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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

Except for upper class restaurants serving only fixed multi-course menus, I have never (neither in France nor anywhere else) experienced a restaurant, where you could not order only a part of what is ...
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Why does Paris have two large train stations next to each other? (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est)

The Gare du Nord was originally the Paris terminus of the Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord (see Wikipedia). The Gare de l'Est was originally the Paris terminus of the Compagnie du Chemin de Fer ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

You're overthinking it. We're french, weird but not that much. Just walk in any restaurant, order anything you'd like, would it be just appetizers or a dessert, pay your bill and walk out. I would be ...
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"5 = 1€" for souvenirs in Paris, why do they write the price this way?

They write it this way to create confusion. This attracts more potential customers to engage with the seller, since people conclude that the price is lower than it actually is. This technique is a ...
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Boiling tap water in Paris

Paris water is very hard, which means that there is a lot of particles and mineral content in the water What you see is a buildup of minerals and limescale, this is destined to happen when you boil ...
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On landing in Paris, from India, which side of the plane to sit to see Eiffel tower?

The three major airports of Paris with commercial flights are Paris Charles de Gaulle-Roissy (CDG), Paris Orly (ORY), and Paris Beauvais (BVA). Since longhaul flights to Canada only originate from CDG ...
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What is the cheapest way of travelling between London and Paris by public transportation?

If you are not time sensitive, then Eurostar Snap is an option. You pick a day and either morning or afternoon and then get told the train time the day before. (It lets them fill empty seats.) There ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

France has something called "Le Goûter", which is their version of Afternoon tea. The French generally eat late in the evening, after 8 PM, so there is a habit of having something sweet in the ...
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What is this design/advert featuring cupcakes on French railway trying to say?

This is an advertisement for the Adopte un Mec dating app/website. The site is also known abroad by the different translations of its meaning "Adopt a Guy". Their logo features the cart.
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Botanical gardens in or close to Paris, France

The big one is Jardin des Plantes: Ancient Royal Garden, this place has developed during the centuries and contains now the gardens itself, the Museum of Natural History and the Menagerie. At the ...
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What is the most dangerous area of Paris (or its suburbs) according to police statistics?

I can help with places that are horribly dangerous, but it's a matter of opinion as to what is the most dangerous. Earlier this year I was part of a mission sent by the JCWI to assist refugees. We ...
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Which Paris metro station to alight for CDG international airport?

The Charles de Gaulle airport (which locals call “Roissy”) is large. It has three terminals and two suburban train (RER) stations. As the signs in the trains tell you, as well as the automated ...
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What are the peak hours for public transportation in Paris?

The short answer is that it doesn't matter. It won't make a noticeable difference to your travel time. Public transport is not like driving where rush hour traffic moves at a snail's pace. Buses can ...
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Why does Paris have two large train stations next to each other? (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est)

The simple answer is that the reasons are exactly the same as in London, where, in the Victorian age, different parts of the railway network were built and owned by different private companies. In ...
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"5 = 1€" for souvenirs in Paris, why do they write the price this way?

There are many ways you can write prices with the euro sign, all traditions out of all euro countries are acceptable. The one in the picture seems to indicate a writer who is not familiar with the € ...
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Is it possible to stay overnight in Paris for a flight in London?

Of course it's possible. Depending on which day of the week you're traveling, the last feasible departure from Paris may be the 13:13, which arrives in London at 14:39, giving you more than two hours ...
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What do these train codes on Paris RER B (airports subway line) mean?

These train codes are called mission codes. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligne_B_du_RER_d%27%C3%8Ele-de-France, via Gtranslate First letter (train destination): The first letter provides information ...
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Do Paris authorities do plain-clothes ID checks on the subways?

saw a couple of guys doing ID checks. Not uniformed, maybe a colored arm band Usually, this is not an ID check. Except in a specific case The Paris transport system has, like most, enforcement agents ...
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How can I know (without going to the station) if RATP is offering the Anti Pollution tickets?

It actually not offered by RATP but by the Paris Region transport authority, Ile-de-France Mobilités, and is available from the participating transport companies, including RATP and SNCF. When that ...
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Can we cover both Disneyland parks in Paris in one day?

No. Not if you're the least bit serious about it (sure, you can run through). I did Euro Disneyland shortly after it was opened (there was only one park at that time, and it was about half the size) ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

Once in Lille, France, we went only for desert, since it was not dinner time yet, and we were on holiday, to a restaurant that was fancy enough to have a table d'hote menu, but not fancy enough to not ...
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Can you identify this restaurant at this address in 2011?

Using Google Street View on the address at 123 avenue des Champs-Elysées and going back to 2011 tells us this was Chez Clément. A number of other locations alluded to in the Wikipedia page match the ...
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London-Paris, Time Critical Agenda for the Louvre and Rodin Museum

1. Go on a Wednesday I would try to do this on a Wednesday, since this is the day in which both the Rodin Museum and the Louvre are open late. The former closes at 20h45, the latter at 21h45. This is ...
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Is paying for a bus in Paris by cash or card possible in 2022?

Parisian local here Since the start of the COVID pandemic you can't buy tickets from the driver anymore (all have their separation shield out and ticket sales are not possible even though that's still ...
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Do Paris authorities do plain-clothes ID checks on the subways?

Here is how the RATP enforcement agents typically look (source: https://youtu.be/VE2Xe9lhn8Y?t=13) when checking to passenger tickets in the metro: They'll form a wall that one typically (<5%) ...
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How dangerous is it near Chateau Rouge?

A few things to consider: Broadly speaking, the whole north-east of Paris is very dense, poorer and more diverse than the south and the west and that's enough to make people feel unsafe or give it a ...
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On landing in Paris, from India, which side of the plane to sit to see Eiffel tower?

When the wind is from the west, the runways at CDG operate in the east-to-west direction. This is the most common direction. On arrival there will be no chance to see the Eiffel Tower. Arriving ...
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Can we cover both Disneyland parks in Paris in one day?

It depends very much on your attitude and how thorough you need to be. Yes, you can decently cover both parks on lower crowd days provided you're willing to forgo some attractions if necessary. Be ...
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French bookshops in Paris

I disagree with some of the other answers. There are still a lot of incredible, nice libraries and bookshops, with passionate and expert people. Fnac and Gibert are not so great to visit, but why not. ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

I suggest looking at the Brasseries (Bonfinger, Julien, La Coupole ... ). They will all have Crème Brulée. As Nate wrote, just go in and tell them you are there for desert only (desert, coffee, ...
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