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Must-see places that are not too crowded?

What do I HAVE to see in Paris that is not too crowded? Maybe a nice park or something?

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  • Courtney Robinson

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    Great question! I would check out the Musée Carnavalet. It's a stunning museum that's specifically about the city itself and it's free! There's a ball room on the top floor that is one of the most amazing rooms I've ever seen in my life--don't miss it!

    Musée CarnavaletI would also check out the Palais Royal which might be on my list of top 3 or 4 places to go in the city. It's a garden/park/shopping arcade that never has more than 10 people in it at the most which I've never understood since it's so beautiful. Palais RoyalI would also check out the Galerie Vivienne shopping arcade even if you're not into shopping. This is another place that never has more than a handful of people in it and I'll never understand why. It has a gorgeous little tea room called A Priori-Thé where you can take a load off for a bit. A Priori-ThéGalerie VivienneThe Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of my favorites and usually has waaaay fewer people than most of the city's other parks. The surrounding area isn't my favorite, though so I probably wouldn't plan on spending much time in the neighborhood. Parc des Buttes Chaumontimage from gardenvisit.comThe Jardin des Plantes is another favorite park/garden of mine and is a place I've often had almost all to myself. It's actually the oldest garden in Paris (it was created some time in the 1600s) and has all kinds of cool attractions within it (there's even a little zoo there). Jardin des PlantesOne of my favorite quirky museums is the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and I've never, ever seen more than one or two people in it (although the first time I went there the only other patron besides me was actually smoking a cigarette inside. I'm not a nature person, but I find it a very interesting place and I can almost guarantee you it won't be crowded. Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
    With the exception of Jim Morrison's grave, Père Lachaise Cemetery usually isn't very crowded and it's fascinating. Before you go, make sure you read up on all the different traditions and rituals about the graves there. For instance, as you can see from the picture below, it's a "tradition" for women to kiss Oscar Wilde's grave (unfortunately, it's done a lot of damage so you can't do it anymore). Père Lachaise CemeteryFinally, one of my favorite places in town is the Viaduc des Arts which is a stretch of stores and studios almost exclusively operated by artists and artisans that are literally housed in old viaducts. It's one of those places a lot of Parisians don't even know about which is a shame because it's so fascinating. Since most of the store fronts there are also working studios as well as stores, you can see the artists doing there thing right in front of you and it's so interesting.

    There's also a little park-like area on top of it called the Promenade plantée (Coulée verte) which is like The High Line in New York--basically a stretch of old railroad track that's been turned into a park.
    Viaduc des Arts
    Promenade plantée (Coulée verte)image from parismyfavourite.blogspot.com


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    • Karen E.

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      Outstanding travelogue · (1 likelikes)

    • Courtney R.

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      Thanks, Karen! · (0 likelikes)

    • Merrill W.

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      me too, I love this place! · (1 likelikes)

    • Tom N.

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      I'm really looking forward to a bike ride along the Promenade Plantée! · (1 likelikes)

    • Hrönn S.

      Hrönn S.

      Great tips - going to Paris for a few days this summer and will definitely check out some your suggestions. · (1 likelikes)

    • Courtney R.

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      That's great, Hronn! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Belinda Manley

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    Musée Marmottan Monet in the 16th is a lovely walk through a park from Metro stop. Has Monets and other impressionist.

    Musée Jacquemart-André is a art gallery displayed in the home of the collectors. Also has tea room/ cafe.

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      Great answer--both are fantastic museums! · (0 likelikes)

    • Matt B.

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      I second the Musee Marmottan!! Small, intimate museum, with several Monets and many other impressionist paintings. Its a bit away from the main Paris attractions (Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre; but it is very easy to get to, and when I visited in mid May it was not crowded at all, although I'm not sure if its always like that? · (2 likelikes)

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  • Jack Tang

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    check the Catacombes de Paris. it's one of a kind. It's crowded with the reminisce of people from the past but the massive structure underground passage keeps the flow of people going so it never gets too crowded.

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      Line up for catacombes can be hours long. Was there 2 weeks ago at 10 am on a Tuesday and the line was 2.5 hours long. If you don't want to waste any time in line. Go to the front and ask if there are any guided tours. It only costs 4€ more then the base ticket. If there are any tours space left they will give you a little piece of paper so you can come back to the front of the line ten minutes before your tour starts. No waiting in line. Haha. · (2 likelikes)

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  • Lindsay Reed

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    We really loved Musee de l'Orangerie. No crowds at all when we visited and when you actually walk into one of the gallery rooms, you are surrounded by some of Monet's beautiful water lily paintings. It was one of the most relaxing places we visited while we were in Paris.Musee de l'Orangerieimage from tapastotajine.com

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      I agree!! I love Monet and the Impressionists, but was not really a fan of the Waterlilies, but had some time and thought since I was in Paris I should see them.. It was not crowded at all, the building is quite interesting, basically built just to display the Waterlilies, and they are amazing!! No picture or print you've ever seen can do them justice, or compare to seeing them in person! · (0 likelikes)

    • Belinda M.

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      The first two times I went to Paris this was closed. Once for renovations,once because of transportation strike. When I finally got in the Waterlilies room I nearly wept. So perfectly arranged and serene. Rest of museum is quite good too. And you can stroll the Tuillieries gardens outside. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Christopher Frame

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    At the top of the 5th, there's the Arènes de Lutèce, a hidden Roman-era coliseum. It's on Rue Monge, not far from Rue de Mouffetard, both of which can be busy and, in the case of Mouffetard, touristy, but the park itself is usually very quiet.

    If you run, go to Parc Monceau in the 8th. Great bourgeois people watching.

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      Great suggestions! · (0 likelikes)

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    Depending on what time of year you go. Was there late April 2014 and these places were a lot calmer then the Jardin Tuilleries and Jardin Luxembourg.

    Place des VosgesPlace des VosgesPalais RoyalPalais Royalimage from ifrancepics.com

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  • Anne O'Neil

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    The wonderful thing about Paris is that you don't have to GO anywhere. Walking the city is entertainment in itself. Pick a part of the city to explore (I usually pick the one having its daily market) and walk until you're tired. Then stop for a glass of wine ( it's usually cheaper than coke) and hop on the subway for the trip home. We often head for a museum and never get inside if it's a beautiful day. It's more fun to just walk, look at the buildings, people, flowers, stores and just pretend you're a local.

    There's a wonderful deck of cards with walks on each. I think it's called 50 Walks of Paris. We used it daily before we knew the city. The Paris market locations and days can be found at chocolateandzucchini.com.

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  • Maria Paruzel

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    Musée de la Vie Romantique it's a perfect place and not that touristy like other recommendations, It's bit hard to find, a little bit hidden. And then I would also recommend Catacombes de Paris http://unlike.net/paris/escapism/les-catacombes if you are looking for more intense not crowded experience.

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  • Zene Morales

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    Check out Musée d'Orsay, Salvador's Place, and eat at L'Entrecôte even though it is crowded, it is part of the allure and the best steak and fries I have ever had..get there half an hour before it opens and get in line..it's worth it!

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      Absolutely Love Musée d'Orsay · (0 likelikes)

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    Cour Carrée du Louvre. This is the inner courtyard at the Louvre, one over from the pyramid. Go at dusk. There might be an impromptu music performance if you're lucky. Also, Place Furstemberg, and Cour de Rohan.

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    If you like modern architecture and are a fan of urban design, check out Parc André Citroën (website) in a quiet neighborhood on the Seine in the 15th.

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    The Cinémathèque Française in the Bercy quartier is worth a look if you're into movies. It's a short walk from the Bercy Train Station. There's also a shopping area nearby called Bercy Village, converted from the old wine warehouses there. The National Library of France is just across the river so check their website to see if there's an exhibit that interests you.



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    I've been to the Musée Rodin a few times & it's never been too very crowded. It's across from Les Invalides. The sculpture garden is really nice (that's where "The Thinker" is.)

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    Try Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. You will have a great view over Paris. Or try Parc de la Villette, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is less crowded. Or have a nice walk on the Promenade plantée (Coulée verte).

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    Book resource for gardens and out of the way spots,QUIET CORNERS OF PARIS by Jean-Christophe Napias,published by The Little Bookroom.

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