Top 5 Non Tourist things to do in paris IHG international hotel group paris

5 Lively & Unconventional Things to do in Paris

Top 5 Non Tourist things to do in paris IHG international hotel group paris
Things You May Not Have Thought of Doing in Paris

Paris is one of those cities that almost everyone has visited if only just for a weekend. I adore Paris. The first time I went was with my best friend three years ago. I also visited with my mom around a year and a half ago. Then this summer my best friend and I visited again for ten days. We turned from tourist to locals in those ten days (you can find a great breakdown of tourist attractions here on the left side if you haven’t already been).  We practised our language skills, hung out with locals and avoided the touristy stuff. I feel like Paris is a city I know and can survive in solo. Here’s the top 5 things I’ve done in Paris ever since my first visit three years ago.

1. Visit During a Popular Holiday or Event

The city is just so much more alive when you visit during a public holiday or when something exciting is going on. When I last visited Paris the Euro’s were on (football). Although neither of us particularly like football there were so many people from different countries who were all having a great time and getting to know one another. We met a great group of French, Swiss and Dutch people who were were able to hang out with on a few different nights. I highly recommend visiting when you can expect the city to be busy and full of buzz. It just makes it that bit more sociable and special.

2. Bar Crawl on the Rue de Croissant & beyond

My best friend and I went to a bar on Rue de Croissant, I believe it’s of the same name and we had one of the best nights out there! The bartenders were so nice and gave us free drinks after we spent more than one evening there. The bar is full of locals but don’t be intimidated. They are all super friendly and will want you to speak with them so you can practise your English. There’s a couple of affordable hotel options right nearby too so you’re in the heart of Paris and have a good bar scene!

3. Eat a French delicacy

Frogs legs and snails may not sound appealing to all but they are actually quite nice. my mom and I stopped by a lovely steak restaurant in Paris and very bravely ordered frogs legs. They taste like chicken but with the consistency of fish. I feel as though I haven’t had the full experience of a country if I don’t try their food, so I’m glad I gave them a go!

4. Shop at Colette on Rue Saint Honoré

This shop is honestly a blogger’s dream. When you enter there are a few long tables full of interesting books ranging from fashion and art to recipe’s and creativity. Downstairs there’s a chic cafe and upstairs contains the clothing section. The clothes are definitely on the “affordable” designer price range meaning you’ll have to splurge but the shop is definitely worth looking in and having a look around. Your Instagram will be popping after a short visit and the fashion will inspire you.

5. Go clubbing at the Sacre-Coeur

The Sacré-Coeur is a popular tourist spot because the cathedral there is so, so stunning. But, you must visit a great Irish bar that’s tucked at the side of one of the main staircases facing the church. It is a bit ironic that so near sacred ground is a bar where all kinds of debauchery goes on. However, the bar was home to one of the wildest and best nights my friend and I had out. The drinks are affordable, the people are friendly and the music is great. A must visit bar that no tourists seem to know about. Montmarte where the Sacré-Coeur is based is a little out of the city centre but is amazing to visit and stay in in its own right. The hotels over there tend to be more affordable because it’s slightly North of the city.

*This post is sponsored by IHG

Have you guys ever been to Paris? What would you recommend I get up to on my next visit?

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  • Sounds fab! I haven’t been to Paris for years and then it was once when I was little to Eurodisney lol with my Mum, but I do remember her taking me on the River Seine (not sure if that’s spelt right!) Then I went with work once, but was a really flying visit, but we did go up the Eiffel tower and I think I got drunk on red wine lol… Would love to re-visit for longer and definitely do a couple of things you suggest! The shop sounds amazing! and I need to try frogs legs! Mark likes snails, but I don’t think I could bring myself to eat them lol!

    Heather xx

    • Snails has to be the next one I try! Frogs legs were enough for one visit for me haha!

  • Tiffany Griffin

    Ahh I love Paris! I can’t wait to go back!

  • paris is my favourite place, i’ve been quite a few times yet i’ve been too scared to eat a delicacy. i really need to make sure i take the plunge next time i visit. i’ve never thought about doing a bar crawl either!
    jen / velvet spring

    • me too i adore it! i think you’ll like the delicacies if you try them!

  • Ahh I have been dying to go to Paris for as long as I can remember…one day!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Em B

    Paris is at the top of the list of places that i want to visit! these all sound like good ideas and a lot of fun:)

  • I’ve never been to Paris but one thing I definitely want to do there is to enjoy their food, including the snails and frog legs. thanks for these lists 😉

    Selene Addicted

  • Yiotou_La

    Are snails a french delicacy? We eat them here as well and believe me, they are soo delicious! I’ve been wanting to visit Paris since the day I finished school, but I haven’t yet 🙂


    • They are in France, Spain and Portugal. Where are you from?

      • Yiotou_La

        Cyprus 🙂

  • This post is making me miss Paris so much! I need to go back and will definitely bookmark this for the future! I don’t know if I could eat frog legs, but last time I went, I did eat pâté, which was out of my comfort zone haha.

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • I have actually never eaten pate before! If i eat pate, you have to try frogs legs, deal? xx

  • im dying to go to paris! x

  • First of all, I am in love with your blog, it’s just beautiful, I love it so so so much!!! Secondly, I went to Paris when I was nine and sort of took a pit stop in Paris this year on the drive down to Spain. Both times I just knew that I loved it – I’m taking French at GCSE and I want to be able to speak it fluently one day; it has always been mt favourite language! I love this list of things to do in Paris and I can’t wait to do all of them one day!!

    • Thanks so much Ellie! I really want to be fluent in French too, I have a friend doing an internship in Paris and I’m so jealous of her!

  • Great list! I actually love in Paris, but I love going off the beaten path when I travel 😉
    Ambitieuse Paris

  • I love Paris, it is probably my favourite place to go!

    Danielle xx