So, you are planning a Paris vacation. Everyone wants to know: What will you do during your stay?
We all know that Paris is a beautiful city full of history and culture. Through television, film, and various other media, we have seen and heard everything there is to see and hear about the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Pantheon, the Palace of Versailles, the Catacombs, etc. Of course, when you are visiting Paris, these landmarks are a must-see. But why limit yourself?
Like most cities, Paris is home to so many hidden gems beyond the regular tourist traps. It is these lesser-known spots that truly define contemporary Parisian life. Below you will find some unique travel tips to consider during your trip to Paris.
- The Beehives
You have probably heard of the Jardin du Luxembourg. But did you know that located at the southwest corner of the gardens are a number of large beehives that are home to tons of bees busy making honey for the city? If you are feeling particularly brave, you can sign up to take a beekeeping class on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Covered Food Markets
There are more than a few local food markets in the city of Paris, but one in particular is an especially well-kept secret. The Marche St. Quentin offers some of the city?s freshest produce and a huge variety of delicious specialty cheeses. The market is quite large, so take your time and seek out the best deals.
- La Pagode
Hidden away from the more trafficked areas of the city, La Pagode is a gorgeous historic movie theatre inside an 1896 Japanese pagoda. The facility also offers afternoon tea in the oriental garden. The interior is decorated in an ornate Japanese style that stands in stark contrast to the rest of the city.
- 404 Moroccan Restaurant
This quaint Moroccan restaurant is very popular among the locals. It is housed in an old 16th century building and the menu offers traditional Moroccan cuisine such as homemade tabbouleh, lentil salad, potato pancakes with hummus, as well we couscous mechoui, fish tagine, and Maghrebi-style roast lamb.
Next time you visit Paris, check out some of the spots listed above. Do you have any additional travel tips for visiting Paris? Feel free to post in the comments section below. Find out more about this topic here.