About Secrets of Paris

Created in 1999, the Secrets of Paris is the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Discover what you've been missing:

* Free Resource Guide
* Calendar of interesting Paris events 
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning

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Calendar of Paris Events

Through February 19
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! This year the ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower is back, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), sleds and scooters for kids, gloves are required. This year's theme is Ice Hockey, though it will be less brutal than the NHL!

January 11 - February 21
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France since the economic crise have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that). 

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Tuesday
Jan032017

Three Restaurants Worth the Walk: L'Avant-Goût, Le Pramil, L'Antre Amis

Where on earth can you get a decent meal in this city? I know, I know: that's a crazy question. After all, we're talking about Paris—the place that invented the Michelin star system and the word gastronomie, and that basically created the modern restaurant. And yet, and yet... I'm going to talk about good food at reasonable prices.

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Monday
Jan022017

Chanter en Yaourt - Yogurt Singing

Last year I went a little crazy at the Paris Ukulele Festival and bought an adorable, mint-green ukulele. I played both clarinet and percussion in my student days, but I had zero idea how to play any stringed instruments. So I started out by watching YouTube videos, until I got stuck. Then I asked for help from my French friend Fred, who has been playing guitar since the 1980s. And I got a vocabulary lesson.

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Tuesday
Dec272016

Parisians: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Don't leave your Christmas tree on the curb for the landfill when you can drop it off in one of 150 collection points around Paris (mostly in parks and green spaces) to be recycled into mulch. 

http://www.paris.fr/recyclonsnossapins

Each year the City of Paris accepts trees for recycling from December 26-January 24th. They should be:

- without a plastic bag (take it out and throw out the bag once you drop it off)

- without any decorations, flocking or tinsel

- cut or rooted, both are accepted as long as they're real trees and not plastic trees

Most of the collection points are open 24/7, just check the website for the one closest to you. 

Tuesday
Dec132016

A Day Trip to the Strasbourg Christmas Market

If you want to experience a real French Christmas market, don't miss Strasbourg's famous Marché de Noël. Europe’s oldest Christmas market was founded in Strasbourg in 1570. Four and a half centuries later it continues to celebrate Alsatian holiday traditions with over 300 chalets in a dozen locations throughout the picturesque town of cobblestone pedestrian streets and half-timbered buildings with decorated facades and twinkling lights. I’ve visited several times and have taken friends and family, and the Strasbourg Marché de Noël never fails to impress. Disneyland wished it looked this cute!

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Tuesday
Dec132016

What's Open in Paris on Christmas and New Year's Day 

Most of the small shops and restaurants are closed, as well as a majority of museums. But you might be surprised to discover that there's actually a lot of things still open on Christmas and New Year's Day in Paris.

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Sunday
Dec112016

Eurostar's Secret Discount Train Tickets

Well it's not exactly a secret, but you'll never see an advertisement for Eurostar Snap, the special site managed by Eurostar that sells heavily-discounted, last-minute train tickets between London and Paris (and Lille and Brussels). There are a few constraints:

 

  • you have to purchase tickets between 7 and 21 days before you travel
  • you can only choose your dates and "morning" or "afternoon", and you'll be informed two days before travel the exact time. 
  • these tickets can't be refunded, modified or transferred to another person

 

On the plus side the tickets are usually just £25/€30 one-way between Paris and London. Some holiday travel tickets are as high as £85, but that's still lower than the prices listed on the official Eurostar site. So now there's no excuse for a quick skip across the pond for Afternoon Tea!