Apr 04

Je suis Parisien(ne): How to live like a local in Paris

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paris metroSo you’re off to Paris. You are vividly dreaming of a glamourous French life, sparkling lights, cozy cafes and je ne sais quoi. But how on earth can you blend in, in this most fabulous city? 

Avoid being a bumbling tourist with these tips on how to live like a local in Paris.

1. Rent an apartment in Paris.

There are a lot of great ways to do this. Paris Attitude is one of them.

2. Read on the metro.

Preferably some obscure French novelist. Be sure to get a Navigo Decouverte card for tourists don’t fumble around with tickets, locals don’t do this.

velib bike rental paris3. Get on a bike.

Parisians love their bike-sharing system. Tourists can use it too. Rent a bike by the hour, day or week from one of the 1,800 Velib stations in Paris and go!

4. Eat McDonald’s in the Luxembourg garden.

Yes, a lot of Parisians do this. A lot. (Proof below!)

5. Wear a scarf, even in summer.

And when you’re not wearing it, tie it around your purse strap. This goes for both women & men.

6. Try to enjoy a noisette.

Seat yourself on a terrace and order a noisette, the French version of a macchiato. And …

7. Smoke cigarettes (or NOT)! If you are willing to risk everything to be just like a Parisian, you will smoke a lot of cigarettes and at every opportunity.

how to be a parisien

8. Complain about everything.

This is a French hobby. Je n’aime rien. Je suis Parisienne.

9. Go to the local market. 

Buy bread, cheese and olives. Sit on a terrace and enjoy with white wine. Acceptable anytime after 10:30 am.

10. Take long lunches, minimum 1 hour and a half…

… and don’t forget to smoke cigarettes and drink bad French coffee.

french cafe brasserie

french market cheese

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6 Responses to “Je suis Parisien(ne): How to live like a local in Paris”

  1. From Cristina:

    I rented an apartment with Paris Attitude and felt so local even if only for a week! Another way to act like a local is to stop by a boulangerie on the way home for dinner, buy your French baguette and bite into it on your stroll home. It’s very Parisienne to munch on a bread stick while you walk!
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    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:46 am #
    • From jeanette:

      Renting an apartment is a big part of living locally anywhere you go! And I agree, going to the boulangerie daily for a baguette is very French!

      Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:34 am #
  2. From Michael Hodson:

    Oddly haven’t been to Paris yet, but with the trouble I’ve had with the French elsewhere, I’ll have to take these tips close to heart.
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    Posted on April 25, 2014 at 10:18 am #
  3. From Ricardo:

    The person having McDo at the Gardens is not wearing black, therefore unlikely to be Parisian. Now seriously, with so may tourists around how would you tell? Burgers and food trucks are the new fad in Paris, but I don’t Mc D’s are part of that trend.

    Posted on April 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm #
    • From jeanette:

      Hehe you may be surprised, Ricardo but France is the second largest consumer of McDo’s in the *world*. And French men are easier to spot than you might think. 😉

      Posted on April 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm #
      • From Clare:

        Having lived in Paris for just over a year or so, I can verify that all of this is true. I can’t believe the popularity of McDo’s in Paris, but it is true. They think of it as a middle class thing and think that walking from their office in their suits to get a takeaway McDo is ok. Whereas in the UK you usually see people in tracksuits carrying a “Maccy D’s” bag. McDonald’s are clever though, they have introduced flavours that they know the French will like, including McDo cafés with macaroons. Great post!
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        Posted on June 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

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