Visiting Paris For The Very First Time – Today I want to write an article for all of the people thinking about coming to Paris or visiting Paris for the very first time.
I’ve been inspired to write this article because my best friend is coming all the way from London to Paris for the very first time the summer to see me.
I’m so excited, but it’s her first time in Paris, and I realised that I had quite a few tips and tricks that I wanted to share and I thought to myself.
If this is in any way useful to her, maybe it’s going to be useful for you too. let’s jump into it
Visiting Paris For The Very First Time Tips #1 – Eiffel Tower
My first tips is maybe a little bit of a controversial opinion, but I wouldn’t climb the Eiffel Tower.
I’m probably a bit biased because I’ve been living here for five years and I have never done it.
But from everything that I’ve heard, it’s kind of disappointing, because when you finally get to the top, and you have this incredible view over Paris, you don’t see the Eiffel Tower. It feels a lot less Paris than you would have imagined.
Now there are many different places in Paris where you can get beautiful views.
you can go to the rooftop of gallery Lafayette, again lovely view you can see the Eiffel Tower and there are also some cool restaurants and bars out there that offer a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower.
I’ve got a couple in mind one’s a chicer expensive restaurant, and one’s a more casual nice bar, burgers and stuff both with awesome views.
Visiting Paris For The Very First Time Tips #2 – French Language
The second tip is for any non-French speakers because I know they’re always freaked out a little bit about coming to France.
They’ve heard that the French appreciate it if you make an effort with French and you if you don’t necessarily speak French that can be a little bit intimidating, but there are honestly very few words that you need to learn, and the most important of all is Bonjour (Hello).
if you want to ask for directions, if you need help, if you have a question, if you enter any store, if you into any restaurant as long as you’ve said Bonjour once, you can switch to English and people won’t take any offence.
to make it a little bit more complete, it would be nice if you learnt “Merci” (Thank you).
this is how you say “Merci, S’il Vous Plait”. (Thank you, Please).
you can also add “Parlez-vous Anglais?”. (do you speak English?).
so if you need to stop someone on the street for directions, you can be like “Bonjour, excusez-moi, parlez-vous Anglais s’il vous plait?”. (Hello, excuse me, do you speak English please?).
Visiting Paris For The Very First Time Tips #3 – Right-Hand Driver
the next tip is cars drive on the right-hand side, which may be completely normal to most Europeans but for me coming from New York where they drive on the left, I found it bizarre.
But there’s an extra layer of complexity in Paris which is there’s no light telling you that you can walk or not walk. So be careful on pedestrian crossings.
Visiting Paris For The Very First Time Tips #4 – Famous Landmarks
next tip is around famous landmarks, and there are a few landmarks which you need to learn how to say properly.
so the river that runs through the middle of Paris is called the sin (La Seine) not the sign.
the big famous shopping Boulevard with all of the luxury stores like the Louis Vuitton store, for example, is called “Champs-Elysees”.
another classic is “Montmartre” we’re going to Montmartre to see the Sacre-Coeur.
another important word to know how to say properly is an “Arrondissement”.
Paris is divided into 20 a handi small or districts. So you’re going to use this word a lot because you can say I’m staying in the night the handi small.
just a little tip is that if you don’t know which around this one you’re in, you can look just above any street signs to find any street sign whatsoever and it will have a number on top of it from 1 to 20.
Visiting Paris For The Very First Time Tips #5 – Tip
The next things to know about visiting Paris is that you do not need to tip. The bill is an all-inclusive service included.
so you there’s no need you won’t come across as stingy or frugal or anything like that if you don’t tip in Paris.
of course, if you feel like the service exceptional or you’re feeling especially dinner s that evening, you can tip, but what I would recommend is rather that the tip is in cash rather than on your card to make sure that the way that gets it.
now regarding apps to have on your phone, there are two that I would have to recommend hands down to have on your phone for Paris.
1. City Method Apps
City Method it is a fantastic app because it links the Paris metro systems, buses, trains and even the bike hire service.
so that you know exactly which route to take, what will be the most efficient, which will be the easiest etc.
however, you need an internet connection to use a city map.
you can download maps offline etc. but if you’re on the go and you’re a little bit lost, and you don’t know where you are I would also recommend downloading the app Paris Metro.
2.Paris Metro Apps.
Paris metro and you can put it into the app, so I am currently at Hotel, and I need to get to Montmartre, and it will tell you which metro line to take. Very basic but offline and free.
Visiting Paris For The Very First Time Tips #6 – Free Ticket.
next tip for Paris is that the first Sunday of the month major museums are free.
so I’m talking Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre like is great you can get into these exceptional museums for free.
another thing to note is that a lot of major museums are closed on Mondays.
the Louvre isn’t it’s closed on Tuesday, but you know don’t assume that the museums are open every single day of the week because it’s not necessarily.
Visiting Paris For The Very First Time Tips #7 – Eiffel Tower Lights.
Another tip is that every evening the Eiffel Tower lights up, and it looks beautiful.
so definitely go and see it by night, but also every hour on the hour it sparkles for five minutes straight, and it’s worth seeing.
About what you wear in general. I mean wear what you want but just saying that if you stand out as a tourist, you may become a target for pickpockets and that’s not what you want.
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