The Hunches

Paris hidden gems – uncovering modern places in The City

Paris is certainly one of the most surprising cities in the world. The French capital’s classical architecture hides the modern influences indoors. Original and innovative ideas transformed dusty old places in hotspots tourists can’t stay away from. We picked out some of them: a place to stay, a place to eat, a place to visit. Enjoy!

Seven sins, seven floors, one unique concept. This seems to be the recipe for an unforgettable stay in Paris. At least that’s what the owners of The Vice Versa Hotel had in mind when they redecorated and rebuild the building. This place will tickle your senses and play with your desires, almost like the city does. The design of each floor of the hotel was inspired by sins like: gluttony, greed, wrath, pride, envy, laziness and lust.

The first time you step inside the Vice Versa Hotel you’ll find yourself in a heaven like room, all white, with unicorns on the walls, angels and clouds on the ceiling. Before checking in, you’ll be asked to choose your sin.

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The lobby of the Vice Versa Hotel

That means you have to pick between rooms where guns decorate the ceiling or the floor (the “wrath” rooms), teapots make great lamps (the “gluttony” rooms), marble statues and golden wallpaper make you feel unique (the “pride” rooms), or money all over the room make you feel greedy.

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The “gluttony” room

From the Vice Versa you have easy access to main tourist attractions in Paris. Located near the Porte de Versailles exhibition center, in the 15th district, the hotel is close to the Eiffel tower and the famous Catacombs of Paris, and the subway station is only a few minutes away.

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The “greed” room

The room rates at the Vice Versa start at around $135 per night but this four star hotel has special offers for early-bookers, for couples and even for those who book on Facebook.

La Gare restaurant in Paris, main entrance

Once in Paris you can really make your experience unique not only by climbing to the top of the Eiffel tower or having a croissant at one of the Cafes in the city, but also by eating in one of the most hunted restaurants there. Draped fabric, intimate lighting and well-chosen decor details, changed the interior of the old railway station “Passy – La Muette” turning it into a high-end restaurant, La Gare. The high ceiling, the red brick walls and giant gates as well as the impeccable service and great foot make it a special attraction in Paris. This original and refined restaurant is situated close to La Muette subway station, on 19 chaussée de la Muette and it is open daily between 12 AM 3 PM and 7 PM – 11.30 PM.

La Gare, warm interior

Another exciting place you shouldn’t miss while in Paris is the Métro station in front of the Musée des Arts et Métiers. The unique décor of this subway station from where you have access to lines 3 and 11 will surprise you for sure. Unlike most of the underground train stops in Paris that have normal white-tile décor, this one is designed as the interior of a submarine. Once down there you’ll feel you’ve stepped into another world.

Paris Metro Station