St. Germain des Pres
The ever-popular and iconic Parisian neighborhood of St Germain has everything from the main art gallery scene, bustling city sidewalks to tree-covered cafes in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Designer shops, literary cafes and some of the finest restaurants in the world make St. Germain an unavoidable stop for anyone wishing to see all that Paris has to offer.
In the heart of Paris, the Marais is famous for its unique heritage. Far from being just a museum district, it mixes wholesale clothing, trendy cafes and chic boutiques. The old Jewish neighborhood still proudly bears its past, but in recent decades the gay community has also made its mark. The Marais is lovely, multifaceted and lively.
For over two-hundred years after the storming of the Bastille, the neighborhood still has something of the revolutionary ambience by night. Northwest of the Place de Bastille the streets are full of little bars that attract a colorful mix of locals, ex-pats and foreigners. Around Rue Oberkampft to the north of the 11th and rue de Charonne near Avenue Ledru Rolin, a more urban crowd converges, perhaps closer to what might be considered “authenticaly” Parisian. By day, there is plenty to shop for as well. Politics, festivities and industriousness converge in the Bastille area, offering visitors a nice condensed version of the capital.
Opéra – Grands Magasins
The Opera district evokes opulence, but it is also is full of the simple comings and goings of office workers, strolling shoppers and entertainment enthusiasts. Emerging from the stream of traffic speeding down the Grand Boulevards, Opera Garnier stands, grandiloquent. Broad avenues brush past, lined with luxury storefronts and flagship department stores. Further on is the Madeleine church and its austere columns.
Champs-Elysées – Etoile – Concorde
With its unforgettable view of the Arc de Triomphe, the main avenue of Champs Elysees was first created in 1667 by Louis XIV’s gardener in order to improve the view of the Tuileries garden. This elegant and broad avenue has since been extended and now runs from the place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Known for its beauty and prestigious shopping, the Champs Elysees is without a doubt one of the must-see places in Paris.
Tour Eiffel – Invalides
One of the most exclusive areas of Paris, the 7th arrondissement is where one finds the Eiffel Tower, one of the most famous tourist sites in the world as well as many government buildings. Many foreign dignitaries and government workers populate this area, and the cafe and restaurant prices reflect this.
The 18th arrondissement is perhaps best known for the hill of Montmartre, atop which is the Sacre Coure with its sweeping view of the city. Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Toulouse-Lautrec and many other artistic and literary luminaries count among its past denizens. Along the Boulevard de Clichy near Place Pigalle is a now-fading red light district.