Visit Paris off the beaten track : unusual tours and sights

Welcome to our city guide to Paris, France. Find things to do in Paris region, days out in Paris area, Paris attractions and sightseeing, what's on, Paris 2017 events, theatre, tours, restaurants and hotels. Plan your trip to Paris with useful traveller information and tips about places to go off the beaten track.

Unusual sights in paris and off the beaten path tours

The Basilica of St Denis

Come and contemplate the first masterpiece of Gothic art and architecture. The St-Denis Basilica is also the burial place of the kings of France.

Visit the Paris Saint-Ouen Flea Market

Paris-Saint-Ouen flea market

Feel the magic of the 100 year-old greatest antique market in the Parisian destination. Enjoy the joys of the so "c'est chic" Paris-Saint-Ouen flea market, the biggest antiques market in Europe with a long establish worlwide reputation. High-quality stands of many exquisite objects stretching for about a mile and a half of labyrinthe alleys in the 16 individual varied markets awaits visitors in their treasure hunts.

Stade de France

The Stade de France

FIFA 1998 World Cup-French stadium Stade de France backstages tours. The stadium hosted large scale sports events and great pharaonic-scale operas, and concerts. Discover the architecture and experience the famous mythical entrance to the pitch to the edges of the lawn of the stadium in the footsteps of rugby or football champions or some most famous superstars... enjoy our behind the scenes visits.

Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum is located in Le Bourget airport. The museum represent the ingenuity of mankind in the conquest of air and space and a milestone full of significance in the history of aviation. Enjoy unforgettable moments in one of the world's richest collections of flying machines.

La Villette

La Villette

La Villette is a complex unlike another any other in the world, a marriage of nature and great buildings, of leisure activities and cultural pursuits. The Arts rub shoulders with the Sciences in a setting of spectacular architecture.

The Canal de l'OurcqThe Canal de l'Ourcq

The Canal de l'Ourcq offers charming days out for those of you wanting to get away from it all. Boats, bikes and roller blades are among the ways you can discover this life-line of contrasting landscapes, industrial but at the same time rural and even bucolic.

Cité du Cinema - Luc BessonCité du Cinéma - Luc Besson

La Cité du Cinema - recent film studio complex by the French film maker and director Luc Besson

Hotels near Cité du Cinema / Access, subway 

Visit the backstage of La Cité du Cinema
See also : Méliès cinema in Montreuil

Shoah memorial, a place of remembrance

The Shoah memorial in DrancyVisit the Shoah memorial in Drancy in the North East of Paris located in front of Cité de la Muette social housing complex. Admission to the Drancy camp is free.

Second World War 

Commemorative sites of internment and deportation in Seine-Saint-Denis

More Paris Trip Ideas

Planning your Paris trip and want to discover the City of Light off the beaten path ? We have hundred of pages dedicated to travel.

Cool, quirky and weird things to do in paris

Whether you’re looking for unusual things to do in Paris such as events and attractions, key traveller information to make your Paris visit run smoothly or are planning where to stay in Paris, you’ll find plenty of tips and information on our website.

Calendar of events

Our What’s On Paris guide has the latest events not to miss while you visit the capital of France - there’s always something going on, so don’t miss out on the latest exhibitions, shows and more on your trip to Paris by checking out our ticket, tours and offers.

Paris neighbourhoods and suburbs

Make sure to discover Paris’s diverse neighbourhoods, from tranquil suburbs to central areas full of shopping, entertainment and dining options. If you’re here as a family, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Paris region with kids and find suitable accommodation such as Paris holiday apartments. Whether you’re looking for the best weekend breaks or planning a longer holiday in Paris area, you can be sure you’ll find all the information you need.


acommodation in north east ParisWith thousands of hotel rooms, Paris boasts one of Europe’s densest concentration of hotels. Whether independent or belonging to internationally-known chains, whether classic or modern, these hotels often possess facilities for receptions and offer themselves as functional venues for business and private events on the very outskirts of Paris itself. Find your hotel near Stade de France Paris. Sleeping near Gare du Nord station is another possiblity. Check out our lists of hotels close to Villepinte exhibition centre and Paris le Bourget airport. There is also a large choice of hotels near Roissy CDG international airport.
Consult the list of tourist-class hotels in North-East Paris.

Ideas for short breaks

Cruises in North-East Paris

cruises in north east ParisStep aboard the cruise boats of Paris Canal and Canauxrama and discover the riches of North-East Paris. Take a trip along the Canal de l’Ourcq, the Canal Saint-Martin or the Canal Saint-Denis to visit attractions such as the Basilica of Saint-Denis, the Stade de France, La Villette or the Grands Moulins in Pantin.
Spend a couple of hours, or a full day, discovering the sights of North-Eastern Paris along its canals.

Visits Tours & Encounters

Companies in Seine-Saint-Denis create, invent, innovate and apply a wide range of different skills. They open their doors to visitors during the Et voilà le travail! event, with tours of almost 100 premises concerned with industry, art and heritage, food processing, imaging, the media and the performing arts, graphic design, transport and logistics, the environment, health, research and more.

The Douce Banlieue programme of town trails is an opportunity not to be missed to see Seine-Saint-Denis as it really is, "hard-living and gentle-hearted", and discover its history, its buildings and the people who give it life.

Workshop with craftsmen and artists

On your weekends and leisure time in North-East Paris, experience and share in the work, the passions and the way of life of artists and artisans. From an introduction to modelling techniques to preparing and producing great chocolates or designing and adding personal touches to objects in wood, large numbers of professional tradesmen and designers offer courses throughout the year, showing you, in their places of work, their passion for what they do.

Workshop in North-East Paris

Welcome to North-East Paris

To round off your stay in Paris, get off the beaten track for a while and take time to visit a few places offering unusual attractions that are in many cases totally unknown to most visitors. Set out to discover the riches of Seine-Saint-Denis in North-Eastern Paris with its tourist treasures, its cultural heritage, its ancestral skills and more besides.

Free visit suggestions to do in Paris and Ile-de-France !

Addresses for shopping near Paris : shopping malls, markets

Roissy CDG airport, Paris Gare du Nord station,... transports 

What to do around Paris during the school holidays

Leisure in Seine-Saint-DenisLooking for activities to be done in the Paris region during the school holidays? We can propose some ideas and tips of trips and numerous leisure activities. Bring your children and friends to Seine-Saint-Denis and North East of Paris to enjoy sports and fun activities, visit tourist sites and museums, shows and cinema...

Check out all our good planning tips and activities for children and family!

Tours for groups

Tours for groupsOur standard half-day, full day or evening package, or tailor-made offers: it’s up to you to work out your programme from among a vast choice of packages enabling you to discover the special attractions of North-East Paris.

Business meetings

business meetingAgencies, event organizers, works council, Tour Operators… this site is for you! North-East Paris is here to provide precise and practical information to all those working in the tourism and event organizing industry (meeting and conference centers and incentive travel), also to the press and various businesses. North-East Paris groups together the different tourist attraction sites and business units in the department, in the north-eastern districts of Paris and in the area around Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle.

Tourist offices in Seine-Saint-Denis

Our Tourist office can help you prepare your trip in and around Seine-Saint-Denis. Information is at your disposal and the tourist office agents will help you enjoy your stay.

Frequently Asked Questions

faqWhat can I do nearby Paris ? Where can I Sleep ? This is the tourists’ frequently asked questions. Read the Frequently asked questions.

Greeters in North-East Paris

Paris GreetersKeen to see the parts of Paris that other tourists can’t reach? Everyday, working Paris and its inhabitants? You can do so now with the help of the Greeters, because now, after New York, Toronto, Buenos Aires and other great cities, the Greeters are here in North-East Paris !

Workweek and weekend ideas

Discover specific one-off or recurring event ideas and things to do with friends, children or families on a visit! Tastes the moments, the Ile-de-France region have spectacular range of offers !

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