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Introducing the 4th Arrondissement of Paris

The Paris 4th Arrondissement is one of our favorite districts of Paris. This Paris Arrondissement is full of history, nice cafes, art galleries and shops, the kind of place where you can never get bored!

If you are wondering what arrondissement is Notre Dame in, 4th Arrondissement is the answer. The 4th Arrondissement of Paris is also the Ile de Saint Louis and Ile de la Cité Arrondissement.

4th Arrondissement of Paris Map

Definitely one of the liveliest districts of the city, the fourth arrondissement comprises Notre-DameHôtel de Ville (Paris’ town hall), Ile de Saint Louis, the eastern tip of Ile de la Cité and the southern part of Le Marais.

Paris 4 is delimited by the Seine River in the south, and also by Paris 1, Paris 3, Paris 11, and Paris 12. The 4th Arrondissement is divided into 4 neighborhoods: Saint-Merri, Saint-Gervais, Notre-Dame, and Arsenal.

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Ile de la Cité & Ile Saint Louis

Seine River in Paris

In the 4th Arrondissement of Paris, we find the eastern tip of Ile de la Cité (the western tip is in Paris 1), one of the city’s oldest areas.

On Ile de la Cité you cannot miss Notre Dame Cathedral*. Built during the Middle Ages, Notre Dame is a Gothic architecture masterpiece and one of the most visited monuments in Paris.

If you want to know more about the Roman Paris Lutetia, take the steps down to the Archaeological Crypt, one of the most fascinating underground Paris sites. Despite its central location, just in front of Notre Dame, the Archaeological Crypt gets few visitors, which is a pity! After reading some information panels about Parisii and its first inhabitants, visitors can walk through Lutetia’s Roman remains and get a glimpse of Paris during Roman times.

Pont de Saint Louis, behind Notre Dame, will lead you to Ile Saint Louis. This is a lovely place for a stroll, with a particular atmosphere and beautiful views of the Seine and the city. On Ile de Saint Louis, you will find the best ice cream in Paris at Berthillon. There are many ‘Berthillons’ on Ile Saint Louis, but the original one is on 31 rue Saint Louis en l’Ile (you will recognize it by the long lines!).

*NOTRE DAME UPDATE: Following Notre-Dame Fire, Notre Dame Cathedral is temporarily unable to welcome visitors

Le Marais: Much More than Private Mansions

Enjoy the liveliest part of Le Marais, in Paris 4th Arrondissement. This old marsh area became in the 14th century the aristocratic neighborhood of Paris when King Charles V decided to move to Le Marais. The most important people in the court followed the king and built around the new Royal Palace some of the city’s most grand houses (hôtels particuliers).

The best way to explore the Marais is on a walking tour that covers its most beautiful sights. During your tour, don’t miss Place des Vosges, Hôtel de Sully, and Hôtel de Beauvais, home of a young Mozart during his first trip to Paris.

GOOD TO KNOW: Le Marais is neither a neighborhood nor a district of Paris. It is an area that corresponds to the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris. Le Marais means ‘marsh’ in French, and a long time ago, it was just this, a marshland. Things changed in the 14th century when Charles V drained the marshlands and included this area inside the city’s new ramparts.

Gay District Paris

Le Marais is far from being a homogeneous area. On the streets around rue de la Verrerie, there is the gay district of Paris with rainbow flags everywhere, while the little courtyards, quiet cafes, and vintage shops of Village Saint Paul have a small-town vibe.

Finally, the Marais in Paris 4 is also the heart of the city’s main Jewish community. Cross rue Rivoli and you will find yourself in a small Pletzl (=little square in Yiddish) in the heart of Paris.

The first Jewish community settled in this area during the 18th century. From 1881, Ashkenazi Jews began to flock to France, fleeing the persecutions, and they found shelter with their coreligionists established in le Marais. More than half of the people living in the Pletzl died in the Nazi concentration camps whilst the survivors managed to keep the Pletzl’s spirit until our days: street merchants, orthodox Jews with their recognizable hats, boulangeries proposing the Hallot and other Jewish delicacies, and even a Schnorrer (rue des Rosiers).

4th Arrondissement Attractions

Top Sights in Paris 4 – Map made with Google My Maps

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1- Notre Dame de Paris – this magnificent Gothic cathedral built between the 11th and 12th centuries is Paris’s heart and soul.

2- Place des Vosges – this elegant square is one of the royal squares of Paris, and also the oldest.

3- Marché aux Fleurs on l’Île de la Cité – enjoy a scented stroll around this colorful flower market.

4- Hotel de Ville – this Renaissance building houses the city’s local administration, and it is the theatre of many city events.

5- Centre Pompidou – this eclectic architecture designed by the architects Piano & Rogers hosts a world-known contemporary art museum.

6- Tour Saint Jacques – this impressive tower built in flamboyant Gothic style welcomed the pilgrims on the way of Santiago de Compostela.

Hôtel de Ville-Paris

Unique Things to Do in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris

In our Paris Arrondissement Guides, we like to encourage people to beat the crowds and explore Paris beyond its main sights. Despite being one of Paris’s most touristy districts, there are many unique things to do in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris beyond the classic stroll along Ile de la Cité.

7- Paris from Notre-Dame’s Towers – climb up to the top of Notre Dame Towers for one of the best views of Paris, surrounded by gargoyles and other fantastic creatures.

Views from Notre Dame Towers

8- Cloître des Billettes – Eglise des Billettes hosts the only cloister from Middle Ages (14th century) that we can still see in Paris.

9- Village Saint Paul – a quiet and stuck in time labyrinth of cobblestone streets, cafes, and vintage shops with an old town feeling.

10- Brancusi’s Workshop – Located just in front of Centre Georges Pompidou, Brancusi’s workshop allows you to get a glimpse of how artists worked during the ’20s.

Atelier Brancusi - Paris

11- An apéritif on the banks of the Seine River this is a locals’ must! Enjoy a French apéritif with some wine, a Parisian baguette & fromage, while watching the Seine riverboats sail by.

12- Wander around rue des Rosiers get a taste of its many street food options in the heart of the Pletzl, the Jewish Quarter.

Best Local Restaurants in the 4th Arrondissement Paris

The Marais is an area with many good Parisian bistros. Foodies in Paris will love colorful rue des Rosiers, home to the best falafels in the city and other yummy cheap eats, while rue Rambuteau is well-known for its delicacies shops.

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More Paris 4th Restaurants

Don’t you know where to find the best restaurants in the 4th District Paris? Here, some of the best restaurants in Paris 4 proposing good French cuisine.

» L’Ange 20  44 Rue des Tournelles, 75004 Paris. Typical Parisian bistro, not far from Place des Vosges, with good food and a relaxed atmosphere.

» Le Chanard  8 Rue Saint-Paul 75004 Paris. This is a small Parisian bistro, with a warm and friendly setting, with a countryside touch. The cuisine is both authentic and modern, with a menu that changes every day.

» Le Caveau de l’Isle – 36 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile 75004 Paris. Located in Ile Saint Louis’s heart, enjoy traditional but very refined cuisine in a very charming place from another era. 

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4th Arrondissement Hotels

The 4th Arrondissement concentrates a generous offer of hotels and furnished apartments for all kinds of travelers. is the best site for booking hotels in Paris. They have good rates and a huge selection of hotels of all kinds plus it is possible to cancel for free if, in the end, you cannot make it to Paris.

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Located in the Marais, in a former convent, Hotel de Josephine Bonaparte is inspired by Napoleon’s wife. Its unique decorated rooms are elegant and romantic, and its cozy saloons are the perfect place for a last glass of champagne.

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Located between Place des Vosges and Bastille, this is a good and comfortable hotel with contemporary rooms – fairly spacious for the Parisian standards – and a delicious breakfast buffet.

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This boutique hotel has the ideal location in the heart of the Marais, at only 2 min walk from Place des Vosges, bars, and restaurants but in a fairly quiet side street with little traffic. All the rooms come with a private bathroom and they have a beautiful interior design and a comfortable bed

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Hotels are still the most popular option in Paris but if you dream of living the Parisian lifestyle, then an apartment is the best way to get a feel for the local atmosphere. Enjoy Paris in the comfort of your Paris furnished apartment, regardless of the length of your stay.

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Paris Fourth Arrondissement Directory

Le Marais - Paris

Notre Dame de Paris : 6 Parvis Notre Dame, 75004 Paris temporarily closed

Place des Vosges: Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris

Marché aux Fleurs: 37 Place Louis Lépine, 75004 Paris

Hotel de Ville: Place de l’Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris

Centre Pompidou: Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris

Tour Saint Jacques: Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, 75004 Paris

Notre-Dame’s Towers: 1 rue du Cloître Notre Dame, 75004 Paris temporarily closed

Cloître des BillettesÉglise des Billettes. 24 rue des Archives, 75004 Paris

Village Saint Paulrue Saint Paul, 75004 Paris

Brancusi’s Workshop: Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris

Banks of the Seine River: Rives de Seine, 75004 Paris

Rue des Rosiers: rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris

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  • Juliette @ Snorkels to Snow
    06/23/2017 at 7:49 am

    I love this part of Paris too! I haven’t stayed but I have visited (bien sur – Notre Dame!) Next time I will definitely be going to Miss Manon – those pastries have already sold me! I wish I’d known about Hotel de Neuve on my last trip, looks like a great but affordable place to stay in an excellent location.

    • WorldInParis
      08/03/2017 at 1:02 pm

      It seems like you enjoyed reading the post. Thanks for stopping by Juliette 🙂

  • Carmen Edelson
    06/22/2017 at 10:54 pm

    You are my go to blog for Paris tips! I always love your foodie suggestions so I’m looking forward to checking out your hotel recommendations. Thanks for sharing!

    • WorldInParis
      06/25/2017 at 3:48 pm

      Cool to know that you think about us when thinking about Paris! 🙂

  • Nina | Nina Near and Far
    06/22/2017 at 4:45 pm

    This is such a great guide, I love the list of quirky things to see! Makes for the best photos 😉

    • WorldInParis
      06/22/2017 at 6:12 pm

      Indeed! 🙂

  • Miranda
    06/21/2017 at 3:50 pm

    This is a fantastic list! looks like you could spend a few weeks just in this city and still have lots of stuff to do. It’s great to get a local’s perspective on the great spots to visit and eat.

    • WorldInParis
      06/22/2017 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for your kind comment Miranda! Actually you could spend years and still have lots of stuff to do!

  • Charli
    06/21/2017 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve seen so much of the world but I’ve never been to Pairs, despite living in London! This is such a comprehensive guide, I much prefer to travel like a local so I’ll definitely use your suggestions if I make it over the pond! And I’ll check out Yummy Pairs too!

    • WorldInParis
      06/22/2017 at 9:54 am

      Same here with London! Last time I was there I was 18, we are talking about last century, lol

  • Clare
    06/21/2017 at 10:40 am

    I have been to Paris a few times and not sure what districts I have visited but I did go to Notre Dame and explore around there too. It’s a beautiful city and I also loved doing a river cruise too. I mainly walked around, which is a great way to explore and see the city.

    • WorldInParis
      06/22/2017 at 9:55 am

      Yeah, walking is the best way to explore Paris 🙂

  • Nic
    06/21/2017 at 6:14 am

    Wow with all of those amazing sights and landmarks, Paris 4 really does sound like the best to explore! Thanks for sharing this amazing guide!

  • Megan Jerrard
    06/21/2017 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for this list! I didn’t realize just how far back the history of Paris 4 was! Notre Dame Cathedral was my favorite from Paris 4, and some of my favorite views over the city once you’re at the top of the towers. I have the obligatory cheesy tourist photos with the Gargoyles lol

    • WorldInParis
      06/22/2017 at 9:57 am

      Cool that you made it to the top of the towers, when the weather is nice there are super long queues to climb!

  • Carol Colborn
    06/20/2017 at 8:15 pm

    I love how you dissect Paris! Didn’t know Victor Hugo’s house was in this part!

    • WorldInParis
      06/22/2017 at 9:56 am

      Victor Hugo’s house has nice views over Place des Vosges 🙂

  • Edith & Juan
    06/20/2017 at 7:52 pm

    These are great tips! All your posts make me really want to visit Paris sooner than later. Will definitely visit this district when I’m there.

    • WorldInParis
      06/20/2017 at 8:03 pm

      Paris 4 is the heart of Paris so if you come to the city you cannot miss it! 😉

  • Jade Mortimer
    06/20/2017 at 4:51 am

    sounds amazing! i haven’t yet been to Paris so it’s great to keep track of all these tips! might just have to move there one day – i didn’t know there was so much to do in just one city!

    • WorldInParis
      06/20/2017 at 9:01 am

      Living in a big city like Paris has also its downs and sometimes life is stressful here. But it is such a beautiful city with lots of things to do that it compensates 🙂

  • Gidokblog
    06/19/2017 at 10:41 pm

    Have heard a lot of good things about Paris maybe someday I will pay a visit.

    • WorldInParis
      06/20/2017 at 9:01 am

      Hope you will make it! 🙂

  • Veronika Tomanova
    06/19/2017 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for practical tips how to survive and enjoy this elegant but touristy destination. It is already some years since I have visited Paris. I loved Notre-Dame, Montmartre and other places. I would like to come back though – so thanks for recommending!

    • WorldInParis
      06/20/2017 at 9:02 am

      You are welcome, Veronika! Hope you will make it to Paris again soon 🙂

  • Mike Cotton
    06/19/2017 at 12:43 pm

    It’s been years since I set foot in Paris but this article certainly makes me want to return. I wasn’t aware that Paris had district numbered like this, it makes it easier to navigate.

    • WorldInParis
      06/20/2017 at 9:04 am

      Glad to have “teased” you with Paris. Hope you will return soon, for sure you will find lots of new tings to see & do 🙂

  • Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    06/19/2017 at 12:50 am

    The 4th is also one of my favorite arrondissements in Paris! Village St. Paul and Place de Vosges are such great spots to wander. On all of my Paris trips, I still haven’t seen the cloisters or the hidden garden, to name a few. Ile Saint-Louis is so charming and I have a favorite scarf shop I always return to for a splurge. My goodness, I just love Paris! 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      06/19/2017 at 9:38 am

      Oh, I love scarfs! I usually buy a scarf when I travel to exotic destinations. Do you remember the shop’s name or the address? I would like to have a look 😉

  • Carol Perehudoff
    06/18/2017 at 6:27 pm

    I had no idea the Ile de la Cité used to be called Lutèce, Ile de la Cité – so that’s why there is a Lutèce hotel. That arondissiment has so much to offer and every time I go I learn a little more. Next up, I’ll explore the crypt of Notre Dame. Why have I never thought of doing that before?

    • WorldInParis
      06/18/2017 at 7:48 pm

      Like I said, despite being very close to one of the most visited sights in Paris the crypt has few visitors. And it is a very cool place to discover, especially in hot days like today 😉

  • Gokul Raj
    06/18/2017 at 12:24 pm

    Love this website dedicated for Paris. Very informative post. I would also like to know about the best youth hostels in Paris.

    • WorldInParis
      08/10/2017 at 9:17 am

      Happy to know that you enjoy this blog, Gokul! 🙂

  • Marion Halliday (Red Nomad OZ)
    06/18/2017 at 10:42 am

    I so love your personal favourites guide – while I would want to see the tourist places like Notre Dame, your great suggestions are the things I would want to discover for myself to make my Paris experience a lot more personal and memorable. Of course anything with food (especially ice cream!) gets my vote, but exploring the historic cloister, half-timbered house and admiring the sunset with a drink are also very appealing!

    • WorldInParis
      06/18/2017 at 7:50 pm

      Glad that you loved this post! As we said, this is a personal list of favorite things we like to do but by doing this you are sure to experience Paris in a more local way 🙂

  • Punita Malhotra
    06/18/2017 at 6:25 am

    The more posts I read on your website, the more it reinforces my belief that no one can ever get enough of Paris. The more you explore, the more you feel remains unseen.

    • WorldInParis
      06/18/2017 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for your beautiful comment Punita! I cannot get enough of paris, there is always sth new to explore! 🙂

  • Rosi C.
    06/18/2017 at 3:59 am

    Really love Paris. Been 19 years and hope to visit next year. Cool itinerary

    • WorldInParis
      06/18/2017 at 9:46 am

      You will find lots of new things to explore 😉

  • Rhonda Albom
    06/17/2017 at 11:19 pm

    I didn’t even realise there were different districts in Paris. We went several years back but only for a couple days because we had a flight to Morocco. I’ve heard quite a lot about the Notre Dame Cathedral and I would love to revisit Paris so I could see it one day.

    • WorldInParis
      06/18/2017 at 9:47 am

      Oh, yes, it would be a pity to miss Notre Dame. Hope you will make it next time 🙂

  • Fiona Maclean
    06/17/2017 at 1:36 pm

    I love Paris’s boutique hotels, though I generally stay in the 6ieme or 7ieme. Next time I’ll venture in the the 4ieme – you have some fab looking places to see!

    • WorldInParis
      06/18/2017 at 9:48 am

      There are different districts for different tastes. Maybe you will get surprised if you try other districts than 6th or 7th 😉