You say Paris and you think about the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe. Three of the most famous, most visited and most photographed landmarks of the city. Beautiful and historically relevant, these monuments represent the core of the French capital to the eyes of many tourists, but Paris has much more to offer... That’s why today we want to talk to you about some spots you might have not yet heard of, but that you cannot miss if you are planning to visit la ville lumière.
Ready for some authentic Parisian vibes? Here are our suggestions:
- Le Musée d’Orsay
This museum will capture your attention, regardless if you are an art aficionado or not. Located in the beautiful Gare d’Orsay, a former railway station that cherishes the unique vibes of a place used to the passage of people, this museum displays the biggest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist in the entire world. Here you will have the opportunity to admire many of the most important canvas of the XIX century, and to be impressed room after room by the work of the Paris based artists that founded what, still today, is one of the most known and praised art movements. But it is not just about art; with its high ceilings and big chandeliers, this place will and be fix in your mind long after your visit. So…do not miss the chance to stop by the Orsay Museum when walking on the Left Bank of the Seine!
Find out more about the Orsay Museum here: https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/accueil.html
- Paris Street Art
Visual arts are not just about museums though…if metropolitan art attracts you more than galleries and you aim at discovering a more urban form of creativity, Paris will not deceive you. Faithful to the artistic spirit that has been pervading it for centuries, the French capital offers plenty of spots where you can admire great wall paintings. Some murals display a futuristic and innovative view on the modern society, whereas others pay tribute to the great artists of the past that have been inspired by Paris while living and working in this beautiful city.
Be aware that some of the murals are being constantly replaced by new ones, but that is part of the appeal… Our tip to get the best experience is to walk from one spot to the other instead of using the metro or a cab. This way you will truly enjoy the French vibes en plein air. Find out more about the current street art in Paris on one of the numerous blogs existing on the topic.
- La Tour Montparnasse
Fancying a stunning view on the entire city? The Montparnasse Tower is the perfect place for you! An elevator will rapidly bring you to the 56th floor of the building, and from the terrace you will be able to admire the beauty of Paris from the top at a single glance. The breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view allows you to see all of Paris landmarks at once. If you want to enjoy the experience at its best we suggest that you look for your ticket online, as purchasing in advance will allow you not to wait. You can choose either a day or a night ticket, or you can decide to experience both versions of this incredible view by selecting the combined ticket option.
And the more holistic among you will be thrilled to know that, starting on January 14th, yoga classes will be hold in the inside part of the Observation Deck every Tuesday at 8am. If you ever wondered how to reset your mind and body with a view, wonder no more…
Find out more about the Montparnasse Tower here: https://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/
- La basilique du Sacré-Coeur
Situated on top of the Montmartre hill, this church is a true symbol of Paris and tells a very important chapter of the city’s history. You can take metro and funicular to reach the Basilica, but if you can, we highly recommend a stroll up the hill. Walking up the hill will allow you to have a full Parisian experience and, at the same time, to breathe the incredible vibes one can find in the Montmartre area. From cafés to bookstores, you will find plenty of nice little spots when wandering around Montmartre. And when you finally arrive on top of the hill, enjoy the stunning view on the city before entering the church and getting lost in the cultural richness of the building.
Visit the Basilica’s website to find out more about it: http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/
- Le Palais Garnier
The Palais Garnier is an opera house built between 1861 and 1875, and named after the man who designed it, Charles Garnier. It is stunning from the outside, but the inside of this majestic building will simply leave you breathless. The blending of architectural styles, united to the incredible atmosphere that pervades this place, are unique. And if you have the opportunity to assist to one of the shows, do it. This is the kind of once in a lifetime experience that will create unforgettable memories and will be fixed in your mind long after your visit to Paris.
Here you will find more information: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en
Let us know in the comments which place you would love to visit!
Hopefully our suggestions have been helpful and gave you some inspiration. Of course there are still plenty of incredible and unique spots worth to visit in Paris that we have not mentioned. If you want to know more on this topic we suggest a couple of blogs: