10 things you never knew you could do in Paris

Check out TripAdvisor's top ten alternatives in the 'City of Lights'

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View on Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

It's no surprise that Paris is on most people's bucket lists, from couples wanting a romantic long weekend to families looking for an action-packed city break.

Take in the sights from the Eiffel Tower, go shopping along the Champs Elysées, tuck into that world-famous French cuisine in one of the picturesque cafés in Montmartre.

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However, if you're after a truly memorable stay in the City of Lights, then it's worth stepping away from the main attractions and exploring the quirkier sights and activities that are on offer.

From after-hours tours of jaw-dropping monuments to perfume workshops and gourmet dining like you've never tried before, you can unearth some brilliant gems in the city.

We've teamed up with travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor to bring you 10 alternative things you never knew you could do in Paris...

1. Take an After-Hours Tour at the Opera Garnier in Paris

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As one of the most recognised opera houses in the world, you can imagine that the Opera Garnier attracts quite a few visitors every day.

However this 1.5-hour tour gives you the chance to enjoy the stunning opera house after the crowds are long-gone.

Take in the opulent decor, explore the chandelier-filled foyer, and learn all about the history of this amazing building from your knowledgeable guide - including why the building inspired Gaston Leroux's novel 'The Phantom of the Opera'.

How much?Prices from £17.81 on TripAdvisor .

2. Create your own signature perfume

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When it comes to the world of perfumes, no other country does it better than France.

Home to the biggest names in the perfume industry, the French have a long tradition in perfume-making: and you can discover their secrets in this Perfume Creation Workshop, which includes a 20-minute guided tour of the museum.

You'll learn about the art of creating the scent and explore 'nine different essences' used by the nose to create your very own fragrance, which you can take home.

How much?Prices from £83 on TripAdvisor .

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3. Skip the Line Louvre Highlights Tour with Lunch at Angelina

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Avoid the endless queues into the Louvre and head straight to the 'Top 5' famous masterpieces including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, with a guide there to help you make the most of your visit.

Once you've taken in the art, it's time for a delicious 3-course lunch including pastries and wine at the museum's Angelina Café Richelieu restaurant, ideal for replenishing your energy levels after a busy morning of sightseeing!

How much?Prices from £139 on TripAdvisor .

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4. Paris Walking Tour: Movie and TV Show Locations

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Hailed as one of the world's most romantic cities it's no surprise that Paris has provided the perfect backdrop for some of Hollywood's biggest films.

This two-hour guided tour lets you see Paris through the lens of a film director, taking you to the best filming locations of hits including The Devil Wears Prada, Marie Antoinette, Before Sunset and Midnight in Paris to name a few.

How much?Prices from £21 on TripAdvisor .

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5. Eiffel Tower Gourmet 4-Course Dinner with Champagne and Trocadero View Seating

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With so many amazing restaurants tucked away in the Parisian streets, choosing one that makes for a memorable date night can be daunting.

If you're willing to splurge for something a bit special, then this VIP experience could be just the thing, offering gourmet dining and panoramic views of the city... from inside the Eiffel Tower.

Treat yourself to a four-course meal with champagne in the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant, and when you're done, you have the option to continue your visit of the first floor observation deck, and take in the views below through its transparent floors!

How much?Prices from £205 on TripAdvisor .

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6. Photo-stop Selfie Tour of Paris by Car

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Not only does this tour let you put your photography skills to the test as you capture Paris' iconic landmarks, but you can get some great selfies too.

For two hours you'll be chauffeured around the city by your guide, who will show you the best places to take a selfie with backdrops including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Get ready to give your social media followers serious holiday envy...

How much?Prices from £80 on TripAdvisor .

7. Champagne tasting on a Seine River Cruise

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The French invented Champagne, so where better to sample the tipple than the French capital?

Don't just settle for sipping on a glass in a restaurant though - instead hop onboard this cruise and take in some of Paris's most breathtaking sights.

The best part is you'll get your own private room where a sommelier will teach you all about the French wineries. The perfect way to while away an afternoon!

How much?Prices from £48 on TripAdvisor .

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8.VIP Access to Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame

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If sightseeing is top of your list, this VIP tour could be the one for you.

You'll explore the city's most important landmarks including the charming neighbourhood of Montmartre, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame de Paris.

Plus the guides are very knowledgeable so you can learn all about the culture, history and traditions that have firmly established Paris as a must-visit capital city.

And, as a bonus, you'll get semi-private tours at each stop too!

How much?Prices from £258 on TripAdvisor .

9. Say I Love You in Paris

Where better to renew your wedding vows than one of the world's most romantic cities?

Celebrate your anniversary or mark a milestone with this heart-warming gesture and reaffirm your commitment to your partner.

This 90-minute experience not only lets you exchange vows in front of the Eiffel Tower, but there will also be a photographer on hand to capture it all so you can take home some new treasured memories.

How much?Prices from £254 on TripAdvisor .

And for something pretty extravagant...

10. Helicopter Tour to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte from Paris Including Champagne Reception

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Marvel over the beautiful city of Paris from above on this 35-minute helicopter ride and take in panoramic views over the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and many other attractions in style.

Once landed, you will be greeted with a Champagne reception ahead of your 4-hour tour of one of France's top attractions, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.

There's plenty to see and do in this opulent 17th century castle - and make sure to check out some of its 100 acres of picturesque gardens.

How much? It's one for a life of luxury, with prices from £1,112 on TripAdvisor .

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