Paris’s seductive charms are legendary, and for good reason. Inviting sidewalk cafes, gleaming boutiques, world-class museums, endless things to do, and a fabled restaurant scene make Paris the runway model of cities—beautiful, fashionable, confident, and inspiring envy at every turn. But with expectations running so high, Paris can—yes, it’s true—occasionally disappoint. When you find yourself elbow-to-elbow with throngs of tennis shoe–wearing tourists, tucking into yet another overpriced meal, you’ll wonder how the Paris that travelers fall in love with has proved so elusive. Unless, that is, you read and discover how to avoid the top 10 mistakes first-timers make in the City of Light. Because we’ve been there, we compiled our list of the things not to do in Paris—and what to do instead. You’re welcome.