There’s a reason Paris is one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
Actually living in Paris is something most people would dream of. So, if you have the opportunity to live in Paris, consider yourself very lucky.
Paris is not just a great place for a holiday- it is also an amazing city to live in. Did you know that it is the world capital of arts and culture? Art can be seen everywhere you go, whether it be in a museum or through street art. The city’s cultural richness makes it one of the most captivating and entertaining cities to live in. Each day offers the opportunity to discover something new, with so many sights to see. No matter how long you live in Paris, discovering all of the city’s hidden treasures is a journey that never ends.
Parisian life is exciting and there is always room for an adventure. Living in Paris means that you never run out of things to do. No matter what kind of activity you like, Paris has it all: weekend markets perfect for strolling around, famous sites such as the Sacré Coeur or Trocadero gardens, endless boutiques for shopping, and a vast range of restaurants and bars for gathering with friends. The list could go on and on!
Most importantly, let’s not forget how absolutely beautiful this ‘City of Lights’ is. Between the sparkling water of the Seine at night, to the grand Haussmann-style apartments and lush gardens, Paris is a stunning piece of artwork in itself.
If you’re not already convinced, here is what you can expect a typical day living in Paris to look like.
Let’s start with your morning.
It’s difficult to talk about Paris without mentioning the amazing selection of food. One could argue that mornings are the best time of day in Paris, solely based on it being the perfect time to visit your local boulangerie. It’s totally acceptable (and the majority of people do it) to begin your every day with a freshly baked croissant or a delicious pain au chocolat. Pair this with a cafe au lait or a freshly squeezed orange juice, and you have yourself the perfect morning pick-me-up.
‘Métro, boulot, dodo’ is a popular saying in Paris, which translates to ‘subway, work, sleep.’ This is a pretty accurate description of what you can expect your day to look like living in Paris. The streets will be full of people rushing to the metro, heading to their jobs. If you have a job in Paris, you will probably be using the metro as well!
However, those who are lucky enough to live close to their workplace will usually prefer walking over taking the metro. Walking through Paris in the morning is an amazing way to start your day. That being said, any walk through Paris is enjoyable, as there is always so much to admire along the way. The fact that Paris is such a walkable city makes life there very convenient. If you’re not the biggest walker, you could also take a vélib or trotinette.
Working in Paris can be really enjoyable, as many offices have a strong community feeling to them and, because it is such an international city, there are a lot of expats in Paris and you will probably have co-workers coming from all different backgrounds.
The standard work week is 35 hours. A typical work day in Paris usually starts between 9-9:30 AM and ends around 6-6:30 PM. Lunch breaks in Paris are long, sometimes up to two hours, giving you plenty of time to take that midday break to recharge. Enjoy a walk, grab a coffee, or even run any errands you might have. Paris cafes are also the perfect atmosphere for getting some work done, on a remote day, for example. Imagine bringing a book or your laptop to a calm, quintessentially Parisian cafe, all while enjoying the beautiful sight of Paris before you- not such an awful way to get some work done, right?
Whether you choose to grab some lunch with your coworkers, or eat alone, you won’t have a shortage of places to choose from! Not only is French food available, but Paris really has a diverse array of cuisines to choose from, so you can usually find whatever it is you’re craving.
Your afternoon in Paris is really whatever you want to make it. If you feel like having a more relaxed day, there are gardens to stroll through to enjoy calm scenery. If you’re feeling more active, why not do some shopping? The beauty of Paris is its abundance of fun and unique shops no matter where you are in the city- sometimes the best way to explore is to simply start walking around and see what places you end up stumbling into!
Paris is magical at night! The city certainly suits its coined name, ‘City of Lights.’ Paris takes on a whole new beauty when the sun goes down. The streets glow with all the tiny lights of apartments, cafes, and bars. And if you’re near the Eiffel tower after 8 PM, you will see it sparkle with lights every hour. Insider knowledge: its looks most beautiful when you see the last sparkle at 1 AM. The main lights are turned off and you only see the tiny lights- like a million fireflies sat on it to enjoy the view over the city.
In case you’re wondering, Paris got the name ‘City of Lights’ due to its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment, as well as it being the first city in Europe to use gas street lighting.
Tip: Get some friends together and head to a rooftop bar near the Eiffel tower to watch it sparkle from above! You won’t regret it.
It’s common for people in Paris to enjoy an ‘apéro,’ also known as ‘after work,’ with their co-workers or friends once the work day is over. There are so many nice bars and restaurants where you can sit, grab a drink, and socialize. Paris at night feels lively and animated, no matter the day of the week. Popular spots to spend the evening would include Le Marais, Bastille, or the Quartier Latin, just to name a few. Parisians love to spend their evenings socializing, even if it’s just a casual outing- and this buzzing energy fills the streets, making the atmosphere of Paris feel fun and inviting! If one night you’re feeling like going all out, you can go visit a cabaret, the cinema, or even the opera.
And there you have it! A small glimpse into what a day in Paris could look like for you. It would be difficult for anyone not to fall in love with this wonderful city!
What do you think? Could you see yourself living in Paris?