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5 Paris tips for your citytrip from a real Parisienne

27 September 2018
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My Paris tips for the the city of love. It sounds cliché but Paris is a city that continues to be awesome, whether the weather is good or bad. Our local friend from Paris Zoë wrote a small blogpost for us about her favorite spots!

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Ofr. Book shop

There are so many cute book shops in Paris, but I’m completely addicted to magazines, which makes Orf. my all-time favourite! They don’t sell any mainstream magazines here, but you will find a bunch of independent editions you can hardly find anywhere else.

If you like small expositions featuring local artists, you’ll also love this place. They really go looking for original, weird, eye-catching artists to highlight so it’s always an adventure to visit!

Address: 20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris, Frankrijk
Opening hours: open every day 10:00 – 20:00 except for sundays (14:00 – 19:00)

 

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Institut du Monde Arabe

This is one of the coolest buildings in Paris: it’s clad with a bunch of metallic frames that open and close depending on how much sunlight there is. Inside the building, there’s a museum dedicated to Arab art. There are usually two expo’s at the same time that change quite often.

Also make sure to visit the panoramic terrace for a beautiful view of Paris!

Address: 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 – 18:00; Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 – 19:00

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Institut du Monde Arabe

Promenade Plantée

Living in a big city is wonderful, but luckily, there are a bunch of spots in Paris you can go to for a bit of peace and quiet. For example, you can take a 5 km walk on the Promenade Plantée. The Promenade Plantée is a bridge built above a train track. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous and less “tourist-y”, you could also go on a walk on the old train tracks that aren’t in use anymore. This walk is called the Petite Ceinture.

Address: From the Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes

Lily of the Valley

In Paris, you’ll find a spot to drink some delicious coffee on nearly every corner, but as a tea addict, I was so stoked when I walked into this little tea boutique for the first time! This was one of my all-time favourite spots to hang out at after a difficult day at school. Besides tea, you can also find a bunch of different pastries here. I tried their raspberry cake once and I still get hungry just thinking about it!

Address: 12 Rue Dupetit-Thouars
Opening hours:  week days: 08:30 – 18:00, weekend: 11:00 – 19:00

 

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Eiffel Tower

I can already hear you think, “okay Zoë, super original tip!” but hear me out. After you’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower, you’re also going to want to take some fire pictures, right? I’ve helped countless friends get that perfect Eiffel Tower pic, so I know all the spots with the best view.

For a crazy panorama picture of Paris featuring the Eiffel Tower, you should go to the Montparnasse Tower. This is one of France’s tallest buildings. It’s also one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen but luckily, that’s not an issue when you’re standing at the very top of the tower admiring the view.

Address: 33 Avenue du Maine
Opening hours: 9:30 – 23:30

Another great spot for your Eiffel pictures is the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. This is a spot tourists haven’t discovered as much, so it’s the perfect place if you don’t want a billion other people in your shot. It’s also a stunning bridge so either way definitely worth a visit!

Adres: Boulevard de Grenelle

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Pont de Bir-Hakeim

 

Hope you enjoyed my Paris tips!

Love,

Zoë

 

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