walks : +++ Culture : +++ Shopping : +
by the 16th and 9th arrondissements, the 17th has decided
to split itself into two completely different parts. The part
near the 16th tends to maintain the proud nature of the latter,
notably with the Avenue de Wagram and the famous Parc Monceau.
It would therefore appear that the 17th is as chic as the
16th, but this is not at all the case when you venture into
its heart toward the 9th arrondissement. This is Les Batignolles,
the poets' quarter (Verlaine, Mallarmé ), a warm, provincial
village. The border between these two arrondissements is the
Avenue de Clichy, which is far from being as peaceful as Les
Batignolles. It is rather a very animated and very cosmopolitan
Avenue both by day and by night.
for everyone :
lovers of leisurely walks:
have the choice between two completely different atmospheres:
the Parc Monceau and the Square des Batignolles.
former, very peaceful, is a place appreciated by the well-off
inhabitants of the 16th and of Wagram. As for the latter,
crossed by an artificial river, it will charm you with its
numerous lanes and its old roundabout.
in the Epinettes neighbourhood you will cross the Cité
des Fleurs (ATTENTION! Significant work of rebuilding the
sewer systems prohibits any access until March 31, 2003. Do
not enter even if the barriers are not completely closed),
a village in flower and balmy with the scent of fruit trees
and all kinds of sweet-smelling flowers.
lovers of culture :
is not really the speciality of the 17th. You can, however,
when you visit the arrondissement, admire the different architectural
styles which are pleasantly mixed. If you have time, visit
the Palais des Congrès, where you can see different
lovers of shopping :
Marché des Moines, one of the cheapest markets of the
capital, allows you to do your shopping in a warm and lively
atmosphere. You will find a variety of luxury boutiques in
the roads of the 17th arrondissement (Vuitton), but also cheap
shops all along the Avenue de Clichy.
remember : Le Parc Monceau / L'avenue
Wagram / le Palais des Congrès / Les Batignolles /
L'avenue de Clichy.