The 17th arrondissement of Paris lies (slightly) off the beaten path, directly north of the Arc de Triomphe. If you want to see Paris at some of its finest, wealthiest, and most eclectic, this is the place to go. There are no major sights to see or museums to visit, just amazing Haussmannian architecture, countless restaurants, and that quintessential Parisian atmosphere you always imagined.
But beyond this postcard introduction, the neighborhoods that make up the 17th arrondissement have different characteristics. The southwestern areas, commonly referred to as Wagram-Monceau-Ternes, feel like an extension of the Champs Élysées and 16th arrondissement, with high-end shopping galore and fancy apartments. The central area of Batignolles is quite different, with a grungy bohemian feel, lots of bars and bistros which are popular with bobos (short for bohemian-bourgeois aka "hipsters") from the 17th and elsewhere, and plenty of green spaces. Finally, the Épinettes neighbourhood, at the eastern end, is more "rough around the edges" and has quite a lot in common with the neighbouring 18th arrondissement, but still offers a plethora of ethnic cuisines, cheap stores, and excellent bars.
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