It would take a lifetime to become knowledgeable about the history and neighborhoods of Greater Paris. From June 1 to September 30, the #ExploreParis festival invites you to discover the city of light and its surroundings, during unusual visits and cruises in slow mode . If there really is something for everyone, Do It In Paris has sorted and selected its 5 favorite experiences to book before the sold out...
A highly chill street art cruise
The walk ? As part of the " Cast off the moorings " operation, an insane cruise along the Saint-Denis canal to La Villette, to admire the most beautiful wild or commissioned works of renowned street artists (the frescoes of Seth , the installation of Zest , the mural of the Dutch duo Telmo Miel …) like anonymous graffiti artists. It's the perfect time: the 6th edition of Street Art Avenue makes it possible to welcome brand new murals in this exciting industrial district.
The extra thing? The bar on board the boat to enjoy a tea or an aperitif while a mediator from MUR 93 teaches you all about urban art , mass culture which will be the star of the next Olympic Games with new disciplines like skateboarding and breakdancing.
The meeting point ? The 6b in Saint-Denis.
Duration of the walk: 2h30.
Price 24 €. Reservations on exploreparis.com
A fascinating journey through the heart of Chinatown
The walk ? A one-way ticket to Beijing direct from the 13th district, the largest Chinatown in Europe, as rich as New York 's Chinatown . Meeting the inhabitants of the district, we discover bookstores, temples, restaurants, anecdotes and traditions in a feel good spirit that already makes you want to return.
The extra thing? Being able to ask a thousand questions to Donatien Schramm who leads the visit, strictly unbeatable on Chinese culture and fluent in Mandarin . A tip: take a notebook to write down your favorite restaurants and other nuggets to keep aside.
The meeting point ? Metro Tolbiac .
Duration of the walk: 2h30.
Price €12.50. Reservations on exploreparis.com
A paddle session on the Marne
The walk ? Here you are landed on a wild island where the singular nautical club Le Grand Huit has taken up residence. The concept ? Stand on a board while moving with a paddle. Of course, we first explain how it works before you can take full advantage of it. Don't panic for beginners! Falling is not the sea to drink: the water of the Marne is certified and verified as “ swimmable ”.
The extra thing? Extend with a picnic and a sunbathing session in this paradise of calm and greenery, unless you prefer to have lunch at La Mascotte or one of the adorable guinguettes on the banks of the Marne , just on the other side of the island. , to perfect the holiday atmosphere.
The meeting point ? Joinville-le-Pont.
Duration of the walk: 1h30 - 2h.
Price 29 €. Reservations on exploreparis.com
© The Big Eight
An urban farm in the heart of Paris
The walk ? Near Père Lachaise , Cueillette Urbaine works to develop participatory agriculture in the city through market garden production spaces on roofs, terraces and courtyards. We embark our little budding farmers to educate them on locavorism and the benefits of responsible production , whose harvests are also delivered in part to Thierry Marx 's cooking school , just below the garden.
The extra thing? Leave with a basket full of aromatic herbs and edible flowers to pimp up your spring salads.
The meeting point ? Metro 9, Maraîchers station.
Duration of the walk: 1 hour.
Price €18. Reservations on exploreparis.com
Immersion at the Puces de Saint-Ouen
The walk ? Vintage enthusiasts have already spent hours looking (often in vain) for furniture, clothing or decorations. But it's hard to see clearly without paying a high price or getting lost in the aisles stretching over more than 7 hectares! #ExploreParis offers an enlightened immersion to finally know the best stands to hunt for mirrors, paintings, jewelry or books through the Malik, Malassis, Serpette or Vernaison markets.
The extra thing? Going to meet the inhabitants of the district and the indestructible local figures, passionate about the places and their activity... before sitting down at one of the good brasseries on the market for an anthology rib steak and fries.
The meeting point ? Porte de Clignancourt.
Duration of the walk: 1h30.
Price 10 €. Reservations on exploreparis.com
© OTI Plaine Commune Grand Paris
Go to exploreparis.com to book your visit and benefit from a -25% discount with the promo code EXPLOREPARIS25 for any purchase of a walking or cycling tour only (offer excluding cruises and limited in time until while stocks last). Visits from €5.