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Travel Guide: Sacré Bleu! 5 Hidden Surprises in The French Capital

2nd Aug 2016 3:12pm | By Lucy Slater

Even if you’ve not been to Paris, most people feel they know its star attractions. Discuss holidaying there with friends, family, or perhaps even the check-out lady in the local supermarket and you’ll hear the same landmarks.

Au Lapin Agile

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When it comes to Paris and cabaret, it’ll be Moulin Rouge where most tourists make a pit stop. But walk 15 minutes up the road onto Rue Saint Vincent and you’ll stumble across Au Lapin Agile, another famous cabaret bar which was once frequented by the likes of Picasso and Matisse.

It’s been open since the 1800s and still hosts some of the best – and funniest – shows in the city. It’s an institution and even saw Charlie Chaplin fiddle his violin many moons ago.

La Conciergerie

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Just a few doors down from Sainte-Chapelle, the Conciergerie has a checkered past having started life as a palace before being transformed into a prison which once housed Marie Antoinette, Madame du Barry, and poet Andre Chenier.

Today it’s one of the most underrated tourist spots in town. Many people visit Sainte-Chapelle but miss out on its neighbour; with its gothic corridors and refurbished cells which tell more than a tale or two.