Visit Paris off the beaten track

Unusual sights in Paris and off the beaten path tours

Welcome to our city guide to Paris, France. Find things to do in the Parisian region, take a day trip in the Paris that locals know and love. Get off the beaten track for a while and take time to visit a places offering unusual attractions that are in many cases totally unknown to most visitors. Step a foot in Seine-Saint-Denis and discover the cultural heritage and history of an extremely diverse department only a few minutes away from the heart of Paris. Paris attractions and sightseeing, what's on, Paris 2022 events (don't miss out the latest exhibitions), theatre, tours, restaurants and hotels. Plan your trip to Paris with useful traveller tips like where to find left luggage storage, what to do once you are at Gare du Nord station or what's left to see after seeing the famous Parisian crowd pleasing sights.

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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, for instance the Capetian dynasty. The Cathedral is easily reachable from Paris with the Metro Line 13 station Saint-Denis Basilique. Discover the work of Abbot Suger and Viollet-le-Duc.

Paris St-Ouen Flea Market

Paris flea marketFeel the magic of the 100 year-old greatest antique market. Enjoy 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 labyrinth alleys in the 16 individual varied markets awaits visitors in their hunts.

Stade de France behind the scenes visits

Stade de FranceThe Stade de France hosts large scale sports events, shows, and concerts. Backstage tours are also organized all year long. Discover the architecture and experience the famous entrance to the pitch to the edges of the lawn of the stadium in the footsteps of rugby, football champions or famous superstars...

Air and Space Museum

AIr and space museum paris le bourgetEnjoy one of the world's richest collections of flying machines that includes ConcordeGreat War and WW2 planes. The Air and Space Museum, located in Paris Le Bourget airport, represents the ingenuity of mankind in the conquest of air and space and a milestone full of significance in the history of aviation.

La Villette park

Parc de la VilletteThe Parc de la Villette is the 3rd largest park in Paris. With 55 ha, it is bigger than the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Located on the ancient site of the Parisian slaughterhouse, La Villette houses today events and cultural venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris and Europe's largest science museum.

Cruises beyond the Seine river

cruises in north east ParisStep aboard the cruise boats of Paris Canal and Canauxrama and discover the riches of Paris waterways. Take a trip along the Canal de l’Ourcq, the Canal Saint Martin or the Canal Saint Denis to view Paris from the boat including monuments such as the Stade de France, La Villette or the Grands Moulins in Pantin.

Summer activities in Paris region

All the summer activities of Eté du CanalFrom the canal de l'Ourcq to the parc de la Villette or canal Saint-Denis, Eté du canal offers many outdoor activities. Boats, bikes, jogging 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. You can also enjoy outdoor swimming, rest at Paris Plages beach, experience open air cinema after sunset, rent a bike or a boat or party every weekend during the Eté du Canal summer festival.

Holiday activities

Take a look at the other holiday activities here.
It's raining? Don't feel unlucky, there are loads of activities to do in Paris when it rains!

Free things to do in Paris and Ile-de-France

More Paris trip ideas, unusual tours & sights

The Shoah memorial in DrancyPlanning your Paris trip and want to discover the City of Light off the beaten path ? We have hundred of pages dedicated to travel and to cool, weird things to do. 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 will find plenty of tips and information on our website.

Shoah memorial and WW2

Visit the Shoah memorial in Drancy in the North East of Paris located in front of Cité de la Muette social housing complex known as the Drancy Camp. Check out our list of commemorative sites of internment and deportation.

Citroën Museum

The Citroën museum is located in Aulnay-sous-Bois, near Paris. Enjoy a guided visit to learn more about this mythical French car brand!

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 !

Events not to be missed

WRC 2023 France rugbyWRC 2023 France

September - October 2023

Saint Denis Festival - May july 2022Saint Denis festival

May 31st  to July 3rd 2022

Hip hop 360 in la Philarmonie de Paris Exhibition Hip hop 360

December 17th - July 24th  2022

Check out our list of things to do in Paris in June 2022

Upcoming trade shows

Texworld Paris, ApparelSourcing& Co

2022 - Paris Le Bourget 

Maison objet trade show in Villepinte

8th and 10th of september 2022

Flotau car trade show

June 16th  2022


November 2022

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. Related : Trade fairs.

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.

Ideas for short breaks

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.

If you want to go above the crowd pleasing sights and see what the Parisian region is really about, hop on one of our tours with amazing guides. This 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

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