You can go wherever you want but I really recommend not to leave common sense back at home. Tourists are so mesmerized by the dreamy Paris they want to see that they forget basic rules. I posted something a while ago about safety rules in Paris :
I’m not being fussy, there’s a lot of pickpockets in Paris, especially in the metro/touristic places, and the chances to be robbed are very high. Particularly if pickpockets realize you’re not French, they might assume that you don’t know about the situation, hence you’re more vulnerable to robbery.
I’m saying this along another BIG rule in Paris, you absolutely must put your phone away when you’re not using it. Avoid at all costs to leave it on the table of a café while chatting or to sightsee with your phone in your hand. You’re most likely to be robbed by one who will grab it in less than a second and merge through the crowd before you can see anything. This is extremely frequent in Paris and it’s worth for everybody (foreign people and native people inculded - my coworker got hers stolen last week inour office fyi, robbers try everything to get what they want). If someone comes to talk to you, immediately put your phone and/or wallet you might be using at the time back in your bag and firmly hold on your bag so you leave NO opportunity for robbers. Robbers usually try to distract you while their partner(s) “works” on you: they try to make you sign a petition, pretend you lost something on the ground. I’m repeating again simple rules:
- Safely keep your phone in your bag when you’re not using it. If you’re using it in the subway - I don’t recommend that but that’s not practical to pretend it never happens… - don’t seat close to the doors so nobody can grab it before the doors close(very frequent).
- All bags must be kept closed - messenger ou shoulder bags are safer because you can watch it constantly. If you wear a backpack, keep it in front of you in the subway or they must be very safely closed.
- Whenever someone or a group (particularly group of 10-15yo girls) come to talk to you without legitimate reasons, be extremely careful about your stuff, there is 99% chances that they’re trying a trick on your to steal you.
- Do not wear “too shiny” jewels such as gold necklaces or expensive rings. If you must wear them - for a party for example - wear a scarf or keep your hands in your pockets to hide them.
I may sound fussy but trust me, the attack of a pickpocket takes less than a second and losing all your stuff - identity and credit cards, phones, keys - can dramatically ruin your stay in France and that’s not the kind of memory you want to come back home with! Even obeying those rules, I got my wallet stolen once so really, TRUST MY KNOWLEDGE ON THAT ONE.