With its picturesque streets, romantic bistros, the Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Gardens and more, Paris is a city that needs no introduction. From arts and culture to the reinvigorated food, wine, and cocktail scene, the French capital is bustling with creative energy, progressive thinking, and a vibrancy unlike any other city in the world. And it’s eminently walkable too; on your next visit, skip the metro and stay in a vacation rental within easy walking distance of the city’s top attractions. Here are some of our favorites:
Celine, 6th Arrondissement
Close to: St-Germain, Luxembourg Gardens, Musee d’Orsay
In the heart of the left bank, this luxurious one-bedroom penthouse in St-Germain des Pres is the ideal compliment to your Parisian city break. With 180-degree views of the city from the sixth floor, this tastefully decorated French home is full of natural light and views to make you fall in love with the city even more. Combining antique furnishings with a cool contemporary style, staying at Celine will have you pretending Paris is your home, at least for a few days…
And along with this iconic apartment is its incredible location, easy walking distance to the famous cafes Cafe de Flor, Les Deux Magots, and Le Procope, as well as the stunning Jardins de Luxembourg, the Odeon Theatre, the Seine river for endless sightseeing and strolling, and of course, the famous Musee d’Orsay, one of the city’s best museums.
Eiffel Hideaway, 16th Arrondissement
Close to: Trocadero, Eiffel Tower
If you’re looking for a contemporary Parisian apartment with all the amenities of a hotel and exceptional views of both Place du Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower, the Eiffel Hideaway ticks all the right boxes. In a Haussmann-style, cut-stone building, this chic, private, and spacious three-bedroom home is decorated with impeccable taste, a soft color palette and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light. What makes this property rise above your average vacation rental in Paris is the complimentary access to all the hotel services of La Réserve de Paris, a five-star hotel and spa, with facilities that include a swimming pool, fitness center, steam room and library.
Located just steps away from the many shops, cafes and bistros that line the Trocadero, making your way through the immaculate Trocadero Gardens to the Seine and the Eiffel Tower is only a short, enjoyable walk away. Not only that but being in the very exclusive 16th arrondissement means the best bakeries and shops are at your fingertips. To experience one of the best contemporary art museums in the world, the Palais de Tokyo (with their own excellent restaurant) is also within walking distance. And if you’re looking for a gastronomic treat, the newly opened Comice, a true 16th gem, has just been awarded its first Michelin Star and is definitely worth the visit—especially since you can use the apartment’s limo service to pick you up afterward.
Pompidou, 2nd Arrondissement
Close to: Centre Pompidou museum, Les Halles
Right in the heart of the city, everything about Pompidou is cool and urban. Open, airy and with exposed beams and high ceilings, this naturally illuminated space feels free-spirited, comfortable and extremely Parisian chic. Three bedrooms, state of the art kitchen, fitness room, sauna, and balcony mean you can have all the amenities and comforts of a hotel, along with total privacy, right in the center of Paris.
To complement the open dining room with comfortable seating for eight, fill the table with all the French delicacies you can imagine from Les Halles food market, or head out for a night on the town to nearby Frenchie restaurant, where chef Gregory Marchand got his nickname (and the restaurant’s name) while working in London with Jamie Oliver. If you’re a fan of cocktails, the trendy Experimental Cocktail Club is a two-minute jaunt from your doorstep, serving some of the most thoughtful, delicious drinks in the city. And finally, for a day of culture, the incredible Centre Pompidou museum will captivate your senses with the likes of Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Bacon, Rothko and Warhol.
Triangle d’Or, 8th Arrondissement
Close to: Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe
There is definitely no shortage of action when staying in this very sought after Parisian area. Triangle d’Or (Golden Triangle) is just a short stroll from the famous Champs Elysees, as well as the Arc de Triomphe and the Grand Palais. This high-end apartment is the perfect way to experience the bustle of the city, providing a welcome sanctuary at the end of a busy day. Showcasing urban French style at its best, the sleek black wood floors make the contemporary furniture, artwork and eclectic design really pop.
Speaking of style, prepare to be seduced some of the most exclusive stores and boutiques in Paris, right on your doorstep; think Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes, Chanel, Dior…you name it, you’ll find it here. If you happen to be in Paris during the bi-annual fashion weeks, head down the Champs Elysees to the Grand Palais where a lot of the action takes place.
Chanel, 4th Arrondissement
Close to: Notre Dame Cathedral, Ile St-Louis
This four bedroom villa is located in one of the most unique spots in all of Paris: Ile Saint-Louis, a small island in the heart of the city’s central 4th Arrondissement. Right on the banks of the Seine, Chanel will let you experience this beautiful city from one of the most incredible vantage points. High ceilings, original wood floors, a chic, slate-colored interior and huge windows open up to views of the river, and various famous landmarks including the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, just over the bridge on Ile de la Cite.
Straddling the left and right banks, staying on the Ile Saint-Louis makes it easy to stroll to the bustling Marais neighborhood on the right bank or a stroll along St-Germain Boulevard on the Rive Gauche. In the Marais, you can shop at small, trendy, boho boutiques, sample some of the city’s best Israeli food at L’As du Fallafel, or hit up the area’s numerous cool bars and clubs. Along St-Germain, you will find everything you need for a perfect weekend away, from bakeries to fruit and vegetable vendors, shops, bistros and cafes.