The posh 17th arrondissement is everything I could hope for during my first trip to Paris. It is effortlessly chic in every way- from its fashionable inhabitants and gourmet food stores and boulangeries to its wide Haussman boulevards lined with one magnificent mansion after the next. Flower shops, artisan paperies, and an endless stream of real estate offices dot the neighborhood. It is a leisurely 20 minute stroll down to the Seine and/or Printemps. The district has two of the best street markets: Marché des Batignolles and Ternes Covered Market, where I found the country’s plumpest, juiciest figs and fresh raspberries to accompany my coffee each morning. Parc Monceau is the centerpiece of the 17th, bordered with centuries-old private mansions and frequented by well-to-do Parisians and their trainers. Yes, you heard it here first: Parisians now donn tracksuits and sweatpants and cap off their morning brioche with that strange, foreign concept… jogging.
Around the 17th: A Photo Tale from Rue de Rocher to Parc Monceau and Beyond