Unusual Paris: 5 places to discover

The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées… All these well-known monuments are emblems of the French capital. However, Paris is also full of lesser known places that offer a different look at the city.

The Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam temple
Located in the 18th arrondissement, the Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam temple is a hindu temple dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-head god of wisdom. In the midst of colorful deities, you will find yourself transported into India. The Feast of Ganesh will be happening on September 1st.


Photo credit: Michel Durand

Open daily from 9:30am to 8:30pm.
Free admission.  Donations accepted.

Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam Paris
17, rue Pajol
75018 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1  40 34 21 89
Metro station: La Chapelle (line 2).

The Manor – Le Manoir de Paris
If you are interested in dark legends and horrific misteries, the Manoir de Paris is the place to discover the dark side of the capital. Seventeen stories and legends, some famous and some obscure, are told by actors in costumes. The Phantom of the Opera, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the secrests of the Père Lachaise cemetery, or the Tuileries ghost will give you a different perspective of Paris.


Copyright : Manoir H

Open Fridays from 3pm to 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm to 10pm.
Admission: 20€ / Reduced rate (under 18 years old, students): 18€ / Children (under 16): 15€.
Not recommended for children under 10.

Manoir de Paris
18, rue de Paradis
75010 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)6 70 89 35 87
Metro station: Château d’Eau (line 4) or Poissonnière (line 7).

The Paris Mosque
Located in the latin quarter, the Mosque features hispano-moorish architecture and opens the doors to islamic culture. You may wish to relax at the hammam or sip a cup of mint tea at the café. The visit is a sure way to feel like you have traveled far away from Paris.


Open daily from11am to 7pm.
For a guided visit: 3€ / Reduced rate: 2€ / Free for children under 7.

La Mosquée de Paris
2, Place du Puits de l’Ermite
75005 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 45 35 97 33
Station: Censier – Daubenton (line 7).

The Lutetia Arenas
This lesser known historic place houses the remnants of a 1st century amphitheater. A registered historical monument, the arenas are the only visible examples of gallo-roman architecture in Paris. Admission is free to this perfect place for a break in th Parisian sun.


Photo credit: Mareuil Hotel

According to the season: opening at 8 or 9am, closing at 7:30 or 8:30pm.
Free admission.

Les Arènes de Lutèce
47-59, rue Monge
75005 Paris
Tél : +33 (0)1 45 35 02 56
Metro stations: Jussieu (lines 7 and 10), Place Monge (line 7) or Cardinal Lemoine (line 10).

The Paris hot air balloon
For a new look at the capital city, why not try the world’s largest hot air balloon? From a 150-meter height, you will get a unique view of Parisian rooftops and monuments. All you need is favorable weather.


Open daily depending on the weather, from 9am to 7pm in October (until the 28th), from 9am to 8pm in September, from 9am to 9pm the rest of the year.
Rate: Adults 12€ / children 3-11 years old: 6€ / Free admission for children under 3.

Ballon de Paris
2, rue Cauchy
75015 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 26 20 00
Metro station: Javel – André Citroën (line 10).


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