Located on the Left Bank, the 7th arrondissement is the site of the Eiffel Tower, the most heavily visited landmark in Europe – maybe the world. The sprawling 7th arrondissement is also home to numerous museums, beautiful parks and monuments, and a host of government buildings to include the Assemblee Nationale (the lower house of Parliament). It is also home to many hotels with amazing views of the Eiffel Tower – which will make any stay in Paris just a tad more special.
Metro stops: The most frequently used Metro stops in the 7th arrondissement are Ecole Militaire and Pont de l’Alma. Note that the RER line at Pont de l’Alma goes directly to Versailles (a short 45-minute ride).
Things to do in the 7th Arrondissement
Simply taking a stroll through the expansive Champs-de-Mars (adjacent to the Eiffel Tower) or getting lost in the neighborhood’s winding cobblestone streets can make for a lovely afternoon. And, be sure to didicate adequate time to visit some of Paris’ most famous museums.
Housed in the former Gare d’Orsay railway station , the Musée d’Orsay is known for its extensive collection of 19th century art, including an impressive array of Impressionist works. Stop for a cup of coffee at the charming outside café.
1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur
The Musée Rodin is located in the former home of the sculptor himself. Today, the 18th-century mansion (and surrounding gardens) is full of his best know works (including The Thinker).
77 Rue de Varenne
Hotel des Invalides
The Hotel des Invalides, with its distinctive golden dome, was built by Louis XIV as a hospital for war veterans. Completed in 1676, it once housed up to 4000 soldiers. Today it is home to several museums including the Musee de l’ Armee (Military Museum), and the tomb of Napoleon.
Musée du quai Branly, Paris’ museum of ethnic arts, Musée du quai Branly, opened in 2006. The building was designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. Be sure to take a walk through the unique gardens and if you’re feeling peckish, stop for a bite to eat at the museum restaurant, Les Ombres.
37 Quai Branly
Of course, no visit to the 7th would be complete without seeing La Tour Eiffel. Tickets to go up to the top (or one of the platforms) can be purchased on-site or in advance on-line here.
Champ de Mars
Where to shop in Paris’ 7th Arrondissement
Le Bon Marché
One of Paris’ most famous upscale department stores, Le Bon Marché, is located in the Saint-Germain-des-Près area. Here you can shop for apparel, accessories or home goods in an opulent setting. I recommend stopping by the exotic food store (located behind the main structure). 24, rue de Sevres Metro: Line 10, Sevres-Babylone
Debauve and Gallais
Love chocolate? then be sure to visit this Paris chocolatier- the oldest in Paris. If you really love chocolate, check out our guide to chocolate in Paris
30 Rue Saints Pères
Tel: 01 45 48 54 67
This is the place to go for bohemian fashions. There are several locations of BA&SH throughout Paris, but the one in the 7th is by far the largest.
80 rue des Sts.-Pères
Deyrolle, the renowned taxidermist, is one of the most unique shops in Paris (in the world, perhaps). Even if you don’t plan on bringing home a preserved furry friend, a visit to this 200 year-old institution is an absolute must.
46 rue du Bac
Written by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard for EuropeUpClose.com