Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Cobblestone Street at Sentier

When I first moved to Paris in 2008, this was one of the first neighborhoods that I discovered. It confirmed everything that I imagined Paris to be. Cobblestone streets, little restaurants, bakeries and ice cream shops, and super trendy urban shopping, all accessible by walking. Part of the 2eme arrondissement, it has long be known as Paris's textile industry district until today. For a guaranteed "wow, I'm in Paris" feeling, take the 3 line and get off at Sentier. Walk down rue des Petits Carreaux which then becomes rue Montorgueil, and explore the streets in between.

I must say that the cafés and restaurants on this stretch isn't great for food, but super for people watching. The price of apartments in the area have skyrocketed, and most of the people who live here have probably been around for a long time. Apartment rentals for short stay are also available, and although it isn't ideal since its close to Les Halles (a forum styled shopping area where teenagers love to hang out and sometimes cause trouble), it is quite a central location for tourists.

So, on a sunny day, come here and savor the sights of florists and fruit markets. Walk all the way down until you reach Les Halles, then turn back and take the train from the Sentier or Etienne Marcel station rather than the Les Halles station. It is a great neighborhood to bask in Parisian lifestyle and to not worry too much about bumping into a tourist from your country.. ;)

Photos by AG
Metro: Sentier, Etienne Marcel, Les Halles

1 comment:

  1. Was around this area this evening