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.
EClassTravel Car Service provides transportation to/from the Paris airports and Beauvais and more. They have been working in this industry for many years so have very good knowledge of the city and all drivers speak English. We recommend contacting EClassTravel Car Service should you wish a private driver in Paris.
Make Art In Paris is an art school tailoring visual art classes for Anglophones, primarily 'guests on the move'. Open to beginners as well as experienced creatives, you will learn and/or tweak skills in academic drawing and painting. Whether for an afternoon or a whole weekend, Make Art In Paris is opportunity to discover, explore and even develop a small body of work. Founded by Lara Plowright, French Air & Space Official Painter, she teaches drawing and painting in different settings and contexts in Paris and its surroundings.
Studio Escalier is an independent, private, art school and inter+national arts colony. Designed and directed by artists for artists, it is dedicated to the contemporary classical study of drawing and painting from life. Studio Escalier Paris is located in Montmartre and sits in a quiet, residential section of a quartier world-renowned for its artistic heritage.Admission to their Intensive Courses in drawing and painting in Argenton-Chateau and to their shorter drawing programs and Winter at the Louvre 9-week course in Paris is by online application only, 4 to 6 months before the first day of class.
Authentic Parisian Entertainment - With No Language Barrier: Whether you opt for French theatre with English subtitles, Parisian shows in English, or magical French shows with no dialogue, you are in for a magical, truly Parisian night out with Theatre in Paris. For plays and musicals in French, 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', quintessentially Parisian comedies, or electrifying musical theatre in the most magnificent music halls in Paris. A dedicated English speaking host will greet you at the theatre and guide you to your seats. An English programme is available for most shows, the perfect souvenir.
Use the discount code PERFECTLYPARIS at the checkout on standard ticket prices, to give you the same (or lower) price as the limited offer on the site Theatre in Paris (only a few of those are available each night). What are you waiting for? Curtain up! *Grease the Musical and How to Become Parisian are not included in this discount.
Babysitting, Child Care and Baby Equipment Rental:
Roniece, a native of New Zealand, is your Parisian Mary Poppins with her My Parisian Nanny services. She is an experienced Nanny in Paris and has been offering her services to families for the past two years. If you are looking for someone to care for your children in your apartment, we highly recommend My Parisian Nanny.
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.
Bicycle Tours & Rentals:
Suggestions are available through this link on Heather Stimmler-Hall's site: www.secretsofparis.com/bicycle
The tourist office has a list of bike rental companies and you can read about them 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.
Navigate Paris Online is a unique travel planning experience that gives you the skills, confidence, and know-how to explore, get lost, and make the most of your time in Paris. It covers the nuts and bolts of everything from getting around, to public transportation, ordering at restaurants, where to shop, and so much more. The brain child of Anne Ditmeyer of Pret a Voyager, it's self-paced which means you can go at your own speed and spend as much or as little time as you'd like planning your Paris adventures.
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.
Concierge Services: Karina of Travel Light Paris offers paniers of carefully chosen delicious French food delivered to you on arrival. She also offers orientation tours of your neighbourhood, visits to local markets, personalized itinerary planning and insider tips, plus booking of tickets and activities to help you make the most of your stay in Paris. Like us at PerfectlyParis, Karina also lives in Montmartre so has great knowledge of the area where our apartments are located. http://www.travellightparis.com/
Cooking Classes, Private Chef, Recipes and Wine Tasting:
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.
Girl Meets Glass: Tanisha Townsend, owner of Girl Meets Glass, is a Wine Concierge, Product Influencer and expat in Paris. She creates wine experiences throughout Paris providing expert advice on what to drink at some of the best places in town. Need to go out of town? She can plan a French wine country day trip for you as well. You can find Tanisha on Instagram at @GirlMeetsGlass and learn more about how she can curate the perfect wine experience for you at www.girlmeetsglass.com.
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.
Laura Durand: Take a culinary journey with Chef Laura! A self-proclaimed foodie with over 15 years experience working as a private chef for highly discriminating eaters, Laura has lived and cooked all over the world with extended stays in San Francisco, New York, Miami, New Orleans, Paris and the Cayman Islands. Her insatiable interest and deep knowledge of food and wine is a huge benefit as it allows her to go above and beyond to meet your expectations. In Paris she scrutinizes food blogs & restaurant reviews to keep herself up to date on food trends, seasonal produce, new vendors and local and hard to find items. Armed with a discriminating palate herself, she is committed to creating healthy and delicious food from the freshest and most natural sourced seasonal products. Laura is also able to customize any menu or recipe to accommodate those with allergies or following a restricted diet. You can find more about her here: www.lauradurand.com.
Paris By The Glass:Preston Mohr at Paris By The Glass offers wine tastings and gourmet walking tours in Paris. Contact Preston if you would love to learn more about the most iconic French foods or gain confidence in ordering, tasting and talking about wine! Tours operate as small group (maximum 6 people) or as private tours.
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.
Custom Paris Trip Planning:: Paris Made for You is your go-to resource for a truly personalized and unforgettable Paris experience-without the stress of planning it yourself. Your tailor made, extremely detailed day to day itinerary is designed by Paris insider (and PerfectlyParis long time renter!), Certified International Tour Manager, Robyn Webb, CITM.
One very affordable transparent planning fee covers your interview to gather all your needs, the creation of your itinerary and once approved, all the arrangements. Paris Made for You is full service - we arrange all your transportation, accommodations, dining experiences, your bespoke insider itinerary, and surprises that give added value to your dream trip to Paris. We are with you every step of the way from the moment you land in Paris to when you return home. Robyn's extensive knowledge of the city and long-time Paris connections mean you'll have access to places, events and adventures most travelers will never have. We don't just provide a list of what to do or just make suggestions (anyone can do that).
We truly craft an experience beyond expectations. And quite simply: we know how to make magic happen-every day of your stay. And it's why we say - Just Pack Your Bags, We Do The Rest. Contact Robyn at https://www.parismadeforyou.com!
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.
Luggage Storage: If you have a late departure from Paris, several of the train stations offer a left luggage service. For details, visit the www.ParisInfo.com site's section entitled Left-luggage services in Paris. The website link is the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau so they have a lot of useful information for your stay in Paris. They also have a list of companies that allow you to store your luggage, strollers and more until you can access your flat or need to leave Paris. In addition, some of places are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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.
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.
Hidden Gems With its transportation fleet and its team of highly qualified tour guides, Hidden Gems looks forward to welcoming you to Paris. They provide you with the experience of living and feeling the atmosphere of the French Monarchy with its key characters (Kings, Queens, Mistresses...) from Paris to Versailles and its countryside. Hidden Gems designs customized historical, guided tours as well as fun activities and tours that will explain the importance of this period on our own lives today. They are listed as the number one activity in Versailles - check out their reviews on Trip Advisor.
Le Food Trip: Would you like to discover Paris by tasting it? With their Food 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 Food Passport gives access from 6 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.
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
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.
Vegetarian Paris: Aurelia d'Andrea is the author of several guidebooks, including Living Abroad in Paris and Living Abroad in France (Moon Guides), as well as Vegetarian Paris (Vegetarian Guides), a plant-based guide to the City of Light featuring a special cameo by Perfectly Paris! When she's not writing guidebooks, Aurelia hosts vegan tours of Paris and other parts of France with Vegan Epicure Travel.
YogaFlower.Paris proposes private yoga sessions in your hotel, appartement or in an equipped Iyengar yoga studio nestled on a side street in the heart of Montmartre. Whether it is just to get the kinks out of your long-haul flight or to discover/maintain your practice while in Paris, Christine Flowers offers one hour sessions tailored to what needs her client has in alignment, muscle & core strengthening, restorative and relaxation. The sessions are exhilarating and challenging yet achievable and enjoyable ! For more details check out the website: https://yogaflowerparis.com
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, 192 rue Championnet 75018 Paris