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An exiting walk to do with your family, friends or alone for the pleasure, during half a day or one day if you visit the museums 

Located between the 17th and the 8th arrondissements, this  district, deemed one of the most beautiful Bourgeois districts in Paris, stretches from the Parc Monceau to Avenue des Ternes. It includes several XIXth century private mansions, some of which are museums, magnificent examples of Haussmannian and Art Nouveau architecture, as well as a fabulous green setting which is both romantic and surprising.

Built from the middle of the XIXth century as home to the wealthy bankers and manufacturers from the Second Empire (1852-1870), then the Belle Epoque (1900s, from the end of the 19th century to the First World War), the district has retained all its former charm.

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Artistic itinerary from Monceau Metro station to the Magasins Réunis building (now the FNAC) on avenue des Ternes. You can then find your way easily to Etoile by going along avenue Mac Mahon.

  • The entrance to “Monceau” metro station by Hector Guimard is a fine example of this style.
    Hector Guimard is one of the great French architects of the Art Nouveau era (beginning of the 20th century). He was happy to work with steel, a developing material at this time, during the Industrial Revolution. He designed the famous Parisian underground entrances (see our article: Keys for art history/Art Nouveau).
  • First, take Rue de Prony, behind you …
  • Monceau park (opening onto boulevard de Courcelles and boulevard Malesherbes)
    Created in 1778 as a site for the Duke of Chartres’ folly (a small, sophisticated and surprising house built for its owner’s entertainment and often embellished with a beautiful park), Monceau park was redesigned in an English style under Napoléon III around 1850.
  • A rotunda dating from the 18th century stands in the entrance reached from the underground. Wandering around the park reveals monuments to 19th century artists (Maupassant, Gounod, Musset, etc.), ornamental buildings (types of ruins recalling the great civilisations in the form of pyramids, temples, columns, etc.), a lake and some ducks.
  • The neighbouring streets, particularly rue Monceau, Murillo, Rembrandt and their private mansions.
  • The Art Nouveau buildings by the architect Jules Lavirotte and the sculptor Binet built in1906 at 23 avenue de Messine, 75008 Paris, and at the corner of avenue de Messine/ rue de Messine (see our article: Keys for art history/Art Nouveau)

Go up avenue Mac Mahon to get to Etoile


  • Nissim de Camondo museum
    63 rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris, Tel. +331 53 89 06 50
    This museum is Baron Moîse de Camondo’s former private mansion, dedicated to his son, Nissim. It houses an exceptional collection of 18th century furniture and objets d’art which remain as they were upon the death of their owner in 1935. A timeless visit which is an absolute must-see.
    Our favourites: a Bonheur du jour writing table by Martin Carlin, a chiffonier table by Jean-Henri Riesener, the kitchens on the ground floor

Our arty adresses to have lunch or take a cup of tea

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