While Paris is well known as being an old city filled with lights and love, there’s much more to it. Do you know about all of the delicious boulangeries on hidden streets or Monet’s garden outside of the city? As a 16 year old who has traveled to Paris over a dozen times, I believe that Paris is a city that has something for every age. Iconic tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower, or Versailles are of course a must-see, but open your horizons and ask the locals what their favorite restaurants are or even hidden neighborhoods to visit. Here’s four things that you should do with a teenager in Paris.
- Have you ever heard of the Saint-Michel district? This pedestrian area in the center of Paris’ Sorbonne district is known for it’s delicious seafood and Greek restaurants as well as many friendly locals and merchants. The last time I was in Saint-Michel, I purchased a great knock off bag for a discounted price after bargaining with a merchant.
- Another great area to visit while in Paris is Montmartre by Sacre Coeur. Not only is the lively square full of amazing artists, but also is home to the most beautiful view of Paris at sunset. To reach the city view, you have to walk up many steps. Although the climb is long, once you get to the top you’ll realize that it was worth it. For all you Instagrammers, Montmarte is the perfect place for a photo op – there’s a beautiful church that faces all of Paris. After, grab a bite to each at one of the many restaurants in the square. Personally, mussels or some nice steak fries are my go-to!
- Stopping in Paris’ theater district is a must for young people. Although it’s filled with many bars, there are also many shows with easily accessible tickets. “How to Become a Parisian in One Hour” is my favorite. Guaranteed to make you laugh, this hour-long comedy is a one-man show. During the show, he points out the ten most useful tips on how to become Parisian. Making fun of the French and Americans, scenes range from how to get a taxi in Paris, to how to shop and dance at a nightclub.
- An hour away, The Jardin du Monet may not be as well known as others, but is still highly recommended. Rent a car in the city or take the train out of Paris to witness the famous painter, Claude Monet’s muse during his career. Stroll through the garden outside of his private residence before walking along the underground bridge, which takes you across the street. On the other side of the road is a beautiful pond surrounded by weeping willows that gives off a more Asian-like feel to visitors. One thing is for sure - Monet’s garden in Giverny is a guaranteed trip highlight where you will be able to spot magnificent flowers and take breathtaking photos!
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote – “The world is like a book, you shouldn't just read one page but rather read the whole chapter.”
Until next time – Au Revoir!