We do not allow advertising on our website and have tried to compile useful links to help make your stay more enjoyable in Paris. For your convenience, we have listed links in alphabetical order. Red text indicates our preferred partners who have special offers for PerfectlyParis guests.
Accessibility: We often have requests for wheelchair accessible apartments. Unfortunately, none of ours are. For those of you searching for something, check out Access in Paris. There are suggestions for accommodations, getting around Paris, shopping and more. It is based on the experience of disabled people travelling around in Paris.
Airport, Train Information and Taxi Service:
Ben Lam, a fellow transplanted Canadian living in Paris has a very useful site to help you navigate your way around the RER system, using public transport from CDG and more. Here is a link to his site: ParisByTrain.com.
My Driver provides several different options in terms of pricing to/from the airports as well as within Paris. When you use this link, as a PerfectlyParis referral, you will receive 15 Euros off your ride when you use the discount code 'md15'!.
Art Classes and Personal Portraits:
If you are looking for an original memory from Paris, Larbi Khattabi, a local Montmartre artist does black and white portraits. He also offers reduced rates to PerfectlyParis guests. Visit Larbi's website to see his paintings and drawings www.artistepeintrelarbi.com then get in contact with him directly for your portrait. You can also email him a photo and then he can personally deliver your portrait to you when you arrive in Paris.
Baby Equipment Rental and Kid Activities:
Our partner, 2kids1bag, offers a discount from the rental of any equipment for your baby or child (high chair, stroller, scooter & more). Contact us for the discount code and book through http://en.2kids1bag.com.
babytems rents all the necessary baby equipment you will need while in Paris: strollers, cots, high chairs, booster seats, bed rail - even toys - can be delivered to your Parisian address. All equipment is new or in excellent conditions. For more visit babytems. They also have a blog of things going on in Paris for babies and young children - babytems blog.
ParisKid provides custom-made tours of top museums and monuments in Paris for 6 to 12 year-old kids. Their aim? To let non French-speaking kids discover the best of Paris culture through interactive museum visits and hands-on art workshops with their fully qualified, bilingual and child-friendly guides! You can choose from Napoleon's Empire, France in the Middle Ages, Le Musee en Herbe and much, much more! Please see their website for details : www.pariskid.com
Bicycle Tours & Rentals:
Suggestions are available through this link on Heather Stimmler-Hall's site: www.secretsofparis.com/bicycle
The city of Paris has a system of bike rentals called Velib and you can read about it here.
Bus Tour: Here is a link to our favourite 'hop on, hop off' bus tour of Paris: L'OpenTour
Champagne Tours: OenoSpheres is a private wine tourism agency specialized in Champagne. They organise, according to your expectations, exclusive and all inclusive experiences around the different spheres of the Champagne wines (in the vineyard, the cellar and at the table) and the Champagne region (its history, gastronomy and craftmen). With OenoSpheres, you will discover the deepest secrets of the most appreciated wine to the world within the closest terroir to Paris.
eurocheapo is a guide devoted to budget travel in Paris and throughout Europe. The site features advice and insider information covering inexpensive dining options in Paris, Paris shopping tips, European rail passes, budget airlines, bus networks and alternative accommodations.
Parisianist is one of the hottest new digital guides for Paris featuring only the must-see spots and insider addresses in the city. Available in English, French, and Chinese, with Parisianist you will be rubbing shoulders with Parisians at the latest cocktail bar and using the 'secret entrance' at the Louvre to avoid the long line. The hottest Exhibitions, Neighborhoods, Restaurants, Boutique Hotels, Shopping, Activities and more. Parisianist has you covered!
SmarterParis is an innovative Premium city-guide to Paris. A team of locals have created the ultimate guide to Paris on iPhone and iPad, with more functionality and content than you will ever find anywhere else. For a fraction of the price of a paper guide, SmarterParis provides great content, with insiders' knowledge and useful tools. Detailed Map with geolocalisation, reviews, tips and secrets, attractive pictures and cutting technology are all available Offline, without additional roaming cost. It is the best travel guide to Paris ever, for the price of a cafe creme!
Cleaning Service: Paris Suite Services (PSS) is a service company specialised in short term rentals. We assist owners and agencies by handling all the operational side of rentals: cleaning after and during guest stays, change of linen (we can provide rental linen) as well as all maintenance aspects and check ins. PSS provides an 'A La Carte' service, customised to each specific needs and requirements of our clients. We are very attentive to both our customers and guests. Our days of operation are 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are very reactive and flexible as we do understand the specific needs of short term rentals. We have a team of 20 who manage over 500 apartments within Paris. Feel free to contact us if you wish to hear more about our philosophy and services.
Cocktail Events: PerfectlyParis is pleased to hold one of small number of business memberships to members-only social club, The Chamber. This membership allows our clients access to all of The Chamber's exclusive events at specially reduced non-member rates. The Chamber is a private social club for modern, urban and international professionals that reinterprets the Parisian Salon through intimate, convivial and private food and drink events. With a limit of 500 members and as the only club of its type in Paris, The Chamber offers an escape from the mundane and allows locals and tourists to maximize their time, gastronomic experiences and social engagements through a full social calendar of events. The Chamber's most popular events are themed monthly Cocktail PopUp Salons, which take place over three to four nights in private residences with a maximum of 12 to 15 guests. Here members and special visitors meet new people, discover new tastes and get a unique glimpse into Parisian life. Other events and opportunities include Cocktail Classes, Food and Spirits Pairings, Master Classes for Spirits, Cinema and Cocktail evenings, Bloody Mary Brunches, and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, please see The Chamber's calendar of events. Please use the special code “PerfectlyParis” for a 10 Euros reduction on nonmember rates.
Looking for an exclusive Parisian experience? Jodie In Paris offers several services personally catered for your Paris desires. We recommend her 'Welcome to Paris Tour' - perfect for apartment rentals. It is a personal concierge service with a general orientation of Paris that begins with her meeting you at your flat, either the day arrive or day after. Jodie will get you acclimated to the area showing you where to shop, eat, drink and see all of the local markets. She'll also show you how the metro works and assist with purchasing tickets. You'll then see other parts of Paris, hitting the big sites while strolling around town exploring the day-to-day life of how Parisians live. Jodie is well known for her Fashion Shopping and Flea Market Tours. She can show you the ins and outs plus take you on the back streets of Paris for a unique tour catered completely to you. If your not looking for a tour, Jodie also offers exclusive concierge services. She can assist you in planning your perfect Paris Itinerary so all reservations and tickets you may want/need will be organised before you arrive and you will have someone to call on while in town. http://www.jodieinparis.com
Cooking Classes, Wine Tasting and Recipes:
Chocolate & Zucchini: A young Parisienne shares her passion for all things edible. I came across Clotilde Dusoulier's website by accident and thought it was very well done. You can find recipes, restaurant reviews and many more things on her site and blog.
La Cuisine Paris: This wonderful, French cooking school, which offers a variety of classes in English, is in the heart of Paris overlooking the Seine and Notre Dame. Take your choice of French cuisine classes including Croissant Classes, Macaron Classes, Traditional French Pastry Classes, Technical Skills Classes, and a French Cheese Workshop in addition to Food Tours in Paris and Versailles! There is something for everyone's taste. Find out more at lacuisineparis.com.
Wine Tasting in Paris: If you want to know everything about French wines, book a class with Thierry at Wine Tasting In Paris. For two hours, you will discover and taste six wines including Champagne, coming from the best wine regions (Bordeaux, Burgundy,etc...). You will also learn everything about their regions and particularities. Tasting are usually on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 17:00. You can also choose a lighter version with the Wine and Cheese Pairing class, with four wines and four cheese at lunch time. Check availability and book on-line at www.wine-tasting-in-paris.com for further information. If you wish to purchase any of the wines you tasted at Thierry's shop, make sure you tell him you are staying at a PerfectlyParis apartment for a special discount.
Stephanie from Bulles de Joie Photographie is a Paris photographer who will create for you romantic, happy and candid shots. Your photo shoot will either take place in Paris or everywhere you imagine your perfect photo session in France! Her goal is to highlight your beauty and your love in the most beautiful landmarks as well as more hidden places. For her, photography is the best way to make good and unique moments last forever...Moments will be captured in a natural and spontaneous way, by walking down the street, talking, laughing, so you can feel comfortable to express your feelings to your loved one(s) and enjoy the moment.
Events Calendar: Heather Stimmler-Hall, a freelance travel writer and editor, has an online calendar of events: www.secretsofparis.com/paris-calendar/.
French Lessons: Learn French with an experienced native French tutor and take full advantage of your stay in Paris. As an experienced, private French tutor in Paris, Caroline provides you with a comprehensive service, organising everything from a detailed pre-course analysis to the evaluation of your individual progress. The focused attention in her one-to-one and small group private French lessons in Paris enables you to progress much faster than in the traditional classroom. Caroline offers a wide range of French courses in Paris, including French for travelers, conversation classes and preparation to the DELF-DALF examinations. For examples of private French lessons that Caroline can arrange, just click here. Each French language lesson in Paris is tailored to your unique needs and objectives and offered at the time of your convenience to match with the busy schedules. Wish to learn to speak French in Paris with ease and confidence? Contact Caroline at www.frenchcourses-paris.com as she would be glad to help you fulfill your wishes.
Information in DUTCH: Ferry van der Vliet of Paris FvdV is one of the few Dutch web blogs of Paris in The Netherlands. Weekly, Ferry van der Vliet posts novelties, what to see, -to eat, -to drink, -to shop and culture about the beautiful French Capital together with black and white pictures made by the photographer himself. This web blog has been nominated twice for The Golden Blog Awards Paris 2012 and 2013.
Metro: Click here for travel guides within Paris by the RATP.
Museums: The Paris tourist office's website has a list of which museums that have free entry http://en.parisinfo.com.
Restaurant Reviews: Alec Lobrano, author of 'Hungry for Paris', has a great site with reviews of top restaurants in Paris. Be sure to take a look at Alec's Hungry for Paris website for honest and up to date reviews.
Perfume Workshop: Les Ateliers des Parfums CANDORA, perfume creation workshops, are designed to entertain those seeking for a smart and memorable sensorial experience: an innovative way to discover the world of perfumes and Parisian refinement. These Ateliers take place at the newly opened Maison Candora, in French, English or Spanish. For 90 minutes, guests will embark on an imaginative and inspiring journey while creating their personalized fragrance. Each participant will receive a bottle with his/her customized blend which is included in the price of the workshop. They also have workshops for kids if you wanted to do this together as a family. Visit http://candora.fr and be sure to say you are a PerfectlyParis guest!
Smartphone Rental: To get the most of your stay in Paris, we'd recommend booking the INSIDR service on the website www.insidr.paris. INSIDR will deliver a connected smartphone to your apartment upon arrival. Their smartphone is the ultimate digital guide to help you navigate Paris from the main tourist sites to authentic local secret places. We've personally tested the product and highly recommend it! Key advantages are the following:
Thanks to INSIDR, the travel experience outside of your cosy apartment will be exciting and trouble-free! We've also been able to negotiate a special surprise for you if you mention "PerfectlyParis" as the special code when you book the INSIDR service.
Souvenirs Made in France: Because it is hard to find genuine French souvenirs, Bring France Home has selected the finest products for you throughout France that you will be happy to bring back to your friends and family. Visit our store in Paris un the Marais district or buy online safely on www.bringfrancehome.com.
The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide: Award-winning cookbook author, nutritionist, culinary instructor and motivational speaker, Robyn Webb's 18th book and Amazon Top Seller, The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide, puts Paris in the palm of your hand. This handy travel ebook is the first of its kind, with hyperlinked maps of the city, the best streets to rent on in each area, photos of stylish apartments, and a highly selective group of Paris vacation apartment rental agency websites just one click away! We are honoured to have PerfectlyParis featured in this book.
Part Un: answers the why, who, where, and when of apartment hunting in Paris, along with cautionary tales, warnings and the what ifs of apartment rentals: what if I lose my keys, what if the dishwasher breaks, what if no one speaks English! This chapter gives you the skill set to maneuver potential pitfalls and problems and prioritizes steps to eliminate unwanted elements of surprise.
Part Deux: Where should I rent? This chapter captures the vital essence of each of the 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) including Robyn's favorite streets to rent on, local markets, food and other specialty shops.
Part Trois: After months of research, Robyn narrows the search for reliable rental agencies to her top choices based on her very strict criteria for a hassle-free and memorable holiday.
Part Quatre: covers 'Un peu de ceci, un peu de cette,' or a little of this, a little of that; tidbits to make your stay in the City of Lights tres magnifique!Read more about the book here or buy it through Amazon. You can also see a short video on Vimeo of Robyn talking about her guide.
Theatre: Take a step inside a traditional Parisian theatre and spend an evening amongst the locals, at a French play with English surtitles with www.theatreinparis.com! The English translation will be projected above the stage, allowing for perfect understanding. You'll be invited into some of the most beautiful hidden venues in the heart of Paris, to see plays from a variety of genres; enjoy French classics such as 'Cyrano de Bergerac', hit French comedies like Azzopardi's 'Around the World in 80 Days', or stunning musical theatre such as Daguerre's adaptation of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. A dedicated host will meet you at the theatre, introduce you to the play and the venue, and take you up to your specially selected seats in time for curtain up!
Tips & Insights:
Tours, Activities & More:
Context Travel offers in-depth walks of Paris led by historians, architects, writers, sommeliers, and chefs.Both private and small group walks (limited at 6 people) are available on a range of topics including art, history, architecture and gastronomy, helping visitors understand Paris on a deeper level. Context Travel offers clients of PerfectlyParis a special rate on their walks - ask us for more information and be sure to mention PerfectlyParis in your trip notes for your discount.
Le Food Trip: Would you like to discover Paris by tasting it? With their Tasting Passport, Le Food Trip will allow you to discover delicious French food products, meet 12 passionate artisans, and give you great insights about life in Paris. The Tasting Passport gives access to 12 different French food products selected from various food shops in three areas of Paris. It lets you taste delights such as a croissant, wine, cheese, biscuits, foie gras and more. The booklet includes a descriptive page for each product with information, tips and portraits of the artisans so that everyone can learn about French gastronomy! If you are interested in Paris' first tasting passport, have a look on their website: Le Food Trip.
Localers 50+ guided tours. Offers include photo shoots, museum tours, cooking classes, shopping tours and more led by local guides from the City of Light. Take a look below at a few of our favorite tours from their websites www.localers.com/ & www.museums-by-localers.com/:- Paris Photo Shoot - A professional photographer captures your photo across the key 'landmarks' of the city, leaving you with a collection of around 200 high quality digital photos. - Paris WWII Tour - This covers 2 different areas of Paris, revisits the urban battlefields where the fight for Paris played out and features an interesting cast of characters, including the heroes of the Resistance. - Louvre Private Tour - You'll have VIP skip the line access to discover the must-see Masters of the museum as well as any areas that may be of interest such as Ancient Egypt or the apartments of Napoleon III. Our PerfectlyParis guests receive a privileged discount code when booking with Localers so be sure to ask us about this and mention it when booking.
Marie-Theres Berger proposes Museum tours in Paris, Day outings in Versailles and Giverny, and personalised tours like 'Gourmet Tours' and visits to different areas of 'Paris Walking Tours'. Contact her through her site for more information: promenadesaparis.blogspot.com
Navigate Paris are custom Paris tours and experiences offered by Anne Ditmeyer of Pret a Voyager. For her 3-hour "Navigate Paris" offering she'll meet you at your apartment, give you an overview of the city, help you with the metro and getting around, all while exploring a neighborhood or two in Paris and talking culture. She also offers a "Paris Design Tour" and "Amelie's Paris Tour".
ParisByScooter offers guided tours on the latest Vespa scooters to enhance your holiday experience. Like a Parisian, ride on your own Vespa, with your partner or with a guide, and enjoys freedom of movement offered on two wheels. Scooters are delivered to your door. The Paris guided tours are designed to show you the entire city (monuments, Hausmann building, parks, shops...) in one day and let you decide which part of Paris you want to explore in depth. This innovative company has also designed a Versailles tour: from the heart of Paris, reach Versailles by lovely country roads, typical villages of the chic, western Paris and the forest of Versailles. Then, skip the unlimited line and enjoy an exciting, guided tour of the Palace with a professional guide from the museum! They also offer a rental service - optional extras like GPS and wet weather gear.
Sight Seekers Delight has unique and fun tours of the most interesting areas of Paris! Their tours have the perfect balance of important historical facts, juicy and intriguing stories about the city and those who lived here, and comedy to keep you laughing and engaged the entire tour. If you have a special event to celebrate in Paris, be sure to let them know so they can incorporate it into your walk.
Yellow Pages: Click here to find a telephone number in Paris. You can also find photos of many buildings in Paris - just put in an address to search for.
SARL PerfectlyParis, 8 Square de Clignancourt 75018 Paris