Paris travel tips are what I’m sharing today, and they are perhaps a bit out of the box. If this isn’t your first visit to Paris or you want some different suggestions than the ordinary take heed! I’ve spent lots of time in Paris and by now know the city fairly well. There are so many more things to see besides the usual tourist spots. There is unlimited beauty and inspiration in Paris! One could live an entire lifetime there and never take it all in. I have 10 favorite out of the ordinary non touristy things to do in Paris for you in this post.
Paris Travel Tips- 10 Non Touristy Things To Do
- Stay in a boutique hotel
- Visit small museums
- Go to a local fresh air market
- Visit a local brocante
- Eat French onion soup
- Find beautiful flower markets
- Sit in a bistro and observe
- Take a day to visit parks
- Photograph doors and architecture
- Have lunch at Laduree
Stay in a boutique hotel
We love staying in boutique hotels and find that the service is usually better worldwide. This is the 4th time that we’ve stayed at the Hotel Ares that is privately owned and managed. The decor is luxurious and the price is very reasonable and includes breakfast. It’s located in our favorite area with lots of very good restaurants around the corner and a 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. As we were leaving the hotel owner told me that they are upgrading to all new beds.
The lobby of the hotel is quite comfy and a great place to sit and read or work on your laptop.
Visit small museums
There are just so many times that I can visit The Louvre or some of the other museums in Paris. Yes, you’ll always see new things but check out some of the smaller museums that are off the beaten path and less crowded. The Nissim de Camondo Museum is an elegant house turned museum adjacent to the Parc Monceau.
Another beautiful decorative arts museum to see is the Jacquemart-Andre Museum. My iPhoneX photos do not do any of these attractions their deserved justice!
Go to a local fresh air market
The fresh food available in the open air markets in Paris is beyond belief. Food as nourishment is taken to a whole other level and is art to see and taste. There are a plethora of these and you can’t walk around Paris on weekends without running into them.
Visit a local brocante
Off the beaten path you’ll find brocante markets (flea markets) and they are far more interesting than the usual tourist brocantes. I can’t even talk about Paris travel tips without mentioning that you need to seek these out! Just ask the locals and be on the lookout for flyers hung on lamposts!
Eat French onion soup
There is no place better to have French onion soup than in France. No surprise there, and we tasted fabulous soups in both fancy restaurants and street bistros. Since it was chilly in early May and while I had a cold we had soup on a daily basis!
Find beautiful flower markets
The scents and scenes of the flower markets in Paris will take your breath away! If you are staying for a few days then treat yourself to some flowers. It’s something to enjoy and it seems like the flowers are just prettier in Paris.
Sit in a bistro and observe
Possibly my favorite of the Paris travel tips today! With outdoor bistros being the norm in Paris it’s a great pastime to enjoy a café crème and just observe. We have found over the years that some of our favorite meals have been at these small bistros. Take your time and then take your time some more. As a result you’ll come away feeling relaxed and that’s so important the older that you get when traveling.
Take a day to visit parks
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in the world and the famous symbol of Paris. There is a lot more in the area and the park Champs du Mars that adjoins the tower is a beauty unto itself. Paris is a city of parks and in the spring the beauty of the flowers make them all more appealing.
Photograph doors and architecture
All of my travel photos were take with my phone. These days it’s easy to photograph the beauty of Paris and the doors, balconies and architectural elements are well worthy of a study. When you’re home get some of your photos enlarged and framed and create a gallery wall full of Parisian studies!
Have lunch at Laduree
We walked, walked and walked some more, only to find ourselves on the Champs Elysee around lunch time one day. Lingering for hours over a delicious lunch at the famed Laduree was so enjoyable. The French elements were exquisite in this old building and the food was delicious. Laduree is not just a place for macarons!
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