Things to do in Paris:
Vous parlez française? Non? Pas de problème!
With these free resources, you’ll have no trouble getting around Paris– even if you don’t know French!
Rule number one when travelling to a foreign country is to make an effort with speaking the language– even if you don’t know it. At all. Being able to say a simple hello or having the ability to politely ask for directions can make a world of difference when it comes to showing people in the country you’re visiting that you respect their culture, and this is especially true of France. Now, thanks to this wonderful audio language guide by the BBC, you can download the audio files for a number of key phrases directly onto your phone and use them to help you get around, order a meal, and shop in France.
If you’re anything like us, you don’t want to look too much like a tourist when roaming the streets of a new city. To solve this problem, we love this Paris Travel Guide and Offline Map app for iPhone & iPad or Paris Offline Guide for Android. Instead of struggling with a large paper map, this travel guide allows you to look like a slick local checking your email on your phone, when you’re really trying to figure out how to get back to the Eiffel Tower…
So you’ve reached your final destination on the Eurostar and are getting off at Gare du Nord, but now what? Chances are, you’ll probably need to take the Metro to get to a hotel, conference center, or shopping district that you’re hoping to visit.
Looking for a restaurant can be difficult, particularly when you’re on the trot and don’t want to succumb to a touristy meal that’s overpriced and under-spiced. To avoid the usual tourist destinations, we suggest scrolling through the terrific food blog Paris By Mouth. We especially love their “Not Terrible Near…” feature which gives you details about the best places to grab a bite near many of the city’s major tourist destinations.