Where Paris Locals Hang Out!

05/17/2013 12:30 pm ET | Updated Jul 17, 2013
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You've seen the sights and done the highlights (excuse the rhyming). But how about some lesser known sights that, according to Paris locals, are highlights too? Other things that Parisians maybe encounter daily on their commutes through the city? One such area is the Rue Chanoinesse area. According to Frédéric, this area is not well known to tourists, but the medieval character of this area shows the history of Paris really well.

If you're done with history and just want to put your feet up somewhere, stop by at one of the gardens (like Tuleries) and gracefully recline in one of the reclining chairs. Another really 'Parisian' relaxing spot is Place des Vosges.

Now some of you might be in the mood for some culture of a different variety, like a flea market maybe, or a photography expose at Fondation Cartier-Bresson?

And at some point, all of you will be hungry or thirsty. But instead of following hordes of tourists, pick from the up-to-date recommendations by locals. Great falafel, but not in the well known, touristy Marais? Frédéric takes his on the Left Bank at Maoz. If you're liking the idea of staying away from croissants and baguettes for a little while, you might also enjoy the Lebanese deliciousness at Kaza Maza.

Is it time for that drink yet? A great local watering hole is Au RDV des Amis, with a happy hour from 20:00 - 22:00 and an exclusively French crowd. If the sun's out, settle down at Chez Lili et Marcel's big terrace for a drink, or even stay for dinner. Local Pierre does say it might not be that exclusive, but for a typical French bistrot it's delicious and not that expensive. If it's just a drink you're after, local Tamara recommends Lou Pascalou, a bar well frequented by Parisians and their friends!

Check out the slideshow below, and visit Spotted by Locals Paris for more tips, a look at the iPhone & Android app, or the PDF guide that will keep you up to date anywhere!

Some Paris locals' favorites!