Hidden Gems of Paris
Posted on July 21 2019
It’s no secret that we love visiting Paris —here are some hidden gems we’re excited to check out on our next trip.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, it features a hill in the middle of the lake, an extension bridge and a waterfall. It is fairly high-up which means even though it is on the outskirts of the city, you can appreciate stunning views of parts of Paris.
While there are other beautiful parks located close to the city’s centre, you need to contend with crowds, particularly during summer. Here you can find a lush patch of grass to relax on and enjoy the sun, although there will still be some people around.
There are also a number of cafes and restaurants to enjoy while you are there.
Les Deux Magots
This is one of the oldest cafes in Paris, located in the Saint-Germain and it was originally opened in 1884. Like its neighbour, Le Flore, it was a literary hangout for 20th Century artists such as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and others.
Today the establishment still attracts intellectuals, politicians, artists, and fashion designers. It also offers an unobstructed view of the Abbaye de Saint-Germain, one of Paris’ oldest cathedrals.
It still features the traditional décor of red seats and mahogany tables. It also stays true to its roots by opening the literary award season each year with the Prix des Deux Magots.
Visit the 12tharrondissement to find this charming cobbled street. While it used to be considered one of Paris’ best kept secrets, it is becoming increasingly popular among fashion photographers, filmmakers, and people looking to get the perfect Instagram shot.
It is no wonder why, given the pedestrian street is lined with brightly coloured townhouses, making you feel as though you’ve been transported to a seaside village.
Galerie Vivienne Passage
There are a number of covered shopping arcades throughout Paris, however they are less known than the Champs-Elysees or Galeries Lafayette. This particular passage was built in 1823 and is considered to be the most luxurious of all the those in Paris.
It features mosaic tiles which are highlighted by the natural light that streams in from the glass ceilings. The indoor plants and ornate carvings on the walls add to the passage’s beauty.
This is a great place to visit — whether it is to do some shopping or just to experience some of Paris’ history — particularly when it is raining as the cover will keep you warm and dry.
Rue des Martyrs
This street will transport you back to old Paris, with traditional buildings featuring artesian boutiques, specialty cheese shops, cafes and patisseries, as well as community stores such as hardware shops, pharmacies and grocery shops.
This gothic cathedral was built in the 13thCentury to store relics, such as the Crown of Thorns. It features 15 large, vividly stained-glass windows. Most of these are the originals, created 800 years ago.
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