8 Alternative Attractions in Paris you shouldn’t miss

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1. Auld Alliance in the Marais

This cozy Scottish bar is a must-see for any scotch aficionados. Yes, it might be known for its strong Scottish personality, but even if you’re in Paris, it’s a worth a visit. Sample a range of top-shelf whiskies or come for the cozy, intimate atmosphere. The name Auld Alliance refers to a historical agreement (we’re talking 1295) between Scotland and France against the English.

80 Rue François Miron. 

2. Pomze Paris

This quirky Parisian restaurant has been called a hidden gem, and is the only eatery in town to focus squarely on apples. Choose from the finest French ciders or order from entrées that know how to seduce the apple flavor right… duck, smoked salmon smoked on apple wood, foie gras, pan-seared cod fish… the tantalizing menu goes on and on.

109 Boulevard Haussmann.

3. Musée des Arts Forains

The private Musée houses a collection of funfair objects, curated by actor and antiques dealer Jean Paul Favand. Among the artifacts include 14 amusement rides, carousels, bicycles, Japanese billiards, a Hooghuys Organ, and so much more—all from 1850-1950. Open by reservation only, it also includes a Italian opera-based automata show and a glimpse into early 20th century world fairs.

53 Avenue des Terroirs of France.

4. Musée de Cluny

Though a bit on the beaten track, the de Cluny is a unique museum that shouldn’t be missed. Also known as the National Museum of the Middle Ages, the de Cluny is housed in a medieval structure, and stores illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, and most famously the 15th century tapestry cycle La Dame à la Licorne.

28 Rue du Sommerard.

5. Le Louxor Palais Du Cinema

Lovingly restored in 2013, this historic picture house is the perfect attraction for any cinephile. Watch French films in the company of breathtaking Art Deco and neoclassical staircases and columns.

170 Boulevard Magenta. 

6. 59 Rivoli

Marvelous 59 Rivoli was once a well-known artists’ haunt back in the 1800s. Recently renovated, it’s a celebration of creative and artistic spirit. The six stories are free and open to the public. On Saturdays and Sundays starting at 6 p.m. there are free concerts in the ground-floor gallery.

59 Rue de Rivoli.

7. Dodo Manège

This grandiose Art Deco carousel might look like a historic relic, but it was only erected in 1992. Located close to the Natural History Museum, you can hop onboard to ride a dodo, panda, or even an aepyornis (once the world’s largest bird, now extinct).

Jardin des Plantes, 57 rue Cuvier. 

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8. Montmartre Vineyard

It’s a wonder how it’s managed to survive so long, but the Montmartre Vineyard is Paris’ last active vineyard and a beautiful staple of the neighborhood for the past 800 years. Be sure to be in town in October, when the annual Fête des Vendanges kicks off in full force.

Rue des Saules.

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