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Paris Neighborhood Guide

There is no shortage of things to do in Paris and every neighborhood has its charm and its highlights. I always recommend picking a few neighborhoods or even just exploring the one you're staying in, to get a feel for a city and see beyond the tourist attractions. I've compiled sights and nearby eateries in each neighborhood, for more see: Things to do in Paris, Paris in Five Days, and Instagrammer's Guide to Paris.

Eiffel Tower

This area is full of tourists and selfie-sticks so take your photos and move on. Come back later for a sunset picnic in Champ de Mars. History buffs should not miss Invalides and the museum. Eiffel Tower and view from Place du Trocadero. I always caution against going up the Eiffel tower because you have to stand in line at each level and your view is missing the most iconic structure in Paris. See Best Paris Views post for alternatives. Nearby Eats: Cafe and pastries at Cafe L’Eclair, brunch at Zia Cafe, at O Coffeeshop, or at Carette. Shop: Rue Cler, wander down this pretty pedestrian market between rue Sainte-Dominique and avenue de la Motte-Picquet​ Hôtel des Invalides, military museum, and Napoleon's tomb Pont Alexandre III, one of the more ornate bridges of Paris, with a good view of the Eiffel tower behind its gilded lamps. Nearby Museums: Musee Rodin, Palais de Tokyo, andPalais de Chaillot, Musee du Quai Branly

Ile de la Cite & Ile Saint-Louis




Latin Quarter

Grand Boulevards & Les Halles




Canal St Martin


Outside of Paris


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