City of light or city of love.. Whatever you call it, Paris is always the talk of the town.
In near past, Paris was the ultimate symbol of French culture and everything it represents. In my first visit (like 6 years ago), I experienced a city that is bound to its roots, which has very traditional restaurants and cafe’s, and rigid French people.
Stereotypes die hard. It was very exciting to see “The New Paris” in my last visit. New generation Parisians’ ultimate love affair with life has changed the city scene pretty much. Rich tradition is blended with new energy. In a beautiful and picture perfect city, now you can find new restaurants that take French cuisine to next level, café culture being elevated with good coffee, art galleries besides Louvre.
Therefore, before posting “pocket guides”, I wanted to give you a glimpse of new cool neighborhoods of Paris.
Montmarte: Located in the north of Paris. Its movie-poster streets and artsy life pulls over locals as well as tourists. If you know where to go, you can avoid tourist flock and enjoy the charming atmosphere. The neighborhood definitely offers more than Sacré Coeur.
Bastille: One of the most historic landscapes of French Revolution is now the home of boho boutiques, new bistros & coffee shops.
Marais and Beaubourg: Marais’ appearance in the cool neighborhood scene of Paris is not new. If you plan meet your friends for wine after work, here is your place. In every corner, you’ll bump into another Parisian café with hippy people or you’ll find vintage boutiques. Together with Beaubourg (where Centre Pompidou is located) they host both small and important art galleries.
Canal Saint-Martin: Imagine a neighborhood of stylish university students and bohemian couples. Its vibrant but cozy at the same time with a calm attribute. I’ll name two restaurants as “must stop by”: Ten Belles and La Fontaine de Belleville.
Oberkampf: Chic bars, good dining options, garden benches and nightlife.
Below, you can find the neighbourhoods on the Paris map. Enjoy!