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Bonjour and welcome to Paris, the city where elegance and edginess meet in a delightful dance along the Seine.

Imagine a place where every street, every alley, boasts its own story of love, artistry, and revolution.

With Wingman, you dive deeper than the typical tourist path. Our audio tours are your personal pass to the heart of Paris, packed with insider tips that reveal the soul of the city.

From whispered secrets behind the stones of Notre Dame to the hidden nooks of Montmartre where artists find their muse, Wingman is your key to unlocking the true Paris.

Ready to wander where the WiFi is weak but the culture is rich? Let’s discover the City of Light together, beyond the postcard views.

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Paris Trivia - Did You Know?

Did you know that Paris was originally a Roman city called Lutetia? Over the centuries, it transformed from a modest settlement into the City of Lights, now home to over 2 million residents and some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Top 3 wingman tours in paris

From the lavish lanes of fashion districts to the historic echoes of the Latin Quarter, our curated tours offer unparalleled insights into Paris’s iconic landscapes.

Whether you’re a fashion aficionado, a history enthusiast, or a photography lover, Wingman’s personalized audio tours are designed to transform your Parisian adventure into a series of unforgettable moments.

Runway to Rue – Paris Fashion District Exploration

Step into the high heels of a fashion guru and strut through the heart of Parisian fashion on our “Runway to Rue” tour.

From the hallowed halls of haute couture where Dior and Chanel redefined elegance, to the secret corners where tomorrow’s fashion stars are created, this tour is a must for anyone who believes style is serious business.

Discover where the fashion elite shop and learn how to score haute couture without the haute price tag!

From Shakespeare & Co. to the Sorbonne: Treasures of the Latin Quarters

Immerse yourself in the intellectual heartbeat of Paris with our tour of the Latin Quarter.

Named for the scholars who conversed in Latin here, this district pulses with academic history and bohemian charm.

Uncover the secret alleys and courtyards where history was written, explore iconic spots like the venerable Sorbonne University, and lose yourself in the famous book-lined walls of Shakespeare & Co.

Lens on Paris: Frames of Beauty

Capture the essence of Parisian splendor as you embark on a picturesque journey along the Right Bank.

Our “Lens on Paris” tour guides you from the artistic alleys near Palais de Tokyo to the chic stretches of the Champs Elysées. Snap the perfect shot of the Eiffel Tower and indulge in the decadent sweets of Pierre Hermé.

This tour isn’t just a walk; it’s a path through the heart of Parisian beauty, packed with insider tips to elevate your experience.

tourist traps to avoid

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We know your vacation time is precious, and nothing grinds gears like falling into a tourist trap. So, buckle up as Wingman navigates you away from the “tourist tax” and guides you through a trap-free travel experience with the following slide show…

Paris Without the Pitfalls: Navigating Tourist Traps

Paris dazzles, but not every sparkle is gold! Here at Wingman, we’re your insider guide to dodging the common tourist traps that might dull your Parisian shine. Don’t get caught paying premium prices for a view you can see for free! We’ll show you how to enjoy the Eiffel Tower without the expensive café next door.

Swap Pricey for Priceless

Forget about shelling out euros at swanky boutiques where tourists tread. We’ll direct you to vibrant local markets like Marché Bastille or Marché des Enfants Rouges, where the real Paris pulses and your dollar stretches further. Get your fashion fix, savor artisan foods, and pick up unique souvenirs without the designer price tags.

Skip the Lines, Not the Experience

Long lines at Louvre? We know the timing tricks and quieter entries to enjoy the Mona Lisa’s smile without the crowd frown. Plus, we’ll spill on the lesser-known museums where the art is just as mesmerizing but the crowds are minimal.

Real Meals, Not Tourist Deals

Ditch the tourist menus! Wingman clues you into the bistros where locals linger over a glass of wine and plates of authentic French cuisine—quality and ambiance without the inflated prices.

hidden gems of paris

 

Dive into the lesser-known Paris, where secret gardens whisper stories of the past and hidden cafes brew the richest of French traditions. With Wingman, you’re not just visiting; you’re uncovering the soul of Paris beyond the glossy pages of guidebooks.

The Secret Gardens of Palais Royal

Escape the city’s frenzy and wander into the serene Jardin du Palais Royal. Nestled behind its classical architecture, these gardens are a sanctuary of peace, where you can enjoy quiet contemplation or a leisurely walk among meticulously kept flowerbeds.
Insider tip: Access this hidden gem through the unassuming passage at Rue de Montpensier and discover a favorite retreat of Parisian locals. Coordinates: 48.8656° N, 2.3374° E

Le Pure Café: A Local Favorite

Immerse yourself in authentic Parisian café culture at Le Pure Café, located in the less touristy 11th arrondissement. This quaint café offers a warm, inviting atmosphere ideal for enjoying a classic French coffee and pastries.
Insider tip: Visit in the evening to catch enchanting live jazz sessions that capture the soul of historic Parisian nightlife. Coordinates: 48.8574° N, 2.3795° E

Musée de la Vie Romantique: Paris’ Romantic Past

Step off the beaten path and into the Musée de la Vie Romantique at the base of Montmartre. This charming museum, set in an old Parisian house, reveals insights into the romantic lives of 19th-century artists and intellectuals.
Insider tip: After exploring, relax in the museum’s hidden garden tearoom, a perfect spot for a tranquil afternoon. Coordinates: 48.8847° N, 2.3339° E

Stroll Through Passage des Panoramas

Delve into the historical Passage des Panoramas, one of Paris’ oldest covered arcades. Lined with antique shops, bookstores, and vintage postcard stands, it offers a picturesque and tranquil alternative to the city’s bustling streets.
Insider tip: Ideal for a rainy day exploration, this passage provides sheltered beauty and unique shopping opportunities away from the crowds. Coordinates: 48.8718° N, 2.3422° E

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culinary delights of paris

From iconic street food to hidden gourmet gems, Berlin’s diverse culinary landscape is ready to surprise your palate.

With Wingman, your next meal is not just another bite but a delicious plunge into the depths of Berlin’s vibrant food culture.

Bistro Bonanza: Affordable French Dining

Experience the charm of Parisian bistros without breaking the bank. Venture to Le Petit Châtelet near Notre Dame, where traditional French dishes are served with views as stunning as the food. Here, you can indulge in classics like boeuf bourguignon and escargot without the haute cuisine price tag.

Insider tip: Reserve a table in the evening to enjoy your meal with a view of the illuminated cathedral.

Coordinates: 48.8530° N, 2.3449° E

Patisserie Paradise: Beyond the Tourist Path

For the finest croissants and pastries, skip the famous spots swamped with tourists and head to Boulangerie Poilâne in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. This iconic bakery offers a delightful array of baked goods that locals swear by, from flaky, buttery croissants to the rich, apple-laden tarte tatin.

Insider tip: Visit in the morning when the pastries are freshest and enjoy the aroma of freshly baked bread that fills the air. Coordinates: 48.8516° N, 2.3324° E

Cheese and Wine Secrets of Paris

Delve into the world of French cheese and wine at La Vache dans les Vignes in the 10th arrondissement, where the selection is vast and the advice from sommeliers is invaluable. Discover the perfect pairing of cheese and wine that will elevate your Paris experience to new gastronomic heights.

Insider tip: Ask for a tasting session to explore a range of flavors and find your new favorite cheese and wine combo.

Coordinates: 48.8738° N, 2.3638° E

cultural insights of paris

This Cultural Insights section of Wingman’s Paris guide invites you to delve into the city’s artistic soul.

From annual festivals that light up the streets to cozy corners where the literary world comes alive, immerse yourself in experiences that connect you deeply with the essence of Parisian life.

Vibrant Festivals & Live Performances

Discover the rhythm of Paris at Fête de la Musique, a city-wide music festival held every June. Streets, parks, and plazas transform into live concert venues featuring everything from classical music to contemporary beats.

Insider tip: Check out the performances at Place de la République for a mix of genres and vibrant crowd energy. Coordinates: 48.8679° N, 2.3634° E

Theater Nights: A Slice of Parisian Sophistication

Experience Paris’ renowned theater scene at Théâtre de la Ville, where you can enjoy everything from avant-garde plays to classical French dramas.

Insider tip: Book tickets in advance for English-subtitled performances, which offer a chance for non-French speakers to appreciate local productions fully. Coordinates: 48.8576° N, 2.3515° E

Historic Libraries and Literary Havens

Step into the quietude of Shakespeare and Company, Paris’ most famous English-language bookstore, nestled by the Seine opposite Notre-Dame. This iconic shop is a haven for literature lovers, with its quaint reading rooms and historic charm.

Insider tip: Attend one of their evening readings to catch authors discussing their works in an intimate setting. Coordinates: 48.8526° N, 2.3472° E

Drone view of a modern sports stadium in Paris PSG

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user testimonials

These aren’t just reviews; they’re passports to your next great adventure.

The Runway to Rue tour was a fashion lover’s dream! Felt like a VIP discovering all those chic spots.

Sam from USA

Treasures of the Latin Quarter opened my eyes to a whole new Paris. It’s a deep dive into history and charm!

Liam from Ireland

Lens on Paris is a must! Capturing the city’s beauty through my lens was unforgettable, thanks to Wingman.

Ayesha from UAE

paris top sights

Eiffel Tower

Well-known Fact: Originally built as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower has become a global symbol of France and one of the most recognized structures in the world. Visitors can ascend to its top floors for sweeping views of Paris.

Louvre Museum

Well-known Fact: The Louvre is not only Paris’ historic royal palace but also the world’s largest and most visited art museum. It houses thousands of works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, within its iconic glass pyramid and surrounding galleries.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Well-known Fact: Situated on the Île de la Cité, Notre-Dame Cathedral is an exemplary piece of French Gothic architecture, famed for its intricate facade, stained glass windows, and sculptured gargoyles. Despite being damaged by fire in 2019, it remains a beloved landmark.

Montmartre

Well-known Fact: Montmartre is known for its artistic history and the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. This charming neighborhood offers narrow, winding streets that have been trodden by artists like Picasso and Van Gogh, and provides some of the best views of Paris from its summit.

Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe

Well-known Fact: The Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world, known for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, leading up to the Arc de Triomphe, which honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

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