Dripping with sass and attitude, Paris dresses to impress just as much as the locals do. Paris is everything you’ve been told it is; stylish, iconic, artistic, and a foodie heaven to top it all off. Should you tire of eating heavenly pastries, you can visit some of the most impressive art galleries in the world. If you’re more of an outdoorsy kind of person then you’ll be able to spend many happy hours in flea markets, riverbank walks, or stunning parks. Oh là là! (you really will hear this said twice a day in Paris)

Life in Paris as a Student and Young Professional 

Living

Paris is different things to different people. The city of lovers, the city of fashion, the city of food. In reality, it’s all these things and plenty more.

To make the most of this city you do need a little bit of French. Planning to work here makes brushing up even more sensible. Many French, especially in a business setting, actually speak more English than they let on, but it’s best to be prepared.

Paris is a pretty compact city so walking is an option in a lot of cases. The metro is normally really good but don’t ignore the buses, which are pretty high tech. Many bus stops even have interactive maps.

Like most Europeans, you’ll find Parisians have a wide range of hobbies and interests. The standard slew of sports like football, tennis and rugby are always popular. Typical cultural and social activities normally revolve around cinema, art, or food.

Eating

French cuisine has long been synonymous with ‘the’ fine-dining standard. Paris’ restaurant scene today however has evolved past the stereotypical 3 course meal and white table-cloth. Great wine and cheese are a given but vegan and wholefood eateries have popped up all around the city.

The French still take their food seriously and it shows. Lunch is traditionally the main meal of the day, with special prix-fixe menus being popular during the standard hour-long break. Pre-meal drink Apéritif is sacred – cafes and bars start to fill up at around 5pm. A bad meal in Paris is possible, of course, but a little research into some of the better places to eat will see you experiencing some fantastic local cuisine.

Working

Work culture is fairly formal, but it’s standard practice to say “Bonjour” in each of your workmates in the morning and “Au revoir” again before you leave, even if it means a walk around the office to 10 or 20 individuals. The ‘faire la bise’ is a common greeting between men and women, even if you saw them 12 hours ago. It’s cheek-to-cheek, not lips to cheek, once on both side. If you’re unsure if it’s appropriate, just go for the handshake.

As far as what to wear, opt for professional business attire and you won’t look out of place. Meetings can be long and not result in any clear movement forward. If people raise their voice, they may be having a heated discussion. Disagreements in the office can be very forthright and direct – it’s not rude, it’s the French way!

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Our local favourites

Musee National Gustave Moreau

With 130 museums in the “Grand Paris” area, there is something for everyone. Our pick of the crop is the ‘Musee National Gustave Moreau’ It’s built in the family home of Gustave Moreau, which makes it very intimate, with 1300 paintings and 5000 drawings and cartoons.

Montmartre Vineyard

There is art everywhere in Paris, including the winemaking. Yes, Paris has it’s very own working vineyard. The Montmartre Vineyard was planted in 1933 to stop the encroachment of developers. It’s open to the public for special festivals, but you can get a fine view of it from the adjacent streets.

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