Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip to Paris, or wistfully day dreaming when you should really be working, reading up on the French capital is always a pleasure.
From the achingly beautiful romantic descriptions to the endless Instagram photos of macaroons and the anecdotes from expats living the dream there an endless amount of pages dedicated to the City of Light. We’re no different here and we wanted to share our absolute favourite pages with our fans.
So here it is! These are the Paris sites GowithOh recommends to follow when visiting Paris.
For the fashionists
- Girls Guide to Paris - Written by Doni Belau, “Girls Guide to Paris” is a truly exhaustive resource of all things Parisian. With over 5,000 pages of articles, tips and insider info on all manner of categories, there are few blogs that can offer a similar level of quality information. As well as articles, this site also has a downloadable walking tour available, a magazine and city discounts.
For photography lovers – Find out the most photogenic Paris spots
- Maria Roco’s G+ page is packed full of incredible black and white street photography in Paris. What we love most about her photos is the way she captures real daily life in Paris in all its glory. Well worth a look to get you dreaming about this magnificent city.
- For a Paris focussed group to follow for great photos, tips and the latest going in Paris, follow the Facebook page of the Out and About in Paris blog. Updated daily by Paris expat Mary Kay, this feed is packed with information, inspirational posts and topical discussion.
Must-follow when visiting Paris with your family
- American Mom in Paris – Follow American Mom in Paris for tweets on latest interesting news coming out of Paris and stories about life in Paris “while raising Franco-American families in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower”.
Love the French celebrity people watching at the Parc Monceau in the mornings!
— AmericanMom in Paris (@LaMomParis) March 4, 2014
- Le Best of Paris – a site run by local writers determined to save the visitors from tourist traps and “mediocre croissants”. They also provide useful advice on family activities and plenty more. The blog has a large section ‘for Kids’ with children activities.
For the Foodies
One of the biggest draws of Paris is the promise of delicate macaroons, fluffy croissants, matured cheeses and excellent wines. But as you’ll discover within the sites below, there is far more on offer in the French capital to tickle your taste buds.
A note of caution: these pages may cause drooling and excessive salivation.
- Unlock Paris – Another insider’s guide to Paris, this site focuses primarily on food and fashion reviews. Unlike other sites, Unlock Paris has a clean, simple layout which helps make their tantalising photo reviews really stand out to do the talking.
- Paris by Mouth – When it comes to food and drink in Paris, you know the writers at Paris by Mouth mean business. No space is wasted with fancy graphics or biographical links, every category, link and photo on the page is concerned with food. Packed full of reviews, experiences, recommendations and foodie Instagram snaps, this should be your first port of call for all things foodie in Paris.
Photo from parisbymouth.com
Paris Secret Hints
The web seems to be packed full of information on Paris, from amateur diary blogs to professional tourism guides. However, with this wealth of pages, it can be pretty difficult to find the real gems out there, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you and narrowed it down to a select few of our favourite local Paris writers, that will share with you the best hidden Paris secrets.
- My Beautiful Paris – This easy to navigate site is a great place to start when researching your perfect trip to Paris. Norma Thiessen packs her site full of personal recommendations and her own top tips for travel.
“My hope is that out of my singular brand of passionate, wild devotion for this city, I have something to offer future travelers. I’m not the only expert Paris-lover, because everyone can be one – including you.”
- Invisible Paris – Invisible Paris is not your average travel blog. Site owner Adam aims to investigate the mysterious and unexplained of Paris. From fake buildings to a giant plastic baby on top of a petrol station, Adam goes undercover to answer the questions you never even thought to ask. If there’s anything that puzzles you during your time in Paris, challenge Adam to uncover the answer!
Photo from parisisinvisible.blogspot.de
- Spotted By Locals – This is a regularly updated city guide written by passionate locals for your pleasure. It’s packed full of personal recommendations about Paris and indeed a whole host of other cities throughout Europe and North America. Be warned, this addictive site will truly sap your productivity.
Paris seen by the Expats
Being new at the city is not easy. From their arrival day, they have been discovering the best that Paris has to offer and they share it with us. Below is a list featuring, in our eyes, the “Crème de la Crème” of Paris based expats on the web.
- Savoir Faire Paris – Your “ultimate English speaking personal assistant in Paris”. This site is run by a team of local writers, and dedicated to offering tips, foodie hints, shopping recommendations and personal anecdotes from the City of Light. This blog is part of a wider concierge site for all English speakers moving to Paris for the first time and looking for guidance.
- Prête-Moi Paris – From the moment you set eyes on the polka dot background of this Paris blog, you can guess what you’re in for. This is a comprehensive look at the world of fashion, bars, travel tips and all things pretty in Paris from expat writer Melissa Ladd. If you want to indulge that perfect fantasy image of Paris, this is the site to go to!
- Paris-Expat – Terrance is your American friend in Paris. If you are thinking about moving to Paris, he is your man. His blog-magazine brings you the best expat tips. Terrance has also written two books and you’ll find him every Sunday in a Paris café, ready to give you his best advice.
“Welcome to Paris-my breathtaking, vibrant, constantly changing home that continues to inspire as it did Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Josephine Baker and Man Ray, a mere smattering of the expatriates who chose to live here.”