Go beyond the cliches if you want to experience Paris like a local
Forget the Eiffel Tower and leave with a Parisian to take a walk in Paris totally different from what you imagined and to discover the capital under a new angle.
Paris is filled with surprising activity and incredible places to be discovered. This guide will present you the 5 things to do in Paris as well as tips and advice for your stay.
Jardin du Luxembourg, 6ème arrondissement
Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, were created in 1612. The gardens, which cover 25 hectares of land, are split into French gardens and English gardens. Between the two, lies a geometric forest and a large pond.
The garden has 106 statues spread throughout the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the Orangerie and the Pavillon Davioud. Whether you are Parisians or tourists, you can play chess, tennis, and bridge or remote control boats.
The cultural programme is characterized by free photography exhibitions on the garden railings and by concerts in the bandstand.
Opens between 7.30am and 8.15am, and closes between 4.30pm and 9.30pm according to the season.
Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre, 18e arrondissement
The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmartre, it has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital, from 130 meters above ground. And to go even higher up, visitors can access the dome where the 360° view of Paris is magnificent.
After exploring the charming museum of Montmartre, take a break in the gardens of Renoir, a haven of peace overlooking the vineyards of Montmartre.
A short walk from the Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre, the old Parisian unique district of Abbesses with its steep, winding roads, and at the bottom of the hill, the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret.
The basilica is open every day from 6 am to 10.30 pm
Catacombes de Paris, 14e arrondissements
If you like strange places, dare to go down into the bowels of the city. The visit of the Catacombs of Paris is without a doubt the most frightening attraction that Paris has to offer, with kilometers of tunnels lined with femurs and skulls of six million dead Parisians.
Built 23 meters underground at the end of the 18th century to prevent diseases from spreading in the cemeteries of the city center, the Catacombs are now the scene of a thrilling walk.
From Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am till 8:30 pm
Opéra Bastille, 12e arrondissement
After having read the website of the Opera Bastille, choose your favorite opera show and note the date in your diary so as not to miss it.
On the day of the show, go to the doors of the Opera Bastille to the around 16h. At 6 pm, the doors of the opera open and 30 tickets are available at a modest price of € 5 (2 tickets per person maximum).I
n the program, there are operas, ballets, and superb classical music concerts. Enjoy a fabulous show in one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris, we assure you that you will not regret it!
Passages Couverts, 9e arrondissement
More than old shopping malls, The Covered Passages around the Grand Boulevards are galleries with a particular atmosphere dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Covered by a charming glass roof, their second-hand bookstores, tea rooms, and gift shops make them fun alternatives to Parisian shopping galleries. We recommend the Galerie Vivienne and the Jouffroy Passage, which houses the Grévin Museum.
To enjoy your stay in Paris, head to the place that inspires you the most: The Latin District will be the ideal place if you are looking for a student and intellectual atmosphere during your visit to Paris, the Invalides if you appreciate the architecture imposing place, Montmartre if you have the soul of an artist, Belleville if you want to find the atmosphere of old Paris typical.