Unusual places around your central Paris hotel

Our central Paris hotel near the Opéra will be the envy of your friends! Not only is it in the heart of a bustling and quirky district, it also boasts loads of unusual places all easily accessible from your hotel…

The magic of cinema at the Grand Rex

The legendary cinema hall offers tours of its premises, the Etoiles du Rex, taking visitors into the wings of the cinematic arts. Visit the lift with its panoramic views behind the gigantic screen, or the rigging, and enjoy the special effects and archive images. You won’t be disappointed! Or if you’ve planned to take in some other sights during your stay in Paris, you can also just go and see a film in its main hall, with its splendid Art Deco atmosphere.

Go crazy in Paris

From your hotel near the Opéra, it’s just a two-minute walk to the Folies Bergères – another legend of Paris nightlife! Concerts, shows, cabarets and even lectures take place here, and there’s something for everyone in this famous theatre.

Portholes and trains!

Take a minute on Line 11 of the Metro to marvel at the Arts et métiers station, entirely covered in copper plate and dotted with portholes! The submarine-style décor was designed by Belgium’s François Schuitena and the French screenwriter, Benoît Peeters, to mark the bicentenary of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.

100% Elvis

Whether or not you’re a fan of the King, this boutique entirely dedicated to Elvis is well worth a detour during your stay in Paris. It’s a real Aladdin’s cave of Elvis memorabilia: tee-shirts, collector’s records, guitars, etc. Elvis My Happiness, 9, rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, in the 2nd arrondissement.

Dinner in the pitch dark

Imagine eating lunch or dinner in the pitch dark – an unusual experience that’ll bring home the power of taste and flavours like nothing else. Served and guided by visually impaired staff, this is a blind taste test in the truest sense of the term! Restaurant dans le noir, 51 Rue Quincampoix, in the 4th (book well in advance). From your Paris hotel near the Grands Boulevards, take Metro Line 11 to Rambuteau station.

Discover other ideas for unusual excursions on the official site of the Paris Tourist Bureau or consult our list of suggestions.