Paris Local Customs

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  • 1. Parlez vous francais?

    Definitely try to learn a few phrases in French, it will help you navigate the city better. Most people are friendly enough to help and honestly I think it very rude to expect someone to know your...

  • 2. Stereotypes

    even if at heart not living here or if here this is it, its fairly true having lived nearby and worked for almost 10 years. 1. Had dinner at Tokyo Eat (16éme) and not needing to open the door to the...

  • 3. Dining & Drinking

    Good tip for backpackers: forget about spending too much in restaurants. Ask around for the best Baguette, buy some. Then, go to a local fromageries to step up your sandwich and don't forget to top it...

  • 4. Fashion

    If you want to look like a local, make sure you are wearing a nice scarf, matched with your coat, artfully knotted around your neck. Even on a rather warm September day when we were sweating, people...

  • 5. Toilets

    This is a list of addresses where you can find the free public toilets, known as "Sanisettes" in the 20th arrondissement. - place de la Réunion sur le terre-plein entre la rue Alexandre Dumas et la...

  • 6. Street Artists

    Paris is a wonder to the senses and full of all sorts of street performers. One of my favorite are the "silent" mimes that line the streets in any part of the city. The mimes usually have some sort...

  • 7. Religion

    Be careful when giving your opinion about religions in Paris or France! These last years the subject became very delicate. It is not yet the Saint Barthélémy, when under King Charles IX the...

  • 8. Tipping

    Service charges are included on all restaurant bills at a cost of between 10 and 15 percent. Extra tips are accepted of course if you have received above good service. s fair to add a little more if...

  • 9. Nudity

    It's not every day that you get to write a tip on VT which allows you (quite legitmately) to talk about fishnet tights, topless women, black twangy suspender belts,and not to mention tight basques and...

  • 10. Bastille Day

    or what was the Bastille Day, and English publications still use it, now here call the National Festival for the French revolution of 14 july 1789. or the Fête National It is a National holiday of...

  • 11. Dogs

    Before we went to Paris, we were told "watch out for all the Dog poo, you know they don't pick it up like we do here!" I think that must have been a while back, as we found the streets to be fairly...

  • 12. Louvre

    Did you ever wonder how they keep the Pei Pyramid at the Louvre clean? We were taking a coffee break in Café Richelieu one afternoon recently and my husband, who was facing the courtyard, noticed a...

  • 13. Romance

    Update June 1, 2015: According to the French newspaper Le Monde, the city of Paris has finally decided to do away with the “love-locks” on its bridges. Starting today, June 1, the footbridge Pont des...

  • 14. Architecture

    The first thing we noticed on our second trip to Paris was that the scaffolding covering part of Notre Dame Cathedral had been moved. On the third trip it had been moved again. On each trip the...

  • 15. Shopping

    France is firmly in Euroland, the new currency accepted right across Europe (except for the UK and Switzerland). Some French however hanker back for the days when the French Franc was the only...

  • 16. Eiffel Tower

    There is a pleasant little ritual the French engage in when you walk into their store. You are always greeted (Bonjour) and you are expected to greet in return. If you ignore their greeting you are...

  • 17. Etiquette

    Anytime you enter an establishment, whether it be a restaurant or retail store it is customary to say "Bon Jour". It doesn't have to be loud but try to make eye contact as you say it. Also, upon...

  • 18. Smoking

    I shall go to Paris and hope the fear of cigarette smoke is less than in the west. There is no reason why both nonsmokers and smokers can't have a place to go. Unless of course the nonsmokers have a...

  • 19. Driving

    if you like to drive a car, and come from a place where driving a car is a normal way of life, then driving in Paris will be heaven. I have a driving tip on Paris here, so will be brief. I started...

  • 20. La Musique

    At any given time you will come across musicians performing in the many "tourist" areas in the city. Montmatre is just one of the many places that I have enjoyed a little bit of street music while...

  • 21. People Watching

    I read in the National Geographic that the City of Paris and its citizens really believe that green patches/areas are essential for the emotional well-being of the people. I totally agree and this...

  • 22. Holidays

    its a local custom to celebrate Christmas, with the best decoration,and ambiance in Europe. The cityof Paris becomes even bigger, and the excitement of been part of it its inmense. I was there just...

  • 23. Museum Tips

    I bought the museum pass as soon as I arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport. I must say it has been really convenient not only because I saved money but because I had dedicated access and so shorter...

  • 24. Money

    I used to use Nationwide debit card. I loaded the account with money, safe in the knowledge that I withdraw cash around the world without charges. The robbingtheivingbastids started to charge not only...

  • 25. French & US Relations

    well not a local custom but one that is getting popular every year. When I first came to live in France back in 2003 (versailles) , I wanted to continue the traditions of my adopted country the...

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