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Apr 12, 2008 03:35 PM

Tap or bottled water in Paris?

As my trip to Paris nears, I'm wondering whether I should bring a refillable bottle for tap water or buy bottled water. I've never heard anything negative about the safety of Paris tap water, but how does it taste?

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  1. Water in Paris is perfectly safe to drink, and tastes fine to me(much, much better than tap water in my town in northern California which comes from well water). If you can read french and are interested to know more about the topic:

    I also like a lot of different french bottled waters, but with the strengthening of the euro, on the last trip, in restaurants, we asked for carafes of tap unless we specifically wanted sparkling.

    1. I drink a lot of bottled water in Paris, but not in restaurants. The tap water is perfectly fine, and leaves more euros to spend on wine!

      1. I found the tap water in Paris to be fine in taste and only bought bottled water at the marche for our room..

        1. I find the tap water in France (outside of Paris) to be generally very good, so I do not order bottled water, but in Paris, the tap water, though perfectly safe, does not taste good, certainly not nearly as good as New York water, so in Paris we order bottled in restaurants.

          1. Paris water is hard, leaves calcium deposits on glasses in the dishwasher. Perfectly OK to ask for it in a restaurant instead of bottled water. I always blame it on my slight stomach upset the first few days I'm in Paris. Couldn't be the rillettes or the steak tartare!