Now of course don’t get me wrong, we’re all aware of the amazing sights and museums that Paris has to offer. I certainly don’t blame the 32 plus million foreign visitors that come to Paris each year.
This City of Lights has so much rich history and culture to share. I’ve yet to meet a person who hasn’t heard of the famous landmarks. Scattered around the city such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre to name a few.
Now I’m not knocking anybody who joins the crowds to snap some shots and visit these places… I’ve done it myself.
I’ve only ever visited Paris twice, my first visit was only for 3 days, so of course I crammed in as much ‘popular’ sightseeing spots as possible.
So when I came back for a second time, I gave myself extra time to research and explore more of the hidden and not so touristy spots Paris had to offer.
Here I have compiled a list of the more ‘unusual’ and unique places to explore in Paris.
1. Catacombes de Paris
Did you know there are over 200 miles of hidden tunnels hidden underground in the city of Paris? Mass overflows of graveyards around Paris resulted in the bones and skulls being taken and arranged in these subterranean tunnels which date way back to the 18th century. Inside you will see the walls scattered and decorated with skull and bones… eerie.
2. 59 Tivoli
Where art can be free in Paris, 59 Tivoli includes 6 floors of amazing artwork which decorates the entire building inside and out. Once a former squat, this building was renovated into legal studios where artists can live for a small fee. Located on one of the most largest shopping streets in Paris, 59 Tivoli exhibits are free and open to the public. You simply cannot miss this building.
3. Bibliothèque Nationale de France
National Library, this library reminds me of that one scene in Disney, where Beast presents hos vast library to Belle. This library is the repository of all that is published in Frnace, holding over 40 million historical collections as well as 14 million books. This library is open to the public.
4. Le Mur des Je t’aime (The wall of love)
Built by Fréderic Baron and Claire Kito, the I Love You wall is made up of 612 tiles of ceramic lava and is distinct by it’s reflective blue colour. Created as a rendezvousfor lovers, written in over 300 languages, including 192 languages of the United Nations. This is certainly a change from those love lock embedded bridges.
5. Rue Crémieux
Rue Crémieux is a pedestrian street of private houses adorned with beautiful and vibrant painted exteriors. There’s not much else to say but to just grab your camera. This spot is ideal for the instgrammers!
6. Dans le Noir
Dans le Noir, is a restaurant bar and lounge which offers a unique experienceof dining on complete darkness. Located at 51 Rue Quincampoix, this restaurant offers a sensory experience designed to awaken senses and re-evaluates your perception and how blind people experience life.
7. Paris Zero Point
Word is said that if you step foot on Zero Point good luck will bring you back to Paris. This 8 pointed bronze star located just outside Notre Dame Cathedral, supposedly indicates the ‘centre of Paris’ people leave coins here as a sign of good luck and wish making.
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