Paris Travel 2019. Last update: February 2019
So what’s on the horizon this year in Paris? Here are the Paris Travel trends to watch in 2019 without any particular order: local experiences in Paris, some classics, one important celebration, many Paris hidden gems, and off the beaten path explorations.
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Go off the beaten Path in Paris
Going off the beaten path is one of the best things to do in Paris. Stay in an under-explored neighborhood in Paris and you’ll get to live like a local and support the community. Who knows? You could even find Paris’s next hidden gem! Thanks to the growth of homestays, hip hostels, and boutique hotels, there’s no need to stay in the center of Paris. Get away from the casual tourists and explore the arrondissements of Paris that make the city unique.
WE RECOMMEND: Paris 10 (Canal Saint-Martin), Paris 19 and Paris 20 are becoming the places to go. Learn more about this Paris Arrondissements in our Paris by Arrondissement Guide
Explore the Covered Passages of Paris
By the end of the XVIII century, town planners created a labyrinth of commercial covered walkways across the city with beautiful stained-glass ceilings, mosaic works, and iron latticework. The most beautiful covered passages of Paris are found in Paris 1 and in Paris 2 and they are great places for beautiful architecture, cute cafes and vintage shopping. The covered walkways of Paris are a great thing to do in Paris in the winter or when it rains in Paris but they are especially beautiful during sunny days when the stained-glass ceilings are bathed in natural light.
MAKE IT SPECIAL: Hotel Chopin gives visitors the opportunity to sleep in one of the most beautiful covered passages!
Learn about French Wine by joining a Wine Tasting Tour
France is famous for its wine and your stay in Paris wouldn’t be a proper vacation if you didn’t enjoy a glass (or two!). If you want to taste some of these world-renowned wines, then it’s highly recommended that you join one of the best wine tours in Paris, not just to taste some beautiful French wine, but also learn a thing or two about the winemaking process or the best way to store and serve your reds and whites. Remember to take your wine tote bag to buy one bottle or two!
WE RECOMMEND: Grand Cru Wine Tasting Experience in Paris
Experience Immersive Art at Atelier des Lumières
Immersive art is for sure one of the travel trends for 2019 in Paris. L’Atelier des Lumières, in Paris 11, is the first center of Digital Art in Paris, proposing unique immersive art exhibitions for all. In Immersive Art exhibitions, the spectator becomes part of the artwork, walking literally inside an artwork or interacting with it. Usually, Immersive Art experiences are mind-blowing experiences which involve different media, like sound, images or scents.
Explore Paris Underground
Looking for quirky, fun things to do in Paris? In Paris, there is the City of Light above ground, with its beloved Eiffel Tower or Louvre Museum. This is the city that the world sees and loves. But there is also an underground Paris at least 130 kilometers of abandoned tunnels and secret places running below its streets. Check out our Paris Underground post for some cool and quirky explorations in Paris.
A night of fun, champagne and French can-can in a Parisian Cabaret
Cabaret Shows are a popular tourist attraction in Paris at night. Because, YES! bars and nightclubs exist everywhere in the world but where else than in Paris can you find such a choice of quality cabarets? A Cabaret in Paris is traditionally served with champagne and dinner into an all-evening extravaganza but of course, you can also go only for the show. Click here to find the best Parisian Cabaret.
DO LIKE LOCALS: Don’t miss Viator’s special offer cabaret show + dinner for Le Paradis Latin, locals’ favorite cabaret in Paris!
The Best of Street Art in Paris 13
Paris wants to position itself as one of the cities with the most awesome street art in the world! And they are doing quite well in districts like Paris 13 or neighborhoods like Butte-aux-Cailles or Belleville. Check out the amazing street art plastered on the walls of Paris 13 with our entertaining self-guided tour (with a map!). Thanks to the Mural Program launched by the city council, huge murals by famous street artists from around the world have invaded the biggest avenues in Paris 13 and now street art is part of the landscape in this Arrondissement of Paris.
Visit the Best Museum in the World
The Louvre Museum is on everybody’s Paris Bucket List, It is grand, opulent, busy and home of many iconic artworks like Monalisa, Venus of Milo or the Winged Victory of Samothrace, just to name a few. The Louvre Museum is also part of the history of France and it was home to many French Kings, who turned the Louvre Palace into a place as interesting as its artworks. A trip to Paris cannot be complete without the Louvre, that’s why the Louvre is always on the list of best things to do in Paris every year. If you are not that art enthusiast or if the weather is too good to be indoors, check out how to get the most out of the Louvre in 2 hours or less.
Sip your favorite coffee in the sidewalk cafés of Paris
The sidewalk cafés in Paris, with their laid-back feel, play an essential role in the city’s cultural and social life. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy them in their full splendor – outdoors, without the crowds yet but with enough life to live up the atmosphere but in the end, there is always an excuse for a coffee break in a Parisian café during your city explorations.
Visit a French Château near Paris
France is well known for its French Châteaux, with amazing architecture, beautiful French gardens and usually an interesting history behind. There are many beautiful châteaux around Paris very easy to visit on a day trip from Paris. The most popular châteaux are Château de Versailles and Château de Fontainebleau but Château de Chantilly and Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte are equally beautiful and see fewer crowds. And if you have a spare day or two, why not a romantic weekend getaway in a French château near Paris?
MAKE IT SPECIAL: visit Château de Fontainebleau from above, from a hot-air balloon!
Celebrate the 130th Anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
In 2019 the Eiffel Tower celebrates its 130th anniversary! The Eiffel Tower was designed and built on the occasion of the World Fair held in Paris in 1889. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was finished on 31st March 1889, 130 years ago! Planning a trip to Paris in 2019? Add an extra focus and meaning to this special trip and join some of the Eiffel Tower events #eiffel130 around this special Eiffel Tower 130th anniversary. And oh, ah! Remember to buy your skip the line Eiffel Tower tickets in advance!
MAKE IT SPECIAL: If you have the budget, why not booking a hotel in Paris with Eiffel Tower views?
Enjoy fresh local food in a Parisian bistro
There is no better place to enjoy a traditional meal than in the Parisian Bistros. Bistro cuisine is based on traditional French recipes made with fresh, seasonal products complemented with wine from small producers. Sounds boring? Today, most of these traditional establishments have adhered to the concept of bistronomy, the creative cuisine worthy of great chefs with the affordable prices of a bistro. Since Paris bistros and the concept of bistronomy go together, Parisian bistros are more trendy than ever!
Walk the Promenade Plantée of Paris
Paris has wonderful parks and green spaces but the unique Promenade Plantée of Paris is something not to miss in 2019. La Coulée Verte or Promenade Plantée is a 4,5 km nature walk car-free is a world apart, crossing tunnels, trenches, and long bridges which links Bastille Square to Porte Dorée and Bois de Vincennes. Enjoy this quirky walk to escape the hassle of Paris without leaving the city, nice views, some shadow, and its interesting heritage.
Cruise the Seine River at Night
This is another “classical” thing to do in Paris which will always be a travel trend in Paris. The River Seine is definitely the most beautiful avenue in Paris. One of the most popular activities in Paris amongst visitors is the night cruise along the Seine River to admire the city’s historical monuments dotted along the route: Musée d’Orsay, the Conciergerie, Les Invalides … and of course the Eiffel Tower!
See Paris differently and have fun through a Paris Treasure Hunt
Parisians love treasure hunts because they are a great way to explore a totally new area or see a familiar territory in a completely new light. Plus they are fun! The Hunting season in Paris starts with the spring and following this popular request, we have launched our first treasure hunt, Queen Marie’s Treasures in Luxembourg Gardens,
Explore the city with your electric kick scooter
It is official: electric kick scooters for adults are a trend in Paris! Today, many Parisians are opting for foldable electric scooters for adults to get to work or simply have fun in the park and the streets of Paris.
Paris is a very walkable city but if you need to cover big distances during a day, a good adult kick scooter can help you get around without taking the Parisian Metro or having to pedal a large bike. Plus they are fun! We use it all the time on and off public transportation to get around Paris or just to have some fun on a sunny day. In addition, the latest models of electric kick scooters for adults are light, foldable and extremely compact so you can travel with your own portable electric scooter everywhere.
Cocktails & great views from the rooftop bars in Paris
When the weather in Paris is nice there are few better ways to enjoy Paris than from above, cocktail in hand, admiring the Paris skyline and gazing across the lights and landmarks that define the city. Check out our favorite rooftop bars with the best views in Paris and get the most out of the City of Lights!
Learn about the Impressionists in a different way
Learn about this artistic movement originated in France in the 1860s in which the artists aimed to capture the momentary, sensory effect of a scene – the impression- objects made on the eye in a fleeting instant. Orsay Museum, owning the most important collection of impressionist paintings in the world, is probably the best way to learn about the Impressionism, but the travel trend for 2019 is to go en plain air (outdoors) to the places where the impressionists positioned their easels to paint awesome masterworks. Giverny (Monet), and Bougival are two easy side trips from Paris. Auvers-Sur-Oise is where Vincent Van Gogh painted his last works and although he cannot be considered as an impressionist he was never far from this movement.
WE RECOMMEND: Interested in Monet’s artwork? Click here to follow Monet’s steps in Paris and around
Walk on the railroad tracks following La Petite Ceinture
La Petite Ceinture was a 32 km railroad line that circled Paris, developed at the second half of the XIX century. Originally built to transport material goods from depot yards to the core of Paris, la Petite Ceinture became since 1862 also a service for passengers. Today only four short sections of abandoned railroads are converted into green spaces and opened to the public. If you like to explore Paris hidden gems and the romance of abandonment, these abandoned train stations, and railroads in the heart of Paris are for you.
Enjoy a festive atmosphere (and vin chaud!) in the Christmas Markets
Every December, a number of Christmas Markets open in Paris, with an array of wooden cabins selling Christmas decoration, handcrafts, vin chaud (hot wine), typical French products, and cheap eats. These markets are usually surrounded by winter-themed activities for the whole family, including ice-skating. The most famous Christmas Market in Paris is the one located at Champs Elysées but the Christmas markets of La Défense, Notre Dame or Montmartre are also worth to explore.
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