There is so much more to the City of Light than the Eiffel Tower and éclairs. Whether you’re looking to escape the crowds, or simply want to see a different side of the city, this list of non touristy things to do in Paris will inspire you to get off the beaten path.
After 20 years of dreaming about the City of Light, I spent 4 days in Paris to celebrate my birthday. It was everything I’d hoped for and more, filled with Eiffel Tower views, charming sidewalk cafes, and all the pastries I could eat. This Paris itinerary for 4 days is perfect for first-time visitors who want a great blend of sightseeing, amazing food, and relaxing strolls through the city.
Fun fact: I took over 750 photos on my first trip to the City of Light. I arrived with an initial list of the best places to take pictures in Paris, but it quickly grew as I explored. If Instagram is to be believed, Paris is just a blend of Eiffel Tower views and old cafes. In reality, the best Paris photo spots run the gamut, from beautiful old doors to lush flower gardens.
When I moved to London, the first holiday I booked was a birthday trip to Paris. Having a typical French breakfast at a Parisian sidewalk café was at the top of my travel bucket list. Frankly, I was more excited to eat a real French croissant than I was to see the Eiffel Tower!