Going to Paris for the weekend has got to be on your bucket list, especially if you live in London. All you’ve got to do is book a return ticket on the Eurostar, find a cosy Airbnb in Montmartre and take your walking shoes! Paris is one of those cities you never really know unless you take long strolls around the different neighbourhoods, and avoid the metro as much as possible, not to mention the stunning views at night, Paris is called the City of Lights after all. But other than the usual touristic visits you can plan, we’ve got some gems you won’t want to miss:
Les Passages à Montmartre
Les Passages de Montmartre are hidden 18th-century covered Parisian galleries and are truly architectural gems. You shouldn’t go there specifically to buy anything in particular, but more to roam around, look at old postcards, collect precious stones, discover antique cameras and flip through vintage books. Galerie Vivienne (see the photo below) is the prettiest, with gorgeous mosaics and paintwork, with one of the most charming tea rooms in Paris. As all the galleries follow one from one another, we recommend visiting all of them, including the Passage Verdeau where you’ll find the famous Musée Grévin (the waxwork museum) and its hotel.
Le Manége Dodo
This carousel is known as one of the most unusual ones in the world, due to the animals chosen. The carousel is situated along the banks of the Seine, in the Jardin des Plantes (also worth seeing). Created in 1992, the carousel is the child of a scientist who wanted to draw more attention to the biodiversity of species on Earth.
The Parisian catacombs are one of the most unique visits in Paris and are found twenty metres below ground. The catacombs were mainly used to store the remains of millions of Parisians transferred there gradually between the late 18th and mid 19th century, as graveyards were closing due to the risk of pollution. In the long maze of dark galleries and narrow passages, visitors can see skulls and bones arranged in an artistic way. This unusual site brings the history of the Parisian people back to life and takes visitors on a unique, and dark journey. Find our more here.
This is one of the most colourful street in Paris, and probably the most Instagrammed one as well. Found in the 12th arrondissement, not far from the Gare de Lyon train station, the cobblestoned and pedestrianised street is not very long, nor wide and is full of colourful private houses. The 35 identical houses that border the streets look like English cottages, usually found somewhere in the country or by the sea. This is for those looking for a relaxed walk, and maybe a little photo session with your friends.
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