Off the Beaten Track in Paris

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Off the Beaten Track in Paris

If you're looking for Paris holidays, look no further and don't step foot near the Seine without our guide to Paris life, like the locals. Just an hour away, it's one of the best-value city breaks around and this perfect weekend stop-over offers so much more than the stunning Eiffel Tower and Seine. Discover the City of Love's hidden gems off the beaten track in Paris – c’est magnifique!

If you want to whisk your loved one away for a romantic escape, browse our amazing Valentines breaks in France and you're sure to feel the love! 


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Best Breakfasts in Paris

Liberté Ménilmontant is a venue with a view with its huge windows to sample authentic Paris breakfast of charcuterie, boiled eggs, quiches, crêpes, fresh fruit, gooey French cheeses, delicious pastries and puddings plus very strong coffee. Try Les Enfants Perdus or La Chambre aux Oiseaux, on Canal Saint-Martin, for people-watching along with sumptuous breakfasts of viennoiseries, croissants and fresh juice. Eggs & Co is dedicated to oeufs while Chez Casimir brings forth flavours from Britanny.

If you're more of a sweet tooth, take a look at our tasty afternoon teas around the world and head to the Four Seasons Hotel George V, for the finest Parisian pastries!

Trendy shopping in the bohemian quarter 


If you're looking for a bargain, the fashion capital of the world has wonderful bohemian quarters full of one-off boutiques and stalls selling just about everything. Rue des Abbesses has plenty of independent boutiques, shops and ateliers where creative designers sell their designs. In Montematre bookshops, al-fresco cafes, trendy bars and cool music shops rule the roost. This is also the most famous hub for artists and writers to mingle. Even if you don’t buy much, it’s fun to window shop and potter around.  

Parisian markets

Paris has quite a few flea markets and brocantes - shops selling vintage items. Village Saint Paul, with its lines of shops and ateliers selling vintage souvenirs and bric-a-brac is a good spot for those who love markets. Au Bon Usage, a showroom specializing in vintage furniture and home décor items, is a magnet for those looking for classic pieces of French furniture to send back home. Marché Aux Puces de Saint Ouen and Marche Paul Berte are well-known flea markets and will enthuse any vintage seeker.

Dance along the Seine


Paris has long since been a magnet for artists and musicians and it's classy and cool music venues throughout the city showcase just about every genre every night of the week. The Corsican Bar and Nightclub and Cave du 38 are filled with fun-seeking locals and tourists alike and feature DJs on weekends. For a more unique experience step aboard La Batofar and discover its bar, nightclub and concert hall, floating on the Seine! Jazz lovers should love the vibe of Caveu de la Hutchette. Every evening between June and August the left bank of Port St. Bernard is bustling with people strolling along the Seine, chilling out and ballroom dancing! Dance lovers congregate in the Jardin Tino Rossi, to perfect their steps. 

Alternative museums


Paris is the world capital of museums, with its famous Louvre being the most visited (and largest) in the world. You’ve also got the Musee d’Orsay, a trove of French treasures, and the National Museum of Modern Art, which you’ll find inside the architecturally stunning Pompidou Centre. For free street art and to see the urban art scene up close, the Canal St. Martin in the 10th arrondissement is the hub and also boasts cool restaurants and shops. For those who want a tour of the best local graffitti, Localers, offer a space invader tour appropriate for the whole family. Why not mix up your museum experience with the creepy Museum of Carnival Arts, the macabre History of Medicine Museum, the Vampire Museum or the Museum of Taxidermy and Skeletons? 

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