My Quirky Paris Bucket List


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 RomantiquesAn 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!

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6 thoughts on “My Quirky Paris Bucket List

  1. allysonyj says:

    When you go to Ile de la Cite, don’t overlook the evocative memorial to the French Jews deported to prison camps by the Nazis which is down at the very end of the island behind Notre Dame and .the rose garden.

    When you come out of the memorial you can turn right across the bridge to Berthillon to refresh yourself with wonderful ice cream after meditating in the memorial. (A strange juxtaposition, but worthy of some reflection while slurping.)

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  2. Rosie says:

    Can second Berthillon – they have an enormous selection and the sorbets are particularly refreshing (I tried pêche de vigne and it was delicious!) and at €3/scoop it’s not badly priced for Paris. Île St-Louis is worth a wander in its own right (while eating the ice cream from Berthillon!)

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