Which neighborhood would you stay in if you could stay in any neighborhood in Paris for a week?
My wife and I (both mid 30’s) are heading to Paris with my parents for a week at the end of April and beginning of May. We are trying to figure out which neighborhood to stay in to have the best local neighborhood foodie experience. Specifically, I’m looking for a neighborhood that includes:
- quality neighborhood (not touristy) cafes, bistros, wine bars and markets, and
- lovely, walkable streets (preferably off the beaten path), plus
- access to the metro;
- a nice farmer’s market nearby;
- hopefully, this neighborhood will also be leafy and green and include a park;
- and will have an arts scene of some type such as art galleries, local theater, small music venues;
- and a bonus weekly flea market as well
My main concern is that we can have a local foodie experience without leaving the neighborhood. In comparison to NYC, we are looking to stay in the village or Lower East Side, not on the Upper East Side or, heaven help me, in midtown, near Times Square or near Columbus Circle. We are considering either renting a house for the week or staying in a hotel but the neighborhood is the main concern. I would really appreciate your recommendations along with some highlights of the neighborhood you suggest. Thanks for your help!