French people enjoy shopping, eating and walking through cities. They also enjoy skiing and visiting beaches. When having fun in their own country, however, people in France tend to visit different shopping areas and eating places than tourists do.
French people enjoy shopping, especially at street markets and flea markets. They avoid shopping in touristy areas such as the Champs-Elysées or at chain stores. Instead, they favor little designer shops. Many unusual stores are found in old, covered passageways that date back to the 1800s. Flea markets, such as the Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt or Les Puces des Vanves, are popular bargain-hunting spots. Avid shoppers can find old stamps, vintage clothing and antiques at these markets. Flower markets are also very popular with French shoppers.
French people enjoy stopping for coffee and sometimes pastries throughout the day. French cafés are considered places to read a book, do a little work on the computer or people-watch. They also enjoy eating very good food but are less likely to want to go to very expensive restaurants. Many French people flock to simple bistros with wonderful food, often showing up at hot spots for lunch, when it can be easier to get a seat.
French people also like to stroll through city streets, usually with no specific destination in mind. Sunday afternoon strolls are a standard pastime for the French.