Paris through the Eyes of Locals

Paris is super-popular with tourists, but the usual routes and sightseeing tours include what most of us would like to see. While it’s not necessarily bad – you get to experience the best of Paris this way – it’s just not new. How to make your visit more personal and see the French capital like a local? We have a few nice tips for you…

Literary tours. Do you obsess over book classics? Paris has hosted many a famous writer, from French natives like Balzac and Hugo to Oscar Wilde, who died there. If there are museums or other places of interest related to your favourite author(s), be sure to check them out. Don’t forget to stop by a cosy café to enjoy a cup of coffee and a good read!

Flea market. Like bargaining and old-style shopping? St-Ouen Flea Market is your destination then. It’s an open-air market with hundreds of stalls. You’ll definitely need a guide to navigate through this lavishness, show you the secret places preferred by locals and teach you how to bargain like a pro.

Wine tasting trips. The famous Champagne Region is just a short ride away from Paris, and it’s an exquisite way to experience the French culture of wine. As a part of a small group, you’ll take a tour of the estates, learn the history and traditions of Champagne wine making – and taste the best bubbly from 3 producers (renowned ones like Taittinger as well as privately run, small houses offering quality sparkling wines). Other perks will be the stunning countryside views and sloping vineyards to marvel at.

Fashion history. For ardent fans of fashion, Paris obviously has a lot to offer. Discover the past, present and future of the industry by visiting vintage boutiques and walking through design districts. If you think that fashion is a form of art, be sure to book such tour.