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:
- 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.
- Musée Marmottan-Monet: This museum houses several of Monet’s abstract paintings as well as works by other Impressionist artists.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.