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24 Hours In Paris: The 7th Arrondissement

Take an in-depth tour of one of the city's coolest quarters.

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If you visit Paris long enough to see the more diverse, non-touristy parts of the city, you’ll discover that each arrondissement (or neighborhood) has its own unique identity. And while we all have a particular mental image of what we think the Parisian girl looks like, her style can drastically change depending on what part of town she’s from, and where she likes to hang out. So, without further ado, we present the next installment of our arrondissement travel guide which tells you how to make the most out of each area in only 24 hours, and what to wear to blend in like a local.   

Finally, we've made it! We've arrived at the 7th arrondissement, the home of the most iconic landmark of Paris and, perhaps, France: the Eiffel Tower. The 7th is also one of the most expensive areas to live in the city with major tourist sites and government buildings. While 24 hours definitely isn't sufficient enough to cover everything, it is enough to see the main features and get a glimpse of culture-rich Parisian life that inspires classic French girl fashion. 

Morning


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Begin the day at the top with the Eiffel Tower. Grab a croissant and a café, and visit the Grand Iron Lady. Originally planned as an engineering wonder in the 1889 World's Fair, she has become the world's most-visited monument. Spend some time observing this beautiful wrought iron tower, and then travel up 906 ft. to the observation deck to see a stunning panoramic view of Paris. When you go in the morning, you can avoid the long lines. 

Afterward, walk to the Hôtel des Invalides, one of the city's largest monuments that is capped by a magnificent golden dome. Inside, you will find wonderful French classical architecture with golden accents and carved marble. Sit under the golden dome to observe the tomb of Napoleon I. Then, make your way to the Musée d'Orsay, one of the most architecturally interesting museums in Paris. Set in a former Beaux-Arts railway station, the d'Orsay has the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world. From the works of Monet, Degas and Renoir to the actual interior itself, you will be left with a lasting impression.  

Afternoon


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After getting your fill of museums, spend the rest of the afternoon on a shopping spree! The 7th arrondissement is known for designer boutiques and Paris' oldest department store. Fuel up first by stopping by Coutume Café, one of the city's OG artisan coffee roasters selling premium coffee and great food. Launched in 2011, the coffeeshop now bans tablets and laptops to make sure people unplug. Take your time to socialize over a really good cup of coffee. The lunch menu changes frequently, but we recommend the house favorite eggs benedict with salmon. 

Prepped by delicious food and coffee, you can make your way down the Rue de Babylon until you find the majestic building of Le Bon Marché. This prestigious department store was founded in 1838, and now belongs to the LVMH group. Matching the fantastic, glass dome interior and iconic crisscross escalators is a selection of products from luxury brands to newest up and coming designers. There are many fun atelier spaces like the jeans bar where you can decorate your own jeans, or the shoe area on the top floor with shelf after shelf of wondrous footwear. Basically, we call it shoe heaven! 

Connected to Le Bon Marché is La Grande Epicerie de Paris , the department store's food hall. Wander around La Grande Epicerie to find everything from the finest soy sauce sourced from a small village in Japan to an exclusive bottle of wine. Within walking distance of these stores are many luxury brand boutiques. One of the most interesting stores, however, is a Parisian institution of natural sciences and reference for taxidermy. Founded in 1831, Deyrolle is a fascinating cabinet of curiosities. On the ground floor, the shop looks like a garden store, but the upstairs you will find rare species and the beauty physiques of animals. No animals were killed to be mounted; they are from parks and zoos, and died naturally or of illness. Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris was shot there, and Wes Anderson is also a frequent visitor.

Evening


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For apéro, walk down towards the Seine and hop on the Rosa Bonheur sur Seine boat. Out of the popular hangout spots in the Parc Buttes-Chaumont, this one serves perfect pre-dinner drinks and tasty bites while you gaze at the boats passing by on the Seine. Expect a fun and wild crowd later in the night if you stick around. 

For a more classic French bistro dinner, the food at Cafe Constant, helmed by chef Christian Constant, is reasonably priced and made from locally sourced produce. You'll find the ambience friendly while being distinctly Parisian. The neighborhood is rather quiet and calm at night, so locals go to other areas or to a typical French cafe for a nightcap. Fitzgerald is among the few that serve delicious cocktails with a great speakeasy atmosphere. Drinks are creative with names like You Drive Me Nuts, a cognac-based libation, and a mocktail called Pregnant to May Day, concocted from a blend of mezcal, lime and coconut. Stop by for a drink or two, and finish the night with a view of the sparkling Eiffel Tower — because nothing feels as magical and Parisian as the grand lady herself. 

Check out our selection of pieces inspired by the 7th arrondissement's classic French style to add a local look to your closet:

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Pixie Market Black Belted High Waist Pants - $118
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Reformation Kelsey Dress - $198
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Christopher Kane Gingham Cotton-Twill Midi Skirt - $254
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Caroline Constas Olympia Off-The-Shoulder Mini Dress - $495
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Pixie Market Side Stripe Crop Pants - $89
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Mango Ruffled Linen Dress - $50
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Top Shop Slim Fit Check Ruffle Capri Pants - $75
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Rosetta Getty One-shoulder Stretch-Knit Top - $590
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Maryam Nassir Zadeh Black Suede Mar Mules - $385
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Reformation Temple Dress - $218
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Ganni Leclair Ruffled Polka-Dot Satin Midi Skirt - $295
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Mango Message Poplin T-shirt - $25
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