Paris is the city of love but also the city of tourists. It’s hard not to fall into the trap of going to the typical locations in Paris – like the Eiffel Tower. So, the next time you go to Paris and want to try something different, here are a few things you can do that aren’t the Eiffel Tower.
Visit the only working vineyard in Paris
This is by far one of the most unusual things you can do when in Paris. Ditch the Eiffel Tower and the hordes of tourists and go to Vignes du Clos Montmartre. If you still want to marvel at the view of Paris from up high, there is a spectacular view from the hill at Montmartre. The vineyard is found in the 18th district of Paris and is a magnificent place to visit as you can leave with your arms full of artisanal drinks. There are also available tours of the vineyard and even wine tastings.
Go to the Odette Tea Room
First of all, this place has a beautiful name. Many know Odette as the name of the protagonist in “Swan Lake”, but this tea room is a fairytale of its own. It is not far from the Notre Dame but has double the charm of an overpopulated cathedral. It is world renowned for its famous cream puffs, so take a moment out of your busy traveling schedule to visit the Odette Tea Room. This little shop with a black exterior is easy to miss among the tall buildings surrounding it but make sure to be on the lookout for it the next time you’re in Paris.
Look at the sunset at Printemps Rooftop Terrace
Many people don’t get to experience the nightlife of Paris because they spend the whole day looking at tourist locations and become too tired to go out when the nighttime falls. One of the best ways to experience Paris is from one of its many rooftop bars. It’s a great way to soak up the atmosphere and watch the sunset over the dreamy Paris skyline. The best part about it is that you’re far above the crowded streets, so you can watch people go by as you sip your Parisian drink and enjoy the peace.
Visit the Covered Passages
The Covered Passages became incredibly popular in the 1800s when it established itself as a shopping destination. Visiting these passages is like taking a step back in time. The architecture is classic and there are shops, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, antique stores, and book shops. The roof is breathtaking with panes of glass and the tiles are beautifully mosaicked into stunning pictures. These passages are so fun to explore that there are even articles on the top 10 covered passages and where to find them.
Gustave Moreau Museum
We all know the Louvre, but the Gustave Moreau Museum is less known and is more unique. Due to it being less popular, it definitely won’t be as crowded. It is named after a symbolist painter from the 1800’s. It also goes beyond just looking at sculptures and paintings as you will be able to see his family’s living quarters and even be able to explore them. Even the architecture could be considered part of the art works as it is exquisite. One of the notable features of this museum is a grand spiral staircase that leads to the second and third floors of this architectural masterpiece.