Despite being a well-maintained city, Paris is overcrowded with tourists most months of the year. Hence, it is natural to seek calm and peaceful experiences within this lively city that is also home to a rich history. There are numerous localities within Paris, which are seldom visited by the tourists. You can pack your hiking bags and step out to the streets for a true and offbeat experience of the French capital city.
Pars city is brimming with not-so-famous locations that will give you an essence of the authentic lifestyle of Paris. You can visit these spots and immerse yourself in the experience to really feel the French ways of life. You can also join guided Paris tours to various offbeat locations. Below are some of the best ideas for spending some offbeat time while in Paris. Remember, Paris is not just about the famous locations, it is a product of all these small yet beautiful places that build up the city.
Visit the Lesser Known Museums
The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay museums are indeed attractive and special, but these are the places where everyone goes. You may not even be able to properly observe all the attractions on display. So why not opt for a more offbeat museum, which will still surprise you with their excellent collection? Museums such as the Paris Sewer Museum, the Museum of Romantics, the Fairground Museum, and the Counterfeit Museum are capable of leaving any visitor mesmerized with the range of collections in them. Being cheaper than most museums, these places offer a great place for history buffs to immerse in the various attractions.
Hot Air Balloon Ride in André-Citroën Park
Your Paris tours would be incomplete if you did not sign up for a hot air balloon ride at the André-Citroën Park. You can get an excellent view of the city form the balloon. The balloon here is the biggest in the world and totally worth riding. It can carry up to 30 passengers at a time and it starts its service from 09:00 am in the morning, until 08.30 pm in the night. Though it is dependent on the weather conditions, it is certainly a memorable experience.
Explore the Streets around Île De La Cité
The area surrounding Île de la Cité is home to the renowned Notre Dame as well as a host of other historically important locations. This includes a courtyard lined with old stones from a graveyard. You can also find one of the most delicious ice creams in the world here – Berthillon ice cream, and wander around with one of those in your hand while exploring the streets of Île de la Cité.
Enjoy a Parisian Picnic All by Yourself
The best way to enjoy a Parisian day is by getting all French and heading to the Seine River to witness a beautiful sunset. You can bring along baguette, fresh fruit, a bottle of wine, and also invite a few friends to join you on the picnic. It is guaranteed to be one of the best experiences you can have in Paris. You can also find calm quiet places away from the crowds and chill by yourself peacefully.
The Offbeat Locality of Montmartre
If you are looking for an exclusive French experience away from where all the tourists are, then head to the Montmartre district. One of the best in Paris in terms of dining or meeting local artists, the Montmartre district has a lot to offer to the offbeat traveler. If you are a photography buff, you can wake up early and be ready to witness some amazing visuals of the sunrise before tourists start arriving. With the sinking house of Montmartre, La Maison Rose and the Sacré-Coeur, the Montmartre district has a lot more to offer than what meets the eye.
Discover the Secrets of Bois De Boulogne
The city of Paris has no green spots inside the city, but it is flanked on the West by Bois de Boulogne. Earlier, the place was used by the kings as a hunting ground; now, it is the home of Louis Vuitton Art Foundation. Besides, the region also has the Jardin d’Acclimation – a region of well-maintained gardens, a mini-golf course, as well as many eateries. In addition, there is a château too, that is worth visiting.
Discover Strange Souvenirs at Port St. Ouen
The largest flea market in the world is incidentally located in Paris and is held every weekend in the outer region of the city at Port St. Ouen. Stroll through the various stalls, and stop to bargain on a few items. Witness the various wares and antiques on display. Explore the vintage clothing section and try a few of them on. You can also grab a postcard from here for just 1 Euro.