Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with “must-sees” at almost every nook and cranny. No wonder, the number of tourists flocking to the French capital is skyrocketing with every passing year. Some of the major highlights of Paris city include its natural landscapes, architectural aesthetics, treasured museums, delicious food, shopping spots, etc. So, people usually create their Paris private tour itinerary in such a way that they can experience the best of all these options.
Usually, an all-inclusive Paris tour will include the top-rated spots such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, etc. Even though all these places are really enchanting, there are some overlooked or offbeat places in the capital city of France that will give you a thorough insight to the real Parisian lifestyle. Moreover, the popular tourist spots in the city will be often crowded and you will be barely able to enjoy amongst the tourist mayhem.
To address all these issues, below are some of the overlooked yet beautiful spots in the City of Lights that you may include in your Paris private tour itinerary and make it an ever-memorable and exciting trip.
La Gaite Lyrique
La Gaite Lyrique is a spectacular museum that is dedicated to creativity and art that represents the digital age. People of all ages can contemplate on the artworks exhibited here. The main highlight of this museum is the classic architecture that contrasts the hyper-modern collection exhibited in it.
In order to add to the overall experience, there are many workshops, interactive concerts, imaginative storytelling, creative drawing, dance performances, and many other events held in the museum. There are many entertaining activities for kids as well. So, you do not have to hesitate when it comes to carrying your little ones along. There is a futuristic library on the first floor of the museum too that boasts a wide range of books.
Parisians love watching movies, but there is only one movie theater in the 7th arrondissement known as La Pagode. However, this theater alone is enough for a supreme movie watching experience. Its exclusive architecture and ambiance make it one of the most beautiful movie theaters in the entire city. The theater got its name from the Japanese word pagoda, which means tiered tower.
Once you enter the theater, you will find each and everything here magical; be it the silk curtains hung on the huge walls, the models of golden dragons and elephants that hold the exquisite candelabras, or the painted ceiling beautified by the images of warriors who are standing poised for a battle. There is also a spectacular Asian garden in the La Pagode premises, where you can take a stroll and enjoy some delicious tarts from the nearby stalls.
Le Marché de Belleville
Le Marché de Belleville is one of the most famous and aesthetically diverse food markets in the French capital. Here, you will be greeted by the aroma of spices, yams, edible roots, freshly roasted chicken, fish, etc. Exploring this market will be an ideal option for all the food lovers out there. You can see many Chinese, Middle Eastern, African, Asian people, and many other nationalities in the market for buying their groceries. In short, exploring the market of Belleville will be like traveling around the entire world.
Furthermore, Belleville is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, and hence, you will get the products at cheap rates here. However, the market will be really crowded and you will have to shimmy your way through them. Note that this will not at all be easy, especially for a first timer.
Le Ballon de Paris
The aerial view of Paris is the best sight that any traveler would love to behold. This is one of the reasons that most people opt to climb up the Eiffel Tower stairs. However, you are more likely to get nudged and pushed by a claustrophobic queue here. As an alternative, you can consider the Le Ballon de Paris with which you can float high in the air enjoying the panoramic view of the enchanting Paris city.
Actually, this is a great option for all the people who love to indulge in some adventurous activities. The balloon, which will be as tall as a 12-storied building, will go up in the air at a height of 490 feet from the ground. You may find it a bit dizzying when the balloons are detached from the cables and start rising in the air. However, it will last only for a few seconds.
Restaurants at a Flea Market
The flea markets in Paris are the best places for cheap bargains. There are numerous restaurants, both affordable and palatial, located at the outskirts of the Paris city where you can spot many flea markets as well. It is better to relish some tasty French dishes from any of these restaurants in order to tackle your exhaustion and regain your energy to shop further.
The restaurants offer almost every food cuisine and you may choose your favorite option. However, it is always recommended to try the authentic French cuisine along with a glass of appetizing French wine in order to complete your Paris tour experience.