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 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. What to do in Paris? Check the list of events takings places in the capital in 2022 (don't miss out the latest exhibitions), and find your next stop : theatre, tours, restaurants, hotels and more. Plan your trip to Paris with useful traveller tips like where to store your luggage as you visit the city, 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 France's royalty (kings, queens,princes...), like the Capetian dynasty. The Cathedral is easily reachable from Paris with the station Saint-Denis Basilique on the metro Line 13 . 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 established worlwide reputation. High-quality stands with 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 sport events, shows, and concerts. Backstage tours are also organized all year long. Discover the architecture and experience the famous entrance on the pitch and feel the energy growing while you stand on the edges of the lawn of the stadium in the footsteps of famous superstars like rugby, legend and football champions.

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 now houses events in its 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 richness 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 and admire monuments such as the Stade de France, La Villette or the Grands Moulins in Pantin.

Summer activities in the Parisian 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 has a plethora of 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 one the Paris Plages beaches, watch the sunset and a movie out in the open with  outdoor movie theater of La Villette. If you're adventurous you can rent a bike or a boat and work your away along the canals if not you can 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 let the rain stop you, there are a lot of activities to do in Paris when it rains and even if it's hot outside there are plenty of things to do to keep cool during heatwaves in Paris

You don't have to break your piggybank while in Paris, there are a lot of free things to do in Paris and Île-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 hundreds of pages dedicated to travel and cool, weird things to do in our beautiful region. Whether you’re looking for unusual things to do in Paris such as events and attractions, key traveller information to make sure your Paris trip goes as smoothly as possible or looking for a place to stay in the capital you'll find everything you need on our website.

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.

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? To discover new places and monuments ? With our greeters you can see Paris in a new light and learn to love it the way locals do, after New York, Toronto, Buenos Aires and other great cities, the Greeters arrived in the Parisian region !

Events not to be missed

WRC 2023 France rugbyWRC 2023 France

September - October 2023

Maad in 93 festival Festival Maad in 93

September 17th - october 8th 2022

Japan Expo Paris in July 2022Exhibition Buzz Lightyear

June 14th - August 31st 2022

Pop air inflatable exhibitionExhibition Pop air

April 14th to August 21st of 2022

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

Upcoming trade shows

SILMO international eyewear trade fair

September 23rd to september 26th 2022

Maison objet trade show in Villepinte

8th and 10th of september 2022

Architect@work Paris fair

September 22nd to septebmer 23rd 2022

SIMA

November 2022

Tours for groups

Tours for groupsCheck our dedicated page to book a visit for you and your group, you can choose from our standard half-day, full day or evening package. If nothing suits you there is the possibility to ask for a tailor-made group offer: we'll create the perfect day for you and your group according to your needs and your availabilities. Take a look at all of our packages of activities and visits in the northeastern Paris region and pick what suits you best!


Business meetings

business meetingAgencies, event organizers, works council, Tour Operators… this page 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 conference rooms and event centers are listed on our website, we also listed incentives activities ideas for your team buildings. Northeastern Paris groups tourist attractions in the north east of Paris and around the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle. Keep an eye on our Trade fairs where you can meet professional and grow your network while learning a thing or two.


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's agents will help you enjoy your stay.


Frequently Asked Questions

faqWhat can I do nearby Paris ? Where can I Sleep ? This is 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, with tours about 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 time off in the North-East of Paris, experience and share in the work, the passions and the way of life of artists and artisans. From an introduction to molding 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, introducing you to their work and welcoming you into their world. Discover the savoir-faire in the Seine-saint-Denis department.

Workshop in North-East Paris

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