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Interesting things to do in Paris (that don’t include the Eiffel Tower)


The usual attractions of Paris, which include the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre are all wonderful places to visit. But if you’re looking for places that are off the usual tourist list, but that still represent the beautiful city, there are other activities you can try. Many of these places show a lot about the history of the city and capture a truly Parisian atmosphere. There is also the bonus of not having to wait in long lines during peak season.

Interesting things to do in Paris (that don’t include the Eiffel Tower)

Visit the Shakespeare and Company bookstore and café

The Shakespeare and Company bookstore and café is still a busy destination. But there is, of course, a good reason. It often hosts events and prominent speakers sure to spark your curiosity. Take the time to browse through the vast collection and grab a bite to eat at the café to experience true French pastries and a good cup of coffee. You could also simply admire its refurbished yet authentic architecture against the breathtaking backdrop of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Shop under the Covered Passages

The Covered Passages are shopping arcades covered by a beautiful glass ceiling inspired by – or still remnants of – 1800s architecture. They are a bustle of pastry shops, restaurants, book stores, and antique shops. Despite the modern apparel on sale, the experience casts you back to historical Paris – a truly unique experience. What makes the visit even more special is the understanding that the shopping arcades were on their way to becoming extinct until people stepped in and decided to preserve them. It’s like visiting a heritage landmark!

Look in on the Gustave Moreau Museum

Paris is brimming with all sorts of museums that display wonderful collections of art, history, and culture. One of the unusual art museums is the Gustave Moreau Museum. It showcases this painter’s eccentric works that are nearly 200 years old. There are thousands of his works on display. The museum also includes tours on how he and his family lived and you can visit their actual living quarters. While you’re there, you can also appreciate the beautiful architecture, including the grand winding staircase leading to the upper rooms.

See the only working vineyard in Paris

Paris is famous for its wine, right? So why not see one of the places the world’s best wine comes from? Vignes du Clos Montmartre is a working vineyard right in the heart of Paris. Grab your tickets for a tour of this humble vineyard and see the process of how these wines are made. Maybe even grab an unusual souvenir to take back home – an authentic vineyard wine.

Interesting things to do in Paris (that don’t include the Eiffel Tower)

Brighten your day at the Rue Cremieux

This adorable street of colorful houses is sure to give you a sense of European flair. The pedestrian-friendly cobblestone road is bordered on either side with beautiful potted plants and houses in different pastel colors, each equipped with old-style street lamps. The narrow roads give you the opportunity to take a mesmerizing perspective photo.

Watch the sunset

There are hundreds of places to view the sunset in the lovely city of Paris. If you want to catch the sunset behind the Eiffel Tower and bustling city, one of the best places to visit is the Printemps rooftop terrace. It offers a 360-degree unobstructed view of the city and is the perfect way to end a busy day.