The best hidden gems in Paris, France

Paris is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.Paris has almost everything! Romantic and picturesque streets, historical sites, amazing food and so much more. If you are planning to visit Paris, you’re in the right place! We are here to help you create best itinerary for your visit!

In this article we would like to show you the best hidden gems of Paris along with some top sights that you shouldn’t miss during your visit.

Know before you go
  • Paris is one of the most visited capital cities in Europe. If you hate crowded places we suggest you should get up early. Almost every day of our stay in Paris, we got up around 6 am and had most of the places all to ourselves. 
  • If you are 26 years old and younger (you have to show your ID), you can visit most of the museums for free. 
  • Get lost in the beautiful streets of Paris! If you want to enjoy a great breakfast, lunch or dinner.. avoid the city centre or we can assure you that your wallet will be very sad. 
  •  Transport – If you plan to stay in Paris more than one day (we suggest 5 days), you should get yourself a “Navigo Card”. You can get it at almost every metro station. It will save you a lot of your precious money ! We used this card even for transportation to Disneyland and Orly Airport. VERY IMPORTANT! If you want to purchase this card, you need a small photo (passport format). 

TOP PLACES TO SEE IN PARIS

1. Rue Cremieux 

I would say that this is an equivalent to London’s Notting Hill. Beautiful and colorful houses that are very popular among photographers. If you visit this place, you should definitely respect people that live here. 

Paris Rue Cremieux

2. Le Mur des Je t’aime – The wall of Love 

This beautiful place is hidden near the Sacré- Couer. It is something like a love memorial – you can find there “I love you” in 311 languages, including the Czech language, which is Miluji Tě. 

The wall of love

3. Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre

Probably my most favorite quarter of the whole city. Many people would agree that Montmartre is one of the most charming neighborhoods. Get lost in many of Montmartre’s picturesque streets. You can also find there two popular instagram spots: Le Consulat and La Maison Rosé. It is also home to many street artist.

One of my most favorite sights in Paris is also situated in Montmartre. Yes you have guessed it right, it is Sacré-Coeur. We actually had to get up at 6 AM to get this picture without crowds. Get up early and enjoy this place all to yourselves.. there is also amazing view from the top of the hill.

Sacré-Coeur Paris

4. Trocadéro – amazing views of the Eiffel Tower

Watching the sunrise and having views of the iconic Eiffel Tower? Sounds like dream, right? The best place to enjoy views of this famous landmark is definitely Trocadéro.

Did you know, that the Eiffel Tower used to be the tallest man-made tower in the world for 41 years? (until the Chrysler building was completed). It was built in 1889 and was supposed to be destroyed after 20 years. Can you imagine Paris without its icon?

Trocadéro

5. Arc de Triomphe – best for sunset views

One of the best views you can possibly get in Paris. You can admire incredible views of Champs-Élysées, one of the world’s most beautiful avenues, the Eiffel tower, Montmartre and La Defense. If you are under 26, this is one of the places that you can visit for free (you just need to show your ID).

Arc de Triomphe

You can find this iconic monument in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly called the Place de l’Étoile). It was built was built between years 1806 and 1836. The triumphal arch is in honor of those who fought for France.

6. Le Louvre

Le Louvre is the third biggest museum in the whole world. It attracts millions of visitors every year! If you plan to visit this museum in the morning or afternoon be prepared for long queues and many people. However if you want to skip these queues, visit the museum in the evening! Some exhibitions may be closed, but the main attraction La Joconde / Mona Lisa should stay open until closing time.

Again, if you are 26 or younger you will have free access to the museum.

Le Louvre

7. Luxembourg Gardens

One of many beautiful parks! Luxembourg gardens are ideal place to escape busy streets and enjoy a little bit of relax. You can admire beautiful Luxembourg palace built in 1645. If you look carefully, you can see one of the 5 Statues of Liberty, that are situated in Paris.

Luxembourg Gardens

8. Les Invalides

Les Invalides one of the main landmarks of Paris. It was built between 1670 and 1676 as a place for retirement of French war veterans. It was used to be the burial place for French marshals and generals. It is best known for  housing the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

9. Musée d’Orsay

One of the coolest museums we have ever been to! Situated in the former railway station Gare d’Orsay built between 1898 – 1900. Most of the artworks are French dating from 1848 – 1948. Musée d’Orsay is a home to the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world.

10. Le Pont Alexandre III.

This bridge connects Champs Élysées and Les Invalidés. It was built in year 1900 as a symbol of french-russian alliance. Enjoy beautiful views of the Eiffel tower and river Seine.

Paris

And what about you? Have you visited Paris? Is Paris on your travel bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!

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