Living Better in Paris

Paris for expats: business districts and luxury living options


Paris, a city that offers expatriates a unique blend of professional and academic opportunities, is a testament to exclusivity. It boasts a high quality of life, a rich cultural heritage, a vibrant, inclusive atmosphere, a dynamic economy, and a modern cosmopolitan lifestyle. As you explore Paris, one of the most coveted destinations for expatriates worldwide, you'll be drawn to its central business districts and the array of luxurious accommodations, expat organizations, and cultural activities available exclusively to you.

Paris' main business districts

La Défense

Located on the western outskirts of Paris, La Défense is not just the biggest business district in Europe, it's a hub of dynamic and creative energy. Spanning over 3.5 million square meters, La Défense is a vibrant ecosystem where multinational corporations, financial institutions, and startups converge to shape the future of business. With over 1,500 companies and 180,000 employees, it pulsates with the energy of commerce and creativity, inspiring you to be a part of its innovative landscape. Some of the most notable multinational corporations and major companies in La Défense include TotalEnergies, Engie, EDF, Deloitte, AXA, etc.

But La Défense is more than just a commercial hub; it's also a cultural and social center. Lined with shopping malls, restaurants, art installations, gyms, cinemas, and green spaces, it offers a dynamic environment where professionals can work, dine, shop, and relax without ever leaving the district.
Transportation wise, with its strategic location and excellent transportation links, including the iconic Grande Arche and a network of metro and RER lines, including metro 1, RER A, RER E, Train U, and L, La Défense offers convenient access to the heart of Paris and beyond.

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Central Business District in Paris: 

2nd Arrondissement (Bourse & Sentier): Financial Hub and Paris’ Silicon Valley

Located in the heart of Paris, the 2nd arrondissement is a bustling financial hub. The Bourse district houses the historic Paris Bourse (stock exchange) and is a banking, investment, and financial services center. Adjacent to the Bourse area, the Sentier district, originally known for its textile industry, has emerged as Paris' Silicon Valley, attracting numerous tech startups, digital agencies, innovative enterprises, co-working spaces, and incubators, such as Facebook France. 

Besides, the 2nd arrondissement of Paris is undeniably one of the trendiest areas among Parisians and expats with its vibrant culinary scene, stylish bars and cafés, fashionable boutiques, artistic vibes, and buzzing atmosphere. From innovative dining experiences and artisanal cocktails to chic fashion boutiques and contemporary art galleries, the 2nd district reflects modern Parisian life.

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Bourse neighborhood in Paris 2nd district: Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection (Paris Business District)

Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection

8th Arrondissement (Madeleine, Champs-Élysées): Luxury and Prestige

Renowned for its elegance and sophistication, the 8th arrondissement of Paris stands for luxury and prestige. Along the emblematic Avenue des Champs-Élysées, luxury Avenue Montaigne, and chic Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, prestigious head offices such as LVMH, luxury boutiques, and haute couture houses line the streets, attracting a sophisticated clientele from all over the world. 

Hôtel Plaza Athénée: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 8th district Paris (Paris 5-star hotel)

Hôtel Plaza Athénée: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 8th district Paris

9th Arrondissement (Opéra): Creative Hub

The 9th arrondissement of Paris is a vibrant business district characterized by its dynamic mix of industries, entrepreneurial spirit, and cultural richness. Home to a diverse array of businesses, from creative agencies and tech startups to financial institutions and corporate headquarters, the 9th arrondissement exudes an atmosphere of innovation and enterprise. Some well-known big companies in the 9th district are Danone, Sony Music Entertainment, Google, Blablacar, and Netflix. 

With its central location and accessibility to major transportation hubs, including Gare Saint-Lazare, the 9th district is a strategic hub for professionals and companies seeking connectivity and convenience. The 9th arrondissement of Paris also boasts a thriving theater district, historical landmarks such as the Palais Garnier, major shopping destinations including Boulevard Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, and a lively culinary scene.

Palais Garnier: Place de l'Opéra, 9th district Paris

Palais Garnier: Place de l'Opéra, 9th district Paris

16th Arrondissement: Refinement and Diplomacy

The 16th arrondissement of Paris, breathing refinement and international influence, is a place of prestige. Its grand avenues, affluent residences, and diplomatic establishments create an ambiance of sophistication unlike anywhere else in Paris. Home to numerous embassies, corporate headquarters, international organizations, and renowned educational establishments, it attracts the most discerning professionals and diplomatic personnel, consolidating its status as a symbol of the diplomatic center in Paris. Some well-known companies in the 16th district are OCDE, Adobe, Biocoop, Apple, and more.

La Trocadéro with view of Eiffel Tower, 16th district Paris

La Trocadéro, 16th district Paris

Luxury accommodation options for expatriates in Paris

Haussmannian Apartments in Paris: 

Haussmannian apartments are iconic residences in Paris, characterized by their classic and elegant architecture dating back to the Haussmannian era of the 19th century. Primarily located in prestigious, highly sought-after neighborhoods such as the 8th Arrondissement, the 9th Arrondissement, the 16th Arrondissement, and the 17th Arrondissement, Haussmannian-style apartments are notable for their high ceilings, large bay windows, wooden floors, decorative fireplaces, and ornate moldings, which add unique charm and character to each residence. 

Modern and High-Security Residences in Paris: 

Modern residences provide a high level of comfort and security, along with state-of-the-art facilities to meet the needs of the most discerning residents. Located in prestigious residential neighborhoods such as Neuilly-sur-Seine, the 7th Arrondissement, and the 16th Arrondissement, these residences often offer amenities such as concierge, parking, and landscaped gardens. Additionally, they are equipped with advanced security systems, such as surveillance cameras, security guards, and secure access, ensuring residents' peace of mind. 

Villa Montmorency is one of Paris's most exclusive and prestigious residential enclaves, located in the south of the 16th Arrondissement near the Bois de Boulogne. This gated community is known for its privacy, security, and luxurious homes, making it a coveted address for affluent residents and celebrities, including Nicolas Sarkozy (former French president), Gérard Depardieu (famous French actor), Isabelle Adjani (renowned actress ), etc.

Townhouses and Private Mansions in Paris: 

Townhouses and private mansions offer a unique luxury residential experience in Paris, combining historical heritage with contemporary comfort. You can find these high-end mansions in prestigious neighborhoods such as the 16th Arrondissement and the exclusive suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, as well as some new uprising areas such as the Butte-aux-Cailles (13th district), La Mouzaïa (19th district), Campagne à Paris (20th district), Parc Montsouris (14th district). They provide generous living space, exclusive privacy, and a refined atmosphere, making them a preferred choice for affluent expatriates, celebrities, and international buyers seeking luxury residences in Paris.
Houses in La campagne à Paris, 20th district

La campagne à Paris, 20th district

Luxury services and amenities for expatriates living in Paris

In Paris, luxury services abound, offering unparalleled luxury and refinement to meet the needs of the most discerning clientele. Among these services, you'll find:

Private Concierge Services in Paris: 

Personalized concierge services in Paris go above and beyond expectations, providing 24/7 assistance to fulfill all needs, from restaurant reservations to private chauffeur services, household management, Personal shopping to special event planning.

Private Clubs in Paris:

Exclusive clubs in Paris offer an elegant and sophisticated space to relax, network, and socialize with other high-society members. These clubs often feature luxurious facilities, exclusive events, and top-notch service. Here are some of the most famous expatriate private clubs in Paris

The American Club of Paris: Founded in 1903, The American Club of Paris is one of the oldest expat clubs in Paris, which provides a welcoming environment for Americans living in Paris to socialize and hosts social events, cultural activities, and networking opportunities. The individual annual Membership is 200 €.

Saint James Paris: Situated in a 19th-century château in the upscale 16th Arrondissement in the affluent Victor Hugo neighborhood, Saint James Paris is a private club and 5-star hotel offering luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, and exclusive member privileges. It attracts a diverse international clientele, including expats, diplomats, nobles, and celebrities.

Saint James Paris, 5 Pl. du Chancelier Adenauer, 16th district (Private club in Paris)

Saint James Paris: 5 Pl. du Chancelier Adenauer, 75116 Paris

The British Institute of Paris: Founded in 1918, The British Institute of Paris is a private members' club that serves as a hub for British expats living in Paris, which offers a range of facilities and services, including a library, cultural events, and sports facilities.

Paris Country Club: Located just outside Paris in Rueil-Malmaison, the Paris Country Club is a private sports and leisure club offering golf, tennis, swimming, and fitness facilities. It provides a relaxed environment for expats and locals to socialize and stay active.

Paris Country Club (Private Club): 121 Rue du Lieutenant Colonel de Montbrison, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison

Paris Country Club: 121 Rue du Lieutenant Colonel de Montbrison, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison

Co-working Spaces: 

Paris boasts diverse co-working spaces catering to freelancers, startups, and professionals seeking flexible work environments, equipped meeting rooms, and exclusive networking events. Here are some popular co-working spaces in Paris:

WeWork: With multiple locations across Paris, WeWork offers modern and stylish co-working spaces with amenities like high-speed internet, meeting rooms, and communal areas. Each location has its unique design and atmosphere.

WeWork Paris - Coworking Space in Paris

WeWork Paris

Station F (Paris 13th): Transformed from a former railway depot in the 13th Arrondissement, Station F is the world's largest startup campus. It offers co-working spaces, offices, event venues, support services, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators.

STATION F: 5 Parv. Alan Turing, 75013 Paris

STATION F: 5 Parv. Alan Turing, 75013 Paris

Spaces: Spaces provides flexible co-working solutions with several locations throughout Paris, offering a range of amenities, including on-site cafes, meeting rooms, and networking events.

Cultural and leisure activities for a better work/life balance in Paris

Parisian Museums: A Cultural Treasure Trove

Paris is renowned for its iconic museums and a unique perspective on art, history, and culture. Here are some of the most famous museums in Paris:

  1. The Louvre: The Louvre Museum is the most iconic museum in Paris, if not the world. It is home to thousands of works of art, including the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
  2. Musée d'Orsay: Housed in a former railway station, the Musée d'Orsay features an extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir.
  3. Centre Pompidou: Known for its modern and contemporary art collections, the Centre Pompidou is a striking architectural marvel with its inside-out design, which houses works by artists like Picasso, Kandinsky, and Duchamp.
  4. Musée de l'Orangerie: Located in the Tuileries Garden, the Musée de l'Orangerie is famous for its display of Claude Monet's Water Lilies series, as well as works by other Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists.

Musée de l'Orangerie: Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris

Musée de l'Orangerie: Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris

Theater Scene in Paris: A Diverse Entertainment Hub

Paris boasts a rich theatrical tradition, with various theaters offering diverse performances ranging from classic plays to avant-garde productions. Here are some of the most recommended theaters in Paris:

Théâtre du Palais-Royal: Located on rue de Montpensier, overlooking the gardens of the Palais-Royal, the Théâtre du Palais-Royal has been a prominent venue for French theater since the 17th century. It showcases a mix of classical and contemporary productions.

Théâtre du Palais-Royal: 38 Rue de Montpensier, 1st district Paris

Théâtre du Palais-Royal: 38 Rue de Montpensier, 1st district Paris

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: Located on the luxurious avenue Montaigne near Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is known for its stunning Art Deco architecture and hosts a wide range of performances, including classical music concerts, ballets, operas, and theater productions. 95 years ago, Josephine Baker took to the stage for the first time in France, at the Théâtre desChamps-Elysées.

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: 15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: 15 Av. Montaigne, 75008 Paris

Théâtre de l'Odéon: Situated in the heart of the Saint Germin des Près neighborhood, the Théâtre de l'Odéon is one of the oldest and most prestigious theaters in Paris. Its. Its history dates back to the 18th century. It stages classic and modern plays, often focusing on thought-provoking and socially relevant themes. 

Comédie-Française (la Maison de Molière/ le Français): Founded in 1680, located in the heart of the Palais-Royal area in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, the Comédie-Française is one of the oldest active theaters in the world. It is known for its repertoire of classic French plays by Molièreas and contemporary works.

Théâtre Mogador: Known for its opulent décor and grand productions, Théâtre Mogador is a landmark venue for musical theater in Paris. Located in the heart of the lively 9th Arrondissement close to Galeries Lafayette, the Théâtre Mogador hosts popular Broadway-style musicals and large-scale productions, such as "The Lion King," "Mamma Mia!", "The Phantom of the Opera," "Chicago," "Cats," and others.

Théâtre Mogador: 25 Rue de Mogador, 9th district Paris

Théâtre Mogador: 25 Rue de Mogador, 75009 Paris

Culinary Excellence: Michelin-Starred Dining in Paris

Paris is a gastronome culinary paradise, boasting numerous Michelin-starred restaurants that offer exceptional dining experiences. There are currently 10 three-star restaurants in Paris, including Plénitude at the Cheval Blanc Paris Hotel, and Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Hotel George V. Here are some of the Michelin-starred restaurants:

Guy Savoy: Located in the museum of Monnaie de Paris, near the Seine River in the 6th district of Paris, Guy Savoy is a three-Michelin-starred restaurant known for its exquisite French cuisine and impeccable service. The restaurant offers a sophisticated dining experience with dishes crafted from the finest seasonal ingredients.

Guy Savoy (2-star Michelin restaurant in Paris): Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 6th district Paris

Restaurant Guy Savoy: Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 6th district Paris

L'Arpège: Chef Alain Passard's three-Michelin-starred restaurant is well-known for its innovative vegetable-focused cuisine, which uses vegetables from its kitchen garden. Located in the 7th district of Paris, in front of the Musée Rodin and Hôtel des Invalides, L'Arpège offers a unique dining experience where vegetables take center stage in creative and flavorful dishes.

L'Arpège (3-star Michelin restaurant in Paris): 84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

L'Arpège: 84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

Epicure: Located in the iconic Le Bristol Paris hotel in the 8th district, Epicure is a three-Michelin-starred restaurant led by Chef Eric Frechon. Known for its refined French cuisine and impeccable service, Epicure offers a luxurious dining experience in an elegant setting overlooking a lovely courtyard and garden of the hotel.

Epicure (3-start Michelin Restaurant in Paris): 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris

Epicure: 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris

Green Oasis: Parks of Paris

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in Paris's picturesque parks. Paris has several beautiful parks and gardens, offering tranquil escapes from the city's bustling streets. Here are some of the best parks in Paris:

Jardin des Tuileries: Located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st district, the Tuileries Garden is one of the most iconic parks in Paris. It features an impressive view of the Eiffel Tower. Its formal French-style layout features manicured lawns, tree-lined pathways, fountains, and statues, providing a picturesque setting for strolls and relaxation.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont: Situated in the northeastern part of Paris in the 19th district, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is known for its impressive landscape featuring cliffs, a picturesque lake, a suspension bridge, and lush greenery. It offers panoramic city views and ample space for picnics, jogging, or enjoying nature.

Buttes-Chaumont, 19th district Paris

Buttes-Chaumont, 19th district Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg: Located in the heart of the Left Bank in the 6th district of Paris, the Luxembourg Garden is a serene oasis with formal French and English-style gardens, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, and a central fountain (Fontaine Médicis). You can relax on the iconic green chairs, explore the orchard, or admire the statues and sculptures in the park.

Parc de la Villette: Located in northeastern Paris's 19th district, Parc de la Villette is known for its contemporary design and cultural attractions. The park features open green spaces, modern sculptures, themed gardens, and the iconic red follies. It also houses the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the Cité de la Musique, and the Philharmonie de Paris.

Parc de la Villette: 211 Av. Jean Jaurès, 19th district Paris

Parc de la Villette: 211 Av. Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

Parc de Vincennes: Located in the 12th district of Paris, Parc de Vincennes is one of Paris's largest parks and offers a sprawling oasis of greenery and recreation spanning over 995 acres. Home to serene lakes, lush floral gardens, and the historic Château de Vincennes, the park provides ample opportunities for strolls, outdoor activities, and cultural exploration. It has attractions like the Parc Zoologique de Paris, Floral Gardens, and numerous sports facilities, including tennis courts, yoga classes, soccer fields, basketball courts, and fitness stations.

Parc floral de Paris: Rte de la Pyramide, 12th district Paris

Parc floral de Paris: Rte de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris

Practical advice for expatriates living in Paris

Navigating the Parisian Real Estate market can be both exciting and complex. Real Estate agents can help guide you through the various apartment rental options in Paris, assist you with the documentation and the French administrations, and help you find accommodation that suits your needs and budget. 

There are also numerous specialized online Real Estate platforms where you can search for rental listings and compare rent prices and features. However, it's essential to remain vigilant and avoid common pitfalls, such as online scams like offers that seem too good to be true, or demands to pay before viewing and signing the lease. 

Here's a list of resources to assist expatriates in their search for accommodation and settling in Paris:

Online Real Estate Platforms in France:

  • Seloger: SeLoger is one of the most popular online platforms for real estate listings in France. It offers properties available for rent or purchase in Paris, including apartments, houses, and commercial properties.
  • Belles Demeures: Belles Demeures is a prestigious real estate platform specializing in luxury properties for investment in France and Paris. It features a curated selection of high-end homes, apartments, estates, and other prestigious properties. 

English-speaking Rental Real Estate for expats in Paris: 

Since 1987, PARIS RENTAL has helped over 10,000 expatriates find furnished apartment rentals in Paris or rent their properties. 

Paris Rental Agency is a specialized real estate rental agency in Paris that caters to international clients seeking accommodation in Paris. With a focus on services tailored to the needs of expats, companies, and more than 60 embassies, Paris Rental offers a wide range of furnished apartments, studios, lofts, and houses in various prestigious neighborhoods across Paris and its surroundings.

In conclusion, Paris is an exceptional destination for expatriates, offering a harmonious blend of professional opportunities, a high quality of life, and various housing options, including in Paris' business districts.

Excellent public transportation throughout Paris, coupled with taxis and Uber services, allows business executives to live near their multinational company and find recreation and leisure all over Paris in no time.

Editor: Siyi Chen