Paris Areas

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Arc de Triomphe, Batignolles


Staying in the 17th is to choose among 3 different living environments.

To the north, the district of Epinettes, which is one of the last remaining areas of popular life in Paris.

Farther south, the Batignolles. Once well-known for aspiring to host the 2012 Olympics, this area has redeveloped into ecoquarters. Its 10-hectare park, its high standard buildings, its wide range of businesses, and its proximity to the 8th district business area, make it a very popular living quarter where you will quickly feel at home!

Finally, west of Rue de Tocqueville, room for the zones known as Monceau Plain and Ternes. Back to the great Napoleonic tradition with its grand Haussmann style buildings. As a tourist (Champs Elysees a few steps away) or a business traveler (Palais des Congres de Paris and 8th business district nearby), you will not be disappointed!

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Bastille


… an authentic and revolutionary Paris!

A few minutes from Gare de Lyon, discover the alleys that house century old furniture and cabinet making workshops at Faubourg Saint Antoine, but also the cosmopolitan Marché Couvert d’Aligre very popular with Parisians. Take the opportunity to buy fruit and vegetables as well as a selection of delicious cheese and cold meats.

You can then stroll to the terrace of one of the cafes at Place de la Bastille, key place of the French Revolution.

Going up the Boulevard Beaumarchais, take a look at the majestic Cirque d'Hiver and stop at Place de la République, the capital's major crossroad.

Finally, take subway line 9 and get off Place de la Nation, eastern Paris's third legendary square and starting point for Disneyland ® Paris (45 minutes by RER A train).

Evening come and tired feet, relax among the Parisians who meet up for a drink or dinner at Rue de Lappe and Rue Oberkampf.

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Bourse


To the west the Haussmann designed world of finance and its rich architecture (hence the name for this quarter, after the Paris Stock Exchange) and to the east, an area of small shops.

To stay in the 2nd district is to choose a central location and a traditional Parisian architecture scene.

Its main feature: the many covered passageways built from the nineteenth century onwards. Whether simple means of communication between streets or commercial alleys, the best way to discover them is a walk.

Not to miss, the Quartier Montorgueil market to supply yourself of fresh products. A good way to leave behind the conventional tourist itineraries and experience daily life.

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Buttes Chaumont


Stay off the beaten path, to the north of the capital ... 15 minutes from the historic center.

In need of fresh air downtown? Stay in the old working class district of Menilmontant close to the green areas of Buttes Chaumont Park.

Our master-plan: enjoy a drink at the <La mer à Boire> bar. The terrace offers a panoramic view of Paris, overlooking the terrace gardens of Belleville Park. A slide show view comparable to that of the Sacred Heart, plus calm and authenticity.

Don't miss visiting the famous Père Lachaise cemetery and its VIP graves.

If you prefer the <beach> to vegetation, you should stay preferably around Stalingrad. This neighborhood with ongoing changes is the place where hype locals meets on the trendy dock platforms on the banks of the basin of La Villette.

To do list: restaurants, cinema, culture and even jogging with friends!

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Champs Elysées


The 8th district belongs to the Champs Elysees, the most beautiful avenue in the world.

The walk off is a ride in itself. Departure at Place de la Concorde going towards the Place de l'Etoile.

Along the way, in addition to countless top designer stores, you can stop and discover the Grand Palais, a magnificent building that houses both a scientific cultural center and also prestigious temporary exhibitions.

Unless you prefer to visit the Galliera Paris Fashion Museum, the Museum of Japan, or the exhibitions at the Petit Palais ...

A stay in the 8th is a high society neighborhood choice. Great for tourism it is also the most dynamic business area in Paris.

Put a stop to the tourism or business dilemma. Accommodation in the 8th gets you both.

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China Town


Stay in the 13th district and mingle in in a multitude of atmospheres around 4 subway stations.

A first subway stop at Métro Gobelins, will allow you to discover French history by visiting the Manufacture Royale. Pleasant atmosphere on the edge of the Quartier Latin.

Next stop, Métro Corvisart, to enjoy the tranquility of Butte aux Cailles, a last century village in the heart of Paris. An ideal place to stroll or relax on the terrace of a cafe.

A little further south, Métro Place d'Italie, and a change of mood! Submerge into the profusion of the largest Chinatown in France. On show: pagodas and exotic dishes!

Last stop, Métro Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, to admire the modern architecture of the BNF district. Don't miss breakfast/lunch at one of the ephemeral restaurants placed on the banks of the Seine. In the evening, the Batofar will welcome you for a dance session until dawn.

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Gare de l’Est


A neighborhood that we just love because it manages to combine the greatness of Haussmann design buildings with popular lifestyle bred in the lap of multicultural influences.

There are plenty of small shops, cafes and restaurants offering the best value for money in the city.

If you stay in the southern part of the district, a hop on subway line 8 will get you to Place de l'Opera and the department stores in no time.

The northern part is also very well connected with both the East and North Train Stations.

Further east, bounding with the 11th district, consider taking a look along the Saint Martin channel. Dinner at the restaurant of the famous Hôtel du Nord will make for an unforgettable romantic moment.

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Gare Montparnasse


The south west of Paris, bounded by the 14th and 15th districts, is very popular with Parisians.

Staying in the 14th district is to go for the upscale discreet Paris charm. Near Montparnasse Train Station and the Parc des Expositions de Versailles, where some of the most important international trade fairs are held, you will enjoy an ideal location, combining easy access for business with a stylish living environment, and green areas thanks to the proximity to the Parc Montsouris.

You may also prefer the 15th district a little further west. Besides the immediate vicinity to the Eiffel Tower, living in the Rue de la Convention area allows you to enjoy a chic neighborhood full of cinemas, bars and French and International cuisine restaurants.

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Grands Magasins and Opera


The 9th is probably the most contrasting Paris district. Its landmarks make it interesting for all types of trips.

Indeed, both touristic and business oriented, the 9th is equally lively day and night.

To the North, Pigalle, an entertainment area, symbol of Parisian nightlife.

To the south, the Haussmann luxury flagship monument, the Opera Garnier. This monumental building is a true architectural jewel. A little Parisian tip: daily tours are offered to discover the building from the inside.

Finally, along the Boulevard Haussmann, don't miss (especially when the Christmas decorations and lights are up) shopping at the beautiful buildings of the Galeries Lafayette or the Printemps.

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Hôtel de Ville


Partly in the Quartier du Marais, the 4th district offers immense cultural wealth! Below, we give you the district's most emblematic places.

The Quartier des Halles where you can stroll around discovering many period houses, private mansions, narrow streets and old style inns.

After which discover the Georges Pompidou Center, located in the Quartier Beaubourg. Its original architecture hides a modern art museum, temporary exhibitions, but also a restaurant with a breathtaking panoramic view over Paris. Romantic moment over dinner guaranteed!

Ile de la Cité is also a must with the unavoidable visit to the l'Hotel de Ville square, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Pont Neuf, starting point of the boat trips on the Seine.

Last but not least, stay or explore Ile Saint Louis, and enjoy a village atmosphere, a small paradise in the heart of this great metropolis.

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Louvre


Stay and experience French history!

The 1st District is above all epic royal history. Each building is a marvel of classical architecture. The Tuileries neighborhood, distinguished by the dominant and immense Palais du Louvre, turned one of the largest museums in the world, is simply a must.

Shopping is also honored by luxury stores such as the boutiques at Place Vendôme or the collector's market, Avenue de Marigny. Or you may prefer to shop at the Forum des Halles mall or the Carrousel du Louvre.

Exhausted by the weight of the centuries (as well as souvenirs and gifts!), take a minute for a romantic halt at the marvelous gardens of the Tuileries or those of the Palais Royal ... unless you prefer to succumb to the zen ambiance and sashimi dishes of one of the many Japanese restaurants on the Rue St. Anne.

That goes to show how French tradition and international cuisine can get along well together!

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Montmartre


Montmartre, a must as to Paris districts that deserve notice!

Reachable by subway line 2 (Anvers stop), you will need to climb on foot or on the funicular 130 meters to the top of the hill to visit the famous Basilica of the Sacred Heart and enjoy an exceptional view over Paris.

You can then walk the old streets while feeling the old time charm and take a look at the artwork of the artists at Place du Tertre or have something to drink in the Cafe des Deux Moulins.

Don't hesitate to follow the maze like narrow streets on your way down to finish off a little further west in the bustling district of Pigalle.

Location of legendary nightlife, mood change guaranteed in the evenings for on site partying.

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Père Lachaise


Stay off the beaten path, to the north of the capital ... 15 minutes from the historic center.

In need of fresh air downtown? Stay in the old working class district of Menilmontant close to the green areas of Buttes Chaumont Park.

Our master-plan: enjoy a drink at the <La mer à Boire> bar. The terrace offers a panoramic view of Paris, overlooking the terrace gardens of Belleville Park. A slide show view comparable to that of the Sacred Heart, plus calm and authenticity.

Don't miss visiting the famous Père Lachaise cemetery and its VIP graves.

If you prefer the <beach> to vegetation, you should stay preferably around Stalingrad. This neighborhood with ongoing changes is the place where hype locals meets on the trendy dock platforms on the banks of the basin of La Villette.

To do list: restaurants, cinema, culture and even jogging with friends!

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Portes de Versaille


The south west of Paris, bounded by the 14th and 15th districts, is very popular with Parisians.

Staying in the 14th district is to go for the upscale discreet Paris charm. Near Montparnasse Train Station and the Parc des Expositions de Versailles, where some of the most important international trade fairs are held, you will enjoy an ideal location, combining easy access for business with a stylish living environment, and green areas thanks to the proximity to the Parc Montsouris.

You may also prefer the 15th district a little further west. Besides the immediate vicinity to the Eiffel Tower, living in the Rue de la Convention area allows you to enjoy a chic neighborhood full of cinemas, bars and French and International cuisine restaurants.

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Quartier Chaillot


The 16th district is, firstly, the beautiful Quartier Chaillot which faces the Eiffel Tower and the impressive Place du Trocadéro.

Further south, less ostentatious but equally upscale, the Auteuil and Passy districts magically combine Haussmann buildings, luxurious villas, embassies (over 90 foreign nation delegations!), museums (around 30, including the Wine Museum and Palais de Tokyo), the best restaurants ... but also sport venues and events!

You love races? The Longchamp and the Auteuil race tracks, in the nearby Bois de Boulogne, welcome you all year. You prefer Tennis? Rolland Garros, located a few steps away, will allow you to enjoy the only Grand Slam tournament on clay.

Staying in the 16th district is choosing the most chic and bourgeois Paris ground.

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Quartier Latin


So called as a result of the exclusive use of Latin in courses given by the medieval schools and universities, this area overlaps mainly with what is known as the 5th district.

Discover the Pantheon, where lay the remains of French Enlightenment thinkers and writers (Voltaire, Hugo and Zola).

Also visit the botanical garden with its Natural History Museum and Zoo.

The Quartier Latin also has a village atmosphere where artists and students mingle along the Boulevard Saint Germain or at the booksellers stalls on the Quai de Montebello.

Finally, don't forget to wander around or sit down at a cafe to get a taste of the Rue Mouffetard atmosphere.

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Reuilly


… an authentic and revolutionary Paris!

A few minutes from Gare de Lyon, discover the alleys that house century old furniture and cabinet making workshops at Faubourg Saint Antoine, but also the cosmopolitan Marché Couvert d’Aligre very popular with Parisians. Take the opportunity to buy fruit and vegetables as well as a selection of delicious cheese and cold meats.

You can then stroll to the terrace of one of the cafes at Place de la Bastille, key place of the French Revolution.

Going up the Boulevard Beaumarchais, take a look at the majestic Cirque d'Hiver and stop at Place de la République, the capital's major crossroad.

Finally, take subway line 9 and get off Place de la Nation, eastern Paris's third legendary square and starting point for Disneyland ® Paris (45 minutes by RER A train).

Evening come and tired feet, relax among the Parisians who meet up for a drink or dinner at Rue de Lappe and Rue Oberkampf.

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Saint Germain


Bohemian neighborhood by default, to live in St. Germain is going for a trendy place most praised by Parisians.

The district has the aura of literary cafes (Café Flore, Le Procope, Les 2 Magots), very popular in the last century among intellectuals and artists such as Picasso or Sartre.

You must also visit the art galleries, and no need to mention the lively flea market at Place Saint Sulpice.

Worn out by the dynamic city rhythm? Take a relaxing break in the Luxembourg Palace gardens built for Marie de Medicis in the early 17th century.

St. Germain: a taste of very Parisian lifestyle!

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The Marais


In the tenth century, tourists were not this lucky!

From the thirteenth century what were former marshes located on the outside of the city, in the Marais area, were transformed into damp soil crop fields (hence the name of Marais!).

Annexed to the city in 1360, it meant the start of the famous French style mansions, holiday homes for the kingdom's aristocracy, whose highpoint was the Place des Vosges.

A major restoration project of the buildings that had been the glory of the eighteenth century Marais, now allow visitors to fully enjoy the charms of one of the most visited Paris quarters.

Accessible by subway line 1, stay and discover a now trendy place where fashion designer boutiques, showrooms and art galleries harmoniously coexist with bars and restaurants.

Tale a stroll down Rue des Francs Bourgeois and find out which are the latest Parisian trends in shops that have perfectly managed to fit in in the Marais Middle Ages picture.

A village atmosphere to live and discover ... preferably on foot!

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Tour Eiffel


This very bourgeois district with gardens and secret interior courtyards (more than 150 private houses just in Faubourg St. Germain) holds France's most symbolic monument: the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars which unfold below its 4 monumental feet.

But to stay or visit the 7th district is also discovering Les Invalides (built by Napoleon to house wounded soldiers) or the Musée d'Orsay, the building is a marvel in itself ... not to mention the works that are exhibited within.

Don't forget to purchase in the century old store Le Bon Marché some goods to prepare dinner in the evenings, comfortably installed in the apartment offered to you by Friendly Rentals.

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