The Best Kept Secrets in Paris
Once you’ve endured the painfully long queues for the Eiffel Tower, got your selfie with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, and Instagrammed the Arc de Triomphe, is there anything else even left for you to do in Paris?
Well actually, yes.
Paris has a whole other side to it - one that I’ve come to prefer. If you want to discover the true magic of Paris, here are some less well known (but just as fantastic) places I can recommend...
1. Les Catacombes
This a Parisian promenade with a serious twist. Follow the stairs down into this 18th century ossuary, lined with skulls and bones- and let the creepiness begin! Queues are incredibly long so be sure to get there early.
- Metro: RER B : Denfert-Rochereau ; Ligne 4 Denfert-Rochereau
2. Parc des Buttes Chaumont
I still can’t believe this is Paris! It’s a wonderful escape from the usual hustle and bustle of the city. With the waterfall, lake, temple and bridge, it provides the perfect way to pass a sunny day.
- Metro Ligne 7bis, Buttes Chaumont.
3. Churches: Saint Chapelle and Saint-Paul Saint-Louis Church
2 very different churches, but equally as beautiful. It’s a surprise that they aren’t better known, as I think they are serious competitors of the Notre Dame. Saint Chapelle, although small, is particularly beautiful- the stained glass windows on the second floor will blow you away.
- Saint-Paul Saint Louis : Metro Ligne 1 Saint-Paul. Saint Chapelle : Metro RER B Notre-Dame Saint Michel ; Ligne 4 Saint Michel.
4. Mur Des Je T'aime
Here lies the romantic side of Paris that rarely makes the films or novels: “I love you” in 280 languages. So once you’ve finished visiting the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre, you should take a few minutes to appreciate this little urban corner in a Parisian park.
- Metro : Ligne 12 Abbesses
5. La Grande Mosquee de Paris
The largest Mosque in Paris definitely covers the not-so-typical side of Paris.
- Metro Ligne 7 Place Monge
6. Opera Garnier
Whilst the Opera itself is no big secret, the beauty of the interior was certainly unknown to me. Be sure to visit inside to appreciate fully.
- Metro ligne 3, 7, 8 Opera
By Varsha Patel