The absolute best way to experience any city is to listen to the locals who live there. Getty Images So we asked locals to tell us their best travel tips for tourists visiting their home city. Here were some of their responses: Rawpixel / Getty Images 1. Paris, France Getty Images "Avoid the metro as much as possible if you can. Walking is the best way to discover the city, so travel by foot as much as you can to see the city. You will inevitably discover architectural wonders." — bastienb89"Don’t ask for your food with different ingredients or substitutions. Menus are meant to be enjoyed as they are. And don’t order meat well done." — miriamm4ea9aa981"Instead of all the big, very touristed museums (Louvre, Musée d'Orsay) visit some smaller museums like Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature i or the Musée Jacquemart-André." — bastienb89 2. Miami Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed "Think beyond the beach. Miami is a melting pot of different cultures with wonderful food and a great art scene to show for it." — jasmines45bd52737 3. Tokyo Getty Images "In Tokyo and other cities in Japan, get a PASMO or Suica train card. It costs about ¥500 ($4) to purchase the card, then you can add as much money as you want and get on any train simply by touching your card to a sensor. It allows you way more freedom when traveling, and saves you the trouble of having to purchase individual tickets each time you take the train." — megh6 4. Nashville Getty Images "Don't spend all your time on Broadway. Instead, try exploring East Nashville, West End, The Gulch and Five Points." — mariakalels 5. San Francisco Getty Images "Bring your own bags when you go shopping at any store. Stores charge 10 cents for each bag you buy. Yes, it’s annoying, but it keeps us accountable and conscious when shopping." — brandia4e65fcc94 6. Amsterdam Getty Images "Watch out for bikes. Seriously. Pay attention to what makes up the sidewalk and what makes up the road so you don't get hit." — elizabethy457e4d6b0 7. Melbourne Getty Images "Instead of staying in Central Melbourne, book your hotel or Airbnb in the Bayside area o Glen Iris." — bellam272"Visiting Melbourne isn’t about ticking off the tourist sights (like Sydney), it’s about experiences. There are great food experiences at any budget, fun dive bars, upscale cocktail bars, pop up art exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, and exciting food, music, and art festivals. Take advantage of these experiences and you'll fall in love with the city." — leahbeth 8. New Orleans Getty Images "The best restaurants are always the ones that don't populate first on a Google search and usually don't have long lines. The best, freshest food is always at the small, ramshackle places." — emmajeanl2"Talk to people! People here are so friendly and love to talk, tell stories and share recommendations. NOLA has a distinct cultural openness and friendliness you won't find in many other cities. The locals will point you toward small local festivals, hidden spots, restaurant recommendations, and more." — violetbaudelaire"The French Quarter isn’t the only part of New Orleans. There are other great parts of the city well-worth exploring." — madelynf487f41e0c 9. Las Vegas Getty Images "For the best meals, eat off The Strip. Head to Chinatown, the Arts District and Fremont for amazing restaurants. Plus, these parts of town are just a quick Uber ride from The Strip." — Log_Lady"Las Vegas is more than the strip, so rent a car and see more than flashing lights. Red Rock is amazing and Lake Mead has some great trails for hiking." — rebeccam4af22ab64 10. Austin View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "You don't need to wait three hours for great barbecue in Austin. Franklin's is overrated. Just ask a local for their favorite spot." — kteppermarsden 11. Denver Getty Images "If you plan to visit a marijuana dispensary, keep in mind that smoking in public is still illegal and most hotels and Airbnbs don't allow smoking inside." — a45ada6a01 12. New York Getty Images "Avoid Times Square. Any New Yorker knows to avoid that place like the plague. It’s overcrowded and overrated." — cnapoleone"Explore outside of Midtown, Manhattan. There are so many great places to stay and eat downtown, and in Brooklyn and Queens. Don’t limit yourself to one borough." — Katiekinssw"New Yorkers walk quickly. If you need to stop on the sidewalk for any reason, move out of the middle of the sidewalk. We won't mow you down if you don't move out of the way, but we also won't be gracious about it." — elid9 13. Boston View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "Visit Boston in June. Because there are so many colleges and universities, September through May are packed. June boasts the best weather and the city is blissfully crowd-free." — juliadeter"Don't waste your time waiting in line at Mike's Pastry in the North End. Modern Pastry and Bova's are just as good and way less touristed." — laurens19 14. Pittsburgh Cole Delancey / Getty Images "Sports are a really big deal here. Beware that on a Pirates, Steeler's or Penguin's game day, the train will be packed with black and gold and traffic will be heavy." — karmaisfox 15. Shanghai Zhaojiankang / Getty Images "Avoid cabs! Most won't stop on the street for you anyway. The metro is easy, fast, and inexpensive, and the signs are marked clearly in English." — larksings 16. Oahu Zoiakostina / Getty Images "Don’t spend your whole time in Oahu on the North Shore. It’s very touristy and crowded. Instead, travel to the east side of the island and head over to Lanikai Beach where you'll find softer sand, calm waters, and a ton of amazing places to eat." — ericaa40a17979c 17. Orlando View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "Most people associate Orlando with Disney, but there are so many cute parts of the city once you get beyond that. Orlando has a gorgeous lake, turn of the century homes, adorable boutiques, coffee shops, and Wekiwa springs is a natural hot spring perfect for nature-enthusiasts." — aliothgreen 18. Penang, Malaysia Getty Images "You won't find Penang's best food in fancy restaurants. It's all about street food here. Ask the locals where to go and what to try, because they know best. You'll find street food inspired by the cultures and cuisines all across Southeast Asia." —Adlynna02 19. Barcelona Nikada / Getty Images "Resist the temptation to sit down for a meal at any restaurant on Las Ramblas, unless you're eating at a stall in the Boqueria Market. Barcelona is teeming with amazing food and delicious tapas bars, but unfortunately you won't find them at the over priced tourist traps that line the city's busiest street." — Hannah Loewentheil, BuzzFeed 20. Calgary, Canada Getty Images "The weather is always changing and totally unpredictable, so wear layers, carry and umbrella, and be prepared." — Tessampalmer 21. Los Angeles Getty Images "Even though Southern California is basically synonymous with traffic, most tourists seem not to plan for it. Los Angeles is huge and the commute from one point of interest to another can easily an hour or more each way. Be mindful of rush hour and try to see multiple sites in the same area to maximize your time." — Superfangers 22. Seattle Getty Images "If you're visiting Seattle, make sure to explore north of the city. Take the ferry to Orcas Island, hop on the train up to Bellingham for amazing views and great food, or drive to North Cascades National Park. Exploring nature is the best way to experience life in the Pacific Northwest." — Ehch"Don’t go to the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market. The coffee there is no different than what you'll find at any Starbucks in the country, and there are so many places in the city that have better coffee. Go anywhere else for a more authentic experience." — allisons4c1af465f"It does rain here, however, it’s mostly just drizzles and grey skies. You probably don't need to carry around an umbrella, just have a good rain jacket. Plus the weather can switch on a dime so make sure to layer up." — jillianf48006b053 23. Rome Getty Images "Don’t waste your money on water bottles. Just have one and refill it at the free fountains, which can be found all over the city." — pandabear14 24. Portland, Oregon View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "Everyone talks about Voodoo Donuts, but Blue Star Donuts is way better." — clparisian 25. Singapore Yanadhorn Bhukkanasuta / Getty Images "Spend some time in the city touring the famous spots, but then explore the suburbs. That will give you a better feel for what 'real' Singaporean life is like. Beyond the high-rise buildings you'll find great food, monuments, and wildlife." — amanpreetkaurj 26. Washington D.C. Getty Images "There's more to D.C. than the National Mall. Museums and monuments are sprinkled throughout the city, and some are free to visit. Check out the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum, Hillwood Estate, the Spy Museum" — catlitten"Walk on the left and stand on the right when you're using metro escalators, especially during rush hour. This is the proper etiquette, and we enforce it." — asmam45db4ae24 27. Philadelphia View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "Skip the Liberty Bell. It's not worth the wait. And also skip the Philly cheesesteak. When we want a good sandwich, we go to the Italian Market for a roast pork sandwich." — kenb43110bf06"Real Philadelphians dont go to Pat's OR Geno's for a good cheesesteak. They're just tourist traps." — bethb49fc83fbc Do you have advice for tourists visiting your hometown that we didn't mention? Tell us in the comments below!