Paris Arrondissements, Part II
In our previous post we gave a thorough description of Paris arrondissements, particularly introducing the first five, and now it is high time to get acquainted with the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th neighborhoods and their most popular attractions.
6th Arrondissement of Paris – Luxembourg
Also called St. Germain de Prés, the 6th Arrondissement is located at the centre of Paris, on the Rive Gauche and is generally the priciest area to buy in, with most properties costing around eleven thousand Euros per square meter.
Once the favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and the artist Eugene Delacroix, 6th Arrondissement is today a posh hub blessed with designer boutiques, luxury hotels, lush formal gardens, most trendy restaurants, bars, bookshops and fashion houses. Main attractions in this charming arrondissement include the majestic Luxemboug Gardens, Musee du Luxembourg, Odéon Theatre, Café de Flore, which was a former haunt for artists and writers, Saint-Germain des Prés with its historic abbey and many interior design shops. The 6th arrondissement epitomizes the elegance of central Paris with its many green areas, secret courtyards, fountains and statues. Though traffic and parking are far from being easy, you will find public transport excellent.
7th Arrondissement of Paris – Eiffel Tower
Set in the heart of the city of Paris, 7th Arrondissement is a highly prestigious district in Paris that attracts crowds of tourists to essential Paris sights, like the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Musée Rodin, and the alluring Orsay Museum.
It is a perfect district for food lovers as there are many great restaurants to choose from, including La Ferme Saint Simon, Au Bon Accueil, L’Affriolé and Florimond. Such imposing monuments as Hôtel Des Invalides, featuring Napoleon’s Tomb, and many educational institutions like L’Ecole Militaire are also located in the 7th arrondissement. And what concerns to accommodation options in this area, I must say they have a good range of prices. The apartments are essentially family sized residences that have several bedrooms and large receptions.
8th Arrondissement of Paris – Champs Elysées
Bordering 1st (east), 16th (west), 17th (north) and 7th (south) arrondissements, the 8th neighborhood is located on the right banks of the River Seine, combining four district flavors.
The main attraction in this district is undoubtedly the noteworthy Champs Elysées famous for its shops that stretches from the Arc de Triomphe to the Egyptian obelisk on place de la Concorde – a gorgeous square that is one of the most beautiful of the French capital. Other venues for shopping in this district include Le 66, offering modern home goods and products by an eclectic group of designers; Balenciaga, which is an artistically curated boutique where you will surely have the impression as if you are entering a museum and such glamorous streets as Givenchy, Fengy and Jean Paul Gaultier. Blessed with buzzing nightlife, great landmarks, charming and elegant parks, this is a district that never sleeps.
9th Arrondissement of Paris – Opéra Garnier/Pigalle
This is a very diverse and lively district not for the feint-hearted. Located around the Opéra Garnier – the district’s showcase and tourist-saturated center, it hosts many places of interest, including Boulvard Haussmann and its huge department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the Pigalle district with live peep shoes and sex shops, also housing the famous Moulin Rough and the Musée de l’Eroticisme, as well as many cafes, restaurants, night clubs and dance halls. The Pigalle district is one the doorstep of Montmatre – the home of the French Impressionists. If you adore culture, shopping and nightlife, the 9th arrondissement would be a great location to rent an apartment.
10th Arrondissement of Paris – Gare du Nord, Gare de I’est
The eclectic 10th neighborhood of Paris is also known as the Enclos Saint Laurent and the Entrepot, was integrated to Paris city in the mid -19th century, but before that it was a suburb and mainly an industrial area. It is one of the least desirable arrondissments for living and sightseeing. There is also a lack of dining options. Two of the six main rail stations of Paris are found here: Gare du Nord and Gare I’Est. Things to do in this arrondissement include the Promenade Canal St. Martin where you can stroll at sunset and feel like a true Parisian, Le Palais des Glaces, a large structure that has two theatres and Musée de l’Eventail.