Paris Hidden gems

Our most recommended Paris Hidden gems

Paris: Open-Top Christmas Bus Tour

1. Paris: Open-Top Christmas Bus Tour

Let yourself be carried away by the magic and romance of Paris from the open top of an electric green bus. Pass by Opera, Place Vendôme, Concorde, Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, the big department stores, and many more.  Discover the "City of Light" and immerse yourself into the Christmas spirit. Admire the city illuminated with Christmas lights and listen to an audio commentary that includes traditional Christmas songs. Share this special moment with your loved ones.

2-Hour Perfume Creation Course in Paris

2. 2-Hour Perfume Creation Course in Paris

Imagine a fragrance as unique as you are. Candora is a new French perfume brand with 18 fragrances offering tailor-made fragrance creation. Every woman and man is invited to an exceptional olfactory experience. Learn the art of blending and have the pleasure to create your own personal fragrance. Embark on a sensational olfactive journey in a friendly atmosphere. Get introduced to French 'Art de Vivre' and the Parisian elegance. Start with an instructive quiz, which will unveil parts of the history of perfumes and the mysteries of fragrance conception. Then, awaken your senses and emotions with the power of smelling as each guest will be able to smell 8 to 10 different fragrances. Develop your creativity and choose your favorite fragrances and then blend them in a graduated glass. You will adapt the quantity of each ingredient to your taste. Find out if you are oud rose, lavender vetiver, iris cedar or wild herbs.

Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

3. Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

Visit one of Paris’ quirkier landmarks, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, on a walking tour with an expert guide. Don’t miss the most visited cemetery in the world during your stay in Paris, with over 3.5 million visitors every year. See the final resting places of many famous artistic, literary, and historical figures, including Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf, Delacroix, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and many others. Explore the grounds of the 19th-century cemetery with your guide, whose commentary will balance humor with historical accuracy. Let them share secrets with you about the cemetery and some of its famous residents. Highlights include the quaint cobbled paths, elaborate tombs, and stunning decorative funerary art.

Paris: Roland-Garros Stadium Guided Backstage Tour

4. Paris: Roland-Garros Stadium Guided Backstage Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Roland-Garros stadium, Paris' legendary tennis venue. Walk in the footsteps of the greatest champions who have made history at the French Open tournament, from Rafael Nadal to Steffi Graf, Björn Borg, and Chris Evert. Visit the press rooms, locker rooms, the presidential tribune, and the corridor that leads the players to the clay court. From the stands, enjoy an unobstructed view of the famous court and its incomparable clay ground, as well as the surrounding cityscape.  From the historic four Musketeers to contemporary winners, you'll hear countless anecdotes from your guide, who'll also reveal the secrets of the new Philippe Chatrier court, a technological and architectural masterpiece with its retractable roof.

Paris: Montmartre Cheese, Wine & Pastry Guided Walking Tour

5. Paris: Montmartre Cheese, Wine & Pastry Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a guided pastry walking tour around Paris, visit eight different stops and taste delicious French cuisine. Enjoy panoramic views as you sample fresh cheeses, charcuterie, wine, pastries, and chocolate paired with French wine in Montmartre. Discover the majestic windmills and unique vineyards that make Montmartre much more than a Parisian cliché. Wander through the dreamlike atmosphere, home to artists from all around the world. See why Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Edith Piaf, and many others have dedicated years to it in songs and paintings. Join this delicious food tour and unveil the mysteries of Montmartre, expertly guided by a local foodie tour guide to discover the hidden gems of this amazing village. Explore the cobblestoned streets, the café terraces, and the private mansions, and feel amazed by the passion of the local food artisans and by the quality of their products. From Le Moulin Rouge up to Le Sacré Coeur, visit only the best spots and food institutions contributing to the exceptional reputation of Montmartre worldwide. Visit The Place du Tertre, and marvel at one of the most famous squares in Paris, which is world-famous for its painters, cafés, and ambiance. Spread the word and share this visual and sensory experience with your family, friends, or partners in a small size group to make the most of it.

Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

6. Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will show you nooks and crannies of the old Paris as well as explaining you the anecdotes behind the great history. Starting on the city island, head toward St Louis Island, mostly unchanged since the 17th century. Crossing the Seine River, enter the medieval Marais, famous for its Jewish and gay neighborhoods. From middle-aged houses through trendy corners, reach the first-ever Kings Square and its magnificent buildings. Continuing through the Bastille square, demystify its legendary prison and the famous Bastille Day. Escape from city traffic and stroll along the bike-friendly path that lines the Seine River and get ready for a nice drink stop along the water. Next, discover the left bank. From the world's oldest company, which is 1154 years old, head towards the literary Saint Germain des Prés and meet Parisians’ preferred cafés and art galleries. See how the kings, queens, revolutionaries, and Napoléon mixed in a ballet that ended in blood in Odéon and Luxembourg. After resting in the left bankers preferred garden, reach the Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter with its antic roman empire ruins mixed with the most dangerous middle-aged back streets. Joining this tour at the beginning of your vacation allows you to see a lot of the city and determine where you want to go back to.

Paris: Musée Jacquemart-André Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

7. Paris: Musée Jacquemart-André Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Hungry for culture? Come and explore Musée Jacquemart-André, one of Paris's top museums for art connoisseurs. Skip the lines with a fast-track entry ticket and explore inside with an audio-guided tour to learn about the huge private art collection. Step inside the Musée Jacquemart-André and it may feel more like a family home than a museum, perhaps because it used to be one. Elegant French couple Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart resided here in the late 19th-century and amassed a huge collection of Italian art. This lavish property, close to the Champs-Elysées, became a museum in 1916 and showcases all their many treasures. Admire 15th- and 16th-century Italian sculptures, the Florentine Gallery and its religious works in the Italian Museum, and the hall resembling a beautiful Venetian Palace.

Paris: French Wine Tasting Class with Sommelier

8. Paris: French Wine Tasting Class with Sommelier

Join the kind of class you weren't offered at school and get advice on how to identify, select, and taste wine. Held in central Paris, go on a journey through the wine regions of France for the wine tasting tour de France option, and get a much better understanding about wine in general. The venue is a few minutes walk from the Louvre, and you will taste different wines, from different regions of France. Discover the difference between the wine produce of Champagne and Bordeaux, of Sancerre and the Rhone. With a unique and refreshing approach, your sommelier will take you through a variety of themes to build up your wine knowledge.  Hear about how Champagne is made and how to taste wine properly. Go through the main wine regions of France, the grapes they grow, and the style of wine they make.  Learn how to read a French label, and clarify concepts like terroir and appellation. All the wine will be available for sale, plus many more other varietals, too. Just ask your sommelier. And if you want to stay on for dinner and keep on trying more wines, the O Chateau’s brand new wine bar is ready and waiting, with delicious food and 40 wines to try by the glass every day.

Paris 2.5-Hour Unique Macaron Cooking Class

9. Paris 2.5-Hour Unique Macaron Cooking Class

Chef Noémie graduated from the famous Lenôtre Culinary Institute, one of the finest pâtisserie schools in the world, so you’ll definitely be in the right hands to learn the art of making the iconic macaron. During the 2.5-hour activity, you’ll discover the secrets involved in preparing one of the most famous French delicacies. You’ll be guided step by step to create, from scratch, 2 different flavors of macarons, with classical fillings such as chocolate, lemon, salted butter caramel, coffee, pistachio, or walnuts. Whatever your level of cooking experience, your chef is a professional who will adapt the class accordingly. When you’ve finished the class you’ll enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and have a chance to share your impressions with the chef and ask her questions about how to create these successfully at home. Leave with the result of your hard work to show family and friends how you mastered the art of creating French macarons.

Paris: Behind the Scenes Bakery Tour with Breakfast

10. Paris: Behind the Scenes Bakery Tour with Breakfast

Get a behind-the-scenes look at a French bakery in Paris on a guided culinary tour. Spend a morning exploring the bakery, see the workshop, and discover the various steps that go into baking the perfect French baguette. Begin your morning with breakfast at the bakery. Savor delicious croissants and a crisp pain au chocolat. Head into the kitchen and learn the secrets from the bakers themselves. See the different stations and the variety of products. Finish your tour with your own freshly-made baguette.

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Awesome activity and great way to see Paris and learn some great history of France and the buildings we end up admiring so much. E bikes are the best due to using minimum effort and not building up a seat. If possible would recommend to book it on a Sunday morning as we did so the roads are quite and easier to get around.

It was just my partner and myself. The perfume lady (Samantha) was really informative, kind and helpful. There was a good variety of scents. It felt really intimate and so the perfume selecting perfume process felt very personal. My partners absolute favourite part of our trip

Wonderful. We had a lovely host who showed and explained things clearly. Was super fun. I did the workshop with my 12-year old daughter. She enjoyed it as well. We love our new perfumes.

The wine tasting is very informative and the wines were of variety and my favorite was champagne. My husband and I enjoyed it! Book it!

Everyone was on time - the guide was knowledgeable and small group of 8 was ideal