Table at a street restaurant in Paris

Secret Paris: We reveal our favourite corners of the French capital


From the Champs-Élysées to the Eiffel Tower, Paris is filled with some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, making it one of Europe’s most recognisable and beloved cities. But while experiencing such highlights is a must on your maiden visit to the city of light, there’s much more to Paris than the icons of its postcards and souvenirs.

With free time to explore in Paris on selected Emerald Waterways Extend Your Stay itineraries, we want to help you make the most of your time in this remarkable European capital. Here, we reveal our favourite corners of the French capital, enlisting the help of expert travel blogger, Lucy of On the Luce, to guide you to some of Paris’ lesser-known sights and highlights.

Eat like a local with a guide to Paris' best picnic locations

Paris may be revered across the world for its rich gastronomic heritage and extraordinary array of restaurants, eateries and cafés, but there’s one aspect of local culinary culture that many visitors aren’t aware of before visiting the city of light – and that’s Parisians’ love of picnics. Here, Lucy tells us more about why picnics are so popular in Paris:

“Paris has a really diverse restaurant scene, with everything from classic French cuisine to food from all over the world. But for the real Parisian experience you can't beat a picnic. Parisian markets are packed with fresh, tasty produce – pick up some sweet, ripe tomatoes and tasty cheeses, grab some bread from the boulangerie and a bottle of cool rosé and choose your perfect spot – from the banks of the Seine to underneath the Eiffel Tower.”

Explore Paris at your own pace with Emerald Waterways

If you’re eager to experience the beauty of Paris for yourself, Emerald Waterways can help get you there. Our special Extend Your Stay itineraries give you free time to explore the city of light at your leisure, with inclusive extras like a guided bus tour, daily breakfasts and an evening meal in a Montmartre restaurant to help make your stay in the French capital that much more unforgettable.

Click here for more information on our Extend Your Stay options in Paris or download our latest brochure to discover our range of luxury river cruises in France. For more help and advice, don’t hesitate to call us on 0808 231 1501.