An American teenager in Paris.
July 1, 2022 3:19 PM   Subscribe

Where in Paris might a bright, queer, nerdy but stylish American 16-year-old who's there for a month go to meet likeminded kids around her age? This is my daughter's situation. Also, any other recommendations for her, as long as she's there? (She has a few years of school French but is not fluent.)
posted by slappy_pinchbottom to Travel & Transportation around Paris, France (7 answers total)
Who is she staying with?
posted by bluedaisy at 3:33 PM on July 1

Response by poster: She's staying in a rented flat with her grandmother in the 4th Arrondissement near Boulevard Henri IV.
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 4:01 PM on July 1 [1 favorite]

In terms of her fluency, one of French classmates went to France on a long holiday (in the 80s, I can't remember how long ago) but the immersion of hanging out with French kids who delighted in helping her language had her return to our class several years ahead of us.
posted by b33j at 8:24 PM on July 1

Does she skate? Pari-Roller
Bike Tours.
Hanging around alone in parks, etc. usually means she’s going to get approached by older, sleazy men.
posted by Ideefixe at 10:56 AM on July 2

Depending on her interests: I would've found the catacombs really cool as a teenager. The art museums, both the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, are amazing, obviously. The whole Quartier Latin is great for sight-seeing and shopping and bookstores. IDK, this is really hard because the entire city is incredible for a young person with a little bit of money. Make sure she knows how to get around the Metro.
posted by coffeeand at 7:18 PM on July 2

My bright queer nerdy teenager is a bit older (18) but I'm sure he could give some advice. Send me a message and I can put them in touch if you like. The teens do a lot of hanging out and an inordinate amount of uno!
posted by bwonder2 at 12:04 AM on July 3

If she skateboards, on the steps at the bottom of Palace di Tokyo.
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 1:55 AM on July 3

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