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Paris: Where the Sidewalk Begins

Depending on where you are, walking or biking is the best way to see Paris. If you’re lodging in an outer arrondissement, take a bike into the city center. Velib stations, Paris’s public bike racks, are everywhere. If you’re already in the city center, do most of your traveling on foot. Sidewalks in Paris have a life of their own. They are not just for walking, they are for living. People eat, meet, talk, sweep, sell, barter on the sidewalks. Let them be your guide. Find an outdoor terrace and just watch. Sip. Nibble a croissant. But don’t go to any five-star restaurants. In Paris, the best things are the simplest.