In the very first of our ‘local guides’ series, we have decided to interview…ourselves. While this may seem a little strange to some, we couldn’t resist getting involved and sharing some great insider tips
from Paris, a city we loved and lived in for over 8 years!
1. So, you live in Paris. Why do you love it so much?
We lived in Paris for over 8 years, and yes, we loved every minute. We still love the French capital because it is bursting with life. While there are the famous sites that everyone should visit at least once in their lives, you can also walk around quirky neighbourhoods that feel like little, French villages.
2. Oberkampf is your favourite neighbourhood. Why is that?
One of the main reasons we love Oberkampf is because we could walk there from our old apartment. Besides that, it is where all of our favourite bars and restaurants are located. There is something for everyone and it is bustling any day of the week!
3. Where do all the cool kids hang out in Paris?
Canal Saint Martin is really popular in summer. It got (kind of) world-famous for a month or so because they drained the canal and found everything from bikes to a giant stuffed tiger in there. These days the canal is a lot cleaner and young people love to bring a picnic to eat along its banks.
4. Where could we buy the cheapest food and drinks in Paris?
We still think ‘Au Chat Noir’ in the Oberkampf district sells one of the cheapest pints of beer in Paris (3 euros). Our favourite restaurant, Les Fabricants, is ideally located just a few doors down. We absolutely love their dishes from the south-west of France.
5. What is the best thing to do when it’s raining in Paris?
A lot of people go to the museums or the big department stores. We don’t mind walking in the rain, but sometimes we would go to the Le Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde (the last bar before the end of the world). They have a huge selection of board games there!
Another favourite is to explore the different passages around Grand Boulevards. We used to really enjoy looking through the old postcards on Passage des Antiquaires.
6. Are there any unusual attractions/activities you recommend?
If you happen to be in Paris in October, it is worth having a look at the Fête des Vendanges at Montmartre. You can taste the only wine made in Paris and some delicious cheese from all over France. In winter it is also nice to explore the Christmas markets!
On an ordinary day, we would suggest going to the top of Printemps department store for a 360° view of Paris (it’s free!).