There are many places in the city of Paris, which do not have groups of tourists and selfie sticks. It is true that you should check out the Notre Dame, the Eifel Tower, and the Louvre museum when in Paris, but after the Louvre museum private tour, you can check out the non-tourist yet beautiful places in the city. Below are some of the best non-tourist places in City of Lights that you must include in your Paris tours.
This renovated train station is part café, part market, part community center, and part farm. The place does not attract much crowd and is a great place for brunch that offers great vegetarian options. If you wish to have cocktails and tapas, you will have to visit the place at night. The place is also perfect to meet up for a drink or coffee.
You may have visited the much popular catacombs and the Père Lachaise Cemetery, but the Montparnasse Cemetery is equally beautiful and there will not be many tourists to annoy you. The cemetery is located south of the popular Luxembourg Gardens, and is not far away from the actions of the city. Montparnasse Cemetery is the resting place of architect Charles Garnier, who was the designer of the Paris opera house, and singer Serge Gainsbourg.
Flea Market at Porte de Vanves
The flea markets up north at Clignancourt are much popular shopping spots for the tourists. However, you can head south to Porte de Vanves to enjoy a local flea market. Here, you can find a crowd of Parisians instead of the European tourists, and you can enjoy shopping other people’s belongings in the flea market at Porte de Vanves.
Château de Vincennes
Château de Versailles is a much popular castle among the tourists, even among those who are on a Louvre museum private tour. If you want to avoid crowd but wish to visit a castle, you can head to the Château de Vincennes.
The place has a big history to share with you. This castle is older than the Château de Versailles with roots in the twelfth century. The place has an impressive keep and chapel that are open to tourists. You may also stroll in the nearby park or rent a rowboat on the lake.
Riverbanks at Bibliothèque
You might not think that a riverbank can be a place to avoid tourists, but by the National Library or the Bibliothèque, you will not find much European tourists. In summer, cafes and bars open up along the river and serves pizza, drinks, and charcuterie. Some of the boats in the river also double as clubs and bars.