10 Things About Paris

Happy Sunday lovelies! It’s been about two months since our trip to Paris, and I’m finally here to share the last batch of photos. Although I have to say that right now my Paris longing is at an all time high again. I guess going through photos of spring-y Paris wasn’t the best idea when it’s snowing again outside…

To go along with the photos I thought I’d share some of my best tips and observations that I made while in Paris. First, I have to confess that I’ve blatantly stolen this post idea from one of my favourite bloggers, Alexa Dagmar. Her posts about observations she has made on her travels are some of my favourite ones to read. But without further ado, here are 10 things I’ve noticed about Paris:


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– Streets have scents. Most shops have their doors open, so everywhere you walk you’re bombarded by scents, from the fromagerie to the charcuterie & parfumerie.

– Metro is the fastest and easiest way to get around, and the Paris metro map is relatively easy to master. That said, there are some metro stations, like Les Invalides, where the signs are not great and you can easily get lost for ages.

– If you do decide to go for the metro, the cheapest option is usually to get the Navigo card the locals use. In most places you can also recharge it fast & easy without having to queue for the ticket machines. But, if you get the card make sure it has a photo or you might have to pay a fine.

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– The two most common myths about Parisian customer service people aren’t always true. Most of the people we came across spoke good English and the service we got was incredibly friendly.

– Customer service isn’t about the customer being right. For example, I walked into a pharmacy asking for a brightening serum, to which the sales lady responded: “No, you don’t need brightening, you need hydrating”. Then promptly handed me a moisturizing serum. I was so surprised I actually bought it.

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– Most places are closed on Mondays. From restaurants to museums, many places have their doors closed on Mondays.

– In general, restaurants can be open at pretty random times, so it’s always best to check. One of the restaurants on my list was closed on Tuesdays and another only open on Saturdays for three hours in the morning. Also, almost all restaurants are closed between lunch & dinner hours.

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– Baguettes & croissants are literally everywhere, and they are delicious. Even the croissants sold at the supermarkets in Paris are worlds better than any I’ve had at a Finnish café.

– There’s a best for everything. One thing I’ve noticed when it comes to restaurants in Paris is that there’s always a best for everything. Our Parisian friends never take us to just eat ‘crepes’ or ‘a burger’, it’s always ‘the best burger’ or ‘the best crepes’ in Paris. Same goes for looking at TripAdvisor recommendations.

– It pays to know a local. For the best tips on where to go and what to eat in Paris, you have to ask a local. But if you don’t know any Parisians, try the concierge at your hotel. They can always point you to the best neighbourhood bakery.

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  1. Emma 16 April, 2017 at 19:33

    Great post, Paris is my ultimate destination so I love reading your posts on Paris x

    Emma | Reverie de Paris

    1. Jenni 16 April, 2017 at 19:51

      Thanks Emma, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Paris is my favourite city so I could pretty much write about it all day, every day 😀 xx

  2. Sophie 16 April, 2017 at 20:01

    Loved this post – although it made me want to book a trip to Paris so badly! I haven’t been since I was about 14 so I’ve never been as an ‘adult’ and I reeeeally need to! Your photos are gorgeous.
    Sophie xxx

    1. Jenni 17 April, 2017 at 17:10

      Thanks Sophie! I hope you get to Paris soon, it’s the loveliest spot! xx

  3. todaysouhaila 17 April, 2017 at 21:11

    ooh the photos look amazing ,Paris is always a great idea xo


    1. Jenni 17 April, 2017 at 23:07

      I couldn’t agree more! xx

  4. Julia 19 April, 2017 at 00:34

    This is such a lovely post idea, I’ll have to steal it in turn haha! Making observations about the places we visit is so interesting, you get to discover so much more than you’d expect. These are all really true! Especially the smells one – and I have to say, some areas in Paris smell really bad haha. And there’s a lot of cigarette smoke in the air – being in the UK now, I had never noticed before how our streets in Paris have that smell of smoke more often than not. Here in the UK you come across less smokers and you can definitely tell the difference between the two.
    I’m glad you had a positive experience with customer service – we’re famously bad for it, but it’s great that most people actually have good experiences! 😀

    Julia x

    1. Jenni 23 April, 2017 at 17:37

      Sorry it took me so long to answer your comment! That’s definitely true, people do smoke a lot in Paris and some areas can be quite smelly, but mostly I just love it there. Making little observations about places I visit is one of my favourite things to do. xx


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