Anyone visiting the romantic city of Paris, France, will be enjoying a vacation of a lifetime. Paris offers incredible cuisine, fabulous wine, and beautiful people. There are many well-known and popular destinations throughout the city. Places like the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Museum, and The Arc de Triomphe (also known as the Peace Arch) and many other well noted tourist locations.
Some visitors to the lovely city of Paris may be seeking other destinations as well. These are some of the Road Less Traveled destinations. They may not be as famous, but they are worth a visit to complete your holiday.
Galeries Lafayette Rooftop Terrace
Not far from the Paris Opera house, you’ll find the Galeries Lafayette. This department store is vast. If you visit the 7th floor, you will find a rooftop terrace that is not only free to view, but also offers a spectacular panoramic view of the entire city of Paris.
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Company are the oldest English speaking bookstores in Paris. These bookstores are located along the left banks of Paris. Shakespeare and Company are two independent bookstores situated side by side. While one is a vintage bookshop, with an upstairs that features a library of antique books and plenty of cozy little nooks to sit and enjoy them, the other showcases the modern classics for sale. Alongside the two bookstores is a darling little cafe run in tandem by the two stores.
L’Objet qui Parle
The L’Objet qui Parle can be found near the base of Montmartre. The literal translation of this shop's name is “The Talking Object,” which is kind of perfect if you consider the carefully chosen objects this shop has on display. This store is full of vintage curiosities! It’s not set up like a regular store. There is seemingly no rhyme or reason for the way things are displayed, and you’ll have to dig through the wares to find that perfect gem, but you won’t be disappointed. Surely there’s something in this shop that will speak to you and remind you of your fantastic vacation in Paris and this unique little shop you took the time to visit.
Amelie The Movie and the Da Vinci Code
Amelie is an iconic French film that everyone knows the name of. Follow the path of the heroine of the film, Amelie, through some of the beautiful arrondissements in Montmartre Paris. You can see the actual cafe where she worked and continue her movie journey throughout the area.
If you happen to be a film buff, you can also see many of the Da Vinci Code filming locations as it was mainly filmed in Paris. Historic sites used for filming, such as the church of Saint Sulpice and also the Pyramid at the Louvre.
Venture into the Catacombs
When you think about the city of love, skeletal remains probably aren’t the first thing that springs to mind. If you would like to take a closer look at the darker side of the city, the catacombs are the place for you. These catacombs are located beneath Paris, in an underground system of tunnels. Six million people have been placed in this extraordinary burial ground. It is something you are not likely to forget, even long after your visit has ended. Beautiful quotes about life and death can be seen carved into the stone of the tunnels.
The Saint-Ouen Flea Market
The Saint-Ouen Flea Market has been in operation in some form since the middle ages. This massive flea market is located just North of the 18th arrondissement. The Saint-Ouen is no ordinary flea market, because of its raging popularity after WWII, business people decided to buy the land, pave it and put in electricity and water. They then rented the property and stalls at reasonable prices to anyone looking to sell goods. This flea market is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm closes briefly for lunch and then is open from 2:00 pm to 5:45 pm. If you’re interested in antiques, vintage items, or even knick-knacks, you will want to stop by this incredible market on your trip.
Graffiti is usually something that is frowned upon and can end up costing you money when you're caught and fined. However, in Paris, there are workshops designed especially for those who would like to try their hand at the art. Paris is the birthplace to many artists as such always supports creativity. If you find yourself suddenly wanted to get in on the artistic action, you can join a graffiti workshop! In these workshops, run by local artists, you get to design your own mural and then paint it on a designated wall in a safe space.
It might sound odd, but if you’re visiting Paris, the sewers are a great place to check out. Under the polished streets of Paris, France lays many underground tunnels built in 1370. These tunnels are now home to a fascinating exhibition that features information about the tunnels and some of the massive machines once used inside them.
Another of the offbeat and hidden gems of Paris is a day trip to the final resting place of Vincent Van Gogh, Auvers-Sur-Oise.
Auvers-Sur-Oise is a small town that is located in the North West of Paris. Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo have both been laid to rest there. There is an Absinthe Museum as well as a large chateau that looks like something straight out of a storybook. You can imagine yourself walking the same paths as the great painter Vincent Van Gogh. Wander the serene countryside that Van Gogh called his home and stop to see the Inn where he tragically died in 1890.
When you visit Paris city of love, you’re sure to have a trip you’ll never forget. Whether you choose to stick to well-known locations or venture off the beaten path, this beautiful city is chocked full of things to see and do that are sure to make your journey unforgettable.