In the neighbourhood of the flat

Paris Hideaway Apartment is a secluded home in the midst of a vibrant and très parisien corner of the City of Light, a comfortable nest from which to explore Paris will all the amenities at your feet. A simple stroll around the nearby streets will be enough to convince you that you really are in the beating heart of the great French city. For information about travelling on the buses and metro, consult the In Paris page.

The Rue de Tocqueville bisects a lively area where many people live and still more come to work. Its numerous cafés and restaurants fill up each day with locals. The permanent market on the Rue de Lévis, a couple of minutes' walk away, offers a pedestrianised street overflowing with produce, racks of clothes, trestles of bedlinen and other necessities — but one needn't even go that far. The nearest bakery, butcher, fishmonger and cheese shop are all less than a minute's walk from the flat. Click here for some favourite shops.

Eating out
Restaurants are plentiful. In the same street are an Italian, a Japanese and a French called “Au Petit Chavignol”. On the Rue Jouffroy d'Abbans is another typical French café/restaurant (forgotten the name). For a change head up the Rue de Lévis to the Place Villiers for a meal at Le Dôme. All these places cater for the Parisian working lunch and the pace can be fast and furious, but very atmospheric. Find out our favourites.

Eating in
The French for take-away is traiteur, and there are so many of these locally that you need never cook again (though this would be a shame, given the flat's excellent kitchen). Again you can choose from a variety of nationalities, including French, Lebanese, Chinese and Italian. We like these ones.

Local history

You don't have to go far to be plunged into the past. Here's what to look for. Potted history of the area...