Paris local guide

Of course you’re going to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower…all visitors of Paris do at. But there are also many things that your tourist brochure won’t tell you.

A Local’s Guide to Paris

These are some thing that you can do in Paris, as told by the people who know it best: the residents.

For example, try to arrange your schedule so you’re at the Saint Roch Church by 5:30 pm on a Sunday. This church will hold free organ concert. To get seats it’s best to be there a little earlier. You will find the church on 2 impasse Saint Eustache. It lies in the middle of the “Chatelet-Les Halles” metro station and the Louvre Museum.

If you’re after a good meal at a very low price then have your Saturday dinner at the La Coronnerie restaurant. This place offers a bargain that budget-conscious travelers can’t refuse: free couscous. All you need to do is order a drink, which costs less than 5 euros, and you immediately avail of this offer. The restaurant can get very full very quickl so be sure to be there early. You can find this restaurant at the 142 rue Saint Denis, near the “Etienne Marcel” subway station.

For those looking for dinner and music, go to the Bagdad Cafe, Every Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 9:00 pm the place is packed by people who want to hear the gipsy jazz players (Django Reinhardt style) and French pop singers.G It’s found at 22 rue au Maire, in the 3rd district, near the “Arts et Metiers” metro station.

IF you need a break from the crowds head for the Buttes-Chaumont park. Found in the 19th district, it has thousands of acres of footpaths and picturesque gardens. It is a good place to go for a jog or just relax with the family. There is a miniature Greek temple here that is found on a small hill. It is very accessible via the “Laumiere” and “Buttes-Chaumont” subway stations.

If you want a glimpse of history then go to the Cernuschi Museum. It has an extensive collection of Oriental art, with over 12,000 artifacts from Korea, Kapan and China. It’s found at 7 avenue Velasquez, near the “Villiers” metro station. It’s closed on Mondays.