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Tips for visiting the Musee d’Orsay in Paris

Tips for visiting the Musee d’Orsay in Paris

An old train station built for the 1900s World Fair, the Musée d’Orsay became the city’s premier museum for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art when it opened in 1986. It’s the place to see all of the French art that you know so well: Monet, Seurat, Cezanne, etc. Far from a secret spot, everyone loves flocking » Read more

No Wi-Fi at the hotel? Seriously?

No Wi-Fi at the hotel? Seriously?

How would you react if you arrived in your hotel room, plopped down your bags, and tried to join the hotel’s Wi-Fi network, only to find… (spinning, spinning)…. nothing. We’re not talking about having to hang out with your laptop in the lounge downstairs because the Wi-Fi doesn’t reach your room. And it can’t be » Read more

2 new, and very different, hostels open in Paris

2 new, and very different, hostels open in Paris

While it’s the most visited city in continental Europe, Paris still lags noticeably behind neighbors like Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin in one important budget travel category: hostels. Although there are plenty of inexpensive sleeping options (which we profile in our guide to cheap Paris hotels), the City of Lights simply doesn’t have that many great » Read more

Tennis and history on the outskirts of Paris

Tennis and history on the outskirts of Paris

When I lived in Paris a few years back, I always planned to check out the Roland Garros tennis complex. Unfortunately, studying for finals ended up getting in the way and I never made it out. So when I finally visited last week, I was happy to address this unfinished business. You might wonder why » Read more

Paris’ Bateaux-Mouches are the perfect tour for a tired traveler

Paris’ Bateaux-Mouches are the perfect tour for a tired traveler

As a Cheapo expert on hostels and study abroad – and being in the concerned age bracket myself – I was ecstatic to receive an invitation from Atout France USA to participate in a trip promoting youth travel in France. I was also a bit overwhelmed — I found out about the trip (to Paris » Read more

The Parisian Art of Squatting

The Parisian Art of Squatting

The Parisian artists squat has a storied history, with famous figures like Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani having taken up residence in city squats during the 20th century. Artists still dream of having a studio in the center of Paris, but prohibitive rents make this impossible for all but the lucky few. In recent years the » Read more

Paris Reinvents the Café

Paris Reinvents the Café

Earlier this summer the formerly scruffy Place de la République on the border of the 3rd, 10th and 11th arrondissements reopened after an 18-month renovation that attempted to make what had become a noisy, traffic-clogged, blighted urban crossroads into a place where Parisians and tourists would actually want to hang out. Baptized in honor of » Read more

The 3 Best Food Trucks in Paris

The 3 Best Food Trucks in Paris

In the last few years, the food truck phenomenon has finally reached a city known for its formal sit-down lunches, offering American-style street food with a French twist. Here are a few of Paris’ most loved food trucks. Le Camion Qui Fume Californian Kristin Frederick’s homemade buns and handcut fries make the burgers and frites » Read more

Free Classical Music Concerts in Paris

Free Classical Music Concerts in Paris

One of the most romantic cheap dates in Paris is a free classical music concert at one of the city’s atmospheric venues. And while there is an embarrassment of choice for free classical concerts throughout the year in churches and other venues, the end of summer in Paris offers a few more weeks of free » Read more

Cheap Vintage Shopping in Paris

Cheap Vintage Shopping in Paris

For some people, vintage shopping in Paris means buying a second-hand Chanel bag or Hermès scarf from a high-end resale boutique. But Paris has always had its friperies, inexpensive secondhand clothing shops where you have to dig through piles of cast-offs to find a vintage pearl. Here are a handful of top good value addresses » Read more

How Not to Blow Your Budget Taking a Taxi to or from the Paris Airport

How Not to Blow Your Budget Taking a Taxi to or from the Paris Airport

Everyone knows that taking public transportation to and from the airport is an easy way to keep travel costs down. But then there are those times when you land in Paris on a rainy day after a sleepless night in cramped cattle class and endure an escargot-paced jet-lagged slog through customs at the airport, or » Read more

Money-Saving Tips for Taking Paris Taxis

Money-Saving Tips for Taking Paris Taxis

Most budget-minded travelers operate on the assumption that taxis are a lazy waste of money, and often times this is true. But taking the occasional taxi to get from point A to point B is the sort of small luxury that can make a world of difference when you are tired, traveling with children or » Read more

Why You Should Never Buy Water in Paris

Why You Should Never Buy Water in Paris

The quality drinking water in Paris is a precious resource that makes buying the plastic bottled variety a waste of funds, not to mention an obviously harmful gesture for the planet. The good news is that municipal Paris water tastes good. And it’s safe, free and widely available to locals and tourists alike. Drinking in » Read more

Paris Rolls Out Its Third Free Sparkling Water Fountain

Paris Rolls Out Its Third Free Sparkling Water Fountain

Not content to offer its citizens and guests mere free, clean, delicious tap water from the city’s 820 water fountains, Eau de Paris, the publicly funded organization that manages and promotes the city’s water, has introduced its third sparkling water fountain at the André Citroën park in the 15th arrondissement, offering complimentary chilled sparkling city » Read more

Money-Saving Nano Workouts in Paris

Money-Saving Nano Workouts in Paris

The French might not be famous gym rats, but Paris does have plenty of sports facilities for those looking for a serious workout as well as cheap ways to stay fit. Visitors can find plenty of ways to maximize physical activity throughout the day that will help offset macaron binges or other excesses that generally » Read more

Paris Heat Wave Survival Strategies

Paris Heat Wave Survival Strategies

We’ve already given you some ideas on how to stay cool outdoors when Paris heats up. But when Paris on fire and you need a break from the stifling weather, sometimes it’s hard to know where to seek refuge in a town where the temperatures are usually mild enough to make air conditioning optional. Here » Read more

Paris Turns City Billboards Into a Free Open-Air Art Exhibition

Paris Turns City Billboards Into a Free Open-Air Art Exhibition

Paris is famously impoverished of locals throughout the month of August. But this summer, city billboards are being used for the first time as the vehicles for a free, open-air exhibition spread throughout the city to pay homage to Parisians. Until August 28, Les Parisiens features 48 whimsical illustrations by Kanako, the Japanese expat illustrator » Read more

Half of Paris’ Boulangeries Remain Open in August

Half of Paris’ Boulangeries Remain Open in August

Those who dare to visit the city of Paris in August, that infamous month when Parisians do their holy best to get out of town, have likely been confronted by a shuttered restaurant or shop with an unapologetic note on the door saying that they will be back in September and expect to see you » Read more

Paris Offers Free Citywide Parking in August

Paris Offers Free Citywide Parking in August

One of the perks of sleepy summertime Paris is the reduction in traffic and pollution, giving pedestrians room to breathe and space to stroll and allowing for more leisurely bike riding and rollerblading. You certainly do not need a car to get around the city. But if you plan to use a car in Paris » Read more

New Air France Mini Fares Offer Low Cost One-Way Flights

New Air France Mini Fares Offer Low Cost One-Way Flights

Air France’s new mini fares offer surprisingly affordable one-way flights in economy class starting at just €49 between several cities within France and throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. With prices that rival both low cost airlines and train fares on comparable routes, these sensible one-way fares mean you don’t have to buy an » Read more

Where to Get a Cheap Chic Manicure in Paris

Where to Get a Cheap Chic Manicure in Paris

The first thing many American women notice when they land in Paris is the dearth of affordable nail salons on every corner like you might find in NYC or Los Angeles. French magazines and bloggers have long extolled the joys of the American nail salon and the affordable stateside luxury that is the mani-pedi. But » Read more

Which hotel amenities do you really need?

Which hotel amenities do you really need?

D’you know who sneaked into my stateroom at three o’clock this morning? …  Nobody, and that’s my complaint! - Groucho Marx, Monkey Business Apparently Groucho was alluding to the lack of some “unclassified” amenity in that film scene. But all jokes aside, travelers often give an exaggerated sense of importance to certain amenities in the » Read more

Free Walking Tours with Real Parisians

Free Walking Tours with Real Parisians

Looking for a free guided tour of some untouristy corner of Paris and a way to actually meet a local other than a shopkeeper or a waiter? Part of the Global Greeter Network, Paris Greeters is an all-volunteer organization made up of outgoing tour guides who are passionate about their neighborhoods and anxious to share » Read more

Paris Gets a New Make-Out Spot

Paris Gets a New Make-Out Spot

The Tour St. Jacques between Châtelet and Hôtel de Ville has long been a towering fixture of the Right Bank skyline. The flamboyant Gothic 16th-century tower is all that remains of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, a medieval-style church that was destroyed during the French Revolution in 1793. It was reborn as a bell tower, a 19th-century bullet-making factory » Read more

The Seine Gets a Makeover

The Seine Gets a Makeover

The banks of the Seine river in Paris are a listed World Heritage site. In June, a month before Paris Plages set up shop in two locations along the river, the city returned a once car-clogged stretch of picturesque Left Bank riverside land to pedestrians. “Les Berges,” the more than three-year, 35 million ($47 million) » Read more