NEAR THE LOUVRE
Situated on the Right Bank of the Seine this is an expensive area and good budget hotels here are hard to come by. But it’s super central and most attractions are a quick walk or a short metro ride away. The area is dominated by the presence of the famous Louvre Museum and the lovely Tuileries garden. The Pont des Arts, a beautiful pedestrian only bridge connecting the neighbourhood to the Left Bank offers dazzling views.
The Latin Quarter, on Left Bank of the Seine, is lively, eclectic and full of tourists. Not surprising, considering its walking friendly streets are filled with cafes, bars, restaurants and bakeries. It’s also steps away from the Notre Dame and has some major tourist attractions: the Pantheon, Sorbonne University, Luxembourg Gardens, the iconic Shakespeare and Co. book store and the Rue Mouffetard market. The Latin Quarter is a charming area and you’ll be spending a lot of time here.
Neighbouring the Latin Quarter, St. Germain once was a small market town. Today it’s a fashionable district full of swanky stores, posh boutiques, galleries and coffee shops. While it’s side streets hide some excellent restaurants. St. Germain is also famous for being a hangout spot of writers and thinkers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The St. Sulpice Church and the world famous cafes, Cafe Flore and Les Deux Magots are located here. Musée d’Orsay is a short walk away.
Marias is a chic neighbourhood on the Right Bank and is home to the historical Jewish quarter, rue des Rosiers. Marais also has a sizable gay population and its narrow twisting streets are dotted with contemporary art galleries, clubs, cool bars and some great restaurants and take away. Place des Vosges, the Picasso Museum and the amazing modern art museum Centre Georges Pompidou can be found in this district.
Montmarte is touristy but it’s charming and offers some of the best views of the city. It sits on a 130 meter hill and its cobble stone streets are ideal for wandering around and discovering local bars and cafes. Montmarte’s main attractions are the Sacre Coeur basilica, the tiny vineyards, Place du Tertre (gathering place of amateur painters) and the Moulin Rouge which is at the bottom of the hill. Montmarte’s village like feel is unique and romantic.
Invalides is home to government offices, embassies, quiet side streets and some major tourist sights. The biggest one is the Eiffel Tower. It’s also home to the Invalides (Napoleon’s Tomb), Parc du Champ de Mars , Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and Musée Branly. One of the city’s best market streets, Rue Cler, is located here. This pedestrian street is packed with fruit stalls, bakeries, shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for a bustling nightlife or a buzzing cafe scene, Invalides is not for you.