10 Off The Beaten Path Things to Do in Paris
Paris Travel Tips
Of course, everyone knows the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower or the famous shopping avenue Champs-Élysées. But the city of lights is also full of interesting hidden gems.
Here are our top 10 Paris travel tips picks.
NUMBER UN: See the fake Statue of Liberty. Did you know that Paris has its own copy of the Statue of Liberty? It looks exactly like the one in New York City, except, it’s smaller. In fact, it is only a quarter-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty. The one in Paris is located on Île aux Cygnes, an artificial island within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, and was given to the city of Paris in 1889 by the American community in Paris to celebrate the hundred-year anniversary of the French Revolution. It isn’t the only one in Paris either. There are others like the one in Musée d’Orsay, another at the Jardin Luxembourg, and one last one at the Musée des Arts et Métiers. Or if you just want to see the flame, there’s one known as Flame of Liberty Paris.
NUMBER DEUX: Ride around Paris on an Electric Scooter. Paris is a really large spread out city and walking can take you a lot of time, while there is something beautiful and new to discover around every corner if you want to see more of it in a limited time you should rent an electric scooter and ride around Paris instead. Electric scooters are super easy and fun to use. All you need to do is download the local scooter app and find the scooter located closest to you. And when you’ve arrived at your destination, you simply park it there and the scooter will be waiting for its next driver. Or if you want a super authentic experience, reserve a retro motorcycle tour where you can, for example, see Paris from your own motorcycle sidecar.
NUMBER TROIS: See the secret apartment in the Eiffel Tower There is a small secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower. It was built by Gustaf Eiffel to entertain the science elite like Eiffel’s friend Thomas Edison, and some say also to make some Parisians jealous. You can see Eiffel’s cozy apartment if you take the tour to the top of the Eiffel tower.
NUMBER QUATRE: Of course a lot of people love shopping in Paris and what kind of list would we have if we didn’t have a shopping trip planned as a travel tip in Paris. Or if you are on a budget perhaps you may just like to window shop. Well, Paris offers plenty of that too. But not only on the famous shopping avenue of Champs-Élysées with the high priced shops. Instead visit Galeries Lafayette, a huge 750,000 square foot mall with an impressive dome stretching over four floors. Most of the store space is dedicated to fashion but you will find plenty of other items too. The storefronts are especially interesting during the Christmas season when they create unique Christmas-themed displays. You can also visit the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville, located close to the Notre Dame cathedral.
NUMBER CINQ: The Hidden drinking and dining spots. Paris is famous for good food, sweet pastries, and interesting and unusual bars.
You can visit Lavomatic, where you literally enter through the washing machine. We tried it and had so much fun! Try Ice Kube Bar where you can order a cocktail from an ice bar in an iced glass. It’s also a lot warmer to visit the ice bar here instead of one in Finland. Believe it or not there are also a couple of places for good beer in Paris. La Guerze is a good spot to visit if you aren’t planning on visiting Belgium on your trip. Craft beer fans will recognize the name Mikkeller, well they have a bar in Paris.
There are plenty more to discover, so let’s just name a couple of them: Little Red Door Paris, La REcyclerie, Le Comptoir Général, Le Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde. .
NUMBER SIX: Visit cool small and unusual museums, galleries, or shops. Paris is home to numerous boutique museum, shops, and small art galleries that you will hardly find anywhere else in the world.
You can visit the Artists’ Studios at 59 Rivoli, an art collective in a former squat with 30 artists’ studios and an exhibition space. l’Atelier des Lumières is a digital art museum located in a former foundry where you can experience art through light presented using 140 video projectors.
If you like perfumes, visit the Musée du Parfum Fragonard, a paradise for perfume connoisseurs.
There are many other interesting unique places to visit such as the Museum of Montmartre, Museum of the History of Medicine, Hotel de Cluny, Les Caves du Louvre and others.
NUMBER SEPT: Paris and France are known for their amazing pastries. Try the famous macarons at Ladurée or one of the other well-known pastry shops. If you like crepes, order one at City Crepes Café or other small unique crêperie. Or find your preferred pastry shop like Lacroix Patissier and try my favorite crème brûlée, soufflé, croissant, profiterole, or mille-feuille. And if you want a truly unique experience, attend a cooking class or use an app called EatWith where you can book a dinner hosted by locals.
NUMBER HUIT: Boat Rides: While many people think that the canals of Europe are only located in Venice, Brugge, Gent or Amsterdam, you’d be surprised that Paris is full of canals too. The Canal Saint-Martin is almost 3 miles long and was built in 1825 to supply fresh water to Parisians and to help prevent diseases such as cholera. In 19th century parts of the canal were even covered to create more open space above. You will find many popular bars, restaurants, and other attractions along the canal. Or you can even take a boat ride on the canal.
NUMBER NEUF: Visit at least one of the beautiful Parisian side streets. Paris is full of amazing and unique streets, markets, and neighborhoods offering an insight into Parisian culture and art. Each street offers a completely different experience. To see a collection of colorful facades, visit Rue Crémieux. Paris is a romantic city, but if you want to take it up a notch, visit Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole, a.k.a. the romantic street. For an amazing graffiti collection visit Rue Denoyez. There are many more like Rue des Rosiers, Rue Lepic, Quai d’orsay, Rue Cler, Rue Montorgueil and many others.
NUMBER DIX: Chase space Invaders. I’d be very surprised if you have heard about the Paris Space Invaders or how people have been chasing “them” around the city? Space Invaders are pieces of art made from mosaics glued to the walls and other surfaces by a French urban artist Invader. The inspiration for the art comes from the 1970s video game Space Invaders. The art appears and disappears overnight in different places all over the world.
You can find them in Los Angeles, Rome, Hong Kong, and other cities. People chase art with their smartphones using a popular app called FlashInvaders. Are you ready to find a few yourself?
Of course, Paris offers many other interesting and unique places and experiences but these are just a few of the ones you may not have known about.
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