So...I am going to be in Paris for my first time for 3 days at the end of June/beginning of July. I am looking at places on AirBnB, and I need some advice. I want to get the feel of the life of a Parisian...I have narrowed down my choices to Montmartre or Ménilmontant/Bastille areas. I may do a quick trip to the Louvre, but I want to soak in normal life in a cool part of Paris. Cool to me means good food--funky markets, acoustic/indie music, art and some nice parks/views. I am not looking for anything posh--just a neighborhood that is on the bohemian side, but is in a safe part of town.
I have 2 places I must see while in Paris: Louveciennes (I know I have to take the train/metro?) and Pére Lachaise. I will most likely get to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, but other than that, I want to wander...what neighborhood do your recommend? I am a 42-year-old woman traveling on my own, but I am not looking for the tourist route...I want to see it through the eyes of a Parisian who appreciates good music and interesting people.
Thanks for your time.