Neighborhood: Les Batignolles
City: Paris, France
My Home: 25 square-meter, one-bedroom apartment in a Haussmann Building
Les Batignolles used to be a hamlet outside of Paris. It's been part of the capital for a century and a half but has retained a village feel. The originality of this frontier area is that it adds a grungy popular feel to the bourgeois 17th district. Allegra's Guide to Les Batignolles
The heart of the neighborhood is its romantic garden named "square des Batignolles." The nearby railway wasteland is being redeveloped and in the years to come will be sprouting a variety of architectural designs. As much as I'm excited, I hope it won't disrupt the charm and harmony of my neighborhood.
1. Favorite Neighborhood Home Store
SOUKOTYSSU: 176 Rue Legendre, 75017 Paris
A shop where you find fabrics from the whole wide world.
2. Go-to Shop for Gifts
FRENCH TOUCHE: 1 Rue Jacquemont, 75017 Paris
A fantastic place to see what Paris has to offer in arts and crafts.
3. Best Vintage Shop, Thrift Store, or Flea Market
4. Favorite Bookstore
5. Favorite Coffee Shop, Café, or Restaurant
6. Best Hardware/Paint Store
7. Best Place to Pick Up Groceries
8. Best Place to Buy Flowers
9. Best Neighborhood Park
10. Best Spot to Take Visitors
GARDENS OF THE ELDORADO HOTEL: 18 Rue des Dames, 75017 Paris
Best place to have a drink or lunch à la fraîche. Go in by the Bistro des Dames (18 Rue des Dames, 75017 Paris) and ask to be seated outdoors.