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17th: Batignolles, Monceau
Paris - 17th Arrondissement
Lovers of French Impressionist Claude Monet's work will want this to be a must-do on their schedule, as five of his important works were painted here. There are other delightful surprises too: a windmill, a pyramid, an oriental fort, les colonnades, a grand rotunda, an art nouveau entrance gate, gorgeous flowers in season, quite a few playgrounds and statues of famous Frenchmen peppered throughout. All this and it comes with free Wi-Fi access too.
Other than looking for a hotel that's not too far out of the city center, and that's safe, there's probably no other reason to visit the mostly-high-income-residential 17th other than hitting the English-styled Parc Monceau—but Parc Monceau (which is also shared with the 8th arrondissement) is reason enough to go.
Destinations in the 17th: Batignolles, Monceau
This is one of the most commercial streets as well as one of the most expensive to live in Paris. There is plenty of upscale eating and shopping as well as nightlife located along this roadway.
One of the very few skyscraper hotels in Paris, this is part of the Palais des Congres complex. It is also the largest hotel in the city and has over 1,000 rooms, many of which have amazing views.
Marche Poncelet is one of the best food markets in town. There are seemingly endless stalls filled with fresh goodies like cheese, fruits, vegetables, and fish. It is open every day except Monday.
The famous banker Moise de Camondo was well known for his collections of furniture and art, particularly those from the 18th century era of France. He built a home on the edge of Parc Monceau, a beautiful thing called Petit Trianon de Versailles. He kept his collections here for years and they remained in excellent condition until they were moved into the Nissim de Camondo Museum which is part of Les Arts Decoratifs collections.
This huge structure offers a variety of amphitheatres, exhibition halls, and conference rooms that host hundreds of events in countless genres each year like product launches, fashion shows, and scientific events. There are also TV shows and theater performances on a regular basis.
In the 18th century the Duke of Chartres purchased land on the Monceau plain for his gardens. Then it was much larger than it is now but no less extraordinary. It was purchased by the city in 1860. Napoleon III added and redid some of its most notable features like the pyramid, bridge, grotto, and waterfall. It is a very child friendly park.
Most of us are interested in indulging our sweet tooth while in Paris. Satisfy your craving at this chocoholic’s paradise that is part boutique, part workshop, part restaurant. At Puerto Cacao you can sample chocolat-y treats -- bursting with flavors and a variety of add-ins -- delicious hot and cold beverages and maybe even enjoy a chocolate-infused brunch on a Saturday or Sunday.
This isn’t your typical square, covered in concrete. It is a green space, the largest in the 17arr to be exact, and full of statues, shady nooks and a handful of trees that are hundreds of years old. This park is also child friendly and has a carousel, swings, and playground equipment.
Though the 17arr boasts a great mix of classes, it is the exclusive upper class section along avenue des Ternes that is known for its wealth and luxury status. Many of the Haussmannian style townhomes here are stunning and a stroll through these neighborhoods can also lead to Marche Poncelet food market and the Batignolles district.