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The Greatest Street in Paris

So, you think you know Paris? There are hundreds of memorable streets and boulevards in the City of Light. But, for my money, Rue Montorgueil is the best. It is compact, only 3 blocks long, with a Metro stop on each end. In between you have dozens of the kinds of places that symbolize Parisian culture: cafes, high end restaurants, cheese shops, chocolate shops, wine stores, patisseries, a couple of neighborhood type groceries, all topped with classic Parisian apartment buildings. And, what makes it even more unique, it is a pedestrian-only street. For my wife and I, who have always stayed in smaller hotels in years past, it was a throwback to the Paris we first saw 40 years ago. In fact, this street is just off Les Halles, where the heartbeat of Paris was once found in the colorful and vibrant market district. The old Les Halles is now gone, moved to the suburbs. But, there are a few places where the old self-contained neighborhoods still exist, and Rue Montorgueil is the finest example. You won't see many tourists with cameras here. Most are a few blocks away at the Pompidou Center or a short metro ride away at the Louvre or Notre Dame. What you will find is Stohers, the oldest Patisserie in France, where baba au rhum was first made, and eclairs that are world famous. And, this is just one of many gourmet surprises. We just spent a week in an apartment on this street, and fell in love with Paris all over again.

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My favorite street in Paris as well. When I visited the city for the first time I stayed in an apartment just off of it and I did all my shopping and buying on Rue Montorgueil. It was such a treat I will never forget it.

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Thanks Kirsten, I send you a message.

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Do either of you recommend a particular service that you used to rent your apts in Paris or how did you find them? Thanks

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I've used airbnb.com several times, including this week in Paris. It's reliable, trustworthy, and loaded w great places to stay. A hotel room in Paris will run you $200-400 a night. Our apartment on amazing Rue Montorgueil cost us @$160 a night, and was modern, full kitchen, and many other things you won't find at a hotel. Just last month we did the same in Venice and Dubrovnic.

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You can also find good deals on VRBO. My apartment was in the Ecole Militaire neighborhood for $100 a night. Find more places to wander around the Rue Montorgueil neighborhood, go to www.noworriesparis.com.

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17 Rue Montorgueil

17 Rue Montorgueil
75001 Paris, France
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