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Off the Beaten Path

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Paris is full of history and so many things to see and do beyond the famous museums and monuments. My guide is made for those who would like to venture off the beaten path and find some of the hidden gems. In Paris, venturing off the beaten path is very easy, there are little gems hidden everywhere in plan sight.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

20 Places

3 City Tips

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20 Places

L'Atelier 197

Restaurants

Musee Marmottan Monet

Speciality Museums

A Priori The

Restaurants

Les Deux Abeilles

Restaurants

Le Procope

Restaurants

Jardin du Palais Royal

Gardens

Pont Alexandre III

Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Musee De Cluny

Art Museums

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Libraries, Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks,

Musee de l'Orangerie

Speciality Museums

Statue de la Liberte

Monuments & Statues

Musee National Picasso

Art Museums

Canal Saint-Martin

Neighbourhoods, Bodies of Water, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet

Art Museums

Le Souffle

Restaurants

Flamme de la Liberte

Monuments & Statues

Galerie Vivienne

Gift & Speciality Shops,

Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites

Underground Paris

Walking Tours, Lessons & Workshops, Literary, Art & Music Tours

Arenes de Lutece

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

FaboFinds's City Tips

  • Before you arrive, take some time to learn some basic French phrases. The French appreciate your efforts. There are some great free resources available.
  • When eating out in Paris, leave a small tip (about a euro per person) if you were satisfied with your service.
  • If you are going to be in Paris for an extended stay, buy a metro ticket that allows you unlimited travel. Tickets apply to buses, the metro, and the RER’s in the city.
  • L'Atelier 197
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This is a nice little Italian restaurant located near the Eiffel Tower. If you are looking for some where to dine, this is located a nice location. Head to rue Cler when you are finished to see a quaint little market street.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the Veal. It is delicious. If it ’s a nice day, they also have outdoor seating.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Congenial staff and cozy atmosphere 28/08/2018
    • Don't need to go to Rome 04/12/2017
    • L'Atelier 197
    Address:
    197 rue de Grenelle
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 45 51 53 41
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Musee Marmottan Monet
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    If you are a Monet lover, this museum is a hidden gem in Paris. Monet’s son Michael donated all the paintings he had from his father to this museum. Included also are drawings of funny figures that Monet drew before he started painting. This museum holds the largest collection of Monet’s paintings. It also has a variety of other interesting collections as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can purchase a ticket to also see Monet’s home in Giverny at the same time. If you have the opportunity to, I would highly recommend the trip.
    • Pay extra for the audio guide.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding 21/03/2019
    • great experience 20/03/2019
    • Musee Marmottan Monet
    Address:
    2 rue Louis Boilly
    16th Arrondissement
    75016 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 96 50 33
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • A Priori The
    Restaurants
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This is a cute little tea house in the Galleries Vivianne. They always have delicious food and service has always been friendly.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have the scone for dessert. The berry sauce on top is delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Relaxing environment 21/08/2015
    • Delicious hot chocolate 18/06/2015
    • A Priori The
    Address:
    Palais Royal 35 Galerie Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 97 48 75
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Les Deux Abeilles
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This is a shabby chic little restaurant can be hard to get into as it can be very busy, reserve a table if you can. They have a lovely dessert trolly that includes delicious crumbles and tarts made from fruits that are in season. This little restaurant has a such a cozy feel to it with small little tables and a beautiful antique sideboard that is also used to display some of their dessert offerings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Choose the formula for lunch. The ginger lemonade is very nice.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4,064 of 15,640 restaurants in Paris
    • Café tip: pricey, but scrumptious and not rushed 11/01/2019
    • Perfect afternoon tea 30/12/2018
    • Les Deux Abeilles
    Address:
    189 rue de l Universite
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 45 55 64 04
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Le Procope
    Restaurants (French)
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    FaboFinds Says:

    If you are looking for a place with history, this is the place for you. This literary coffee house was opened in 1686. They lay claim to the title of the oldest cafe in Paris and famous people though the ages have all dined here. They have the memorabilia to prove it. Counting among the people are Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon. It is a lovely place to soak up the history. It is located across from the ‘old’ comedy theater in Paris (the building has been repurposed) and you can see a plaque on the building stating what it used to be. Not only is this a lovely place to soak up some history, they also have delicious food and lovely service.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • A reservation maybe good. They can be quite busy during tourist season.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,116 of 15,640 restaurants in Paris
    • Authentic Parisian Experience 18/03/2019
    • Classic Delicious Paris 17/03/2019
    • Le Procope
    Address:
    13 rue de l_Ancienne Comedie
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 46 79 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    11:45 AM - 12:00 AM
    Thu - Sat
    11:45 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Jardin du Palais Royal
    Gardens
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This little garden is tucked between buildings and unless you are looking for it it is easily missed. It is located close to the Louvre. The arcade around the garden contains shopping with some of the big name fashion stores having shops here. It also has some really neat little shops, in particular a shop that researches genealogy and family crests and a shop that offers some fashions from the past, including 'old' Chanel suits and dresses. If you are looking for history, you can find it here as well, the Le Grand Véfour was used in the movie Midnight in Paris and Napoleon and Josephine ate here when he was courting her. The garden is a nice little place to sit and enjoy the sun if you just need a little time to enjoy the lovely weather and if you are so inclined, stick around into the evening, you might catch Tango lessons in process if the season is right!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Head over to Galleries Vivianne for some lunch!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A facinating historic garden with a twist 07/02/2019
    • A quiet place to relax. 04/02/2019
    • Jardin du Palais Royal
    Address:
    6 rue de Montpensier
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 47 03 92 16
    Other:
  • Pont Alexandre III
    Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Pont Alexandre III bridge is a very ornate bridge. It is dedicated to the Tsar Alexander III, and his son Nicholas II laid the cornerstone to the bridge in 1896. It is decorated with many statues by many different sculptures. The statues and sculptures themselves deserve a write up their own.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stop in Place de la Concorde and see the Egyptian obelisk.
    • It is a nice place to take pictures of the Seine with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely stroll 20/03/2019
    • One of many across the Seine 19/03/2019
    • Pont Alexandre III
    Address:
    1 Pont Alexandre III
    Quai d'Orsay
    75008 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 46 33 98 38
    Other:
  • Musee De Cluny
    Art Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The museum used to be one of the Roman baths in Paris. Then it was an abby, now this old historic building is a museum that holds pieces from the middle ages. They have a nice stained glass collection and stop and see the Woman and the Unicorn tapestries. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you might remember reproductions were used in the Gryffindor common room!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing 08/03/2019
    • Excellent Museum 05/03/2019
    • Musee De Cluny
    Address:
    28 Rue du Sommerard
    75005 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 53 73 78 00
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    9:15 AM - 5:45 PM
    Other:
  • Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
    Libraries, Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks,
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This a quirky bookstore located close to Notre Dame. It is the second bookstore with the name, the first one closed before World War II. Before it closed, it was a famous literary meeting place for people like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Ford Madox Ford. It has also been featured in the movie Midnight in Paris.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a Wallace fountain located outside the store. If you have a water bottle, you can refill it as the water is potable. Look for them around Paris, there are not many left.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 61 Traveller Resources in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Famous bookstore in the lively Latin Quarter! 19/03/2019
    • Bookstore to get lost in! 18/03/2019
    • Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
    Address:
    37 rue de la Bucherie
    Quartier Latin
    75005 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 25 40 93
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Musee de l'Orangerie
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This little museum is a must for Monet fans. The building was built to house the orange trees and tropical plants in the winter that were part of the Jardin Tulleries. It is now a museum that not only contains that the 8 water lily murals by Monet but also has a very nice collection from works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, Chaim Soutine, and Maurice Utrillo, among others.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be prepared to surrender any backpacks or big bags to the coat closet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small museum but definitely a must-see for Monet fans 21/03/2019
    • A must for Monet lovers 20/03/2019
    • Musee de l'Orangerie
    Address:
    Jardin des Tuileries - Cote Seine
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 77 80 07
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Statue de la Liberte
    Monuments & Statues
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Paris has three Statues of Liberty. This one is located in the 15th on a little Island in the Seine. You can visit the island on a nice day and if you fancy a work out, there is an urban work out area that is free to use. If you are looking for lunch, there are restaurants close by in Beaugrenelle along with some shopping in a modern mall.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • You can also see the statue if you do a boat tour.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #177 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Statue of Liberty in Paris 15/03/2019
    • Statue of liberty 01/01/2019
    • Statue de la Liberte
    Address:
    Pont de Grenelle
    Ile des Cygnes
    75015 Paris
    France
    Other:
  • Musee National Picasso
    Art Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This is a newly renovated museum that has been highly anticipated in Paris. The museum is currently very busy, buying tickets online is advisable. Be sure to listen to the audio guide.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pictures are allowed in the museum, please refrain from using your flash.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #150 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Museo 17/03/2019
    • Picasso-Calder 15/03/2019
    • Musee National Picasso
    Address:
    5 rue de Thorigny
    Hotel Sale, Marais
    75003 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 85 56 00 36
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Canal Saint-Martin
    Neighbourhoods, Bodies of Water, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The canal was directed to be built by Napoleon in 1802 to bring drinking water to Paris from the Ourcq river. Interestingly enough, it was funded by a wine tax. The canal was almost filled in and paved over in the 1960’s. With the restaurants and bars nearby, it is now a popular place for students, Parisians and tourists to come and watch the barges navigate the locks.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Do a boat tour, have a jacket with you as it can be chilly when you are underground.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #194 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    • Quiet Sunday Afternoon 18/02/2019
    • slow cruise along the quiter part of Paris 15/01/2019
    • Canal Saint-Martin
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 39 15 00
    Other:
  • Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet
    Art Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This museum was such a pleasant surprise for me. The sculptures and the art are lovely. In particular, I love how the statues have smiles on their faces in the Cambodian section. This museum has the one of the largest collections of Asian art outside of Asia. In particular the art from Afghanistan is interesting because you can see the Roman influences.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are a lot nice little cafe’s in the area to have lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Asian Treasures 05/03/2019
    • Exquisite museum 06/01/2019
    • Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet
    Address:
    6 Place D Iena
    75116 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 56 52 53 00
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Le Souffle
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This little restaurant is tucked away, close to the Louvre and shopping but a little way off the main path. If you are looking for a delicious lunch that is traditional French, this is a elegant restaurant to enjoy your lunch or dinner.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Order from the formula. The chicken and mushroom souffle is delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #498 of 15,640 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very yummy! 10/03/2019
    • A step back in time. 05/03/2019
    • Le Souffle
    Address:
    36 rue du Mont Thabor
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 60 27 19
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$51
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Flamme de la Liberte
    Monuments & Statues
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Liberty Flame has become a memorial to the people’s princess, Princess Diana. It was donated to France from the US in 1986. There are many messages written to the beautiful Princess as she touched many lives and continues too.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Visit on a Wednesday or Saturday and then head to the President Woodrow Wilson Market.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #217 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    • US-France Relations. Memorial to Diana. Choose. 15/03/2019
    • Interesting replica of the flame of the Statue of Liberty 04/02/2019
    • Flamme de la Liberte
    Address:
    Pont de l'Alma
    8th Arrondissement
    75008 Paris
    France
    Other:
  • Galerie Vivienne
    Gift & Speciality Shops,
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The covered Galleries in Paris were popular during the 1800’s as shopping areas. Then in the 1850’s the French invented the department store and the galleries fell into disuse. The Galleries have been experiencing some revival in the last few decades and Gallerie Vivianne is a wonderful one to visit with all the pretty mosaic tiles on the floors. They were done by Giandomenico Facchina and Mazzioli that also did work in the Garnier Opera. Browse the cute little shops while you are there.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stop and have a nice lunch in A Priori The.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 794 Shopping in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful XIXth century architecture 08/03/2019
    • Beautiful 19/01/2019
    • Galerie Vivienne
    Address:
    6 rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 49 27 00 50
    Other:
  • Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres
    Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The church St-Germain des Pres, literally translates to church of the field. This side of the Seine used to be prone to flooding and it took awhile to be settled and incorporated into the city. The abby was founded in 588 and eventually become the areas richest but was also open to being invaded because it remained outside the city walls. The church served as a church until the revolution, when it was disbanded. During the revolution, saltpeter was stored in it and in buildings close by, the church sustained damage from an explosion from a nearby building. After the revolution the church was in such a state that it was almost torn down. It was saved from destruction, reportedly with the help of Victor Hugo.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have lunch at one of the many nearby cafes like Procope. Also try and catch a musical performance in the church. The acoustics in the church are amazing.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Built in the 6th century! This church is stunning! 15/02/2019
    • Feels quite stark... 01/02/2019
    • Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres
    Address:
    3 Place Saint Germain des Pres
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 55 42 81 33
    Hours:
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Underground Paris
    Walking Tours, Lessons & Workshops, Literary, Art & Music Tours
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Paris is all about art and not just the Impressionists or from the many museums. This is a great chance to see the modern, the hip, and what urban art is all about.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Stop in some of the galleries of the artists that have earned their street creed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 196 Classes & Workshops in Paris
    • This is a unique must-do for anyone into art or Paris 26/09/2017
    • Quick and efficient as usual 16/04/2017
    • Underground Paris
    Address:
    107 rue Oberkampf
    75011 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 9 50 75 19 92
    Other:
  • Arenes de Lutece
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This amphitheater was built toward the end of the first century A.D. on the slopes of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève. Arènes were used as a theater, circus, and sporting arena. The style of construction is relatively rare for an amphitheater of its period, different from the round or classical oval style. When it was found in the 1800’s there was talk about destroying or keeping the structure. Victor Hugo made a passionate plea to keep it, so now it is around for us to enjoy.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • After visiting the Arènes, cross Rue Monge and climb the the stairs to Rue Rollin. Follow the street to Place Contrescarpe. Contrescarpe is a nice little square, with quaint cafés Continue to rue Mouffetard, a nice market street to visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #224 of 2,425 things to do in Paris
    • Amazing 20/03/2019
    • Incredible. 15/03/2019
    • Arenes de Lutece
    Address:
    49 rue Monge
    Rue de Navarre
    75005 Paris
    France
    Other:
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