Lifestyle in Paris

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Paris offers a romantic, exciting lifestyle for expats to enjoy, with hundreds of first-class restaurants, some of the best shopping in the world and a stylish nightlife scene. Expats in Paris will have no trouble at all finding places to see or things to do in the city.
 

Nightlife in Paris


Culture Shock in FranceThe City of Lights truly comes alive at night, with many distinct areas catering to their own brand of night owl.


Expats looking to dress the part and try their hand at getting into swanky high-end clubs should meander down the Champs-Elysées, a notable stamping ground of Parisian wealth and beauty. Those after a more relaxed atmosphere should head to Marais and Bastille, which is host to numerous bars and clubs and popular with the city’s international community. The more alternative expats in search of live rock and industrial vibes may prefer the Grands Boulevards, which is host to a variety of suitable venues.

As a general rule, bars in Paris start filling up around 10pm and are open until around 2am, whereas clubs tend to pick up around midnight and continue until around 4am.

Expats wanting a uniquely Parisian night out could catch a cabaret show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge, located in the city district of Pigalle, or a production of the l’Opera National de Paris at the Palais Garnier.

 

Shopping in Paris


Paris is a perfect destination for shopaholics, as it presents plenty of opportunities to peruse aisles and lighten pockets. Expats can browse the boutiques along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for some of the best in haute couture, or stroll down the Rue Etienne Marcel for chic high-end fashion.

The Champs-Elysées area is home to the famous Guerlain Parfumerie, as well as several malls, and Les Halles underground mall features cheap knock-offs and trendy wares. There are also a number of fantastic flea markets near the city gates to potter about, as well as open-air markets trading in fresh produce, flowers and clothing.
 

Eating out in Paris

 

Paris has plenty of restaurants and cafés to offer expats of all palates and financial capabilities. As a culinary capital of the world, Paris is famed for its gourmet eateries; the city’s many patisseries prove that food as an art form is alive and well.

The French are famous for their food but if expats find that the get their fill of croissants and creme brulee, they won't struggle to find restaurants offering international cuisines such as Chinese, Indian, Italian and Thai foods. 
 

Outdoor activities in Paris

 

With a culture as serious about its leisure time as the French, it is no wonder that Paris has plenty to offer those looking to spend the day outdoors. The city’s climate is highly seasonal, so the outdoor activities available often depend on the time of year. 
 
Paris is home to a number of parks, in which expats can enjoy leisurely strolls throughout the year. Parc de la Villette is a particular favourite, as throughout the summer months a large screen is put up in front of which locals and foreigners alike can relax and watch classic films. The selection usually includes English as well as French cinema, and the screening can be a great place to enjoy a picnic. While open-air movies are not available in Paris during the winter, expats wanting to spend time outdoors during the frosty months can instead enjoy numerous ice-skating rinks around the city.