Even if you’re just visiting Paris for a short amount of time, having some genuine recommendations from locals can be a great way to experience hidden gems that are well and truly off the tourist track.
We’ve spoken to the travel experts at AutoClick and asked them to tell us about their favourite secret locations in Paris, which we’re hoping will bridge the gap between visitor and local.
Hidden Parisian Gems
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
This park is known for being a summer hangout for many locals looking to escape the heat of the city on a summers evening. Picnics are the order of the day, and you’ll often find couples walking arm in arm looking for a quiet spot to enjoy their dinner.
Top Tip: Visit the park as the evening draws in, for beautiful views of the sunset.
Le Marché des Enfants Rouges
Perhaps you’re staying in an apartment with a kitchen, which means you can do some food shopping at the city’s oldest food market. Although the market is often very busy, you’ll see fantastic tables of fruit and vegetables.
Even if you’re staying in a hotel, the beautiful produce displays will be a real eye opening and a very different experience to the Supermarché!
Paris is known for being home to famous luxurious fashion brands, but just off the beaten track you’ll find some treasures in vintage clothing shops. Be prepared to look through piles of clothes and if you’re after a bargain, then these are the best places to look.
There’s more to Paris than expensive bars and restaurants. You might have to travel a little further out to find them (which is where hiring a car in Paris could come in handy) but when you do stumble upon a hidden gem you’ll be pleased you made the journey.
Visit the Temple of Love
Of course, Paris is the most romantic city in the world – but instead of gazing across the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower, or putting a lock on Love-Locks bridge, why not visit the hidden Temple of Love, which is in the middle of a lake in the Bois de Vincennes park.
The Temple of Love is much less well known than some of the other romantic attractions boasted by Paris, so you’re unlikely to be sharing your romantic moment with a crowd.
The lake has rowing boats available to hire, which adds to the adventure.
Paris and France may be well known for Escargot, but if that’s not really your thing, then Huitres (oysters) might be more suitable.
Visit the south of the city to find beautiful seafood bistros, with rickety tables outside.
Top Tip: Get to the restaurant at around 7pm to avoid disappointment and always ask to see the specials menu!
Enjoy a boat tour on Canal Saint Martin
Canal Saint Martin is lined with cafes, galleries and bars, so enjoying a boat tour along here means you might find even more hidden gems to visit later in the day. Choosing the canal over the Seine, means that you’ll avoid crowds (and queues!).