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Top public service recommendations from locals

City Hall
“Since 1357, the Paris City Hall has been the seat of the Paris municipality. The current building, in neo-renaissance style, was rebuilt by the architects Théodore Ballu and Edouard Deperthes on the site of the old Hôtel de Ville, burnt down during the Paris Commune in 1871. It is possible to visit the Town Hall, place of power and prestige. Guided tours, by reservation, are organized by the Protocol Service. The visitor discovers in particular the Salle des Fêtes, designed as a replica of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Large free exhibitions are also organized and are very successful.”
  • 116 locals recommend
“Some parts of the building are free to access, including the rooftop, with a great view. The restaurant is expensive.”
  • 138 locals recommend
“The treasures of the museum retrace the history of techniques, from the sixteenth century, in seven fields: scientific instruments, materials, construction, communication, energy, mechanics and transport. It is the old abbey of Saint-Martin-des-Champs which serves as a showcase for the collections, presented chronologically. The visitor thus discovers a charming automaton from 1784, La Joueuse de tympanon, the unavoidable Pendule de Foucault (1851) or even an airplane from 1897. The visit ends… in the Arts et Métiers metro station, inspired by Jules' Nautilus Verne.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Place to shop
“A street with a daily market (Vegetables, fish, meat, bread, cheese....) and a lot of food shop (wines, cheese, bread), takeaway food (chinese, greek, french) One regular supermaket (Monoprix), one organic supermarket (Naturalia)”
  • 111 locals recommend
Government Building
“Sumptuous 18th-century official mansion home of the President of France, set in landscaped gardens. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Department Store
“The legendary Drugstore Champs-Elysees spans several levels. Its decor is signed by designer Tom Dixon. It houses, among other things, the 200-seat "Le Drugstore" brasserie, whose menu has been entrusted to Michelin-starred chef Eric Frechon, a gourmet restaurant, a pharmacy (open 24 hours a day), a grocery store, a wine cellar, a cigar humidor, newspaper stand, gift shop and cinema.”
  • 51 locals recommend
“For the view , the library and all the models of the main monuments of all France. Terrific ! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
“Refresh: there is a very nice swimming pool which has the distinction of being outdoors when the weather is nice! You can alternate tanning and diving. It is metro Charles Michel (direct on line 10).”
  • 29 locals recommend
“It is one of the biggest pharmacies in Paris! And hopefully the only that is ALWAYS open. And best thing: you could walk there , it will take 10min! Take the Boulevard Saint Denis heading at your left, towards Place de Republique.”
  • 22 locals recommend
“great pool during the summer, no roof and long line to swim. Large solarium”
  • 26 locals recommend
“One of the largest French pharmacies in Paris and apparently the cheapest. Come stock up on French skincare which are a fraction of the price than what you’d see in the US”
  • 28 locals recommend
“top notch horse riding facility, get you kids or yourselves a lesson, ride on the beach or in the forest, watch top showjumping competitions or races”
  • 8 locals recommend
City Hall
“Inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO, le beffroi de l'Hôtel de Ville domine Lille du haut de ses 104 mètres ! Une fois les 100 premières marches gravies, montez en ascenseur (ou à pied pour les plus courageux) jusqu'au sommet du beffroi... et découvrez en un tour à 360° Lille et ses environs, la vallée de la Lys et même les Monts des Flandres par temps clair. Le belvédère réaménagé vous donnera toutes les clés de lecture pour comprendre le développement de la ville, de ses origines aux métamorphoses urbaines contemporaines. Ouvert tous les jours de 10h à 13h et de 14h à 17h30 (dernières montées à 12h30 et 17h)”
  • 11 locals recommend
“One of the cheapest and probably the biggest pharmacy in Paris : premium cosmetic brands at lower prices. Crowded : prefer mornings.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Local Government Office
“Lovely public gardens, especially for the kids (puppet show, donkeys, sand pit and plenty of amenities)”
  • 19 locals recommend
“Library with bar. You can also eat lunch or take an afternoon coffee in the bar. Nice place for a break!”
  • 11 locals recommend