Non Touristy things to do in Paris

Old Mar 17th, 2014, 01:14 PM
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From gare du nord, you can walk over to canal st. Martin. Near jardin villein and walk along the canal bank for as far you would like towards the bastille. The canal gets covered near plaza republique. From Republique you can take metro to the Marias and window shop. It is a short walk from there toward isle st. Louis. then over to cite and the left bank.
Seeing the Eiffel tower from the Trocodero is a good idea.
A little research should give you some insight whether the canal st Martin area is something you should see. It is vibrant with shops and cafes and lots of young people especially on nice weekend days.
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Old Mar 17th, 2014, 01:36 PM
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I've been to most of the vintage clothing shops in Paris as of Jan this year (I don't mean the expensive designer/consignment ones) in various areas and you would be better off in London for that type of shopping imo. I disagree with Liebovitz about the Vanves Puce, although like all vintage, maybe I was there on the perfect day. I second Deyrolle, a must-see if there ever was one, and St. Martin as a lively area.
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Old Mar 17th, 2014, 03:51 PM
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The tea garden behind the mosque.
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Old Mar 17th, 2014, 05:22 PM
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Jamikins, thanks for the link, and thanks to others too for all the good suggestions here.
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Old Mar 17th, 2014, 08:01 PM
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Did you say you will be there on a Monday? If not, and you happen to be there on a Friday, the Galleria has a free fashion show that runs about 30 minutes. You must have advanced tickets. We took our teenage girls to it and they thought it was pretty cool.
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 02:42 AM
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I like giro's suggestions a lot, but the area between Gare du Nord and the canal might seem sketchy to inexperienced travelers, especially if they are not city dwellers. The section of the canal from Parc Villein to where it goes into the tunnel is certainly pleasant, but it may not be "feature-dense" enough for day trippers and it is a lot of walking for the beginning of a day with. Lot of walking.

But I might do it myself! I always forget how close the canal is to the Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est at that point and have tended to walk around the area near Hopital St Louis instead.
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 04:31 AM
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For Bus 69, get on at the terminus--I've forgotten where it is--is it the Eiffel Tower? You get a seat and can enjoy the "tour". Of course it is a regular city bus!! And if you are a "gray head" like I am, you may be offered a seat--I did decline!! LOL
The boat ride at the "cost" of an hour should be a must do, I think. And depending on what time the return train to London is, it could be at dusk as the lights are coming on which is our favorite time to do it--and see the Eiffel Tower lights.
IF they do end up at Gare du Nord at say, lunch time, and like mussels, our favorite place to eat them is across from the Gare in one of the cafes there. Of course, mussels are available everywhere, but sitting on the terrace looking at the gAre, is sort of fun. Also quick and cheap for a meal--any time of day, actually.
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