This is arguably the most beautiful neighborhood in Paris, and I'm not just saying this because I'm lucky enough to live here. Or at least, it's the one which boasts the most impressive list of grandiose monuments and iconic places in the capital: Le Louvre, Palais Royal, Place Vendôme, Rue Saint Honoré, La Concorde, Les Tuileries, La Madeleine...
Some ask if it feels like living in a museum, or on a movie set. It does sometimes, but that doesn't mean that the area's impersonal or cold. Quite the contrary, actually. Beneath the surface, there's a real neighborhood life, a vie de quartier as we call it, with a food market on the Place du Marché Saint Honoré on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and lots of cafés and little bistrots around where you can sit on a terrace and relax as you watch the bustling life.
Going down the Rue des Petits Champs towards Place des Victoires, you'll cross Rue Saint Anne, known for its Japanese restaurants and delicious Ramen joints. And apart from Palais Royal, I particularly like the Galerie Vero-Dodat. It isn't as famous as the Galerie Vivienne but it's just as nice for an elegant shopping trip. And ladies, the holy grail of luxury shoes, the Chrisitan Louboutin boutique, is just there at the end of the gallery!
Now, if you ask me what my favorite spot is in my neighborhood, without hesitation I'd say the Tuileries Garden! I couldn't think of a better place for my (almost) daily jogs than in this park where the sun rises over the Louvre in the morning and dusk offers terrific sunsets over the Place de la Concorde and behind the Eiffel Tower in the distance.