Paris: Discover 9 Hidden Gems You Have to Experience

Paris boasts historic museums, stunning architecture, charming neighborhoods, and iconic landmarks. If you’ve explored the city before, you’ve probably admired the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, ascended the Eiffel Tower, and cruised the Seine. However, one of Paris’s greatest charms is its ability to continuously unveil new discoveries, whether it’s a lesser-known district or hidden gems at local markets. For those seeking off-the-beaten-path experiences, here are some hidden gems in Paris waiting to be explored.

1. Wander Rue Crémieux

Rue Crémieux is a picturesque cobblestone street in the 12th arrondissement, lined with bright, pastel-colored houses. It’s a true Parisian hidden gem, and although it’s becoming more well-known due to its popularity on Instagram, it isn’t on most tourists’ radars. Grab your camera and head to Rue Crémieux to discover this charming street’s beauty for yourself.


Rue Crémieux, 75012 Paris, France

2. Discover the secrets of French pastries

Ever wondered how the French get their pastry so perfect? There’s surely no better place to learn than in Paris. Join a cooking class led by an expert pastry chef and learn the secrets behind delicious French pastries. Develop your pastry skills so you can recreate these tasty treats at home.

3. Experience the old-world charm of Le Marais

Le Marais, a former Jewish quarter, is known for its old-world charm, hip boutiques, and cheap eats. I recommend joining a guided tour through the neighborhood to discover the ancient ruins, hidden courtyards, and fascinating secrets of Le Marais. For foodies, visit the market and pick up some fresh produce, or join a food tour and try local delicacies.

4. The Montmartre Vineyards

The Montmartre Vineyard has been in this area of Paris for over 800 years and is now the last active vineyard in the whole city How could I have not known?

Wine and Paris are two of my favourite things. Take a trip to visit around October when grape picking seasons kicks off at the annual, Fête des Vendanges.

5. Head underground into the Catacombs

Beneath Paris lies the Catacombs, a labyrinth of tunnels that stretch for miles and hole the remains of over 6 million Parisians. Descend into the Catacombs and discover a spooky side of Paris’ history.

Address and opening hours:

Paris Catacombs, 1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:45 AM to 8:30 PM, with the last entry at 7:30 PM.

6. Enjoy the colors and scents of the flower market

There’s something about Parisian streets lined with flowers that will make you feel like you’re living in a movie. Experience the whimsical Queen Elizabeth II Flower Market — on the Île de la Cité — and let the colorful flowers and amazing fragrances treat your senses.

Address and opening hours:

Queen Elizabeth II Flower Market, 37 Place Louis Lépine, 75004 Paris, France

Open daily from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

7. Dome of Sacré Coeur Basilica

The famous Sacré Coeur Basilica is one of the city’s most iconic sights but few people realise that once you’ve climbed the terraces for a beautiful view across Paris you can continue your journey to the very top of the Dome.

If you’re feeling fit and raring for more step climbing, you can climb the narrow 300 stairs to see a breathtaking panoramic view across the whole city.

8. Enjoy the unique experience at the Montmartre windmills

Montmartre was once full of wooden windmills that were featured in Van Gogh’s and Renoir’s artwork. Nowadays, the neighborhood is popular for its landmark Sacre-Coeur Basilica. But if you are looking for a more unique experience in this charming bohemian neighborhood, walk along the steep Rue Lepic, where you can find two of Montmartre’s surviving windmills: Le Moulin Blute-Fin and Le Moulin du Radet.


Le Moulin Blute-Fin, 5 Ham. des artistes, 75018 Paris, France

Le Moulin du Radet, 83 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France

9. Hunt for hidden treasures at the flea market

Paris is home to some amazing flea markets. You never know what you’ll find, from vintage fashion to unique antiques. Meander through iconic flea markets like Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen or Marche aux Puces de Montreuil, search for treasures, and test your negotiation skills.

Address and opening hours:

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, 110 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, France 

Open weekends 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM on Mondays, and 8:00 AM-12:00 PM on Fridays.

Marché aux Puces de Montreuil, 6 Av. du Professeur André Lemierre, 75020 Paris, France

Open 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM Saturday through Monday.

10. Rent a boat at la Villette

Head to Bassin de la Villette and Marin d’Eau Douce and see Paris from a different viewpoint: the water. Here, you can swim in the pool or rent a boat and cruise the canals. Exploring the Bassin de la Villette is a fun thing to do in Paris, especially in the summer, and is a secret place most visitors don’t know about.


Bassin de la Villette, 75019 Paris, France

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