What's in our tour?
On this Hidden Gems and Secret Paris tour, a local Parisian shares 1,001 treasures that tourist maps do not show.
We meet outside the Louvre, by the glass pyramid, and our discoveries start right away. We uncover the grand perspective that Napoleon invented. We find out how the “Da Vinci Code” starts with a fib. And we spot the lavish café that fills up with locals as soon as the museum closes for the night.
Through a grand archway of the Louvre museum, we peek into the sculpture collection of the Sun-King.
We make our way to “Palais royal”, first intended by the King’s brother as a vast gambling hall. We find water fountains and flower beds. We find secret Parisian shops and controversial art by Buren, and we find the home of the Chairman of the Central Bank.
Through a concealed door, we access place Valois. The French Minister has just turned this grand courtyard back to the general public.
We discover a Parisian “passage” – the ornate, high-ceiling, 200-year-old ancestor of the “shopping arcade”. The passage we visit is now home to such exclusive stores as Louboutin shoes’ exclusive shop.
We then “stumble upon” stately place des Victoires, designed by the chief architect of Versailles and designer of the Hall of Mirrors. At the center, we enjoy our second horseman statue of the Sun-King for the day.
We then access a former convent courtyard which seems to transport us all the way to Rome – including religious artifacts for sale.
Our finale is in galerie Vivienne, an “indoor-street” built inside a block of buildings. With this hard-to-find gem, we end our exploration of Secret Paris. So we can see more on this tour, we do not spend time going inside each building.
• an on-going flow of surprises, hidden gems and secret Parisian places
• photo, shopping and eating spots not listed in guide-books
• free-flowing conversation with an engaging and enthusiastic, born-and-raised local
• 90 minutes, in English, along a short and comfortable route
• HOT DAY SPECIAL: on hot days, we walk in the shade, our guides have fans and water sprays for every guest, and every tour makes frequent stops for water
Where and when?
Our Secret Paris tour starts on time every day at 11 am rain or shine and runs a relaxed 90 minutes.
Every day at 11am. The tour runs every day, closed on Dec. 24 & 25 only.
We meet outside the Louvre pyramid, by the horse statue
This tour ends in central Paris, 5 minutes away from metro stations Palais royal and Opéra.
Groups of 8 and more please book. In the interest of all guests, we reserve the right to turn down large groups that do not hold a reservation. We advise large parties to book a private tour.
Why take this tour?
After this tour of Secret Paris, you will feel like a true Parisian. Bring with you a map of Paris and a pen, so you can find these hidden Parisian places again.
This is a free walking tour, where you pay the guide what you want at the end of the tour.
Reservations are not required, walks-ins are welcome. Join our meeting point 5 minutes before starting time.
If you wish to book in advance, use the booking button on the left side of this page.
Privatize this tour
Groups of friends, families, and school groups looking for an opportunity to share private time together often reserve a private guide.
A private tour starts at €125.
This tour is wheelchair accessible
Average tip on this tour: €12
Average time: 1 hour 40 minutes
In central Paris near metro Bourse
Look for our distinct pink vests