A first trip to Paris can be fairly daunting. Down every street and around every corner, there’s something special to see and do so to help you out here’s a guide to visiting the seven wonders of the the 7th arrondissement. Many of Paris’ most beautiful landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Ecole Militaire and the Hotel des Invalides call the 7th home but do not forget to explore the neighborhood itself as it is one of the most beautiful areas in Paris.
The 7th arrondissement holds some of the world’s best museums
First, do not miss “Le Musée d’Orsay”. It is perhaps the best-known Parisian museum after The Louvre. Located in a former train station, the Musée d’Orsay offers a feast of 19th-century art and an internationally renowned collection of impressionist and post-impressionists paintings in an unforgettable setting: a palace-like station. Even if art is not your thing, you can’t help but admire the architecture that surrounds you.
The Musée Rodin is one of Paris’ most peaceful and romantic museums. This museum, a tribute to France’s most famous sculptor Auguste Rodin is a must see. Located in a 18th-century mansion and private gardens, the museum is home to over 6,000 of the sculptor’s works including his most famous pieces…Take a few hours to stroll the idyllic rose gardens surrounding the Hôtel Biron and do not leave without seeing Rodin’s masterpiece, ‘The Thinker’, in deep contemplation.
The 7th arrondissement is famous for its excellent restaurants
For a truly unique experience, you should head to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower where you will find Le Jules Verne! To dine at the Jules Verne is a precious moment, a step out of time and space… This iconic restaurant offers the best view of Paris, one of the warmest and most intimate dining rooms of the city, the tastiest French cuisine with a hint of a contemporary touch and attentive service. Be sure to make a reservation!
This also goes for the exquisite L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon on the Rue Montalembert. Indulge in the best food France has to offer and as many suggest the best counter dining on the planet? The big idea is small plates of exquisite, inventive gourmet food of some of the best that haute cuisine has to offer. Don’t miss the warm Chartreuse soufflé! L’Atelier seals its place at the top of the French gastronomy scene.
The 7th arrondissement is a must for its excellent selection of food stores
You wouldn’t have a truly Parisian experience if you didn’t go to some amazing food markets. Rue Cler is a cute market street filled with little food stores and stalls selling fresh produce. Moreover, right next to Rue Cler, you will find a cheese paradise: Marie-Anne Cantin runs one of the very best cheese shops in the world. Supplying many of Paris’ top restaurants, Marie-Anne Cantin offers aged chèvres, amazing morbier, mont d’or and comté. Marie-Anne Cantin selects only the best cheeses that have been made in limited quantity from small farms across the country.This is must-visit establishment for serious food lovers. Pick a couple to enjoy on your visit to another well known lady – the Eiffel Tower – just a few blocks away…
The 7th arrondissement is a shopping paradise
The 7th arrondissement is filled with elegant shops around every corner. There is a lovely range of fashion boutiques, from couturier to new designers where chic Parisian ladies discreetly arrange and renew their wardrobes. One of our favourite shopping spots in Paris is Le Bon Marché. The food hall is excellent and features everything from foie gras, patés and oysters to sushi and tandoori. The beauty counters offer brands rarely found elsewhere, but above all, Le Bon Marche has the best selection of young designers. Here you will find Claudie Pierlot, APC, See by Chloe and many more… and if you are unsuccessful in finding anything to wear, the gorgeous escalators and the architecture of Le Bon Marche itself is well worth the visit.
The 7th arrondissement features some of the most amazing walks
There’s nothing quite like exploring Paris on foot. The Champs de Mars is one of the most famous parks in Paris where you’ll find the Eiffel Tower in the center. But, you really should go for a walk on Les Berges of Paris. Les Berges is an amazing new green space project on the banks of the Seine between The Musée d’Orsay and the Pont de l’Alma. Here you’ll find different park spaces, a public garden, great terraces to enjoy a drink and even some floating greenhouses! To top it off, you will cross one the most beautiful bridges in the world, the magnificent Pont Alexandre III.The Pont Alexandre III or Alexander III Bridge is Paris’s most ornate bridge built to include fine sculpture work adding its own charm to an already beautiful site.
By staying in the 7th arrondissement you’ll never lack things to see and do! Obviously, this is a paradise on earth!
Irina Raileanu is the owner and Director at Avenue Story.