Writing about Paris is a daunting task – didn’t know what I was getting into when I started this post. Needless to say, this is a work in Progress – check back for updates – I will complete this one (and the separate detailed arrondissement posts) soon.
What can I say about Paris that other people haven’t said before? There’s a reason Paris had 29 million tourists who brought in 39.5 million Euros of income to the city in 2012. There was an increase of 0.2% in hotel stays, and this number does not account for sites like Airbnb, Couchsurfing, or Homeaway. Tourism in Paris has grown despite the grim economic climate in Europe because it is an amazing city. Sure, it’s touristy; but not in the painfully unbearable way that Versailles or Venice are. One can traverse the streets of Paris and enjoy even the most popular sites without feeling asphyxiated. Even the most jaded traveler has the potential to fall in love with this city. The food is fantastic and with just a little research one can find some true jewels (and some killer deals). There’s amazing music, art, and nightlife. Best of all, Parisians are quite nice. Tourists just think they are assholes because they are much like New Yorkers, efficient. This post is going to be a big one. Paris is a big city, so be patient and don’t worry. You can come back to this post as many times as you want. As I wrote I decided to break it down into smaller posts, so for example, each arrondissement will get its own post…I’ll link out to them as I write them. Basta cliccare attraverso per ottenere il suo informazioni.
I advice that if you go to Paris, you spend a minimum of 14 days there. Between the jet lag (7 hour flight – 6 hour time difference) you will lose 2 days (travel day & adjustment day). I suggest you DON’T stay in a hotel. Paris may have the worst hotels in the world. They are crappy and they are expensive. Also, Paris is not a cheap city, which means that if you don’t have a kitchen, you will end up broke after your hotel breakfast. On top of this, Parisians don’t do eggs for breakfast. I promise, you will be done with pastries after day 7 in Paris. Rent an apartment with a kitchen in your chosen arrondissement and get to know just that area. This (in my opinion) is the best way to get to know Paris. Don’t try to see all the sights, just get to know the sights in your arrondissement. This will make for a much more pleasant trip AND will force you to come back to get to know the city in full.
Before you head to “La Ville-Lumière” you need to figure out what you want to experience and where to go. Paris is divided into arrondissements each with its own personality. below is a breakdown of each arrondissement (and a clip from Paris, Je t’aime -awesome film):
1st – Il Louvre – Situato sulla riva destra della Senna, this is one of the most touristy spots in the city of Paris (yet the one with the least residents). I would not necessarily “stay” in the 1st, but you will definitely want to visit. The 1st is now considered to be the center of the city (it used to be the Ile de la Cite). I happen to love this area, and I think this has a lot to do with my love of art, architecture, and history. Esso è suddiviso in quattro quartieri:
- Quartier Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois: If you have been reading this blog, you know I’m a bit of a church fanatic (in the architectural sense). This quarter bears the name of Saint-Germais-l’Auxerrois che dovete assolutamente visitare. This arrondissement is also home to the Louvre and the Tuilerie gardens which are both spectacular. Needless to say, this area is quite touristy. In fact, the people who live here mostly live in Ile de la Cite, Sebastopol and the Rue Amiral-de-Coligny.
- Quartier des Halles: Costruito durante il Medioevo, this is one of the oldest Parisian Arrondissements. A “Les Halles” is what we in the US consider a Farmer’s Market. If you’re from Latin America, then this is a “Galeria”. Les Halles was Paris’ ginormous farmers’ market, which unfortunately, was replaced in the late 60’s by a hideous underground mall. I really dislike the new building. Mi ricorda quello che è successo a New York con McKim, Mead & White’s Penn Station. I get why they moved Les Halles, but I don’t have to like it. The new Les Halles is located in Rungis. Skip Les Halles and head over to Saint-Eustache Chiesa, it is gorgeous.
- Quartier du Palais-Royal: This is where government happens. The Palais-Royal arrondissement holds the Culture Ministry, the Constitutional Council of France and the Council of State. It also houses the Comédie Française (Paris’ state theater) and the Palais Royal theatre.
- Quartier de la Place-Vendôme: La Place Vendome è impressionante (if you’re rich). Actually it’s awesome regardless. This area has some of the best window shopping anywhere. La Place Vendome houses some of the most luxurious shopping in Paris. It of course houses La Place Vendome with its famous equestrian sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte.
2nd – La Borsa – This one is tiny, and the central business district of the city. It also houses some great food and clothes shopping.
- Quartier Gaillon: Prende il nome da un ex albergo e cancello e vanta la proprietà a Rue de la Paix, one of the prettiest streets in Paris. It also houses The old Salle Ventadour, a former Parisian theater, is now the Bank of France. Passage de Choiseul is the longest covered walkway in Paris, between the Rue des Petits Champs and rue Saint-Augustin. It was under serious disrepair but has now been restored and looks lovely. From there, you can easily reach the Bouffes-Parisiens theater.
- Quartier Vivienne: As you stroll Vivienne’s streets, you will run into the Stock Exchange (La Bourse) and the Galerie Vivienne – another shopping passage like Passage de Choiseul. Vivienne houses Jean-Paul Gaultier and Yuki Torii. If you’re into churches, check out the 17th Century Basilica Notre-Dame des Victoires and the Opéra-Comique theatre.
- Quartier Mail: This quarter houses the uber fashionable Place des Victoires which commemorates Louis XIV’s reign and of course his victories. It of course has an equestrian statue of the victorious King.
- Quartier Bonne Nouvelle: Prende il nome dal non più esistente Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle (it has been replaced by a neo-classical structure), questo quartiere ospita la medievaleJean sans Peur tower which was named after John the Fearless, the Burgundian Duke. The tower is a great workout for your tush (300 steps) AND has some very whimsical details worth seeing.
3rd – Il Tempio – Located on the right bank of the Seine, this is the historic heart of Paris. The arrondissement was designed when Charles V extended the town. It is named after the Templiers. This is a good place to live like a local, it is quite residential and includes the Marais. There are lots of restaurants, cafes, e luoghi pieni di storia tra cui ilMusée Carnavalet, Hôtel de Soubise.
- Quartier Arts-et-Métiers: Prende il nomeConservatory of Arts and Crafts. The building was an abbey, and its purpose is to promote science and “matters”. Questa zona ospita il XV Hotel Louis a Saint-Martin viale.
- Quartier Enfants-Rouges: Named after the hospital that housed orphans who wore red. Its main attraction is the Marché du Temple, a gorgeous building that houses lots of specialty shops. The Marche des Enfants Rouges is a must for foodies.
- Quartier Archives: Questo quartiere ospita gli archivi nazionali e la Bibilothèque de Paris, nonché l'ex Couvent des Minimes. The Rue des Francs-Bourgeois has some lovely old structures that make for great photo ops.
- Quartier Sainte-Avoye: This is where money was made in Paris, the “little industry of Paris”. The neighborhood is marked by 18th century façades, la casa di Nicolas Flamel, Rue Chapon and Rue du Temple..
4th – Hotel de Ville / Marais – Located on the right bank of the Seine, this is probably where you will run into the most tourists since it houses the famous Notre-Dame, L’Hotel de Ville, the Pompidou Center, and the Marais quarter Needless to say, if you stay here, it will cost you. Troverete anche l'Hôtel de Sully, Rue des Rosiers and the Jewish Quartier, Beaubourg, Le Marais, Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville, Mémorial de la Shoah, l’atelier Brancusi, Place des Vosges, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Saint-Jacques Tower and Parisian island Île Saint-Louis.
- Quartier Saint-Merri: Questa zona è vecchio e molto residenziale. It houses structures from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries including the Hotel de Ville. The original was built in 1357, but was rebuilt after a fire between 1874 and 1885. Hotel de Ville square (Place de Grève) was an execution spot during the Middle Ages. Piazza Hotel de Ville è una zona pedonale e un luogo dove ci sono spesso feste e concerti.
- Quartier Saint-Gervais: Questo è il posto per verificare palazzi splendidi e vecchi alberghi. In the Middle Ages, this was the residential area where nobles lived.
- Quartier de l’Arsenal: Prende il nome dal arsenale reale, che è stato intorno dal 1533 but was transformed into the Arsenal Library in 1757. It is also home to the Arsenal Harbor (Bassin de l’Arsenal).
- Quartier Notre-Dame: I’m pretty sure you know what it was named after. It is made up of part of the City Island, and the entire Saint Louis Island. When you go, hit up the catacombs below Notre Dame, there’s never a line and it’s super cool.
- Le Marais: This is not a “real” quartier, ma uno storico che spands tra il 3 ° e 4 ° arrondissement. It’s like Greenwich village, there are tons of bars, restaurants, and squares. It also holds the Chinese quarter, the gay quarter and the artists quarter. Questo è dove tutto ilcool kids hang out,
5th – Pantheon/Latin Quarter- Questo è sulla riva sinistra della Senna e le case dei Sorbonne (which I plan to attend when I finally make my move to Paris). The 5th was built by the Romans and was named the “Quartier Latin” in the Middle Ages when it became the center of learning. È ancora possibile trovare resti romani e alcune chiese impressionante comeSaint Etienne du Mont and Saint Séverin churches. Poiché la maggior parte del college / università sono zone, the Latin Quarter is filled with cafes and boutiques. In its heyday, Molière e Artaud erano abituali della zona. If you are a bibliophile, take a walk on Quai de Montebello and Boulevard Saint Michel.
- Quartier Saint Victor: Expect to see Sorbonne students walking the streets, many of them live here. While you’re here check out Saint Nicolas-du-Chardonnet church. The Arènes de Lutèce è un super cool anfiteatro gallo-romano.
- Quartier du Jardin des Plantes: the National Museum of Natural History ha alcuni splendidi giardini. Saint-Médard and theGrande Mosquée de Paris make for some really cool sight seeing.
- Quartier du Val de Grâce: Val de Grace is a military French hospital, it is kind of amazing. Fu commissionato dalla regina Anna d'Austria, wife of Louis XIII. She wanted to show the Virgin gratitude for finally granting her a child after 23 years. It’s a gorgeous example of Baroque architecture…and you know, if it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it (I did mention I was an art history geek, right?)
- Quartier de la Sorbonne: This quarter is near the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Sorbonne university, and stands on Montagne Sainte Geneviève. Questo quartiere ha alcune delle migliori scuole e prestigioso insieme alPanthéon, La Sorbonne, Collège de France, and the oldest tree in Paris in Square René-Viviani.
6th – Lussemburgo – This is right in Paris’s center to the left of the Seine. Ci sono strutture qui che risalgono al tempo dei Romani. Its Medieval streets house some of the best shops in Paris: mom & pops, boutiques, and high end clothing shops. Think of Luxembourg as an amalgam of the 5th & 7th. You can find yourself in a quiet, serene street then walk a few blocks and be immersed in the buzz of Paris’s students. This is a highly residential district.
- Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés: It houses the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts, which means that you may run into the next big artist. There are tons of antique shops, art dealers, and really cool museums (like the Delacroix Museum, it’s the home where he died). You may run into the site of the Saint-Germain des Prés abbey. All that remains of it is the church, but stop by. It was a site of learning in its time and has a great history. This area was frequented by the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre, Alberto Giacometti, Simone de Beauvoir, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Boris Vian. It is also the site of the former home of the Queen Margot. There are lots of tourists here, but the area is not over-crowded. You will not be bored here, ever.
- Quartier de la Monnaie: Books, Books, Books! You will find every kind of book shop, the tiny antique sellers, as well as Paris’ largest book sellers. Si vuole controllare l'Hôtel de la Monnaie e il Palais de l'Institut.
- Quartier de l’Odéon: The 17th Century Saint-Sulpice church is a must see here. The Rue des Augustins houses the convent where Louis XIII was enthroned. Picasso dipinse Guernica su questa strada (maybe you’ll get inspired). Most importantly, get yourself to the Jardin du Luxembourg.
- Notre-Dame-des-Champs: If you happen to need a priest outfit, you can most likely find it here. Consider this Paris’ religious quarter. You’ll find that rosary your grandma asked you to bring back here. Take a walk on Rue du Montparnasse and Rue d’ Assas.
7th – Palais-Bourbon – Questo è situato sulla sponda sud della Senna. E 'il più famoso per la Torre Eiffel e ospita l'Assemblée Nationale nonché varie ambasciate. You will pay more for hotels, restaurants and bars in this area.
- Quartier Saint-Thomas d’Aquin: One of the fanciest areas in Paris, lots of rich and important people live here.
- Quartier des Invalides: Houses the Hotel des Invalides, the Palais Bourbon, and the Chamber of Deputies, is also to be found in this quarter.
- Quartier de l’Ecole-Militaire: Probably the least attractive in Paris, but it does have a few jewels such as houses in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI architectural styles.
- Quartier du Gros-Caillou: Casa della Torre Eiffel e il Parc du Champ de Mars, it’s lovely.
8th – Élysée – Questo si prende residenza, sulla riva destra della Senna e prende il nome Les Champs Elysées, questo viale si estende da Place de la Concorde a Place Charles de Gaulle (Les Champs Elysées). Qui si trova la più antica stazione della metropolitana di Parigi, Franklin-D-Roosevelt. I residenti della zona sono sicuramente più benestanti e la zona (ed i suoi negozi) riflettere l'demografica. Luoghi di interesse:, Arco di Trionfo, Place de la Concorde, le Palais de l’Elysée, Museo Jacquemart-Andre.
- Quartier des Champs-Élysées: Se si va a Parigi, è molto probabile che visitare qui per vedere gli Champs Elysées e il suo giardino, L’Arc de Triomphe, Le Petit Palais, and Le Grand Palais.
- Quartier de la Madeleine: Se si vuole fare un po 'di shopping (and can afford it) head to the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. This area also holds the Elysée Palace, and Ministry of Interior. Make a stop at the Chiesa de la Madeleine, if you get lucky, you may catch some live music or an art exhibition.
- Quartier du Faubourg-du-Roule: Ci sono alcuni edifici piuttosto finanziari qui al Parc Monceau.
- Quartier de l’Europe: La zona più convenienti nel 8 °, so you will find upper middle class people in this area. Great area if you plan to travel since the Saint-Lazare rail station is located there.
9th – Opéra – This right bank arrondissement is tiny, it used to be part of Montmartre & Clichy, but was designated to be its own arrondissement in the 19th Century. E 'sede dell'Opera Garnier, ospita molti teatri e cinema. This district is really much appreciated. Its two major roads are the rue Lafayette and the boulevard Haussmann (which houses Galeries Lafayette & Printemps) . Assicuratevi di controllare il Musée Grévin, e Folies Bergère.
- Quartier de la Chaussée-d'Antin: Visitate il convento dei Cappuccini (ora una scuola superiore), costruito da Brongniard, un architetto che ha lavorato sotto Luigi XVI. Prendere uno spettacolo al Palais Garnier. E dare un'occhiata al Grande Sinagoga di Parigi e Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, che (Secondo voci ce l'ha) ospita i resti di casa di Maria (sounds a little sketchy to me…).
- Quartier Saint-Georges: Questa zona è tutto merito a Greek Revival. È stato chiamato "la nuova Atene", durante il Primo Impero. Questo è il posto per la musica e spettacoli. If you find yourself missing the Time Square of the 1980’s, Il Pigalle porterà subito indietro. Questo quartiere a luci rosse ospita un sacco di negozi di sesso (4 quelli di storia). Ospita anche alcuni luoghi incantevoli come le rue des Martyrs. While there, anche fermare dalla chiesa Secondo Impero Holy-Trinity.
- Quartier du Faubourg Montmartre: Young, vibrante, e sede del Conservatorio di Parigi. Questa è la casa del Hôtel Drouot e il cabaret Folies Bergère. Per quanto riguarda le chiese, don’t miss out on Saint-Eugène.
- Quartier de Rochechouart: Il liceo Jacques Decour (Collège Rollin) è stata la scuola dove il pittore Edouard Manet e il filosofo Bergson hanno partecipato.
10th – Enclos-St-Laurent / Entrepot – Questo è stato aggiunto alla città 1859. Prima di questo, era Faubourg che era un'area industriale. Questo è uno degli arrondissement più convenienti a Parigi. Ospita le due principali stazioni ferroviarie: Gare du Nord e Gare de l'Est. La zona è incredibilmente vario, come si vedrà di seguito:
- Quartier Saint-Vincent-de-Paul: Principalmente popolato dalla classe medio-alta e la posizione delle due stazioni ferroviarie. L'ex piazza del mercato Saint Laurent usato per essere qui. Visita il Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, che si trova sul sito originale del carcere di Saint-Lazare.
- Quartier de la Porte-Saint-Denis: Questa zona è prevalentemente commerciale ed industriale, è noto per la sua produzione di cristallo e porcellana. Quando ci, fare una passeggiata sul Boulevard de Strasbourg e il Passage de Brady. Scopri la Porte-Saint Denis per dall'architetto François Blondel.
- Quartier de la Porte-Saint-Martin: Although this area is mostly industrial, you can check out some really cool sites like Saint Laurent church and the Renaissance theatre, and of course the Porte Saint-Martin.
- Quartier de l’Hôpital Saint-Louis: Prende il nome St Louis Hospital which was erected during the 17th century by Henri IV. The hospital now specializes in Cancer treatment. Scopri il canale Saint Martin, it spans 2.7 miglia e porta un tocco di Amsterdam a questa zona di Parigi. È così romantico come si arriva.
11th – Popincourt – If you’re on the right bank between Place de la Nation, Place de la République, and Place de la Bastille you’re in Popincourt. It’s a large district and super residential. You’ll want to check out the bars and restaurants of Rue Oberkampf. Se siete in cerca di un po 'di cultura, controllare La Bastille, Nazione, Nuovo Quartiere Ebraico, Cirque d’Hiver, e Église Saint-Ambroise.
- Quartier de la Folie-Méricourt: This area has some darling little homes called folies that were built in the 18th century.
- Quartier Saint Ambroise: Saint Ambroise is one of my favorite Parisian churches. It was erected over a house built under the reign of Charles VI for Jean de Popincourt. If you’re feeling the need to party, testa di Rue Oberkampf per i suoi bar & clubs.
- Quartier de la Roquette: It holds two prisons: La Petite Roquette and La Grande Roquette as well as the Père Lachaise cemetery. La Place de la Bastille, così come la Bastiglia sono i suoi più famosi residenti.
- La Place de la Bastille, così come la Bastiglia sono i suoi più famosi residenti: Prende il nome la chiesa e il suo cimitero (Louis 17 fu sepolto in questo trimestre).
12th – Reuilly – Questo arrondissement si trova a sud-est di Parigi e comprende la zona di Vincennes, grande per coloro che amano la flora. Prende il nome da una città di mercato che si è formata nella periferia della residenza di re Dagoberto. Questo significa che ci sono alcune strutture bellissime rinascimentali di check-out. Some places you’ll want to check out are Opéra Bastille, Bercy Park and Village, Promenade Plantée, Quartier d’Aligre, Viaduc des arts the Bois de Vincennes, and the Zoo de Vincennes.
- Quartier de Picpus: This area has a lot of revolutionary history. Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette riposa al cimitero di Picpus (now a private cemetery) che contiene anche i resti di aristocratici francesi che sono stati ghigliottinato durante la rivoluzione.
- Quartier du Bel-Air: This is a great little neighborhood, it is residential, but one can find anything one needs. It homes the Palais de la Porte Dorée e il suo famoso acquario.
- Quartier de Bercy: Its most famous resident is the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (POPB) a stadium for games, concerts, and more.
- Quartier des Quinze-Vingts: There are two big hospitals in this area; Trousseau and Saint-Antoine. What people go to see is the Train Bleu at the Gare de Lyon. This Second Empire style restaurant is stunning, probably one of the prettiest in the city. It was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. Make a reso while you are in Paris, it will be worth it. Besides, forse si sedersi dove Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Jean Gabin, or Marcel Pagnol sat.
13th – Gobelins – This one is on the Southeastern area of Central Paris (left of the Seine). Before it was brought into the city of Paris, this area was called the Faubourg Souffrant (suffering suburb). It was an area for the working people. You won’t find lots of tourists there, but you will find some awesome Chinese food (last time I was there I found the best Chinese I’ve had in 5 years). It is also home to Place d’Italie, La Butte aux Cailles, Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), Gare d’Austerlitz, Manufacture des Gobelins, Butte-aux-Cailles and Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital. Like the rest of the arrondissements, it is split up into quartiers, but here the locals stick to the cultural as opposed to the administrative quartiers.
- Quartier de la Salpêtrière: This area includes a piece of the Faubourg Saint Marcel and of the Par13th Arrondissement and was named for the area hospital (Hopital de la Pitié – Salpêtrière).
- Quartier de la Gare: Go hungry and get ready for some of the best Chinese of your life. The neighborhood includes a piece of Paris’ Rive Gauche but is quite affordable. Check out the National Library.
- Quartier de la Maison-Blanche: This is your spot to grab a drink in the afternoon. The Maison Blanche was a rural area made up of the Butte aux Cailles, una collina ricoperta da prati e mulini. .
- Quartier Croulebarbe: Uno dei nomi più antichi di Parigi, e l'area più costosa del 13 °. Qui vi imbatterete in Faubourg Saint Marcel, e Gobelins fabbricazione, una fabbrica arazzo.
14th – Observatoire – Sulla riva sinistra della Senna a sud di Parigi. Mi capita di amare questo quartiere. Scopri le Catacombe, and pick up cool art to take home at the artist’s market on Sunday. È possibile ottenere alcuni veramente buoni affari abbigliamento in Rue d'Alesia. Luoghi da non perdere: Cimitero di Montparnasse, Gare Montparnasse, La Santé Prison, Denfert-Rochereau, Parc Montsouris, Stade Charléty, and Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.
- Quartier du Montparnasse: Named after Mount Parnassus where the Greek muses are said to have lived, the original Montparnasse was demolished. On a brighter note, it’s a great place to take a walk. Montparnasse è noto per le sue sale da ballo (this started around the time of the French Revolution). La stazione ferroviaria spinge a ovest e sud-ovest della Francia (from Granville to Toulouse). Afferra la tua macchina fotografica & check out the Montparnasse cemetery. It sits on the site of three farms and was originally named the Cimitiere du Sud (South Cemetery). You’ll see quite a large of famous people in their final resting place here including André Citroën, François Gérard, Pierre Larousse, and Guy de Maupassant. There’s also the Tour Montparnasse, but I’m from NYC, so a boring square skyscraper does not impress me much.
- Quartier du Parc-de-Montsouris: So, there’s a park. It’s a nice area, mainly residential. There’s some nice Haussman style architecture to check out, ma questo è più di un quartiere a vivere in, non visitare.
- Quartier du Petit-Montrouge: It’s a cute neighborhood with more Haussman-style buildings. Ci sono anche un sacco di facciate intonaco che una volta erano favorito dalla classe operaia. Currently, ci sono un sacco di case di città e botteghe di artisti.
- Quartier de Plaisance: There’s good shopping, (check out Rue d’Alesia) e una buona vita notturna intorno qui.
15th – Vaugirard – Questo è il quartiere più popoloso di Parigi e la più grande. La sua storia pre-rivoluzionaria include molte istituzioni religiose, tra cui Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice. It’s very different from Paris proper and has some pretty cool shops (e cantine). Da non perdere il Tour Montparnasse, Porte de Versailles, Front de Seine, La Ruche e quartiers Saint-Lambert, Necker, Grenelle e Javel.
- Quartier Saint-Lambert: Si trova sulla terra che una volta era il villaggio di Vaugirard (wich è stato chiamato dopo Vescovo Vaugirard & was was incorporated into Paris in 1860 ). Grab a jambon beurre and head to parc Georges Brassens. The park is named after the singer George Brassens who lived nearby. In the park, there are sculptures from Auguste-Nicolas Cain, a rose garden, vineyards, a fragrant garden with more than 80 fragrant plants, and a bee hive. Also make a stop at Square Saint-Lambert where you will see locals enjoying the sunlight. Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard, per i quali il trimestre è stato nominato, is a lovely sight.
- Quartier Necker: Esso è più noto per la Necker – Enfants Malades hospital, the Montparnasse station and the Institut Pasteur – which is dedicated to medical research, but is also a museum.
- Quartier Grenelle: This area is pretty commercial. The Beaugrenelle (a.k.a. Front-de-Seine) is a mix of residential and commercial. It is known for its high rise buildings and great views of the Eiffel Tower. If you’re interested in urban planning, you may want to check it out. It was planned in the 70’s and is made up of 20 towers.
- Quartier Javel: The Javel houses the Georges Pompidou hospital, a bunch of tv studios, e il parco André-Citroën (Sud della Torre Eiffel) che ha sostituito una fabbrica di automobili. Il parco non è sicuramente il miglior parco a Parigi (it’s kind of sparse). Esso ha due case verdi con fontane danzanti che sono divertenti da guardare. Se si sente il bisogno di un po 'di avventura acqua, check-outAquaboulevard, it’s got an aquatic park, campi da squash, una grande palestra e tonnellate di attività fisica.
16th – Passy – It’s one of the biggest arrondissements in Paris. Si compone di quello che era tre città; Passy, Auteuil, e Chaillot. Questo è dove si trovano le ambasciate e organizzazioni internazionali. La zona ègorgeous. It’s super quiet, safe, and calm. This is not the neighborhood is you’re looking to party (unless you’re looking for a hooker, it is said they look for customers on Bois de Boulogne). In all seriousness, lovely place for doorknob patrol (checking out homes). Don’t miss the Musée de l’Homme, Cimetière de Passy, Parc des Princes, and Musée Marmottan-Monet.
- Quartier d’Auteuil: This one is named after the Auteuil hill and known for the Auteuil viaduct, Sainte-Perine garden, Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil (built in 1761 under Louis XV & ha un impressionante serra) and the Radio France building.
- Quartier de la Muette: If you miss out on Chateau Muette, you’re a sucker. It’s awesome. It’s on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne near la Porte de la Muette and was restored in the 18th century style. It was the castle for Princess Marguerite de Valois, daughter of King Henry II. Make a stop at Passy cemetery, where Manet, Georges Mandel, and Claude Debussy rest.
- Quartier Porte Dauphine: It is said this is for the sporty crowd. Fate un giro in barca al lago Inférieur. If you’re into more nefarious things, the museum of Counterfeiting will be right up your alley. Take a walk on Avenue Foch and check out the Ennery.
- Quartier Chaillot: Scopri il Palais de Chaillot. It was built in 1937, and is home the national museum of the navy, cinema museum, national museum of the French monuments, Mankind museum and the national theatre of Chaillot. Also check out the Tokyo Palace, Clemenceau museum and the Musée du Vin e il Trocadero e dei suoi giardini, awesome spot for really great pictures of the Eiffel Tower. If you’re a museum dork like me, you’ll be in heaven and your friends will be in hell.
17th – Batignolles-Monceau – It’s kinda far from the center of Paris, so it’s more residential. Pretty much the only thing to check out here is the Palais des Congres. If you happen to stay there, you can delight in its Haussmann architecture, bars and parks. It’s also home to quite a bit of Embassies. Make a stop at Place de Clichy, Parc Monceau, Marché Poncelet, e Piazza des Batignolles.
- Quartier des Ternes: Il suo nome richiama al Medioevo, quando un vescovo parigino aveva una casa colonica qui. E 'stato chiamato Villa Externa. Come esseri umani tendono a fare, il suo nome ha ottenuto sempre più brevi a diventare "Estern" e infine "Ternes". L'agriturismo è diventato un castello e ha dato il suo nome al Quartier.
- Quartier de la Place Monceaux: Splendida zona residenziale del Parco Monceau. The park opened in the late 1800’s and has not changed much (per la mia gioia). Marcel Proust si dice sia stato un regolare al parco. The park makes the trip to Place Monceaux worth it.
- Quartier des Batignolles: Il Batignolles era costituito da campi agricoli e ora è una zona un pò freddo. This could have to do with some of its former residents: Paul Verlaine, and Edouard Manet.
- Quartier des Epinettes: Cité des Fleurs è un must. It was created in the mid 1800’s and is marked by a really long walkway and gardens. Awesome experience.
18th – Butte-Montmartre – I kinda love this arrondissement. People are afraid of it and think it is unsafe, but I’ve not had issues there. Great place to rent an apartment for the week (you’ll get great deals). Si siede su una collina calcarea e ha scale tortuose impressionanti (when you’re on vacay, take the stairs, it will allow you to eat as much as you want & not get fat). Chiamano i localiLa Butte, and it is the place for artists, art galleries and exhibitions. Mi ha ricordato di Union City o North Bergen in NJ. It had a large immigrant community, there were a few trannies on the street, and music coming out of every bar. Did I mention sex shops? When you go, set time aside for Montmartre, Pigalle, Barbès, Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, Église Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre, and Goutte d’Or.
- Goutte-d’Or: Really fun shopping if you like to hunt for one of a kind items. The Marché Dejean is a great spot to visit, an African market with tons of fun items. If you’re into food shopping and farmer’s market (like me), the Barbès market will be a delight.
- Grandes-Carrières: Prende il nome dalle cave di gesso che hanno la residenza qui nel Medioevo. It was also the site of the theatre of the Quatre-Z’Arts drag show. Oltre al capo Rue Girardon di controllare le 1726 obelisco.
- La Chapelle: E 'noto per il mercato di La Chapelle e negozi rue L'Olive. Scopri il Jardins d 'Eole, una bella zona per sfuggire il business della città. While you’re there hit up the Basilique Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc and Saint-Denys de la Chapelle, il cui più famoso visitatore si dice che sia Giovanna d'Arco.
- Clignancourt: I went here only because my mom has a thing for flea markets. The Puces de Saint-Ouen is the largest flea market of Europe. It’s located at Porte de Clignancourt and you can find anything there from some stunning antiques to the worst porquerias possible. This makes it really fun.
- Pigalle: Need a little sexy time? This is where Paris’ red-light district is located. I went into one of the sex shops…you know…for research only…it was bigger than anything I’ve seen in Times Square. Stuff I saw there, I never would have imagined. Go and take the obligatory Moulin Rouge picture (it’s way more impressive on TV).
19th – Buttes-Chaumont – Questo arrondissement si trova sul sito dei vecchi villaggi di La Villette e Belleville e che prende il nome dal meraviglioso parco nella zona. It’s mainly residential and it is seeing quite a bit of growth lately. While there, check out the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Parc de la Villette, Bassin de la Villette, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Cité de la Musique, Canal de l’Ourcq, and Canal Saint-Denis.
- Quartier de La Villette: La Villette was originally a Gallo-Roman village and became a commune during the revolution. In 1860 it became part of Paris. This neighborhood is home to Bassin de la Villette, il più grande lago artificiale a Parigi, che vi condurrà al Ourcq e canali Saint-Martin. When you’re at the meeting point of Bassin de la Villette and the Ourcq Canal, you will run into the Flanders lift bridge which is the last of its kind. If you feel like catching a movie, head over to the MK2 cinema. This area is populated by students, artists, and really cute shops. While there, visitare la Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad.
- Quartier du Pont-de-Fandres: This was once like NYC’s meatpacking district and it housed the slaughterhouse and the cattle market. These sites of these two buildings now homes the Villette Park, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (an awesome science museum), the Grande Halle (a concert venue), the Zenith (another concert venue) and the Cité de la Musique.
- Quartier d’Amérique: Lots of the white stonework you see in America came from here. It is said that this stone was used to built the White House. The quarries are gone, and in their place Paris has the Buttes Chaumont park. The park is huge and gorgeous. E 'stato costruito da Jean-Charles Alphand nel tardo regno di Napoleone. La caratteristica più famoso del parco è il Tempio de la Sibylle situato sulla Île de la Belvédère. Il tempio è una versione più piccola del tempio romano di Vesta a Tivoli, super charming. The park also boasts of grottos, cascades, bridges, and really cool flora. You could easily spend a whole day there.
- Quartier du Combat: Questo quartiere ha una storia sanguinosa. E 'utilizzato per ospitare combattimenti usando poveri animali come galli, cani, e tori. Alla fine combattimento animale è stato messo fuori legge. Ot è stato anche il luogo dove il patibolo sedevano e ucciso molte persone. If you’re into the macabre, questo può essere il vostro quartier.
20th – Ménilmontant – Questo è un luogo di pellegrinaggio per gli amanti Edith Piaf da quando è nata e morta in questo arrondissement. Questo è stato anche il luogo dove la gente andava a festeggiare e ballare nel 18 ° secolo. Today, questo è un settore in gran parte popolata da immigrati. It is home to the second Chinatown in Paris (this means some really good Asian food – specially on Rue de Belleville). While there, controllare il Cimetière de Père Lachaise, Parc de Belleville, and quartiers Belleville and Ménilmontant.
- Quartier de Belleville: La casa natale di Edith Piaf (at 72 Rue de Belleville) e Maurice Chevalier è diventato in gran parte cinese ed ebraica nel corso degli anni. Rent tends to be cheaper, so a lot of artists live and work there. Visit Rue Denoye, there’s some really cool graffiti and lots of street artists to buy stuff from. Also stop by the street market in Boulevard de Belleville. It is on Tuesday and Friday and you can get some really good produce there.
- Quartier Saint Fargeau: Prendere la metropolitana a Place Gambetta e il check-out la Porte des Lilas e Porte de Bagnolet, Tenon hospital, Campagne à Paris (you’ll feel like you left Paris), and Severine square.
- Quartier du Père Lachaise: Named after the famous cemetery located here. This is the resting place of Oscar Wilde, Honoré de Balzac, Rosa Bonheur, Colette, Frédéric Chopin, Édith Piaf , Eugène Delacroix, and many, many more.
- Quartier de Charonne: This neighborhood was once made up of vegetable farms. Now it houses the Saint Germain de Charonne church and cemetery, and the Pavillon de l’Ermitage.
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