At MeetnGreetMe we aim to bring to all world travelers peace of mind and individualized adventure with the help of our local people in different parts of the world. Our MeetnGreeters are always willing to share insights and tips on what to do, see and enjoy in their cities. Today we are moving to another destination – extremely popular among tourists, romantic and exciting – Paris, France.
Paris is much more than Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Notre Dame de Paris. With the help and great advice of David – local MeetnGreeter from Paris, France – we have created this article about the most romantic city in the world! Learn what else merits a visit and follow advice of a local who is a connoisseur of off the beaten path routes in Paris!
David is a teacher who has also been guiding tourists in small groups for individual visits of Paris for five years. He knows the city from A to Z and can give you insightful information about really authentic places.
Love is in the air
Paris is the world’s capital city of Love! There is no such a romantic place in the world which attracts annually more than 30 mln visitors. Couples stroll arm-in-arm, say “je t’aime” on the Montmartre hill, try French wine in cozy quiet bars or just enjoy an amazing view from the top of the famous Eiffel Tower.
Parisians absolutely agree that their city is home to romance and love. As David says, “the most romantic and picturesque place in Paris is next to Sacré-Cœur, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which is located on the top of the Montmartre hill, the highest point of the city.” Even if you travel without your beloved, you ought to go to this place and relax revelling in the unique atmosphere.
All that hustle and bustle of a metropolitan city may be tiresome. However, you will find authenticity and real Paris vibes in the Marché Aligre – a true neighbourhood street market with seasonal fruits and vegetables along with quality cheeses and regional delights. That’s exactly where real Parisians go for their grocery shopping.
Another great place for shopping is Saint-Germain Covered Food Market (“Le Marché Couvert Saint-Germain”). It is the best place to try traditional local food in the city. This market is located near the Café de Flore which is the history coffee shop where Hemmingway used to write pages of his memoir “A Movable Feast”.
Speaking about traditional local food, before leaving Paris you definitely should try French baguette, croissants, raw-milk cheeses, steak-frites (steak with fried potatoes and various sauces), croque-monsieur (a sandwich with ham, cheese and béchamel sauce) and Paris-Brest. The last one is wheel-shaped choux pastry shell garnished with praline buttercream named after a bicycle race from Paris to a city in Britanny.
If you’re looking for another off the beaten path place, go to La Pagode. This movie theatre was founded in a Japanese pagoda back in 1896. It offers not only movies in the gorgeous ornate interior but also afternoon tea in the oriental garden.
David says that his personal no1 place in Paris is “the historic Jewish district Le Marais because of the beautiful Noblemen’s mansions dotted all over the area and built in the 1600s”.
“Paris is a bit difficult to navigate for newcomers. It is a well-known and true fact that the French don’t like to speak English and are not the most patient people when it comes to answering questions asked by tourists. This is why hiring a private guide or concierge for your first days is very useful. You will learn how to navigate the metro, the tipping policy, how to make restaurant reservations, where not to go on your own, etc…”
So whenever you come to Paris, you can rely on local Parisian David who will guide you and show places you will never see on your own.
We thank David for his insider advice and great photos of the world’s most romantic city! If you want to tell about your hometown, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will co-create together!