Get to know Paris like a local. Find answers to the most common questions when planning a first trip to Paris — how big is the city, what to pack for Paris, how to ride the metro, whether to tip at restaurants, and more — and get advice from our community of visitors-turned-residents who’ve lived it all firsthand. Read about their experiences and what they’ve learned about life in France’s capital, or speak with our Paris concierge for personal assistance when planning your stay.
There’s always something on in the French capital. Our Paris insiders let you know what not to miss on the city’s busy cultural calendar: must-see art exhibitions, upcoming annual celebrations or holidays, and one-time-only events. Find out what’s happening now in Paris here, or click below to see what’s going on all year round.
Get our personal advice for coming to the City of Light. We may consider ourselves Parisians now, but most of us Urbansiders weren’t born and raised here. Although, we’ve called this city home for years, we started out as travelers too and our memories of visiting Paris for the first time are still fresh. We’re telling you what we wish we’d known then to take the stress out of your stay.
From the size of the city proper (it’s smaller than you might think) to how much coffee costs in Paris (maybe not as expensive as you’d guess), here are the answers to those basic questions that come up once you’ve picked a destination for your next vacation. We’re also sharing our insight into Parisian culture, so you can understand and experience the city like a local.
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Local Parisians give you a look into their lives in the City of Light. From a curious tale in a little-known cemetery to some emotional moments along the banks of the Seine, these authentic Paris stories collected from our community put the city’s people center stage.