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ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS GUIDE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to the 17th Arrondissement of Paris

Lying slightly off the beaten path, the 17th arrondissement is best known for its elegant Parisian architecture and upper middle class residents. The district is significantly less touristy than many other neighbourhoods in the city, so it provides a great opportunity to engage with some of the charming locals and gain insight into authentic Parisienne life.

And you can explore this region for free!

It won’t cost you anything to or get some fresh air and relax in one of the many parks and squares in the region including the beautiful Square des Batignolles which features fountains and a duck pond, an orangerie, grotto and a number of places to relax or Le Parc Martin Luther King which offers wide open spaces to run or walk through the community gardens, as well as a basketball court and skate park.Or pack a simple picnic lunch and spread out your blanket at the beautiful Parc Monceau before strolling down the freely accessible residential streets of this village like neighbourhood. Lined with opulent and ornate 19th century homes and townhouses, it doesn’t cost a euro to imagine how life could be if you had just a few million (or more!) of those colourful notes to spare.

While exploring the region, be sure to venture to the village style Batignolles. Once home to artists and writers such as Emile Zola and Edouard Manet, this largely tourist free area in the northeast end of the district showcases historic buildings and mews like streets, and is now home to many popular bohemian bars and bistros. It lies in direct contrast to the rest of the neighbourhood and if you’re looking for a unique souvenir, you may find yourself tempted by the offerings in the independent boutique and concept style shops.

But if you’d like to make the most of this region…

Take a trip to some of the many markets. The covered farmers market Marche des Batignolles offers fresh meat, fish and organic produce while the market at Rue Poncelet is famed for its colourful displays and helpful vendors at the bakeries and cafes that line the street. If you’d prefer a feast for the eyes, make your way to the flower market in the Place des Ternes for a peaceful yet colourful slice of Paris. As you can imagine, the displays vary considerably by season and this colourful market is noteworthy for the variety of cut flowers available for purchase. To make sure you get the best selection of the day you would be wise to get there early.

Looking for a delectable evening meal?

The 17th arrondissement is known to have some of the finest cuisine in Paris and the good news is you can find a bistro on almost every street corner, most of which are unlikely to be filled with tourists as is the case in some of the other neighbourhoods. Some of the highlights include the chic Caïus with its modern French menu which changes each day, the charming and atmospheric Chez Gabrielle (be sure to check out the chef’s special menu) or the cool piano bar P’tit Bouchon Gourmand which has local music and classic French dishes. For a nostalgic option, the reasonably priced Le Wagon Bleu gives you the opportunity to dine in an authentic 1920s train carriage from that was once part of the luxurious Orient Express. And with the noise from the existing train station operating directing behind this unusual venue, you are bound to be transported back in time. If you’re looking for somewhere to go after your meal, Le Bidou Bar and L’Ecluse Carnot wine bar are popular with the local crowd.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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