I have been wanting to write an article about my favorite neighborhoods, and my favorite places to walk around in Paris. I have a lot in mind, but I decided to narrow them down to three districts.
- Le Marais
By far my favorite arrondissement! I have never really lived in this part of Paris, but I hangout there so often that I actually feel like I belong to this neighborhood. Also, my father has its personal shop there, called XOOS, a shirt designer store, which is also why I have been to this district so often. Le Marais spreads across parts of the 3rd and the 4th arrondissements of Paris. I love walking through this neighborhood as it is a historic district in Paris with cute little streets, with unique shops, and beautiful historical buildings. You will find great restaurants, and art galleries. I would first suggest walking through la rue des Francs Bourgeois, full of little jewelry shops and others. I would then make a stop on The place des Vosges, originally Place Royale. This “place” is probably the finest and the most impressive square in Paris. Victor Hugo himself had an apartment there. And I would try many of the great restaurants in le Marais! A short list of my favorites:
- Les quais de Seine
Les quais de Seine, in English “The Banks of River Seine” is, I believe, the most beautiful place to go for a long, and beautiful walk in Paris. In the past it was closed to pedestrians (occasionally open on weekends), but recently, the mayor of Paris made it official, it is now fully reserved to pedestrians and closed to traffic. This past year multiple bars and restaurants have opened in order to welcome people wanting to hangout with a glass of wine (or else), while watching the beautiful monuments of Paris. Indeed, along the Seine you will find historical monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre, Notre-Dame de Paris, and others.
- Bastille, XI arrondissement
This neighborhood has changed so much in the last three years! Indeed, except for the place de la Bastille, in the past nothing in particular was happening in this arrondissement, it was mostly a residential neighborhood with a few cafés, bistros, and bakeries. But recently it has changed to the most dynamic and bohemian chic quartier of Paris. One of the most trendy district in the city right now, you will find excellent little restaurants, pretty cafés with their individual terraces, cute little shops offering different brands, as well as local designers, and, what I actually love the most, charming little secret pathways.