Get to Know Showaround Locals in Paris: Meet Alexandria

Get to Know Showaround Locals in Paris: Meet Alexandria

Background: Alexandria has been living in Paris for almost 6 months, where she’s working as an English teacher. The Showaround local fell in love with the city when she visited it for the very first time at just 8 years of age. Afterwards, Alexandria frequented Paris before finally moving there. She also runs a travel blog on the side called The Traveling Beerista, which highlights her travel adventures and passion for beer.

the skyline of Paris

Showaround: Why did you decide to become a Showaround Local?
Alexandria: I decided to be a Showaround local because I love Paris, I think it's the most beautiful city in the world! This is why I chose to move to Paris. I also used to be a tour guide when I lived in Germany and missed showing people around, so this app was perfect to allow me to continue to show tourists around in my free time.

Showaround: Name three super local things to do in the city?
Alexandria: 1. Going to the Galeries Lafayette rooftop for a free amazing view of the city.
2. Having a picnic along the Seine.
3. Going to basically any other museum other than the Louvre. Really only tourists go there now. My personal favorite is Musée Pompidou, it's the largest modern art museum in Europe and has some cool exhibits. Musée D'Orsay is also really good for impressionist art and features quite a bit of Monet's work.

Musée D'Orsay

Showaround: Favourite restaurant?
Alexandria: Les fondus de la Raclette, this is an awesome raclette restaurant where you get to melt the cheese and cook the meat yourself. It's a great way to experience authentic French food for those not too keen to try snails or frogs’ legs.

food at Les fondus de la Raclette in Paris

Showaround: Best place for a drink?
Alexandria: Lavomatic! Located in the hipster area of Paris; Le Marais, it's a hidden cool cocktail bar that you enter through a washing machine.

entrance to Lavomatic in Paris

Showaround: What about the nightlife?
Alexandria: I really love going to the club Palais Maillot or club Montaigne. If you're looking for bars instead of clubs go to the Bastille area, it's the best place to grab some drinks and mingle with some locals.

Showaround: How would you describe the local people of Paris?
Alexandria: Parisians are very independent people, don't expect them to come up to you and be friendly at first. The best way to meet some Parisians is at bars and by approaching them first. Usually in a bar they're more relaxed because they're not rushing around and are more open to having a conversation with you.

Showaround: Thank you Alexandria for your answers!