This post comes from our Paris-based friend, Madeline Baillieux!
It may be the City of Lights (and love, culture, you name it), but what would Paris be without her people? The Parisians make the city hum and buzz — dashing for taxis, boldly displaying their own version of the latest trends, strolling down grand boulevards while spewing their opinions on whatever’s new.
Divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts, arranged in the form of a clockwise spiral, each section of the city is incredibly distinctive from the next. Whether you’re traveling to Paris soon or you’ve always been intrigued by the city, find out where you would fit in.
If you’re: Prim and proper
You’re a: Parigot
In Paris, you belong in: the 16th Arrondissement
You need to visit: Jardin du Trocadéro
You are the original Parisian. The word Parigot is actually slang for Parisian, used by all those who do not come from the capital city. You’ll feel at home in the 16th district, where you can ride your bike home from work in business attire with a baguette under your arm. For you, there’s no place like home, and Paris will feel like the best city on earth. You are happiest in your element, with a glass of red wine in hand, viewing the latest exhibition at an art gallery. On the weekends, you walk your French bulldog, and pause to read a book in the shade on a park bench in the gardens under the Eiffel Tower with a jambon-beurre sandwich.
If you’re: All about vintage
You’re a: St. Germainer
In Paris, you belong in: the 6th Arrondissement
You need to visit: La Rive Gauche, Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore
You would fall head-over-heels for old-style Paris. La Rive Gauche was and still is today the place for intellectuals, artists, and musicians. It’s where you’ll find long, drawn-out promenades with cobblestone streets under the golden rays of ornate street lamps. Mingle with the Parisian elite who gather at the famous restaurants, Les Deux Magots and Café Flore, where American ex-pats like Hemingway and Whitman found inspiration. Sip an espresso, languidly leaf through the paper, or hold lengthy conversations about politics, art, and love. St. Germain is perfect for you, and it’s as authentic as Paris gets.
If you’re: Obsessed with labels
You’re a: Fashionista
In Paris, you belong in: the 8th Arrondissement
You need to visit: Raspoutine Club, Rue St.-Honoré
You make a point to look like you just stepped off the runway, you’re not afraid to be the center of attention, and your drink of choice is likely champagne. Paris’ high-fashion crowd suits you best. To start mingling with the It-crowd, hit up all of the Parisian hot spots. Sip on a tasty white peach bellini in the Russian Baroque décor of the exclusive Raspoutine Club (if you can get in). Spend countless hours heading from boutique to boutique on Paris’ famed Rue St.-Honoré. Be audacious and take fashion to the next level by showing off your flashy looks. Your outfit of the day is what everyone else will be wearing tomorrow.
If you’re: Trendy and cool
You’re a: Street Parisian
In Paris, you belong in: the 10th Arrondissement
You need to visit: Canal St.-Martin, Chez Prune
The passersby do a double-take when they spot you on the metro to try to take a mental picture of your all-too-cool outfit. From head to toe, everything is perfect, and you mean business. You’d fit in sipping rosé along the Canal St.-Martin and ordering a meat and cheese plate at Chez Prune. Your evenings will turn into all-nighters as you shimmy along to the beats on rooftop terraces. You’ve got a flower in your hair, but you can also slalom on a longboard like it’s nobody’s business.
If you’re: Over 30 and still going strong
You’re a: Bobo
In Paris, you belong in: the 3rd Arrondissement
You need to visit: Le Marais, Le Perchoir
No one really knows how old you are. You’re definitely out of college, and you might be pushing a baby stroller, but you look so great doing it. You live life to the fullest, albeit you made a few mistakes when you were younger, but now there is nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy life. You’re always looking for a new brunch spot and, if you could, you’d spend every weekend gazing into the sunset on the French Riviera. Your look is cool, calm, and collected with a tinge of, “When I take my jacket off, things can still get crazy.”