Our community of Paris lovers gives you practical tips, French culture facts, dress code info, and other advice to ensure you have a great time in Paris. Let Urbansider tell you what's good to know before you go!
August is famous as the month when Paris fills with tourists and empties of all the Parisians. Sadly, that means many shop keepers, restaurant owners, and bakers leave too, leaving some of the more residential neighborhoods rather deserted.
It's la canicule! Another heatwave is hitting Paris this week, with temperatures set to reach record highs. The latest forecast says to brace for 108°F (42°C) on Thursday, July 25th, so here are some tips to help you stay cool if you're visiting Paris.
Summertime in Paris means the music never stops. Some 15 different outdoor festivals are crammed into just three months, with every musical genre represented. Whether you want to rock, dance, or enjoy a classical music concert with the kids, there's an open-air festival for every taste.
Fuzzy yellow balls will soon be bouncing off the clay courts of the Roland-Garros Stadium in the west of Paris. Home to the French Open for over 80 years, the world-famous sporting venue hosts the international tennis tournament every year, with five days of qualifying rounds before the two-week-long main tournament begins.
In France, Easter (or Pâques) festivities are centered around family and religion, with many traditions and symbols coming from the country's Catholic roots. In fact, church bells play a very prominent role in the holiday here.
Becoming ill while traveling is undoubtedly an inconvenience, however, if you do get sick during your trip to Paris, in some ways you can consider yourself lucky. France's healthcare system is consistently rated among the top 10 in the world and it's also one of the most cost-effective.
Unlike in some countries where everyone gets in on this lovey-dovey holiday from the earliest age, in France, Valentine's Day is reserved for adults in love. Kids don't exchange cards and the French wouldn't dream of offering anything to their friends for this fête.