Alternative Things to do in Paris

Even though it may sound cheesy, from my experience, Paris really can be considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you ever plan to go there, I am sure that you will see the common tourist attractions like Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Versailles, but are there other things worth exploring?

Well, as it turns out, there is plenty of alternative things to do in Paris.

Canal Saint-Martin

If you want to feel like a real Parisian, drinking wine and eating cheese while sitting on the Canal Saint-Martin is a best thing to do in the evening. After working hours, people gather and hang out near this place, especially in warm summer nights.

Canal Saint-Martin is created in the 19th century, surrounded by cafes, boulevards,s and antique shops worth checking out as well!

Le Marais

This district is mostly known for its openness and artistic vibe and fashion. Basically, Le Marais is the hotspot of Paris.

If you are in the mood for a meal, Le Marais is also very suitable for this occasion. The two most famous options for lunch in this street are L’As du Fallafel for oriental cuisine, Florence Khan for bread, and sweets and Miznon Paris for traditional French lunch.


Placed on a small hill in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is also considered as a small village in the middle of Paris. This street presented a melting pot and inspiration to many painters and artist; many films were filmed at this place like Amelie (2001).

While walking through the streets of Montmartre, you will be amazed by its cafes, small shops, street art, and green surroundings.

La Défense

Even though La Défense is considered as a major business district of Paris, and it may not be interesting at first, this place contains so many art installations and pieces all around its big area. La Défense is a big open art museum that contains installations such as Cesar’s thumb, lotus flower, octopus, huge swing and many more.

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