You have been to Paris, and seen the “big” sights, the Louvre, the Eiffel tower etc , now you want to add some alternatives. Some experiences off the beaten track that add to your understanding and enjoyment of the city. Of course everyone’s definition of secondary sights differs, but here is a list of ideas for further exploration…
1. The Paris High-Line
Situated in eastern Paris between Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes is a disused overhead railway. The walk covers 4.5km and passes by old and new apartments, masses of plants, ponds and parks. There are 4 entrances and the nearest metros are Bastille and Daumesnil. It is ideal route and can be combined with a visit to the Aligre Market
Map sourced from: http://www.tovisitparis.com/2011/08/la-promenade-plantee.html
Open everyday: hours vary but are generally 8am to 6pm in winter and 9pm in summer. Current times can be found here
A background story can be read here:
2. Sainte Chapelle
For others, they have never heard of it.
The chapel was consecrated in 1248 and has a stunning collection of stained glass windows.
Admission: Adults: €8.50 , children under 18 free
Open everyday 9:30am-5pm (closed 1 January, 1 May and 25 December)
3. La Grande Epicerie
La Grande Epicerie
If you like food and wine, this is a must visit. A gorgeous old store full of tempting delights. On the ground floor the store has a wide range of ‘groceries’ from 99 varieties of chocolate to 7 varieties of cornflour. It has produce and restaurant stalls. Downstairs there is wine – aisle after aisle. And upstairs there are kitchen goods and a larger restaurant.
Open: Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 9pm.
4. Gobelins Tapestry Factory & Museum
Gobelins Tapestry Factory & Museum
The factory is now run by the French Ministry of Culture, and open for guided tours several afternoons per week by appointment as well as for casual visits every day except Mondays and some specific holidays.
Reports on trip advisor say the guided tour times advertised on the website are not accurate. So if you want to go on a tour make sure you check with the office for the correct times. http://www.mobiliernational.culture.gouv.fr/en/practical-information/paris-gobelins
5. Petit Palais Art Gallery
Petit Palais art gallery This is a city of Paris Fine Arts museum. The building itself is stunning and there is an interesting exhibition downstairs that details some of the building’s history. There is a good collection of furniture and art from artists including Rembrandt, Monet, Sisley, Ruebens etc.
Hours: 10am to 6pm Closed Mondays