Smash Hits & B-Sides... Paris

SMASH HITS & B-SIDES... PARIS

Paris, France

George Clooney or Timothée Chalamet?

Sunday roast or cauli taco?

In this series the big dogs landmarks are taking on the newbies. Think David and Goliath… but Parisian.

The best bit? We’ve teamed up with The Paris Pass so that you don’t have to choose between them. Their city passes get you free entry to top landmarks, museums and tours.

So you can have your gâteau and eat it too 🍰 Tasty.

SMASH HITS...

Musée d'Orsay

You’re getting a free 48-hour Paris Museum Pass chucked in with your Paris Pass. Some people would head straight for the Louvre. Those people are amateurs 🙄 Ditch the crowds and make for Musée d’Orsay. It’s practically an indie gallery compared to the Louvre - BUT there’s still 4,000 pieces of art to get in your eyeballs. You also get to skip the ticket queues with your pass 👋

The Musée d'Orsay lives inside a Beaux-Arts railway - but it’s not like any commuter station you’ve been to. Think, domed roof with lots of silvery windows and there’s not a crapping pigeon in sight. You classy, Paris 💅

The museum's got the biggest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world. Check out heavy-hitters like Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Cezanne 🎨

Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise

Paris is packing some architectural eye-candy that you’ll want to drool over. Conveniently, most of it’s dotted along the Seine so you can cruise along and get an eyeful at the same time 👀

You’ll start at the Eiffel Tower and sail downriver. Your audio headset can give you the lowdown on the Grand Palais’ bronze statues, the Tuileries Gardens, and France’s National Library.

Sure, the crumbly buildings are charming but you’re also wafting about on the second-longest river in France ⛴ Count the 30 bridges along the river and check out the UNESCO river banks. Must be good cos Joan of Arc’s ashes were scattered here. Cheery stuff 👍

B-SIDES...

59 Rivoli

“The earth without art is just, eh...”

Deep.

59 Rivoli has mastered the art of the squat. What started as a couple of mates messing about with paint in an abandoned building is now a boho art HQ 🖌 Each floor has a handful of artists studios, plus there are exhibition spaces and a concert venue.

Stroll round the paint-splattered corridors checking out the artist's counter-culture work - they can even do you a commissioned piece on the spot 🖼 Come at the weekend for free concerts. You can’t miss this building, it’s the one with rainbow streamers and massive eyes made out of piping.

The Montmartre Vineyard

If you’re going to have a secret, an 800 year old vineyard is a pretty good one 🍇

Montmartre has a bad rep as being a bit Disneyland. Sure, you can follow the herd up the hill to the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, get an overpriced crepe, and spend the last of your euro on a dodgy caricature. Or, you can hit the backstreets and explore a city vineyard.

Tucked away behind peep shows and sex shops, The Montmartre City Vineyard is a tiny shrine to the vine away from the madness 🍷 Every year bottles of wine are auctioned off and all the proceeds go to charity...

It’d be rude not to sink a couple bottles by the Seine. It’s for charity.

Off to Paris? We’re chowing down on a croissant with The Paris Pass to bring you 60+ attractions at discounted prices...

Wine-tasting in a cave, Picasso museum, and silly pretty châteaus… PLUS your Paris Pass lets you skip the ticket line at some sights and use unlimited public transport in central Paris 🏆 Winner winner.