What are the best "hidden gem" museums and interesting neighborhoods to wander around in Paris?
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Paris is full of “hidden gem” museums aside from those more frequently visited by tourists. In my opinion, I think the following are the best:

  1. Musée des Égouts: A fantastic underground museum on the history of Paris’ sewage system, visitors to this place get to tour the city’s sewer tunnels.
  2. Musée Marmottan-Monet: This museum houses several of Monet’s abstract paintings as well as works by other Impressionist artists.
  3. Cité de la Musique: This excellent museum is a music lover’s heaven. Several Western and exotic instruments are displayed and visitors also get a chance to hear how they sound.

As for interesting neighborhoods, I recommend the following:

  1. Le Marais (3rd Arrondissement): Le Marais is a beautiful neighborhood at the right bank. You’ll have fun wandering around its many small streets where you’ll find gorgeous architecture, great shops, lively bars and delicious food.
  2. Latin Quarter (5th Arrondissement): Dominated by students, this place was the site of intellectual discussions between many world-famous intellectuals such Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. Though at times crowded, you’ll enjoy discovering the neighborhood’s several quaint cafes, Greek restaurants, ice cream shops and secondhand bookstores. Also in the area is the Panthéon, a mausoleum containing the remains of celebrated French citizens like Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.


Apr 20, 2011 12-05-05