I've only been living just outside of Paris for a little over two months, but I've already been to some lesser known and unique spots that aren't part of the more touristy areas. These have become some of my favorite places to go for taking photos or just wandering around. If you're looking for places to go in Paris where you won't find crowds of people everywhere or for more than your typical touristy photos, these are some places to check out that I wish I had discovered sooner and in my opinion, some of the best things to do.
1. Rue Crémieux
The Notting Hill of Paris and the most colorful street for some stunning photographs. You can find it hidden in the 12th arrondissement.
2. La Maison Rose
The "Pink House" of Montmartre that you've probably seen on Instagram tucked away through the little streets behind Sacre-Coeur. A popular restaurant and coffee shop in the 18th arrondissement you shouldn't miss out on.
3. Palais Royal
A courtyard that opens up within the palace to this art installation and beautiful gardens. You can also find one of my favorite coffee shops, Cafe Kitsuné, there. Located in the 1st arrondissement.
4. Cafe Odette
Not far from Notre Dame is this adorable pastry and coffee shop known for its light puff pastries. I have to take a picture every time I pass by. You can find it in the 5th arrondissement behind Shakespeare and Co.
5. Musee l'Orangerie
In the Jardin des Tuileries you can find this Impressionist museum containing these breathtaking murals by Monet.1st arrondissement.
6. Sinking house of Montmartre
An optical illusion on the hill of Sacre- Coeur, it can be easy to miss even though it's right before your eyes (took me a while to find it!). While walking up the final steps to Sacre-Coeur look to your right and just behind this bank of grass you will find it in the 18th arrondissement.
7. Le Consulat Cafe
A historic coffee house situated on Rue Norvins in the heart of Montmartre. This restaurant has been visited by famous writers and artists in the 19th century like Monet and Van Gogh. It's worth a visit to walk in the steps of these great artists and be transported back in time. 18th arrondissement.
8. Passage du Grand Cerf
One of the many covered passages in Paris that was created in 1825 with a beautiful interior and little boutique shops. You can find it on 145 Rue Saint-Denis in the 2nd arrondissement.
9. Place de Vosges
The oldest square in Paris located in the Marais district within the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. A beautiful place for a picnic or stroll to enjoy the architecture that dates back to the 17th century.
10. Place Dauphin
On the Île de la Cité you can find this charming and historic square. Another great place to take a break and enjoy some people watching and a café creme. Situated in the1st arrondissement close to Pont Neuf.
There are so many more places to see and discover in Paris but I hope you enjoy these and find your own favorite spots around the city.