15 Lesser-Known Spots To Check Out In Paris If You Want To Feel Like A Local

15 Lesser-Known Spots To Check Out In Paris If You Want To Feel Like A Local

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The Collège des Bernardins (Bernardins College)

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The Petite Ceinture (The Little Belt)


Hugo Clément, Marmontel

This 32km-long abandoned railway crosses all of Paris and some of its surrounding region. Public access is partially off-limits, but that doesn’t keep Parisians from exploring it.

Where: all over Paris

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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The Hôtel Dieu


stephane martin / Via Flickr: stephanemartin

Fun fact: The oldest hospital in Paris also has one of the capital’s prettiest gardens.

Where: 4th arrondissement

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The courtyard of the Palais-Royal

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Cité des Fleurs (City of Flowers)

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The rue Crémieux


Anne LANDOIS-FAVRET, Noelle H

This surely has to be the most colorful street in Paris. It hasn’t been kept much of a “secret” since Instagram became A Thing, but not everyone knows about it (yet).

Where: 12th arrondissement

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The garden of Hôpital Saint-Louis (Saint-Louis Hospital)

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The Japanese garden inside the Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet (Guimet Museum)


Jean-Pierre Dalbéra / Via Flickr: dalbera

Not only is this museum home to an impressive collection of Asian art, it also has a huge tranquil garden inside! Who would have known.

Where: 16th arrondissement

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The Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge (Saint-Serge Orthodox Church)

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The café at the Institut Suédois (Swedish Institute)


Institut Suédois / Via Facebook: Institutsuedois

The Insitut Suédois is nestled away in the very beautiful Hôtel de Marle (a private mansion). However, the real drawcard is the lush café courtyard, which has to be one of Paris’s best-kept secrets. Ice-cream and lounge chairs in the summertime, anyone?

Where: 3rd arrondissement

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The Quartier de la Mouzaïa (Mouzaïa Quarter)

This post was translated from French.

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