Visiting Paris

Who said Paris should be expensive?

Paris Experience is very enriching: its suburbs are just like an open cultural and historical book. Paris is a timeless city, and visiting Paris is a priceless experience: it is one of the Must Visit Cities Worldwide. However, its reputation of being expensive stops a lot of travellers from living the Paris Experience.

Paris is a timeless city, and visiting Paris is a priceless experience.

Fortunately, preparing my trip last month, I discovered the Smart-Paris-Experience way: my personal Winedipity Experience in Paris.

I am writing to share with you how to “roll out the red carpet” for Paris Experience without breaking the bank.

Booking a ticket and hotel for Paris Experience Start by booking your ticket and your hotel ASAP.

First of all, start by booking your ticket and your hotel ASAP, 2-3 months at least before your travel! Not only you will be getting the best rates, but also you will have the choice to get a hotel next to the most important train stations and metro in Paris.

Freedom of movement is crucial in Paris to save money and time.

Train & Metro Stations in ParisThis is the 2nd tip I can offer: get yourself a hotel next to La Gare Du Nord. Freedom of movement is crucial in Paris to save money and time. La Gare Du Nord is located in the heart of Paris and it provides easy access to most of the city’s attraction as well as to European cities and countries: Amsterdam, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland, London.

My recommendation: Ibis Paris Gare Du Nord La Fayette, 2 minutes from Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, and Metro Poissonnière (Paris Metro Line 7), close to Saint-Lazare, Ibis Paris Gare Du Nord La Fayette offers direct access to the Galeries Lafayette, the Louvre, the Garnier Opera House, Montmartre, the Olympia, Les Pyramides, Le Palais Royal, Pont Neuf, etc.

Remember the top foods you should try in Paris, definitely: Caramels, Butter, Pastries and Bread, Chocolate, Cheese, Wine, Macarons and ice cream.

The third tip of the review is dedicated for food and beverage. Paris is known as an exquisite gastronomic destination.

Remember the top foods you should try in Paris… definitely! Caramels, Butter, Pastries and Bread, Chocolate, Cheese, Wine, Macarons and ice cream.

A typical Parisian breakfast is about 6/7€, English or Royal breakfast including an Omlette is about 9 /10€; if you are staying at Ibis, get the package Bed & Breakfast, have a very good late breakfast, eat a sandwich while sightseeing or grab a beer, or a pizza and indulge yourself with a good dinner at Chez Michel, 10 Rue de Belzunce, Gare du Nord.

I strongly recommend this restaurant!


This photo of Chez Michel is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Chez Michel is an atmospheric bistro worth the trip. With very reasonable prices (30-38€ starter, main dish, dessert), the menu of Jean Pierre Vasseur, is based on daily fresh market offer. I strongly recommend this restaurant: for 4 nights I dined there and every dish I chose was a delightful surprise. It felt like the best granny in the world prepared the ordered dishes just for me, not mentioning wine recommendation! It was a perfect pairing!

Can’t stop talking about this typical French Cuisine Winedipity Experience… although I have to move to my 4th tip and let you visit by yourself this unique, exquisite restaurant in Paris.

Paris, one of the Must Visit Cities Worldwide

My 4th tip is the Paris Pass ticket. It is a ticket that allows you to have access to Paris as one of the Must Visit Cities Worldwide. It includes a Paris Museum Pass, Paris Attraction Pass, Paris Bus Tour, Paris Visit Travel Card with free unlimited travel on the metro, buses and RER, Fast Track Entry (Skip The Line), and a guidebook for your visit that you can keep as a precious souvenir for your next trip to Paris. A Paris Pass is based on 2 – 4 – 6-day stay (Range of prices for adults: 122€ – 219€).

Paris Pass Tickets

I’d personally recommend taking the Paris Pass for approx. 24/48 hours less than your total trip duration, to give you time to rest: the Paris Pass is a loaded program if you want to get the best of it, so depending on your needs, you will have to rest at the end of your trip. Believe me! You will need to rest!

Extra Tip: are you staying for a 10-day vacation in Paris and worried about your laundry? Just ask for Laverie Libre Service, or google it! It is an excellent and very convenient option to keep your clothes and underwear clean and dry for the tinny price of approx. 6€: 6Kg of clothes + soap + dryer.

Do you need anything else for a less expensive trip challenge to Paris? Leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to answer.

Happy Winedipity Trip To Paris!

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