(Closed) How to enjoy PARIS like locals?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you want to go to a real local cafe I suggest la Palette in the 6th.  34 Rue de Seine is the address.  All the posh locals (gallery owners etc.) go there.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I can’t remember the names of particular restaurants, but I definitely recommend the street food.  Paris has amazing street food, especially the gyros and crepes.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Get the Lonely Planet guide for Paris if you want to go to local places/ off the beaten path.  I haven’t used the Paris one, but had good luck with the QUebec and Dublin ones.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

One of the best places we went was a street market! So cool. It was so neat to see all the different vendors and the weird stuff they were selling. I also really enjoyed Montmarte, I think wandering around there was my favorite part of Paris.

I totally second (third?) street food! You have to try a steak-frite. I’m obsessed with them ever since I went.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Laduree for macarons!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would recommend splurging for one expensive French meal!  We went to a restaurant that came highly recommended to us from someone who frequents Paris.  The food was amazing…we both did a 4 course meal with wine pairings.  Here is a link to the website: http://www.citrusetoile.com/citrus/

I know you are looking more for the off-the-beaten path type stuff, but I just have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Palace of Versailles.  The train journey took us about 45-hour, but it was so worth it!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Also prob the most touristy thing there… but you can’t go to Paris without going to the Louvre… it is really unbelievable!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I totally agree with splurging for one good meal.  If you really want to go over the top (and I mean really) and you like duck, I suggest La Tour d’Argent.  It is a once in a lifetime experience.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I thought August was the month that most of Paris is on vacation so many local establishments may be closed!

We went in November (an off time) and it was lovely (fiance proposed under the Eiffel Tower!). I suppose we were rather touristy though, we tried to visit as many places as we could in our weekend. We LOVED the L’Hôtel national des Invalides!

I suggest getting fashionable boots and a scarf if you want to fit in, though in August I’m not sure if that would be the standard style, it definitely was in November. 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

So far they are having a warm summer.  (I am half french and Fiance is french so we talk a lot with family and friends there)  August can be anywhere to super hot an humid to thunder showers.  Or it can be completely perfect.  On the 14th of july (bastille day) they had a sudden down pour on the parade.  Just watch the weather for when you go.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

d’orsay was really neat to visit.. also im sure this is touristy but they have a light show on the Eiffel tower at midnight.. buy some champagne pop it open and go enjoy! We ended up doing this twice while we were there. Spend a day just walking up and down the Champs. There was a neat beer place that had all kinds of different cocktails mixed with Heineken surprisingly good! The Latin Quarter is nice and I would highly recommend taking a day trip to the Loire Valley and see some of the castles/churches.. Chambord, Versailles, Sully- sur- loire! It was really neat to get out of the city for a day and it is beautiful. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009 - Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (LaCoste, TX) and Mary Gray Events Center (Castroville, TX)

I always recommend a morning run at least once while traveling in new places.  It’s fun to see normal things in new places.  And it’s touristy, but we saw the Crazy Horse cabaret while we were there and it was great.  And a lot of museums and such are free the first Saturday of the month, crowded but free.  It was pretty warm while we were there, one cold and rainy day, but really warm the other days.  Just drink lots of wine and eat lots of cheese, definitely recommend finding your nearest fromagerie.  And if you’re flying American, their line is unbelievably long (like a quarter of a mile when I was there a week ago) at Charles de Gaulle, luckily we were on British Airways and there was hardly any line.  So just get there a little earlier than you think if you’re flying AA, it was ridiculous.  Eat macarons!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Chocolate mouse and croc misure

L’elephant is a neat restaurant chain that has a lot of variety.. not that fancy or romantic so maybe a good lunch spot. Oh and McDonalds sells beer 😉

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