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Guide to Paris Arrondissements (as seen by locals)

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Paris Top Sights Cheat Sheet | Paris Arrondissement Guide | Paris Like a Local | Districts of Paris | Where to Stay in Paris | Paris Neighborhoods | Paris Travel Tips

All about the Paris Arrondissements. Planning your first trip to Paris can be challenging: Where to stay in Paris? What to visit? Which arrondissement is best for me to hang out? We don’t have the answer to all these questions, it depends on how you are and what you like.

More than simple divisions, the 20 arrondissements of Paris have their own character and charm. They all tell locals and visitors alike different stories about Paris. On our Paris Arrondissement Guide we try to give a good breakdown to all the Paris districts, and tell about their essence.

If you want to know more about a specific arrondissement, check our Paris by Arrondissement posts. On these posts we give a deep insight into each district and our best tips to explore Paris like a local. We started this series of posts in April 2017 so it will take us some time to reach Paris 20 but we will make it!

 

PARIS ARRONDISSEMENTS AND PARIS NEIGHBORHOODS

What does “arrondissement” mean?

The Arrondissements of Paris are administrative divisisons. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (or districts). In each district of Paris there is a town hall (Mairie) and a mayor (Maire), as well as elected officials, a council, a politician and so on. Of course, the 20 arrondissements of Paris are still subject to the overall policy of the city and the mayor of Paris, the socialist Anne Hidalgo.

The Arrondissements of Paris are not to be confused with the Parisian quartiers (Paris Neighborhoods). Parisian quartiers, like Belleville, Saint-Germain-des-Près and many more, are historic neighborhoods while the arrondissements of Paris exist only since the XVIIIth century. An arrondissement usually includes more than one Parisian quartier within its boundaries.

To find your bearings in Paris there is a little trick: the 1st arrondissement of Paris is in the center of the city, then the other Paris arrondissements are located  forming a spiral turning clockwise, to finish in the 20th arrondissement in the east.

Choosing where to stay in Paris is a difficult decision because each arrondissement has its own charm. On this post we want to give in a few lines the essence of each district of Paris.

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THE ARRONDISSEMENTS OF PARIS (AS SEEN BY LOCALS)

 

PARIS 1 (LOUVRE)

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This is one of the must-see arrondissements in Paris. If this is your first time in Paris you wont want to miss Paris 1 because many Paris monuments and sights are located in this district. This is the district of the Kings of France, with the Royal Palace, Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre or La Cité palace. There is no need to say that this is one of the most sumptuous Paris districts and also one of the most expensive arrondissements to stay. On the other hand, Paris 1 is also the district of Les Halles. This neighborhood, historically known as “the belly of Paris” because of its huge central market, is less fancy than the Louvre neighborhood but you have more chances to find some local life (and better prices) here.

Come to Paris 1 for its monuments, elegant squares and to enjoy the Seine’s banks.

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PARIS 2 (LA BOURSE)

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This district is organized around the old Stock Market of Paris, with many banks and beautiful shops. Paris 2  is the smallest district of Paris, with a strong commercial character. It also homes the textile industry so come here if you need some nice fabrics. There are not many top sights in Paris 2 but it has beautiful architecture, grands boulevards and foodies will be very happy to walk along Rue Montorgueil, one of the best food streets in Paris. Most of the beautiful covered Passages in Paris are also located in Paris 2.

Come to Paris 2 for its restaurants, bars and cinemas.

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PARIS 3 (TEMPLE)

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Half of famous Le Marais is located in the 3rd Arrondissement of Paris. Paris 3 is a lively and trendy district, with many faces. You will find lots of fancy Art Galleries close to Beaubourg (which is in Paris 4) while its winding old streets are full of vintage shops and beautiful hôtels particuliers. Paris 3 is also home of the first Chinese community in Paris so it is a good opportunity to find cheap and authentic (Asian) food along their streets.

Come to Paris 3 for beautiful cafes, vintage shops, hôtels particuliers and art galleries.

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PARIS 4 (HÔTEL DE VILLE)

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Paris 4 is the district of the other half of Le Marais but also the district of Ile de la Cité, Ile de Saint Louis and Hôtel de Ville. There are plenty of things to do in Paris 4 for locals and tourists alike. For this reason and because this is one of the most beautiful Paris districts, the 4th arrondissement is our favorite one. Some of the top tourist attractions in Paris like Notre Dame or Sainte Chapelle are located in Paris 4 but this is also a district for a nice walks. Paris 4, and to be more specific the streets around Hôtel de Ville, is also the gay district in Paris since the 90’s. If you are looking for gay bars in Paris or gay parties in Paris you will see many rainbow flags in this area.

Come to Paris 4 for lots of history, shopping, nice walks and to enjoy (again) the banks of the Seine.

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PARIS 5 (PANTHÉON)

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The 5th Arrondissement of Paris is where Romans settled for the first time, founding the city of Lutetia. This is a district world known for its history and culture. The oldest district of Paris, also called Latin Quarter, is also the district of students because it was here where many historical universities like la Sorbonne were founded during the XIIth century. We like Paris 5 especially for its student atmosphere.

Come to Paris 5 for its Roman remains, lots of history and students life.

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PARIS 6 (LUXEMBOURG)

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The 6th district of Paris is world known for its famous Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés, meeting place of students, artists and intellectuals long, long time ago. Still, tourist flock to Paris 6 looking for this (today disappeared) intellectual atmosphere and ready to pay ridiculous prices for it. Paris 6 is also home of Luxembourg Gardens and also some beautiful architecture and nice winding streets.

Come to Paris 6 for luxury boutiques and art galleries and to see lots of tourists ready to empty their wallets. How much is the cafe you said? How much?!!!

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PARIS 7 (EIFFEL TOWER)

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This is the bourgeois district of Eiffel Tower and Invalides, as well as big avenues and beautiful hôtels particuliers transformed today in embassies. The only lively part which deserves a mention here is the streets around Rue de Bac, at Quartier Sèvres-Babylone, full of nice haute-couture and prêt-à-porter shops and other beautiful shops.

Come to Paris 7 to see the Eiffel Tower and other nice museums like Musée Rodin or Orsay Museum.

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PARIS 8 (ELYSÉE)

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This is the district of fashion and luxury symbolized by the famous “Golden Triangle” formed by rue Montaigne – rue George V –  avenue des Champs-Élysées. This is also the district of l’Elysée, the French president’s official residence, and the Arc the Triomphe. For all these reasons and more, Paris 8 is expensive, very expensive.

Come to Paris 8 for luxury shopping and for nice views from the top of Arc de Triomphe.

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PARIS 9 (OPÉRA)

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From Pigalle to Opéra Garnier, this is a trendy district where things have not changed much during the last 30 years. A lively district with its old cafes, offices and Haussmannian architecture and where we still can find a true neighborhood life. Paris 9’s location, close to the Grands Boulevards and Montmartre, is perfect to visit easily Paris’ main sights and for a little bit of nightlife.

Come to Paris 9 for its life, with lots of things to see & do.

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PARIS 10 (CANAL SAINT MARTIN)

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Paris 10 is one of the trendiest districts in Paris, eternally linked to Canal Saint-Martin and its banks. This is the heart of Boboland, hurt forever by Amélie Poulain film. BUT this is also the district of two big train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, with an always busy and popular atmosphere around. Some bars at rue de Faubourg Saint-Denis are very cool.

Come to Paris 10 to wander, get lost and make cool discoveries.

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PARIS 11

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Paris 11 is known for its night activity and festive character. Apart from Pigalle’s oldish places and the traditional concert halls, Paris 11 hosts since few years very cool places to party for people under 25:  Lautrec, Mansart, Sans Souci, Chez Moune and  le Carmen for those looking for a long run . .

Come to Paris 11 to party and have fun.

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PARIS 12 (REUILLY)

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Paris 12 is one of the Paris residential areas. Also, it has the honor to be the greenest district of Paris, home of Parc Floral, Bois de Vincennes and Parc de Bercy. This is a very sleepy district but still sights like La Coulée Verte or a glass of wine in good company at Bercy are worth a short visit.

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PARIS 13

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We like Paris 13! A kind of no man’s land with a very popular character and a strong Chinese population, this district of Paris has some cool things like the arty Butte-Aux-Cailles neighborhood or its incredible Mural Program on huge residential buildings. Paris 13 Street Art attires the most renowned Street Artists in the world and is giving some color to the 13th arrondissement of Paris. If you are a curious visitor I would give it a chance.

Come to Paris 13 for some great Paris Street Art and the Chinese’s New Year.

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PARIS 14

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Too calm and strange. However Paris 14 has the honor to host Parc Montsouris, one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. In Paris 14 we like the Cité Universitaire de Paris, with its architecture from the 4 corners of the world and its student atmosphere.

You will probably want to come to Paris 14 to see the Paris Catacombs.

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PARIS 15

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Ouff! Another Paris residential area. Definitely a family district, too calm and with no special character. The most populated district of Paris, it is like if everybody wanted to live in Paris 15. Definitely not original at all and too far from everything.

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PARIS 16

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This is an upscale residential district, it is where the rich people in Paris live. The population is slightly older than in other arrondissements and it always looks very empty. Really empty and far away. The trees of Paris 16 are nice though.

Come to Paris 16 to see beautiful Art Nouveau Architecture. Most of Guimet’s works are in Paris 16.

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PARIS 17 (BATIGNOLLES-MONCEAU)

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This district is formed by 3 very different Neighborhoods: merchant Quartier de Ternes, bourgeois Quartier Monceau and arty Quartier de Batignoles. What can we say about Paris 17? We were living there but it was so boring that we escaped after three months . .

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PARIS 18 (MONTMARTRE)

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This is the most paradoxical of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. It is home to Quartier Montmartre, the quintessential Neighborhood in Paris, but there are also popular zones longtime forgotten by everybody. Montmartre with its winding cobbled streets is here, yes, but also Little India, Africa and the infamous Goute d’Or neighborhood. If you want to stay in Paris 18, be sure your hotel is located close to Pigalle or Blanche metro stations.

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PARIS 19

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World in Paris’ headquarter is located in Paris 19 and we love it! Paris 19 was a former industrial area develpped along Canal de l’Ourq. Today it is a very popular district with a strong quota of immigration but with a very Parisian soul at the same time. Paris 19 is home of  wonderful Parc Buttes-Chaumont and La Villette. We just love to spend time in the park, always full of life and different activities. And we also love to hang out at Canal de la Villette for our favorite drinks and some people watching.

Come to Paris 19 if you want to discover Paris off the beaten path.

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PARIS 20

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This was the cheapest district in Paris so many young Parisian couples with less resources came here to live. Today, Paris 20 is one of the trendiest and more authentic districts of Paris and all this without tourists! Best known for being home of Père Lachaise Cemetery, there are not many other interesting sights in Paris 20. However, it has cool cafes to hang out with friends and some of the best views of the City of Light.

Come to Paris 20 if you want to enjoy Paris Like a Local.

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PARIS DISTRICTS F.A.Q.

 

What is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris?

It depends on what you are looking for. Have lots of money and want to be close to everything? Then choose Paris 1 or Paris 2. Looking for some cool local life, far from the crowds? Paris 20 might suit you very well. Looking for party? Stay in Paris 11 . . .

What is the best area to stay in Paris for sightseeing?

In our opinion it is Paris 1 and Paris 4.

What is the best place to stay in Paris close to everything?

Without any doubt, the central districts: Paris 1, Paris 4, Paris 5 and Paris 6.

Are there no-go zones in Paris?

In general there are no Paris districts to avoid but we have our little list of places that might be best avoided, like the Eiffel Tower on a Saturday afternoon in summer, Chatelet Metro Station (we always get lost there!) or metro at rush hour 😉

What if we are looking for non touristy things to do in Paris?

You are in the right place! Check our posts by arrondissement where we tell you where to sleep, eat and play like a local in Paris.

 

We hope that you like our Paris Arrondissements Guide. Which arrondissement suits you best? 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Shelia Boudreaux
    11/08/2017 at 5:18 pm

    I love this post! I am always so confused by which is which and this helped so much. Thanks!!

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      11/11/2017 at 2:59 pm

      Now you know where to stay next time you are in Paris 😉

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    Punita Malhotra
    11/08/2017 at 7:00 am

    This is one city no one can ever get enough of. Just one look at this list of Arrondissements and you realise it needs several journeys to know it all. We have been just thrice and there is still tons that we haven’t explored. The scale of Paris can be overwhelming,

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      WorldInParis
      11/18/2017 at 10:15 pm

      I actually find it a very compact city. But YES, many things to do and see (and eat!)

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    Rhonda Albom
    11/06/2017 at 11:30 am

    I was wondering what an arrondissement was when I started this post. It’s interesting that there are so many districts in so small an area, and that each has a town hall. We had a rushed visit the last time we went and got to see all the main tourist attractions, but not really get a feel of the local life. The 13th district interests me for the street art.

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      WorldInParis
      11/18/2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks Rhonda for your comment. Yes, Paris 13 has really good street art and it is worth the detour 🙂

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    Paige W
    11/05/2017 at 11:24 am

    I’m glad you explained Arrondissements definition somewhat near the top. I was confused for a bit and felt a bit silly for not knowing that word. Ha I love that only three of them have Paris like a local 3/3. Haha It makes sense that they’re the ones with less to see. I’m curious, how did Amelie hurt Boboland?

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      WorldInParis
      11/18/2017 at 10:19 pm

      Because Amélie attired the crowds to that district of Paris and now there are Amélie tours, etc which spoil the atmosphere a little bit. It happened the same with Da Vinci Code and Paris Saint Sulpice /Louvre Museums. Actually the people responsible of these two places hate Dan Brown a lot, lol

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    Anu
    11/05/2017 at 4:30 am

    This is such a great information you have compiled for a first-time visitor to Paris. People normally write about tourist attractions and forget that cities are living places and organized for those who live here. I am yet to visit Paris, but I am now keen to check out Paris 20.

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      WorldInParis
      11/18/2017 at 10:20 pm

      Great choice! Lots of Local life and great views of the Eiffel Tower from Parc de Belleville 🙂

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