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7 Fun Experiences In and Around Paris

You’ve seen the Eiffel Tower, the Arc du Triomph, the Louvre and you’re left wondering: How could this city get any better? Any more beautiful? Any more exciting?! Well, with these quirky and fun experiences, you’ll get the chance to experience some hidden gems and create unforgettable memories and souvenirs of your trip to Paris.

Urban Winery

 

If you’re curious about wine (how it’s made, the history, the philosophy or just love wine full stop) then you needn’t look any further. Marie, wine producer in central Paris, will open your eyes to the world of wine in a unique and inviting way. It’s not often you find a winery in the centre of Paris so it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a once in a lifetime experience. In one of the most historic and beautiful quartiers of Paris, you’ll find some amazing bars and bistros around the winery where you can continue to indulge in all the wine that Paris has to offer. All of you epicurean’s, this one’s for you.

 

€35

Le Marais

Book via this link:

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/96506?location=Paris%2C%20France&currentTab=experience_tab&federatedSearchId=d3ffee10-273e-48d0-9fdf-8a331113e9d9&searchId=d0994fc1-88ec-4cbe-9749-6d3a4aec8d82&sectionId=1ed2ce86-1646-4c1a-83dc-6d377ba38be8&source=p2

 

An Evening of Jazz

Take a step back in time with these intimate yet extravagant Jazz evenings hosted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can join Caroline and her friends in two beautiful locations: On Tuesdays and Fridays, the evening takes place in a wonderful 17thCentury Townhouse with “Versailles parquet flooring, open beams and a beautiful fireplace.” On Wednesdays, the evening is hosted in a stunning Haussman-style, Parisian apartment. Time to dress-up, put on a red lip and enjoy martini’s a la Français.

€40 pp

Madeleine

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/431381?location=Paris%2C%20France&currentTab=experience_tab&federatedSearchId=d3ffee10-273e-48d0-9fdf-8a331113e9d9&searchId=d0994fc1-88ec-4cbe-9749-6d3a4aec8d82&sectionId=1ed2ce86-1646-4c1a-83dc-6d377ba38be8&source=p2

Perfume Atelier

 

 

Legend has it that you must have your signature scent before 30 and your lifelong scent after 30. I disagree with this; I think that you should be able to find your perfect scent at any point in your life. In fact, I think the only way to truly have your “signature” scent is by making it yourself. Emmanuel and Beatrice allow you to have this opportunity with their Perfume Creation Workshop. Both having had extensive experience in the world of fragrance, their expertise and high-quality ingredients allow you to step into their world of creativity and really create YOUR unique fragrance.

 

€59

Le Marais

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/152134?location=Paris%2C%20France&currentTab=experience_tab&federatedSearchId=d3ffee10-273e-48d0-9fdf-8a331113e9d9&searchId=d0994fc1-88ec-4cbe-9749-6d3a4aec8d82&sectionId=1ed2ce86-1646-4c1a-83dc-6d377ba38be8&source=p2

Plane ride over Paris

 

 

We all know how beautiful Paris is; the city of lights and love. I always say that Paris is most beautiful from within the streets but what about from the window of a private plane? Think New York helicopter experience minus the skyscrapers. You’ll get a full 360 view of Paris in this unique plane experience and if you didn’t have time to schedule Versailles into your trip, this little voyage has it covered. You’ll get an exclusive view of the Chateau minus the queues.

 

€89

Champs-Elysées

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/590483?location=Paris%2C%20France&currentTab=experience_tab&federatedSearchId=d3ffee10-273e-48d0-9fdf-8a331113e9d9&searchId=d0994fc1-88ec-4cbe-9749-6d3a4aec8d82&sectionId=fedef973-532c-434d-87bb-a511d87bd186&source=p2

Make your own Hat

 

 

Have you ever had that moment of shock horror when you see the most beautiful accessory; hat, scarf, dress… and you’ve tried it on, only to find that actually, your dream accessory makes you look like you spent too long playing dress-up in your mother’s closet? Same. So why not try by-passing the problem by designing AND creating the perfect hat for you? With the help of a fully trained milliner and the use of her top-quality fabrics and machinery, you can create not only a stunning addition to your wardrobe but also, a priceless souvenir from Paris.

 

€95

Châtelet

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/251797?location=Paris%2C%20France&currentTab=experience_tab&federatedSearchId=d3ffee10-273e-48d0-9fdf-8a331113e9d9&searchId=d0994fc1-88ec-4cbe-9749-6d3a4aec8d82&sectionId=1ed2ce86-1646-4c1a-83dc-6d377ba38be8&source=p2

Create your own Silk Scarf Souvenir

 

 

In Paris, you won’t be shocked to see a plethora of Chanel, Dior and Hermès silk scarves being worn by the stereotypical Parisian but what if you could make your own? Be your own haute-couture designer? If the pride of being able to say you made your own scarf to those who admire it wasn’t enough to tempt you, let this unique souvenir be the everlasting reminder of a beautiful trip to Paris convince you.

 

€95

Montmartre

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/165650?location=Paris%2C%20France&currentTab=experience_tab&federatedSearchId=d3ffee10-273e-48d0-9fdf-8a331113e9d9&searchId=d0994fc1-88ec-4cbe-9749-6d3a4aec8d82&sectionId=1ed2ce86-1646-4c1a-83dc-6d377ba38be8&source=p2

 

A Day in (an full of) Champagne

 

 

We all feel like we need a little escape every so often and sometimes a getaway within a getaway is exactly what we need. The hustle and bustle of Parisian life can be a lot, even if just for a weekend. This Champagne retreat could be the perfect end to your whirlwind weekend in Paris. The hosts, Magali and Max are experts in the art of good food and even better Champagne (and the combination of both!). In this experience, you’ll be taken to some spots off the beaten path where you’ll learn about the authentic Champagne vinification process, you’ll lunch with the wine maker and be let into his world of wine. You’ll walk away from the experience with a plethora of knowledge on Champagne to wow your friends with at the next soirée.

 

€255

(Pick up from your accommodation)

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/744113?location=Paris%2C%20France&currentTab=experience_tab&federatedSearchId=d3ffee10-273e-48d0-9fdf-8a331113e9d9&searchId=d0994fc1-88ec-4cbe-9749-6d3a4aec8d82&sectionId=e4dbbe04-ae31-432c-809d-aeaf1d485bd6&source=p2

 


5 Must-See Sights in Montmartre

When you think of Montmartre, what comes to mind? Is it the grandeur and beauty of the historic Basilica of Sacre-Coeur? Or rather the seductive Moulin Rouge? These places are without a doubt unmissable but today, we want to expose you to some unmissable areas often overlooked.

 

  1. Clos Montmartre

 

When walking the streets of Paris, it’s easy to get lost. We’ve all had that: “wait… what street am I on? Am I going in the right direction?!” moment and especially in the small, hidden streets of the 18ème arrondisment. I like to think of this as part of the hidden charm of this district; so, what is le Clos Montmartre? Well, if you’re really good at getting lost around back streets then you’ve probably already found this place. It is a small, hidden vineyard in the heart of Paris, home to some of the most beautiful flowers in the city and the last standing vine in central Paris. The vine was originally placed where it is now in 1933 by the council trying to prevent property developers from developing on that site. Would you believe that before the stunning vine and flower beds, this 0.15 hectare of land was a children’s playground and dumping ground?

 

Unfortunately, it is not open to the public but you can still admire the vines from above and below and once a year they open the gates to the public (by guided tour only) and the money raised from the ticket sales is put towards funding projects in the 18ème arrondisement.

 

 

2. Moulin de la Galette

 

 

We can all agree that there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the Moulin Rouge… But what about the Moulin de la Galette? These two windmills date back to when grain was being produced on nearby farms in Montmartre. One of the windmills is now a popular restaurant (worth the visit if you have the time), the other can only be spied through the trees. If you happen to find it, snap a photo and tag us on Instagram: @holidayseuroperentals

 

3. Renoir Gardens

 

 

If you’ve bought your ticket to the Musée de Montmartre (which we absolutely recommend) then take some time to find the little hidden Renoir Gardens. Its the perfect escape from the bustling 18ème arrondissement where you can enjoy a peaceful oasis. We recommend taking a book and spending a quiet sunny afternoon drinking in the beautiful surroundings.

 

4. Place du Tertre

 

You’re bound to stumble across this beautiful square if you are walking up to Montmartre. It’s the hangout spot for the modern-day Picassos, Monets and Cézannes. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir from Paris, here’s where you’ll find it. There are street artists selling one of a kind, hand painted pictures of Paris in her many forms. There are also many artists who will create a vision before your eyes of your choice and even create charcoal portraits! These aren’t the cheapest of souvenirs but they arepriceless.

5. The Bateau-Lavoir

 

The Bateau-Lavoir used to be home to a piano factory but as it was poorly heated, artists would come together to warm one another up. This place has been deemed a “melting pot of Modern Art” as it quickly became home to many artists from around the world using the space to cultivate their creativity. In the heart of Emile Goudeu, the Bateau-Lavoir was home to some of the most famous artists of the 20thcentury such as: Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Sadly, the original interior burned down in a fire in 1970, however, it was quickly rebuilt, so if you get the chance to head over, check out a comparison of the original interior and the new-build.