A local’s guide to Paris
- By Jennifer Padjemi
- Photos by Cyril Marcilhacy
Paris is often seen from the outside as a place of love and light — a magical city bathed in romance. This can be true, but Paris is mostly a place of imperfection, a mixture of beauty and chaos. And this is why it’s probably the most charming city in the world.
Far away from the Eiffel Tower, life vibrates from little cafes and restaurants (from fancy to quirky), public art and wide diversity found in few European cities. Show us you love our city as much as we do, and you may even walk away thinking Parisians are actually nice.
Meet Jennifer Padjemi
Jennifer has lived in the Paris region for most of her life. She spent time in Madrid and Birmingham, England, while studying, but she has always come back to the city where she feels truly at home.
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Explore more of Paris
- Our transportation system is smelly, and some lines are always crowded — from opening to closing. Avoid Line 13 as much as possible.
- If you’ve found an espresso that costs more than 2.50 euros, you’ve paid too much and are probably in a touristy or hipster spot. Real Parisian coffee should be cheap.
- Try to say a few words in French, even just “Bonjour” or “Merci.” A little effort can go a long way.