The 10 Most Secret Places in Paris by Mathieu Stern

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Mathieu Stern is a Parisian Art director and TV series Producer. He made an inspiring video to share some secret places hidden in the French capital. According to Mathieu: “When you live in Paris, sometimes you feel you discovered everything… That’s when you need to go on a hunt, a hunt for secret places, for places that are so calm, strange, different or just not as famous as the Parisian monuments.

And the good news is that they are all free for anyone to visit, nothing to pay, no tickets, no waiting lines, no dress codes, just a little bit of curiosity and an open mind!”

Jardin alpin

Nestled in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, the Alpine garden includes more than 2,000 mountain plant species.
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Square des peupliers

This small private street created in 1926 is an exquisite romantic and green place to take photos for a fashion shooting for example
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Terasse de l I.M.A

The Arab World Institute (IMA) is a Parisian cultural institute dedicated to the Arab world. You can go for free on the rooftop and have an incredible view
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Passages Couverts

Real covered galleries in the middle of buildings and generally housing shops, secret Parisian walkways are an architectural curiosity full of charm.
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Panthéon Boudique

The giant bamboos and stone slabs make of the Garden of the Buddhist Pantheon one of the most zen secret place of the capital .
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Collèges des Bernardins

The collège was used until the French Revolution as a residence for Cistercian monks students at the University of Paris.
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Hôtel Dieu

Hotel-Dieu de Paris is the oldest hospital in the capital.
You can enter for free and climb at the last level to have a view over Notre Dam.
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La Petite Ceinture

The little belt railway was a Parisian railway that, from 1852, was a circular connection between main railway stations of Paris. In a partial state of abandonment since 1934. Many French railway enthusiasts and associations would like to see the abandoned railway and its remaining stations preserved and protected as a part of national heritage of France.
Map : this place is all around Paris, just look on internet for «accès petite centure»

Jardin d’Agronomie Tropical

The Garden of Tropical Agriculture is in northeastern edge of the Bois de Vincennes. there you can find a half-wild nature and remnants buildings of the French colonial era sometimes half covered by vegetation.
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Design & Nature

The Design and Nature gallery specialises in the creation of stuffed animals, in entomology (the science of butterflies and insects) and in osteology, as well as in the presentation of organic and vegetal species.
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3 Comments on "The 10 Most Secret Places in Paris by Mathieu Stern"

  1. karen


    I know “la cité fleurie” 61-67 boulevard arago 75014 Paris
    “jardin montsouris” et la “butte aux cailles” 75013 paris !

  2. Adrien

    Great blog.
    here is my contribution
    - la Cité Florale (rue Brillat – Savarin) – 75013
    - le square de Montsouris (Paris 14)
    - Villa Seurat (Paris 14)
    - Villa Daviel (Paris 13 proche Butte aux Cailles)
    - Cité Universitaire – Maison du Japon
    - Ile aux Cygnes (face maison de la Radio et Beaugrenelle)
    - la cour intérieure du Petit Palais
    et tant d’autres :-)

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