40 Paris Hidden Gems You’ll Love to Discover

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Paris hidden gems are my favorite thing to discover in the city! But don’t get me wrong, if you are visiting for the first time there are dozens of touristy spots to put on your Paris itinerary first.

If you are in the city, for 1 day, 3 days, or even a week, you will have plenty of things to tick off your Paris bucket list (and you likely won’t have time for all of these Paris secret spots and hidden places)…

But if you get the chance to stay a bit longer, or you keep coming back to this beautiful city, this list of hidden gems in Paris will take you beyond the guidebooks. Explore secret passages, micro-arrondissements, forgotten windmills, and more unique places even locals often don’t know about.

Here are 40 Paris hidden gems you will absolutely love to discover…

The Passage des Panoramas

Where to find it: 11 Boulevard Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France

The oldest covered walkway in Paris makes for an amazing place to get some photos in. The glass roof provides amazing lighting and the hanging lanterns give a vintage feel that takes you back a hundred years. The Passage des Panoramas is full of eclectic boutiques and ethnic restaurants. It is one of my favorite Paris hidden gems: the perfect stop for a quick bite and coffee on a rainy day!

Rue Cremieux

Where to find it: Rue Cremieux, 75012 Paris

One of the most colorful spots in Paris, Rue Cremieux is a beautiful cobblestone street nested in a residential area. Rue Cremieux was a true Paris hidden gem but it has become a popular Instagram spot in the past few years. Even so, many Parisians still don’t know about it! You can take some gorgeous shots walking through the pastel colored houses but be mindful not to disturb the residents or sit on people’s front stoops.

The Flower and Bird Market

Where to find it: 37 Place Louis Lépine, 75004 Paris, France

This pretty Flower Market is located along the River Seine between Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle. Take a stroll through the green cast iron pavilions and admire the colorful flowers and planters. Every Sunday, the Flower Market transform into a Bird Market filled with the tweets of thousands of birds. It is a true Paris hidden gem you shouldn’t miss when you explore the Île de la Cité.

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The Zadkine Museum Courtyard

Where to find it: 100 bis Rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris, France

The beautiful courtyard attached to the museum comes to life in Summer and Fall, bronze mythological statues are hidden amongst the foliage making for a magical setting. It’s free to enter the courtyard and museum so wander through this overgrown romantic space and admire the pure artistry, a real hidden gem in Paris.

Dalida Square

Where to find it: Place Dalida, 75018 Paris, France

This is possibly one of the prettiest spots in Paris, the secluded Dalida Square in Montmartre is a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Featuring cobbled, tree-lined streets and quaint buildings it’s at its most beautiful in the Summer and the frosty Winter. You’ll find it at the intersections between rue Girardon and rue de l’Abreuvoir, a wonderful area for wandering around after.

The Columns of Buren Palais-Royal

Where to find it: 8 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France

The 260 striped columns within the courtyard of the Palais-Royal are an amazing sight and make for some really interesting photography opportunities. The columns aren’t new but they contrast with the palace beautifully, particularly as they’re all of differing heights so you can catch some fun angles. The courtyard and palace are free to enter. 

The Passage Verdeau

Where to find it: 6 rue de la Grange-Batelière, 75003 Paris

The Passage Verdeau is one of the covered passages in Paris many locals don’t know about. With its classic design, glass roof, you will find some quaint boutique shops in Passage Verdeau.

The Hidden Red Car at MERCI

Where to find it: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France

The little red FIAT at MERCI Concept store has become an iconic Instagram spot. But it’s still relatively hard to find if you don’t know where to look which makes it a Paris hidden gem. Merci Concept Store is tucked away in the high Marais district at the end of a hidden cobblestone street. Don’t miss the little red car on your next trip to Paris!

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The Sacre Coeur Carousel

Where to find it: Place Saint-Pierre, 75018 Paris, France

Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur are one of the top sights to visit in Paris. But most people head directly to the stairs leading to the Basilique or take the funiculaire up. One of the best views of the Sacre Coeur is actually by the beautiful Carousel in the Square Louise Michel (next to Metro Anvers). It’s one of the best hidden gems in Paris that many tourists totally miss.

Villa Léandre

Where to find it: Villa Léandre (off Avenue Junot) 75018 Paris

Another hidden spot in Montmartre, Villa Léandre is a colorful art deco street with real old English vibes. Think vines crawling up colored buildings, cobbled streets, beautiful classic doors, and classic lantern street lamps. This is one of the most stunning hidden gems in Paris that you won’t want to miss.

The Montmartre Windmills

Head to Rue Lepic in Montmartre and discover the ‘Moulin de la Galette’ and its two windmills. Paris used to be full of wooden windmills but very few remain today. Many people visit the Sacre Coeur and Place des Tertres but few know to take the detour and see these adorable wooden windmills. One of the true hidden gems in Paris!

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The Cloitre des Billettes

Where to find it: 22 to 26 rue des Archives, 4th arrondissement

A magical medieval spot just waiting to be found is The Cloitre des Billettes, one of the last medieval cloisters in the city. The entrance is free and the cloisters are now used as an art gallery, you can take some amazing pictures here and show a completely different lost side of Paris.

L’Oasis D’Aboukir

Where to find it: 83 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France

L’Oasis D’Aboukir is a true hidden gem in Paris because lots of locals don’t even know it exists! This vertical garden or mur végétal is located at the corner of rue des Petits Carreaux and covers 250 sq metres in greenery. This Hymne à la Biodiversité was planted by French botanist Patrick Blanc and features 7600 plants from 237 different species. The vertical is one of those unique unknown spot that is really worth a stop!

The Great Mosque of Paris

Where to find it: 39, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 75005 Paris 5

Perhaps not what you were planning to find on a Paris itinerary but The Great Mosque of Paris is a must-visit. It’s not only grand in the way it looks outside but inside you’ll stumble into a magical courtyard and lush garden area. Doors created in flower patterns, sculpted arches, colorful carpets and  There’s even a tea shop, library, and hammam to enjoy. One of our favorite Paris hidden gems.

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The Damoye Court

Where to find it: Cour Damoye near Place de la Bastille 75011 Paris

This cute, paved pedestrian alley in the Bastille district is lined with boutique shops and looks quintessentially Parisian. There are some serious Madeline vibes here. If you’re shopping, or just want to sit at a quaint cafe looking for a perfect photos spot, this is it. Court Damoye is gorgeous in the Fall when all the vines start to turn.

Rue des Thermopyles

Now that’s a true Paris hidden gem… literally no one knows this street even exists. Tucked away in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, Rue des Thermopyles comes alive in Spring and Summer when the vine is bright green and the flowers in bloom. This little street is far less popular than Rue Cremieux but equally as picturesque.

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Saint Serphani Church of Sarov

Where to find it: 91 Rue Lecourbe, 75015 Paris

This tiny hidden tiny ecclesiastical building with a blue dome has a beautiful wooden aesthetic, ornate interior and an overgrown courtyard. It’s like stepping back in time and is such a tranquil spot you’ll be happy to just take a moment to enjoy the atmosphere. A real hidden gem in Paris’s 15th arrondissement.

Boat at La Villette

Bassin de la Villette, 37 quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris

Head to Marin d’Eau Douce at the Bassin de la Villette to rent a license-free boat and sail the canals of the Bassin. Going boating is one of the most fun things to do in Paris in Summer. Such a fun and unique way to see Paris from a totally different vantage point!

Guilhem Vellut from Paris, France, Boat @ Canal de l’Ourcq @ La Villette @ Paris (35092024471), edited by Julie Laundis, CC BY 2.0

Abbey Bookshop

Where to find it: 29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris

Is there anything more romantic than a cluttered old local bookshop, full from floor to ceiling with second-hand books? With its old wooden shelves and ladders and over 35,000 English titles inside, this is a bibliophile’s paradise. Beautiful inside and out, don’t miss this Paris photo opportunity and pick up a good book while you’re there!

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Courtyard of Carnavalet Museum

Where to find it: 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France (please note that the museum is currently closed for renovations and is set to re-open in Spring 2020)

the Courtyard of the Musée Carnavalet is one of the most beautiful Paris hidden gems on this list, specifically in the Fall when the vine turns all shades of reds. This museum dedicated to the history of Paris is never really crowded so it can be enjoyed without a lot of tourists.

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Church of St-Etienne-du-Mont

Where to find it: Place Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 Paris

With its carved wooden stairs, stunning facade and surrounding paved streets the Church of St-Etienne-du-Mont is a beauty inside and out. It’s also much quieter than other more famous churches in Paris so you’ll be able to get some stunning historical shots.

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Square Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet

Where to find it: Rue de la Bonne, 75018 Paris

Ready to get lost in a secret garden tucked behind Parvis de Sacré Coeur? Square Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet is particularly stunning when the wisteria is in bloom. A walk through the square is one of the most romantic things to do in Paris. It’s also lovely in the Summer and the perfect spot for a picnic. You’ll also get some of the best shots of Sacré Coeur from inside the park so it’s worth going for that alone.

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Nef du College des Bernardins

Where to find it: 18-20 rue de Poissy 75005 Paris

One of the biggest and oldest medieval buildings in Paris, with vaulted ceilings and a gothic style hall, this a dream for anyone who loves architecture photography or wandering atmospheric buildings.

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La rue du Chat-qui-Pêche

Where to find it: Rue du Chat Qui Peche, 75005 Paris, France

A real quirky secret place in Paris, it translates to the ‘Street of the Fishing Cat’ and is the narrowest street in the city. It dates back to 1540 when the local people would use it to go to the Seine. Make sure you find the cute cat street art inside.

Passage Mouffetard

Where to find it: Au 52, rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

Rue Mouffetard is one of the most famous streets in Paris: full of adorable restaurants and lively bars, it’s a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. But hidden behind the hustle and bustle of La Mouffe is a secret passage virtually no one knows about. You can access the passage by walking through a narrow door by a souvenir shop located at 52 rue Mouffetard. Past the door, you will find a hidden cobblestone street full of potted plants and hanging vines. This secret passage is a true hidden gem in Paris!

Le Square des Peupliers

Where to find it: 75013 Paris, France

Wander down this secret mews-like side street brimming with character and traditional charm leading to a gorgeous courtyard that looks like a tiny French town. It’s a photographers dream, catch it before it gets busy!

La Mouzaia

Where to find it: Rue de la Mouzaia, 75019 Paris

A tiny neighborhood that could rival Montmeatre for its old-warm charm except it’s far less busy. If you fancy a tranquil walk around a picturesque, residential area of Paris then this is perfect. It’s particularly welcoming the Spring when the trees are green and the blossoms are out.

Square René-Viviani

Where to find it: 25 Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris

This public square, adjacent to the Church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, sits along the Seine and offers an unbeatable view of Notre Dame Cathedral. You’ll even find the oldest tree in Paris inside! It’s also a great starting point to explore the Latin Quarter.

Les cités du Figuier et Durmar

Where to find it: 104-106 rue Oberkampf, 11th

Escape busy Oberkampf to wander flowery green side streets with uneven cobblestones, Paris is full of secret impasses like this just waiting to be discovered. Colored house fronts and a real-life of local life, this is a street photographers dream.

Le quartier de “la Campagne à Paris”

Where to find it: 210 Rue des Pyrenees, 75020 Paris

A tiny city in the heart of Paris complete with gardens, quaint brick houses, cobbled streets, and traditional street lamps and buckets of charm. It’s a place to get lost and take photographs and wish you could live there yourself. It can only be accessed by car from one street (Pierre Mouillard street) so it’s a wonderfully peaceful city escape.

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The Japanese Garden, Albert Kahn Museum

Where to find it: 10 Rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France

This museum has its own authentic, traditional Japanese garden. It’s complete with a flowing brook, red bridges, gingko trees, and cherry blossoms that make for a stunning place to take the most colorful floral photos.

La promenade plantée

Where to find it: 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris, France

An abandoned elevated railway line has been transformed into a romantic walkway covered in gorgeous vegetation. You get views of the surrounding cityscape as well as a dramatic blend of the natural and the abandoned.

La promenade plantée: Paris Hidden Gems

La Butte Bergeyre

Where to find it: 76 Rue Georges Lardennois, 75019 Paris, France

This is a quiet neighborhood park that’s situated on the side of a hill – it’s a thick, wild place to take amazing photos. Butte Bergeyre blends rugged woodland style with gorgeous Parisian architecture for a real treat.

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Square Saint-Gilles Du Grand Veneur

Where to find it: 9 Rue du Grand Veneur, 75003 Paris

The buildings surrounding this square are the epitome of traditional baroque Parisian architecture. Mix that with the wrought iron gates and perfectly maintained flower beds and you have the ultimate in Parisian photo opportunities.

Square Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur: Paris Hidden Gems
Guillaume Baviere from Helsingborg, Sweden, Square Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur – Pauline Roland 1, Paris 2010, Colors and brightness edited by Julie Laundis, CC BY 2.0

La Butte aux Cailles

Where to find it: 10 Rue Daviel, 75013 Paris

Simply known as Little Alsace, this is a quiet and quaint suburban-style neighborhood that offers photographers the chance to feel like they’re in an old Disney film of singing birds and happy elves. Make sure to stop by La Villa Daviel. This charming lane features terraced houses, a cobbled street, hanging ivy, stone walls. In short, everything you need for a romantic Parisian photo shoot.

Le Cabaret du Lapin Agile

Where to find it: 22 Rue des Saules, 75018 Paris

Lapin Agile, meaning ‘Intelligent Rabbit’ is an old cabaret club made from stone that looks like an old French cottage in the heart of Paris. It’s a little eerie and extremely tranquil; a photo opportunity like no other you’ll find in Paris.

Au Lapin Agile: Paris Hidden Gems
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Le passage de l’Ancre

Where to find it: 30 Rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris, France

A beautiful and romantic passageway lined with trees, where each little shop is painted a different color. Under a blue sky the place glows, and there are potted plants dotted around everywhere. This is one of the few remaining Paris hidden gems, because it’s truly a secret spot you can’t stumble upon unless you really look for it.

Gallerie Vivienne

Where to find it: 5 Rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris

This is one of the grandest and dazzling places in all of Paris. Golden walls and a glass ceiling turn this gallery into a photogenic palace that you can explore and photograph to your heart’s content.

Musée de la Vie Romantique de l’Hôtel Scheffer-Renan

Where to find it: 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris

The Museum of Romantic Life pretty much sums up this gorgeous space at the foot of Montmartre hill. Evoking the Romantic era in this ex-artists residence you can enjoy the permanent exhibitions for free and wander the paved courtyard and greenhouse. It’s picturesque in every way.

Musée de la Vie Romantique de l’Hôtel Scheffer-Renan
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Marie De Médicis Fountain

Where to find it: Rue de Médicis in the Luxembourg Garden, 75006 Paris

Commissioned by King Henry’s IV’s widow in Luxembourg Garden, this impressive carved fountain and surrounding statues are impressive, to say the least. Italian renaissance vibes at their finest, you’d never believe this was in Paris.

Marie De Médicis Fountain

Whether you are spending a romantic weekend in Paris, searching for the best Paris photo spots or looking to indulge in some of the world famous Parisian desserts, these beautiful places to visit will fit into any itinerary.

And if you love to find more unusual things to do when exploring a new city, check out my Venice Hidden Gems!

Know any other Paris hidden gems? Share them in the comments!

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  1. I am OBSESSED with this list! So many incredibly spots in Paris. I wish I’d read this before I went to Paris! I visited some of them like Rue Cremieux, but most of them I’ve never heard of! I guess that means I have to go back to Paris…. 🙂

  2. Paris seems like such an amazing city. It’s definitely on my bucketlist for 2020. I pinned this post so I can refer to it when I start planning my itinerary

  3. Absolutely love your photos, I’ve being 2 times to Paris and I feel like I haven’t seen the magic. Just rainy days and it’s such a big city that 2 or 3 days is not enough.

  4. You have put this list together beautifully. There is enough variety to attract different people. Paris is on my bucket list and I hope to be able to visit a few of these places someday!

  5. What a great list, Julie! I lived in Paris for several months during college on an exchange term – wish I had known about these places then! Love your pictures, and your outfits – those skirts are divine!

  6. I was just back from Paris… ohhh I wish I have read your post earlier!!!!! (luckily, I find that I checked in The Sacre Coeur Carousel at least!!! by chance) haha 😀

  7. I want to go to all these places! These looks like they will make an incredible trip to Paris!

  8. So many wonderful things to do and places. I spent two weeks in Paris and a few of them look familiar but I missed so many others! I´ll need to go back to check them out! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh my, sounds like the perfect excuse to revisit, Pia! That’s the tricky part about Paris: 10 years of sightseeing wouldn’t be long enough.

  9. OH EM GEE!! Wow! Paris is a place I’ve been wanting to visit for awhile now and wow these pictures are just stunning! Paris is so cute! I will save this! <3

  10. I was supposed to be in Paris right now -_-. But I’ll get there one day!! I love finding off the beaten path types of places, so I love this list!!! I’ve never heard of most of these – L’Oasis looks SO cool, and that church with the wooden stairs! Definitely going to use it for whenever I rebook my trip!

  11. These hidden gems are so pretty. Some of the little known streets are just gorgeous. Definitely pinning for next time.

  12. What an amazing list! I was just in Paris for a long overdue second trip to this city back in late January. A full week. And it wasn’t enough! I’m not a city person, but I do love Paris and imagine staying for a month … or more! That way I can explore all these places with my camera! I’m definitely saving this list for my next trip to Paris.

  13. Ahh these are all so gorgeous, Julie! Definitely took me down memory lane when I spent my 20th birthday in Paris (how was that already 6 years ago?!) Thanks for the awesome guide! I can’t wait to go back one day soon. XX

  14. Absolutely love this post! I have been to Paris multiple times but you have so many cool places on here I have never seen! I especially love the Great Mosque of Paris!

  15. These places look so incredible! Can’t wait until travel is possible again so I can go check them out! Thanks for sharing, I will save this for sure!

  16. Oh wow there are so many places in this list I’ve never heard about! Such a great post, thank you for sharing it! Now I can’t wait to go to Paris again 🙂

  17. I LOVE this list!! Thank you for posting all of these lovely places. I’ve been to Paris several times, but often I just hang out with a friend who lives there. I also usually have a ‘things to see & do’ list for when he’s busy.

    This gem has been on my list for a ‘minute’ but I haven’t made it there yet: an ancient Roman amphitheater that dates back to 1st century BC. RIGHT?! There is no ‘cute’ factor, but if you love history, you’ll love this spot.

    Arènes de Lutèce

  18. this is a great list. I have an addition. At Jardin des Plantes, there is small garden thats’ not easy to find. I think it’s called Alsase or something like that. You have to go thru one of the little tunnels and you have this beautiful small garden. Most people don’t look for it as the Jardin des Plantes offers enough beauty walking from one end to the other. Promise if you find this you’ll love it. a creek or two, some gorgeous trees, it’s a great find. You, I miss Paris so much!!

  19. What a great list of hidden gems. There is always something new and beautiful to discover in Paris. And I don’t know why but the Le Cabaret du Lapin Agile is giving me Alice in Wonderland vibes.

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