Here is a guide on how to be a Parisian during your three weeks in this incredible city! I have included things you can do between all the studying and sightseeing that are beyond the usual tourist traps.
Because hey, when in Paris, do as the Parisians do!
Stroll & Bike
One of my favorite activities was strolling aimlessly. I would set out without a plan or a direction and wander around the city leisurely! I would stop at a typical bakery, grab some freshly baked croissants and pastries and stop by local shops and markets along the way. You’ll find a bakery on every nook and corner of the city! Oh, I would also buy a big bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice from Franprix (a popular supermarket) for just around $2! This was honestly so refreshing!
I also loved biking along the Seine river for sunrise and sunset views. I was able to cover more ground than I could by walking. I’d even take a quick fun scooter ride! This allowed me to experience the gorgeous city even more!
Take a pastry class
Paris is home to the best patisseries and desserts. After trying all the delicious treats, I wanted to indulge myself into the experience! I enjoyed learning from the best. If you’re interested in taking a pastry class, there are too many options to choose from. Just make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointments because slots fill up really quickly!
Picnicking by the Eiffel Tower
This was truly the most enjoyable and relaxing activity I did! One evening my friends and I bought some French pastries from a local bakery and headed to Champ de Mars. This is a beautiful green space with an amazing view of Tour de Eiffel. We were awestruck by the beauty of the Iron Lady while we watched it sparkle at every hour for five minutes.
The city’s café culture is the best! There’s tons of cafes and every café has an outdoor seating area. The chairs are faced towards the street. Some of my best memories include sipping iced tea or eating a crepe as I sit and watch passersby.
Learn Basic French
The French really appreciate if you try to speak a little French. Learn a few phrases such as-
S’il Vous Plaît: Please
Merci: Thank you
Puis-je avoir un: Can I have a
De l’eau: Water
Où se trouve: Where is
A typical Parisian apartment
Parisian apartments are small in size and you won’t find a clothes dryer (there will be a drying rack instead), a dishwasher or a central Air Conditioner. Usually they have small stand fans in each of the rooms. I was surprised to find these differences but enjoyed living life the Parisian way!