Paris presents a baffling array of contrasts, hosting exquisite monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre while dudes pee in public pretty much anywhere, any time of day.
It only makes sense, then, that a city ranked as the second-most expensive on the planet in one study could also be the most affordable big city in the world for young people in another. But that's the case, as the City of Lights came in at no. 1 for affordability for people aged 15-29 among the 25 largest cities in the world.
Ernest Hemingway would drink to that. But he'd probably drink to a lot of other things, too.
According to the Youthful Cities report, which surveyed 10,000 young people living in the 25 largest metros around the world, Paris offers the best bang for your baguette, based on a high minimum wage and the prices of plane tickets, rent, movie tickets, and concerts. The French capital actually had the highest minimum wage, at $12.84 per hour, as well as coming in first in a handful of other categories.
The study seems rather questionable, though, as New York City, London, and Tokyo also made the top 10. Which, seeing how people are willing to live in apartments the size of prison cells for $1,200 a month in these places, makes you really question the survey.
But whatever. Here are the top 10 most affordable cities for young people, and a totally free, fun thing to do in each.