Paris is a city known for its timeless architecture, culinary escapades that delight every type of palate, and an eternal quest to discover secrets that locals guard close to their hearts.
But beyond its most obvious appeal, it is the city’s diverse neighborhoods that help to make it so special. Twenty arrondissements, each with a life of its own. Distinct corners dotted with bistro chairs, shaded boulangeries on quiet cul-de-sacs, and century-old churches. For the traveler seeking a Paris getaway that best reflects their own personality, here are a few neighborhoods to consider.
Traveler Type: The intellectual cafe lover who thrives on art, outdoor spaces, and youthful energy. Saint Germain is home to outdoor cafes, bookstores, art galleries, Gothic architecture, and eclectic crowds.
What to Do: Though easy to take on by foot, try a different view of Saint Germain’s most beloved spots with Cédric’s Paris private tours, which whisks guests away in a classic French 2CV car to share charming squares and historical facts about the neighborhood through local eyes. By foot, start in the neighborhood’s center at the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Built in 1163, the Gothic-style building contains beautiful wall frescoes and is one of the oldest churches in Paris.
Nearby is the famous Café de Flore, where a mostly tourist crowd gathers on its enviable corner location. Art aficionados should not miss some of Saint Germain’s intimate art galleries, including Musée Maillol and Musée Delacroix. Get lost in the beauty of outdoor cafes on Rue du Buci, and on a sunny day have a relaxing afternoon in Luxembourg gardens for an al fresco French chateau experience. At night, head to Birdland Jazz Bar for some music and a nightcap. Which Paris Neighborhood Fits Your Personality Best? | Architectural Digest