SECRET TOUR GUIDE and filmmaker Mathieu Stern reveals the top 10 secret places to discover in Paris.
1 – Jardin alpin (Map)
Nestled in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, the Alpine garden includes more than 2,000 mountain plant species.
2 – Square des Peupliers (Map)
This small private street (no cars) created in 1926 is an exquisite romantic and green place to take photos.
3 – Terasse de I.M.A (Map)
The Arab World Institute (IMA) is a Parisian cultural institute dedicated to the Arab world. You can go on the rooftop for free and have an incredible view.
4 Les Passages Couverts (Map)
Real covered galleries in the middle of buildings and generally housing shops, Secret Parisian walkways are an architectural curiosity full of charm.
5 – Panthéon Boudique (Map)
The giant bamboo and stone slabs make the Garden of the Buddhist Pantheon one of the most zen secret place in the capital .
6 – Collèges des Bernardins (Map)
The college was used until the French Revolution as a residence for Cistercian monks students at the University of Paris.
7 – Hôtel Dieu (Map)
Hotel-Dieu de Paris is the oldest hospital in the capital. You can enter for free and climb at the last level to have a view over Notre Dame. Please be respectful of the people resting inside, it’s still an hospital.
8 – La Petite Ceinture
The little belt railway was a Parisian railway that, from 1852, was a circular connection between Paris’s main railway stations. In a partial state of abandonment since 1934. Many French railway enthusiasts and associations would like to see the abandoned railway and its remaining stations preserved and protected as a part of France’s national heritage.
9 – Jardin d’Agronomie Tropical (Map)
The Garden of Tropical Agriculture is in northeastern edge of the Bois de Vincennes. There you can find remnants of buildings from the French colonial era sometimes half covered by vegetation.
10 – Design & Nature (Map)
The Design and Nature gallery specializes in the creation of stuffed animals, entomology (the science of butterflies and insects) and in osteology, as well as in the presentation of organic and vegetal species.