When I’m in Paris, I love getting lost. Despite all those warnings about the city no longer being a safe place to get “lost,” I don’t heed those warnings and still go forward with exploring every possible nook and cranny that looks interesting. Here are some spots that you might already know of or have been to, but I am still sharing them in case you miss them if you are planning to visit the City of Blinding Lights 🙂
Palais Royal. Metro Stop: Palais Royal/ Museé du Louvre
Palais Royal is not just great for photos but the inner courtyard with garden (Jardin du Palais Royal) is perimeter- surrounded by quaint little shops that sell clothes, bags, and accessories. Bag lovers: there are a few shops of note there– vintage boutiques Didier Ludot and Gabrielle Geppert have good Chanel and Hermes merchandise (more about these 2 stores soon), and bag brands Delvaux & Corto Moltedo have boutiques there as well.
Galerie Vivienne. Located a few steps from Palais Royal at 6 Rue Vivienne 75002.
This quaint and covered passage is one of the many historical monuments in Paris. I do love it because it is really charming and has some bookstores selling antique books. It looks like a place that had been frozen in time, so walking through this covered passage really gives you a sense of nostalgia.
Cours du Commerce Saint- Andre- Odeon. Close to Saint Germain 75006
I love exploring the 6th district of late. I am a big fan of the 2nd district as well as the 3rd and stay there so the 6th is relatively new to me. There is a special passage (I do love Parisian passages so much) called Cours du Commerce Saint- Andre and though it is lined more with restaurants (try Relais du Odeon), I still enjoy walking through its cobblestoned alley once you walk past the covered passage.
It is a very picturesque area.
Jardin du Luxembourg. In the 75006 arrondissement.
The garden is pretty big and can be quite a walk around but look for this pond and just watch the mallards swimming while having a sip of hot cocoa during the colder months. It is really very relaxing 🙂
Pont Alexandre III. Just a short walk from the Grand Palais
If you like bridges, cross this one. It is pretty touristy with a lot of people taking photos, but it’s also picturesque and gives you a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower (not the best place to shoot the Eiffel– for that, go to Trocadero) but again, this is a beautiful gilded bridge.
Rue Montmartre. Located in the 75002 arrondissement.
Apart from this pretty street lined with specialty boutiques (A.Simon for kitchenware, COS, And Other Stories for clothing, 58m for shoes…), this street leads to Eglise Saint Eustache. The area that surrounds this street is really worth exploring (rue Etienne Marcel) and I have previously written about this in one of my earlier posts about the 75002 district in Paris.
There are really so many more places to visit in Paris and I am still discovering the city to this day. I don’t think one will ever run out of new places in this city. And I will also continue updating my list as I get to know more new sights 🙂 But for now, I’ll leave you all with the abovementioned places apart from the more obvious Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Place de la Concorde, Madeleine, Opera, Louvre.
Hope this helps you for your Paris trip 🙂