Things to Do In Paris:It is easy to find beautiful places in famous Paris. What’s harder is finding great places that are filled with millions of tourists taking photos and gums from dawn ’til dusk. Below, I have listed the most visited places and things to do in Paris. Enjoy!
Although by no means a secret, this park draws more of a local crowd than other gardens such as the Tuileries. Despite a little massacre here in 1871 – that’s history for you – it remains one of the most beautiful green spaces in the city. Gilded gates welcome picnickers and joggers who want to walk through the faux Roman ruins and statues. Expect lots of French speakers here, even though the park is not far from the tourist ridden Champs Elysées.
Hotel de Sully
Everyone knows the palatial 17th-century Place des Vosges, but not everyone is aware of the little door in the southwest corner leading into the courtyard and the garden, which you can rent just behind the Hôtel de Sully. Secluded from traffic – and free of tourist groups – this place is beautiful to see, and to hear; birds singing in the vineyards crawling walls of the courtyard, filling the space with their songs.
Rue des Thermopyles (14th district)
Well everyone is off radar in the 14th district; this place is home to one of the most beautiful cobbled streets of Paris. It is the best in the warmer months when the wisteria is in full bloom. This spot is not making it into a guide, because, there’s nothing to look around here. But if you’re looking for a truly Parisian walk, you could do much worse.
Parc de Belleville
The Belleville district is known for its quirky and grungy … beauty is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this district. But there is something to the little park, however, that just begs to be listed on Instagram, and the view of Paris from the top part of it. Go down the stairs, and you’ll enjoy beautiful, plant-covered arches of the park.
La champagne à Paris (20th district)
Literally translated as “the countryside in Paris”. Ivy-covered houses and cobbled streets are as picturesque as possible, and the chance of running into anyone who is not from Paris is slim.
GALERIE VIVIENNE (Palais Royal)
One of the most luxurious 19th-century covered passages, the Galerie Vivienne has no status of a tourist destination yet. Parisians know that this beautiful passage, with its mosaic floors, natural light and decadent shops, is worth a trip. Stop at Le Grand Filles et Fils, where you can enjoy wine at a table in the hallway and feel smug, like a local.
GALLERY VERO Dodat
This is another striking example of 19th century architecture, the Galerie Véro-Dodat is good enough for Louboutin and is ridiculously nice to visit – but tourists do not seem to wander through it that often. Feel free to shop around the stores and keep an eye on all overhead beautiful decorations.
Le jardin de la Maison de Balzac
Do not wander into the neighborhood Passy instinctively (unless you’re looking to retire soon), but the gardens of the old house writer Balzac are simply charming. It is immaculate and pristine as some of the more famous gardens, but the natural simplicity here is really beautiful. Overlooking the Eiffel Tower, this small rural oasis is a picturesque place for a picnic lunch.
Paris Place Dalida
Most people climb to Sacre Coeur from the front of the hill, but the locals know how to approach the best way from the rear. At the head of the streets behind the tourist trail leads you to Place Dalida, named after the famous Italian singer who took France by storm in the 70s and 80s. From the small square named after this diva, is one of the most beautiful views of Montmartre, a winding street with white dome of the church looming in the distance. Day or night, it is perhaps one of the most photographable streets of Paris.