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What To Do, See, and Experience in Paris' 18th Arrondissement

November 19, 2021
2021-11-19
There are those places in Paris that, even if you haven't been there, you probably already have a good idea of what they are. That's because they've been mentioned or even been the setting of many books, countless movies, a few TV series, and more. One such place is the 18th arrondissements. You've probably heard of the districts that make up this part of the city. Not to mention the iconic places you'll find here. And if you ever move to Paris, particularly to this arrondissement, you'll find out more about them. Though here's a few things you ought to learn about the area now!
What To Do, See, and Experience in Paris' 18th Arrondissement


Center of French Bohemia

From 1920s hotspots to cafés and bookshops that have been around for decades, the 18th arrondissement is undoubtedly the center of bohemian in Paris. Specifically, the district of Montmartre. This iconic neighborhood, once the home of many prominent artists, writers, philosophers, and more, has fascinated people from all around the world. It's here where a revolution happened, not the French revolution, but a revolution of society. At the turn of the 20th-century, it's this neighborhood that pioneered societal liberation, sexual freedom, and the like. And today, the remnants of that tumultuous past still lingers amidst modern-day Paris.
What To Do, See, and Experience in Paris' 18th Arrondissement
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An Undeniably Lively Area

Today, Montmartre, Pigalle, and the other districts of the 18th arrondissement remain as lively as ever. They've become homes to a much younger Paris, ranging from university students to young professionals and starting families. And it's this youth that brings out the energy of this part of the city. One that you definitely won't see in other arrondissements. Bohemia is still alive and well in this area too. Though instead of philosophers, you'll likely find woke young people echoing progressive values. If this is your type of place, your type of energy, and your type of city, you'll deeply appreciate being here!f
What To Do, See, and Experience in Paris' 18th Arrondissement
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The Cheapest Market in Paris

One thing that the 18th arrondissement proudly boasts that the other arrondissements don't have is Le Marché de Barbès. Now, what's so special about this market? It's actually the cheapest one in the city! From fresh produce to organic dishes, prices couldn't get any lower here. And if you're living in districts like Montmartre or Pigalle, it's highly likely you're a budgeted Parisian yourself. And you'll love that this market helps lower your food costs every month, every week, or perhaps, even every day! In a city like Paris where luxury reigns supreme, anything cheap is always welcomed!
What To Do, See, and Experience in Paris' 18th Arrondissement
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All About The Vintage

Even though Paris is a fashion capital, if you can't afford designer clothing, you shouldn't have to starve yourself for it. Especially since there are a number of great vintage stores in Paris that offer just as beautiful a wardrobe. Many of which have their own designer labels too! And you'll find a good many of them in the 18th arrondissement. Vélo Vintage, Vintage Désir, and Chine Machine are just some of these treasure troves worth investing your money. They keep their rare finds in mint condition and they all look as good as new. But the best part, they're not overly expensive!
What To Do, See, and Experience in Paris' 18th Arrondissement
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Iconic Nighttime Entertainment

When it comes to the 18th arrondissement, there's nothing more iconic than the Moulin Rouge cabaret. From the hit 2001 jukebox musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor to Iris Mittenaere, France's second Miss Universe titleholder, wearing a Moulin Rouge showgirl costume as her 'national costume' in the international pageant, this cabaret has come to be a symbol of the country in its own right. And what a joy it'd be for you to live in this arrondissement and get to watch a show in this iconic place every time you want. It's a luxury only a few people can enjoy!
What To Do, See, and Experience in Paris' 18th Arrondissement
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Explore Your Sexuality

Finally, what's stopping you from exploring your sexuality in Paris. It is the 'city of love,' after all. And no, this isn't about meeting up with all the attractive Parisians in the city. It's about going above and beyond and truly getting to know yourself. So if you do visit or move to the 18th arrondissement of Paris, don't be afraid of exploring the red-light district in Pigalle. They're not exactly family-friendly, but the sex and porn shops in this area will educate you about sexuality, gender, and everything you need (and want) to know about pleasure. And there’s nothing to be ashamed about that!
What To Do, See, and Experience in Paris' 18th Arrondissement
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The 18th arrondissement of Paris gives you a look into a side of the beautiful city that you're probably familiar with. One that's progressive, liberated, and ultimately, ideal. And if you ever get the chance to go here yourself, you'll realize that it's more than what you see in the movies or TV.

If you'll ever call the 18th arrondissement of Paris your home, get a luxury rentals! That's the best option here!




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