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Paris off the beaten path

Paris off the beaten path

Paris conjures up visions of the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, cafes and high fashion! On your next trip to this intriguing city, how about visiting some of the lesser-known destinations in the city? Here is a head start to some of the hidden gems that will give you a true taste of the Parisan lifestyle.


Marche Vernaison

Marche Vernaison

If bohemian charm is what you’re after when visiting the French capital, you won’t go far wrong heading to this incredible flea market. This is the oldest and largest market in the city and you will be guaranteed to find a souvenir here that will be serve as your little keepsake of Paris. Haggling is expected but either brush up on your French or take along an experienced tour guide as speaking English will not get you very far.


Lafayette Terrace and Printemps

Lafayette Terrace

The top of the Eiffel Tower offers fantastic city views, but for less crowded panoramic views of the Paris Skyline, head to the Galleries Lafayette and Printemps department stores straight up to their Terrace. Amazingly, these spots offering fantastic photo ops are completely free and better still, one can also look forward to enjoying a cup of coffee on a chilly day.


Go to the cinema!

Open Air Cinema

Paris is the afterall the cinema capital of the world; it’s well worth it to be able to catch some classics in English with French subtitles. Check out the Allociné website where you will find all the show times. Summer sees the Parc de La Villette hosting Open Air Cinemas showing classics and recent hits at sundown; a whole new spin on romance under the stars!


Canal Saint Matin

Canal St Matin

Take yourself away from La Seine for an evening and head over to the Canal Saint Matin. This cool area is full of cafes, shops and bars and is the perfect place to join the Parisians. In the summer months why not take a bottle of wine and a block of cheese to watch the sunset.


Buttes Chaumont Park

Buttes Chaumont Park

Another favourite of the Parisians, this park is a wonderful respite from the city streets. Situated in the northeastern part of the capital, the park was constructed under the orders of Napoleon III. Full of stunning greenery, waterfalls, caves and bridges and set amongst beautiful cliffs; you’ll love this hidden gem.


Old Books Market

Old Books Market

Any book lovers heading to Paris will be sure to pay a visit to the famous Shakespeare & Company. However, there is a lesser-known spot sure to ignite any literary interests, the Old Books Market. Situated on the Square Georges Brassens and held every Saturday and Sunday this is the perfect place to roll up your sleeves and scrounge around for some rare finds.


The Montmartre Vineyards (Clos Montmartre)

Montmartre Vineyards

Not often considered in most tour guides, this corner of Montmartre has a countryside feel as the vines are planted in the side of the hill surrounded by gorgeous houses. Get a whiff of the surrounding lavender bushes and maybe, if you’re lucky, a taste of the limited production of superb wine that is auctioned once a year for charity. 

 

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