensure you waddle out in a haze of contentment. Elbows fly. split the tape seals. -Zara at the Félix Potin building (an Art Nouveau masterpiece) -Secondhand (la vie en) rose at Les Puces . Paris 18th Métro: Anvers Hours: 10am-7pm Monday-Saturday Other SYMPA shops in the area & in other parts of Paris. Follow them. -SYMPA (no website)( Montmartre) 1 bis. Métro: Rambuteau. but better than the photo at the Google map suggests.it's like watching seagulls on a shrimp boat. 2 and get off station Anvers. That’s the logic behind this friendly country-style auberge dedicated to the cuisine of the volcanic Auvergne region in central France. hands spin through sweaters. rue Steinkerque.Steinquerke)You (Montmartre)( Boulevard de Rochechouart and rue de will notice throngs of people in the little Rue de Steinkerque. banknotes appear and disappear. potatoes whipped to stringy perfection with fresh mountain cheese? Why. sometimes brand names that are either irregular or just fell off the back of some truck. there are pickpockets lurking and watching for the flashy tourists. Now the ladies lined up on the opposite sidewalk like Olympic sprinters jump the gun and swarm the piles. Arrive early enough and you might see the delivery truck dump boxes of inventory. Two are in rue Steinkerque. a help-yourself bowl of chocolate mousse (€8). +33 1 42 72 31 22. The street has recently been infected by T-shirt shops and trinket peddlers. and literally dump piles of jeans or sweaters made by Naff Naff or Bennetton or Esprit onto huge wooden sidewalk bins. Porte d'Orleans) and in the pedestrian streets near the Forum des Halles. almost chewy texture and the unmistakeable smoothness of fine-quality chocolate.
so keep your camera handy and eyes open! . and the dealers start packing up to leave around noon. coolly meshing military and safari-inspired outfits with jazzin’ blue jeans. and shoes. belts.Rue des Abbesses-Bargain bin shopping Sympa is located nearby at the foot of Sacré-Coeur*Winter 2012 sales begin Wednesday. along with accessories like costume jewelry.Fashionistas. but also boast about your first scores of the day while the panorama of Paris rolls by en route to the next shipping district. January 11th and end Tuesday February 14th. Nestled in cobblestoned ’hoods with views to boot.m. . Ooh. Also. and Schiaparelli turn up from time to time! My latest Porte de Vanves finds include a faux leather vest by Printemps for €5 and two pairs of Ted Lapidus hexagonal sunglasses for even less! Back in the day. you’ll find tables. For the mere price of a metro ticket (the same tickets work for both buses and Metros). bags. sunglasses. The 80 is one of the most scenic bus lines in the city. both boast a cool blend of bargain bins. -Cheapos. Lapidus (Brigitte Bardot’s favorite designer) introduced unisex dressing. The flea market opens at 7 a. keep your eyes peeled for haute couture labels—Dior. so don’t sleep in! Throughout the flea market. you’ll not only cruise between the shopping havens with the greatest of ease. here’s the scoop: The “80″ bus line connects two of my favorite shopping districts in the city: rue des Abbesses in the 18th arrondissement and rue du Commerce in the 15th arrondissement. hats. These are usually marked with handwritten signs. funky shops. and trendy chains. Look for the bargain tables. I’ve recently noticed more vintage clothing booths popping up at the Porte de Vanves flea market.. Lanvin. “indy” designer boutiques. la la. racks and boxes of vintage clothes.
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