Guest Post : 15 Underrated Places in Paris to Discover

Whenever you hear the word Paris, the first thing that will come to mind would probably be Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe. These are the places that most of the tourists know but you might not be aware of other places that are as astounding as the mentioned popular sites in the City of Love.

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Here are the places that would definitely make you fall in love with Paris even more:


Ballon de Paris

This can be used as an alternative for site seeing whenever you are in Paris. You may be able to see the city without nudging other people to get a good view. The tethered air balloon is anchored permanently at Parc André Citroën.


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This royal chapel might be considered as underrated but you can’t deny the fact that this is the most beautiful church in Paris. The holy chapel, which is attached to the royal palace, is the place where Louis IX decided to place the relics that were given to him. This gothic-styled church is being tagged as one of the greatest treasure in the 13th century era.


Château de Fontainebleau

Tagged as the France’s forgotten jewel, you still couldn’t deny the fact that this place is really a treasure. It is known as the summer residence of the French monarchs back then and Napoleon III referred it as “true residence/home of kings”. This is royal residence has already seen births, baptisms, weddings, and deaths of French and European royalties.


Musée Eugène Delacroix

If ever you’ve got the ticket to Musée du Louvre, you can still use it to enter this little museum that was dedicated to the French Romantic artist, Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix. The apartment was once owned by Delacroix. The studio was saved from destruction by Société des Amis d’Eugène Delacroix.  


Musée de la Vie Romantique

If you are a fan of Ary Scheffer, you will be seeing a lot of his works in this museum. Aside from that, the memorabilia of George Sand was also placed in the Museum of Romantic Life. Since the two of them both lived in the same place (they were neighbors). Too bad the display of Le Pouvoir des Fleurs has already ended last October 1.


Musée Marmottan Monet

This place used to be the hunting lodge for the Duke of Valmy. It contains most of the paintings of Claude Monet. But the thing about this museum is it’s a bit pricier than others. If you are a fan impressionism, you will definitely get delighted with it but if you don’t appreciate that kind of art, maybe you might opt to go to other museums.


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Parc de la Villette

Even though this place is one of the largest parks in Paris, it still considered as underrated for the reason that it’s away from the center of the city. The design of the park was really planned to be postmodern deconstructivism, as the designer of the park, Tschumi, claimed.

Also situated in this place is the Zénith de Paris, the Cité de la Musique, the Géode, and the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie.


Promenade Plantée

Considered as the first and original High Line, the Planted Walk is an elevated park. Commonly known as the Coulée Verte, you’ll get to see the different side of Paris that still remained undiscovered by other tourists. Additionally, you can even go to the Marché d’Aligre to purchase some food before you go on a picnic in the Jardin de Reuilly.


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Le Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture

La Petite Ceinture, for short, was once a Parisian railway but was completely abandoned in 1993. The place is now considered an inner urban-nature haven. For people who love to see graffiti and would like to see the other side of Paris, this is one of the places you can choose to go to.


La Campagne à Paris

It is roughly translated as The Countryside in Paris. If you prefer strolling along the street sides, this neighborhood can easily be found if you happened to walk along to roads of rue du Père-Prosper-Enfantin, rue Irénée-Blanc, rue Mondonville and rue Jules-Siegfried.


Maison de Balzac

If you are the kind of person who loves books and the smell of book pages, this is the place you might want to pay a visit. This is the place where Honoré de Balzac stayed when he wrote La Comédie Humaine. If you are a fan of his works, this should be on your list, since you will be able to discover and learn more about your favorite author.



Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis

This is also called the Royal Tombs since most of the French Monarchs were buried here. Saint-Denis was said to be the patron saint of France and the first bishop of the city of Paris. It is considered as the very first example of Gothic architecture and art.  


Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

This place is also considered as one of the largest parks in Paris yet still remains a hidden gem. Despite the fact that the place has a lot of attractions to offer, some people were afraid to discover this spot because the park is steep. If you will be visiting Paris during spring, don’t forget to include this on your travel checklist.


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Palais de Tokyo

The home for modern and contemporary art and considered as Paris’ most trendy museum. The place is divided into two wings: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (for modern art) is located at the east wing while the Site de Création Contemporaine (contemporary exhibits) is located at the west wing. Palais de Tokyo is considered as the largest gallery in Europe.


Canal Saint Martin

After strolling along the streets of Paris, you may want to give yourself some time to just relax while cruising along the  Canal St. Martin. The best thing about this is you can pick up some street-food while touring around, and you can even bring your own wine to enjoy along the water.

It’s great to go to places where Paris became known for. But if you stick to the beaten path, you will probably never appreciate the hidden gems of the city. There are still a lot of great places you need to discover in Paris. You just need to ask the locals about the places that they may suggest aside from the most popular ones.

If Savoir Faire Paris is planning your itinerary, ask them to add some of these to your itinerary to get a real feel of the local’s side of Paris!




Donna Estrada is a managing editor for Urban Houses and editor for Scoopfed. She loves to travel and wants to discover the unexplored and explore the undiscovered, and she contributes for Aviv Movers.

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