Paris is a thriving center for art, gastronomy, culture, and fashion – plenty to keep a creative person happy and entertained. With beautiful cobblestoned streets, attractive café culture, as well as its central site along the Seine River, it is no surprise the City of Lights welcomes millions of visitors each year.
The French Capital is home to many historic places, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Musée du Louvre, and the Sainte-Chapelle. The architecture of these places itself is enough to make you bring out your creative talents.
It is common for people to check for such landmarks, but what about the path less traveled? It could be that architecture is what appeals to you, so why not explore covered malls or passages during Paris tours. If you are looking for some inspiration, then the Galerie Vivienne can be a good place to start your creative trip to the nation’s capital. The 1823 passage is rife with mosaic floors and ornate ceilings and is home to luxury designer brands.
Another architectural marvel is Passage du Grand-Cerf, where the light filters through an incredible glass ceiling. It is a creative person’s dream to walk through such passages. If you love photography too, they are right up your alley.
The 59 Rivoli building, dating from the Haussmann era, is a former artist squat that was claimed by a collective of artists in 1999. Since then, it has been an exhibition space and performance venue. The multiple stories and art shows of the building are free to one and all, and you will especially enjoy its façade and art-covered staircases.
If you cannot get enough of art and culture, do check out L’Entrepôt during your Paris private tours. It is a boutique cinema, which specializes in independent movies, and there is even a gallery of art on its top floor, comprising a restaurant and bar that play regular live music. In addition, you could go to the Montmartre neighborhood to catch some poetry or music at Au Lapin Agile. It is a place, where Matisse and Picasso used to drink apparently, and pay the bill using their works of art.
You may also fancy exploring the Petite Ceinture, a former rail line circling the city that has turned out to be a haven for fauna and wildflowers.