Visit the unusual side of Paris

Unusual sights of 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 places with 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 and its main attractions.

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Must-sees
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 France's royalty, like the Capetian dynasty

Paris St-Ouen Flea Market

Discover  the 100 year-old  antique market. Wander trough Europe's greatest antiques market. High-quality stands with many exquisite objects stretching for about a mile and a half of labyrinth alleys.

Stade de France

The Stade de France hosts large scale sport eventsshows, and concerts. Backstage tours are also organized all year long. Discover the architecture and stand in the footsteps of famous superstars.

The Air and Space museum

Enjoy one of the world's richest collections of flying machines that includes ConcordeGreat War and WW2 planes. Located in Le Bourget, the museum documents the history of aviation.

La Villette Park

The Parc de la Villette is the 3rd largest park in Paris. With 55 ha, it is bigger than the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. La Villette now houses events in its cultural venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris and Europe's largest science museum.

Things to do in September

In september take advantage of the Indian summer to discover Paris and its region. Spend some time on a barge or at a Parisian coffe's terrace. Summer lasts a bit longer with music festivals, themed cruises and outdoor activities among other fun things.

Cruises beyond the Seine river

Hop on a cruise boat on the Canal de l’Ourcq, the Canal Saint Martin or the Canal Saint Denis to view Paris in a new light while admiring monuments such as the Stade de France, La Villette or the Grands Moulins in Pantin.

L'Été du Canal summer Festival

This summer discover the Parisian region while navigating the parisian waterways. Floating concerts, thematic cruises, shuttles for 1 or 2 euros, workshops, Paris Plagesoutdoor movie theater... your summer ill be eventful.

Upcoming events

Dream nation festival Dream nation festival

September 16th 2022

WRC 2023 FranceWRC 2023 France

September - October 2023

Pop air exhibition Pop air exhibition 

April 14th - September 4th 2022

Tattoo planetariumTattoo planetarium

November 4th & 5th 2022

Maad in 93Maad in 93

September 17th - October 8th 2022

La Voie Royale Paris Saint-DenisLa Voie Royale

October 23rd 2022

Fratellini Circus TourFratellini Circus Tour

From September 2022 to July 2023

contemporary art amusement parkContemporary art amusement park

September 17th 2022- January 29th 2023 

Upcoming trade shows

Seine-Saint-Denis has two major exhibition centers: the Bouget exhibition center and the Villepinte exhibition center, where major trade shows are held. La Villette also hosts major trade fairs in the Grande Halle and the Paris Event Center.

SILMO international eyewear trade fair

September 23rd to september 26th 2022

SIMA

November 6th to November 10th 2022

SEO campus

September 22nd and 23rd of 2022

Maison objet trade show in Villepinte

September 9th to September 12th 2022

Architect@work Paris fair

September 22nd and 23rd of 2022

Vapexpo

October 22nd and 23rd of 2022

While you wait for the 2024 Paris Olympic games

Things to do in Paris during French vacations 

Are you staying in Paris during French vacations? Find things to do during school holidays concerts, theater plays, museums... there are plenty of things to do! Paris' weather can be moody but don't let it stop you! There are a lot of indoor activities to do in Paris when it rains and things to do to keep cool during heatwaves in Paris. Looking to make a day to day Paris program? Check our daily pages to find things to do in the capital including free outings

Unusual sights in Paris and its region

Paris and its region are full of history and culture but don't just stop at the sight pleasing monuments that everyone knows, go off the beaten track and find out more about Paris' heritage.

Shoah memorial in Drancy Shoah memorial and WW2 

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

André citroen museumCitroen 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! 

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Greeters in the north-east of Paris

Who knows Paris and its hidden gems better than locals? If you are keen to see the parts of Paris that Parisian know and love and that are usually unknown to tourist get in touch with our greeters. Greeters are locals who want to share their love and knowledge about their neighborhoods, they'll tell you all you need to know about their beloved city. With the help of our greeters you'll see Paris in a new light and will learn to love it the way locals do.

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