Live like a local

Secret Paris loved by the Parisians

February 04, 2020

Four fun ways to discover lesser-known Paris Paris is home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks but here our exceptionally knowledgeable concierge team share their ‘secret’ places to visit. This is your chance to live like a local and see where the Parisians in-the-know go.

this is the Palais Royal Garden in Paris, we see the Buren columns

Live like royalty

Near the famous Louvre you’ll find the delightful Jardin du Palais Royal, surrounded by perfectly manicure box hedges and picturesque arcades. You’ll also discover sculptor Daniel Buren’s playful black and white striped columns that have become a popular place for fun photo opportunities. While you’re there take away a coffee from Café Kitsune to enjoy at your leisure in these beautiful gardens.

Visit the island

Île Saint-Louis is one of two natural islands found along the River Seine and a true haven of tranquillity in the heart of the old city. Since the 17th century it’s been a sought-after residential area and today still retains its traditional architecture and unique atmosphere. Make time to take a look at some of the interesting shops and visit Berthillon to taste their famously delicious ice cream – you’ll be glad you did.

Step back in time

There’s a wonderful selection of small museums dotted around the city that give you to chance to step back in time. Take your pick from the likes of Musée Bourdelle, Musée Jaquemart André, Musée Eugène Delacroix and Victor Hugo’s charming Place des Vosges apartment. All have been carefully conserved as they were when their famous owners lived there, and contain some exceptional works of art that are well worth seeing.

Shop like a Parisian

There are so many enticing little boutiques in Paris, which are particularity appreciated by the Parisians thanks to their acute sense of style. Head to the famous La Galerie Vivienne, an attractive shopping gallery with fashion stores such as Alexis Mabille and Jean-Paul Gaultier. On rue Saint-Honoré you’ll be spoil for choice but be sure to track down Astier de Villatte for handmade ceramics and beautiful glassware. For a delightful French deli filled with exquisite treats, head to Maison Plisson on Boulevard Beaumarchais.

Next time you’re visiting Paris, ask our friendly and well-informed concierge teams at Hôtel Plaza Athénée or Le Meurice for more places of interest to see during your stay.

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