the curiosity collective MANIFESTO

~don’t try this at home~

So how did this small band of wily, local, Culture- and History- Virtuosi take the Paris tour scene by storm?

It’s precisely because Paris can be so oppressively touristic (if you don’t know how to do it) that we became a runaway sensation, if we may humblebrag so shamelessly.

Starting in late 2018, we looked at the state of tours in Paris (and we had worked at some of the busiest tour operators in town)  and a lightbulb went off — there’s a subset of people today who don’t want to be tourists, they want to experience and immerse themselves authentically in Paris.

They are Curious. They prefer to belong.

And, it appears, there are enough of these unconventional types to power our little collective of passionate local experts to the forefront in just a few short years.

And fill our little shelves with awards.

☆ Top 10% Worldwide for Expertise ☆

☆ 2019 Paris Experience Award ☆

☆ #1 in Europe, #2 Worldwide on AirBnB Experiences ☆

☆ Over 5,000 Five-Star Reviews ☆

(Ok, it seems we’ve slipped from humblebrag to straight flexing…)

Our secret sauce?

We use our expertise as writers and researchers of an indy guide to visiting Paris #notlikeatourist — PARIS > D E F I N E D MAGAZINE (currently in beta) to craft cool little touches that can’t be replicated for mass-tourism platforms.

We take how it’s been done before and re-imagine everything — the routes, the places visited, and make ‘Paris-ing’ more eclectic, comfortable, and fun. 

But you’ll only find us here, and on AirBnB…we simply can’t pull all this magic off for a crowd. Mass tourism isn’t our thing…

We are the cage-free, small-batch, eco-responsable, and down to frolic, alternative to the McDonalds’ of the tour scene.

Now are revved up and doing it again in 2023. (don’t ask/ don’t tell about 2020…)

We are happy staying small but keeping it real…

We’ve got Big Paris Energy.

Come Be Parisian With Us for a Few Days

Look closely, because something really unique is happening…this is a movement.

Let’s dive deep into all the reasons Paris is beloved…

But like friends would.

When you romp (or ride, or savor French tastes, with us) you’ll liftoff feeling like you belong — in some way — to Paris, at the end of your trip…

We are privileged to be a part of something different here.

Really different.

A moment in time where you will say OUI! to our way of doing things…

Small groups. Back streets. Our neighborhoods.

The places we know are so worth it.

The must-see sights — but zigging and zagging to the best corners– the perfect angles — inaccessible to huge groups.

Are you Curious? 

Come romp our Paris…maybe you’ll fall in love (and stay) too…

Peace, Love, (and Champagne),

The Curiosity Collective



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