With Rue de Levis just steps outside the door, you’ll have fun shopping, eating and cooking, your way through this market street. If you’re a foodie, this is where you’ll want to be. Food displays spill out onto the throng-filled sidewalks and vendors lay out their wares with just one sole intent and purpose, to seduce. Their appetite- whetting displays are a delight to behold. For foodies out there, walking down this market street is the stuff of dreams.
Take a jaunt east, down Rue Legendre, and you will reach the charming Place du Dr. Felix Lobligeois. In the center of this place is a modest church, Sainte Marie des Batignolles. Flanked on both sides are charming cafes, restaurants, florists and boutiques. This little corner of Paris is buzzing on the weekends with cafe patrons over-spilling onto the sidewalks, children playing in the middle and families gathering together for a Sunday meal. To help bring up the charm a notch, there is a gorgeous English style garden behind the Place. The Square des Batignolles is charming little park boasting ponds with ducks and lovely walkways. This area of Paris truly retains it’s village feel, hence it is sometimes referred to as “Le Village Batignolles”.
If you head toward the other direction, west of Rue de Levis, less than a 10 minute walk from the apartment, you will come upon one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, Parc Monceau. The gorgeous park boasts, what I believe to be the most beautiful view in all of Paris- a view of the Arc de Triomphe flanked by the gorgeous wrought iron and gold gates of the Parc Monceau. Walk a little further west and enjoy the view of all the gorgeous Haussmanian buildings around the park and soon, you will find your way to the Champs Elysees.
Parisian Gem is conveniently located between two Metro stations and is just a few metro stops away from major landmarks. Check out this blog post for more on getting around. The neighbourhood is quaint and definitely local, but yet, just a few minutes by transport, away from all the touristic sights. Grab a table at a local cafe, partake in a drink, strike up a conversation and get to know some locals.