And what you should do instead. See the full list of how to be a Traveler in Paris (not a tourist):
  1. Don't Shop on the Champs-Elysées
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    Instead: Follow in the well-heeled footsteps of locals. Head straight to the designer shops of the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the chic Marais neighborhood, while haute-couturistas should point their stilettos in the direction of the Avenue Montaigne, for the likes of Chanel, or the Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, home of trendsetting concept shop Colette. (Photo: Jack Sullivan / Alamy)
  2. Don't Get Starstruck at Mealtimes
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    Instead: Have your dinner à la mode. Recently, several Michelin-starred chefs have abandoned the rigid confines of haute-cuisine restaurants to open convivial bistros that serve up simpler (yet still outstanding) meals. And the locals are just crazy about them. (Photo: Age fotostock Spain, S.L.)
  3. Don't Spend All Day at the Louvre or Musée d'Orsay
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    Instead: Get to know Paris's lesser-known museums. Many of Paris's smaller museums contain equally important and beautiful art—and are often more pleasant, since you won't be elbowed out of the way by a photo-snapping swarm. The Musée Rodin, housed in a luminous villa with a lovely garden, is one of the most romantic places in all of Paris (yes, we dare say it).
  4. Don't Waste Time at the Eiffel Tower
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    Instead: Enjoy dinner and a view. An infinitely more civilized approach to the whole Eiffel Tower business is to book a table at Les Ombres, the rooftop restaurant of the Musée du Quai Branly. (Photo: Aurora Photos / Alamy)
  5. Don't Get Around Town in a Cab
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    Instead: Take to heart the French word flâner. While flâner technically means "to stroll," it more generally suggests "to walk the city in order to experience it"—words to live by in the City of Light. (Photo: Chad Ehlers / Alamy)