Paris is all about its secret places. Parisians love them because what is more precious in a city full of noise and people, than a place away from the crowds, to dream peacefully about the past and the future. Here are ten secret places in Paris for the eyes of the visitors.
Discover in this two-minute video, ten places –free of charge– among the most secret and pleasant places in Paris, generously produced and offered by Parisian movie-maker Mathieu Stern. Enjoy.
1 – 00:05 – Jardin alpin
Nestled in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, the Alpine garden includes more than 2.000 mountain plant species
2 – 00:15 – Square des peupliers
This small private street (no cars) created in 1926 is an exquisite romantic and green place to take photos for a fashion shooting for example
3 – 00:25 – Terrace of the I.M.A
The Arab World Institute (I.M.A) is a Parisian cultural institute dedicated to the Arab world. You can go for free on the rooftop and have an incredible view. Not as secret as it seems, but still, what a view. Excellent Libanese restaurant as well, Le Zyriab.
4 – 00:35 – Passages Couverts
Real covered galleries in the middle of buildings and generally housing shops , secret Parisian walkways are an architectural curiosity full of charm.
5 – 00:44 – 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
6 – 00:55 – Collèges des Bernardins
The collège was used until the French Revolution as a residence for Cistercian monks students at the University of Paris.
7 – 01:03 – Hôtel-Dieu
Hôtel-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-Dame. Please keep in mind there’s he people resting inside the hospital.
8 – 01:13 La Petite Ceinture
The little belt railway was a Parisian railway that, from 1852, was a circular connection between Paris’s main railway stations. 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 France’s national heritage.
9 – 01:24 Jardin d’Agronomie Tropical
The Garden of Tropical Agriculture is in the 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.
10 – 01:34 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.