Paris is always, but really always a good idea. I try visiting Paris at least once a year. From Rotterdam, where I live, it is just a 2:37 hrs journey by train. Paris is not cliche at all. If you explore and wander enough, you will find a lot of hidden gems.
My Paris tips are:
Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum – for art & architecture lovers
Coulée verte René-Dumont – for walking & running lovers
Cinema En Plein Air – for movie lovers
La Felicità – for food & drinks lovers
La Petite Ceinture – for hidden abandoned location lovers
Pigalle Basketball Court – for sports lovers
Eiffel Tower at night – for cliché destination lovers
Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum
There is more than Le Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. Fondation Louis Vuitton doesn’t just have an excellent collection, but also its archicture has a wow factor and a spectacular view from the rooftop. And there is a permanent installation by my favourite artist Olafur Eliasson.
Coulée verte René-Dumont
I discovered Coulée verte René-Dumont by accident when being slightly dissapointed after a boulangerie was closed for holidays. Discovering this green promenade is the best hidden gem I discovered in Paris. It is also hidden, because it is on top of a former railway line. Parisians use the promenade for a walk, a run or taking the dog out
Cinema En Plein Air
Every Summer the open air film festival Cinema En Plein Air is being held at Parc de La Villette. Every evening you can enjoy a film in French or English.Â Don\’t forget to bring your own food and drinks for a true film picnic.
This foodhall opened a few years ago in Paris. It is located in a former train depot. It is open for breakfast, lunch, diner and occasionally there is live music. I had a super delicious Italian lunch at Trattoria
La Petite Ceinture
If you are up for a bit of adventure, La Petite Ceinture is your place to go. It is a former railway line and disused since 1934. If you fancy a quiet walk in Paris, go to La Petite Ceinture. I can’t remember from where I entered it, I am sure Google can tell you. 😉
Pigalle Basketball Court
Isn’t this just a mind blowing basketball court? It is situated in between typical Parisian houses in the Pigalle area. It is very Instagrammable.
It might sound very cheesy to visit the Eiffel Tower at night. You will absolutely love it. It is especially very romantic when you are in Paris with your lover. Every hour after sunset the Eiffel Tower sparkles for about 5 minutes. If you just missed it, get yourself some food and drinks and enjoy the view in the park in front of the Eiffel Tower.
What are your Paris tips?
I’d love to hear from you about your Paris tips and hidden gems.