Neuilly-sur-Seine Neuilly is the chic suburb of Paris. It is located in the Hauts-de-Seine department, near the 16th arrondissement of Paris and on the edge of the verdant Bois de Boulogne. Luxurious residences, gardens, terraces, and quality shops are all parts of this posh residential town. The Bagatelle district has beautiful places like the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Acclimatation Garden, and the rue de Longchamp, its shops and restaurants. With metro line 1, it is easy to get to the center of Paris or to La Défense, headquarters of many international companies, in a few minutes.
The Tuileries district in the 1st arrondissement of Paris is known for the Tuileries Garden which separates the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde. It takes its name from the tile factories that stood there in the 16th century. The apartments on rue de Rivoli are highly coveted.
The Louvre district is one of the most beautiful places in Paris. Bordered by the Seine, it offers beautiful perspectives while strolling on the Pont des Arts, always romantic, even without its padlocks. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Carrousel du Louvre for cultural shopping are popular addresses.
The Champs-Elysées district links the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde and is distinguished mainly by its famous “avenue des Champs-Elysées.” On the sides of this Royal Route of the 8th arrondissement, the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais stand majestic in the center of the Champs-Elysées gardens and their splendid fountains. The “golden triangle” is a wealthy sector where Grand Luxury Hotels, worldly-brand boutiques, and magnificent buildings with spacious and apartments stand side by side. This district is the symbolic area of national events and celebrations, such as the July 14th parade, which appears on screens around the world. What could be more desirable than renting a prestigious furnished apartment around the most beautiful avenue in the world for an exceptional Parisian life?
Place de la Madeleine being fairly central and well served, it is a daily crossing point for many Parisians. Named with the church Madeleine that is located in the center of Paris, it was Napoleon who owed this monument, which was originally built in 1806 to commemorate the glory of his army. Place de la Madeleine is one of the flagship places of Parisian shopping, There you will find the shops of famous brands specializing in gastronomy. While strolling on the very chic Place de la Madeleine, you will discover the Galerie de la Madeleine, it is a very elegant architecture with two beautiful caryatids adorn the main entrance, it houses many luxury brands and food shops allowing a gourmet break.
With its small pedestrian and cobbled streets, the Montorgueil district in the 2nd arrondissement has great charm. To walk in this district is above all to immerse yourself in the rich and old history of the Halles de Paris, a vast market which for 8 centuries fed Paris and Parisians, before leaving definitively for Rungis in 1969. The main artery, rue Montorgueil, brings together fruit and vegetable shops, bars, shops, and restaurants. At n° 38 of the street, there is “L'escargot Montorgueil”, Guitry, Proust, Dali’s favorite cuisine in the 20th century. Admire the ceiling at the entrance and the painting that adorned Sarah Bernhardt’s dining room!
Located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum, the Stock Exchange district takes its name from the famous Palais Brongniart. Former headquarters of the Paris Stock Exchange, it gives this district a unique economic dynamism. Following the installation of numerous banks between the Boulevard des Italiens and the Rue de Rivoli, the district has become the financial center of Paris. The majesty of the Bourse building contrasts with the animation of the Grands Boulevards bordered by cafes and shows.
The Temple district is a historic district of Paris. Located in the 3rd arrondissement it is part of the Marais. It owes its name to the order of the Templars who founded the Temple House there. Several streets in the neighborhood (rue du Temple, rue Vieille-du-Temple, ...) recall its origin. This district is known for vintage fashion because there are many thrift stores and boutiques of young designers. The Carreau du Temple is the last vestige of this emblematic place. Built in 1628, the Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest market in Paris. It takes its name from the Hospice des Enfants Rouges, an orphanage created a century ago by Marguerite de Valois, sister of François 1er and in which each child was dressed in a red cape.
The 11th arrondissement of Paris where is located in the famous Bastille and Republic squares is a district with the popular atmosphere characteristic of the city of Paris. This is also where one can discover the trendy Canal St-Martin. It is one of the least touristy districts of the capital despite its major role in the history of Paris and France during the French Revolution and the many workers' revolts of the 19th century. Today, however, it is a lively place with many bars and restaurants around the Place de la République and on the tree-lined borders of the Saint-Martin canal.
The Marais takes its name from an ancient marsh rehabilitated since the 12th century. This historic district is one of the most visited in the capital, namely for its treasures in architecture and the atmosphere it exudes. Mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries were converted into internationally renowned museums (Picasso Museum Paris, Victor Hugo's house, Carnavalet museum, etc.). Also, the oldest place in Paris, Place des Vosges, is a masterpiece of balance and elegance. In the past, this area was the Jewish quarter of Paris, and it still includes a large number of kosher restaurants, especially in the rue des Rosiers. Last, lots of bars, shops, and gay clubs flourish in the Marais, which makes it the most prominent and artistic gay district in France.
Like Île Saint-Louis, Île de la Cité is one of the natural islands of Paris on the Seine. Ile de la Cité, formerly Letèce, is located in the center of old Paris. It offers views not to be missed: Pont Neuf, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, Concierge, Pont de l'Archevêché)...near the river bank, we will find the outer wall of Notre-Dame de Paris, from one bridge to another, and in the evening, we can admire the lights on the Seine. Îlede la Cité is also an ideal picnic place to drink water and enjoy the euphoric atmosphere of summer evenings.
Ile Saint-Louis is a haven of tranquility nestled in the heart of Old Paris. A privileged residential area since the 17th century, the islet has retained its sumptuous mansions, its architectural oneness, and the sedate atmosphere of a small bourgeois small town within Paris. You can spend a whole day on this tiny island of just 11 hectares with only eight streets and four docks. And remember to stop at Maison Berthillon, a family-run establishment founded in 1954, which is one of the best ice cream maker in the world.
The Latin Quarter is the historic heart of the French capital, as well as the heart of Parisian intellectual life. Situated in the 5th arrondissement, left bank of the Seine, the Latin Quarter owes its name to the fact that education in universities such as the Sorbonne was taught in Latin. Five beautiful sites make up this district: the St Michel Fountain, rue de la Huchette (the main artery of this district), the Museum of Cluny for the Middle Ages, the Sorbonne University and the Pantheon.
Located in the 5th and 6th arrondissement of the city on the left bank of the Seine, the Saint Michel district borders the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain des Prés. A place of meeting for Parisians and tourists, the Place Saint Michel arbors a monumental fountain. The imposing statue of the Archangel Saint Michael fighting a dragon aims to represent the good and evil. Place Saint Michel offers a perspective on several historic sites: Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Palais de Justice, and the Louvre Museum.
Nestled in the heart of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, this very chic and trendy district has always been a Mecca of Parisian intellectual life and is full of small bookstores, art galleries and emblematic cafes including the Flora, once frequented by writers like Hemingway. On the little square, Fürstenberg is the Eugène Delacroix Museum which actually settled in the old apartment occupied by the romantic painter from 1857 until his death in 1863. In this district, you will also find the Luxembourg garden, the National School of Fine Arts, the Mint Museum, the Odéon theater as well as the Saint-Sulpice and Saint-Germain churches.
The Odeon district stands in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, it revolves around the Théâtre De L'Odéon north of the Luxembourg garden and touches the Boulevard Saint Germain. It is known as the publishers' district. The crossroad of the Odéon opens onto the Cour du Commerce Saint-André: this passage with uneven paving stones shelters vestiges of the enclosure of Philippe-Auguste and the oldest café in Paris, the Procope, opened in 1688. Are you looking for the theater of Europe - formerly named Odeon Theater until 1990? There is little risk of missing it: this temple of the Age of Enlightenment shines in the center of the Place de l'Odéon since 1792.
Surrounded by the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse, the Luxembourg district is a vital capital site. Amateurs of history will discover the 25 hectares Luxembourg Garden created on the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612, the Senate, the Luxembourg Museum, the Orangery, and the Pantheon. Since the French Revolution, this monument honors important figures who marked the history of France. Also, to be admired are the Observatory, the Institute of Art and Archeology, the Val-de-Grâce Hospital, the Saint-Sulpice church ...
This district of Invalides brings together the Hôtel National des Invalides, Le Palais-Bourbon which hosts the National Assembly, the Champ-de-Mars, the museums of Orsay, and Rodin, the Military School and the Pont Alexandre III. The Hôtel National des Invalides is a Parisian monument, the construction of which was ordered by Louis XIV, to house the invalids of his armies. Today, it still welcomes invalids, but also the Saint-Louis des Invalides cathedral, several museums, and a military necropolis within particular the tomb of Napoleon I.
From the Champ-de-Mars, the majestic facade of the Ecole Militaire is impressive. Built during the reign of Louis XV, these 18th-century buildings bring together higher military education organizations with the Institute of Higher National Defense Studies. They are open to visits during "Patrimoine Days." Behind the front building and its beautiful façade, the horse-riding "Manege" of the Military School welcomes primarily, but not only, active soldiers, their families as well as nationals of the Ministry of the Armed Forces.
Located in the 7th arrondissement center and overlooking the chic districts, the Eiffel Tower is a real pleasure to discover for expatriates and newcomers to the Parisian capital. Created for the Universal Exhibition of 1887-1889, this controversial monument during its installation has become the emblem of Paris. The Eiffel Tower rests on the Champs de Mars gardens, facing the Ecole Militaire on one side and the Jardins du Trocadéro across the Seine. Quiet and green, this district is very coveted.
The Saint-Augustin district is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, around L'Eglise Saint-Augustin, at the crossroads of boulevards Malesherbes and Haussmann. Built between 1860 and 1871, the church transformed this district, once nicknamed "Little Poland" because of the poverty of the environment. During the Second Empire, thanks to Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann, we owe the remodeling of this district, which quickly became the bourgeois district that we know today.
Parisians go from one arrondissement to the other by crossing the magnificent Parc Monceau, a haven of calm and convivial atmosphere, where joggers, readers on benches, children running on the lawn co-exist comfortably. This residential district has beautiful Haussmannian buildings with prestigious apartments, perfect for expatriates of embassies, and for business executives who like to entertain clients in a high-style. In this upscale neighborhood, the nightlife is calm, but the Champs Elysées is just a stone's throw away, with their starred restaurants, bars, cinemas, and theatres.
The Palais Garnier is the essential monument of the district: magnificent facade, marble columns, gilding, grand statues ... It was created by Charles Garnier and the performance hall is a symbol of the Second Empire. The entire district is emblematic of Haussmannian Paris, with its grand boulevards, its recognizable buildings ... Don't forget the Fragonard perfume museum, the Grévin museum, the galleries, and covered passages. With the department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the Opera district is also the meeting place for shopaholics.
The area is located in the northeast of the 9th arrondissement of Paris, bordering Boulevard de Rochechouart, Rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière, and Rue La Fayette. Its name is linked to two arteries: Avenue Trudaine, named after the merchant’s former Provost; and Rue Maubeuge. Anvers Metro Station is located on Rochechouart Avenue and is named after Square d'Anvers. The Turgot Square, formerly Turgot, was renamed in 1877 and is located in the former slaughterhouse. This station leads to the Montmartre cable car, it is the closest to the Sacré-Cœur.
Canal St.Martin it is a 4.55km long canal that originally intended to provide drinking water in the capital. Canal St.Martin district has attracted 1,500 boats from 26 countries every year. The Port de l'Arsenal near Place de la Bastille is the main home port for ships passing through Paris. Its 180 locations are permanently occupied by ships, half of which are reserved throughout the year. The port was re-developed in 1983 and was the starting point of the Canal Saint-Martin, which leads all the way to the Bassin de la Villette. In fine weather, the Canal Saint-Martin district is a popular site for Parisian people to go picnicking and walking.
The Bastille district offers many faces: popular, boho, arty ... With its many cafes, bars and restaurants (particularly in the rue de la Roquette), it is a must for Parisian evenings. Many curiosities are worth discovering, at the head of the podium the Bastille Opera then the Place de la Bastille, one of the most beautiful squares in Paris, created in 1803. It was built in place of the fortress of the Bastille destroyed on July 14, 1789. In this district, we find one of the most typical markets of Paris where a popular Paris and a boho clientele mix: the Beauvau market (or Aligre market). A stone's throw from the Bastille, the Arsenal basin, a former freight port, links the Saint-Martin canal to the Seine. Today it is dedicated to yachting. With its terraced garden, it is a privileged place for a stopover or an original stroll among boaters.
La Butte aux Cailles is one of the areas in Paris that has managed to preserve the rural soul. Butter dogs, often overlooked by tourists, are ideal for walkers. Here you will not find Haussmannian buildings or large avenues, but charming little houses and cobblestone streets. However, the calm maintained here today contrasts with the turbulence that Bart O. Kayes has experienced in the past. This neighborhood is indeed a scene of roadblocks with a long history, just like the bloodshed during the Paris Commune in 1871.
The Montparnasse tower dominates the district from the top of its 210 meters! Located north of the 14th arrondissement of Paris, this district has been frequented by many major artists of the 20th century: Picasso, Soutine, Foujita, Modigliani, Brancusi, Braque, Man Ray ... From this rich past, Montparnasse has kept workshops artists, famous cafes and brasseries (the Closerie des Lilas, the Dôme, the Coupole ...). The cultural offer is important with several museums and places to walk: Paris Montparnasse - Top of the City, the Montparnasse cemetery, the Bourdelle Museum, the Catacombs, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art ...
At the heart of the district, the vast Place Denfert-Rochereau, formerly called Place d'Enfer, and its colossal Lion of Belfort pay tribute to the valor shown by the Alsatians during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Not far from there is find the catacombs of Paris, these old underground quarries were transformed into an ossuary at the end of the 18th century with the transfer of the remains of six million Parisians. Close to the square, the long avenue René Coty leads straight to Parc Montsouris. A few steps from the square is also the Paris Observatory, the oldest astronomical observatory in the world.
For tourists to the capital, the convention is certainly not a necessary passage. But this part of the 15th arrondissement symbolizes a sometimes forgotten aspect of Parisian life: everyday life. There is a fair balance between chic and cost-effective deals. The area resists the appearance of big brands and supermarkets, with deli shops, home furnishings, including brunch or movie theaters. Georges Brassens settled there because of this peace and sweetness of life. The park that pays tribute to him is a quiet corner that uses its space to give life to the surrounding environment.
Until 1824, Grenelle was just a vast sandy plain, where the rabbit was the king. Besides, the name of Grenelle is a derivative of Garanella, meaning "Little Warren" (hence the name Garenne Rabbit). Here, the residents are mainly farmers, grape growers, artisans, taverns, and workers working in a quarry not far away. Today, the Grenache district is known for its high-rise apartment buildings and brand new shopping centers, rather than its long history.
The name of bleach is no coincidence, it does come from the Javel district. This powerful disinfectant was then produced in the factory in the village of Javel in the 18th century. From 1914 to 1975, it was especially the Citroën factories that marked the history of the district. Several notable buildings bear witness to the rapid development of the district at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries: the Saint-Christophe-de-Javel church built around 1930, and a stone's throw from the imposing buildings of the former National Printing Office, recently rehabilitated, constituting a beautiful example of industrial architecture.
The former small village of Wagrad, south of the City Hall in the 15th arrondissement, comes alive between the station of the same name and the Gate of Versailles. Its two main axes are the elegant shopping streets of Vaugirard and de la Convention. It also has some pretty paths, lined with rustic houses and more modern lofts. Cinemas, Silvia Monfort Theatre, Sports Palace, numerous shops, green spaces, and leisure venues make Vogelad a popular area. In the Pasteur area, you can certainly find the famous Pasteur Institute, which was founded by Louis Pasteur in 1887, who is at the forefront of the fight against infectious diseases.
La Muette, like Passy and Ranelagh, away from traditional tourist circuits, are indeed emblematic districts of Paris: the chic Paris of buildings and luxury stores. And yet, barely 150 years ago, they were still independent villages of the capital, which had known how to attract aristocracy and artists ... When you take the rue de l'Annonciation, once you reach the end, you will fall face to face with the Passy covered market. Very appreciated by gourmands for its plethora of good fresh and varied products. At 47 rue Raynouard, you will find the Maison de Balzac, home to a museum dedicated to Honoré de Balzac.
It is located in the 16th arrondissement between Bois de Boulogne and the Seine, and is full of streets with private villas and flowers. For centuries, this place has been a holiday destination for wealthy Parisians, which contains many precious little gems. For example, the magnificent glass greenhouse built in 1761 and its lush tropical plants are the ideal place to start a new day. There is also Boileau Street, which runs through the Auteuil district from north to south with its many Art Nouveau buildings. The treasures on this street are off the beaten track, but they are equally indispensable: it is the small village of Boileau. Boileau has his house there, and Molière often visits him to write and discuss.
Bois de Boulogne is the hunting ground of the King of France and has become the largest recreational place in western Paris. One of the lungs of the capital covers an area of 850 hectares, including Bagatelle Park, Auteuil Greenhouse Garden, Pate-Catelan, and Jardin d'Acclimatation. It offers many pedestrians, 28 kilometers of bridle paths, and 15 kilometers of bicycle tours. There are many facilities to meet the needs of the public: children’s play area, herbal museum, picnic area, bicycle rental service in Lower Lake, racecourses in Auteuil and Longchamp, restaurants, Théâtrede Verdure...
The Trocadéro district is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. From the esplanade of the Trocadero, Parisians and tourists can enjoy an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower, which seems just at hand. Bordered by the famous Palais de Chaillot, home to the Chaillot National Theater of contemporary dance, and by the Navy Museum and the Museum of Man, the esplanade is an incredible place to visit or to meet. A wooded park surrounds the Trocadéro fountains, a joy for Parisians and tourists in need of refreshment on hot days. “Le Trocadéro” quartier hosts many Embassies and Government Institutions in prestigious Haussmannian buildings and Mansions. Finally, access to the Trocadéro district is quick and easy thanks to its metro lines and the RER, just across the Seine. The Trocadero district offers many exciting sights, entertainment, and yet is rather quiet thanks to wide avenues.
Place Victor Hugo in Paris is located in the 16th arrondissement, which is the largest district in the French capital in terms of surface area. It is also the area with the most consulates and embassies. There are also many museums: the Museum of Modern Art, the Marmottan Monet Museum, and the Palais de Galeria. Victor Hugo (Victor Hugo) avenue spans the entire northern part of the district, from Paris Square (Etoile) to Porte de la Muette (Porte de la Muette), nearly two kilometers, is one of the most prestigious avenues in Paris.
A stone's throw from the Champs-Elysées, on the border of the Hauts-de-Seine department, this district is full of many little treasures to discover. Between Sainte-Odile Square, the Flower Market, Salle Pleyel, Espace Champerret ... everyone will find what they are looking for in the heart of this district which has become one of the most coveted in the capital. It is a very commercial district, promoting the big brands, at the gates of Paris and very close to the Bois de Boulogne. At the same time posh and warm, the streets prove to be very lively, in particular thanks to the proximity of the markets, like the one with flowers enthroned on the Place des Ternes.
Wagram District is located in the 17th district of Paris. Located between Ternes and Villers, the Wagram metro station remains in the heart of the Plaine Monceau. You will find apartments in magnificent buildings in a quiet neighborhood while enjoying local shops. Under Ancien Régime, the current Monceau Plain was the main hunting ground annexed by Paris in 1860. The area was urbanized under the impetus of the Pereire brothers (industrialists, bankers, and politicians), who completely changed the area. The privileged housing area consists only of private hotels.
You will find the Batignolles district in the east of the 17th arrondissement, between Place Clichy and Parc Monceau. The central point of Batignolles is undoubtedly the Place du Dr. Félix Lobligeois. The whole life of the district revolves around this adorable little square reminiscent of a village: a fountain, restaurant terraces set up under the lime trees, a bakery, an ice cream parlor, and the pretty little Sainte-Marie des Batignolles. The Batignolles organic market, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers organic products directly from the producer. Behind the Sainte-Marie des Batignolles church lies the adorable Square des Batignolles, which is a delight for locals with its well-kept lawns, centenary trees, public benches, and duck pond.
Montmartre is a district of the 18th arrondissement with authentic charm, famous for its magnificent view of Paris and the Sacré-Coeur basilica at the top of the Butte Montmartre, at an altitude of 130 m. The top of the hill is discovered by taking the funicular. The more athletic climb the 222 steps through Square Louise Michel. One of the most famous squares in the capital is Place du Tertre. It is here that the most famous artists, such as Picasso, who lived there at the time, and where painters by the dozen meet today, have been meeting here since the 20th century. This square also symbolizes the center of the ancient village of Montmartre, where one can admire old houses dating from the 13th century.
Courbevoie is modern and developed, even though its historical heritage is not much, but it has witnessed the history of the city for hundreds of years. Culturally, it also offers some activities during the year. Courbevoie has two famous museums. The first one is dedicated to the Cossack regiment of the Russian Emperor’s Guard, and the second one is a memorial to the return of Napoleon I. “Les Fous Rires” de Courbevoie is a comedy festival held in January. There are more festivals for June, October and December, it is indeed a vivid neighborhood to live in.