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I'm going to the MIDEM conference in Cannes this weekend and since I've never been to Europe I figure the least I can do is make my way to Paris for a week.
I've done a bit of research, but I figure some of you Europeans will have a better idea of the best of Paris.
Any suggestions for things to do? Must see stuff? Galleries, museums, architecture, history, restaurants... if you could only do one thing, what would it be?
Been to Paris quite a few times. My French is average, but I got by well enough.
Depending on your timetables, I'd stay in the hustle and bustle of Paris for a day or so, maybe two, see the sites, get out and go to Cannes or Nice on the coast. Much better time you'll have, unless you have a contact in Paris and / or speak French, you're probably going to overwhelmed. Maybe also check out Saint-Raphaël and Antibes. You'll have fonder memories of the trip in general, IMO.
My french is ok. I'll be in Cannes for 5 days before going to Paris so I'm not going back South, and I do have a friend in Paris to help me out.
Ohhhhhh... I don't remember Paris very well. Friend in Paris equals GOLD!
South, you should take some time and go up and down the coast near Cannes, Nice, Saint-Raphaël and Antibes (taste the fresh seafood and vino, that's a given). Make sure to climb the hills in Cannes and have a look out to sea. There are some majestic views up there from what I remember and quaint cafes / / gastropubs / bistros up there. Granted, this was in 1999.
stay in the "rive gauche" of paris , left bank of the seine, right bank is almost shit, there's too much to see here , just wander around the streets of quartier latin(left bank), right bank is le marais, fucking hate it but maybe as a tourist you'll like it(3 arrondissement)
Speak French if you know it. The view from the top of a hill is better than from the bottom. The coast is near the sea. Eat the food. Drink the wine. Double check which city you're in. Try not to become overwhelmed.
oh this is what you have to do , wander around notre dame, when in front of notre dame: to the south: left bank quartier latin, to the north : right bank of the seine: marais district 3 arr tourists, modern art museum, hipters.
Folks lived there a while. See below for what I tell people to do.
My favourite area of Paris is Canal St-Martin; trendy, a little like LES or Shoreditch. The below are all north to south of the canal.
Eat at a place called Hotel du Nord, good food and nice buzz. I'd go here for a Dinner rather than lunch. Get the steak. Rare.
102 Quai de Jemmapes
Drink at a Cafe called Chez Prune.
36 Rue Beaurepaire (on the same Canal as above, bit south and the other side)
Late night drinks at a bar called Favella Chic.
18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple
Not on the Canal - If you want posh, Hotel Costes is v. cool but super $$$.
For culture, Musee D'Orsay is amazing - has lots of the Impresionists and the space is amazing. Get there early - queues can be brutal.
Pere lachaise cemetery is worth a visit - super old mausoleum style graves. Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde buried here.
Visit Sacre-Coeur & Montmartre if you get a chance - cool area.
For something different, the Catacombs are interesting and creepy.
Visit Colette - super-cool Design store. You of all people'd like it. Its pretty close to Musee d'Orsay.
Hire the Velib bikes.
Avoid the Champs de elysee - bit shit. If you're into Architecture, the area around La Defence is great.
Musée d'Orsay was renovated, and this remains a great value.
Don't miss the "Hey" expositon, at the "gallery saint Pierre" next to montmartre. http://www.hallesaintpierre.org/…
Don't ever trying to eat at the montmartre, it's a tourist trap!
If you want a good restaurant with an amazing wine cave : Le Paul bert. http://www.linternaute.com/resta….
And if you want to cross Paris on foot, try "la coulée verte"
shit, you still headed to that place!?
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet dude! You're a lucky man.
How are the French chicks treating you?
as a frenchman
An advice : learn a few words : "Bonjour Monsieur" and "Bonjour Madame", "Excusez-moi"...
You'll see that a lot of french speak english after those words !
You will may be surprise and deceived by Paris if you expect to see what you saw in movies... Unfortunatly, Paris didn't stuck it its 60's
For your walk in paris :
lot of options :
but before all :
-Chatelet les Halles
Use public transportation with caution.
If your a good walker : here is a nice walk :
You can go everywhere in Paris, just avoid being the stereotypical tourist, camera around the neck etc...