Ditch the 'Tourist' Tag: A dive into How to Look and eat like a local in France
on Tue, Jul 16 2019 1:12 pm
1. Repetition is Fine
In France, wearing the same thing twice in one week is not a fashion crisis. It’s the key to daily fashion in France. Capsule wardrobes for the win! This is great news for your suitcase. Rather than creating a lineup of completely different outfits, focus on packing a few key pieces. Bring a nice coat or blazer, a pair of quality shoes, and one or two pairs of nice pants.
As far as shoes go, avoid flip-flops and clunky, white tennis shoes; what you wear on your feet should be both stylish and comfortable, as you’ll be walking quite a bit. For pants, wearing jeans is fine as long as they aren’t scuffed or faded. You could also throw in a nicer pair of slacks in case you end up going to a nice restaurant or club. Ladies, don’t forget to throw in a dress or two! You can get away with spending weeks in France with just a little carry-on if you’re able to mix and match.
“Le Café de la Nouvelle Mairie” in the 5th arrondissement
Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
Located a two-minute walk from the Pantheon, the « Café de la Nouvelle Mairie » is a typical bistro. In the heart of the student area of Paris, the restaurant is often filled with students, teachers, and musicians. With a façade dating from 1927, the place was perfectly renovated with a typical French decoration, a zinc counter, old parquet, mosaic, etc. The welcoming staff adds to the charming atmosphere. The owner is a wine lover, and especially of organic wines so he has made his restaurant one of the best addresses in Paris for these wines from boutique wineries.
2. Wear a Scarf
Scarves are another basic that you should pack to switch up your wardrobe. In France, scarves are popular year-round; they are more of a fashion statement than a tool to combat cold weather. If you want to know how to not look like a tourist in Paris, simply throwing (or wrapping) on a scarf will instantly give you more of a French look. Add a fashionable scarf that’s right for the season to your packing list, or if you don’t have one, it might be fun to buy one of these iconic French accessories while you’re there.
Scarves are popular for men as well. So guys, if you’re in France during a chilly season, don’t be afraid to bundle up!
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