Five Non-Touristy Things to Do in Paris CheapOair Staff August 26, 2011 Interests Canal Saint-Martin It’s no surprise that Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Its stunning architecture, delicious food, famous landmarks, and unique culture put it at the top of many people’s bucket lists. You’re probably familiar with the most popular things to do in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and many more. However, there are a lot of Paris things to do that you’re probably not so familiar with. The following are a few of the best attractions in Paris that you’ll want to add to your itinerary the next time you’ve got airline tickets to the romantic destination. Catacombs of Paris: When I first went to the Catacombs, I was one of the only people visiting; however, it has begun to grow more and more popular with tourists. Nonetheless, this is one of the most interesting attractions you’ll ever see. Decades ago, when cemeteries were running out of room, Paris needed somewhere to dispose of remains, which is what the Catacombs became. This is an interesting look at the underground network of Paris. Marché de Saint-Denis: Paris features tons of great markets, but this is one of the bigger ones. Renovated in the last few years, this vibrant market is bustling with locals and merchants from around France. Just follow the rich aroma near the French Stadium and Basilica. From Middle Eastern clothes to fresh Latin food to African spices, you’ll find a little bit of everything. Many of the vendors will even let you try before you buy. Go to the beach: That’s right, the beach in Paris. While it’s not a beach by traditional definition, it’s a beach nonetheless. Several spots along the River Seine are transformed during the summer months into beaches, highlighted by typical things to do that you would often find at your favorite beaches, such as lying out in the sun, kayaking and swimming. So you can now in fact actually toss in a pair of swimming trunks in your suitcase. Boat ride up Canal Saint-Martin: While many people may walk along the Canal Saint-Martin, not everyone takes the boat ride through the canal. A tour by boat provides a brief history of this popular canal that has been featured in movies and artwork. On the weekends, rent a bicycle and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the canal. Promenade Plantée: This is one of the narrowest parks in the world and worth a visit simply for its quirkiness. As you walk the narrow park, you won’t be surprised to notice that it was once used for train tracks. This is a unique way to experience the architecture of Paris and how even the unordinary can be turned into something extraordinary. Afterward, enjoy shopping at some of the local boutique shops. Experience the romance of Paris by using our travel deal of the day, going from Boston to Paris, round-trip for $824, and use our promo code SM17 for up to $17 off the flight!