If you start to feel a little peckish, take a short break at one of the enchanting street cafes that grace every corner. Put the spring back in your step with a typical French crêpe or a croque monsieur, a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. Tip: Glacier Berthillon on Ile Saint Louis serves unbelievably good ice cream. Pear-caramel and mandarine-chocolate are just a couple of examples of the delicious creations that you can try there while enjoying the view of Notre Dame.
The French passion for good food is reflected in the busy street markets. You can find everything there, from cream cheese and fresh vegetables to oils, seafood and duck eggs! If you go out to eat at a restaurant note that service is already included in the price in France. If you want to leave a tip anyway, don’t do it when paying the bill, just leave it on the table as you leave the restaurant.
Whether shopping on the Champs-Élysées or rummaging for a bargain in the welcoming second hand shops in the fashion metropolis, hardly anybody leaves Paris empty handed. If you find the shopping streets too busy you can take a stroll through the winding alleys of the Quartier Latin student district.
Fitness & fun
Are your feet hurting from walking around the city? Then chill out in the Tuilerie Garden, the former palace garden. The Jardin du Luxembourg is a popular place for families to meet up and play, students read their books on the deck chairs and joggers use the green oasis for an extra lap on a cool morning.
City history from a different perspective: see the city underground in the catacombs, which are just a little spooky. The former quarries with their labyrinthine paths became the final resting place of many citizens after the Middle Ages. Because the city’s cemeteries were full, their bones were stored underground. The Musée des Égouts is also beneath the surface of the city, giving you the chance to trace the history of sewers from past to present.
On the topic of cemeteries, one of the most famous cemeteries in the world is in Paris! Père Lachaise Cemetery, which is laid out like a park, is the final resting place of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. You can take a walk through the peaceful cemetery and see where a lot of famous people are buried.
Do you know who else is from France? Asterix and Obelix! The Asterix Park is only around 30 km away from Paris and offers scenes from their Gallic village and exciting rollercoasters. By the end of your Paris trip you will have experienced art, architecture and history from many different centuries!