The Secret and Offbeat Paris I want to share with you


When I get some spare time one of my favourite things to do is jump on the RER A from our beautiful suburb of Maisons-Laffitte into central Paris. I have often taken my little girl Aimée with me to hunt out lesser known places in the French capital. This is the Paris I’ve been exploring after having exhausted the popular tourist spots like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. This is the secret and offbeat Paris I want to share with you…

Secret and offbeat Paris

Soon after our arrival in Paris three years ago, I found myself attracted to historic street corners, quirky places, beautiful buildings and little alleys that aren’t described in a guidebook. These hidden areas tell endless tales and show a side of Paris you don’t normally discover unless you live here or spend longer holidays to have time to discover Paris in depth.


Rue des Rosiers (4th arrondissement) © French Moments

There’s so much to share and I’ve taken literally ten thousand photos on my quest to explore unexpected Paris. Armed with my camera, I have explored each of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, been to most of the city’s museums and have met many locals that were only too happy to talk to me about their neighbourhood. I have seen Paris from above and underground, in the depths of winter and in the height of summer, in the pouring rain and bright sunshine, and I never fail to find something new or a different photo angle to add to my collection.

Tour Saint-Jacques Paris

Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris © French Moments

You will find all my articles on secret and offbeat Paris below. I am constantly uploading the blog with new posts so come back here often or subscribe to my newsletter to get more news. Enjoy reading and as always, do write a comment or let us know if you want some particular places covered!

Métro Paris

Métro sign at Place Saint-Georges, Paris © French Moments

"Sacré-Cœur" Paris Montmartre

Sacré-Cœur viewed from Avenue Trudaine © French Moments




    About Author

    Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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