The dog-friendly side of Paris

Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Lately more and more people like to travel in the company of their four-legged friend and the European capitals have prepared to accommodate these special travelers. Paris is, without a doubt, one of Europe’s most pet-friendly city. If you also want to travel to the French capital with your dog, here are 5 tips that can be helpful.

Paris

Paris

1. Transport

Paris is a big city and, to get to know it thoroughly, you need to be on the move! The subway is the quickest and most convenient way to move to anywhere in the city; with the metro you can easily reach every part of it. Smaller dogs are allowed on the metro, as well as on buses, so you will have no problem.
However, if you want a taxi it’s better to ask in advance if the dogs are welcome, or you can always rely on specialized companies where they are welcome indeed.

Bonjour

Bonjour

2. Long walks

Walking is a favorite activity for many travelers, so that they can explore a place. In this way, they can discover its unique angles and walking around Paris is like walking through an open air museum. Even your dog will enjoy walking through the streets of Montmartre or the wide avenues of the Champs-Élysées. If you do not like the trendy streets full of people, the parks of Paris are a viable alternative. Not all city parks allow our furry friends, but there are many which do: the famous Jardin du Luxembourg, or the fantastic garden of the Tuileries a few steps from the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde are a must.

A photogenic dog enjoying its day on a Parisian park

A photogenic dog enjoying its day on a Parisian park

3. Cycling

Another option that is a lot of fun to enjoy Paris is cycling. If you travel with a small dog, in fact, you can put it in the bike’s basket and move around the city happily.

Taking the dog for a ride

Taking the dog for a ride

4. Accommodation

Regarding the accommodation, the best option you have is a flat. The apartments that allow our four-legged friends are really a lot.

5. A coffee and a pain au chocolat in a terrace

Paris is known for its sweets: macarons, the pain au chocolat, crepes, croissants… If you travel to Paris, you certainly can’t miss these delicacies. The cafes where the puppies are allowed are many; there is also the alternative to sit outside on the terrace of a cafe, order a café au lait accompanied by one of your favorite desserts.

Joining the kids for a drink

Joining the kids for a drink

What about your dog? It can experience the Parisian goodies too. In 12 rue Mademoiselle you can find Mon Bon Chien, a truly amazing place where you can buy unique delicacies only for dogs.

Mon Bon Chien, for its eyes only

Mon Bon Chien, for its eyes only

Dog-friendly Paris photos by: Kenny (zoompict) Teo, doc18, Nicholas Chaperon, Mike Gibbs, Pilot.Productions, Dariene Vaughaun Saunders

For more on Paris check: A different Paris, Paris travel guide, France, A different side of Paris | The Latin Quarter

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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