For Paris initiates, sightseeing spots such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are usually high up on the agenda of must-sees. And for good reason. But what’s next? Well, to those in the know, the answer lies in the city’s always-evolving and far less touristy neighbourhoods. Ask any local – districts such as Le Marais or Canal St Martin are where you’ll find the real Paris.
With easy, app-based connection to a network of in-the-know experts, GetYourGuide offers immediate, insider access to the city’s unexplored arrondissements so loved by locals. Here are some of our favourite tours you can book right now.
Scoff cheese, wine and chocolate on a Marais walking tour
Home to the unsung food market of Marché des Enfants Rouges, as well as some of the city’s best restaurants, Le Marais is the arrondissement for the serious gourmand. Hosted by a local expert, this detailed insider’s group tour stops to sample the area’s most irresistible eats (from fresh pastries to chic artisan chocolates, via craft confiture) and winds up at a classic Paris bistro for a guided cheese-and-wine tasting.
Meeting point: 40 rue de Bretagne, 75003
Discover charming nooks and crannies by bicycle
Paris is now one of the world’s most avowedly cycle-friendly places. So, after you’ve ‘done’ all its major attractions, how better to explore the city’s unsung, out-of-the-way arrondissements than à vélo as part of an easy-going, three-hour group tour? Pedal your way through some of the French capital’s coolest quarters, including the ever-hip Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the city’s boho-cool Left Bank, before taking a leisurely cycle along the banks of the Seine (snifter stop included).
Meeting point: 7 Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004
Take in the city’s best street art in the 13th District
Paris has a booming and rapidly evolving street art scene with few rivals worldwide. Beginning in Place d'Italie, this two-hour walking led by a local urban art aficionado passes many of the 13th district’s major murals – some of which cover entire buildings, such as Turncoat by D*Face and the stunning Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité by US street artist Shepard Fairey – and finishes with a lovely view of the Seine.
Meeting point: Place Pinel, 75013
Do Versailles the smart way
A short trip from central Paris, Versailles has to be done at least once. And, sure, there’s the go-it-alone option. But be warned: it’s huge, and it’ll be heaving. Put your mind and soul at ease with a half-day guided tour that includes comfy, private transport there and back, and game-changing, skip-the-line tickets to the palace – as well as a detailed run-through of the entire grounds, and free time to wander around those glorious gardens.
Meeting point: GetYourGuide shop on 62 Avenue de Suffren, 75015
Pay your respects at Père Lachaise cemetery
The final resting place of luminaries such as Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Frédéric Chopin and Oscar Wilde, Père Lachaise is one of the most visited cemeteries in the world. This historical but humoured three-hour tour happily mixes wit and wisdom, taking in the neo-gothic graveyard’s most famous residents and explaining the history of French funerary art. A bonus? It leaves you to explore the natty nearby neighbourhood of Belleville, known for its under-the-radar artsy vibe, cool bars and off-kilter boutiques.
Meeting point: Alexandre Dumas metro stop