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What are the Paris spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

I mean, obviously there's all the picture-perfect, tourist-infested places like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvres and Notre Dame. They're not famous for nothing! However, if you can fit a stroll round the back streets of Montmartre or a leisurely walk down the Canal st Martin on your first day, then you've already seen more than most tourists!

Do’s and don’ts in Paris: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Like any large city, watch your valuables, leave your passport in your hotel and keep your stuff near. For public transport, buy a daily or weekly "carte Navigo Découverte" rather than individual tickets, it will save you a lot of money! Check out our website lemonaide.co for loads more tips such as the most romantic spots or the best thrift shops in Paris!

What do you do and why do you do it?

At Lemonaide, we are two young and fun graduates that help international people and students settle into Paris. We remember how daunting the process of moving to a brand new country can be and we want to welcome you to this stunning city by sharing our favourite spots!

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

That depends on how drunk we get hehe - the budget can be anywhere from 5€ (drinking a cheap bottle of wine from Monoprix by the Seine) or 60€ (fancy cocktails, club night out, more drinks, taxi back...)

Which Paris shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Paris has plenty of stunning shopping malls such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps but let's be honest - they're not in your price range unless you're an Arab prince or a Russian oligarch. In recent years, thrift shops and vintage stores have become the new thing! Guerrisol, Kiloshop and Free'p'star are some of my favourites. If you want to know more, I wrote an article about them at lemonaide.co.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

This is a hard one, I am a little butterfly when it comes to music. Depends on my mood. I can listen to jazz when I'm chilled, classical music when I'm working, funk when I'm dancing and techno when I'm clubbing. I've I had to name a few though I'd have to give creds to Pharell, Michael Jackson and Paolo Nutini. Take what you will from that variety.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

I'd say - daytime Montmartre (unless you're the sort to splash out on Burlesque shows, then go to Moulin rouge in the eve!) and nightime Bastille/Oberkampf.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

La Banane - look it up. Do.not.go.there haha.

What’s the one place in Paris you think is underrated?

This gorgeous little area called Buttes-aux-Cailles. It's like a little village in the middle of Paris!

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

On a river boat! Wrote an article about this, check it out: https://lemonaide.co/2018/08/27/best-things-couples-paris/

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Paris?

Mmm, depends what time it is - because there are many fantastic food trucks in Paris (le Camion qui fume and Glaces Glazed to name a few) but late at night, any little kebab shop. They're everywhere in Paris and they're delicious! Just don't ask what's in them!

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Paris has many beautiful indoor shopping galeries. Some noticeably beautiful ones are Passage du Grand Cerf or Galeries Vivienne. Otherwise, any museum will do! The Louvre's neighbour "Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs" and the Musée d'Orsay are fantastic and less crammed with tourists. If you're looking for something on the smaller-scale try le musée de la vie romantique or the musée Zadkine. A fun one for kids is le musée des arts forains!

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Péniche Antipode - who doesn't love the idea of having a drink and quick dinner or snack on a boat on the Seine!

Your go-to brunch spots:

Undeniably - Season.

Your perfect night out in Paris includes:

Food and pre-drinks at Ground Control, followed by cocktails at Syndicat (we're splashing out here - lol) and then a good ol' club like Rex or Garage.

Which local creators do you admire?

Scoop me a cookie for an afternoon snack and Satellite for alternative ethnic jewelry!

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

At the top of Belleville park, from the Tour Montparnasse and from the Institut du Monde Arabe! Or have a drink at the Hotel National des Arts et Métiers.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Mardin Soure, a delicious, super-cheap Turkish restaurant! And as I mentioned before, there are a few amazing food trucks around Paris (Glaces Glazed, Le Camion qui fume, New Soul Food...)

Tomorrow’s your last day in Paris. How do you spend it?

Grab my besties and have a picnic and a little ciggie in Place des Vosges. It's one of the best spots to people-watch the beautiful, perfect and stylish (rich) Parisians that live in the Marais!

You’re meeting the mayor of Paris - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Stop the smell of piss. Seriously - why. Does. It. Always. Smell. Of. Piss. Everywhere???

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