Critical Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. Photo by Chris Karidis on Unsplash

As the crown jewel of France, Paris is a must-see location for anyone visiting this European hotspot. Still, there are certain things in Paris that confuse even French locals from other regions. Here are some critical mistakes to avoid if Paris is on your travel agenda.

Remember Your Manners

In Paris, it is customary to say “Bonjour” the moment you enter a store. You also need to maintain eye contact. Also, when you receive help, never forget to thank people with a courteous “Merci” as Parisians happen to greet and show thanks more often than many other cultures.

Make a Reservation

Eating out is one of the most popular Parisian pastimes. For this reason, it’s a good idea to book a table at the restaurant you want to visit. This is especially important at reputable establishments as these often get booked up well in advance. Also, many restaurants in Paris are smaller than their American counterparts, meaning they get booked up faster.

Don’t Touch Without Asking

If you’re grocery shopping or find yourself in any other store, make sure to ask for permission to pick up an item or even simply touch it. The same rule applies at flea markets, where many items are fragile. You’ll soon discover just how popular the phrase ne touchez pas! truly is.