Paris is almost back in full swing and Parisians are once again indulging in their favorite past times. However, while it may seem tempting to re-discover Paris by visiting renowned attractions, here are some great spots to get you off the beaten track to enjoy Paris like a local.
1. Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature: a quick trip into the world of Wes Anderson
Hidden in the popular 3rd arrondissement is perhaps Paris’ most underrated museum: Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. It holds one of the best taxidermy collections in the world, making it a must-see for any Wes Anderson fan. Situated in the limestone Guénégaud, simply jump off the busy streets and make your way through the museum’s exquisite rooms full of ancient trophies, priceless artworks, and exotic animals.
(The Museum is currently undergoing renovations and will open July 3rd to visitors)
2. Saint-Ouen’s flea market: vintage gems
Tucked away on the edge of the city’s northern border is one of the most unique shopping experiences in Paris. Le Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen is a combination of 2,500 small shops spread across fifteen markets all in one location. From rare vinyls and vintage Chanel bags, to renaissance beds, and old-school McDonald’s toys, there is nothing you won’t find at Les Puces. Spend a few weekends sifting through antique collections of everything you do and do not need.
Although many of us spent lockdown binging Netflix, there is nothing quite like watching a film on the big screen. Luckily, Paris is home to dozens of world-class and funky theaters that are back open for business. The perfect cinema to get you back into the Parisian film scene and feeling like you’ve stepped into the world of “Amélie” is Studio 28. Located on a quiet cobblestone street in the 18th arrondissement, this cinema first made its name when Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel premiered their surrealist film “L’Âge d’Or” inside its ritzy red velvet seated salles. Head here to escape the heat and engross yourself in an art-house film.
4. Chez Plumeau: drinks in Montmartre
If you’re looking for a drink with a view, we suggest checking out Place du Calvaire in the charming Montmartre ‘hood’. You’ll find this petite terrasse just below the world-famous Place du Tertre, nestled underneath picturesque trees with one of the most stunning views of the city. Enjoy a decently priced spritz here at Chez Plumeau or simply park up on a public bench and gaze at the magic of Paris from above.
5. Château de Monte-Cristo : an alternative to Château de Versailles
Looking for an under-the-radar château to make the most of a sunny day? Just an hour west of Paris by train is the former home of the legendary French author Alexandre Dumas. Château Monte-Cristo, named after his renowned novel The Count of Monte-Cristo, boasts whimsical grounds filled with grottos, waterfalls, and Dumas’ former writing studio located in the middle of a pond. At an 8€ entry price, this hidden gem makes for a perfect day trip out of the busy city.
Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature – 62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris
Le Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen -99 Allée des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen
Studio 28 – 10 Rue Tholozé, 75018 Paris
Chez Plumeau – Place du Calvaire, 75018 Paris
Château de Monte-Cristo – Chemin du Haut des Ormes, 78560 Le Port-Marly
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