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24 hours in Paris: Your Alternative Guide to Paris.
Everyone has heard of the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou. However, to avoid the crowds and the over-priced entrance prices, I implore you to visit the Musee Rodin in the 7th arrondissement. In my first year in Paris, I walked past this museum every day without knowing what it was, but my interest was piqued when I saw them constructing the haute-couture tent that was to house the Dior Couture show for Paris Fashion Week!
I researched the actual museum itself after finding out this piece of fashion gossip and decided that I’d take a look around and I was far from disappointed. The gardens and house of the sculptor Auguste Rodin house countless pieces of his art and the paintings that he collected. It is the perfect culture stop in a city renowned for its artistic history.
Karen’s note: Paris is best seen on foot, so consider walking in between places, which will make Paris on a budget just a bit easier. Similarly, you’ll also pass the famous Jardin des Tuileries, the Seine, Palais Royales on foot prior to discovering the beautiful galleries of Paris, one of the alternative things to do in Paris (where you’ll actually find some Parisians).
The most important thing in my life is food. Despite what people think, you can eat good food in Paris on a budget, and it’s possible not to break the bank to enjoy the culinary delights of the capital.
I always take visitors to Bouillon Chartier, one of Paris’ best kept secrets, for a trip back to Belle Epoque Paris and traditional French dishes. They have a daily changing menu depending on the season and I’ve never spent more than 20€ on a three-course meal there! My top tip would be to try the sorbets as they are simply divine!
If French food isn’t your scene, head to the Marais for where Parisians go to dine out. The Marais is one of the oldest districts in the city and known for being the Gay & Jewish area.
Every Parisian has their favorite establishment on Rue des Rosiers and friendships can be made or lost depending on your go-to restaurant, but if you’re asking me, you can’t go wrong with L’As du Fallafel. Order the sandwich falafel and savour the delicious flavours of the roasted aubergine, sumptuous tahini and fiery chili sauce that is already on your table.
In the Marais, you’ll find some beautiful architecture, including this stunning hotel. If you’re looking for some off the beaten path Paris shots without the same Seine views, this is a great area for it!
If you’re not too full, it is time to hit the dancefloor! As a student in Paris, I found that lots of the classic Parisian bars were prohibitively expensive and in search of a cheaper alcoholic beverage, my friends and I stumbled across Place Monge.
A small quartier close to the prestigious universities the city has to offer, Place Monge is where the students come out to let their hair down, but don’t let that put you off. You can find quirky bars offering bizarre beers and even weirder interior decor.