Updated: January 14, 2017
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Paris Hotels – Tips and Advice
- Hotelscombined.com – The best website for booking hotels in Paris.
- The best areas to stay in Paris for visitors are St Germain des Pres (the center of the action, filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants), Marais (trendy, local vibe), and the 7th arrondissement (quieter, but still an easy walk to the Eiffel tower and St Germain).
- The absolute best hotels in Paris are the Four Seasons George V (for luxury), Shangri-La (for old world Paris charm), Hotel Emile (trendy, central, and fun), Relais Christine (a small romantic boutique).
- My favorite moderately-priced hotel in Paris is the Gardette Park near the Marais.
- The best restaurants in Paris are Bistro Paul Bert (for traditional french food), Frenchie Wine Bar (great food in a fun, trendy atmosphere), Juveniles (inexpensive but still wonderful meals), Restaurant Jules Verne (only in Paris – great food up the Eiffel Tower).
- Best place for ice cream (Berthillon), macarons (Pierre Herme), chocolate (Henri La Roux), baguette (Eric Kayser), bakery (La Patisserie des Reves), cheese shop (Laurent Dubois), wine shop (La Derniere Goutte), crepes (Breizh Cafe), croissants (134 rdt), cafe (Le Pure Cafe or Les Deux Magots).
- Best tours: Paris by Mouth (easy going, informative, and a great introduction to Paris food and culture) and the Fat Tire Bike Tours (cover lots of ground and a little history in a fun informal manner – they also do a great Versailles tour that allows you to skip the long lines).
The 15 Best Luxury Hotels in Paris
1. Shangri-La Hotel – 16th Arrondissement
To stay at the Shangri-La is to be swept back in time. You are immediately whisked away into a world of empires and grandeur, of regal salons and afternoon teas. The Shangri-La is fit for nobility and was once the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew. Celebrating its aristocratic roots, most rooms reflect this heritage and are fashioned in a 19th century Empire style, with neoclassical pieces and tones of blue, white, and ecru. Many of the rooms contain luxurious marble bathrooms and king sized beds, with modern touches like flat screen TVs embedded into the bathroom mirror or an in-room Nespresso machine for making coffee. The historic salons, with their gilded gold leaf ceilings and imperial insignias, have been officially registered as historic monuments and contain some Bonaparte family originals. The notable in house dining options include the two star Michelin L’Abeille or Europe’s first Michelin starred Chinese restaurant Shang Palace which serves the best Peking duck in Paris. Nearby Restaurants: L’Abeille (1 Michelin star, formal dining, haute cuisine, modern French) • L’Astrance (modern French with Asian accents, top 50 restaurants in the world 2015, jacket required)
2. Four Seasons Hotel George V – 8th Arrondissement
The George V places you in the heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle – the center of luxury, fashion and glamour bordered by the Avenues George V, Montaigne, and Champs Elysees. Befitting such a noteworthy location are beautifully appointed rooms (in the Louis XVI style), a world class restaurant, and a gorgeous marble courtyard perfect for unwinding with a drink in warm weather. Throughout the public spaces you’ll find stunning floral arrangements crafted by the hotel’s artistic director who receives a shipment of 9,000 flowers each week. Each creation adds a sense of drama and natural beauty which permeates the hotel. Highly recommended is a meal at Le Cinq, the hotel’s 2 michelin star restaurant. The wine list, as thick as a phone book, does little justice to the hotel’s impressive collection of 50,000+ bottles and oenophiles can arrange an exclusive wine tasting and tour of the cellar with the George V’s own award winning sommelier. Nearby Restaurants: Le Cinq (classic French, haute cuisine, excellent wine list, formal dining) • Pierre Gagnaire (3 star Michelin, contemporary French cooking, seafood heavy, dress code)
3. Mandarin Oriental Paris – 1st Arrondissement
Families seeking luxury in the center of the city will be well served at the Mandarin Oriental. In the heart of the 1st arrondissement, the hotel has a prime location among the boutique shops on Rue Saint Honoré while being a stone’s throw from the Louvre, Place Vendome, and the Jardin des Tuileries. The property has two specially designed suites geared towards families and the Paul Smith Junior option provides kids with numerous personalized touches including their own set of Paul Smith Jr. pajamas. Options abound for children, from playing in the nearby Tuileries to the various activities the hotel organizes such as kid-friendly perfume making classes or cooking lessons. In addition, the considerate concierge provides guests with a handout of weekly cultural happenings including a section dedicated for younger guests. Should you want to spend a quiet evening in, the hotel offers popcorn machines for a family movie night. Adults may want to take advantage of the 8am yoga classes as mats come standard in every room. Nearby Restaurants: Spring (modern French with an American chef, best sommelier 2014, quiet and refined dining) • Verjus (Contemporary American cooking, prestige ingredients, casual and low key feel).
4. The Peninsula – 16th Arrondissement
One of Paris’s newest and most high tech properties boasts a peaceful location in the 16th, a short stroll from the Champs Elysee and Arc de Triomphe. Opened in August 2014, the Peninsula’s first foray into Europe has a refined, contemporary air while incorporating state of the art technology. Each room comes with a custom designed Samsung tablet which controls everything – from room temperature to selecting a movie or TV channel to ordering room service. If you’ve just given yourself a manicure, there is a small built in fan expressly for drying your nails. Business travelers will appreciate having their own printer/scanner/copier that comes standard in every room. Each room has a “valet box” – a discreet compartment within the dressing area where you can place laundry to be serviced or shoes to be shined and an attentive staffer will whisk them away through a special access panel. Morning newspaper deliveries are made in the same unobtrusive way. But the most amazing detail of The Peninsula is the view. Dining at the rooftop restaurant L’Oiseau Blanc, patrons will be treated to an unparalleled view of the Eiffel Tower while enjoying Michelin worthy cuisine. And if you are lucky enough to book the Katara Suite, you’ll have your own private rooftop garden complete with sweeping views of all the major landmarks in Paris. Nearby Restaurants: Akrame (ultramodern techniques, contemporary French, trendy design with a friendly vibe) • Atelier Vivanda (meat lovers, rustic décor, friendly service)
5. Hotel Le Bristol – 8th Arrondissement
One of Paris’s classic grand dames, Le Bristol strives to be the city’s most homey luxury property and offers lots of small personal touches. The property’s enviable location, set amongst the chic shops on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré and just steps from the Grand Palais, feels like a visit to your friend’s ornate country house. That “friend” would be Mrs. Oetker (of the Dr. Oetker foods brand) who personally had a hand in decorating the rooms and even purchased many of the antiques from a private sale at the Louvre about 30 years ago. Adding to the coziness are the hotel’s two cats – Fa-Raon and Kléopatre – who you might find lounging by the fireplace or in the beautiful 1200 sq ft enclosed garden which dominates the center of the property. Gourmands will love that Le Bristol boasts 4 Michelin stars, the most of any hotel in Paris, between the 3 star Epicure and their luxury brasserie 114 Faubourg which scored its first star in 2013. Nearby Restaurants: Epicure (3 star Michelin, contemporary French, romantic setting, jacket required) • Apicius (unique romantic setting in a former mansion, lush garden, traditional French)
6. Le Royal Monceau-Raffles – 8th Arrondissement
The Royal Monceau mixes ultra cool elegance with antique touches in this stunning Phillippe Starck designed property. Located in a tranquil part of the 8th arrondissement visitors will have easy access to the shopping and sites of the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees while being steps from one of Paris’s prettiest parks, the Parc Monceau. This luxury hotel is perfect for the culture savvy visitor, with a unique emphasis on contemporary art evidenced through its in-house gallery, art bookstore and acoustic guitars in every room. Gallery goers will appreciate the dedicated “Art Concierge” who curates a weekly selection of exhibits and events as well as offers custom visits of the hotel’s private collection. For families, the property offers a comprehensive program of workshops and activities for children of all ages. Younger guests can participate in a pizza making class with the hotel’s own Michelin starred Italian chef or unleash their creativity in workshops inspired by Frank Gehry or Marcel Duchamp. Future DJs can take a lesson in music mixing offered by the hotel and film buffs have access to the private movie theater. The 16,000 sq ft. spa was voted “Best City Spa” in Europe this year. Nearby Restaurants: Taillevent (updated French classics, legendary reputation, formal but not stuffy) • Pierre Gagnaire (3 star Michelin, contemporary French cooking, seafood heavy, dress code)
7. Pavillon de la Reine – 3rd Arrondissement
Within the arches of the historic Place des Vosges you’ll find yourself in another world at the Pavillon de la Reine. Tucked away through a discreet entrance, the property is one of the Marais’s best secrets. Step through the serene ivy clad courtyard and the noise, bustle, and business disappears. Everything becomes quiet and you’re surrounded by hushed tones and muted lighting. The décor is a blend of rich fabrics, antique furnishings, velvet curtains, oil paintings, and even literary inspiration. One of the hotel’s most distinctive suites, named after Victor Hugo who once resided at the Place des Vosges, honors the French author with a large, wall sized manuscript placed prominently above the bed. The cozy library and lounge, complete with a fireplace, offers guests an honor bar where they can mix their own drinks. The location is ideal for Paris-savvy visitors who want to take full advantage of one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods while having a quiet place to return to. Nearby Restaurants: Café des Musées (rustic French bistro fare, reasonably priced, fun and lively atmosphere) • Le Petit Marché (French bistro with Asian notes, trendy crowd, casual and friendly ambiance)
8. Saint James Paris – 16th Arrondissement
Staying at the Saint James is like staying in your own private chateau. Set away from the crowds within its own manicured gardens, this 19th century neoclassical estate is the city’s only chateau-hotel and staff strive to recreate the feel of an exclusive family home. This unique property in the upscale 16th arrondissement was converted to a hôtel particulier in 1991 and behind the austere façade is a place rich with warmth and whimsy. Guests have their choice between a room, a suite, or one of two cozy villas that offers the ultimate in seclusion, serenity, and luxury. Each independent villa is spread over 3 stories and like the rest of the hotel fuses Napoleon III style with surprising details – leopard print wallpaper or Scottish tartan. Somehow it all works and the effect is striking without feeling too overdone. The most magical aspect of the chateau is in the garden: in homage to its former incarnation as the first spot in Paris to launch hot air balloons, the outdoor breakfast area has three balloon shaped pergola inspired by the early Montgolfier creations that floated above the city. Nearby Restaurants: Les Tablettes Jean-Louis Nomicos (1 star Michelin, Mediterranean-inspired, bright and sunny space with a relaxed environment) • Akrame (ultramodern techniques, contemporary French, trendy design with a friendly vibe)
9. Hotel Plaza Athenee – 8th Arrondissement
For over 100 years, the Plaza Athénée has defined the Parisian luxury experience. Its name evokes images of opulence, where nothing is too indulgent and life should always be filled with impeccable service and 3 star Michelin restaurants. One of Paris’s eight officially designated “palace” hotels – a distinction given only to the most esteemed 5 star establishments. Everything done at the Plaza Athénée reflects the crème de la crème of the Parisian high life: from its location on the genteel Avenue Montaigne, the epicenter for high end shopping and haute couture, to its Louis XVI style and art deco rooms done in damask and silk, to its acclaimed restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, with its suspension of Swarovski crystals that float over the dining room. Underlying everything at the Plaza Athénée is the 500+ person staff, ensuring that you never want for anything. Hotel goers will appreciate its position in the center of the best luxury shopping in Paris while being a short stroll to the Seine and the magnificent Grand Palais. Nearby Restaurants: Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (haute cuisine with an emphasis on vegetables, fish and grains, luxury dining, legendary reputation) • Étude (French food with Japanese influences, minimalist décor, zen like atmosphere)
10. Le Meurice – 1st Arrondissement
Since 1835, Le Meurice has served as an homage to luxury and refinement, earning the property its reputation as the “hotel des rois” (hotel of the kings). Its distinguished clientele of royalty and nobility has included artists such as Picasso and Salvador Dali – a regular visitor for over 30 years. More than just a hotel, Le Meurice has become part of the fabric of French culture and a timeless classic. The same high society types that passed through the hotel’s doors were probably greeted by the same top hatted doorman that greet you today. It’s your first clue that you are about to enter a world that is out of the ordinary in every way. At first glance the décor is not dissimilar from other palace hotels (though Le Meurice was the first to receive such distinction). Done in mostly Louis XVI style, the rooms are tastefully outfitted in pastels and silks. However, this is where the similarities end. Did you look up? The ceilings play a prominent role in most of the public spaces and add a sense of surprising playfulness, diffusing what might otherwise come off as stuffy. Above the concierge desk is an enormous oil painting of a single bejeweled hand. At the Restaurant Le Dali you’ll dine under a 145 sq. meter mural painted by Ara Starck, the daughter of Philippe Starck who oversaw the interior design. If you happen to tire of looking at the frescoes, there is always the view. Just across from the Tuileries Garden, the expanse of greenery spreads out before you while you dine at the Alain Ducasse helmed restaurant Le Meurice. The Belle Etoile Suite, the property’s crowning glory, offers breathtaking 360 degree views from a 250 sq. meter rooftop terrace. Nearby Restaurants: Yam’tcha (French classics with an inventive Chinese flair, contemporary décor, warm and friendly service) • La Regalade Saint-Honore (classic French cooking, reasonably priced, neighborhood favorite, busy atmosphere)
11. Relais Christine – 6th Arrondissement
This hidden gem in Saint Germain des Pres offers a luxury boutique hotel experience while being in one of the most dynamic parts of the city. Set inside a former abby on a quiet side street, the Relais Christine is accessed through an ivy covered courtyard. Original details of the former abby remain such as the vaulted ceilings in the cave which doubles as the breakfast room. In the morning, you’ll be treated to homemade honey from bees that frequent the hotel’s very own garden. Take a spin around the neighborhood on one of the hotel’s bikes and you’ll better understand the property’s unparalleled location. Cruise to the art galleries on Rues Mazarine or Dauphine or just take a stroll by the Seine. Rooms have been recently updated with pattern heavy fabrics and walls mixed and matched to create a vibrant yet harmonious look. Lounge areas are more classical with numerous portraits displayed and a cozy fireplace to ward off a chilly evening. But the most unique aspect of the Relais Christine is their garden suites with a private terrace that opens directly onto the hotel garden. Nearby Restaurants: Ze Kitchen Galerie (classic French with Asian ingredients, modern décor with a friendly vibe) • Semilla (modern French, ingredient driven menu, easy going ambiance)
12. Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome – 2nd Arrondissement
Positioned just between the renowned Place Vendome and the Opera Garnier in the 2nd arrondissement lies the Park Hyatt. Converted from five Haussmann-era office buildings into a 21st century hotel, the property is a modern contrast to the rich history of the area (Frederic Chopin and Coco Chanel were residents of the nearby plaza). The Park Hyatt Place Vendome exudes a quietly sophisticated aura with contemporary art from Ed Paschke and Irmgard Sigg on permanent display adding an urban chic feel. Constructed only in 2002, it has already achieved the coveted “palace” distinction recognizing it as one of the elite 5 star hotels in the city. Guests can enjoy rooms with private terraces that have views of the Place Vendome or for a more decadent stay spring for one of the suites that offers its own in-room spa. The only hotel with this feature, several suites are outfitted with their own steam room, whirlpool Jacuzzi, and dedicated massage table for in-room treatments. Hotel guests will appreciate the prime location near luxury boutique shops and an easy walk to the Louvre, Tuileries Garden, and the Palais Royal. Nearby Restaurants: Juveniles (hearty French fare, wine shop/restaurant, lively and friendly atmosphere) • Ellsworth (contemporary American cuisine with a French twist, sparse décor, young hip crowd)
13. L’Hotel – 6th Arrondissement
In the heart of St. Germain-des-Prés, experience the best the Left Bank has to offer at the cozy L’hotel, the smallest 5 star hotel in Paris. Its 20 bedrooms are at once chic, opulent, and full of history. Built in 1828, Oscar Wilde took up residence at the hotel until his death and reminders of his stay are evidenced by the framed photos and letters written by him in the lobby (including his unpaid hotel tab). The suite named after him is decked in ornately carved wood paneling, lush fabrics, marble topped tables, brass lamps and has the feel of a British gentleman’s club. The rest of the property’s rooms are equally unique with the penthouse apartment boasting rooftop views of the city. Down in the cave, take a dip in the swimming pool. Candle-lit and set within natural stone vaults, the whole space can be privatized for a few hours of peace after a long day of sight-seeing. Nearby Restaurants: Le Relais de L’Entrecôte (family friendly, lively atmosphere, classic steak frites) • Freddy’s (modern French tapas, mixed crowd and relaxed ambiance)
14. Hotel Maison Souquet – 9th Arrondissement
The same designer behind the Hotel Costes and refurbishing the apartments at the Palace of Versailles has created a luxe and edgy space in Paris’s most up-and-coming area, South Pigalle. One would never guess that behind such a simple and ordinary façade lies a space evoking the heady days of Belle Epoque Paris. Step inside Maison Souquet and you’ll be treated to an intimate experience – from meeting your own personal butler to a private key for the gorgeous cobalt blue and celestial ceilinged swimming pool. Steps from the Moulin Rouge, each room is named after a courtesan and uniquely exudes decadent glamour. Rooms are replete with the most sumptuous details, such as one which has hundreds of peacock feathers texturing the walls and headboard. In the hotel’s salons, the hidden bar has a distinctly speakeasy feel embellished with velvet banquettes and a huge cast iron fireplace. The setting is the perfect scene for custom made cocktails by the hotel’s in-house mixologist or sipping black truffle cocoa during a game of backgammon. Nearby Restaurants: Le Pantruche (good value, classic French, friendly neighborhood feel) • Buvette Gastrotheque (small plates, modern French, buzzy vibe and hip interior)
15. Le Cinq Codet – 7th Arrondissement
A striking addition to the luxury hotel scene, this design savvy property combines an enviable location in the chic 7th with some of the most stylish rooms in the city. Each of them evokes the spirit of an artist’s studio with ultra-modern décor and high ceilings for a loft-like feel. This architectural gem from the 1930s, formerly the France Telecom headquarters, plays on its unusual structure – glass and curves – and incorporates those details into wrap around bay windows and sun drenched duplexes with 5.5 metered ceilings. Book the palatial Prestige Suite and you’ll have nearly 900 square meters, an outdoor jacuzzi, and terraces which command views of nearby Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. The geometrical themes are continued in its award winning interior, playfully suspending large cubic lampshades in the lobby against warm touches of oak, leather, and marble. A nice counterpoint to the modernism is the verdant outdoor patio with its oasis like feel. Sightseers will love being so close to the city’s most notable landmarks such as the Tour Eiffel and Musee D’Orsay while being located on a quiet side street in a tranquil neighborhood. Nearby Restaurants: David Toutain (innovative French cooking, elegant yet casual ambiance) • Chez L’Ami Jean (hearty Basque fare, casual and fun atmosphere)
One of the trendiest neighborhoods in Paris, the Marais has a decidedly different feel than its notable neighbors on the Left Bank. The Marais’s identity is not defined by classic Parisian landmarks but by its reputation as the epicenter of Parisian cool. Fashionistas and foodies flock to the neighborhood’s tangle of alley-like streets which are constantly abuzz. Weekend afternoons are thronged with shoppers, darting in and out of fashionable boutiques or gallery goers taking in the latest exhibition. On a lazy Sunday, you’ll find the “BoBos” (bourgeois bohemians) brunching or enjoying the last rays of sunlight at an outdoor café. After dark, the neighborhood comes alive with chic Parisians filling the bars for an afterwork apero or dining at one of the area’s uber cool eateries. For visitors who’ve checked off their sightseeing list, the Marais is the perfect place to understand Paris outside of the guidebooks. Though the tone of the neighborhood is slanted towards hip Parisians, the Marais’s diversity offers something for everyone. Along Rue des Rosier, you’ll see part of the city’s Jewish quarter and find traditional delis mixed with trendy boutiques – as well as the street’s most famous denizen, L’as du Falafel, known for the best falafel in the world. In the area known as the Upper Marais, a broad swath located in the 3rd arrondissement, you’ll find the Marché des Enfants Rouges, a 17th century market off the Rue de Bretagne. The marché is one of the most unique in Paris and is something of a cross between a farmer’s market and a food court with an array of cuisines to choose from including Moroccan couscous, Japanese bentos, and traditional French fare. And for those who might need a brief respite, head to the historic Place des Vosges for a picnic on the grass or a stroll under the vaulted arches.
The Best Hotels in the Marais
- Pavillon de la Reine • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 4029 1919
- Hotel Emile Paris • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 42 72 76 17
- Hotel du Petit Moulin • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 42 74 10 10
- Hotel Jules & Jim • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 44 54 13 13
- Hotel Les Bains • Reviews • Hotel phone: 33 1 42 77 07 07
The Best Restaurants in the Marais
- Breizh Café (Excellent crepes, casual ambiance, be prepared to queue)
- Marché Des Enfants Rouge (Food stalls with many options, outdoor seating, great for lunch)
- Le Mary Celeste (Hip and buzzy restaurant/oyster bar, small plates with Asian fusion accents)
- L’As du Fallafel (Budget friendly, falafel with a variety of vegetables and toppings, fast-food ambiance)
- Les Enfants Rouges (Modern French, lively atmosphere, charming bistro with sophisticated dishes)
Saint Germain is one of the most popular areas of the city and with good reason. It epitomizes classic Paris and retains the timeless charm of the Left Bank while buzzing with a lively collection of galleries, restaurants, and jazz clubs. From the upscale shops that dot the bustling Boulevard Saint Germain to the aristocratic calm of the Jardin du Luxembourg, this quartier is popular with locals and tourists alike. Though the café culture that was popular with the artists, intellectuals, and writers of yesteryear still exists, the neighborhood is better known these days as one of the poshest parts of Paris. This distinction not only attracts a well-heeled crowd but also many of the biggest names in food and fashion. You’ll see nattily dressed shoppers at the smart boutiques near the cross roads at the Place Michel-Debré such as Tod’s and Christian Louboutin or heading down Rue Cherche Midi towards Le Bon Marché. Saint Germain also contains some of the city’s most reputable artisans and has arguably the highest concentration of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in Paris, an award only given to the best craftsmen, comparable to an Olympic gold medal and more coveted than a Michelin star. Saint Germain is chock a block and includes MOF chocolate makers, pastry chefs, florists, and chefs du cuisine. The denizens of this neighborhood are demanding and you’ll only find the best of the best. Though at times the area may feel overrun with tourists, the biggest advantage is that you’ll find many shops and restaurants open while other areas of the city lay quiet. An often overlooked gem is the Marché Couvert Saint Germain, a covered market frequented by locals that houses some of the most distinguished vendors in the country including one of the best butchers in France. Sunday evenings are always a challenge for dinner, even in a cosmopolitan city like Paris. Head down the Rue de Seine and Rue de Buci where you’ll have plenty of options for a small nosh, dinner, or a nightcap.
The Best Hotels in Saint Germain
- Relais Christine • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 40 51 60 80
- L’Hotel • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 44 41 99 00
- Bel-Ami Hotel • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 42 61 53 53
- Hotel Baume • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 53 10 28 50
- Villa Madame • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 45 48 02 81
The Best Restaurants in Saint Germain
- Le Relais de L’Entrecôte (Family friendly, lively atmosphere, classic steak frites)
- Le Comptoir du Relais (Unpretentious modern bistro, book months in advance for dinner or queue at lunch)
- Freddy’s (Modern French tapas, mixed crowd and relaxed ambiance)
- Ze Kitchen Galerie (Classic French with Asian ingredients, modern décor with a friendly vibe)
- Semilla (Modern French, ingredient driven menu, easy going ambiance)
The Latin Quarter
Though mostly known as the hub of student life in Paris, the Latin Quarter has much more to offer than lively bars and cheap restaurants. For frequent visitors, the quartier is the perfect place for those who seek classic Parisian charm and winding cobblestone streets while discovering a few new surprises along the way. Find a quiet corner away from the student hangouts and you’ll have access to some of the best food and architecture in the city. Base yourself near the Place Monge, a leafy square which hosts an open air market three times a week and you’ll get some of the best fruits and vegetables in Paris. Nearby Rue Mouffetard provides lots of local color and is bustling with specialty food shops, cafes, and restaurants. Further north, near the Place Maubert, you’ll be steps from the Notre Dame and the original shops of Laurent Dubois (cheese) and Eric Kayser (baguettes). You will also find some of the most diverse architecture in the city here. As Paris’s oldest district with streets dating back to the 16th century, the Latin Quarter has treasures from almost every era. From Roman ruins to the fortress like Medieval museum, from the neoclassical Pantheon with its luminous dome to the architecturally innovative Institut du Monde Arabe, you’ll be set to discover a new side of the city.
The Best Hotels in the Latin Quarter
- Les Dames du Pantheon • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 43 54 32 95
- Hotel Le Petit • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 53 10 29 29
- Parc Saint Severin Hotel • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 43 54 32 17
- Melia Colbert • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 800 91 91 30
- Hotel La Lanterne • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 53 19 88 39
The Best Restaurants in the Latin Quarter
- Terroir Parisien (Classic French, locavore, prestige ingredients, chic and casual)
- Café de la Nouvelle Marie (Small plates, classic French, fun and lively, open all day)
- Les Papilles (Wine shop & restaurant, classic French, good value, family style dining)
- Sola (French Japanese fusion, cozy setting, friendly service)
- La Tour D’argent (Haute cuisine, legendary reputation, great view of the Seine, very formal)
For first time visitors to Paris, the 7th is a perfect base for exploration. This arrondissement has everything you think about when you think of the City of Lights – the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, notable museums, beautiful architecture, charming markets, high-end shopping, and world class restaurants. Situate yourself between the Champs des Mars and Invalides and you’ll be ideally positioned to enjoy some of the city’s most notable landmarks and neighborhood highlights. One in particular is the Rue Cler, a lively market street with numerous vendors selling cheese, fresh produce, wine, baguettes, and anything else you might need to eat a la Francaise. If the weather is nice, head to the banks of the Seine with the locals for an after work apero or picnic. The Berges de Seines, the area roughly between the Musee D’Orsay and Pont D’alma hosts a variety of options. A great spot is the Pont Alexander III bridge, one of the most beautiful Beaux-Arts bridges in Paris, where you’ll also have a view of the Grand Palais just across the river. During the day, the area is family friendly with multiple play spots for children such as a climbing wall and converted shipping containers turned into mini-exhibitions. The 7th is a fun active area. If you’re clueless about where to stay then this is a great starting point.
The Best Hotels in the 7th
- Le Cinq Codet • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 53 85 15 60
- Hotel le Bellechasse • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 45 50 22 31
- Hotel Montalembert • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 45 49 68 68
- Hotel Thoumieux • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 47 05 79 00
- Hotel Pont Royal • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 42 84 70 00
The Best Restaurants in the 7th
- Arpège (3 star Michelin haute cuisine, unique emphasis on vegetables, jacket required)
- L’Atelier du Joël Rubochon (Relaxed fine dining, modern French cooking)
- Café Constant (Classic French, good value, reservations not required)
- David Toutain (Innovative French cooking, elegant yet casual ambiance)
- L’Ami Jean (Hearty Basque fare, casual and fun atmosphere)
For the tourist who wants to live more like a local head to South Pigalle, the city’s most up-and-coming destination. Having shaken off the vestiges of its notorious red light district, South Pigalle or SoPi as it has recently been christened, has transitioned into one of Paris’s most desirable neighborhoods. The area literally south of Pigalle (or Boulevard Clichy) is particularly charming and out of the tourist throng. You’ll still be walking distance to the hills of Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur but instead of wide Haussmann boulevards you’ll find quiet tree-lined streets dotted with fashionable boutiques, cafes, and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. On weekend afternoons you’ll see families pushing baby strollers along the leafy Avenue Trudaine or heading to the park to watch their children play. Sacre Coeur looms in the distance, creating picture postcard scenes out of even the most everyday moments. That same square transforms every Friday evening into a lively farmers market with vendors who travel in from as far as the Loire Valley to sell some of the best farm made cheeses, meats, and produce available. Rue des Martyrs, the main artery, is a foodie paradise with numerous award winning shops dotting the drag including Sebastian Gaudard, voted best pastry chef 2012 and Arnaud Delmontel who won the best baguette competition in 2007. Shoppers will have their choice among the numerous boutiques that have been popping up, from the fashion forward Maison Kitsune to one of a kind housewares at Le Rocketship. At night, denizens have a bevy of options for dining and bar hopping. Along the quaint Rue Henry Monnier, the NY based Buvette Gastrotheque has an outpost or finish with a nightcap at the Grand Pigalle Hotel. And for the afterhours crowd, head to bars such as Le Carmen where you can dance in baroque salons until 6am.
The Best Hotels in South Pigalle
- Maison Souquet • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 48 78 55 55
- Le Grand Pigalle • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 85 73 12 00
- Hotel Amour • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 48 78 31 80
- Le Grey Hotel • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 55 31 93 93
- Villa Royale • Reviews • Hotel phone: +33 1 55 31 78 78
The Best Restaurants in South Pigalle
- Le Pantruche (Good value, classic French, friendly neighborhood feel)
- Buvette Gastrotheque (Small plates, modern French, buzzy vibe and hip interior)
- Hotel Amour (Late night brasserie, trendy crowd, beautiful back garden)
- Les Affranchis (Neighborhood bistro, classic French with a modern twist)
- Le Bon George (Traditional French cooking with well sourced ingredients, popular with the locals)