Are you planning a trip to Paris, but don’t want to do all the tourist attractions, or are you someone who has been to Paris, done all of the tourist attractions and are looking for more local things to see in Paris? Below find five places to go and see that are more local friendly with less tourists.
Fragonard Fragrance Museum
A beautiful and different thing to do when in Paris. Take a free, guided tour of this museum located inside of a “Napoleon III” house built in 1860. Explore “perfumery” objects and history. The architecture alone is gorgeous, but the inside really is very interesting.
Open Sunday – Saturday, check museum for hours. Close to the Opera Metro Station.
Regional French Food and Wine Class
Sure, you could take a French cooking class at home, in America, but why not take a French cooking class IN France? Wow! Learn about what foods come from which different regions in France, what wine will go with certain foods and after preparation and cooking, enjoy tasting it all! Check for times and days, but a regular class is usually 3 hours. Arrive 15 minutes early.
The Sewer Museum
Parisians are very proud of their city’s sewer system, and this museum highlights it. Get a free guided tour (English tours only in the summer), or tour yourself with the pamphlet you are given when you guy a ticket. Wear shoes that you can get dirty because you will be going through tunnels that can get damp.
Open every day but Thursday and Friday. Check for hours. Children under 5 free.
The Rodin museum is where the very famous sculpture “The Thinker” resides, but this small museum houses other lovely, notable works by Rodin. The garden surrounding the museum houses a lot of these sculptures, and it is gorgeous to see. Because it is in a central neighborhood, in the St. Germain-des-Pres district and near a metro stop, this museum is easy to get to. We found it less crowded than the bigger museums like the Louvre and the Musee d’ Orsay.
Open Tuesday – Sunday. Check for hours and holiday openings and closings.
This is the famous cemetery in Paris where Jim Morrison is buried, however, there are other famous people buried there such as Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt. I am not a huge fan of cemeteries, but this place was very pretty, almost romantic and not very crowded. The headstones and small houses that are memorials are intricate and beautifully done. I think because many people don’t often think of a cemetery as a tourist site, and the large size of the area, we were able to roam freely with no crowds. Even for me who was a skeptic, the cemetery, as I mentioned, was really beautiful and old and mysterious, and we enjoyed discovering new pathways and interesting epitaphs.
Open Monday – Sunday, but check for different hours.