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Your first time in Paris?

You’re going to Paris for the very first time! So exciting! You’re probably hearing all kind of things about Paris. What is true and what isn’t? It can be a maze figuring that out, but I’m here to help you!

First time here and you have no clue who I am? Short introduction time! Hi there, my name is Sylvahna and I’m a luxury travel blogger who’s been to Paris for about 10 times (if not more) before 2023 started. In January I decided to pack my bags and move to Paris, so I have been living here for about 8 months now. I walk the streets of Paris every day, so I really know what is true and what isn’t about this gorgeous city.

Hotels in Paris

It can be tricky to pick your hotel in Paris. Where should you go? What arrondissement is great to stay and which ones should you stay away from? I live in the 2nd arrondissement myself and I personally love it. It’s close to everywhere. I’m at the Louvre within 10 minutes, the Notre Dame 20 minutes, Jardin des Tuileries 15 minutes, Place de la Concorde 20 minutes, Champs Elyssees 30 minutes and the Eiffel Tower about 50 minutes.

I would stay away from the 10th, because there’s a lot of poverty over there. To make it a little easier on you, I’ve also written a blog post about 5 of the most amazing hotels in Paris with a 9+ rating and all in great neighbourhoods.

Poverty vs. wealth

It’s crazy to see the poverty vs. wealth this obvious in Paris. It’s kind of normal to have people sleeping on the street on your left hand side and on your right hand side a group of friends all dressed in Chanel and Louis Vuitton. I had to get used to this one, because it’s so crazy to see.

Talking about the people that are sleeping on the streets. They smell bad obviously, but other than that they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them.


Theft is the most common crime in Paris, so watch your stuff. Don’t leave them somewhere unguarded and preferably wear your bag crossbody if you can.

The people who are selling things on the street can’t be trusted and be careful what you accept! Most of the time if you accept something just to look at it, you have to pay for it. Just ignore these people and pay close attention to your stuff when they’re around.

Bad smell

So, I don’t know who started this, but I don’t really think it smells bad in Paris. Of course it doesn’t smell like fresh cut grass and flowers, but it’s a big city! Personally I think it’s worse in Amsterdam because of all the weed that people are smoking there, but you also don’t really have that here. So, there’s not a bad smell in Paris.

A lot of rats

The only rat I’ve seen these past 8 months is Remy in Disneyland Paris (Ratatouille for those who don’t get it, it’s an animation movie about a rat in Paris). Again, I don’t know where these people have been, but definitely not on the places where I’ve been, which are all the beautiful places in Paris.

Other practical information

A lot of people don’t speak English, so I recommend you to learn the basics through a language learning app (like Duolingo) or be prepared to not getting any help and figuring out everything yourself, haha.

The currency in Paris, France is the euro.

You can walk everywhere and I personally recommend it, especially when it’s your first time in Paris, because you see so much when you’re walking. If you really don’t want to walk anymore, you can take the subway. If you’re traveling within the centre of Paris a ticket of €2,10 is enough. Look your trip up on Google maps and it will show you which subway you need to take.

I hope this is enough information for you for your first time in Paris. When are you leaving?

Xoxo Sylvahna

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