Paris: Your Ultimate Guide to the City of Lights

Paris, the city of lights, seems to be magical no matter what time of year you’re there. Whether you’re there in December, for LeWeb (one of the biggest and most notable tech conferences in the world) or any of the other numerous conferences hosted in Paris, the city offers a plethora of things to see and do once you’ve left the tradeshow floor. Here’s is Conference Hound’s Quick and Dirty Guide to Being in Paris:

For the artists: Even residents of Paris can’t see all the museums in Paris in their lifetimes. The city is filled with museums galore, catering to all tastes. One thing to keep in mind is that most museums are closed on Tuesdays. Here are our favorite museums in Paris: 

The View from Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou: (19 Rue Beaubourg, 4th arrondissement, Metro Rambuteau) One of the biggest contemporary and modern art museums smack in the center of Paris. From Van Gogh to Georges Braque to Yves Klein, there’s something for everyone here. Plus, after living in Paris, I still think the 5th floor of Centre Pompidou is the best view of Paris that you can find.

Maison Européene de la Photographie: (5 Rue de Fourcy, 4th arrondissement, Metro Saint Paul) A cute photography museum tucked away in the Marais district of Paris, this is a perfect place to visit on a rainy afternoon or a lazy Sunday. Because this museum is not as well known as some of the other big-wigs, there’s rarely a crowd. The exhibits rotate every couple of months, and are always spectacular.

Louvre: (Cour Carrée et Pyramide du Louvre, 1st arrondissement, Metro Louvre) In my personal experience, it’s overrated due to the long lines, high ticket prices, crowds and general chaos that fills the Louvre day in and day out. But if you’ve never been, you should go (if for nothing else to cross it off your bucket list).

Musée Carnavalet: (23 Rue de Sévigné, 3rd arrondissement, Metro Saint Paul) This is the museum of all things Paris. The museum of the history of Paris traces the city’s roots over the course of the centuries. From interior design to artifacts from the revolutions, this museum spans the course of 100 different rooms, and can answer any question you’ve ever had about the history of Paris. This museum generally doesn’t make it to the top of most visitors to-see lists, but is well worth visiting. At the very least, you leave with a much deeper appreciation for the city of lights.


For the winos: Whether you want a cozy wine bar, or somewhere to dance until the sun comes up, Paris has everything. 

Dix bar: (10 rue de l’Odéon, 6th arrondissement,  Metro Odéon) One of my all-time favorite bars in Paris. This is a cute cavernous bar in the center of the Latin quarter, known for their delicious sangria. My only advice is be careful walking up their tiny winding staircase after a couple of pitchers of the stuff.

Point Ephemère: (200 quai de Valmy, 10th arrondissement, Metro Jaurès) Part art gallery, part bar, part restaurant, part club, Point Ephemère has everything you could ask for. Not only is it located on the picturesque Canal St. Martin, they have live music/DJs almost every night of the week. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat and then hit the dance floor after.

Rue de Lappe: (11th arrondissement, Metro Bastille) Rue de Lappe is pretty much a street lined with bars– from sports bar to wine bar to hookah bar, this street right off of Place de la Bastille suits everyone’s desires. There are many bars on this street which stay open late, so this is great spot to end up at if you plan on staying out later than 2 am.


For the foodies: The french are famous for their food– and for good reason. I can guarantee that you won’t visit Paris without putting on at least 10 pounds. Here are our favorite places to  make those taste buds happy. 

L’as du Falafel: (34, Rue des Rosiers, 4th arrondissement) Hole in the wall falafel joint in the Marais district. I would venture to say that it’s the best falafel place in the world. At at 7-10 euros a dish, you can’t go wrong.

Bistro Polidor

Bistro Polidor: (41, Rue Monsieur le Prince, 6th arrondissement, Metro Odeon) Tucked away in the Latin Quarter, Polidor is a cute little bistro that serves typical French bistro food. Not horribly expensive, Polidor is a great place for lunch or dinner.

Le Jules Verne: (Eiffel Tower, 7th arrondissement, Metro Bir-Hakim) If you want to splurge, this is the place to do it. The food is exquisite, and the restaurant is quite pricey, but you get to eat IN the Eiffel Tower for crying out loud! You’ll definitely want to make reservations ahead of time.


Are there places that you love in Paris that we missed? Add them in the comment section below!


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