If you want to discover the real Paris like a local, away from all the major tourist attractions, the 17th arrondissement is the place to be. The arrondissement is a true Parisian quarter with a trendy edge and is well-known for its breathtaking Haussmannian architecture. Generally not excessively crowded with tourists, it is the home of what Parisians call the bobos, bourgeois bohemians. The area is filled with great cafes and specialised boutiques that offer a real sense of what Paris is like for locals.
A true residential area, the 17th arrondissement is sectioned into four administrative quarters: Quartier des Ternes, Quartier de la Place Monceau, Quartier des Batignolles and Quartier des Épinettes. The area has emerged as a very diverse and trendy part of town that houses some interesting new boutiques and modern eateries. In addition, it is known to be the home of young artists.
Less expensive than some of its contemporaries, such as Le Marais and the Champs-Élysées, the 17th arrondissement remains a very safe option and one that many embassies have chosen as their home. The area generally boasts a small village charm throughout, conveying a true sense of la vie Parisienne.
And fun fact, if you want to try a good boulangerie, 2020’s best baguette in Paris can be found in the 17th arrondissement. The boutique also provides fresh bread to the president’s palace.