Are you planning your next big adventure? The City of Light has captivated millions of people and undoubtedly makes its way on to bucket lists around the world.
If you’re looking for amazing food, mouth-watering desserts, world-class wine, and tons of culture, look no further than Paris for your next vacation. But if you want a more authentic experience, you’ll want to do some off-the-beaten-track activities.
Of course, everyone knows that you have to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, but what unique Paris attractions are available to make this trip really special? Hold tight – we have the answer.
Keep reading to discover 10 awesome and off-the-beaten-track things to do in Paris.
1. Explore the Paris Catacombs
When you think of Paris, you probably think of the ultimate couple’s getaway. What could be more romantic than drinking wine as you watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle through the night?
While Paris is known for its romance, it has a creepy side as well. The Paris Catacombs are a must-see if you’re into anything strange or eerie. What makes these catacombs so unique is that the bones and skulls of the deceased were arranged to form patterns and art throughout the catacombs.
Of course, you’ll get a guided tour where you can learn the history and cultural significance behind this impressive site.
2. Check out the Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures
Do you want more cryptic and creepy adventures? Well, you’re in luck. Paris is also home to the Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures, or Musee des Vampires Et du Monde de l’Imaginaire.
Here you’ll find everything from antique texts and a vampire killing kit to Dracula toys. You can browse to your heart’s content and learn all about Paris’ cryptic history.
3. Visit the Wine Museum
It’s no secret that Paris is known for its wine. Many people opt to go on wine tastings or take day trips to vineyards while they’re here.
Of course, we always recommend you try as much wine as possible when in Paris. But if you want to learn a little more about the history of wine, head over to the Wine Museum (Musee du Vin).
You can see over 200 wine-related artifacts and learn how your favorite wines were, and still are, made. The best part is the location, though. An old limestone cellar from the Middle Ages sets the scene for a unique and interesting museum.
4. Admire the Sainte-Chapelle
It seems like no matter where you go in Europe, there’s always a must-see church on the list. And Paris is no different.
While Notre-Dame may already be on your list, you should consider adding Sainte-Chapelle, too. While not as awe-inspiring as the Notre-Dame, the Sainte Chapelle is jaw-dropping in its own right.
It’s filled with tons of gorgeous stained-glass windows. Visit during a sunny day and watch this church come to life with vibrant colors.
5. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
One of the best parts about visiting Paris is that there are tons of attractions within walking distance of each other. This gives you a chance to admire cute stores and impressive architecture.
But you should consider getting a unique viewpoint of this city on your Paris vacation by taking a hot air balloon ride. Better yet, take a ride in the world’s largest hot air balloon – the Ballon Generali. At only 12 Euros per person, it’s a steal!
6. See the Eiffel Tower’s Secret Apartment
It’s no secret that the Eiffel Tower is one of the top things to do in Paris. But, there is a hidden gem in this monument that most tourists miss.
The designer, Gustave Eiffel, built his own little apartment into the Eiffel Tower’s design. While you can’t enter the apartment, you can peak through the window where most of the room and furnishings have remain untouched.
7. Visit the Musee Rodin
If you’re an art lover, you probably already have the Louvre on your list. While this is a great place to admire some amazing art, including the Mona Lisa, you should consider adding the Musee Rodin to your itinerary as well.
This museum was dedicated to Auguste Rodin, an art prodigy who was admitted to art school at only 14 years old – just 4 years after he started drawing. Here you’ll find his famous works, like The Thinker and The Kiss.
8. Shop at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market
Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a few souvenirs to remember your time here. But don’t fall for those overpriced souvenir shops that sell the same old manufactured trinkets to everyone.
If you want something more authentic, head over to the Saint-Ouen Flea market. You can find anything from furniture to books. Not only is it a great way to spend an afternoon in Paris, but you’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
9. Step Foot in the National Library of France
Do you love to read? Have you always dreamed of having your own personal library one day? While we can’t help you with that, we can show you one place that’s sure to inspire.
The National Library of France or, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, is one of the largest libraries in the world. It houses over 10 million books, including several historical collections. Just entering this library and seeing the floor-to-ceiling books will leave you in awe.
10. Take a Selfie on Rue Cremieux
In today’s age, it seems like capturing that perfect Instagram shot is on everyone’s to-do list. But while everyone else is trying to get that Eiffel Tower selfie, head over to Rue Cremieux for a more unique shot.
This picturesque cobblestone street has colorful houses lining each side. While it’s slowly growing in popularity, it’s hasn’t become mainstream or overly crowded yet – so get your perfect picture in while you can!
The Most Unique Paris Attractions
If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you’ll want a nice mix of traditional and off-the-beaten-path activities to keep you busy. Just follow our guide to the most unique Paris attractions so you can have a truly unforgettable trip.
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