I’ve done a lot in Paris since moving here three months ago, but it’s mostly been touristy. Now that I’m officially a legal resident [for a year], though, I’ve decided to throw together a bucket list of the quirky, weird, interesting things I hope to do in this wonderful, artistic, multifaceted city over the next year!
As always, this is by no means a complete or definitive bucket list [and will likely be updated with time] and is really just a list of things that appeal to my quirky tastes! I just hope I’ll be able to inspire you to have your own Paris adventures.
-Wander the Père Lachaise Cemetery. This is the city’s largest cemetery and contains the graves of famous people like Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Edith Piaf, and more.
-Climb the Eiffel Tower. Okay, so this one isn’t really ‘quirky,’ but I haven’t done it yet and it’s a must while here, so on the list it goes!
-Try macarons from Pierre Hermé. While the macarons at Ladurée are famous and classic, Pierre Hermé has a wider variety and more unique flavors!
-Try macarons from Acide Macaron. Okay, you can probably tell that I have a slight macaron obsession, but this shop is also full of interesting flavors [and is less well-known than Pierre Hermé/Ladurée!]
-Picnic at the Jardin de Luxembourg. When the weather starts getting warmer, a bottle of wine, a baguette, some cheese, and fresh fruits are all coming out with me to relax in the sun.
-Browse the Christmas Market at La Défense. This market is less touristy and more traditional than the one I’ve already visited on the Champs-Elysées.
-Snap a photo at Rue Crémieux. The colourful row of houses on this street are on many an Instagram page and are apparently for fans of Notting Hill back in London.
-Chill with locals by Canal St. Martin.
-Shop at the Marché des Enfant Rouges. I love a good market
-Peruse Musée d’Orsay.
-Take a selfie with the Mona Lisa. Sometimes a girl’s gotta be basic.
-But also, browse as much of the Louvre as possible. Apparently around 80% of visitors never see more than the Mona Lisa. !!!
-Learn to make traditional French pastries at an [inexpensive] pastry-making class. I kinda suck at French cooking but I’d love to take the time and learn something new!
-Get romantic at the Musée de la Vie Romantiques. An off-the-beaten path Parisian museum featuring romance-themed exhibits!
–Don’t get counterfeit at the Counterfeit Museum. This museum showcases a collection counterfeit goods. Definitely different!
-Explore Île de la Cité. One of two islands on the Seine, Île de la Cité hosts Notre Dame and is popular with tourists, but is a great place to just walk around and enjoy the sights.
-Get ice cream from Berthillon. Apparently, this is Paris’ best ice cream, and at an affordable price!
-Climb the hill at Parc des Buttes Chaumont. A beautiful, hilly, non-touristy park that gives some killer views of the city.
-Get smelly at Cour des Senteurs. This one is in Versailles, but it’s apparently a perfumery museum with tons of cool features!
That’s all for now, but this bucket list will update continuously. Thanks for stopping by!