The Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Louvre, the river Seine, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Montmartre, and the like will be the first in a tourist’s bucket list of sights to see in Paris. These are must-visit places when on Paris sightseeing tours, of course. However, if you have been there already, and are looking forward to explore beyond the go-to destinations, then do dive into the below list of the top 10 things to do in Paris.
Explore Digital Art at l’Atelier Des Lumières
l’Atelier des Lumières is a small studio setting devoted to digital art. Situated right in the midst of the 11th arrondissement, the former foundry remained empty for about two decades until Culturespaces decided to introduce the first ever digital art center in the City of Lights. Its goal is to give works of art the deserved veneration by projecting them across its walls with equipment, comprising film projects with lasers and advanced speakers.
While Away at Colonnes de Buren
Tucked away in the courtyard of the Palais Royal is Buren’s Columns, more than 250 of them, made up of black and white marbles. The art installation has irked a public reaction when it was created in the late 1980’s and stirred many a debate. However, this is one spot that plenty of tourists love to visit, mainly to spend time sitting on and jumping around these cylinders, and thereby revisit their childhood. So, it is also one of the best places to visit during Paris sightseeing tours with your kids.
Catch Contemporary Performances at the Théâtre des Amandiers
Théâtre des Amandiers has one of France’s best programs. Although getting to this venue, situated on the outskirts of Paris city, maybe a bit of a slog for some people, the experience is surely worthwhile. Throughout the year, some of the best directors, actors and choreographers perform on its stage, reminding visitors that watching live theater is one of life’s best pleasures.
Have a Drink at Rosa Bonheur Bar
Rosa Bonheur, named after the erstwhile French artist, is a bucolic drinking spot in the 19th arrondissement. It was found in a small residence at the highest point of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Try out an apéro sitting beneath large trees here, soaking in the best view of the evening sun. In addition, make it a point to sample its impressive collection of tapas and house wines.
Swim at Piscine Joséphine Baker
Piscine Joséphine Baker is the city’s only swimming pool that is set in a barge. The barge, flanked by the river Seine, and facing the Bercy area, offers an unparalleled setting for swimming. It also has a gorgeous pool complex, roofed by a glass and steel structure.
Explore Marché des Enfants Rouges
Marché des Enfants Rouges is one of the oldest existing markets in the capital city. It gets its name from a former orphanage named “Enfants Rouges”. The market is at its bustling on Saturdays, but you will have a tough time choosing between its distinct stalls: Italian, Moroccan, Lebanese, or fresh food from Les Enfants du Marché.
Chill Out at a Former Railway Station
Hasard Ludique, set in an old station in the Saint-Quen commune, is a multipurpose cultural space. It is home to an affordable restaurant, a relatively large concert hall, a studio space rife with collaborative art, and an outdoor terrace. The new terrace opens up onto railway tracks. You can see creative arts on walls in structures, situated in and around the area.
Read Books and Have Drinks at La Belle Hortense
In this small bar, nestled away in the Marais district’s relatively quiet area, you will find a gentle soundtrack that will not interrupt reading and plenty of wine. The concept bar cum bookshop appeals to students, nerds, and pleasure-seekers in equal measure. The building is instantly recognizable thanks to its charming blue front.
Explore Butte-aux-Cailles’ Architectural Charm
Butte-aux-Cailles is most probably one of the remaining villages in the French capital. Saved from the former Haussmann’s renovation works, the neighborhood presides over the thirteenth arrondissement with modest majesty. There is a certain tranquility about the area, and a visit here will not cost you much. No matter you are heading to bistros, street art, and/or bars for a drink before the bedtime, you will never have to leave it empty-handed.
Hone your Basketball Skills at the Playground Duperré
The Playground Duperré is a cool basketball court situated between two blocks of apartments on rue Duperré. It is also extremely funky and colorful, with portions of flats and the court covered in a splattering of violet, blue, yellow, among others. What’s more, it is the place where you can hone your basketball skills, especially those slam-dunks and dribbles that you have tried a hand at but have not fully perfected as such.