SIDE OF THE SEINE: LEFT BANK
As one would expect, the main section of this affluent arrondissement is laden with travelers and souvenir peddlers in every direction you turn, as it lays home to the most recognizable landmark in Paris: The Eiffel Tower. On your first or second visit to Paris, a trip to the 7th is a requisite. Aside from the Eiffel Tower, you can visit its museums and embark on your choice of cruises along the Seine.
The 7th is home to many embassies and government institutions including UNESCO, the National Assembly, and Hotel Matignon which is where the French Prime Minister resides. Another esteemed person of influence who resides in the 7th is fashion royalty Karl Lagerfeld.
Should I Stay Here?
The 7th is a safe and affluent area, and if a view of the Eiffel is meaningful to your stay, you'll likely want to book a room in the 7th. You'll find a myriad of apartments and hotels boasting this view, but behind it can trail a high price point. Weigh your priorities to see if a view is worth the money for your trip. If you research well, you might be able to find a private room in a local's apartment through AirBnB, which might prove to be more affordable than an entire apartment or hotel.
- Tour Eiffel: As touristy as it may be, it's satisfying to be able to say that you've gone all the way up the Eiffel Tower where you can soak in magnificent views of the city. At night, the Eiffel glitters with blinking lights every hour on the hour, and it is quite the experience to stand atop the Eiffel while it glitters.
- Musée d'Orsay: Originally a train station, Musée d'Orsay is a wondrous museum filled with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art of the 17th and 20th centuries featuring masterpieces from renowned artists such as Monet, Degas, and Cézanne. I also featured Musée d'Orsay on my post on An Ideal Day in Paris, as it is one of my favorite attractions in Paris.
- Musée Rodin: Wander this 18th century mansion, and expansive gardens, marveling at the sculptures and works of this famed artist.
- Hôtel des Invalides: Constructed as accommodation for 4,000 disabled war veterans, or invalides, the Hotel des Invalides was built under the commission of Louis XIV, so you know to expect a touch of grandeur. Here you can explore three museums including the Musée de l'Armée or visit Dôme des Invalides, a church wherein you'll find the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Rue Cler: This cheerful street carries just about anything your whims require: boulangeries, florists, chocolate shops, cocktail bars, and cafés.