When feeling enough with the Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, and Louvre museum tours, you may crave for a visit for any place where you can be yourself or with your family and close friends. The places must be living the real French way, even free of the English signboards. The following are the perfect non-touristy spots in the Parisian city that can be explored more at your comfort.
Located in the 10th arrondissement, the restaurant of Little India is in between Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord, where you can taste Indian delicacies at its best in Paris. The affordable rate of the dishes served here is one of the other striking reasons to stopover at this Indian restaurant if you have got bored of the French cheese and foie grass. Little India will prove a perfect place to spend your weekend with your friends and family, which also satisfies your tummy.
Château de Vincennes
There won’t be any usual pomp of the Versailles, which is claimed to be a tourist magnet. Meanwhile, Château de Vincennes had across a rich history dating back to the 12th century. The castles are open to visitors, where they can also get into the glorious chapel and keep. Anyone visiting the Château de Vincennes can have well spent an afternoon by renting a rowboat on the nearby lake, stroll in the adjoining park and relax wholly.
The riverbank near the Bibliothèque or simply the National Library is not usually preferred by the tourists visiting Paris, even then the bank has a greater potential of becoming a hot tourist spot someday. Currently, you may find the local population strolling near the place. Moreover, crowds of the mixed population will be seen wandering in the premises as charcuterie plates, pizza, and various drinks will be served in the cafés and bars that will be opened in Quai Francois-Mauriac during the warmer months.
Though the place may not attract the usual set of tourists, the renovated train station is worth a place for a visit rather than the Petite old Ceinture, it once was. A local fare serving vegetarian delicacies can be chosen to have a brunch your family and friends. Furthermore, amazing cocktails and tapas can be tried out at night. Meanwhile, for a drink or a coffee, the spot would be absolutely crunchy and random.
Parc de la Villette
Once a major slaughterhouse of Paris, the 19th-century iron pavilion is a now a hodgepodge of the present day design blending the rich culture and green space. Through the park, a canal runs in an artistic manner with prominent places on both sides of the bank. More specifically, you will find Philharmonie de Paris in the east and Science and industry museum in the west. Parc de la Villette will turn out to be a perfect spot for day time picnic along with your family and friends.
The flea market of Porte de Vanves
The local flea market of the Porte de Vanves is crowded by the Parisians all through the weekends at this southern part. Unlike the markets at Clignancourt, diverse selection may not be available here to buyers. However, you could meet up the real French population here, doing their daily chores of shopping in their everyday life, rather than the European tourists.
The elevator to the rooftop observation deck at the Tour Montparnasse is going to surprise you, as quite shockingly, you will not find any notable human lines, unlike the one in front of the Eiffel Tower. Once you get into the highest floor of the skyscraper, you will be blessed to witness a panoramic view of the whole of Paris City Tour. Montparnasse can be found in the tourist guidebooks, but they cannot be labeled as touristy.
The outdoor market at Marché d’Aligre is not the place that tourists normally visit. Furthermore, it is the locals who turn up here for their daily requirement of meat, cheese, flower and what not. On the close proximity, you can find Pink Flamingo pizzeria restaurant. However, an outsider visiting Marché d’Aligre will not be disappointed at the end of the day, as they get to see the Parisian way of buying things.
Cemeteries are being molded as a tourist spot the best by none other than the Parisians. This can be easily apprehended by the popularity of the Catacombs and Père Lachaise Cemetery. Nevertheless, the cemetery at Montparnasse is equally magnificent in its aesthetics. The proximity of the much popular Luxembourg is not making any hindrance to the peaceful atmosphere of the Cemetery. Montparnasse is the eternal home of various eminent personalities such as Oscar Wilde, Serge Gainsbourg, Jim Morrison, and Charles Garnier.