Beautiful Paris architecture includes not only the Haussmann-style buildings, the iconic Eiffel Tower, and the graceful bridges across the Seine but also the Paris doors. Wandering the streets of this venerable city, you walk past so many painted doors. They come in a variety of styles of doors, and the aged and marked ones have a special character to them. In a city known for it’s clean, white architecture, the doors add a pop of color. Most intriguing to think about is that these are portals into the places where Parisians live and work.
Paris Doors in the Latin Quarter
My favorite area of Paris is the Latin Quarter. On the left bank of the Seine, the 5th arrondissement of the city is a mix of old and new. The Paris Pantheon is here to honor the history of the city, and at the same time modern families call this home and walk their children to school. Sidewalk cafes abound. And the Paris doors here catch your eye.
The Sorbonne University opened its doors here in the 12th century and gave this area its name. Latin was spoken at universities in those days, so Latin was the language heard in the neighborhood. Here are some views from my walks up and down the street where the school takes up a long block.
Paris Doors in the 7th Arrondissement
After staying in the Latin Quarter we decided to change it up and explore a new neighborhood as our base. We decided to stay in the 7th arrondissement, near the Rodin Museum and the Invalides where Napoleon is buried. The Eiffel Tower decorates the distant view from here. It’s a central location to visit these sites plus so many others. We walked “home” from the Louvre one day and it wasn’t too far at all. Here’s a collection of some of the doors you can see in this area—so varied yet each opening to possibilities and personalities and Paris life. When lights shine out onto the street, they seem to be beckoning you to come inside. And reflections can be fun.
Memorials Decorate the Doors of Paris
Favorite Hotels in These Areas of Paris
An abundance of accommodations can be found in both the Latin Quarter and the 7th arrondissment. Here are my favorites in each.
Of the different places I’ve stayed in the Latin Quarter, the stately Hotel Grands Hommes tops my list. It is next to the Pantheon and rooms offer views of this Paris treasure. Here is what greeted us at sunrise from our room at this hotel.
In the 7th arrondissement, we stayed at the Hotel Varenne for a very reasonable price. It’s elegant and cozy and includes a full breakfast. You enter through a peaceful courtyard garden. I would highly recommend this hotel!