35 Things Only True Parisians Know

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No chic coffee table book can teach you how to be a true Parisian. But this quiz can! We'll explore what it really takes to display your savoir-faire​ on a trip to Paris.

Wear a scarf in _____.

The scarf is for all seasons. It's a Parisian staple. Even in the warmth of summer, you have to know how to wear a scarf.

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Only go to a dinner party that starts at ____.

It's only fashionable if the dinner party starts at 9pm or later. This applies to each day of the working week.

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____ as if your life depended on it.

Oui. Smoke as if your life depended upon it. All Parisians smoke.

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Do Parisians visit the Eiffel Tower?

Parisians do not visit the Eiffel Tower. That is for tourists. That being said, sometimes when it sparkles at night they shed a little tear.

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It's important to eat ______.

Parisians eat for enjoyment, and they don't beat themselves up about it. Go ahead and eat that croissant for breakfast.

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Always kiss _____.

You must always, always kiss on both cheeks. It will be awkward if you only kiss one cheek.

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Wearing workout clothes on the streets is ______.

To wear workout clothes, even to the grocery store, is frowned upon. You should always make sure that you look your best.

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When it comes to wine, _____.

When it comes to wine, it's not enough to just order a red. You need to have your favorite, and you must order it often.

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After dinner, order _____.

All Parisians order espresso after a meal. You can pass on dessert, but not the coffee.

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Buy a cashmere sweater at ______.

As a Parisian, there's no underestimating the power of Monop’. It's a cheap but chic city market that is for insiders only.

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Parisians are _____ to their friends.

Parisians are incredibly loyal to their friends. It's a love/hate relationship, but there's always loyalty.

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Leave Paris in ______.

All Parisians know that August is the time to get out of town. The only people in Paris in August are the tourists.

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In terms of drinking, Parisians frequent _____.

In terms of drinking, it's not all about buying a bottle of wine and sitting by the Seine. You want to hit up Canal Saint-Martin.

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Do Parisians believe in road rage?

Parisians are big fans of road rage. When in Paris, be sure to honk, shout and wave your arms.

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To talk for hours is to _____.

Parisians talk for hours, and it's considered a very good way of passing the time. In Paris, they say, "remake the world."

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When a Parisian is a tourist in New York, they are ______ to other tourists.

It's important to hate tourists when you're in Paris. But for Parisians, it's equally important to hate tourists when you are a tourist.

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How is standing in line?

For a Parisian, standing in line is the worst experience on Earth. There's nothing that Parisians hate more.

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When Americans are having dinner, Parisians are having _____.

At the hour when you're having dinner, the Parisians are enjoying L'apéro. This cocktail hour starts at about 7pm.

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Parisians talk in _____.

Parisians talk in negatives all the time. For example, if something is good, you say "it's not bad."

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Who is more powerful, you or the fonctionnaire?

The fonctionnaire is the official who handles paperwork - any kind of paperwork. You're always in control, and you must get what you want from them.

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Who smiles?

Always remember that most French people smile, but Parisians do not. Perhaps that's because their rent is so expensive.

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Parisians say they don't exercise, and in truth, ______.

Parisians say they don't exercise, and in truth, they don't exercise. There's absolutely no need.

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When something happens, _______.

The dismissive shrug is very important for Parisians. Casually shrug it off, pout your lips and exhale.

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When stuck behind a slow pedestrian, ______.

Give a deep, bitter sigh when you're behind a slow pedestrian. If it's a tourist, you can sigh louder.

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Never try to contact a Parisian when they're ______.

To contact a Parisian while they're on vacation is basically a sin. You'll be forever blocked from the Parisian's phone.

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Parisian men love to be _____.

Parisian men love to be pretentious. The model for all Parisian men is Serge Gainsbourg.

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In Paris, dress like _____.

In Paris, people tend to dress like those others in their neighborhood. See what other people are wearing, and try to do the same.

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The best croissants are made with _______.

A truly great croissant is made with equal parts butter and criticism. When you eat it, enjoy it, but be a little smug about it.

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At dinner parties, _____.

At dinner parties, it's important to find something to get angry about. Try to start a heated discussion about something.

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The word "putain" is _____.

The word "putain," a derogatory word for "loose woman," is used quite frequently. It's a fairly strong expletive, so use with caution.

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When lighting a cigarette, say ______.

When lighting a cigarette, nonchalantly say that you're quitting smoking. It's always important to be quitting while you're smoking.

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Parisians love _____.

Parisians love their smart cars. The more beaten up it is by Parisian life, the better.

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Do Parisians respect New York?

Parisians really do love New York, but they prefer Paris. Say, "New York c’est bien!"

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Parisian women love to ____.

For Parisian women, it's all about playing hard to get. You want to pester and insult the man that you're interested in.

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Never forget the art of ______.

Never forget the subtle art of complaining. It doesn't matter what you're complaining about, just be sure to complain about it.

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