A trip to Paris is pretty easy to organise – search online for “top sights in Paris” and you’ll be busy for a week. But (there’s always a but, isn’t it?), the most interesting things are somewhat under the radar of most visitors, the hidden gems and unusual things that require luck to discover and/or local knowledge! But Salut from Paris got you covered!

In this section you find a collection of unusual things to do in Paris and off the beaten track activities – in short: things you won’t find in any guidebook. For example our alternative Paris Bucket list.


80+ insider tips!

Best to start by checking our most popular blog post: 80+ hidden gems and secret places in Paris

I came up with this list by collecting tips from several Paris based friends and family members and I keep on updating it whenever I stumble upon something new!

For a detailed description of lesser known activities and sights, the following posts might be interesting:


Hotel Dieu Paris
Hotel Dieu Paris – a hardly noticed beauty just next to Notre Dame!

Discover the lesser known neighbourhoods of Paris

If you are searching for walking itineraries with loads of off the beaten track sights, check out our itineraries for Belleville, Batignolles or the area around the (rather unknown) flea market at Porte de Vanves.


Have a look around and get a preview what’s to explore in Paris!


Blog Posts

Jardin Tropical Paris
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The Human Zoo of Paris – a dark secret uncovered! 

  Tucked away in the farthest corner of the Bois de Vincennes slumbers one of the darkest secrets of France: The Jardin d’Agronomie Tropical. The park opened in 1899 as a research station. As a colonial empire, France was interested in cultivating exotic plants…

Cour Damoye
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These are the cutest streets in Paris! 

Thinking about the Parisian streets, you think about 2 scenes: magnificent and imposing Haussmann architecture, broad illuminated boulevards, and fancy storefronts, but also about narrow, cobblestone alleys with cute sidewalk cafés and a small-town charm that is hard to beat. While it’s easy to…

Best hotels in Paris for Families with kids
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Best view points in Paris 

You probably already have a few ideas in mind on what to explore during your trip to Paris. However, no Paris visit is complete without admiring this city’s beauty from above. To get a truly magical sight of Paris, make sure to add at…

Hotel Dieu Paris
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Why the Hotel Dieu is worth your attention 

Hotel Dieu – a hidden gem in the very centre of Paris!   Thousands of people are crossing the Île-de-la-Cité each day. Posing in front of the remains of the Notre Dame Cathedral, dropping a lucky coin on Paris’ point zero, or visiting the…