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We have brought you the most Instagrammable places in Paris, and they were great places for your first ever trip to the capital of France.

Today we are bringing you some of the places more off the beaten track. Keep reading to find our list of non-touristy things to do in Paris.

The Paris Catacombs

A slightly macabre visit awaits you, but trust us it will be worth it. Twenty meters underground in a maze of galleries, you will discover an ossuary (a room containing bones on display)containing the remains of several million Parisians. This unique site recalls the history of these Parisians and invites visitors to take a timeless journey.

 

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Lose yourself in this grim and dark offbeat Paris landmark.

Château De Vincennes

Versailles is overrated and BUSY. So find a cheaper and better alternative. At the gates of Paris, visit the Château de Vincennes, a fine example of Medieval architecture. This stunning and arresting building will knock your holiday socks off. It was at the heart of the French monarchy until 1682, when Louis XIV chose to settle in Versailles. So Château De Vincennes was the Versailles of Paris before Versailles existed, just like meeting someone’s ex-wife, more history and lots more fun.

 

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Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck

Yes everyone who goes to Paris must go up the Eiffel tower, but there are other ways to see all of Paris. The Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck gives you a totally unique view of Paris and its monuments. Step into the lift and in 38 seconds you will be 200m above Paris, and in for some incredible views.

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Coulée verte René-Dumont / Promenade plantée

The Coulée Verte René-Dumont or Promenade plantée as it is known to locals is a 4.7 km elevated linear park built on top of obsolete railway infrastructure in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. Opened in 1993 this is basically a park on a bridge, how amazing is that. See Paris from 10 meters above, literally walk through buildings, and see this city like never before.

 

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Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Now whilst a cemetery doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, trust us this one is different. Situated in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, the Père Lachaise Cemetery extends 44 hectares and contains 70,000 burial plots. The cemetery is a mix between an English park and a shrine. With beautiful cobbled streets, wander through the tombs and enjoy a peaceful hour or two.

 

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Inside Opera, Palais Garnier

The Palais Garnier is the home of the Opera in Paris and was the setting of the Phantom of the Opera. Well, now you can immerse yourself in this world with a trip to The Palais Garnier. INSIDE OPERA, is a life-size game combining escape game and immersive adventure in the footsteps of the Phantom of the Opera.

The aim of the game? Try to solve the Curse of the Phantom of the Opera and set him free forever by deciphering a series of riddles in the Palais Garnier. With the participation of various actors in period costume who bring the game to life.

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Palais De Conciergerie

Another Castle. This time we are looking at a Medieval royal palace that became a revolutionary tribunal and Marie-Antoinette’s prison. The Kings of France abandoned the palace at the end of the 14th century to settle in the Louvre and in Vincennes. It then took on a judicial role, and part of the palace was converted into prison cells.

The Conciergerie became one of the principal places of detention during the French Revolution, with the installation of the Revolutionary Court. Its most famous prisoner was Marie-Antoinette. There is so much culture you could spend at least a whole day.

Palais de Tokyo

We all love a good gallery and museum. The world flocks to the Louvre to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa, and to stand in queues. Why not visit a less selfie stick toting tourist filled space We recommend the Palais de Tokyo filled with contemporary art and amazing exhibitions. At €12, it is cheaper than the Louvre too!

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8 non touristy things to do in Paris

8 non touristy things to do in Paris