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

    Atit

    I had a good stay in Paris. Location : The property was location at good site and parking (Paid) is just outside of the property. but we found it difficult to search the exact house on 3rd floow as nothing was written on the door of property. There are more 4 house on the 3rd floor. Host need to add...
    4.0
    2015-11-17T17:25:32+00:00
    I had a good stay in Paris. Location : The property was location at good site and parking (Paid) is just outside of the property. but we found it difficult to search the exact house on 3rd floow as nothing was written on the door of property. There are more 4 house on the 3rd floor. Host need to add the house number in the description. Space : Enough space for 3-4 people / family. a good size bedroom and living room. Enough duvets and bed sheets . kitchen was clean with essential items. THe bathroom door glass is bit transparent . That was the only bad part. Store : There is a store opposite to property to purchase all essential food items. Metro station: About 10 mins walk from property and can reach to central Paris / Eiffel Tower in 20 mins. it is a lively surrounding. You can hear some noice from outside in the living room. It is an excellend property for a family with 1-2 kids with in this budget. Thanks  Nadia.   April 2015,  NEWBURY, UK

    Sabine

    We had a wonderful stay at Nadia's apartment. I was able to communicate very easily with her about our stay, and prior to us coming she emailed a detail list of things to know, like the directions, keycode, local supermarket opening hours, etc. which was very helpful. The place is spacious and warm, and feels like coming home. We have...
    5.0
    2014-11-23T21:04:12+00:00
    We had a wonderful stay at Nadia's apartment. I was able to communicate very easily with her about our stay, and prior to us coming she emailed a detail list of things to know, like the directions, keycode, local supermarket opening hours, etc. which was very helpful. The place is spacious and warm, and feels like coming home. We have an 11 month old and were able to have our dinner and wine without disturbing our son sleeping in one of the bedrooms. The outside patio is beautiful and feels very private. The location is great, away from the busy and touristy center with a more local feel. There is a great bakery just down the street, as well as two supermarkets close by. It takes about 20 minutes by metro to go "downtown", with the metro stop (Dausmenil), which is a block or so away. Nadia helped us get a cab to the airport and even paid the $5.00 reservation fee for us, which was very nice of her. All in all, I will never choose a hotel room over an apartment again, and am a big fan of bnb. We hope to return to Paris someday, and would for sure want to stay in Nadia's place again. Oakland, California, United States , July 2012

    Giselle

    "Wonderful stay. Lovely building and great location, conveniently located near 2 metro stations and bakeries and late night eateries. Loved the apartment and all the added amenities. Would stay again!" Giselle C. (Etats-Unis) - June 2013
    5.0
    2014-11-22T19:46:12+00:00
    "Wonderful stay. Lovely building and great location, conveniently located near 2 metro stations and bakeries and late night eateries. Loved the apartment and all the added amenities. Would stay again!" Giselle C. (Etats-Unis) - June 2013

    Anne

    Beautiful apartment! Nadia was such a great host and was very good with communication. She had someone wait until midnight for us to check in because our flight got in late. It was a perfect place to stay for a quick trip place, and it was very close to the metro station! Thanks Nadia! April 2017, CALIFORNIA-US
    5.0
    2017-04-24T21:54:26+00:00
    Beautiful apartment! Nadia was such a great host and was very good with communication. She had someone wait until midnight for us to check in because our flight got in late. It was a perfect place to stay for a quick trip place, and it was very close to the metro station! Thanks Nadia! April 2017, CALIFORNIA-US

    Matej

    The apartment is close to a beautiful park. Unfortunately the door of the apartment is not marked, so we had quite a few problems before we found it. The metro station is close , from which you are anywhere fast. The apartment is big enough for four adults. The kitchen is good equipped but some scratched containers need to be...
    5.0
    2015-09-30T21:54:45+00:00
    The apartment is close to a beautiful park. Unfortunately the door of the apartment is not marked, so we had quite a few problems before we found it. The metro station is close , from which you are anywhere fast. The apartment is big enough for four adults. The kitchen is good equipped but some scratched containers need to be replaced. Pull-out sofa is  comfortable. We had a really good time so that the apartment is definitely worth the money we paid. Nadia did not meet us in person but we received many of her help over the phone. Matej, February 2015, Bulgaria

    Rainer

    L'appartement est très bien situé. Tout ce que vous avez besoin. Très belle réception et un contact simple. Hôtesse parle allemand. Nous aimerions réserver de nouveau. Rainer, AUGUST 2015 from GERMANY
    2015-09-30T21:39:32+00:00
    L'appartement est très bien situé. Tout ce que vous avez besoin. Très belle réception et un contact simple. Hôtesse parle allemand. Nous aimerions réserver de nouveau. Rainer, AUGUST 2015 from GERMANY

    Crissy

    This place was a wonderful Parisian oasis for us. The location in the Latin Quarter was perfect for walking around and super close to the subway. It's a bit of a hike up to the 5th floor, but we didn't mind - once you get up there and open the windows to look out from the top floor it's totally...
    5.0
    2017-11-20T17:49:50+00:00
    This place was a wonderful Parisian oasis for us. The location in the Latin Quarter was perfect for walking around and super close to the subway. It's a bit of a hike up to the 5th floor, but we didn't mind - once you get up there and open the windows to look out from the top floor it's totally worth it! Some reviews described it as small, but it was just right for us (a couple) and coming from NYC it felt like a totally livable space. Nadia was super nice when we arrived and gave us some suggestions for places to visit in the neighborhood and was always available via text if we had questions. We would definitely stay here again! New York, Novembr 2017

    Deborah

    We were shown a room that was indeed cute (i.e. tiny), but was stocked with everything we might have needed in the way of dry goods. Since we weren't going to be spending much time there, it didn't need to be anything more than a place to sleep, shower and eat the occasional meal. It served that purpose admirably. It...
    5.0
    2014-11-23T21:10:41+00:00
    We were shown a room that was indeed cute (i.e. tiny), but was stocked with everything we might have needed in the way of dry goods. Since we weren't going to be spending much time there, it didn't need to be anything more than a place to sleep, shower and eat the occasional meal. It served that purpose admirably. It was within 5 minutes of anything we might have needed. There was a clothes washer (no dryer though, but there was a laundromat within walking distance), a dishwasher, a toaster oven/broiler, a drip coffee maker, and a kettle, plus a two-burner countertop stove, and a little fridge. They even provided a blow dryer in the little bathroom. Just remember to bring your own toiletries (i.e. shampoo & conditioner, etc.) as those are not provided. The owner bent over backwards to accomodate our needs and even stored our luggage in her home for a few hours as there was going to be a gap in time between our leaving Paris and the new tennant taking over the flat and we didn't want to have to carry our luggage around with us for that whole time. She was absolutely wonderful about everything. I highly recommend this flat. I can't say enough good things about it. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada May 2014,

    Ronn

    Our stay was excellent, exactly what we wanted, a comfortable place that we could call our home for a week, while we toured Paris. Having both and inside and outside space allowed for us to truly feel like we truely lived in Paris. The apartment was large enough for the 4 adults that we were, with space to spare. It...
    5.0
    2014-11-23T21:01:15+00:00
    Our stay was excellent, exactly what we wanted, a comfortable place that we could call our home for a week, while we toured Paris. Having both and inside and outside space allowed for us to truly feel like we truely lived in Paris. The apartment was large enough for the 4 adults that we were, with space to spare. It was very quiet at night, since it was not on the main strip, but where the locals live. Would recommend it to anyone who wants to pretend they are living in Paris, not just visiting as a tourist. Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 2011

    Alexandra

    Located on a quiet street, the flat was perfect, with plenty of space, comfortable beds, a properly equipped kitchen, a marvellous outdoor terrasse and good neighbourhood amenities, including an excellent bakery at the corner and wonderful take-out food place /épicerie fine just down the street. The closest metro station is steps away and anothr very near by. Our host as...
    5.0
    2017-06-21T09:42:13+00:00
    Located on a quiet street, the flat was perfect, with plenty of space, comfortable beds, a properly equipped kitchen, a marvellous outdoor terrasse and good neighbourhood amenities, including an excellent bakery at the corner and wonderful take-out food place /épicerie fine just down the street. The closest metro station is steps away and anothr very near by. Our host as warm and welcoming.
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