PARIS ARRONDISSEMENT GUIDE: 7th ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS
Without leaving Paris’ Rive Gauche and following the Seine River upstream, we are going to change Saint Germain’s winding and cobbled lanes for the long and big avenues of the seventh arrondissement.
The 7th arrondissement of Paris is delimited by the Seine in the North, Rue des Saints Pères and Rue de Sèvres in the East and Avenue de Suffren in the West. Paris 7 is not very big but we are going to walk a lot to see all its main sights! This is the Eiffel Tower district but of course, there is much more to explore.
A nice introduction to Paris
PARIS 7TH ARRONDISSEMENT IN A NUTSHELL
From Le Marais to Faubourg Saint-Germain
The 7th arrondissement of Paris, which in 2019 celebrates the Eiffel Tower 130th anniversary, is one of the most bourgeois Paris Districts and perhaps one of the most expensive Paris Arrondissements to live. It includes the historical aristocratic neighborhood of Faubourg Saint-Germain, and it is also the district of the National Assembly, several ministries, beautiful foreign diplomatic embassies occupying outstanding hôtels particuliers and big avenues.
Paris 7 is the result of the city’s extension and since the XVII century, it became the new residence of French highest nobility who decided to change their beautiful hôtels particuliers in Le Marais (Paris 3 and Paris 4) for urban mansions in the clearer and less polluted Faubourg Saint-Germain. Some beautiful examples of these mansions are Hôtel Matignon (today the official residence of the prime minister of France), Hôtel Biron and Hôtel de Salm.
Did you know? Faubourg Saint-Germain neighborhood was so fashionable and so linked to the French nobility that the term “le Faubourg” is used to describe French aristocracy ever since
After the French Revolution, many of these mansions were confiscated and turned into national institutions. During the following centuries, the district’s political influence will come and go but Paris 7 will always be the center of the French upper class’ social life.
Eiffel Tower District
The Eiffel Tower arrondissement hosted during the XIX century five Universal Exhibitions and some of its main sights, as well as the district’s general layout, is the result of these special occasions.
The district’s newest acquisitions are Quai Branly Museum (2006) and The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center (2016). The latest, nicknamed “Kremlin-sur-Seine” or “Poutine Cathedral” offers photographers and visitors in general new quirky perspectives with the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower in French) in the background.
READ MORE – Skip the Line Eiffel Tower and Louvre
TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN PARIS 7
No surprises here: you can find all these Paris Monuments and Paris points of interest on all the guidebooks about Paris so no post talking about the seventh arrondissement would be complete without the top tourist attractions in Paris. If this is your first trip to Paris you will like to visit some of them, they are very touristy but beautiful!
Paris Eiffel Tower – the symbol of Paris and France
Les Invalides – and Napoleon’s tomb inside
Musée Rodin – and its beautiful gardens
Quai Branly Museum – we especially like the arts from Oceania
Seine River Cruise – on the quintessential Bateau Mouche
Maillol Museum – admire his monumental statues of female nudes
QUIRKY AND UNUSUAL SIGHTS IN PARIS 7
Some of them are part of famous places in Paris. Some of them are Paris best-kept secrets. This is our personal list of unusual things to see in the seventh Arrondissement to enjoy Paris Like a Local.
New Russian Cultural and Spiritual Center – perfect for quirky pictures
Louboutin’s wonderful shop windows – even if you are not a fan of heels, his amazing shoes are masterworks!
Last remains of the first Protestant Cemetery – in the XVII century Protestants had to bury their dead in secret, sometimes private places
One of the few rhinos in Paris! – just in front of Orsay Museum
The falling caryatids – at 148 rue de Grenelle
Quirky Fellah Fountain – shows the city’s taste for anything Egyptian after Napoleon‘s expedition
Serge Gainsbourg’s house – full of graffiti and beautiful messages by his admirers (Je t’aime… moi non plus)
Intriguing Monument to Human Rights – and its esoteric and Masonic symbols
UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN PARIS 7
On our Paris Arrondissement Guides, we like to encourage people to beat the crowds and explore Paris beyond its main sights. Despite being one of the most touristy (and expensive) Paris arrondissements we like to visit Sèvres-Babylone neighborhood, with its beautiful shops and Grands Magasins, art galleries and haute-couture boutiques. This is our personal list of unique things to do in Paris 7 to enjoy Paris like a local.
Discover Jules Lavirotte’s beautiful Art Nouveau architecture – 29 Avenue Rapp, 151 Rue de Grenelle, 12 Rue Sedillot
Travel virtually to exotic places at Quai Branly Museum – Arts and civilization collections from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas
Look for Paris Eiffel Tower’s old chimney (1887) – built under the south pillar to evacuate the fumes from the energy necessary to feed the elevators (48°51’28.5″N 2°17’35.1″E)
Be amazed by the unique architecture of Hermès Boutique – built in Hôtel Lutetia’s former swimming pool, a listed building (17 rue de Sèvres)
Admire some great panoramic views of the Louvre, Tuileries, and Sacré-Coeur – from Orsay Museum 5th floor, (rooms 33, 31 and 28)
Learn about Catherine Labouré’s story at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Chapel – where people from all the world go to get their own “Miraculous Medal”
Some nice shopping at Bon Marché – one of the most beautiful Grands Magasins of the capital
Create your own Cabinet of Curiosities at Magasin Deyrolle – this taxidermist is one of the quirkiest places in all Paris!
EATING IN PARIS 7 LIKE A LOCAL
Paris 7 has many elegant and Michelin starred restaurants and this is not definitely the place to come for dinner if you are traveling on a budget. The only exception is the night picnics at Champs de Mars, at the foot of the sparkling Eiffel Tower. This is a very cool (and cheap) diner option loved by locals and visitors alike.
Check our proposals (by Paris arrondissement) on Yummy Paris. Nice restaurants in Paris but also Paris bistros or Paris street food. This is a living page which we are continuously “feeding” with our Parisian friends’ suggestions. Come back to Yummy Paris from time to time to read the newest additions.
WHERE TO STAY IN PARIS 7 – HOTELS WITH EIFFEL TOWER VIEW
On “Where to Stay in Paris” section we like to propose our top options in each price bracket (budget hotels in Paris, mid-range hotels in Paris and luxury hotels in Paris) for a specific district of Paris. However, hotels in the Eiffel Tower Arrondissement tend to be more expensive than in other areas and we found 0 budget hotels (-100€ /night) in this Paris Arrondissement. For this reason, we propose two mid-range hotels instead. These are our best hotels in the 7th District Paris, all Paris hotels with Eiffel Tower view, hope you will like them! You can see on this link all the hotel options for Paris 7.
NB: The same hotel may be in two different price brackets depending on the kind of room you choose or if they have a special offer for the days you choose.
READ MORE – We have 2 hotel guides both proposing some hotels in Paris 7. If you are looking for more ideas check out The Most Unusual, Quirky Hotels in Paris or Best Paris Hotels with Eiffel Tower View.
This is one of the best hotels with Eiffel Tower view from room. Hotel Le Walt is a design hotel with a great location. We love how they combine contemporary design with classic artworks. The Walt features a private garden terrace, where guests can relax with a drink or enjoy breakfast.
At only 5 minutes walk from Champs de Mars and the Paris Eiffel Tower, the Hotel Duquesne Eiffel offers welcoming and comfortable rooms, some with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. We especially like its location and common spaces.
Another of our favorite hotels with Eiffel Tower view. Great location, nice (Haussmannian) architecture and atmosphere. Hotel Eiffel Rive Gauche proposes rooms decorated in warm tones and some have a private patio or views of the Eiffel Tower.
SHORT TERM RENTAL PARIS
Hotels are still the most popular option to rest your head at the end of the day but if you dream of living the Paris lifestyle, then an apartment is the best way to get a feel for the local atmosphere. We are talking about enjoying your Parisian holiday in the comfort of your own Paris furnished apartment, regardless of the length of your stay.
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