Consider renting an apartment in Paris and you'll be living like a Parisian in no time!

Paris Sweet Home: An Apartment in Paris

 

Last winter, a friend and I rented an apartment in Paris. From the giant solid-wood doors that led into our charming little courtyard we could see the majestic stature of Notre Dame, just a couple of blocks away.

Our tiny street was home to half a dozen restaurants, a fromagerie (cheese shop), a boulangerie (patisserie), a supermarket, Saturday craft markets, a couple of Parisian art galleries and was smack-bang in the heart of the Latin Quarter.

 

Street view from our apartment in Paris with Notre Dame in the background

© Quiet Wanderings. Street view from our apartment

 

 

Sounds rather glamorous doesn’t it? Well, I wouldn’t quite go that far but renting an apartment did give us a taste of what it must be like to live like a Parisian. A Parisian on a very low budget, at least.

 

 

Seafood stall a the food market in the Latin Quarter, Paris

© Quiet Wanderings. Food market, Latin Quarter: Unfortunately lobster and crab were a little out of our league, but…yum!

 

 

The apartment was a budget option at only 300 euro a week, about 40 euro a night, which for a city like Paris is very reasonable. Between the two of us, it was cheaper than staying in a dormitory in a Paris hostel. And while it was definitely not the Hilton, it had a location to die for!

 

Of course, having an apartment in Paris is a perk in itself but the next best thing was being so close to everything. We walked absolutely everywhere! I bought a book of metro tickets on my first day and only used one ticket in the entire time I was there.

 

Granted, I didn’t venture out to Montmartre or any of the outer arrondissements on this trip, but there was really no need. Within easy walking distance was St-Germain de Pres, Rue Mouffetard, Jardin de Luxembourg and we were a mere bridge crossing away from the Right Bank and the Marais district.

 

 

Fromagerie in the Latin Quarter in Paris

© Quiet Wanderings. Cheese on the other hand was definitely within the budget! Add a bottle of cheap French champagne and…voila!

 

 

The entire apartment was the size of my living area back home but was surprisingly comfortable. The very European shower-over-the-toilet situation took some dedicated negotiation and rather yoga-like manoeuvres but apart from a little flooding from the shower, it was an overall success.

 

In short, the apartment was small, comfortable, self-contained, central, cheap…..pretty much perfect!! One of my friends happened to be in Paris for her birthday while we were there so our ‘home’ made the ideal base for some pre-dinner drinks.

 

 

© Quiet Wanderings. Pre-dinner birthday drinks and chatter with the girls

 

 

While walking home one evening we happened upon an exhibition launch three doors down from ours. With tables laden with French champagne spilling out on to the pavement it was impossible to resist a quick look at the art. We embarked on our own version of the Paris Champagne Tours and three glasses of complimentary champers later we stumbled the last couple of footsteps to our Parisian home.

I will definitely consider this option again next time I am in Paris. I am hoping it may be a little more long-term next time…

 

There are many companies that offer short-term or vacation apartment rentals in Paris. We found our apartment through Paris Sweet Home and were happy with the service we received. A couple of other companies to get you started are:  Vacation in ParisSejour a Paris, and  Paris Stay. Of course if you would prefer an even more budget option you can always try HostelBookers’ hostels in Paris.

 

Rent an apartment in Paris and you’ll be living like a Parisian in no time!

 

 

Notre Dame  and booksellers on the Seine

© Quiet Wanderings. Bouquinistes along the Seine River near Notre Dame

 

 

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    Nestor Jul 30 2011 - 12:23 pm Reply

    Very cool, I love Rue Mouffetard. But I think getting an appartment in any large city really gives you a bit of the feeling of what it would be like to live there. Having to do your own grocery shopping and doing a bit of cooking puts the local style into perspective.

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      quietwanderings Aug 4 2011 - 1:38 am Reply

      Rue Mouffetard is one of my favorite areas of Paris too. Such a vibrant street and so much good food! :)

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    Jenine Aug 1 2011 - 4:26 am Reply

    I’ve never tried the site you used but I love short term rentals. It’s way better than hotels, I feel. I always seem to pick great hosts (just my luck perhaps?) and they give me great advice on where to go and this can be especially helpful if I’m in a new city. I usually use http://www.roomorama.com to find a place to rent, I think their customer service is pretty top notch and they respond pretty quickly. Short term rentals are definitely worth my money though. Get to save a lot and spend that on more food and shopping! Nice post here!

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    Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista Aug 3 2011 - 5:51 pm Reply

    This post makes me want to hop on a plane today! I would love staying in an apartment in Paris although I do think I would make it out to the outer arrondissments:) This sounds like the perfect way to enjoy Paris!
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      quietwanderings Aug 4 2011 - 1:35 am Reply

      Thanks Debbie. Yes, I know what you mean…I would go back to Paris in a heartbeat! I would definitely suggest heading to the outer arrondissements if you haven’t been there before. Especially Montmartre and up to the Sacre Coeur. The view over Paris from there is stunning.

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    Journey Photographic Aug 5 2011 - 5:21 pm Reply

    That sounds wonderful… next time I am looking to go to Paris, I will keep these options in mind!
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    Scarlett Aug 7 2011 - 7:51 am Reply

    A great post with excellent suggestions. I’ll definitely look at short-term rentals next time I’m in Paris. Thank you.

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    Darlene Foster Sep 17 2011 - 3:24 am Reply

    This sounds like the perfect way to enjoy Paris. Thanks for the links. Proof you don’t need to spend a ton of money to enjoy yourself.

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