Hidden Paris: The Best Secret Spots in Paris

Hotel de Sully
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These are the places that taught me to always take the road unsigned and to always peek around the door uninvited. In Paris there are a million surprises to be found through secret passageways and it is the inquisitive amongst us that uncover these quiet nooks and crannies. So be adventurous and be bold and Paris will constantly reward you with its hidden treasures. Alternatively follow this guide as we share the top secret spots in Paris with you.

Hotel de Sully

Hôtel de Sully

Just off one of the paths around Place de Vosges, you might just spy a secret door which I beg you to take. Pass through the door and down a couple of steps and you’ll arrive at the magnificent Hôtel de Sully, a private mansion surrounded by a tidy lawn with boxwood hedges and a wall entirely covered with green climbing ivy.

Place Dauphine

Place Dauphine

The incredibly beautiful and tranquil Place Dauphine is situated on Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris. The triangular shaped public space is lined with quintessential Parisian shops and cafes. Come here with a book and sit quietly under one of the trees and soak up the classic Parisian scene.

Palais Royal

Palais Royal

As if Palais Royal wasn’t already beautiful enough, it has just undergone a lengthy refurbishment making it even more breathtaking than before. The peaceful nature of the gardens make it feel far removed from its actual location in the center of Paris. The garden is overlooked by quintessential Parisian apartments often inhabited by politicians, and is framed by antique shops now taken over by famous fashion houses. This spot really is one of the most picturesque in Paris due to the symmetry of the square, the pale grey and white striped shutters, the abundance of soft pink rose bushes. Grab a coffee to go from Café Kitsuné and pull up a chair by the fountain.

Jardin Saint Gilles Grande Veneur

Jardin Saint-Gilles-Grand Veneur

Not easy to find unless you’re really looking for it but once you navigate your way, you’ll be so glad you did. Completely empty of people you’ll have this oasis all to yourself. This garden has oodles of romance and charm with climbing roses and flowers growing in abundance.

National Archives

National Archives

The National Archives are nestled within the Marais and you whilst they are getting more and more well known, they still remain one of Paris’ quieter corners. In the courtyard you’ll find the Hôtel de Souboise, a grand manor house built for the prince and princess de Souboise framed by manicured gardens and beautiful stone columns.

Hôtel de Sens

Hôtel le Sens

This building looks it should belong in the Loire Valley rather than the center of Paris and is one of the finest examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture in Paris. It houses a library specialising in fine arts and where could be more peaceful than the gardens of a library?

Cité des Fleurs

Cité des Fleurs

If you’re looking for a tranquil stroll in Paris then there isn’t anywhere more peaceful or picturesque than the Cité des Fleurs. This gated community has the charm and aesthetic of a French village, its open to the public but the privacy of its inhabitants must be respected.

  Passage Dauphine

Passage Dauphine

In the middle of the bustling streets of Paris lies this tranquil passage. Just step inside and you’ll feel miles away from the madding crowd just outside. There are Parisian cafes, eateries and the most beautiful courtyard I’ve seen so far in Paris decorated with vibrant flowers and climbing plants.

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    August 1, 2015 at 2:21 am

    There are also some wonderful books such as “Walks of Paris” or Paris Walks on Foot Guide – You really can see more on foot – these books offer different kinds of walks, such as “shopping” “museum” or out of the way places. Don’t forget the castle of Napoleon and also the famous Paris Opera House!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    July 31, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Wow, who knew Paris had so many hidden secrets?! I hope to return in September and discover them for myself.

    July 31, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Thanks for a great post 🙂

    July 31, 2015 at 1:09 am

    This is amazing!! Thank you Faye for sharing these secret spots! i/m going to visit Paris next week and i’m so glad that i know now all of these amazing spots!!!

    The Gilded Lifestyle
    July 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I love your blog…Its so inspiring!

    Hannah Harding
    July 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    So much fun to read about hidden places. 🙂 Can’t wait to visit Paris myself!

    Yized | Novojun
    July 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Some of those locations look just lovely to visit! I haven’t had the chance to visit Paris just yet, but I’ll definitely be on the look out for these places when I do go. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    July 30, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Paris is simply magical!!! I love this city 🙂

    I invite you to visit and follow my travel blog 🙂 there are some pics from Paris as well 🙂

    ijaz Ibrahim
    July 30, 2015 at 3:05 am

    O My GoD
    Admin very nice posting
    Paris is my favorite place and you show me hidden place
    Thank you for shairng

    July 30, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I didn’t know about the Cité des Fleurs, it looks so beautiful and village-like! I’ll have to go there to see it with my own eyes. Thanks for making this kind of posts, these are areas of Paris that people don’t know about and really display the beauty of the city I think! 🙂

    Julia xx

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    July 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Pretty sure Paris will never fail to amaze me. Beautiful photos


    July 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Definitely going to save this post for November when I’m back in Paris!!
    Chalsie x

    Emily Jenny
    July 29, 2015 at 6:24 am

    What a wonderful post. I left my heart in Paris 4 years ago. I must visit again and print this post to take it along with me.

    Emily Jenny

    July 29, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Haven’t come across any of them when I was staying there for Erasmus. I wish I knew about your blog back then 🙁

    Daisy @ Simplicity Relished
    July 29, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I’d add the Musee Carnavalet to this list! It’s set in an absolutely gorgeous home and has bits of Parisian art and history throughout!

    July 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I love all of these places! Paris is such a gorgeous city!!

    Camilla @ Summer Isn't Over
    July 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Some great places here… I love the Hôtel de Sens garden — such a peaceful spot in the middle of Paris!

    July 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Bookmarking this for when I return to Paris! Beautiful photos.

    – Kaitlyn

    July 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I agree with this list, but I would also add some of the quirky suburbs with thriving music and art scenes. Maybe an idea for another post…

    July 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    PARIS, one city, one dream!
    Thank you sooooooo much really!
    This post made my day, I literally can’t wait to go to Paris!

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    July 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’m currently traveling through Paris, so I’ll make sure to hit up a few of these spots.

    Kamilla Haaland
    July 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Wow! <3

    July 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Lovely post Faye! While I was in Paris last I stumbled upon Villa des Tulipes by Porte de Clignancourt – an absolutely gorgeous oasis of a little passage with wisteria, beautiful houses and a birdcage that serves as a book swap point

    Zoe Joy
    July 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    This is amazing. Every time I hear anything about Paris it’s always go to the Eiffel Tower, notre dame, and the louvre. It must be a dream to wander off the tourist train and just go on an adventure