Paris is the city where romance, history, gastronomy, and fashion collide. There’s lots to discover in the City of Light for a fun getaway. But in which areas are the best hotspots and where do you book your hotel? What areas are buzzing and where are all the Parisian socialites hanging out? We sum up the most trendy neighborhoods to stay in for your city trip. But make sure to check out the Urban Journalist app to find the perfect hotspots in Paris!
Relive the Belle Epoque in Cheeky Pigalle
The area Pigalle, where you find the Moulin Rouge, is the sexy leftover of the Bohemian Belle Epoque. Neon lights still light up the streets and you will find an eclectic nightlife, speakeasy bars, and cool restaurants. Back in 1880, it’s where the nouveau riche; artists, intellectuals, and even British royalty, met up for a night of champagne, burlesque, and all sorts of pleasures. Former brothels have now turned into boutique hotels and trendy bars; like Dirty Dick, a former sex club turned tiki-inspired cocktail lounge.
The area SoPi (South of Pigalle) was a scandalous, red-light district full of brothels and absinthe bars, where loose morals were the standard. But SoPi transformed from its slightly bad reputation into a true hipster melt-pot, with the hottest restaurants and bars. Recover from your hangover with brunch at ‘sexy chic’ Hotel Amour, in the lovely garden, surrounded by models and socialites!
In the afternoon, drop by at Buvette and take a seat at the bar for a local wine tasting or pre-dinner cocktail, paired with a tasty cheese platter.
Around the corner, you will find the iconic restaurant Pink Mamma. The place has a beautiful interior and feels like an urban jungle with a glass roof, cozy lights, and lots of plants. The modern-Italian hotspot is always packed, houses 5-floors, and even has a speakeasy bar in the basement! Check out our app for the hottest bars in Pigalle.
Charming fashion district Le Marais
Le Marais, the drained swamp, is the oldest quarter of Paris and is one of the trendiest neighborhoods for the in-crowd. Back in the days, French kings built their palaces here at Places des Vosges, before the Jewish community moved into the area. Now it’s uber-trendy, full of young people, and the place to see and been seen during Paris Fashion Week!
Le Marais is located just north of the Seine and covers the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. The charming area is covered in cobblestones and cute city parks. There are tons of art galleries, designer shops, and cafes. Hit designer shop Tom Greyhound, for the latest Parisian fashion and lifestyle trends.
On the weekend visit Café Crème for brunch, located in a buzzing block in Le Marias. The place has a metropolitan vibe with large windows, a heated terrace, and boozy brunch as the main course! Think of French toast and sweet and savory waffles, paired with mimosas!
Bistros and cute terraces give you the classic Parisian street scene in the area. Grab a table on the terrace at Cafe Charlot after an afternoon shopping. Order a wine, paired with a tasty charcuterie plate and their iconic moules frites. Ready to people watch the fashion crowd passing by - A votre santé!