The Atlas Obscura Guide To Paris
180 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Paris, France
Updated November 23, 2023
There is a secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and that encapsulates Atlas Obscura—the hidden world within the one that we know. Paris is a city of history and beauty and light, and one of the best ways to experience it is by leaving the beaten path.
Unusual Attractions in Paris
Cool Places to Eat & Drink in Paris
Plan Your Trip
Unforgettable Experiences Nearby
From wine tastings and secret passages to catacombs and cemetary tours.Discover Experiences
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Lists Featuring Paris
The 11 Best Places to Visit Near the Eiffel Tower for Curious Travelers
Including Gustave Eiffel's Secret Apartment , Musée du quai Branly (Quai Branly Museum), and Jules Lavirotte's 29 Avenue Rapp
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Your best bets for gaining insight into the real history of Freemasonry.
Including Zedekiah's Cave, Masonic Lodge of the Andaz Hotel, and House of the Temple
A Rat Lover's Tour of the World
15 places where rodents are celebrated, feared, preserved, and studied.
Including Karni Mata Temple, Nutty Narrows Bridge, and Paxton Gate
Old Cemeteries in Paris
Historic graveyards to visit in the City of Lights.
Including Père Lachaise Cemetery, Montparnasse Cemetery, and Montmartre Cemetery
8 Cool Shops in Paris
Wonderfully unique stores to visit in the City of Lights.
Including Tombées du Camion, Sape & Co, and Un Regard Moderne Bookstore
A Linguistics Lover's Tour of the World
12 places to marvel at the history of human language.
Including The Cairo Genizah , The Museum of the Alphabet , and Boontling Language of Boonville