Here are some good tips for you:
• Avoid the taxi during the day, especially in the morning until 11 am and again between 4 and 8 pm. The roads are saturated at these times and your taxi fare will go up while you stay at a standstill! Take the metro instead: it's simple, cheaper and very fast
• Taxi prices: lthe taxi meter displays the fare and one of the three following letters: A, B or C. If you are in Paris intramuros or on the Boulevard Périphérique, rate A applies during the day from 6 am to 8 pm, and rate B at night until 6 am. When you leave Paris intramuros, the driver will switch to rate B during the day, and then to rate C as from 8 pm. If you are a long way from Paris rate C applies at all times. You will pay a supplement for any luggage loaded in the boot, and if you take the taxi from the airport. Don't try to pick up a taxi if you are less than 100 metres from a station: taxis are not allowed to take passengers close to a station; they have to go to the head of the taxi rank at the station itself. So either move further away from the station or go to the taxi rank in the station.
• Restaurants start filling up at about 12.15 pm and remain full till 1.30 pm. In the evening they start filling up at about 7.30 pm and usually don't start thinning out before 10 pm. If you don't want to wait, dine early (between 6 and 7 pm). Attention: restaurants rarely serve meals between 2 and 6 pm.
• Treat yourself to a drink on the terrace of a café and watch the Parisians and foreigners pass by. What a pleasant way to pass the time! But remember you will usually be charged more than inside the café.
•Waiters in Parisian cafés tend to be impatient. They are not impolite, just in a hurry! Don't get angry if they turn their back on you while you decide on your order - they are just in a hurry to serve other customers. Don't worry, they will come back to your table!.
• In Paris restaurants, the waiters will not necessarily inquire if you are enjoying your meal. They are not ignoring you, they just don't want to disturb you during your meal!
• Tips: your bill is "service compris", in other words you don't need to leave a tip. If you want to thank the waiter, leave 1 euro in a café and a few euros in a restaurant. But there's no obligation. For our Canadian friends: your credit card slip (which you sign) does not include a "gratuity" line. ».
With these words of advice, you are ready to attack the street!