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As the most visited country in the world, France is no stranger to international attention and welcomes myriads of tourists all year round. Charismatic, chic and captivating, it’s on every nomad’s list and in every romantic’s dream.

Why France

France offers a variety of different landscapes for every taste. You have the elegant, fashionable and urban Paris, the colourful coastal French Riviera, luxury ski resorts of the French Alps, tough Celtic Brittany, historically-rich Normandy, and more. That’s why a digital nomad who settles in France lives in several countries at once.

However, wherever one chooses to settle, a stable internet connection and the availability of creative working spots remain constant. Famous for its Savoir-Vivre and an excellent work-life balance, France is a welcoming digital nomad destination offering a sophisticated setting and some of the world’s best food and wines.

Best cities to work from

Paris, of course. Unless you share the same aesthetical preferences as Guy Maupassant, who openly hated the Eiffel Tower, working with the view of France’s iconic building is a dream come true. Sitting down with a laptop in an authentic Parisian café is an experience in itself. But working in Paris is not just about the aesthetics — the city offers a convenient infrastructure for freelancers through an abundance of coworking spaces and inspiration through its artistically bohemian character.

If you are looking for an idyllic escape away from the buzz of the big cities, Nice offers the perfect coastal setting. The city whips the productivity of a big city, a seaside town feel and all year round sunshine into a perfect balance. Despite Nice’s holiday atmosphere, you will find a good selection of coworking spaces. The only thing to watch out for is the relatively high cost of living — with prices rising even more throughout the high season.

Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France located in its south-west and home to a thriving tech and startup scene. High-speed internet in almost all of the city’s cafes and coffee shops, a plethora of coworking spaces and a productive startup atmosphere have made Toulouse one of the most popular digital nomad destinations with a large expat community.

The internet and coworking spaces

Typical mobile data connection in France is estimated at 13.43Mbps and broadband download speeds reach up to 33Mbps. Free Wi-Fi hotspots are typically available in most cities, but you may need to register with your email, phone number, or other information.

Coworking spaces are aplenty — and that’s on top of the already large number of coffee shops, which offer a comfortable work setting with gourmet snacks and speedy Wi-Fi.

Coworking spaces in Paris

Le Laptop, 6 Rue Arthur Rozier

COWORKSHOP, 29-, 32 Rue des Vinaigriers

MOZAIK Coworking, 41 Rue de la Chaussée d'Antin

LAWOMATIC Coworking, 20 Rue Jean et Marie Moinon

Hubsy, 41 Rue Réaumur

Coworking spaces in Nice

BURO Club Nice, 1 Boulevard Paul Montel

La Verrier, 4 Bd de Cimiez

Coworking spaces in Toulouse

TAU Coworking Space, 18 Place de la Daurade

Etincelle Coworking, 2 Rue d'Austerlitz

HarryCow Coworking, 13 Rue Sainte-Ursule

Leisure in France

When in France, you won’t be wondering what to do after work. Whether you settle in a big city or a small town, there is a myriad of things to do. From wandering the city streets, attending galleries and museums, shopping on Champs Elysées, or relaxing over a glass of red wine at one of the many street cafes.

Suburban France is a space of incredible beauty with the lavender fields of Provence, cheese tasting adventures and the snowy caps of Mont Blanc. Some of the country’s most well-known attractions include the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, and Notre-Dame de Paris. The edgy Parisian Disneyland is also a popular venue welcoming kids and adults alike.

What to know before arriving

France is a member state of the Schengen Zone and, thus, a country that is relatively easy to visit and work from. If you are a resident of a member state of the Schengen Zone, you can travel with your National Identity Card. Alternatively, you can apply for a Schengen Visa before your trip, which will also give you access to other countries in the region.

 Good to know

While most people in France speak English, making an effort in French is often seen as a sign of respect and appreciation for the local culture. It’s a good idea to pick up a few everyday phrases before arriving.

 Useful links

France Tourism

Map of free Wi-Fi hotspots in France

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