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 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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.