Paris: 5 Things Not To Do


The Internet never fails to outdo itself with useless information, nor does social media. Unfortunately both encourage people who don’t know what they are talking about to contribute loudly to discussions that don’t concern them.

Paris recommendations – by people that don’t live in Paris – seem to be a favourite topic.

This is about as condescending as I plan to get on this website. But my cynicism is in the interests of you saving time and seeing the city in the eyes of a local, rather than some high-on-Ladurée tourist, taking photos with an iPad.

Le Baron.

It might still be cool at Art Basel in Miami but everyone goes to Silencio now, which incidentally also has a pop up at Art Basel this year. At the very least the drinks are infinitely better and made with actual alcohol.

Le Marais.

Is terminally mobbed with tourists that think they are in the know, creating enormous lines at l’as du felafel and buying overpriced denim at Levis.

Head to Belleville and Menilmontant instead. Rue des Envierges has the best view of Paris in Paris, without the aforementioned iPad photography mob.


Sex and the City murdered the cupcake, Gossip Girl put the nail in the coffin for Macarons. But I get it, you are in the land of desserts and you desperately want to Instagram an elaborate cake.

Skip Ladurée, skip Pierre Herme, skip anything that has been franchised overseas. Instead hit Pain et Sucre in the 4th, by a team that trained under Pierre Gagnaire.

The Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower is something best experienced from Trocadero, hopefully for you on the way to Palais de Tokyo. But despite the crowds it pulls, I don’t rate the view. Try the Le Georges at the Pompidou instead, where you have the added bonus of champagne and contemporary art.


I’ve never seen a Parisian eat a snail. Most of my Parisian friends don’t even know restaurants that serve them. I know this because I asked all of them when a friend came to visit and wanted snails. If its winter get stuck into Oysters instead.

12 responses to “Paris: 5 Things Not To Do

  1. Awesome blog. Le Baron had had its time about 3 years ago, but that didn’t stop wannabe hipsters from trying to hang there and telling people they work in art and movies, when they sell pharmaceuticals for a living.

    • We don’t like to be hateful here! But after witnessing an overwhelming amount of people recommend Le Baron, when the 10th, 11th and 20th arrondissements exist, we couldn’t help but politely suggest late nights should be spent elsewhere.

  2. Ooooo, this subject makes my skin crawl. I can’t stand it when I realise a “Paris” site isn’t actually based in Paris. So misleading. I read one article recently that touted hiring a Segway as its #1 suggestion. Ummm, hells no. Thanks for staying the cream of the crop. And for being honest.

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  4. There are wonderful places in Le Marais that are not mobbed with tourists – just go 1-2 blocks away from the main arteries and the area is yours to explore (except for in peak tourist season in June and July), just head towards the Filles du Calvaire metro for cool places (i.e. Le Marché des Enfants Rouges)

  5. I actually have seen the French eats snails, at the hypermarket in Charenton Le Pont where they were giving out free samples of the garlicky little gastropods. A Parisian friend took me their for the decent wine prices so I could fill the empty half of my suitcase for the trip home.

    • And there are a few places where they can be great! Cafe des Musees on Rue de Turenne do excellent ones stuffed inside mushrooms. The problem is that most of the tourist traps selling them don’t do them justice!

  6. You’re an American idiot, wanna-be. Hipster is synonymous with vain consumption. Not exactly an enlightened state of being. In other words you and your website are in the spectrum of sucking shite.

    • I agree there is some lame advice here from a self-proclaimed “hipster” site – presumably a non-French dolling out advice to TOURISTS.

      News Flash – if you have a trip to Paris and it’s not your 2nd, 3rd or 4th time to the city – this is all shitty advice.

      Skip the famous patisseries? Skip the Eiffel Tower? Skip an ENTIRE district – particularly one with so much history and museums etc? ? ? If it were my first/only trip to Paris, I’d be pissed at this stupid rubbish advice.

  7. Well, Parisians do eat snails… of course it would be better to eat them in Bourgogne, but still, even in Paris, they can make a nice starter depending what you have for a main course.

    Secondly, I agree with one of the previous commentators that there are more quiet places in Marais. About eating a falafel: why to be “a mouton” and go to l’as du fallafel –I go to Chez Mariannes (same street) and it is much better and much less touristic!

    Have a great weekend :-)

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