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The Best Things for Students to do in Paris

Paris offers a rich and exciting college experience and has no shortage of students. Whether you love art, history, food, or shopping, you are sure to fall in love with this city. Here is our list of the top things for students to do in Paris.

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Things for Students to do in Paris

Explore Paris’ world-class museums

The Centre Pompidou opened in 1977 and houses the biggest modern and contemporary art collection in Europe. Its exhibitions have an international outlook and you can also enjoy shows and concerts at the Centre. Practical information about your visit can be found here.

The Louvre museum was created in 1793 during the French Revolution. While you may know it as the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, it houses so much more (Don’t forget to grab a map of the 5 levels and 3 interconnected wings!). If you are looking to spend only a few hours in the Louvre, I recommend visiting the Denon Wing for a mixture of sculptures, antiquities, and paintings (including the Mona Lisa).

The Musée d’Orsay is my personal favorite museum in Paris…Don’t miss it! It used to be a railroad station and houses a famous clock facing the seine (Some say it’s the best photo spot in Pairs, so don’t forget to snap a photo). You can find an amazing collection of impressionist paintings and sculptures in this museum, including the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Degas.

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Dance the night away

When someone says “Paris,” you probably imagine sipping wine and drinking coffee on outdoor terraces. However, Paris also has a vibrant, fun nightlife culture. I’m going to share two of my favorite places to go if you want to let loose and dance off your third croissant of the day.

Le Cavern, located in the 6th arrondissement, is a great, relaxed dance club and bar for those in their 20s and early 30s. I recommend trying the wines and beers, rather than the liquors. You should expect live French or American music or an electronic DJ. The best part? Locals actually go here.

Supersonic, located in the 12th arrondissement, offers free live gigs in a two-floor loft space. Alcohol is relatively cheap and they offer some quick tapas and fast-food bites. Come here to dance, drink, and hangout in a cool, rock environment.

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Try local cuisine

La Becane A Gaston won the 2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence and is ranked in the top 50 restaurants in Paris. We recommend trying this restaurant for its familial ambiance (it is owned by 2 sisters after all) and its fresh, local dishes. Expect to spend between 15 and 30 euros for a delicious pasta, meat, or seafood dish. To avoid disappointment, be sure to book your table in advance. It’ll be worth it, trust us!

Le Vaudésir is located in the 14e arrondisement at 14 rue Dareau. It won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017-2018, and we recommend it for locals and tourists alike. Expect to spend between 5 and 20 euros for simple, traditional, and fresh French cuisine. It is a true hidden gem with amazing food and service and a welcoming atmosphere and owner.

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Enjoy Paris’ natural beauty

Located in the north-eastern 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It offers stunning views of Montmartre and contains a suspension bridge, caves, and a mini river. Whether you want to curl up with a book, have a picnic, or play soccer, this park offers you a peaceful and bright refuge in a bustling city.

The Jardin des Tuileries separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concord in the 1st arrondissement. If you come in the summer, you can enjoy the fun fair or the Ferris wheel. If you want to relax after a long day of walking, come by and take a stroll or sit and admire the intricate landscaping.

Jardin des Plantes, located in the 5th arrondissement, has been open to the public for almost 400 years. It is the main botanical garden in France, meaning that its plants are grown for public display and scientific study. It contains archives, libraries, greenhouses, artwork, and a zoo. The entire garden is as a French national historical landmark.

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As you can see after looking at our list of things for students to do in Paris, there is a good reason that it is such a popular study abroad destination. If you are interested in booking weekend trips throughout France during your semester, contact us at ParisByM. We’d love to help you out!


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The Best Outdoor Activities in Annecy

Annecy is a picturesque village in south-eastern France featuring Europe’s cleanest lake and stunning views of the alps. With so much natural beauty and small-town charm, it can be hard to decide what to see and do. Here is our guide to Annecy for all you outdoorsy types!


Outdoorsy Adventures in Annecy

Visit the shore of Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France and the “cleanest” lake in Europe, thanks to its strict environmental regulations. To give you an idea of how beautiful it is, the famous Paul Cézanne painted it in his Le lac bleu. In the spring and summer, you are sure to find many visitors and locals tanning or picnicking on its grassy shore. To avoid huge crowds or to experience a different view, try walking or biking the perimeter of the lake until you find your perfect spot.


Bike around Lake Annecy

Biking around Lake Annecy is one of the best ways to see the mountains, small surrounding towns and lake from all angles. We recommend following the Voie Verte bike path on Annecy’s tourism website. Depending on your biking level and comfort with biking on roads, you can choose to bike on the east side, west side, or both sides of the lake. The east side is more advanced, but provides some of the most striking views of the loop. Be sure to go in a clockwise direction if you choose to do the full loop (unless you love biking uphill). Expect to spend about 15 dollars per person for a half-day bike rental.


Get out on the water

Whether you want to go paddle boarding, paragliding, canyoning, or motor boating, there is a water activity in Annecy for you. The relatively quiet and calm waters make nautical activities accessible to all visitors and locals, so don’t be intimidated. Get out on the lake and experience all the beauty around you!


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Ski or snowboard

While you can’t exactly go swimming during the colder months, you can definitely go skiing or snowboarding. The fact that Annecy gracefully switches between an incredible winter and summer town means that there is never a bad time to visit! We recommend checking out the ski resorts in Semnoz and la Clusaz.


Go paragliding

You should also consider paragliding, especially if you don’t plan on hiking or biking in the area. You will not only get a birds-eye view of the lake, but you will also get to see all the surrounding towns and mountains. If you’re looking for a fast way to soak in all of Annecy’s natural beauty, this might be the option for you!


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Hike in the Alps

Regardless of your hiking level, there is a hike in Annecy that you can enjoy. I love this article about the various hiking options. You can also consider guided hikes, if you are nervous about navigating the mountains on your own! Montagne Sensation offers full and half-day hikes in meadows and forests, opportunities to enjoy local cheese and farm products, thematic hikes, and other outdoor activities. Don’t forget to bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks!


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After you’re done with all of your sporty activities, I recommend going to Glacier Des Alps. While there is always a line outside of this incredible ice-cream shop, there is a good reason! Plus, you get an additional free mini scoop with your order!


We hope that this guide to Annecy for all you outdoorsy types has been helpful and inspires you to take a one or two day trip to the charming town. What I loved most about Annecy was the feeling that every local truly loved being active and outside. For help booking your trip to Annecy or for more tips, contact us here at ParisByM. We would love to give you the insider scoop.

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