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asian food • café • boutiques • parks • viewpoints
What are the Paris spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Le Pont des Arts is the first and can be the only one spot of a first time visitor as it captures the essence of Paris. It's a pedestrian bridge over La Seine that has a gorgeous view on both side of the city. Go there at sunset and enjoy the beauty of lights reflecting in the building. In the past years, it was known for the love bridge where people used to attach a lock, symbol of their love. Unfortunately due to the weight of all those locks together on the bridge, the city hall had to remove them.
Do’s and don’ts in Paris: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
No tipping unless the waiter has been exceptionally nice to you. Do no use the metro, use the buses! There's an incredible mapping of the city with the buses so do not waste your time underground and see nothing. Enjoy the ride and look at the city! Unless you're late then, take metro to go faster. You can hail a taxi who has a green sign or climb into the first one at a taxi station. Use electronic tickets (on smartphone with QR codes etc) as much as you can as most attractions have a dedicated line for those so it goes faster. Always say "Bonjour" in a restaurant or little shop when you enter and "Merci, au revoir" when leaving.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm passionate about hospitality and worked 6 years at Airbnb in Paris. Now I'm running my own property management agency and love to welcome people in my city. On the side, I'm using my experience as a Community Builder and Brand manager to help startups in their identity reflection and marketing strategy.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
Between drinks & food, I spend around 60€ when I'm out. Depending the kind of restaurant I'm going of course. If I go to a club, add 20 or 30€ on top of that.
Which Paris shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
BHV Le Marais, MERCI concept-store & Galerie Lafayette Maison for home furnitures and decor. Citadium, Printemps de L'homme & Sandro for men clothing.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
France Gall. Her voice was so fresh and naïve, she's also been Michel Berger's wife. She sang for Serge Gainsbourg and is one of the rarest French singer to win the Eurovision song contest!
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
During the day, the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th arrondissement. Then for the night I would usually go in the 10th, 11th or 3rd arrondissement.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The whole left bank! Especially the 13th, 15th, 16th which is really residential!
What’s the one place in Paris you think is underrated?
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Along the Seine and then dine at Le Kong restaurant under the coupole.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Paris?
To a falafel place in Le Marais! Otherwise go to Le Pied de Cochon restaurant in Châtelet-Les-Halles which has a 24h service.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Le Louvre for museum, Printemps department store for shopping & lunch at the cafeteria of Galerie Lafayette department store with view on Paris!