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bistro • fine dining • nightclubs • cocktail bars • food markets
What are the Paris spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Louvres Museum, le Marais, Montmartre, Montorgueil, La Durée or Pierre Hermé for tea time, the Marché des Enfants Rouges, Beaubourg, Jardin des Tuileries, L'Ami Louis for a beef rib, la Grande Epicerie, les 3 Mailletz and of course...Disneyland!
Do’s and don’ts in Paris: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Tipping is common but not compulsory. 1 or 2 euros for small services and not less than 5% of the restaurant bill sound good. For transportation there's a big choice but don't hesitate to rent electric bikes (Velib) or scooters (Cityscoot, Coup). They are everywhere in the city. My safety tip: don't make it too easy for pickpockets whether you are in the subway or at a coffee table, keep your mobile out of sight.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Paris?
After party feeding isn't necessarily synonymous with kebabs! Near the Champs Elysées, you've got 2 main options. Pizza Pino would probably do the job but I highly recommend La Maison de l'Aubrac for a saucisse Aligot or any tasty meat. In the 1st district Chez Denise - La Tour Montléry, Aux Pieds de Cochons or la Poule au Pot will compete to fulfill all your stomache wishes as long as they match French classics. 24/7.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
After an exhibition at Grand Palais or Louvres you should get a hot chocolate at Angelina rue de Rivoli or Jacques Genin rue de Turennes. For diner enjoy a raclette or a fondue savoyarde at the Chalet in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Before heading to les 3 Mailletz to get warmed by the gifted dancers and singers of the small but mythical cabaret Aux 3 Mailletz.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
L'Ami Louis of course!
Your go-to brunch spots:
A safe choice for a brunch orgy is definitely the Bel Ami Hotel located in Saint-Germain. The place has nothing special in itself but there is an amazing amount of choice, the largest I've ever seen for a breakfast/brunch. And too bad, everything is good. My tip: make your own squeezed juice as a blender is at your disposal with a large variety of fruits and vegetables.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
The top of Tour Montparnasse offers the highest view...on Eiffel Tower. I also love to get a drink at the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel Porte Maillot, although the place is totally out of date :)
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
It's a no brainer: Le Marché des Enfants Rouges in the Marais district! This mostly covered market offers world food corners in a Parisian boho atmosphere. You can take away or eat-in but in any case it won't be expensive. I'm used to have a hot sandwich at Alain miam miam, but that's me.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Paris. How do you spend it?
My last day woud start at a café terrace with coffee, fresh orange juice and croissant! Then I would take a long walk through Paris cutest streets wandering between Saint Germain, Le Marais, Montmartre and Montorgueil. At sunset I would also decide to get up high on a rooftop to observe the city from above before a diner at L'Ami Louis. And if the food orgy don't turn into coma I would take a uber for a drive by night along the Seine to admire Paris lights.
You’re meeting the mayor of Paris - what constructive criticism would you give them?
A world renowned modern art museum, a cleaner city, more rooftops restaurant and bars allowed, more place to walk dogs and above all more shops open on sundays and nights!