Paris is a bucket list destination for many with iconic landmarks, historic sights and world-class museums. Many tourists miss out on the lesser known attractions. It’s a shame because these hidden gems offer some of the most unique experiences in the city.
Head to Belleville
This neighbourhood was once famed for its wine production which supplied much of the city. It’s since been transformed into a trendy mix of ethnic restaurants and arty hangouts. It also boasts its own Chinatown where you can enjoy authentic dishes such as dumplings and noodles. There’s also Thai and Vietnamese restaurants alongside French bistros. These offer exceptional food with some of the lowest prices in the city.
Take a beekeeping class
The Luxembourg Gardens are home to a geometric forest, a collection of orchids and a stunning rose garden. But that’s not all, nestled in the Southwest corner, you’ll find an apiary which dates back to 1856. Visitors can take a bee-keeping class and learn about the process of making honey.
Explore the sewers
We’re guessing it’s not what you expected from a romantic break in Paris. Don’t be put off, this is one of the one of the most fascinating museums that many people don’t visit. You’ll enjoy an adventure into the heart of the city’s underground learning about the first ever sewer back in the 1200s right through to the modern day system. Exploring the many tunnels and watching the sewerage flow beneath is surprisingly exciting.
Parc des Butte Chaumont
Situated in the north-east of the city, this 25-hectare park is one of the biggest in Paris. It’s perfect for an afternoon stroll with bridges, secluded grottoes, waterfalls and a lake. Head to the centre of the park to find a cliff which has stunning views over the city. At the top, you can also admire the Temple of Sibylle – a 19th-century replica of an Italian monument.
Visit a covered market
St Quentin food market is a favourite amongst locals but remains a lesser known attraction with tourists. It’s one of the most spectacular in Paris and one of the few remaining covered markets in the city. Its vaulted ceilings and large windows are impressive, allowing plenty of light and ventilation. Here you can find a huge variety of local produce including fresh fish, homemade cheese and cured meats.
Trips to Paris don’t have to include all the generic sights of your travel guide. Exploring some of the city’s hidden gems will give you a new perspective that many miss out on, so what are you waiting for? Book a holiday to Paris today.