Who doesn’t love Paris? I’ve been in Paris for six times and I really adore this city! Even if it’s your first time in Paris or your tenth, the city keeps being magical. But what are nice things to do when you already have seen all the famous hotspots like the Eiffel Tower? This article will be about things to do in Paris other than visit the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomph.
Visit the Parks.
Forget Jardin de Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes or Jardin des Tuilleries. Paris is full with beautiful gardens and parcs.
– La Promenade Plantée
La Promenade Plantée is a park which actually is a green stroll 10 metres above the street. The park has a great city panorama. First it was an old railway line which now had been built into a park. The starting point is at the Opéra Bastille and ends at Boulevard Périferique. The walking route is about 4,5 kilometres long. While you walk here you’ll some modern buildings of Paris, so it’s a contrast between green and modernism.
– Bois de Vincennes
Bois de Vincennes is the largest park of Paris actually. You can find the park in eastern Paris. It’s even three sizes larger than Central Park in New York’s. Blois de Vincennes has four lakes. One of the lakes is Lac Daumesnil and here you can find the Temple d’Amour (see the photo below). The endpoint of La Promenade Plantée is not far away from Bois de Vincennes.
– Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Another green and huge park in Paris is Parc des Buttes Chaumont. This park is located in the northeastern part of Paris. This park also has a nice view of the city.
Visit the streets.
I’m a sucker for cute streets. I’m also a person who is willing to travel all the way just to see one single street which I ever found on the internet.
– Rue de Cremieux
Rue de Cremieux is a beautiful street near Gare de Lyon train station. It’s easily to walk by and not see it. It’s just one small street full with colourful houses. The street is popular for Instagrammers just to take a photo. Well, I can’t blame them. I thought it was a perfect location to shot some portraits of my sister.
Click here for more photos of this photoshoot!
– Rue des Thermopyles.
This a street full with plants and wysteria. Can you imagine how it looks likes in spring?
– Playground Pigalle Duperre.
This is also a hidden place. It’s actually a basketball court hidden in a street, a few street blocks away from the Moulin Rouge. I never knew it was that close, I figured it out during my last visit in Paris. Creative Directors Ill-Studio and Pigalle have redesigned this court with a blue/purple/pink and orange gradient print. I really hope to do a photoshoot here someday.
– Rue de l’Abreuvoir
I haven’t been in this street yet, but look at the cute pink house!
Source: Jeff Frenette
Visit the castles.
Don’t go to Versailles which is famous and really beautiful of course, but also crowded.
Instead visit the less busier Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte or . It’s a longer travel from Paris than visiting Versailles, but it’s worth it.
– Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte.
– Castle Fontainebleau.
Visit the Cat Café.
Paris also has a cat café for cat lovers! It’s called Le Café des Chats and it’s located at 9 Rue Sedaine. When I arrived, there was a huge row to get in the café. It’s better to make a reservation to avoid the waiting and to be sure there’s a place for you to sit.
Visit the Catacomben.
It’s not something you immediately think of during your visit in Paris: an underground cemetery full with skeletons. The place is filled with 6 million skeletons of dead Parisians. The catacombs of Paris are the result of the overpopulated 18th century cemetery in Paris. I haven’t visit the Catacomben (shame on me) yet, because believe it or not, somehow I never had the time for it. But I still want to visit it and I heard from others that it’s really impressive.
Source: Alexander Parsalidis
Visit the flea markets.
Visit the flea markets like Le Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. This area is full with antique and vintage shopping markets. The only disadvantage of this flea market is that the seller’s know what the products are really worth it. Don’t expect to find here much cheap vintage stuff like most flea markets. But it’s really nice to wander around here. I even bought a French Elle Magazine from the 1950s and they had a lot of vintage camera’s but were a bit expensive in my opinion. Le Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is in the north part of Paris, in a suburb. When you walk to the market from the metro you’ll notice it. I’m just saying it so you’ll be a bit prepared to this. Nevertheless the flea market was one of the highlights during my last visit in Paris, so I really think you should go there!
Visit the Grand Mosque of Paris with it’s tearoom.
The outside of this mosque is not so special, a bit plain with its white walls. The mosque is open to visit (expect for Friday’s) and when you go inside you wont expect what you’ll see. The inside of the mosque is really beautiful, full with mosaic tiled walls. The mosque also has a nice tearoom. You’re allowed to visit the mosque on your own, but you still need to have respect for those in prayer. After all it’s a religious place.
Becry is a modern area of Paris, so you’ll find here modern buildings and not in particular the typical Paris streets. You can find here the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge and the sports stadium. It’s now called the AccorHotels Arena, but before that it was known as Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. You also have a shopping center, which is also a nice place to eat something, called Bercy Village.
Visit La Defense.
It’s famous, but it’s not a standard visit in your Paris citytrip because it’s located three kilometres of the city limits of Paris. It’s a major business district, one of the largest of Europe. Besides the Skyscrapers, the modern buildings and La Grande Arche, there’s also a nice shopping center.
Disneyland is of course really famous, but most of the times when you do a mid week city trip to Paris you don’t visit Disneyland. Most times people go to Disney for a weekend and then also visit Paris for a day. You’ll feel like a child again when you go Disney with all the Disney characters and fairy tales!
Where to stay
The last time I was in Paris I stayed at Hotel La Parizienne by Eleganzia, which is a great hotel! The rooms are fine and the breakfast is good and enough choice. Every corner of this hotel is decorated with the beautiful and typical Parisian illustrations by Marta Fonfara which will put a smile on your face. The hotel is located at Boulevard de Montparnasse and it’s a 10 minute walk to Jardin du Luxembourg.
What are your favourite spots in Paris?