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Paris "Hidden gems"

By Traveller February 15, 2018

Paris "Hidden gems"

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By Elena Traveller February 15, 2018

Hello, everyone! What are some "hidden gems" you would recommend in Paris? I'm not interested in the touristic side of the city, I've already experienced it. Just imagine I'm a friend who's visiting and is not interested in seeing the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur and such :) Thank you!

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Hi - not a local, but a traveler. I really liked the Promenade Plantee, which is a park that was built along the former path of a train track. Part of it is elevated, and part is actually BELOW street level; it's really just a very long, thin park, but it makes for a great walk through (and over, and sort-of-under) some lesser-visited spots of Paris.

It's the same idea as the High Line Park here in New York City, where I live. But- I like the Promenade plantee better!
Traveller February 16, 2018
Thanks for the tip! :)
Elena Traveller February 16, 2018

I will advise you to walk into some districts (non-touristic or kind of non-touristic) :

> Le marais (3e/4e/10e) from Republique (11e) to Beaubourg/Chatelet (1er)
You will find a lot of streetart, very good food and expensive (or not so expensive) shops.
Around the "Rue de Turenne" and in this neighbourghood, you will find a lot of Coffee shops (café spécialité), a "new" trend in Paris. If you like it, you should go to Fringe.

> Belleville (20e) and Oberkampf (11e) to Republique (11e)
You will find here a lot a ecclectic shops and a lot of Bar and Restaurant.
I love the bar Le Gürü around this area.

> The 13th : from Bibliothèque François Mitterand (13e) to Place d'Italie (13e)
One end is on the Seine, you will find a lot of restaurants, bars, clubs and a swimmingpool... directly on the Seine (on a boat, the most of the time). And it's a very new district, with modern architecture.
On the middle, it's one of asiatic districts of Paris. A lot of Streetart (if you go along the Metro 6, you will find some big buildings totally decorated), a lot of very great restaurants.
On the over side (Place d'italie), I advise you to go on the Butte aux Cailles, it's a little hiding hill with a lot of bars and restaurants. The atmosphere remind me my city (Nice). And again, a lot of streetart.
Local February 15, 2018

> Something to do, but touristic one : Les catacombes de paris... but brave yourself and wait 3hours...

If you like electro-ecclectique music, you should go to the Mellotron one day ( it's a bar and a webradio !

If you want to go out, see what is around (thank you Internet !), you will find a lot of things according to your taste !

But, if you check out and found a clubbing night on your taste for the Rexclub (I love the atmosphere), you should go to La régalade (little expensive, but very very good bar and restaurant).

Enjoy your travel !
Chloé Local February 15, 2018
Double thanks, Chloe! :) I really appreciate this!
Elena Traveller February 15, 2018
You're welcome !
Enjoy ;)
Chloé Local February 15, 2018
Hi Elena,

To find out the "hidden jems" you have to go areas like: Le Marais, Latin Quarter, Saint Germain de Pres, Belleville, Montmartre...
I know some of this are in the list of touristy things to do, but there is so much more behind that you would imagine.
For example I like to have some tapas and wine at "L'Avant Comptoir" in Saint Germain de Pres. Maybe have a croque-monsieur at the café in front of the metro station exit from Lamarck-Coulaincourt, I think it is called "Le Refuge". Go pick up some great cheese at my friends Franck fromagerie at Ile de Saint Louis "La Cremerie", and not too far a glass of good organic wine at Herve's wineshop "L'etiquette".

If you wish to go with a local and learn more about the hidden local Paris you can book your private local guide at

Take care and enjoy the city!
Local February 15, 2018
Thank you, Pam! Much appreciated :)
Elena Traveller February 15, 2018
I would say Musée de la Nature et de la Chasse, a very special place in le Marais
Local February 15, 2018
Thank you!
Elena Traveller February 15, 2018
Musée Gustave Moreau
14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris

Musée Nissim de Camondo
63 Rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris

Musée Marmottan Monet
2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris
La Muette

Musée du Montparnasse
21 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris
Montparnasse / Bienvenue

For going out:
Rue Frochot For cocktails
Le fumoir
Les bains douches
Le bourbon
La mano
Le palace
Local February 15, 2018
Thank you! :)
Elena Traveller February 15, 2018