One day in Paris: non touristy things to do in the city of love

This weekend one of our all-time favorite show is on the calendar: the Longines Global Champions Tour of Paris. We’re pretty sure you’ve all been to the ‘City of Love’ and probably you’ve all seen the ‘Tour Eiffel”, the “Champs Elysées” and Montmartre but do you want to see Paris through the eyes of a local? Then keep on reading!

Pastries at Le Grenier à Pain

Start your day off with a coffee and pastry at Le Grenier à Pain. This boulangerie-pâtisserie is world-renowned for its many award-winning traditional French breads and pastries…even billing itself as the “best baguette in Paris” You’ll find fresh baked breads here with apricots, hazelnuts, figs, and nuts. Taste an éclair, tarte Tatin, croissant, or “pain au chcolat” here.  Get some macarons or madeleines to go!

There are 2 branches of Le Grenier à Pain in Ile-de-France, but head to the one near Sacré Cœur in Montmartre. Since you are in the area, you should take a few moments to ogle the majestic and iconic Sacré Cœur Basilica when you are here. It stands at the summit of the highest point in the city!

Stroll Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Head to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement next.  This is Paris off the beaten path (for tourists anyway). This is my favorite park in Paris after visiting more than 20 of them! It’s an oasis loved by locals… a little bit of wilderness in the city. The park also affords great views of the city and the surrounding neighborhood is a pleasant place to walk.

Shop the Pyrénées Market

If you’re in Paris on a Thursday or Sunday, be sure to walk down Rue des Pyrénnées and check out the Pyrénées Market. This traditional food market—located just behind the famous Père Lachaise cemetery—offers everything organic.

From fruits and vegetables to cheese and flowers, the market has it all. It’s where locals shop. (Say hi if you see me!) It’s also the perfect place to assemble a beautiful picnic lunch.

Picnic at Parc de Belleville

Continue your tour of Paris like a local with a stop at Parc de Belleville. It’s the perfect spot for your picnic. Nothing is more “Parisian” than making your own baguette sandwich and enjoying a little bottle of wine while admiring the view of the Eiffel Tower from afar. Consider it one of the local customs in Paris.

Dine at La Coupole

If it’s authentic French dining you’re hungering for, La Coupole is your spot! No Paris guide to restaurants would be complete without it. Since 1927, this beautiful little brasserie has been serving up Parisian specialties like pepper steak, seafood platters, and its famous Indian lamb curry.

With its art nouveau décor and top tier food quality, I personally think that the menu is well priced. French dinner is a sophisticated affair so I recommend you arrive at 7 pm to allow a leisurely meal in the true French style.

Whatever you do, make a reservation in advance or prepare to be disappointed. Otherwise,  Le Select, just across the street, makes a nice, non-touristy alternative. (A veritable who’s who of artists and literary greats—including Henry Miller, Ernest Hemingway, and Picasso— have frequented this place since 1923.)

Source: Explorenowornever