ParisByM +33 6 52 86 11 36
ParisByM receptive travel agent
Paris Facts

5 Unknown Paris Facts

Paris Facts

Hemingway said, ‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.’ She has everything you want – patisserie’s, quaint architecture, River Seine and let’s not forget to stroll to the morgue!

ParisByM presents you with the quirky, unknown side of Paris. You may already know some Paris facts, but not these. Read more below to discover these unusual Paris Facts.

1. Only a few people know Square de l’Île de France was the site of the former Paris morgue

Paris Facts

Did you know that Jean XXII Square offers a spectacular vista on the flying buttresses of Notre-Dame? Next to it, another green area forms the eastern tip of Île de la Cité: Square de l’Île de France.  From the Napoleonic era until 1910, up to 40,000 visitors would come there in a single day. This place of entertainment provided lots of gossip on the possible identities of the corpses and causes of death.

2. Shakespeare & Company is the most famous English-language bookshop in Paris

Paris Facts

It is named after the original store, owned by Sylvia Beach, which published James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses in 1922.

People from around the world rush to Shakespeare and Company  to shop there, but perhaps more interestingly they also come to sleep there. If you are lucky enough to stay, you get a free bed working around two hours/day. You may or may not fit depending on your size and there is a serious lack of personal space of course, but who cares? You’re living in Paris for free in one of the most famous bookstores in the world, and your only real job is to read books. Isn’t that awesome?

Paris Facts


3. The Eiffel Tower Sways

It sways! This iron structure swayed 13 cm during a storm in 1999, which blew at 240 kph. Temperature variations may also cause this tower to sway. During the 1976 heatwave, the top of the tower shifted away from the sun by 18 cm. (Gustave Eiffel had allowed for a variation as much as 70 cm). No doubt, Gustave Eiffel was a genius and the Eiffel Tower will stay strong and tall for a long time!

4. Area of Montparnasse is named after Mount Parnassus from Greek Mythology

Paris Facts


Another fun Paris Fact is that the area of Montparnasse in Paris is actually named after Mount Parnassus. Parnassus is where the Muses lived and for this reason was associated with many of the arts such as poetry and music, and learning. The many literature students who recited poetry in the streets on Montparnasse adopted the name, “Mont Parnasse”.

5. Dining with Strangers

There is a man in Paris, who invites complete strangers to his house for a dinner party each week and has been doing this for 30+ years. Almost every Sunday Jim Haynes hosts a salon at his place. It takes place Sunday evening from 20h00 to 23h00. The idea is you can meet and talk with people who come from around the world. You got to register on his website first to be invited. If you’re not afraid of the unknown and dining with complete strangers you can register here.

We hope you enjoyed our unknown Paris facts!

For any other information or other queries – write us

Related Posts

Top 10 Desserts To Eat In Paris

How to say “I Love You” in Paris


How To Spend Sunday Fun-Day In Paris

Cooking Vacations in Paris

Cooking Vacations In Paris

French take gastronomy as a serious business. Whether its haute cuisine or hearty homemade dishes, the French have got it all. Spotting a patisserie, boulangerie, or a wine shop is not a toughie.

Fall in love with French gastronomy in the ‘City Of Lights’ by learning how to cook the French way. The below-listed Cooking Vacations in Paris can be one of the best vacations of your life – authentic, great food, and oodles of fun. When taking cooking classes you can learn and experiment with local and traditional French recipes such as learning how to bake a Baguette, or bake a french loaf called Pain de campagne.

Cooking Vacations in Paris

We, ParisByM, have combed through Paris’ cooking schools to create this top-shelf selection of cooking classes that are extraordinary in their food, philosophy, and their locations. We hope we can help you sort through to find the best ideas for cooking vacations in Paris.

Cooking Classes in Paris

1) Lenôtre Paris

Cooking Vacations in Paris

Working since 1947, Lenôtre’s first shop opened in Normandy – the chefs are bearers of exceptional culinary heritage and modern tastes. Lenôtre Paris has the  achievement of being the caterer of the football World Cup. It is definitely as one of the finest culinary schools in Paris.

Take one of their ateliers (workshops) on a variety of different foods. They have them marked by difficulty by the number of chef hats. One chef hat means easy. If you are looking for something more difficult feel free to check out their other ateliers. They also have classes for kids.

 2) Alain Ducasse Cooking School

This cooking school is in the heart of Paris’ 16th arrondissement, and has opened its doors to the general public. This culinary destination has international and national recognition at the highest level. The enjoyment of food and wine is integral to the experience offered at this school and is one of Paris’ finest gourmet establishments that sits very close to Seine River.

They offer both cooking and pastry classes to fit your fancy. As well as classes on wine and traditional cooking.

3) Ferrandi

Cooking Vacations in Paris

One of France’s leading professional training schools in culinary arts is located in the heart of Paris. They offer an Introduction to the Macaron course for beginners as part of their half day pastry courses. There you can get the recipes, techniques, and tips to make that perfect macaron.

Learning how to make Choux pastry will no longer be a hard task if you take the Choux pastry half day course at Ferrandi. Experiment, learn and practice how to transform your pastry into delicious choux à la crème, éclairs, and gougères.

4) Le Cordon Bleu Paris

This cooking school  dates back to 1895 and is dedicated to the Culinary Arts. At Le Cordon Blue Paris they truly focus on achieving genuine culinary artistry. It addresses the traditions in a profound way and makes sure to integrate French terroir and local cultures.

You can choose what culinary workshops you want to take. There are chocolate workshops, French patisseries workshops, and even food and wine pairing workshops. They also offer classes for young chefs (8-12, 13-17 years old).

5) L’Ecole Ritz Escoffier

Cooking Vacations in Paris


Isn’t the name enough?  Perfect your culinary skills inside the world’s most beautiful hotel and prepare your dishes according to traditional and contemporary French savoir-faire. L’Ecole Ritz Escoffier offers classes for cuisine, pastry, and for young chefs.

We hope you enjoyed reading about cooking vacations in Paris. They are 100% an experience of a lifetime!

Related Posts

Where to picnic in Paris?

10 French Foods You Simply Must Taste!

Top Spots In Paris To Satisfy A Sweet-Tooth

Paris Photo Shoot

Romantic Paris Photo Shoot With Jean

Meet Jean.

Paris Photo

Few days ago photographer Jean stopped by ParisByM Office to show work from his past Paris Photo shoot and stories at visiting Paris’ catacombs, climbing construction cranes, visiting abandoned buildings. Once into music, Jean is extremely passionate about photography, and once we started talking about his work, we could barely get him to stop.

What started as a hobby, Jean is now a natural, enthusiastic, talented photographer who loves to take Paris photo shoots. With a strong portfolio and training, he loves every bit of it, especially shooting photos of couples for romantic getaways and honeymoons.

Paris Photo

One striking image from one of his projects is of a German couple in the Catacombs of Paris. (A place off the beaten path and amazing to take extraordinary pictures.) Of course we wanted to know: “How the heck did you do that?” The answer, of course, is simple.

“I have an inherent love to brave the forbidden and get-off the beaten path apart from Paris main attractions. Being a true Parisian at heart, I love to conduct Paris photo shoots where we can wander in less touristy neighborhood. with a  far-away view Of  Eiffel – to create a dramatic portraits, to capture the “real” Paris photo atmosphere. “

Perhaps one of the most surprising things about Jean’s method is that he pre-visualizes images before photo-shooting clients. He appreciates even more when people are open to variation. He constantly feels the urge to challenge himself to perform better than yesterday and update his knowledge and equipment, which is another aspect that he enjoys.

Paris Photo

Jean knows his clients intimately, and says he adapts workflow depending on his client’s tastes. “I’ve noticed Asian couples tend to love catchy and saturated colors while taking pictures with the famous landmarks in their wedding dresses. American tourists often prefer more intimate settings and softer tones. Russian tourists love to focus on a few famous landmarks and have high standards on the beauty retouches”, he says.

Paris Photo

Paris Photo

Paris Photo

A memorable Paris photo shoot is like having an extra special souvenir from your time in Paris. If you’re interested for a fun Paris Photo session against some of the city’s best backdrops contact us below.

Contact us

Related Posts

Top 10 Attractions in Paris

How to become Parisian In One Hour?

Paris attraction #1 – Eiffel tower

cocktail bars in paris, top 10 bars in Paris

Cocktail Bars In Paris

From outstanding classics to elaborate concoctions, the Cocktail Bars in Paris know how to rock, sway and produce some of the best cocktails into the wee hours of the morning. We’ve picked out the unrivaled ones that have consistently impressed us with their alcoholic elixirs. So many bars to try, so little time, and that’s why precisely you can rely on this list of the best cocktail bars in Paris.

Cocktail Bars in Paris

1.  La Candeleria – Experimental Cocktail Bar

In the heart of Marais is a trailblazer of the Parisian underground spots. An antechamber leads to the cocktail bar which also serves delicious taqueria. Access to the main bar is through a small back door after crossing past where delicious tacos sizzle. With an amazing ambiance and with a warm decor of stone, colorful, soft, cushions and fake animal skins, you can try out new drinks. These new concoctions include spicy blends, like their timeless classic, the “Wasp Verte” (Blanco Ocho tequila infused with chilli, cucumber, cilantro, agave, lime) will sure shot make you feel special.


52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

2. Le Prescription Cocktail Club

Has both a downstairs bar, and an upstairs bar. The downstairs bar is the perfect place to sit on the stools and watch the bartenders mix drinks. The upstairs has a second bar hidden behind a bookshelf to cater to the bigger crowds on busier nights. Listed under World’s Best Bars 2012, the cocktail list is one of the most spectacular. The drinks are inventive, inspired, and occasionally experimental. The classics exist but it’s the house drinks that are the true heart of this bar. You must try the Gin Gin Mule and you’ll see why we recommend it. It is a wonderful cozy cocktail bar in style : dark, candlelit, soul music, speakeasy vibe, prohibition typeface, bearded hipster bartenders in vests. Too much!

Prescription Cocktail Club

23 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris

Cocktail Bars in Paris

3. Little Red Door

It is easy to miss this cocktail bar when you’re walking down the street. There isn’t a sign for it, just literally a red door that you enter through. Needless to say, it has an underground vibe to it. The drinks are very much in synchronization with mixology trends with interesting and unanticipated flavors. Little Red Door is a fun, cute, little “speakeasy” cocktail bar on a street in the 3rd Arr.

Little Red Door Cocktail Bar

60 rue Charlot, 75003 PARIS

4. Le Syndicat

A place with a simple doorway, but inside is full of contemporary decor and staff who are very friendly and helpful. The cocktails are splendid. The best part is they use local French stuff rather than imported. Indulge in an aperitif before dinner and you wouldn’t regret it. Worth a detour to Le Syndicat! You can find people from all the ages – eclectic with a school vibe. Definitely recommended.

Le Syndicat

51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris

5. Le Baton Rouge

As the name indicates the ideas, style, and taste come from Baton Rouge and the place is sprinkled with enchanting decor  of wood and voodoo objects. Let yourself try different spirits such as Rye and Bourbon at and don’t forget to taste the “Mojito Criollo” composed of rum, fresh lime juice, fresh mint and red wine. Otherwise for some truly original flavors, opt for the “Milk Pelican” based on Bourbon Supreme Denoix, maple syrup with Cajun spices, organic egg yolk, milk and nutmeg. They also have a  signature cocktail Baton Rouge ” with Cognac, Cherry liqueur, Absinthe and Champagne.

Le Baton Rouge

62 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris

Cocktail Bars in Paris

6. Lulu White

Listed on World’s Best Bars of 2014. The décor and drinks have a creative edge and the music is appealing. The music is mostly swing, jazz and electronic French music.  Make sure you try their take on the Sazerac (a New Orleans staple); the Knock On Wood is a mix of French brandy, réserve Jean de Lillet, salt syrup, Peychauds bitters and a dash of absinthe. Lulu takes good care of you and plays live music on Tuesday especially if you’re the one who loves to go out often early in the week, it could be a nice bet. If you like Jazz, Blues, or Contemporary Folk, Lulu’s Live Evenings are enthused with a strong music theme.

Lulu White

12 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris

7. La Famille

With their signature mojitos and their foie gras as sumptuous as heaven, this bar is highly recommended. Eclectic vibe. Intimate character. The drink arrives at the table, garnished with wacky decorations like a syringe of peach liqueur, built on a base of Caipirinha and suffused with strawberry and Espelette pepper, basil and mango or pear and tarragon. Quite interesting!

La Famille

41 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris

8. L’Embuscade

A floor of tiles, red and black walls, and an amazing homemade red beer that we particularly like, produced in Paris microbrewery The Whale, at an unbeatable price. At this cocktail bar, the quantities served are generous. Oh, and on Friday’s, there is free couscous!


31 Rue de Crussol, 75011 Paris
Cocktail Bars in Paris

9. La Mezcaleria

Full of gold and blue tones, this bar embraces its South American culture, but it conveniently located in the Marais district. Enter the 1K hotel, head to the restaurant and then to the kitchen door. Yes, through the kitchens before pushing the heavy velvet curtain behind which hides this very nice mezcal bar. One of the top spots on the Parisian speakeasy map. La Mezcaleria Bar serves Mescal, an alcoholic drink straight from the high, dry desert areas of Mexico, made by fermenting and distilling agave juice. Known as the “forefather of tequila“, its smoky flavor and uplifting effects have been enjoyed for generations.

La Mezcaleria

13 Boulevard du Temple, 75003 Paris

10. Signature Bar by Grant’s

There are five artistic themes that were placed in various rooms throughout the building. These themes include “On the Road” which is illustrated by the motorcycles, side cars, and even workers placed around to take the customers pictures. Another theme is called “L S’tnarg”, and is represented by the tables and chairs that are glued to the ceiling. If you are interested in Paris nightlife, but looking for something other than discotheques and nightclubs, than Signature Bar by Grant’s is the place for you. With its stylish decor and casual feel, this bar creates a perfect balance between fun and fancy. Read more here!

Signature Bar By Grant’s

159 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris

For other cocktail bars in Paris consider: Glass or Le Baranaan.

Related Posts concerning Night-time Attractions:

Théâtre in Paris, a true Parisian experience

The best cabaret shows in Paris

A dinner-cruise on the Bateaux Mouches

Romantic Restaurants

Romantic Restaurants In Paris

With thousand’s of restaurants in Paris, it can be very confusing to look for the perfect place for date night or a special occasion. We’ve rounded up the best Romantic Restaurants in Paris to have the perfect evening with that special someone.

1. Lapérouse

Lapérouse is located in an 18th c. mansion on the banks of the Seine in Paris. It is one of the best Romantic Restaurants in Paris. With a very rich history, its easy to imagine taking your date here.

This restaurant was founded in 1766 by Lefèvre, beverage manufacturer to the King. Earlier a wine establishment, since then it has achieved notoriety for the quality of its food. The restaurant was frequented by merchants from the market who had access to private rooms to do their business. Now these former petit-salons are available to dine in.

Try the sweetbreads or the lobster you won’t be disappointed!

51 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris

Romantic Restaurants

2. Le Coupe-Chou

Here you’ll find some Louis XIII charm with round tables, stone chimney chamber, and a stone cobbled floor. This restaurant was started by 3 comedians for actors and spectators who wanted to dine after the evening shows. Read more history here. Order food while sipping an aperitif and having warm, savory pastries. You then come to the Barber’s Room – hexagonal floor tiles, fireplace, beams adorn the scenario. Just in case you and your date fancy like books, there is a  library, where places have been laid for dinner.

Le Coupe-Chou
11 rue de Lanneau, 75005 Paris
Quartier Latin

Romantic Restaurants

3. Terminus Nord

Sautéed veal sweetbreads with morels, avocado tartar with pan-fried prawns, gorgeous Dover sole, astounding sauerkraut with sausages… yummy food. Quintessential French food with originality & tradition. Under the high ceilings of Terminus Nord, turn back to time in the beginning of 20th century. The Art Déco and Art Nouveau impacts are visible in the dancing frescos, posters, chandeliers, and wall lights, which make this dining room a great option for a romantic meal.

Terminus Nord
23 rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris
Gare du Nord

4. Gallopin

Duck Consommé, toast with truffles, sweetbreads braised with green asparagus are the delectable treats you’d get to eat in an establishment which was made in a single precious wood “Mahogany of Cuba” in 1875. This was one of the earliest American bars in Europe and arguably the first of the Capital. It’s traditional french food at its finest.

40 rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris

Romantic Restaurants

5. Cristal Room

Cristal Room Baccarat is located on the first floor of the Baccarat Museum, which is about a 10 minute walk from the Champs-Elysees. The food is sumptuous. Walk through the Baccarat show room and shop, which are absolutely stunning by themselves. Take your date up the grand staircase where a phenomenal Baccarat chandelier will lead you the way to this phenomenal dining room.

Cristal Room
11 Place des Etats-Unis, 75016 Paris

Romantic Restaurants

6. Les Ombres

Let your date swoon with joy when they look upon a full view of the Eiffel Tower as it sparkles, and who can resist the romantic power of the Eiffel Tower? Enjoy the unique panoramic view of the City of Lights, which reflect beautifully on the metallic tablecloths. This restaurant is located in the Museum du Quai Branly, which features the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Americas, and Oceania.

Les Ombres
27 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Eiffel Tower/Invalides

7. Goumard

One of the most famous seafood restaurants in Paris, offers a refined cuisine in an historical place beautifully renovated place. Aristocratic sculptures of Mina Feingold are unique and are usually women marked by intense strength and grace. Having a dining experience here with your special one wouldn’t let you down!

9 rue Duphot, 75001 Paris

Romantic Restaurants

8. Chez Toinette

This small, quiet restaurant located in Montmartre’s narrowing, winding streets will mesmerize your date, adding fragrance and color to your evening. Another one of the fabulous romantic restaurants in Paris. The atmosphere is cheerful, friendly, warm. Taste the seared duck with honey or venison with foie gras. Even though it’s in the middle of touristy region, Chez Toinette knows how to steal the show and is true to the tradition of old Montmartre with its simplicity and culinary sophistication.

Chez Toinette
20 Rue Germain Pilon, 75018 Paris

9. Le Dôme

Le Dôme is a restaurant in Montparnasse, Paris. A top fish restaurant with old, quaint decor. Since 1898 this restaurant was known as “the Anglo-American café.” It was frequented by the famous painters, sculptors, authors, poets,  art connoisseurs and dealers. It became a center of interest for artists residing in Paris’s Left Bank. A true French brasserie where you can experience some delightful food.

Le Dôme
108 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris

Romantic Restaurants

10. La Cigalle Recamier

With walls lined walls lined with books and fancy a candle-lit dinner, this is great for those who love a cozy ambiance! It will have you and your date feeling as if you’re already in a French movie. A very famous place for Soufflés. We might recommend the soufflé with artichokes and chorizo sauce.  The soufflés are light and airy but creamy and full of flavor – the ones that melt in the mouth.  Delight your date with these delectable soufflés and incredible decor!

La Cigalle Recamier
4 rue Recamier, 75007 Paris

Romantic Restaurants

Related Posts

How to say “I Love You” in Paris

Romantic trips to Paris

Top 10 Attractions in Paris