PARIS’ SECRET INFOS!

PARISFLALTIST has created this section to give you all its personal advices/tricks you should know to live like a Parisian and avoid some “touristic trap” to get the most of Paris during your stay!

  • MUSEUMS:the right way to visit them

The City of Lights counts numerous museums and for some of them, you really have to be patient as queues are huge.

Therefore, the Paris Museum Card is very interesting as it offers you a free and direct access to more than 60 museums and is valid for 2 ,3, 4 or 6 consecutives days at a very competitive price.

Most part of museums are FREE the first Sunday of the month. Nevertheless, we highly advice us to be there very early and avoid long queues.

THE LOUVRES

It remains the MOST VISITED museum in the world and the biggest museum in Paris and the queue is sometimes so huge that one has to renounce.

To avoid any frustration and be sure you will visit the Louvres, PARISFLATLIST strongly advise you to purchase your eticket before your stay.

Also, few tourists also know that LOUVRES has many entrances... not only the main one in front of the Pyramid, so if you have already your eticket, the entrance Richélieu under the archs inbetween metro exit Palais Royal and the pyramid is for your reserved.

If you have not bought your e-ticket neither a Museum Card, you have to be patient :

-avoid the PEAK HOURS: prefer lunch time between 12H00 and 13H30 and the early moring at 09H30 as soon as the Museum opens.

ENTRANCE :prefer to go through the Galerie du Caroussel du Louvres=the shopping mall entrance (at 99 rue de Rivoli)-an other entrance for the louvres. It will lead you directly under the Pyramid so will make you save some time if there is a queue on the Pyramid entrance side.

VISIT LOUVRES BY NIGHT: the museum is open until 21h45 all wednesday and friday and is much more quiet.

PLEASE NOTE:

-THE LOUVRES is closed on TUESDAY and public holiday:1st January, 1st May and 25th December.

-Every sunday of each month, from October to March, the entrance is FREE for ALL VISITORS.

-young people from Europe aged 18 to 25 do NOT pay but have to show their ID and proof of residence.

disabled and their accompagnying do not pay

EIFFEL TOWER

If you are coming to Paris, you might surely admire the stunning Dame de Fer!! You can choose to buy your tickets directly on the counter under the Eiffel Tower. It is opened 24/24 from 09H30 to 23H00 and even to midnight during summer. Though, you might be very suprised to see the huge waiting queue (from 45 to more than 1 hour!)…so PARISFLALTIST advices you different options:

-the best one is to BOOK YOUR TICKET ON LINE at least ONE month in advance (or even TWO if you have planned to come for the Xmas Time)=you can select a date of your choice and timing and reach directly the counter for those who alreday have a ticket!Be careful to strongly respect the timing as those tickets are NOT refundable.

Visit it BY NIGHT: as written up, Eiffel Tower is opened until 23H00 and midnight, so if you go there towards 19H00, you will benefit from the stunning night atmosfere as it sparkles during 5 minutes lights up every hour!

USE THE STAIRS instead of the LIFT (only up to the second level) as you will save money, time and preserve your body!!

 

  • WHERE TO GET THE BEST FREE PANORAMICAL VIEW OF PARIS?

If you are coming to Paris for a very short stay and do not have time to do queue either on Eiffel Tower or Montparnasse Tower, PARISFLALTIST advises you alternativers:

Printemps Haussman nine and last floor terrace: you can whether eat there or have a coffee or simply profit of the amazing breathlesse 360 degrees view of Paris on its opened terrace: Opera district, Madeleine Church, the Sacred-Heart and the Eiffel Tower….

Hyatt Regency: it is actually the highest sky scratch Paris’ and  it offers a without breath view at its 34h floor where you have a bar at 120 meters with a view of Paris at 360 degrees!

Park of Belleville on Rue Piat: this park, often unknow by tourist but very appreciated by Parisians, situated up to Belleville  offers an original, and quiet unknown, view of Paris

 

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  • TRAVEL BY CARif you are travelling by car or have rented a car during your stay and want to park it outside; the are 3 ways of paying your parking ticket at the timestamp:

– by credit  card.

– by « Paris Carte » that has replaced the former «Carte Monéo ». It is a prepaid smart card that allows you to pay your parking directly on the ticket machine and most of tabac offices sell them.

-P phone= since July 2015, the new apply for phones

Now, Paris’ Commune has limited the parking for visitors at 2 hours. Please avoir the MARAIS district as it is quite impossible to park

  • TAXIS

Parisian taxi are easily  recognizable thanks to their «hat» on their roof.

When the light is red, it means it is occupied.

When the light is green, it means it is available.

Please note that “normal taxis cars” can charge a maximum of 3 people for security reasons as they are not authorized to let a passenger sit in front (=next to the driver)

Therefore, if you are travelling with more than 3 people and/or with many lugages, we recommend you to prebook a taxi that will give you a proper car model

There are many different taxis compagnies, but be careful of the FAKE ones, especially  on airports and stations site!!

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  • OUR TESTIMONIALS

    Olaf Hahn

    Wonderful apartment, incredible terrace, and very, very quiet. A perfect place to stay in Paris. Highly recommendable!! September 2015- Stuttgart/GERMANY
    5.0
    2015-09-13T21:35:20+00:00
    Wonderful apartment, incredible terrace, and very, very quiet. A perfect place to stay in Paris. Highly recommendable!! September 2015- Stuttgart/GERMANY

    Shirley

    Nadia has been very helpful and flexible with the check-in/out timing. The apartment is nice and clean, great night vewi seeing the Effiel Tower and at a convinent location. I will for sure renting this place again for my next paris trip! October 2011, Rome, Lazio, Italy
    5.0
    2014-11-22T20:28:32+00:00
    Nadia has been very helpful and flexible with the check-in/out timing. The apartment is nice and clean, great night vewi seeing the Effiel Tower and at a convinent location. I will for sure renting this place again for my next paris trip! October 2011, Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Yin

    Nice apartment with all the necessary equipment. Close to a lovely park, with all sort of little shops around. Friendly owner, easy to communicate with.   May 2014 WASSENAAR, NETHERLANDS
    5.0
    2015-11-17T17:27:46+00:00
    Nice apartment with all the necessary equipment. Close to a lovely park, with all sort of little shops around. Friendly owner, easy to communicate with.   May 2014 WASSENAAR, NETHERLANDS

    Sam

    I had a fantastic stay in this flat! Nadia was absolutely brilliant, always there to answer questions (not that there were many to answer - everything worked incredibly smoothly). The place was in fantastic condition; the flat was clean and all the amenities worked impeccably. The area was also ideal - there were a lot of bars, restaurants, supermarkets and...
    5.0
    2014-11-22T19:35:19+00:00
    I had a fantastic stay in this flat! Nadia was absolutely brilliant, always there to answer questions (not that there were many to answer - everything worked incredibly smoothly). The place was in fantastic condition; the flat was clean and all the amenities worked impeccably. The area was also ideal - there were a lot of bars, restaurants, supermarkets and a local market right around the corner. I would definitely recommend this place, and Nadia as well. My stay was very enjoyable and really helped me settle into Paris. Thank you very much Nadia! Saint Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, October 2013

    Tim

    Our stay at the studio apartment was fantastic. The room was super clean and exactly what was described. Nadia even arranged for our bags to be watched after we checked out, so we could enjoy our last day of vacation before our late flight. The location of this apartment is amazing if you are looking to see all the sites...
    5.0
    2014-11-23T21:07:41+00:00
    Our stay at the studio apartment was fantastic. The room was super clean and exactly what was described. Nadia even arranged for our bags to be watched after we checked out, so we could enjoy our last day of vacation before our late flight. The location of this apartment is amazing if you are looking to see all the sites of Paris. There is a Metro stop around the corner that can get you any where in the city and the Eiffel Tower is a short walk (right based some great breakfast places). I would highly recommend this apartment and working with Nadia. Thanks so much for making our first trip to Paris so memorable! Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, March 2013

    Evgeni

    Квартира расположена в прекрасном месте, до многих достопримечательностей рукой подать: в 15 минутах ходьбы – музей Помпиду, метро – 3 минуты. Есть плита, электрочайник, холодильник, посуда, т.е. всё необходимое, если вы планируете, как и мы иногда, готовить дома. В наличии интернет. На момент нашего проживания в квартире было 2 двуспальные кровати и один матрас. Есть и пара минусов. В момент,...
    4.0
    2017-05-02T21:13:57+00:00
    Квартира расположена в прекрасном месте, до многих достопримечательностей рукой подать: в 15 минутах ходьбы – музей Помпиду, метро – 3 минуты. Есть плита, электрочайник, холодильник, посуда, т.е. всё необходимое, если вы планируете, как и мы иногда, готовить дома. В наличии интернет. На момент нашего проживания в квартире было 2 двуспальные кровати и один матрас. Есть и пара минусов. В момент, когда мы проживали, весь дом был обложен лесами и шёл ремонт, что сказывалось шумом, а также отсутствием вида из окон, два из которых выходят на основную улицу. В квартире две ванные комнаты (совмещены с туалетом), в одной из них проблемы со смесителем. В целом всё не очень ухожено и опрятно. Но с учётом того, что мы там появлялись только вечером, нас такой вариант вполне устроил. В соотношении цена/качество, учитывая местоположение, я бы поставил этому варианту 4 из 5. Moscow, Mai 2017

    Emre

    I have stayed in the flat more than a month and I highly recommend it. The appartement is comfortable, large enough and with its renewed interior it makes you really feel at home. The location is strategic, you do not suffer from the amount of tourists but by taking the metro (6 or 8) you can find yourself in the...
    5.0
    2017-03-23T17:04:46+00:00
    I have stayed in the flat more than a month and I highly recommend it. The appartement is comfortable, large enough and with its renewed interior it makes you really feel at home. The location is strategic, you do not suffer from the amount of tourists but by taking the metro (6 or 8) you can find yourself in the very central and touristic parts of the city whenever you want. Communication with Nadia is fast and easy. The nearest metro is just 3-4 minutes of walking distance from the appartement and you can find the bus stop right in front of the entrance of the building. I would like to thank a lot to Nadia for providing a perfect stay. janvier 2017, Boligna, ITALY

    Libby

    he apartment is spacious and filled with beautiful art work. Four adults were very comfortable and used the kitchen to cook. The location is fantastic - very central filled with life during the day and at night. So close to the train as well.Nadia provided detailed information about everything we needed to know. Yarraville, AUSTRALIA, JUNE 2016
    5.0
    2016-06-30T21:35:09+00:00
    he apartment is spacious and filled with beautiful art work. Four adults were very comfortable and used the kitchen to cook. The location is fantastic - very central filled with life during the day and at night. So close to the train as well.Nadia provided detailed information about everything we needed to know. Yarraville, AUSTRALIA, JUNE 2016

    Marie

    It was a pleasant stay we had in Paris, the studio perfectly located and very comfortable we helped. The description of the accommodation is fairly representative of what we could find. I recommend it, thank you again. NY, August 2013
    5.0
    2014-11-22T20:22:00+00:00
    It was a pleasant stay we had in Paris, the studio perfectly located and very comfortable we helped. The description of the accommodation is fairly representative of what we could find. I recommend it, thank you again. NY, August 2013

    Sapna

    Apartment on 5th floor with a lift in the great locality of Marais in paris. A bit old but comfortable. Great heating and great water heating as well. Kitchen a bit small for those who may want to cook but this didn't bother us as we ate out. No washer so if you're staying longer keep this in mind. Laundromats...
    4.0
    2017-01-24T18:40:15+00:00
    Apartment on 5th floor with a lift in the great locality of Marais in paris. A bit old but comfortable. Great heating and great water heating as well. Kitchen a bit small for those who may want to cook but this didn't bother us as we ate out. No washer so if you're staying longer keep this in mind. Laundromats available in the area though. No television either. Floor boards creak and in parts paint etc chipped off nothing major. Beds were comfortable and in all we had a great stay. Location unbeatable and metro close by. Bahrein, January 2017 for Fashion Week
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