One of my favourite things to do in any city is people watch. I don’t find many places to do this peacefully in Vancouver – usually I’m getting the death stare from the waitresses for sitting for hours with a coffee, or it’s too cold and wet to sit on the grass and watch people jog by with their dogs.
But Paris is the perfect city for sitting and watching people! It’s not only acceptable, but it’s a part of parisien culture: just sit, relax and watch the world. You will have the best time, if you let yourself. Oh, but a little warning – don’t gawk at the gorgeous people and outfits walking by, and at least wipe the drool from your mouth once in a while. Parisiens are hot. You have been warned.
I had a couple of favourite haunts in Paris that were great for people watching. Maybe you like them too 🙂 So, in no particular order…
**Warning: Almost all of them involve food because food always makes the experience better – no exceptions.
Buy some wine, cheese, a baguette and grapes to have a picnic on the grassy part below the Sacre Coeur. You will be looking at the best view of Paris.
Sit on the sloped cement area near the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou. You’re in the heart of Chatelet Les Halles (my favourite area of Paris, great for shopping and loitering around pop art stores). And you can watch the people walk around the crazy museum tubes.
Drink a coffee or a glass of wine in any cafe on the street. Is there any way to do soak in the culture than a good book, a glass of something delicious, fresh air, a good street view and your own thoughts? No. There isn’t.
So to get you even more immersed in the street life of Paris…Here is an introduction to what you will hear on the streets! Enjoy!