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You went to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe on your first visit. Montmartre and the Musee d'Orsay on your second visit. Now it's time to get off the beaten path.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover

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14 Places

Musee Marmottan

Specialty Museums

Ballon de Paris Generali

Balloon Rides

Musee de l'Orangerie

Specialty Museums

Luxembourg Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Musee Rodin

Specialty Museums

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)

Cemeteries, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Musee National Picasso

Art Museums

La Chope des Puces

Restaurants

Arenes de Lutece

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Canauxrama

Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours

La Cinematheque Francaise

Specialty Museums

Castel Beranger

Castles, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parc Monceau

Parks

Passage des Panoramas

Gift & Specialty Shops,

Cleophus's City Tips

  • Buses are better than the Metro
  • Musee Marmottan
    Specialty Museums
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    Cleophus Says:

    Do you like Impressionism? Well Monet was the mack daddy of all the Impressionists: it was his "Impression: Sunrise" that gave birth to the movement's name, and you can find that painting here. You can also see his early sketches and caricatures, and other works including many nymphea (water lily) works. All in a beautiful building (former mansion) housing other works by such underrated artists ar B. Morisot.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go on a Thursday night when it's open late, and you'll have a lot of the museum to yourself.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small but pleasant museum 12/10/2018
    • MUST visit for Monet and Impressionism fans 12/09/2018
    • Musee Marmottan
    Address:
    2 rue Louis Boilly
    16th Arrondissement
    75016 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 96 50 33
    Other:
  • Ballon de Paris Generali
    Balloon Rides
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    Cleophus Says:

    Have you ever thought to yourself, "Say, it would be really neat to get a picture of the Eiffel Tower from an elevated position, but the Tower itself is already so high...." Or, "I wonder how incredibly tight I can grip a railing out of sheer terror of heights?" You will find answers to both, here. Just south of the Eiffel Tower, soar 450 feet above Paris, tethered by a cable that you're sure is way too narrow to support a balloon in the wind! (Joking aside, it's a very unique experience, and I wish I had less fear of heights so I could enjoy it more.)

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to call to be sure the balloon is functioning before you go! It shuts down in windy or stormy weather.
    • Way off the beaten path, so normally not long lines.
    • Located in a fun park with lots of fountains and grass.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 170 Outdoor Activities in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fun adventure, if you are Paris it must be done 12/11/2018
    • This was a highlight in Paris 11/24/2018
    • Ballon de Paris Generali
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 26 20 00
    Price range:
    $16 - $16
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Musee de l'Orangerie
    Specialty Museums
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    Cleophus Says:

    Some might say that Monet's greatest later work is his paintings in his gardens and pond in Giverny. The Orangerie holds two rooms, of four paintings each, of Monet's very-large-scale canvases of nympheas/water lilies from Giverny. AND also houses a nice-sized gallery of other works by such masters as Renoir downstairs!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the gallery downstairs too.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Life changing experience 12/13/2018
    • Waterlillies!!! 12/12/2018
    • Musee de l'Orangerie
    Address:
    Jardin des Tuileries - Cote Seine
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 77 80 07
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Luxembourg Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    Cleophus Says:

    Fountains? Check. Toy sailboats? Got 'em. Museum? Yup. Playground? You know it. Bees? Oh yeah, we got an apiary. Donkey rides? But of course. Guignol puppet show? No doubt. All steps from the 5th and 6th arrondissements. Very relaxing place to chill, bring the kids.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stay off the grass. :( That pelouse is interdite.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take a book there and spend the afternoon 12/14/2018
    • Splendid gardens and so many cool things in the surroundings 12/12/2018
    • Luxembourg Gardens
    Address:
    Rue de Vaugirard, Boulevard St. Michel, Rue Auguste-Comte and Rue Guynemer
    I iooll
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 34 20 00
    Other:
  • Musee Rodin
    Specialty Museums
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    Cleophus Says:

    I can't believe this guy fought Godzilla AND was such a great sculptor!!!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • As of April 2015, the main house is being renovated, but they are still showing lost of plasters and other works/models in another building. And the garden is still open.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The museum is very nice 12/12/2018
    • Lunch break 12/12/2018
    • Musee Rodin
    Address:
    79 rue de Varenne
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 18 61 10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
    Other:
  • Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
    Cemeteries, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Cleophus Says:

    Beautiful city of the dead. Contemplative walks to see dead famous people. (Chopin AND Jim Morrison? Honore de Balzac AND Sarah Bernhardt? Gertrude Stein and Guillaume Apollinaire -- that one makes sense.)

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring sturdy walking shoes! Terrain can be difficult to walk on.
    • Bring water to drink on warm days.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 12/13/2018
    • Huge Cemetary, Well worth a visit 12/12/2018
    • Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
    Address:
    16 rue du Repos
    75020 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 55 25 82 10
    Other:
  • Musee National Picasso
    Art Museums
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    Cleophus Says:

    Brilliant survey of various periods and styles of Picasso's art. Tons of works here, but I still wish there could be more! (e.g., not a lot of harlequin or more-realistic circus works, bullfighting or Don Quixote motifs.)

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Download the museum app and guided tour BEFORE you get to the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #154 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • nice find 12/10/2018
    • Wonderful 12/09/2018
    • Musee National Picasso
    Address:
    5 rue de Thorigny
    Hotel Sale, Marais
    75003 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 85 56 00 36
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • La Chope des Puces
    Restaurants (French, Bar, European)
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    Cleophus Says:

    Great guitar jazz! Friendly boisterous crowd and staff! Located in a major flea market -- buy a couch and a candelabra, then come here for a drink and some killer jazz.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 92 restaurants in Saint Ouen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great jazz on Sundays! 10/21/2018
    • Lazy Jazz afternoon 05/05/2018
    • La Chope des Puces
    Address:
    122 rue des Rosiers
    93400 Saint Ouen
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 11 28 80
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Arenes de Lutece
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Cleophus Says:

    It's a real Roman arena. Seriously. Pretty cool, when you think about how old that makes it.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #238 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    • Ok but not amazing of historical interest though 10/26/2018
    • Roman Empire 09/13/2018
    • Arenes de Lutece
    Address:
    49 rue Monge
    Rue de Navarre
    75005 Paris
    France
    Other:
  • Canauxrama
    Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours
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    Cleophus Says:

    Super-laid back, slow pace, as you travel the Canal St. Martin -- including underground portions. Commentary is in French and English.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a sweater for the underground portions, even if it's otherwise warm outside.
    • Can check out science museum, music museum at Parc de Villettes before or after the canal cruise.
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 39 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • croisiere Canal St Martin 10/21/2018
    • Canal St. Martin and Seine River afternoon cruise with crepes 10/02/2018
    • Canauxrama
    Address:
    13 quai de la Loire
    Bassin de la Villette
    75019 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 39 15 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:15 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • La Cinematheque Francaise
    Specialty Museums
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    Cleophus Says:

    If you're a film geek like me, there is a lot of stuff on the EARLY days of cinema. Very intriguing! But I do wish that there was more on films after that period. Nonetheless, I spent many hours here.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pick up a folding chair near the entrance -- will come in handy when you watch a short film or listen to a long audioguide commentary.
    • Free audioguide! Leave an ID with the docent, which you can pick up when you return the audioguide.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #313 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    • A Treasure 09/09/2018
    • Zero de Conduite(Zero for Conduct - Rene Claire) 07/30/2018
    • La Cinematheque Francaise
    Address:
    Parc Bercy
    51, rue de Bercy
    75012 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 71 19 33 33
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Mon - Wed
    12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Thu
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Castel Beranger
    Castles, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Cleophus Says:

    WOW this is the most amazing glorious perfect art nouveau building ever. Take a walk around the 16th arrondissement to see similar buildings by Guimard, old narrow street (rue Berton) hearkening back to this area's days as a village.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's a private apartment bldg, so you can't enter.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #411 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    • Crazy Art Nouveau 08/13/2018
    • Fanciful Art Neavou apartments 01/06/2018
    • Castel Beranger
    Address:
    14 rue Jean de la Fontaine
    75016 Paris
    France
  • Parc Monceau
    Parks
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    Cleophus Says:

    Gorgeous park, in a very fashionable (read: rich people) area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Elegant and lovely park in Paris! 10/20/2018
    • Great place for kids, relax and people watch. 10/15/2018
    • Parc Monceau
    Address:
    35 boulevard de Courcelles
    75008 Paris
    France
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Passage des Panoramas
    Gift & Specialty Shops,
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    Cleophus Says:

    I picked out Passage des Panoramas, which I understand may be the oldest. But if you start at Passage Jouffroy and proceed generally south, you can see Jouffroy, Panoramas, Vivienne, Choiseul, Verdeau, other passages/galleries/arcades, all the way to the Palais Royal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 761 Shopping in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A unique shopping experience 11/17/2018
    • Historical landmark, still much alive 11/06/2018
    • Passage des Panoramas
    Address:
    11 boulevard Montmartre
    75002 Paris
    France
    Other:
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