The City

City Layout

Arrondissements

 

Let me introduce a new word that you will hear constantly when around in the city: Arrondissement.

 

It is a French word for district or neighbourhood.

The city is subdivided among 20 of them.

Here are the main ones you need to know about:

  1. City Centre (arr. 1 to 4): to live Paris as on a postcard, with all the iconic places you have already seen on TV so many times

  2. Latin Quarter (arr. 5): to experience the young side of the city with the nightlife and fun till the early hours of the morning

  3. Saint-Germain-des-Prés (arr. 6): for the coffee culture and the luxurious side of the city

  4. Eiffel Tower (arr. 7): because it is your dream to have a hotel with a view of the most famous tower in the world

  5. Champs-Élysées (arr. 8): if you are after some serious shopping, famous fashion designers and fine dining. The place to see and be seen

  6. Rochechouart (arr. 9 and 10): for something between the city center, Montmartre (Sacré Coeur) and Pigalle (Moulin Rouge)

  7. Roquette (arr. 11): if you are after a local experience, a youngish one with a hipster touch. Think small restaurants, boutique cafes and a local community feeling

  8. The arrondissement de Reuilly (arr. 12): if the budget is a concern but you still want to stay in Paris

The Culture

Language

 

 "You 1000% need to learn a lil bit of French lol. French folks are VERY proud. They will speak English and not speak it back to you unless you try their language first lol " - Sennel

No, you don’t need to be fluent in French to communicate with Parisians, but knowing the basics will make a huge difference. Download Duolingo and get ready to put on your best French accent. The big four: "bonjour" (hello), "au revoir" (goodbye), "s’il vous plait" (please), and "merci" (thank you).

Most of the locals speak pretty good English and are eager to practice. But if you immediately speak English with a French person, they will pretend to not speak English. Speak French with a French person, they will switch into English. It’s just how it works.

Lodging

Airbnb and Hotel

 

4/23 - 4/26 | Airbnb

4/26 - 5/1 | Hotel

Advice: 

You can have your accommodation in one area and visit another one with the Metro, which takes me to the next point, try to book a place next to a Metro station. You will walk already enough when visiting the attraction.

 

If you have an early arrival or a late departure from Paris and you do not know where to leave your bags then I suggest checking out LuggageHero. This is a tremendous website listing places where you can leave your luggage meanwhile you visit the city. So handy!

 

As a general rule of thumb, you want to stay close to the Seine river where most of the museums, churches and the cathedral, the pantheon, boutique gardens are.

This means in any of the Arrondissement 1 to 7. Just keep in mind that these neighborhoods are big (especially 5 to 7). Try to stay close to the river.

 

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Attractions

The Cuisine

Sennels Suggestions

  • Café Oberkampf (11)

    •  Tiny café usually packed during brunch times. « Lost in Cheeseland » sandwich is well known and ordered frequently, but overall highly recommended for a casual leisurely lunch/brunch with a group of friends.

  • Berthillon (4)

    • Famous for its ice cream and diversity in flavors. Kinda expensive but the scoops are huge and you have never had as good ice cream as this. Plus, its located on the little island between the left and right side of the river so its a cool area. You have to try it before you leave Paris (it’s a cute date spot!).

  • Season (3)

    • Bougie brunch place in the third arrondissement that is great on a Sunday afternoon. Seasonal food and you feel healthy after eating it, but still satisfied ! Its a coffee bar, juice bar, and restaurant. Special shout out to the pancakes.

  • Holy belly (5 and 19)

    • American breakfast…like classy diner food. Eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns, and bacon. Good for when you miss home and everything is under 15 euros.

  • Ober Mamma/ East Mamma (11)

    • My favorite restaurants. Its a series of Italian restaurants-really authentic food imported from Italy. Must try the truffle pasta and burrata. Best Italian food I’ve had outside of Italy and reasonably priced—a lot of the dishes can be shared as well; I’ve never finished a plate by myself. Menus are practically the same—part of the “Big Mamma” group. Arrive before it opens to get a seat, especially for dinner. If it opens at 6, arrive at 5/5:30. IT, IS. WORTH. IT. Go with friends or a person you’ve been seeing for a minute---not a first date place*

  • L'as du fallafel (3)

    • Best falafel restaurant in Paris. Always a line to get it/ Always packed. In the troisieme arrondisement so this is a great place to get a cheap meal before going shopping or wandering around this artsy area of Paris

  • Le marche des enfants rouges(3)

    • Huge food market where you can buy groceries and also sit down and have meals. Also in the troisieme so its a great neighborhood. Special recommendations: le traiteur marocain du marche des enfants rouges (really good Moroccan pastries) and chez alain miam miam (a sandwich stand ran by this man named Alain. Sandwiches are amazing and there’s ALWAYS a line but the hour wait is worth it for sure)

  • Higuma(1)

    • Dope Ramen/ Japanese restaurant in the premier arrondissement —near la comédie française and jardin du palais royale- aka a really bougie neighborhood but this is a great affordable mean (10 euros approx).

  • Cafe Charlot(3)

    • My favorite spot to eat. Really good simple food and great people watching area (across from le marche des enfants rouges). My favorite spot to get a steak tartar (heavily recommend) and their burgers are their best seller.

  • Breizh Cafe (Classic crepes from Brittany)

    • Best crepes I’ve had outside of Brittany, France (where they originated). Great price, both savory and sweet options.

  • Clasico Argentino

    • Good for a date night or little gathering. Shared plates and delicious empanadas especially ; overall great Argentinian food if you become tired of French food/ want a different type of treat.

  • Candelaria

    • Cheap mexican place with great tacos and margaritas at moderate prices.

 

Additional :

Le Lithographe

Cafe Kitsuné

Cream

Bread and Roses

L'eclair de genie

urfa durum

du pain et des idees

l'avant comptoir

le kok

molitor

Ferdi

ob la di

Le Moliere ( 12 rue  buci)—— best moules frites