The 17th is a large, outlying Parisian arrondissement, that, while never first on any visitor’s list, deserves a detour – if only to check out the quaint and hip Batignolles nabe. Parc Monceau, stradling the 8th and the 17th, is a breath of fresh air in a posh setting, a nice place to chill out if you enjoy watching preppy Parisians in their natural habitat. Further west, The Ternes quarter feels like a giant Haussmannien sleepy dorm: the only draw here are the well-manicured buildings and grandiose boulevards leading to the Arc de Triomphe, not a far hop due west to the Jardin d’Acclimatation (an adorable, French-style amusement park), and the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
The Batignolles quarter is the main reason to come all the way to the northwestern corner of Paris: it’s an authentic, quaint area chock-full of hip restaurants, cafés, and shops. Trendy bars dot the streets around Place de Clichy, while the area by Pont-Cardinet train station is part of a sustainable eco-district surrounding Martin Luther King Park: don’t miss HoBa, a cool snack bar with a view perched atop the middle of Martin Luther King park. You can spend a whole day here criss-crossing the streets and enjoying a mostly tourist-free experience.