7th Arrondissement

Although the Seine borders many of Paris’ most iconic arrondissements, the seventh has its own unique offerings on or near the river, from boat clubs, to restaurants and museums. After enjoying a glass of champagne at the Champs de Mars under the Eiffel Tower, wander down Rue de l’Université past where the iconic Julia Child once lived. 

Stop in at a café on foodie Rue Saint-Dominique and wind through the neighboring alleys to find one of the many restaurants tucked away from the crowds. Don’t forget to sit next to The Thinker sculpture at the Musée Rodin to ponder your chances of finding a decent coffee shop nearby. 

The poshest of Paris’ department stores is also in the seventh: Le Bon Marché. Not only is it a gorgeously pleasant shopping and ogling experience (that escalator!), but it also houses one of the most awe-inspiring food shopping experiences in the city (La Grande Épicerie). Once a hospital for the military, l’Hôpital des Invalides is now a collection of museums and monuments that touch on France’s military history. A bunch of Napoleons, including THE Napoleon, are buried here.

berges de seine

You want to stroll down the Seine, you need to stroll down the Seine—Parisians love it and when the weath­er is coop­er­at­ing, are there all of the time—a result of the unique devel­op­ment of the Berges de Seine over the last few years. It went from mul­ti-lane high­way to frol­ic zone for pedes­tri­ans, cyclists, and alco­hol appre­ci­a­tion meet­ings alike. Read in-depth to decode it accord­ing to your tastes and plans for the day as the vibe varies quite a bit from cheap, youth­ful, and bois­ter­ous East to still-love­ly but touristy, 15€-for-a-mediocre-cocktail, West side (If you can see the Eif­fel Tower…)

invalides

Napoleon is not the only thing that’s dead in this neigh­bor­hood. Basi­cal­ly, the liv­ing here con­sists most­ly of elder­ly Parisian elites and exhaust­ed tourists. Still, you should come here to vis­it the name­sake mon­u­ment and its his­to­ry-ori­ent­ed gal­leries, musée Rodin, musée d’Orsay, and musée du Quai Bran­ly.

around the eiffel tower

Next to the world-famous Bir Hakeim bridge, known for star­ring in Christo­pher Nolan’s movie Incep­tion, is an obscure, pointy, some might say phal­lic, iron mar­vel from a bygone era. Lit­tle-known, and hard to find, this tow­er, known affec­tion­ate­ly by the locals who live near it as “dégage”, is one thing that you should put on your must-vis­it list. Just fol­low its night­ly search­light, which has unfor­tu­nate­ly attract­ed Don­ald Trump, not Bat­man. Direct­ly across the riv­er, don’t miss Tro­cadéro, most famous for being Hitler’s 1941 press-tour back­drop. Now it’s every­one else’s Insta­gram back­drop. After WWII, the French de-Hit­ler­ized this spot by sign­ing the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Human Rights here.

sèvres-babylone

Peo­ple with mon­ey and taste (and the Kar­dashi­ans) enjoy head­ing to gor­geous depart­ment store Le Bon Marché, smack in the mid­dle of this posh quar­ter, for their food and fash­ion crav­ings. This area is where you’ll find the upper-mid­dle class of Paris in their nat­ur­al habi­tat, undis­turbed by tourists throw­ing peanuts in their enclosure—for exam­ple, a white man who was nev­er not 50 years old, has a year-round tan, and wears Tods suede loafers. These are the peo­ple for whom dri­ving gloves were invent­ed. If you’re look­ing to mar­ry rich, this is where you can find the low-hang­ing fruit of the upper-crust.