5 activities you never thought to try in Paris

When filling out your itinerary for your trip to Paris, the major sights and museums will inevitably end up on your list. But why not do something out of the box, something that will have your friends saying “you can do THAT in Paris?!” Here are five ways to make your friends jealous and your trip even more than you ever thought it could could be.

Buy your weight in clothing

Everyone knows that Paris is famous for its high fashion. The clothes are to die for, but the prices don’t fit everyone’s budget. We have found the perfect solution! The Kilo Shop in the Marais allows you to shop your weight in clothing. With racks upon racks of vintage clothes to choose from the possibilities are endless. Simply make your selection of clothing, walk to the register, weigh your desired pieces and pay one price! How could you say no to that? Pricing: 20€/kg for red marked items, 30€/kg for green marked items.

Kilo Shop

Take a water biking class

Hop on a bike submerged in water and pedal your way to better legs. Water biking has all of the benefits of swimming laps without getting your hair wet and is easy on the joints. A quick 30 minute session allows you to be in and out without putting a damper on your busy day ahead. With locations popping up around the city if won’t be hard to find the perfect place to try this spin class alternative. Note that sometimes you need to make reservations in advance.

Waterbike

Visit a mosque

Situated in the heart of the 5th arrondissement, La Mosquee de Paris offers the perfect afternoon escape. An oriental oasis in the City of Light is a great place to spend your afternoon or evening, enjoying tea on cushions, plush chairs or under cedar trees. Aside from the restaurant, the architecturally stunning mosque also offers a traditional hammam (for women only). Call for hours.

La Mosquee de Paris

Go clubbing in an aquarium

The nightlife in Paris is nothing short of lively, especially if you know where to look. One of the best spots is hidden in the Gardens of the Trocadéro. Trocadéro Ozu club, the hard to find secret spot, offers an informal atmosphere and a backdrop of exotic fish and even a few sharks. With great drinks and great house music, the Ozu Club is an ideal spot to dance the night away with the locals!

Trocadero Ozu club

Experience chocolate like never before

One of the first things that comes to mind when visiting Paris is almost always the divine food that we will encounter. With patisseries on every corner, and many famed chocolatiers calling the city their home, it’s hard to go wrong. But what many people don’t know is the best place to go when looking for a sweet treat. Michel Chaudun’s shop in the 7th arrondissement is one-of-a-kind and features out of this world chocolate. A former chocolatier at La Maison du Chocolat, Chaudun is an absolute master of chocolate. Most famous for it’s pavés, chocolates shaped like cobblestones to commemorate the 1968 riots, heavenly bonbons that have an artisanal feel, chocolate shaped like gargoyles and handbags, and with out of this world taste you will never want to leave!

Michel Chaudun

Chloe Johnston is the CEO at CJ Shopping Tours.

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  1. John says:

    These are some wonderful ideas for something different to do in a city where there is already a glut of fun things to do!

  2. Robyn Webb says:

    Great list. I’ve done a few of these including visiting a mosque which is a whole different experience in Paris as opposed to Muslim countries I’ve visited since there arent as many in Paris. Agree that Michel Chaudun is great

    Another great thing to do, ladies, is to have your hair done up professionally in a classic French chignon at the Chignon Bar at 52 rue Saint-Andres-des-Arts. So much fun!!!!

  3. Lisa says:

    Just got back from Paris, but I’ll be sure to bookmark these for the next trip. Great and unusual ideas.

  4. You might want to add: watch a movie in a pagoda as there is one close to Bon Marché (for those who also want to go shopping) that has been transformed in a theater…
    Little hint for those wanting to experience chocolate like never before: La maison du chocolat is a must!

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