About Secrets of Paris

American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

* Custom Travel Content
* Travel Writing Workshops
* Calendar of interesting Paris events 
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning

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Calendar of Paris Events

May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

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Secrets of Paris gives 10% of all tour fees to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur

The Secrets of Paris is not a blog!

Established in 1999 by journalist Heather Stimmler-Hall, it’s the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Today it remains the trusted reference for alternative news, original feature stories, useful sightseeing advice, reviews and recommendations, and insider information about Paris written by professional journalists, travel writers and local experts living and working in Paris. 

100% Ad-Free & Independent 

The Secrets of Paris website is completely self-sustained through our Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning Services, our Paris Travel Writing Workshops, and our guidebook publishing imprint Fleur de Lire Press (including Paris Pastry Guide and the Naughty Paris Guide).

Our Mission & Values

We support responsible journalism and promote sustainable tourism. What does that mean for you?

Responsible Journalism = Accountability Our readers appreciate our commitment to the traditional journalistic values of accuracy, fairness, transparency, integrity, and independence. We believe there’s a real desire for reliable, in-depth, well-written, engaging, informative, and original travel writing. Secrets of Paris serves our local community of English-speaking residents and visiting travelers, not advertisers, marketing reps, corporate brands or search engines. 

Sustainable Tourism = Authentic Paris Secrets of Paris helps you discover the small, local businesses, artisans and artists who contribute to the Parisian community, its people and the environment. We believe slow travel fosters greater understanding and real human connection. We’re not into mass tourism, international chains, or butts-in-seats “fast track” herd-mentality tourism that makes big bucks for tour operators by commodifying Paris and forcing you all into overpriced tourist traps and cookie-cutter tour packages. We believe sustainable tourism benefits both the Parisian community and the intelligent, engaged traveler looking for a more authentic travel experience. We treat our Secrets of Paris readers like human beings, not consumers.