The best-known attractions in Paris are some of the most iconic in Europe. Guide books are dominated by the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Montmartre, the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe – but we thought it was time to dig a little deeper.
And as the French capital's biggest music festival, Rock en Seine, continues to grow its profile across the continent and further afield, we turned to a native Parisian – Benedicte Hamon – for some insider tips on the city's other hidden gems.
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What's the local music scene like?
Innovative, talented, and inventive.
Beyond the music, what does the city mean to you?
Great partying, good food, a cultural melting pot. And it's the most beautiful city in the world…!
What are some of the things you love most about Paris?
The never-ending choice of exhibitions, gigs, shows, events, all the time, everywhere (and it's not all as expensive as you might think!). Plus all the hidden gems you discover while just walking around.
What are some of the things you find hardest about the city?
Trying not to miss the last Métro...
What is Paris like during Rock en Seine?
It's the best time to be in Paris: some Parisians are still on holidays, those who are back have got a nice tan, everyone's happy, it's still summer… and Rock En Seine is everywhere!
Where's the best food in town?
That's a tricky one... it depends on your tastes. My personal favourite areas are the 2nd, 11th, 17th and 18th arrondissements (districts).
Where are the best places to drink and dance?
To drink: the bars and venues located in the 11th, 18th and 19th arrondissements are amazing.
To dance: the tables (and any high-up area) of the bars and venues mentioned above.
Other than the obvious tourist attractions, what one thing should I make sure I do while I'm in Paris?
A walk on the Canal St-Martin. It's so Paris!
Rock en Seine 2016 takes place from 26 to 28 August, at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, west of the city centre. Benedicte Hamon, part of the Rock en Seine festival team, was talking to Festicket Magazine's Joel Robertson.
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