Discover the top local spots in Paris

Ahh, Paris. A city of love, of history, of beauty. It’s no surprise why it remains one of the most-visited cities in the entire world. However, it can feel overwhelming when it seems like you and the rest of the world are trying to squeeze into just a few famous spots. Paris is more than just the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Champs-Elysées though. We’ve got you covered with a couple of ideas if you want to explore off the beaten path but aren’t quite sure where to start.

Do as the French do and spend a slow, sun-soaked afternoon in one of Paris’ many parks. Armed with a bottle of wine, fresh cheese and strawberries, you’ll get a true feel of the city. Our top recommendations don’t include the park under the Eiffel Tower (although it is great for a selfie!). Square du Vert-Galant is a small but special grassy area at the tip of an island where the Siene flows past on either side. It’s also just a short distance from the magical Sainte Chapelle chapel, with towering stained glass windows depicting over 1300 colorful stories from the Bible (fact check). Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a larger, sprawling park with winding pathways, caves, waterfalls, a suspended bridge and stunning views of Montmartre. The Tino-Rossi Garden is nestled along the Siene, and it’s a popular place where local couples tango and salsa dance into the night. If you were born with two left feet and dancing isn’t your love language, it’s still worth a visit for a glimpse into true Parisian life. Afterwards, refuel at Flytographer Rachael’s favourite spot, Pigalle Fromage Club, for a sake & cheese tasting. 

Everyone knows about the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, but if long lines, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds and dodging selfie sticks isn’t your cup of tea, there are so many other museums worth visiting. The Musée Rodin is a stunning tribute to this famous artist. It’s housed in a romantic mansion, and wandering the gardens in a must-do during your visit. La Gaîté Lyrique calls a 19th century baroque music hall home, and this unique museum focuses on art and creativity in the digital age. With activities and exhibits for all ages, this is one of our favorite rainy day recommendations. A hidden cultural center of the city is Le Carreau du Temple. In this large market hall, visitors discover a combination of theatre, art, themed exhibitions, food stalls, festivals and more. You’ll not only get a taste of the local culture, but also see the international influence that Paris garners from visitors and residents from around the world. To truly immerse yourself in the French culture, plan your trip around one of France’s national holidays. Coming up soon is the national day of France, Bastille Day, on July 14th. The city both figuratively and literally explodes with fireworks and celebration as the entire city comes together in unison to celebrate their great nation.

For a unique perspective of the city, Flytographer Krystal recommends renting an electric boat on Canal Saint-Martin. Different sized boats can fit anywhere from five to eleven people, and whether you want to cruise for an hour or a full day, the company has recommendations for the perfect itinerary to fit your schedule. This activity is wonderful for stealing a quiet moment to yourselves while seeing a new side of Paris from the water. If you’re looking for a truly unique and local experience, buy tickets to a SoFar Sounds concert during your stay. This company puts on intimate concerts featuring local musicians hosted in small cafes, shops and sometimes even locals’ homes. The location is revealed the day before and the musicians are a surprise, but if you thrive on spontaneity, this is for you!

Some of the best travel memories are made through the personal connections you make, and choosing under-the-radar activities is the perfect way to get to know the authentic side of Paris. Our local photographers have amazing recommendations to make your stay even more magical, and they can’t wait to meet you!