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Paris 5 off the beaten track ideas

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 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 Promenade 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. This route and can be combined with a visit to the Aligre Market

Promenade Plantee

Map sourced frommaps-paris.com
Admission: Free
Open everyday:  hours vary but are generally 8am to 6pm in winter and 9pm in summer.  Current times can be found en.parisinfo.com
More information on this can be read here: theculturetrip.com

Ste Chapelle Paris

2. Sainte Chapelle
For some, this medieval Gothic chapel, located in the Île de la Cité is on the list of must-sees.  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: €11.50 , children under 18 free.

Visitors must have a ticket and time slot for their visit. An off-site ticket office situated place du Châtelet, a few metres from the entrance to the Sainte-Chapelle, is open when the security perimeter is deplyed. Payment only by credit card.

Tickets are also available on the E-Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased at the Hotel de Sully bookstore, 62 rue Saint Antoine 75004 (Tuesday – Sunday, 1pm to 7pm)

Open everyday 9:00am-7pm (summer) or 5pm (winter)
(closed 1 January, 1 May and 25 December)

Most current information is on the official site: www.sainte-chapelle.fr/en

3. 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.

Located in the Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche owned by luxury brand LVMH it was the 1st department store in Paris opening in1852.

Open: Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 8pm.
address: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris,  7ème
Metro : Sèvres Babylone lines 10 & 12

4. Gobelins Tapestry Factory & Museum

Since 1662 tapestries have been woven here by skilled craftsmen and women.  The factory is now run by the French Ministry of Culture, and open for guided tours by appointment.  There are also special exhibitions showcasing various items.

From the website: you can contact them for visit

The workshops of the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins are open to the public, for guided tours, by reservation.
Duration of the visit: 1h30.
(Individuals: Wednesday 3 p.m. / Groups: Tuesday and Thursday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday 1 p.m.)
Reservations by email: visits@cultival.fr or by phone on 0825 05 44 05 (€0.15/min)

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

It is located at 42 avenue des Gobelins, near Les Gobelins métro station

5. 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.

Admission: Free access to the permanent collections.
Hours: 10am to 6pm Closed Mondays


Avenue Winston-Churchill
75008 Paris

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