Parisian bars/pubs are addictive: full of nice people from all over the world, delicious beer, wine, spirits, drinks + music, music, music etc.
So better not to drink too fast not to loose great party.
Unique Suggestions Get a taxi to your hotel. Drink as much mineral water (no gas) as you can before sleeping. Sleep looooong not to have hangover next/the same day :-).
Fun Alternatives If you have hangover drink fast 1 beer :-).
Try soft drinks.
1- Be careful when you order in a restaurant or in a coffee shop.
Often, the waiter gives you the more expensive thing corresponding to your request.
For example, you ask for a coffee and you receive a large one. Think what may happen if you request 'a wine' in a restaurant.
Choose precisely on the menu or on the list. They are compulsorily on the shopwindow.
2- Do not leave the change on the table, the waiter can think it is an extra tip and takes up.
try not to be sucked in by the hype of those trendy, famous, see-and-be-seen-in restaurants. unless of course, the food has a good rep as well. this was the *legendary* Les Deux Magots in the 6th arr. we sat down, saw by the menu thrown at us by the *helpful* waiter that there wasn't much of note, and we just took off. of course, we politely explained to the waiter our decision, and both of us, a North American and a South American, got the same sneery glare in response. it remains a special Parisian memory in our hearts...HA!!
Bear in mind that prices on Montmartre are twice as higher as at its foot. Of course it is tempting to have a lunch in the famous Montmartre cafe 'A La Mere Catherine', but... it IS expensive!
At one cafe I bought a sandwich with some mineral water. The sandwich was priced reasonably on the menu and I assumed that the drinks would be the same. However, the water was really expensive (€6!) but I wasn't the worst off. A group of Americans beside me had ordered a few rounds of drinks and had a massive bill to pay. If you don't get the menu, don't give them your custom!
If you are travelling on a budget, then don't eat at restaurants where the famous sights are, or on busy well-known streets, like Rue de Rivoli or Champs Elysees, because the prices are sky high, so try find a side street where they will serve food just as good!
Photo: Place de la Concorde
Rip-Off Restaurants Paris is famous for it's fine cuisine but even more for it's high prices. By law French restaurants must provide a Menu. It does not mean a list of dishes, but a set three or four-course meal for a set price. However, this law I think is only applicable to lunches although many restuarants provide a Menu all day. If you want to see the 'Carte' (That's Menu to you and me) then ask for a la carte.
Check the prices of places before you go inside, they have boards outside with menus and a la carte. If booking over the phone, make sure you confirm the price of the menu or a requested dish or you may be in for a surprise when you get there (See 'La Plage du Cote Sud!)
Check the prices of bottled water, apéritifs, coffee, cognacs and liqueurs before ordering.
In cafés, soft drink and bottled water often cost as much as wine or whiskey. If all you want is to quickly quench your thirst, buy soft drinks at a grocery store or supermarket.
Remember to check for 'Service compris' on the menu. Most Americans leave a tip on the table... but they have already paid one with the bill.
If you speak French fluently, please do, some mistakes are overlooked; if not, the Parisians are not very accomodating with your feeble attempts, they would rather you just speak English.
beware of the 3 tier system in cafes! When you either purchase from the bar this is the cheapest area to purchase from.. if you sit inside and receive table service you will be charged a higher price and then if you sit outside and receive service you will be charge an even higher price...but the people watching is sometimes worth it??