Paris alternatives to escape the Olympics with Booking‏

With the highly anticipated sports event of the year around the corner, travelers will have a once-in-a-four-year chance to watch elite athletes compete in Paris. Of 10% of those traveling for sport, 47% say they are also motivated to make a trip out of the occasion and see the sporting city’s culture. With this in mind,’s AI Trip Planner, now available in-app in US, UK, Australia and New Zealand, recommends alternative ways to spend time in the French capital - away from the usual hotspots to equally captivating locations. Whether it’s stopping by the enchanting Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature to view spectacular art, or enjoying a scenic stroll at the Parc de La Villette, travelers will come to find Paris has so much more to offer. 

At the heart of northeastern Paris is the Belleville neighborhood; home to vivacious art and culture. Its alleys are dotted with the finest street art, enchanting galleries as well as ateliers, most of which are open to the public. With several guided street art tours in the vicinity, travelers can view some of the best murals and graffiti that this neighborhood has to offer. Alternatively, for those seeking a serene ambiance, a visit to Parc de Belleville is recommended, famed for being the highest park in Paris (above sea level) providing visitors with panoramic views of the city.
Where to stay: Discover the best of this bustling district while staying at Babel Belleville. Guests can unwind and absorb this destination’s artsy spirit at its inviting no-screen rooms designed with warm colors and textures

Although Paris is known for its iconic museums such as the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, an equally captivating museum in the 3rd arrondissement of the city is worth a visit as well: Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. This museum is revered for its unique exhibits which detail the relationship between humans and the animal kingdom. Afterwards, visitors can take a stroll to bask in more art at nearby Centre Pompidou, which houses the largest permanent museum collection of contemporary and modern art in Europe. With this Admission to Centre Pompidou's Permanent Collection ticket, travelers can not only enjoy the works of the Centre Pompidou, but also the Musée National d'Art Moderne as well as the Galerie des Enfants.
Where to stay: Just a short walk from the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is the gorgeous Hotel du Petit Moulin, designed by celebrity French designer, Christian Lacroix. This boutique hotel features trendy curated rooms, decorated with bold paintings and wallpapers, reflecting the charm of Paris and allowing guests to  immerse themselves in the creative spirit of this destination. Travelers can explore more of this city’s captivating art at the nearby Picasso Museum which pays homage to the work of legendary Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. 

Known as the third largest park in Paris, Parc de la Villette, situated in the 19th arrondissement and perfect for travelers who enjoy scenic walks and picturesque picnics with loved ones. Its 35 hectares of lush greenery, coupled with its various architectural structures, is perfect for admirers seeking to unwind and reflect. Nonetheless, travelers seeking the buzz will be pleased to know that the Villette neighborhood is also a cultural hub housing a number of impressive and renowned concert venues, such as the Philharmonie de Paris; a grand aluminum ‘mountain’ designed concert hall totally devoted to classical and jazz music. For inquisitive souls; the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie is famed for its interactive exhibits exploring interesting topics like space, energy and the human body.
Where to stay: Just a short walk from Parc de la Villette lies the Hotel Restaurant Au Boeuf Couronné where guests will be treated to exceptional service: from its spacious air-conditioned rooms perfecting for unwinding, to its on-site restaurant serving delicious American breakfast. With good transport links nearby, guests can experience the city hassle-free.

Petite Ceinture is a 19th century double-track railway line which historically went around the city’s main boulevards, transporting passengers and merchandise. Travelers can access the line between the 12th and the 20th district and although now abandoned, this landmark is beautifully surrounded by wild flora, over 200 hundred plant species and more than 70 animals, boasting unique biodiversity and a natural beauty.
Where to stay: At the heart of the 20th arrondissement lies the Hôtel Piapia. Astronomical lovers in particular will appreciate this property’s contemporary designed rooms inspired by the planet and stars, and could even enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in its warm and cozy ambiance. Alongside this property’s dreamy rooms is a comfortable lounge equipped with a library where guests can continue unwinding over a captivating read. Alternatively, there is the chance to easily discover the city thanks to this property’s proximity to transport links such as the Porte de Vincennes Metro Station.

The Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen sits on the northern edge of the French capital and is home to the largest antique and second-hand market in the world. Covering around 14 distinct areas, this cultural landmark is more than just any flea market, but has various stores selling a range of goods: from vintage records to trendy clothing as well as precious antiques. Alternatively, the Marché Dauphine is recommended for visitors who prefer high-end antiques and vintage items.
Where to stay: Stay at the Superb Mini Loft close Montmartre featuring picturesque garden and inner courtyard views. This fully-equipped apartment in the 18th arrondissement is perfect for those seeking a homey retreat and with its complimentary wine or champagne, guests can enter relaxation mode after an adventurous day at the Saint Ouen flea market.

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