Arrondissements

1st Arrondissement

Louvre 1st ArrondissementThe heart of what was once the seat of royal power in Paris, the 1st arrondissement retains an atmosphere of elegance and regality. It is located along the Right Bank of the River Seine and extends onto the western section of the Île de la Cité in the midst of the river.

The 1st arrondissement is the centre of contemporary Paris and home to famous sites like the Louvre, the Jardins des Tuileries, and the Palais-Royal, as well as popular shopping venues like Les Halles.

2nd Arrondissement

Bourse 2nd ArrondissementLocated directly north of the 1st arrondissement, the 2nd arrondissement of Paris is one the financial centers of Europe, known for its banking and business presence, particularly notable for housing the Bourse–the historic headquarters of the Paris stock exchange.

The smallest of all the arrondissements ,The 2nd is also home to the galleries — covered passages lined with shops — which are quite possibly the prototypes of today’s shopping malls.

3rd Arrondissement

Picasso Museum 3rd ArrondissementOften referred to as “Temple” after the medieval fortress that once stood in the area and was built by the infamous military order known as the Knights Templar, the 3rd arrondissements of Paris is located in the heart of the historical centre of Paris on the right bank of the Seine River.

It is possibly one of the best places to live in Paris. There are several good open air markets, a gigantic covered flea market, and lots of great speciality food stores, especially along rue de Bretagne.

4th Arrondissement

Hotel de la ville 4th ArrondissementThe 4th is a good chunk of what used to be medieval Paris, and you’ll find a lot left from that time in the narrow streets of the lower Marais and on both islands. Meanwhile there’s lots that’s contemporary to look at especially at the Centre Georges Pompidou where you’ll find a lot of the very best contemporary art.

The 4th Arrondissement home to the Victor Hugo Museum and the Hotel de Ville (Paris’s beautiful city hall) as well.

It’s known for its nightlife (it’s the center of gay nightlife in Paris) as well as shopping. Many top boutiques and upscale shops are open on Sundays.

5th Arrondissement

Pantheon 5th ArrondissementThe 5th Arrondissement, also known as the Latin Quarter, is a bustling spot filled with locals, tourists, and students, situated on the city’s Left Bank. The area is the educational center of Paris and has been since the Middle Ages when the famous Sorbonne university was built.

The area still has a significant student presence, with several universities and schools of higher education being located in the area. However, due to gentrification, most student and faculty have been forced to more affordable areas such as the 13th.

6th Arrondissement

Jardin de Luxembourg 6th ArrondissementSituated on the Left Bank, the 6th Arrondissement is the literary heart of Paris. Known for its cafe culture, the 6th Arrondissement was the former haunt of writers, artists, and philosophers such as Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso.

The Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the world’s greatest parks that makes this arrondissement popular with locals and visitors alike.

7th Arrondissement

Eiffel Tower 7th ArrondissementThe Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, the Rodin Museum and the market street, Rue Cler can be found here. The 7th arrondissement is also known for being the home of many government buildings (ministries, the National Assembly and so on). Many dignitaries and VIPs populate this arrondissement.

The Palais Bourbon (National Assembly) and the UNESCO headquarters can also be found in the 7th arrondissement.

8th Arrondissement

Champs Elysee 8th ArrondissementAnother district loaded with tourist attractions. The Champs-Élysées – probably the world’s most famous boulevard – cuts through this arrondissement from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.

The 8th arrondissement of Paris is home to the executive branch of French government is also based here, as well as the embassies of certain nations such as the U.S. and the U.K. The French President also lives here, in the Élysée Palace.

9th Arrondissement

Opera 9th ArrondissementParis’ 9th arrondissement is a stately area well-known for its Belle-Epoque department stores and elegant shopping galleries, popular theaters and hilly residential streets.

The 9th arrondissement is a diverse area of Paris. Flagship department stores and the Grands Boulevards section of shopping thoroughfares (as well as the original Opera – hence the common name for the district) is to be found in the southern part of the arrondissement (shared with the 2nd and the 8th).

10th Arrondissement

Canal Saint Martin 10th ArrondissementThe two great train stations in Paris, the Gare de l’Est and the Gare du Nord  can be found here. The 10th arrondissement of Paris also contains a bohemian element. The cafes and restaurants along the Canal Saint-Martin make it a popular destination for both Parisians and tourists.

This multi-cultural neighborhood also has lately enjoyed the benefits of both the booming nightlife scene in the neighboring 11th, as well as the cycling and rollerblading boom. The streets lining the canal become car-free for the later half of the day each Saturday, and all day on Sundays for your cycling and strolling pleasure.

11th Arrondissement

Place la Bastille 11th ArrondissementThe 11th arrondissement of Paris is an edgy, ethnically diverse area of the city that houses sights such as the New Opera and Place de la Bastille. This is a primarily residential district popular among artists.

It’s also a huge draw for young suburban Parisians, expats, and fans of nightlife, offering a disproportionate number of the city’s hippest bars and clubs.

12th Arrondissement

Bercy 12th ArrondissementThe 12th arrondissement of Paris is a somewhat lesser-known part of the city that notably houses historic train station Gare de Lyon which will likely be your arrival point if you are coming from Switzerland, Italy, or the south of France.

It is one of the largest of the city’s districts even without the 2,460 acre Bois de Vincennes, which more than doubles its size.

13th Arrondissement

Chinatown 13th ArrondissementA multi-cultural residential neighborhood which includes Paris’ largest Chinatown and the modern National Library as its most significant landmark. The 13th is unpretentious, international, and authentically bohemian.

Bordered in the north by the foot of the Latin Quarter, to the west by Montparnasse, to the east by the Seine, and La Petite Asie in the southernmost boundary. It is known primarily as Paris’ Chinatown until the past decade, the 13th arrondissement is being rediscovered day by day! It is a village within a city, a world outside of France, and yet SO Parisian.

14th Arrondissement

Tour Maine Montparnasse 14th ArrondissementAlthough largely residential, the 14th arrondissement is best known for Montparnasse where the Tour Maine Montparnasse (located next to the 15th disctrict) dominates the skyline. Not so far from this skyscraper is the Cemetery where are buried many famous French citizens.

The 14th gets a bad rap for being boring and too residential. While it’s not exactly the most raging arrondissement in the city, there is still something to say about its sleepy charm and quiet streets, especially for those who are looking to return to peace and quiet after a long day of sightseeing.

15th Arrondissement

Parc des expositions 15th ArrondissementThe 15th arrondissement, the largest one of central Paris, both in size and population. The district features charming residential streets, a waterpark and the city’s largest convention center.

Up-market and quiet – not a great deal of obvious attractions for the traveller here, apart from the Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse).

16th Arrondissement

Trocadero 16th ArrondissementAlthough it is not as exclusive as the 7th arrondissement, the 16th arrondissement has the reputation of being the richest, and only the better-off are able to pay the high rents here. The arrondissement is bordered with numerous stately art museums, impressive residences and villas.

It is known to be the residence of choice for affluent Parisians, and for hosting numerous internationally famous events, such as the Roland Garros French Open tennis tournaments, as well as the home stadium of the Paris Saint-Germain football club.

Most first-time visitors will almost certainly catch the view of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero Gardens, and many will pay a visit to one of the 16th’s excellent museums – among them the Marmottan, Guimet, or Paris’ own Museum of Modern Art.

17th Arrondissement

Palais des Congrés 17th ArrondissementThe 17th arrondissement of Paris lies slightly off the beaten path, directly north of the Arc de Triomphe. The Palais des Congrès, a large convention center, is located at the western tip of the arrondissement.

However, if you want to see real Paris at some of its finest and wealthiest, this is where to go.

18th Arrondissement

Butte-Montmartre 18th ArrondissementFor a relatively small arrondissement the 18th is arguably the most notorious, village-like streets, art-drenched history and charming, it is one of Paris’ most-frequented areas.

The Place du Tertre and the Sacré-Coeur basilica are the biggest tourist draws. Another famous sight here is the legendary Moulin Rouge, located at the border of the 9th arrondissement.

19th Arrondissement

Parc de la Villette 19th ArrondissementLocally known as Belleville and situated in the north of Paris, the 19th arrondissement is a green, peaceful and family-friendly refuge from the otherwise quite shabby and/or stuffy city.

One of Paris’s most interesting parks, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, is in the middle of this large district. And the Parc de la Villette, another modern park that contains the city’s famous science museum.

20th Arrondissement

Ménilmontant 20th ArrondissementThe 20th and final arrondissement of Paris has long been a preferred site of art, dancing, music-making and leftist political activity.

The resting place of Molière, Oscar Wilde and Balzac; and the birthplace of Guy Debord as well as Edith Piaf. It is arguably the city’s most vibrant neighborhood of cutting edge artists, writers, musicians, boasting one of Paris’s most beautiful scenic overlooks.