Exploring Paris with your friends is the perfect excuse for a little R & R—perhaps more of the latter. Sure the city has a reputation among lovebirds, but it’s also a great place to spend some quality time with your friends.
There is so much to do! You could reserve your mornings for culture and museums followed by a lunchtime picnic and then spend your afternoons taking walks through different arrondissements and parks, not to mention all the shenanigans you could get uop to at night.
Check out the more working class quarters in the east side of Paris, which are a hotspot for get together in Paris. Off-road it a bit and check out the ‘rough’ sides of town, which offer a lively and colorful experience. If you keep an eye on your belongings and avoid looking like a tourist, you’ll be fine.
Start out smack bang in the middle of « old Paris » in the Les Halles area, where you can visit the Sainte-Eustache church and the Centre Pompidou nearby, which houses a collection of contemporary pieces from famous artists such as Kadinsky to Andy Warhol. The further east you walk, the windier the streets become, indicating your journey back through time before the Hausmannian face-lift of Paris. A wonderful place for a walk, the Marais quarter is replete with hôtel-particuliers that house museums and galleries, such as the Musée Carnavalet, the Institut Suedois, or the Jewish museum. Shop-a-holics are in for a treat as the Marais and Montorgueil quarters are bursting with trendy clothing boutiques, vintage shops, and avant-garde havens.
Time to pedal off some calories before lunch. Grab a velib’ and have lunch on the grass in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Ride along the canal for a more scenic route and consider leaving behind your velib at Jaures and walking up the hill if you’re not in the mood for a cardio session. Stop at a grocery store or boulangerie on the way, to grab some a baguette, some camembert and sausages, and maybe even a bottle of wine. Alternatively you could grab a snack a Le Rosa Bonheur, a watering hole inside the park near the Botzaris entrance. Check out the caves, waterfalls, and gazebos peppering the park. If you’re in a mingling mood, join one of the games of pick up soccer that often take place in the park.
How about heading to the trendy and eclectic Bellevilloise near the Menilmontant metro. This incredible melting pot of themes and ideas will satisfy even the most variegated group of travelers as each space is dedicated to a different mission. Dance the night away, enjoy a live concert, or just lounge at the bar. All is possible at the Bellevilloise!
Didn’t bring your dancing shoes? Consider backtracking to the Marais for an evening at La Perle. which draws young sophistiqués from all over the city. What the bar lacks in good wine, it makes up for with a trendy and vibrant ambiance. This is also the perfect spot to chat with the locals.
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