As in any large city, be aware of situations where pickpockets may be a problem, especially in crowded places like some of the major Metro stations. In general, Paris is a very safe city.
Eating in Paris:
Unless you want to eat surrounded by tourists, do not expect to eat dinner in France before 8pm at the earliest. Many restaurants do not even open before 7:30. If you want to eat early, a café is your best bet. They are also the best choice if you want to have lunch within the time allowed.
In a café, if you only want a coffee, drink and/or a light meal (e.g. sandwich), be sure to sit at a bare table or one with paper placemats. If you sit at a table with a cloth and more formal place settings, you will be expected to order a full meal.
A café is a great place to watch Parisian life go by. Order a coffee, beer (“pression” = draft) or wine and relax. The house wine in cafés is called “vin de la maison”, or “vin du patron” (literally, the owner’s wine). In a café, this is usually sold in 0.5 (“demi”) or 0.25 (“quart”) liter jugs, called “pichets” (pronounced pee-shay). Similarly, draft beer (see “pression” above) comes in the same sizes.
In almost all cases, the tip or service charge, is included in your bill in cafés and restaurants in France. In rare cases (or with large groups) you may see “service non compris” (service not included) on your bill. In this case, use the same guidelines as you would at home. Even when the tip is included in the bill, it is customary to leave a small amount of change as a bonus to your waiter if you have been well served.
A French menu is called “la carte”. Almost all restaurants offer you 2 options. You can order off the menu (“à la carte”), but you should always look at the front or back for “le menu”, the daily fixed-price offerings. For much less money you will get several choices for each course: an appetizer (called the entrée) main course (“le plat”) and a dessert or cheese. Sometimes wine is even included “boisson comprise”. The menu of the day is sure to include the specialties of the chef and to be made with the freshest ingredients.
Menus must be posted outside all restaurants, and many include rough English translations, so it is possible to check it out before you make a commitment and enter the place! See the following list for some personal favorites.
For a list of restaurants near UNESCO : list of restaurants .pdf
You may find cybercafés at the following nearby addresses. It is advisable to call to make sure they are still in operation as this list is a year old and these businesses tend to be ephemeral
173 rue de Vaugirard
Tel: 01 45 67 71 14. Open 10:30am 8:00pm 6 days a week
199 Rue de Vaugirard
Tel: 01 44 49 02 03. 24/7 closed Sunday 10:00-12:00
83-85 rue de Javel
Tel : 01 56 77 14 00
32 rue des Volontaires
Tel: 01 53 69 10 60
215 rue de Vaugirard
Tel 01 40 56 06 27
43 rue Dutot
Tel 01 45 66 55 00
Tourism in Paris:
Paris is a city with something new to offer around every corner: monuments, architecture, historic avenues, parks and gardens... Treat yourselves to an excursion, travel the length and breadth of the capital by coach, minibus, tourist train or boat, on a bicycle, on skates or even… from the air.