frequently asked questions
What languages will be spoken and will translation be provided?
The conference will be in English and French. Translation will be provided and is included in the registration price.
Is there on-site parking?
No, there is no parking available at the venue. You can find parking on the street - but please be aware that public parking in Paris is particularly expensive.
Where can I find accommodation?
Accommodation is the responsibility of each attendee. We suggest looking at airbnb.com for the best value accomodation in Paris.
We do not have on-site accommodation available.
Where can I get a good coffee in Paris?
We recommend the following cafés:
Café Bienvenue (this is owned by a member of La cité)
4 rue du Bourg l'Abbé, 75003 Paris
Métro: Arts et Métiers (Line 3 or 11) or Etienne Marcel (Line 4)
Neighbours (this is owned by a member of La cité)
89 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
Métro: Chemin Vert
Honor (this is owned by a member of La cité)
54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Angélina (famous for hot chocolate)
226 rue de Rivoli, 75001
5 rue Villedo, 75001
Le Café Suédois
11 rue Payenne, 75003
Métro: Saint Paul
La Petite Maison dans la Cour
9 rue Saint Paul, 75004
2 place de la Contrescarpe, 75005
Métro: Censier-Daubenton ou Place Monge
53 avenue Trudaine, 75009
24 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Métro: Jacques Bonsergent
Le Petit Gorille
46 rue de Cronstadt, 75015
Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016Métro: Trocadéro
Where can I eat in Paris that’s good value for money?
We recommend the following restaurants:
Le Café du Commerce
51 rue du Commerce, 75015
Métro: Avenue Emile Zola
Restaurant La Fontaine
20 rue Cuvier, 75005
Métro: Censier Daubenton ou Place Monge
54 rue de Seine, 75006
Métro: Mabillon, Odéon, ou St Germain des Prés
Auberge Pyrénées Cévennes
106 rue de la Folie Mericourt, 75011
22 rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare, 75003
Au Petit Riche
25 rue Le Peletier, 75009Métro: Richelieu Drouot
Where can I find the best baguette in Paris?
Where can I find the best French pastries?
Paris’ top spots for pastries:
72 rue Bonaparte, 75006
Métro: Saint Sulpice
16 rue Royale, 75008
40 rue de la Roquette, 75011
But you can find delicious French delicacies in Boulangeries and Pâtisseries all over Paris!
What should I watch out for while I am in Paris?
Here are some of the most common tourist scams practiced in Paris:
Fake Metro Tickets:
Do not accept help purchasing a travel ticket from a machine from anyone other than an official SNCP/RATP employee.
The Gold Ring:
A person will come over to you asking if you dropped a ring. When you say no, they will ask you to take it to a police station and hand it in. Then they will ask you for compensation for being honest and turning in the ring (which is, of course, fake).
Often people will come up to you claiming to be deaf and/or mute and will ask you to sign a petition for their association. They will then pressure you to give them money.
Distractions:Be careful of people approaching you and asking if you speak English. Other people may be hiding nearby, and whilst you are distracted may try to steal from you (this applies to both adults and children).
What are the emergency phone numbers in France?
SAMU (Emergency medical service) - 15
Police - 17
Fire Department - 18
SOS Doctors - 01.47.07.77.77
SOS Pharmacy - 01.45.00.35.00
SOS Dentists - 01.43.37.51.00
SOS Help - 01.46.21.46.46
Pharmacy Dhéry (24H) - 01.42.25.49.95
SOS Breakdown - 01.47.07.99.99
Where can I find free Wi-Fi?
In general, most cafés and restaurants have free Wi-Fi. Just ask the waiter/waitress!
Close to the conference venue, you can find free Wi-Fi at the Mcdonald’s opposite Corentin Celton métro station.
What do you recommend doing while in Paris?
Here are our top things to do while in Paris..
Walk around Le Marais, the Jewish quarter. It is closed on Saturday, but open on Sunday and can be accessed from either the Saint-Paul or Bastille métro stations. Don’t miss the Place des Vosges!
Walk through some of the beautiful gardens & parks. Some of our favorites are the Jardin du Luxembourg, Buttes Chaumont, Bois de Vincennes, Jardin Japonais (UNESCO), Bois de Boulogne and Jardin des Tuileries.
Listen to jazz at Duc des Lombards or Caveau Des Oubliettes in the evening.
Enjoy the view of Paris from the top of the Printemps building (there is a restaurant there but you can see the view for free). The Printemps building is next to Galaries Lafayette (Metro: Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette – line 9).
To relax from all the walking, take a seat in the Square du Vert-Galant, on the tip of the Ile de la Cité, and watch the Bateaux Mouches go by. From the Pont Neuf, go to the equestrian statue of Henry IV and walk down the stairs behind him to get to the square.
Visit a neighbourhood market (marché) to sample all kinds of local and international foods. Some good ones to visit are the Marché des Enfants Rouge, Bastille, Saxe-Breteuil Market, Rue Montorgueuil and Rue Mouffetard. Be sure to check the opening days and times of each market, as they vary.
Visit on of Paris’ museums, such as the Musée du quai Branly, Museé du Louvre, Museé du Petit Palais (for free), Musée Carnavalet and Musée Pompidou. There are some great museums to visit with children, such as Musée d’histoire naturelle, La Musée de l’évolution and Jardin d’Acclimatation (Bois de Boulogne).
Go up the Eiffel Tower either by taking the stairs, which is the cheapest option, or by taking the lift. Visit www.toureiffel.paris/en for more details.
Go to Montmarte (Place du Tertre). This area is well worth visiting to see the line of artists’ easels set up right in front of the restaurant terraces.
How can I save money while in Paris?
Here are our top tips for saving money while in Paris:
Drink tap water:
It is safe to drink the tap water in Paris. Ordering bottled water (l'eau minerale") in restaurants/cafés can be quite an expense. You can save 4-7€ during meals by ordering "une carafe de l’eau, s’il vous plait". The waiter will bring you a carafe of tap water. Look around, this is what the Parisians do! Unless you specify a carafe of water, you will be given and charged for bottled water at most restaurants.
Drink Wine, Not Soda:
In Paris, Coca-Cola is priced like an expensive import. Expect to pay around 5€ for a Coke, compared to 4€ for a glass of wine! If you still can't break your Coca-Cola addiction, buy it at a local grocery store.
Make lunch your largest meal of the day:
Save money by filling up at lunch, then eating a light dinner. You can get a great three-course meal (entrée, main and dessert) for under 15€, with tax and tip included. By law, all restaurants must post their menu outside the front of the restaurant, so it is easy to “window shop” for a meal that will tempt your taste buds. For fine dining, eating lunch instead of dinner makes even more sense. Consider the famous Parisian restaurant Le Grand Véfour, a Michelin-starred restaurant where fine dining has been elevated to an art form. The setting is intimate and luxurious.; the food is out of this world. Dinner is à la carte and costs over 200€ per person. The fixed price lunch option is a bargain for 78€, though you'll miss out on the candle-lit ambiance at lunchtime. If you've dreamed of eating at a "great French Restaurant" and can't stomach the cost of a dinner, reserving for lunch can be a good compromise.
Do you have any tips for visiting Paris’ main attractions?
Enter the Louvre Underground via the Louvre Carrousel Shops:
There are often large lines to enter the Louvre through the main outdoor entrance. Instead, enter through the Louvre Carrousel, a small underground shopping center, complete with a food court, adjoining the museum. The street entrance is on the rue de Rivoli; look for signs for the Louvre Carrousel shops. Or, from inside the metro, take line 1 to the Palais Royal Musée du Louvre and follow the signs to the Louvre Carrousel/Musée (this is a winding walk through the station but just follow the signs). Window shop through the mall and enter the Louvre opposite the inverted pyramid made famous by Dan Brown in The DaVinci Code.
Go to the Museums at Night:
After the shops are closed and before dinner begins, visit The Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay. The Louvre is open until 9:00pm on Wednesdays, the d’Orsay until 9:00pm on Thursday. Take advantage of the extra opening hours with the added bonus of avoiding the crowds.
Visit the Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro métro stop (instead of Bir-Hakeim):
Most tourist guidebooks advise getting to the Eiffel Tower via the Bir-Hakeim metro stop. Technically, this is the closest stop, but exit at the
Trocadéro station directly across the Seine instead. Walk across the grounds of the Palais de Chaillot and marvel at the view of the Eiffel Tower framed by reflecting pools and dancing fountains. Then cross the Seine on the Pont d'Iena to go and see the Eiffel Tower up close.
Take a walking tour:The best way to see Paris is on foot, and there is no better way than with an experienced tour guide. Sandemans New Europe offers a free 3.5 hour walking tour through the heart of historical Paris highlighting the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Tuileries Gardens and the Eiffel Tower. The tour is free, but the tour guides live off of tips, so a gratuity is expected. The tour meets several times a day in front of the fountain at Place Saint-Michel in the Latin Quarter. To get there, take métro Line 4 to Saint-Michel and exit the station using the exit "Fontaine Saint-Michel". Look for the guides wearing the red New Paris Badges. Don’t forget to reserve your spot in advance on their website : http://www.neweuropetours.eu/paris/en/home
How do I get to Paris from Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport?
Taxi fare from CDG to Paris is around 60€, depending on the distance & traffic conditions. Taxi stands are located outside the terminal exits, (most often at exit/”sortie” number 7). Allow one hour travel time. Do not accept a taxi from anyone that approaches you as you come through customs.
The Roissybus runs between Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport to/from the corner of rue Scribe & rue Auber near the Opéra in central Paris. They operate between 5.15am and 12.30am to the airport, and between 6am and 12.30am from the airport. The buses leave every 15/20 minutes. The fare is 12,50€, payable on board. Travel time is around 1 hour 15 minutes.
RER Line B leaves every 10 minutes from CDG2. The fare is 10,30€ and the travel time to Gare du Nord is 35 minutes. From baggage claim, follow the signs “To Paris by train RER”. You will need to buy a ticket at a green machine before going to the platform. These machines have different language options and accept coins or bankcards with a chip; otherwise you can queue to buy a ticket from a kiosk. Do not accept help purchasing your ticket from anyone other than an airport employee.
Shared shuttle services cost 32€ for one person, 21€ each for two people, 19.50€ each for three people etc. This shuttle collects you from the airport (along with other people arriving at the same time) and takes you to your hotel/address in Paris Centre. This mode of transport needs to be ordered and prepaid ahead of your flight. When you arrive at baggage claim you can call a toll free number from a payphone in the baggage claim hall to confirm at which exit your shuttle is waiting for you. Visit the website for details: www.parishuttle.com.
How do I get to Paris from Orly Airport?
Taxi fare from Orly is 35-50€ depending on the destination & traffic conditions. Allow for at least 30 minutes travel time.
The OrlyBus leaves every 12 minutes from 5 am to 12:30 am and takes you to/from Place Denfert Rochereau. The fare is 8.70€, payable on board, or by purchasing a ticket at any metro ticket machines. Allow for at least 25 to 30 minutes travel time.
The Orlyval goes to Antony RER station every 4-8 minutes from 06h to 23h daily. From there, you can take RER Line B into Paris or to connect to a metro line. The travel time to Châtelet is approximately 30 minutes.
RER Line C is linked to Orly by shuttle bus “Paris par le train” from station Pont de Rungis, from 05h45 to 23h10, with trains every 15 minutes until 21h, then every 30 minutes. The time to Gare d'Austerlitz is approximately 35 minutes.
Shared shuttle services Visit www.parishuttle.com for more details.
What number can I call for a taxi?
For G7 taxis, call 01 41 27 66 99 (to order in English)For Alpha taxis, call 01 45 85 85 85
How do I get around Paris by bus or métro?
Plan your route in advance: The RATP website (www.ratp.fr) has an interactive map that will tell you the quickest way to get to your destination. Be aware that certain metro and/or bus lines might be out of service, so it is always good to verify your route on the day of travel.
The same tickets are used for metros and buses. It is best to buy a ‘carnet’, a pack of 10 tickets, which costs 14,90€ for adults. Single tickets can be purchased at 1,90€ each.