The perfect locals guide to discovering Paris
The city of love, lights and wine, Paris is the capital of France and is well known for its bustling cityscape, impressive monuments and sweeping boulevards. With over 2 million residents, it is easy to feel a little lost in this enormous city. With many visitors touring only the classic sites such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe, it is easy to miss some of the many unique and rarely seen gems found in Paris. So, to help newbie visitors truly discover this European metropolis, we have put together the perfect guide for eager adventurers looking to explore the many unique treasures found scattered throughout Paris.
Discover the city's alternative museums
Many who choose to visit Paris make a stop at the city's most famous museum, the Louvre, and spend 20 minutes bustling to see the Mona Lisa. However, those who treat the Louvre as their only museum stop are genuinely missing out on some of the best art and culture this city has to offer.
The city has some of the best art museums globally, and visitors must stop at sites like the spacious and contemporary Palais de Tokyo. This museum not only hosts some of the greatest modern artists in the world but is also home to the world-famous restaurant Monsieur Bleu, where French president Emmanuel Macron often chooses to dine.
Palais de TokyoPalais de Tokyo, President Wilson Avenue, Paris, France
For lovers of history rather than art, The Musée Carnavalet is dedicated to the city's history and occupies two neighbouring mansions.
Carnavalet MuseumCarnavalet Museum, Rue de Sévigné, Paris, France
Here you can learn about the history of Paris, beginning in the medieval age and going all the way up to its place as the centre of the Enlightenment Age.
Enjoy a Parisian style night out.
When many visitors to the city think of a night out in Paris, the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret comes to mind. However, the city has so much more to offer for those looking to enjoy the city's varied nightlife. Visit the neighbourhood of Pigalle, where you can find a host of exceptional themed bars such as the New Orleans-inspired Lulu White, which hosts a live jazz lounge.
Lulu White Drinking ClubLulu White Drinking Club, Rue Frochot, Paris, France
Other themed bars in the area include the cocktail tiki bar, the Dirty Dick, and the quirky bar Marlusse Et Lapin, which serves out of a backroom designed like an abandoned Paris home.
Marlusse et lapinMarlusse et lapin, Rue Germain Pilon, Paris, France
For visitors looking to enjoy a later type of night out, head to Oberkampf and enjoy one of the most thrilling Parisian neighbourhoods. Here you can enjoy drinks till the early hours at places like Café Charbon, a charming Parisian brasserie-style bar, or dance till the sun comes up at one of the city's best nightclubs, the Nouveau Casino.
Café CharbonCafé Charbon, Rue Oberkampf, Paris, France
Nouveau CasinoNouveau Casino, Rue Oberkampf, Paris, France
Enjoy some of the city's best dining experiences.
Paris is most notable for its wine bars, but Parisians know that wine is perfect when served with food. Visitors to the city can enjoy some of the best eateries in Europe here, especially if they search out some of its many hidden gem restaurants. For those looking for a slice of Americana, head to the PNY restaurant and enjoy the best burgers in Paris.
RESTAURANT PARIS - NEW YORKRESTAURANT PARIS - NEW YORK, Rue de Fougères, Rennes, France
Why not head to Boulangerie Utopie to enjoy some of the city’s best fresh-baked baguettes, cream eclairs, and other classic French pastries. This family-run business is one of the best lesser-known bakeries in all of Paris.
Boulangerie UtopieBoulangerie Utopie, Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Paris, France
For those looking to enjoy classic French-style dining, make sure to head to the Michelin-starred Comice.
ComiceComice, Avenue de Versailles, Paris, France
Here, the team combines traditional French-style cooking with hand-selected wines from the country's Southlands. Enjoy butter-poached lobster with sweet pea and mascarpone ravioli while sipping on a Chateau Mouton Rothschild and taking in the sites of Paris hustling street life.
Discover the lesser-known monuments of Paris.
Many who visit Paris stick to the usual roster of monuments and miss some of its most impressive architectural marvels. Visitors that take the time to discover the more hidden monuments of Paris are sure to be inspired by its many unknown structures.
Rather than heading to the Eiffel tower, make sure to stop by the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, a library built-in 1850 with a cast-iron frame that is considered an engineering marvel. Other classic sites in the Paris skyline include the French Renaissance style Hôtel de Ville, built-in 1533, and the Gothic style Basilique de Saint-Denis.
Bibliothèque Sainte-GenevièveBibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Place du Panthéon, Paris, France
Hôtel de VilleHôtel de Ville, Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Paris, France
No matter where you decide to go in Paris, you are sure to find a lively city bustling with activity, sites, and culture. Visitors to Paris are sure to enjoy a unique sense of travellers escapism which is exclusive to this 2000-year-old French capital.