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Picture of the 7th Arrondissement and Eiffel Tower in Paris View of the Eiffel Tower and 7th Arrondissement of Paris

It’s a sight that will stick with you for the rest of your life: the first time you lay eyes on the magnificent Eiffel Tower rising above the rooftops of Paris. First-time visitors to the City of Lights often head to the 7th arrondissement as soon as they arrive, as this is where the Champ de Mars and the Tour Eiffel can be found. It’s a shame that some of these visitors don’t take the time to also explore the neighborhood itself, as it is one of the most beautiful areas in Paris! The 7th arrondissement is an ancient and affluent neighborhood that boasts some of the best museums in town, as well as architecture that will absolutely take your breath away.

In this article, we’ll explore the 7th arrondissement in Paris and show you what it’s like to live here as a local!

The 7th arondissement is famous for its tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and Hôtel des Invalides, as well as for its many amazing museums, such as the Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin. However, it’s also a very popular residential neighborhood in Paris. Not only because many of the apartments in the 7th Arrondissement provide splendid views of the Eiffel Tower, like this beautiful 1-bedroom rental in Invalides, but also because the area is simply one of the best residential neighborhoods in Paris. Still associated with the French nobility and upper class, this central Paris neighborhood is fittingly shaped like a diamond. It’s bordered in the north by the Seine River, to the southwest by the Avenue de Suffren, and to the southeast by the Rue de Sèvres. It’s very well connected to the other arrondissements of Paris by the Metro lines 6, 8, 10, 12 and 13, and by the RER C. This means it both provides a fantastic base to explore the city during a holiday and an ideally located home for a longer stay in Paris. Welcome to the 7th arondissement! Read the entire story here…»

 

Panorama of the 6th Arrondissement in Paris View of the 6th Arrondissement in Paris

Most visitors in Paris want to experience a bit of everything while staying in the City of Lights: a taste of the bohemian lifestyle, the best Parisian cafes, art galleries, museums, parks and more. Lucky for them, it just so happens that the 6th Arrondissement in Paris offers all of these things! It’s the epitome of life in Paris: home to famous cafes such as the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, the 6th Arrondissement comprises part of the bustling Latin Quarter. It’s also the intellectual center of the city, with its world famous universities and seat of the Senate in the beautiful Luxembourg Palace, right next to the public park Jardin du Luxembourg. The 6th Arrondissement is one of the most sought after residential neighborhoods in Paris. In this article we’ll show you what living in the 6th Arrondissement looks like!

Welcome to the 6th Arrondissement of Paris

The 6th Arrondissement of Paris includes some of the most famous areas in the city: The Latin Quarter in the northeastern part of the arrondissement, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in the area around the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Odéon area around the Odéon Theatre, the Notre-Dame-des-Champs area around the metro station of the same name, and the Luxembourg area around the Jardin du Luxembourg. Discover what it’s like to walk the streets of the 6th Arrondissement in our Latin Quarter video tour. The 6th Arrondissement is roughly bordered by the River Seine in the north, the Boulevard Saint-Michel in the east, the Boulevard du Montparnasse in the south, and the Rue de Sèvres and Rue des Saint Pères in the west. The neighborhood is easily accessible with the metro, as the 4, 10, 12 and RER B lines run right through it. Read the entire story here…»

 

View of the Champs Elysées in Paris The Champs Elysées in Paris

“La plus belle avenue du monde” or “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. This is how the Champs Elysées is known among the French. While not everyone may agree, the Champs Elysées is certainly one of the most beautiful and well-known streets of Paris. Starting at the Place de la Concorde on the right bank of the River Seine in the 8th Arrondissement, the Champs Elysées runs west towards the Place Charles de Gaulle and Arc de Triomphe. It is part of the Axe Historique, a line of landmarks that extends west from the city center of Paris.

Le Notre, the landscape architect of King Louis XV, built the Champs Elysées in 1667. The avenue was named after the Elysian Fields from Greek Mythology. During the Second Empire of Napoleon III the Champs Elysées was turned into a playground for the rich and famous, as luxurious restaurants and theaters lined the avenue. Nowadays, the avenue is still known for its fantastic theaters, cinemas and cafes. Furthermore, it has become one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.

In this article we’ll introduce you to the great avenue that is the Champs Elysées. We’ll show you some of the best places to shop, where you can find nice cafes and restaurants, and what museums and landmarks (such as the Arc de Triomphe) you can find in the area! Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of a typical street in the heart of Le Marais Typical street in the heart of Le Marais

People coming to Paris, whether they’re tourists, students, interns or professionals, all ask the same first question: where should I stay? Paris has so many fantastic neighborhoods that it can become hard to pick one. This is why we chose to highlight one of our favorite areas in Paris: Le Marais. The Marais is an amazing neighborhood that brings together the old and the modern. Its ancient winding cobblestoned streets are filled with fun boutiques, great cafes, amazing galleries and so much more. The community also embraces beautiful architecture, making it a delight to stay in the Marais during your time in Paris. Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of Paris rooftops, Montmartre and the Sacré Cœur Montmartre and the Sacré Cœur rise over Paris rooftops

One of the most famous districts in Paris is also one of the most recognizable: Montmartre with its Sacré-Cœur Basilica can be seen rising high above the Paris rooftops from across the city. The 130 meters (426 feet) high hill is famous not only for its remarkable church, but also for its bohemian past. The village within a city once was the home to artists such as Salvadar Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. The picturesque Paris neighborhood still draws millions of visitors every year. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the top things to see on a daytrip to Montmartre! Read the entire story here…»

 

Today we are going to finish up our tour of a great Paris neighborhood – the Marais. This is the second of our two-part series on the fantastic neighborhood of the Marais in Paris.  Make sure to watch the first part of our Video Tour of Le Marais in Paris.

Video Tour of Le Marais in Paris, Part 2

Rue des Rosiers

The Marais used to be an important center of Jewish Paris and is still today to a certain degree. You can see the unique Agoudas Hakehilos synagogue designed by Hector Guimard at 10 rue Pavee, just off of  des Rosiers, which used to be the one of the main Jewish streets in Paris. While many of the traditional shops have been taken over by designer boutiques, there are still some shops selling Jewish specialties. You can pick up some tasty pastries at the various Jewish bakeries or grab a falafel at the famous l’As du Falafel (34 rue des Rosiers), home to the best falafel in the world!

Further down the street is Chez Marianne (2, Rue des Hospitalières-Saint-Gervais, on the corner at rue des Rosiers), a better option for a sit down meal. Here, patrons can make their own tasting menu of Eastern Mediterranean delicacies such as hummus, grilled eggplant and vine-leaf dolmas. The kitsch art adds to the charm of this restaurant. Read the entire story here…»

 

Today we are going to check out one of most historic (but also one of the coolest!) areas of Paris – the Marais. Refined 16th century mansions, peaceful gardens, Jewish delicatessens, ultra-trendy boutiques and the lively gay district show the great range of the Marais which has something for everyone!

Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: Le Marais – Part 1 (6:16)

History and Landmarks

The Marais, the French word for ‘marsh’, is located north of the Seine, sandwiched between Place de la Bastille, Place de la Republique and Les Halles. Its swamp lands were drained in the mid-1500s and the area was quickly bought up by aristocrats to build their elegant city mansions or hotels particuliers. The area was abandoned in the 18th century when the nobles started gravitating towards the west of the city.  The Marais would have seen the wrecking ball if it hadn’t been for a campaign led by the Minister of Culture, Andre Malraux, in the 1960s to save the area’s heritage. Today the Marais is one of the loveliest and trendiest areas of Paris. Read the entire story here…»

 

Welcome to the final leg of our 3 part series on the great Paris neighborhood, La Bastille. We invite you to catch-up with Part 1 of our Video Tour of Bastille and Part 2 of our Video Tour of Bastille.

Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: Bastille – Part 3 (5:44)

Shopping Scene

The area east of Place de la Bastille is known as the Faubourg Saint Antoine. Along rue de Faubourg Saint Antoine you are able to find some French chain fashion stores, but if you get off the main drag you can find all sorts of cool little boutiques scattered around the area.

And if you are headed north away from Bastille towards Place de la Republique don’t miss the cool concept store Merci, located at 111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003, where you can find used books, designer and haute couture clothes and mega discounts – and all profits go to charity! Read the entire story here…»

 

Foire de Paris Logo Foire de Paris Logo

Each spring, over 500,000 visitors flock to Paris’s Porte de Versailles convention center to enjoy the Foire de Paris—that is, the Paris Home Show.  And yet, there is so much more to this gathering than just items for the home.  2,500 exhibitors arrive to show their goods, which include everything from furniture to tools to organic food to music to cars to gadgets to toys to housewares.  The Foire de Paris, which has been held annually since 1904, is the perfect place to see what’s new in any number of fields.

A visit to the Foire de Paris is a treat for the entire family. This year’s show slogan is “Y’a d’la joie!”  Roughly translated, it means “There is joy!” And truly, the show is all about making your world a pleasanter place to live in.  The fair is broken into three exhibitions: Home and Environment, Well-Being and Leisure, and World of Cultures.  Whether you are looking to organize or beautify your home, improve your health and recreation, or simply enjoy food, arts, clothing, and culture from around the world, the Foire de Paris offers you more options than you can imagine. Read the entire story here…»

 

This is the 2nd of our 3 part series on the neighborhood of Bastille in Paris. Check out Part 1 of our Video Tour of Bastille, and Part 3 of our Video Tour of Bastille. You can also watch them on our YouTube channel.  In this video we are going to continue our stroll through the Bastille and present more of the opportunities that this wonderful neighborhood holds.

Paris Neighborhood Video Tour: Bastille – Part 2 (5:45)

Bercy (boulevard de Bercy 75012)

If you head a little south-east past Gare de Lyon you’ll reach the Bercy Stadium, a large sports complex and concert venue. Covered by steps and diagonal slabs of grass, this is a favorite hang out for many skateboarders. However, if you walk a little further to the east, you’ll come up to a nice park and a few more lesser-known places in Paris. Read the entire story here…»