Devoid of any major touristic monuments, the 17th arrondissement is a true Parisian quarter with a trendy edge. Located above the Arc de Triomphe, the area, also known as Batignolles, has beautiful Haussmannian architecture. Generally not hugely popular with tourists, it is the home of what Parisians call the bobos, bourgeois bohemians. Instead of museums, the area is filled with great cafés and specialised boutiques that offer a real sense of what Paris is like for locals.
The 17th arrondissement is sectioned into four administrative quarters, Quartier des Ternes, Quartier de la Place Monceau, Quartier des Batignolles, and Quartier des Épinettes. Historically a working class neighbourhood, 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, as the area offers some artist studios at affordable prices.
Parc Monceau is a great example of why the 17th arrondissement is unique and interesting. A favourite subject of Monet’s, this small yet elegant green park in the heart of the neighbourhood is filled with colonnades and historic marble statues and is a popular hang out spot for young families.
Less expensive than some of its contemporaries, such as Le Marais and the Champs-Élysées, the 17th remains a very safe option and one that many embassies have chosen as their home. Despite some areas such as l’Avenue de Clichy having a poor reputation, it generally boasts a small village charm throughout, conveying a true sense of la vie Parisienne.