Hemingway once said “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
And if you are lucky enough to visit Paris as a man, let this list of manly things stay with you.
Paris is not all about romance, beautiful girls and wine. It also offers adrenaline, style and BEER. When men travel, it usually ends up in Las Vegas but Paris has tons of manly things that you and your best mates can do without making it all gooey romantic.
Yes, Paris offers one of the finest beer too. It may not be the best in the world but we do have some Parisian beer that you need try. Also, even if you drink your favorite Belgian beer, we have one of the best bars and pub you can dream of. And if you wish to continue your party, check out some of the best spots for nights in Paris.
Round1 * Ring Ring Ring. Let the adventure begin. We are going to start strong and right with manly things at La Lucha Libre bar. It might be a man thing to feel happiness out of this. Bring your best mate down to this place to have a match of a lifetime. Simple. You take the pint of ice cold beer and wear the fat suit for the protection (and let’s face it, it makes everything funnier) and FIGHT! Open Ring is opened for everyone everyday from Tuesday to Saturday. It will cost as little as 1 euro on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 euros on Thursday and Friday and 3 euros on Saturday. Also, mark your calendar for first and third Friday of the month because pro wrestling show will happen here.
Located in 11th arrondissement, you will experience the Parisians’ expertise in beer. They offer 20 different types of beer on tap and the variety changes regularly. On top of that, there is endless list of bottled beer you can choose from. If you feel hungry, you can just hop over to the next door. Fine Mousse restaurant which offers the French cuisine that could go perfectly with your beer.
Manly things can be many things but we must say, beer, foosball and rock music are one of the best combinations when men travel. And here in the heart of Montmartre, the three things are waiting for you guys. Great beer choices with very affordable prices. Foosball game in the cool yet nostalgic ambiance. And the live rock music every Friday!
Yes, French wines are very very good but give Parisian beer a try. Beer tasting can be one of the many manly things you can do and it will be classier if you do so in Paris! Deck & Donohue is the right one to try if you are looking for an escape from a hot sunny day of Paris. Try Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or if you are looking for something more aromatic and additional flavors. Or head down to 79 Rue Saint-Maur to try BAPBAP! We guarantee that these beers are one of the things every man should own before leaving Paris.
And it is our man thing to enjoy some shopping for beer. Beer shopping is one of the many manly things we love in Paris because there are so many private beer store owned by passionate Parisians. And the collection of the beer they have will SHOCK you. The best beer store in Paris is known to be the Paris Saint Bière in 11th arrondissement and very close to Charonne metro stop. They have more than 2000 different types of beer from Belgium, France, Italy, Senegal, Jamaica including rare one such as Brewmeister Armageddon, the strongest beer in the world with 65% alcohol level which is one of the many things every man should own and try it. And the shop is open everyday from 10am till 2am!
Be it burgers or grilled meat, we do love it simple yet meaty. When men travel, it is really easy to make us happy. Give us good food. So before we proceed with more manly things later, let us begin with something that will make your stomach happy. Also, do try all the French food that you should try before leave the town.
Apératif. A session before you proceed to the meal with a glass (or more) of any alcoholic drinks but usually wine for French people and enjoying with a plate of some cheese, olives and saucisson. And for a country where culture of Apératif is so important, it comes as no surprise there is a shop fully dedicated for this. Head down to FFA, Fédération Françoise de L’Apératif for some manly things for your Apératif.
Yes! It is one of a man thing that we enjoy to try good food from food truck. There is a burger truck in Paris AND they are so good. Nothing says manlier than having a burger from street truck with cold beer. This very first American-style burger truck can be found in MK2 Bibliothèque in 13th arrondissement and on the Rue Montmartre in 2nd arrondissement for the most of the time but their schedule differs depends on days. So visit their website before to check the itinerary.
It is known to be the very first authentic American BBQ made by a Parisian. Thomas Abramowicz tried his first real American BBQ when he visited New York city and ever since, he is all about BBQ. He gave up a career in marketing to open his own BBQ shop here in Paris. Of course, he took a year for a training and custom making smoker which has a name of “the beast”. He transferred the authentic taste of the meat from Texas and adopted well into a French culture.
If you were to end a day of manly things, shouldn’t it end with the best kebab in Paris? Head down to Urfa Dürüm near Château d’Eau metro stop to try one of the best kebab Paris offers. The pita bread and the flavor of the meat are to die for. Maybe it is a typical man thing that we just can’t resist a good kebab.
We like it exciting, unique and something with so much adrenaline. When men travel, we need something just more than museums or historical monuments. There are so many manly things that you and your homie can enjoy. And if the list below never satisfies you enough, you can also check out the abandoned places in Paris you can visit.
We dare you to walk alone in this cemetery. Well, to be honest, it wouldn’t be that spooky since there are too many familiar names. Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison were buried here. But still, cemetery is cemetery. Test your guts by walking here alone. Isn’t this one of the many manly things? But if you ever feel curious to know a little bit more about the place and the people resting there, come find us and we will explain all to you.
Don’t we all just love things people may find it scary? Well, Widetrip dares you to come to our tours to discover one of the darkest secrets Paris kept from you. If you more interested in myths or ghost of Paris, check out Scary Paris. And if you are more into murders and tragedy Paris had, check out Mysterious tour of Paris. Talk about manly things to do, well we think this is the perfect one!
We appreciate good photography. And when men travel, we do also take many photos. And when the backdrop is Paris, it will be even better! It just doesn’t end at taking photos but we actually guide you to take a better one. This might be something a little more interesting and insightful manly things to do. This photographic journey will take you to capture the balance between monochromic industrial site of Paris and colorful and vibrant cosmopolitan site of Paris. And if you want to continue with this photographic journey in Paris, expert from Widetrip has options for you.
I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky, in Paris. Okay first, you can start with some helicopter rides above Paris because you know, we find looking at the view of Paris from the top of Eiffel Tower quite boring. IXAIR Hélicoptères offers 3 different routes you can take from the classic view of Paris to lesser-known sites. Or if you are looking for extremely manly things to do in Paris, you can even fly one of the planes yourself. No, we are kidding. It is a simulation but still it will feel so real once you try it. Once taught by your flight instructor, you can take off and land at one of your favorite airports.
This place screams Cool, Weird and more Cool. And it will be a man thing to enjoy disgusting and scary looking medical models. But who cares? If you are looking for some weird yet cool manly things to do, you’ve found the right place. Scary medical instruments, models and accessories that might even be a little disgusting to some people but these were once useful tools in medical procedures. Located in 6th arrondissement, it is near to Odéon metro station. When you are there, don’t miss the piece of furniture that most people would miss. The decoration of the table is made of real human parts. It is a real human foot.
Good cars. One of the things every man should own. We may not be the best car manufacturer in the world but we produce one of the best platform for anyone who loves cars. For example, in October from 1st to 16th, Motor Show will be held in Paris. If you are lucky to visit Paris in October, do visit Mondial de L’Automobile show to check out some of the latest car manufacturers, equipment and services exhibitors. But if you are going to miss the show, we do have some options for manly things to do for you car enthusiasts. Visit Champs-Élysées to check out trendy car showrooms and among them, do visit Motor Village where you can see exhibitions, car displays and even a restaurant.
We do have some deep affection in technology. We enjoy discovering new technology and ideas. And men travel, this passion will continue. And here we have Viva Technology Paris, an international event to connect one of the most influential as well as up-and-coming technology players. You don’t have to be an investor nor owner of startup company to attend this event. You can visit simply to discover what technology has to offer to make your life better.
And what better way would there be to end a trip full of manly things than going crazy at Rock en Seine. This yearly rock music festival is one of the most popular music festival in Europe and they are back this year with Massive Attack, Bastille, Sigur Rós, Two Door Cinema Club and many many many more. From 26th August to 28th August, more than 60 groups will be performing. 3 Day pass is available online for only 119 euros and individual days are sold for 49 euros each. So get your tickets before they are sold out!
Time to add some class to your voyage. Shopping is usually associated with what girls usually like to do but we do enjoy a little shopping too if they are meant for men. We might not go shopping as often as girls but once we do, we are in for some quality, cool and weird products of things every man should own. And if you are looking for cooler items to bring home as souvenir check out what Widetrip suggests as a Father’s day gifts.
It is a man thing. We don’t always enjoy shopping. But exceptionally, everything you fancy can be found in one simple place. Located in 2nd arrondissement, you can find high quality and chic things every man should own from watches to home decoration and even some snacks! And like other shops in Paris, summer sale is going on here too from 20% to 40% reduction. The sale is ongoing and will end on 2nd August.
You can’t leave town without paying Alain Barbier and his shop a visit. If men travel in Paris, might as well travel in style. He is known to be the best barber here in Paris ever since the shop opened its door in 1936. He still takes grooming in traditional way and perhaps that is the reason why the shop is trusted continuously over decades. Every Monday, he teaches his students, who are eager to be like Alain. Also, some of the best hotels in Paris requested Alain for the service to groom some of their VVIPs such as Princes of Arab.
This trendy shopping mini-mall has a lot to offer. From branded clothes adored by many men, whole floor dedicated for sneakers and some funny things every man should own that you and your friends will laugh at it first but would end up buying it for yourself. Stormtrooper head mug, alcohol-scented candles or skull-shaped ice trays.
It doesn’t matter if you do not need any walking canes. You should still visit this place anyway. It is a secret man thing to go wow for canes. This antique cane sore is a last-standing cane store in France and it was first opened in 1909. They do offer new products made in recent time but we are more intrigued by those from 19th and 20th centuries. Besides the usual designs that we all are familiar with, there are some specially-designed canes such as violin-cane, cane with built-in sword or hidden corkscrew or pocketknife.
A pipe. As one of the things every man should own, this artisan pipe store is the perfect shop to end the shopping spree for a gentleman. Opened since 1867, A la Pipe du Nord has been serving its clients for centuries. They are run by a family of passionate pipe artisans and ever since its first opening, five generations of the family have been producing one of the finest pipes. It is located in 10th arrondissement. It is a shop as well as workshop where they actually produce their pipes. The price range between 70 euros to 300 euros and the shop also restores and repairs your pipes.
You can find many board games cafe or bar in Paris but they are not always the same in terms of culture, types of game offered and drinks. ‘Dernier bar avant la fin du monde’ is the place to go for if you are more geeky-comics-collectables kinda guys. You can play some board games but those memorabilia and collectables displays might interest you more. Or if you are just looking for a place to hangout in the afternoon, you can try ‘L’Oya’ in 13th arrondissement. With only 5 euros, you can have a drink and play board game for as long as you like.
Escape rooms are a man thing. We love finding clues and solving mysteries. And it comes as no surprise that Paris has many of the escape rooms with exciting concepts. The most famous one is ‘The Game’ located in 5th arrondissement. You will get one hour to break the puzzle and escape the room. Within an hour, you will need work together with your team to find the clues and solving the mysteries in order to escape. The themes are varied and it depends on your preference such as robbery, casino, kidnapping or metro.
Laser Tag is not for a child. Let us emphasize that. And when men travel, anything can be included in the itinerary, even Laser Tag! It is fun as long as you have a group of your best friends. Located near Eiffel Tower, Laser Paris is the place to go to play some Laser Tag. You can conveniently make online booking. Normal session of 20 minutes will cost 10 euros. But you can also organize private birthday or bachelor party where you can play for 1 hour and 30 minutes 20 to 25 euros per person.
Sports are essential part of our lives. We can’t live without them. So with no surprise, when men travel, naturally, sports come with us too. And here is the best of best places to visit while visiting Paris to have a drop of sports. And Euro 2016 is still ongoing. No matter which team you are rooting for, it is always exciting to be in the spirit so check out the list to see if anything interests you.
One of the ultimate manly things should include a visit to the stadium. Even if you don’t support any particular football team, touring the massive stadium will bring out the hidden sportsman in you. You will get to sit in the stands, visit the changing room, shower room, on-site hospital and even prison cells within the stadium facilities. Tour is available in both French and English languages everyday except for days when stadium is in use for the match or concerts.
How great would it be if you get to spend some time away from loud touristic sites in a quiet gym even for a day? You might call it as a man thing to do but it will be worth it. In Battling Club, you don’t have to worry about signing monthly membership because you can purchase 24-hour pass for just 15 euros. It is perfect for those who are in town just for a few days. Besides the usual gym equipment, you can box and learn martial arts too. Located in 10th arrondissement, you can easily access with metro with nearest station of Gare de l’Est.
Paris is one of the most skateboard-friendly city. You can always skate along the Seine River or any small roads across many arrondissements are not only beautiful but fun to skate on. Or we also have many skate parks. The most famous and the largest one is Egp 18 located in 18th arrondissement. It is covered with shelter so it attracts more people when it is raining. Or more accessible and centrally-located one will be Skatepark de Paris – Bercy. You can also find many skateboard boutiques in Paris. But check out Nozbone, one of the best shops you can find in Paris. It has endless list of brands for skateboard, shoes, clothes and accessories. You can also shop online or visit their boutique in 11th arrondissement near Nation metro station.
To complete all the manly things listed above, you need to stay in the right place first. Among many romantic hotels, we found a few hidden gem of chic, modern and designed hotels just for you guys. When men travel, there are certain things that we look for in hotels. Try Mama Shelter in 20th arrondissement. The ultramodern designs of this hotel will blow you away. Each room is equipped with iMac and free wifi. Also, you can enjoy foosball in the leisure room. Or you can also try Les Suites Parisiennes, located in 8th arrondissement and walking distance to Avenue Champs Elysées. This chic boutique hotel is equipped with latest HD TV models, iPod docking stations, Nespresso coffee machine local artists’ artworks which you can also purchase if you wish.
Or camping is a man thing. We do love camping. Camping Indigo Paris is one and only campsite located within Paris in Bois de Boulogne in 16th arrondissement. All you have to do is to pack your minimum travel essentials and book your pitch and either tent, caravan or cottage. Price is affordable. It starts from 25 euros per pitch, 76 euros for a tent for 4 to 5 people and 89 euros for a caravan which is big enough for up to 4 people.
We hope after reading this list that Paris is not only about romantic streets, shopping or museums. We hope that this list has introduced lesser-known sides of Paris that you wouldn’t have expected. Also, when we said ‘manly things’, it didn’t necessarily only cater for men but to introduce lesser-known and ‘lesser-romantic’ sites in Paris just in case if anyone was looking for the list.
If you wish to discover more of lesser-known sites in Paris, you can also check out our TOP SECRET Tours by Locals!