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10 Interesting Things to Do in Paris

10 Interesting Things to Do in Paris

Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower or the famous shopping avenue Champs-Élysées. But the city of lights is also full of interesting hidden gems.

 

NUMBER 10: See the “fake” Statue of Liberty

Did you know that Paris has its own Statue of Liberty, looking exactly like the one in New York City? Except, it’s smaller. In fact,it is a quarter-scale replica of Liberty Enlightening the World, commonly knownas the Statue of Liberty.

The one in Paris is located on Île aux Cygnes, an artificial island in walking distance of Eiffel Tower and was given to the city of Paris in 1889 by the American community in Paris to celebrate the hundred-year anniversary of French Revolution. This one in France was even feature in the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

And if you still want to see more Statues of Liberty inParis, there are others, like the one in Musée d'Orsay and its copy at JardinLuxembourg. Or the one at Musée des Arts et Métiers. Or if you just want to seethe flame, there’s one known as Flame of Liberty Paris.

 

NUMBER 9: Drive around Paris in unique vehicles

Have you heard about the recent invasion of electricscooters in bigger cities around the world?

Paris is a large city and walking can take you a lot of time, while there is something beautiful and new to discover around every corner. So, rent an electric scooter and drive around Paris instead.

Electric scooters are super easy and fun to use. All you need to do is download the app and find the scooter located closest to you. And when you’ve arrived at your destination, you simply park it there and the scooter will be waiting for their next driver.

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NUMBER 7: Window shopping

Feel like shopping? Or maybe window shopping? Well, Paris offers plenty of that too. But not only on the famous shopping avenue of Champs-Élysées. Visit Galeries Lafayette, a 750,000 square feet department store with an impressive dome stretching over four floors. Most of the store space is dedicated to fashion but you will find plenty of other items too. The storefronts are especially interesting during the Christmas season when they create unique Christmas-themed displays.

You can also visit the Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville, located close to the Notre Dame cathedral.

 

NUMBER 6: Unusualbars and cafés

Paris is famous forgood food, sweet pastries, and interesting and unusual bars.

You can visit Lavomatic, where you literally enter through the washing machine. We tried it and had so much fun!

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There are plenty more to discover, so let’s just name a couple of them:

BARS

CAFÉS

 

NUMBER 5: Visit coolsmall and unusual museums, galleries, atelier or shops

Paris is home to numerous boutique museum, shops, small artgalleries and ateliers that you will hardly find anywhere else in the world.

You can visit the Artists' Studios at 59 Rivoli, an art collective in a former squat, with 30 artists' studios, and an exhibition space.

Squat à Paris (59, rue de Rivoli) by Airair

Squat à Paris (59, rue de Rivoli) by Airair

l’Atelier des Lumières is a digital art museum located in a former foundry where you can experience art through light presented using 140 video projectors.

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If you like perfums, visit the Musée du Parfum – Fragonard, a paradise for both perfume connoisseurs and amateurs. On the other hand, well, Paris also features a Sewers Museum, which is currently closed for renovation.

Musee des Egouts de Paris by Ignis (GFDL,cc-by-sa-2.5,2.0,1.0)

Musee des Egouts de Paris by Ignis (GFDL,cc-by-sa-2.5,2.0,1.0)

There are many other interesting unique places to visit such as the Museum of Montmartre, Museum of the History of Medicine, Hotel de Cluny, Les Caves du Louvre and other.

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Number 4: Try French pastry

Paris and France are known for its amazing pastry. Try the famous macarons at Ladurée or one of the other well-known pastry shops. If you like crepes, order one at City Crepes Café or other small unique crêperie. Or find your preferred pastry shop like A.Lacroix Pâtissier and try crème brûlée, soufflé, croissant, profiterole, or mille-feuille.

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And if you want a truly unique experience, attend a cooking class or use an app called EatWith where you can book a dinner hosted by locals. Download the app here: https://apple.co/2S1rt8t (iOS), http://bit.ly/2UAJ6sl (Android)

 

NUMBER 3: Canals

While many people think that canals are only located inVenice or Amsterdam, you’d be surprised that Paris is full of canals too.

The Canal Saint-Martin is almost 3 miles long and was built in 1825 to supply fresh water to Parisians and to help prevent diseases such as cholera. In 19th century parts of the canal were even covered to create more open space above. You will find many popular bars, restaurants, and other attractions along the canal. Or you can even take a boat ride on the canal.

Paris Canal St-Martin écluses Récollets, JLPC / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Paris Canal St-Martin écluses Récollets, JLPC / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

NUMBER 2: Visit atleast one of the beautiful Parisian streets

Paris is full of amazing and unique streets, markets, and neighborhoodsoffering an insight into Parisian culture and art. Each street offers acompletely different experience.

To see a collection of colorful facades, visit Rue Crémieux.Paris is a romantic city, but if you want to take it up a notch, visit Au VieuxParis d'Arcole, a.k.a. the romantic street. For an amazing graffiti collectionvisit Rue Denoyez. There are many more like Rue des Rosiers, Rue Lepic, Quai d'orsay, Rue Cler, RueMontorgueil and others.

 

NUMBER 1: Chase Space Invaders

Have you heard about the Space Invaders or how people havebeen chasing “them” around the city?

Space Invaders are pieces of art made from mosaics glued to the walls and other surfaces by a French urban artist Invader. The inspiration for the art comes from the 1970s video game Space Invaders. The art appears and disappears overnight in different places all over the world. You can find them in Los Angeles, Rome, Hong Kong, and other cities.

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People chase art with their smartphones using a popular app called FlashInvaders. Download the app here: https://apple.co/2S5szem (iOS), http://bit.ly/2BDPUOU (Android)

Are you ready to find a few yourself?

Of course, Paris offers many other interesting and unique places and experiences. Do you have your favorite hidden gem or something interesting to do in Paris, or have you been to one of the places we presented in this article? Share it in the comments below. 

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