The 7th arrondissement is deemed to be the most aristocratic. With iconic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Assemblé Nationale and many ministries in the area, the 7th offers an unlikely bureaucratic yet neighbourly feel.
With the Eiffel Tower taking centre stage in the arrondissement, tourists often ignore the rest of the district. And even though the immediate area around the Eiffel Tower is to be skipped for people wishing to avoid crowds, the tower manages to surprise and please when parts of it are revealed unexpectedly through small side streets like rue Saint Dominique, rue Grenelle and rue de Monttessuy.
When you reach the Parc Des Invalides, where Napoleon’s tomb resides within the Musée de l'Armée, you see some of the most open-air space you ever get to experience in Paris. The eye can travel all the way to the other side of the golden Pont Neuf. On Place du Palais Bourbon, you can enjoy a quick lunch or coffee among politicians and journalists working in the Assemblé Nationale, and on one street to the left you can admire the view of the Basilique Sainte-Clotilde, followed by a visit in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, adorned by many of the artist’s famed sculptures.
Many of the historical buildings in that quarter have been turned into universities and schools, bringing back a sense of life into the monuments. Walking on the west side of Les Invalides you will hear a lot of English and other European accents as most of that area is taken over by the urban campus of the American University of Paris.
Housing the most prestigious and notorious monument in Paris, the 7th arrondissement has some of the most expensive properties in the Paris property market. On average, it comes a close second to its neighbour, the 6th.
Properties closest to the Eiffel Tower, or properties with views of the tower, have a higher price tag. Properties are generally high in demand, especially in the Quartier Gros-Caillou.
A 7th arrondissement property for sale with one bedroom in the quarter of Les Invalides can start at around €750,000. It is a good Paris property investment as it can go beyond €1,000,000 depending on the location and amenities. Properties in the district of Champs de Mars start at around €2,000,000 and go well above.
As properties are quite expensive in the area, this goes for the commercial property too. With the demand being high and the area being so prestigious, landlords are able to charge €30 per sq m a month for residential property and much higher for commercial properties.
GET – the best cheese from the eccentric owner of Barthélémy on rue de Grenelle. Embrace the smell when you enter the shop and you will be rewarded with a delightful choice of purchases.
DO – visit the small open market on rue Cler in the weekends where the locals meet to shop, eat, drink and enjoy long conversation in between flower and meat stalls.
SEE – a film in the stunning Chinese cinema La Pagode on rue de Babylone. One of the true gems of the city.