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7 Things Tourists Don't Do in Paris, but You Should

Perspectives of Paris overlooked by most tourists...

A tourist's perspective of Paris — inspired by generations of artists, authors, and auteurs — often involves scenes of painting the sunset from orderly gardens, writing a novel in quaint sidewalk cafés, or strolling hand-in-hand down tree-lined boulevards. This romantic vision of Paris does exist, at least to some extent, but it is merely one vision of many.

If you want to see more of Paris than the Paris you expect, here are seven alternate Parisian visions that are favorites of In aggregate, it is hoped that these perspectives go a bit beyond the surface of Paris and provide at least a slightly more nuanced and complex understanding of the city than the top tourist attractions.

Just as does for our 7 Things Tourists Do in Paris That You Should Do Also, we likewise show you how to reach each of these destinations by mass transit — in this case, via the Paris Métropolitain (Metro), Réseau Express Régional (RER), and Île-de-France tramway — and provide our favorite walks in each location, too. Let's get started...

Click an image for complete info and a local area map with our preferred transit and walking suggestions.

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  • Writing & Photos By Brock Kyle. All Rights Reserved. Last Updated/Verified 26 January 2018. Feedback.