10 Things To Do to Truly Experience Paris While At The French Open
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What are the ‘10 things to do’ as part of your itinerary while you are enjoying Paris and the French Open. The idea behind these tips is to make your trip to the Grand Slam even more memorable by introducing you to the beautiful world of the Parisian charm and taking you away from the touristic “Must-do” that you have may have already visited several times. Here are 10 suggestions to enjoy a pure Parisian experience….
Immerse in the soulful music at Le Vieux Belleville
They say a visit to Paris is uneventful if you don’t happen to pay a visit to one of the Parisian bistro’s that have become a part of the culture of this vibrational city. The Le Vieux Belleville is one such Bistro which introduces you to the old world charm by playing traditional songs of Paris all night long. You can get a chance to hear the music of the well-known music legends such as “La Java Bleue” and Edith Piaf. The Bistro is set amidst a lively street where musicians take to the street with their instruments to make the atmosphere special. The ambience coupled with great food and music is what makes this Bistro a must visit.
Nearest Metro: Pyrenees Metro; Website: le-vieux-belleville.com
Marche de la Creation: Your ticket to the original artworks
If you are an art lover but find it difficult to possess the artworks of your favorite artists then you should plan a visit to the Marche de la Creation. Located near Montparnasse, this short alley of stalls bemuses the visitor with the original artworks from their favorite artists. The place is conceived to be a direct platform enabling the artist to sell his piece of art directly to the art enthusiast. This enables the artist to sell at a lower cost than the prevailing art galleries and pass the benefit onto the art lover. So if you want to save some money while taking a walk down the alley and savoring at some of the best art pieces before contemplating to buy them, then it’s your place to be.
Nearest Metro: Edgar Quinet Metro; Website: marchecreation.com
Unravel the Macarons at La Cuisine Paris cooking school
Macaron is the most loved confectionary item of the Parisians. The bright colored bakery product is tricky to prepare and so it makes sense to learn this from an expert. Diane Nguyen, the pastry chef at La Cuisine Paris cooking school unravels the mysteries behind this preparation and churns out the best Macarons with her expert pair of hands. A two hour class worth a hundred dollars is the best way to master this great Parisian delicacy.
Nearest Metro: Hotel de Ville Metro; Website: lacuisineparis.com
“Un croissant s’il vous plait..?” (Discover Paris’s best bakeries)
Paris is well known for its pastries and breads. In fact there seems to be a rivalry between the pastry Chef’s and the bread makers. While the pastries and tarts seem to tantalize your taste buds, the breads of Paris are known for their unique taste. Almost all bakeries have the baguettes and loaves but it makes sense to have them at the best options while you were there for a short stay. Make sure to include the best ones into your itinerary. These include Eric Kayser, Lemarie, Moisan, Au Paradis du Gourmand and Boulangerie Gosselin.
How to become a Parisian in one hour?
Laughter they say is the best medicine but it doesn’t sound true unless you get to experience the, “How to become a Parisian in one hour?” show. This one man (Olivier Giraud) show is bound to make you jump out of your seat for the heavy doses of laughter that it promises to feed you with. The one hour show throws insight into the Parisian way of living by poking fun at the way the French live and abide by their customs. The comedian act is a fun way to learn and become a Parisian in one hour. The show runs several times a week and is 100% in English!
Tickets from 24 euros. Theatre des nouveautes, Metro Grands Boulevards. Website: http://www.oliviergiraud.com/
Witness the Parisian charm on a bicycle
The best way to discover the streets of Paris is by hiring a bicycle. You can a find “Velib” ( bicycle to hire) about anywhere in Paris and leave it at a velib station near your final destinations. It’s a great way to discover this beautiful city and after your ride, you can reward yourself with a coffee and macaron!
Enliven your spirit at Le Marais
Le Marais is one of the emerging places on the Parisian circuit. This historic suburb, where Victor Hugo once lived, exudes old-world charm with narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture. Le marais is one of the most exciting neighborhood to visit in Paris. The place is surrounded by great cafes and restaurants and offer quite a few shopping options from little boutiques to department stores nearby…
Nearest Metro: St-Michel-Notre-Dame Metro
Afternoon tea at St Germain des Pres and the Latin Quarter
The passage “Cours du commerce St Andre” in St Germain des Pres derives its name from the picturesque boutiques that adorns this passage. A walk down this passage will make you discover one of Paris’s cutest streets. The best way to rejoice here is to have an afternoon cup of tea while being engulfed in its beautiful environs.
Nearest Metro: Odeon Metro
Wine tasting sessions
A trip to Paris is incomplete if you don’t happen to be part of the celebrations at the wine tasting sessions. Wine is an integral part of the French culture and a short trip to a gorgeous Parisian wine bar such as Legrand Filles at Fils wine shop will delight your senses with its range of International wines. This is definitely one of the hidden Parisian treasure that not many tourists are aware of…
Nearest Metro: Bourse Metro; Website: caves-legrand.com
Test your wits at “Hint-hunt”
Hinthunt is a new simple and fun live escape game, designed for small groups of 3-5 people.
It is a fun way to test your wits through puzzles and mysteries and to rejoice along with family and friends.
Many people have described this game as “amazing” and “so much fun”.
Don’t forget to…Visit the Roland Garros Museum!
The museum is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Tours are available in English at 11am and 3pm. The museum is located at Roland Garros (via the Porte Des Mousquetaires). The museum is accessible to the tournament visitors during the open.
Entry: 8 euros for Adults. More information on www.fft.fr