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03/29/20

The Arrondissements of Paris

In this quick guide to Paris by Arrondissement, you will find all that you need to know about the Arrondissements of Paris (Paris Districts).

Planning your first trip to Paris can be challenging: whether you’re wondering about the best Arrondissement to stay in Paris or the best things to do in a specific district of Paris, World in Paris guides you through what to do and where to eat, sleep, drink and go out in the 20 Arrondissements of Paris.

An Overview of the 20 Arrondissements of Paris

  • Paris 1 – Louvre
  • Paris 2 – Bourse
  • Paris 3 – Temple
  • Paris 4 – Hôtel de Ville
  • Paris 5 – The Latin Quarter
  • Paris 6 – Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Paris 7 – The Eiffel Tower District
  • Paris 8 – Elysée
  • Paris 9 – Opéra
  • Paris 10 – Canal Saint-Martin
  • Paris 11 – République
  • Paris 12 – Reuilly
  • Paris 13 – Butte-aux-Cailles
  • Paris 14 – Montparnasse
  • Paris 15 – Vaugirard – Grenelle
  • Paris 16 – Chaillot -Auteuil – Passy
  • Paris 17 – Batignoles – Monceau
  • Paris 18 – Montmartre
  • Paris 19 – Buttes-Chaumont
  • Paris 20 – Belleville
Arrondissements of Paris

Arrondissements of Paris

A good introduction to Paris


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Paris Arrondissements vs Paris Neighborhoods

What does Paris Arrondissement mean?

Paris Arrondissements, what are they? The Arrondissements of Paris are administrative divisions. Paris is divided into 20 Paris Arrondissements (or Paris 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 Districts of Paris are still subject to the overall policy of the city and the mayor of Paris, the socialist Anne Hidalgo.

Arrondissements of Paris Map

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 18 century. One Arrondissement usually includes many Paris Neighborhoods within its boundaries.

To find your bearings in Paris there is a little trick: if you look at the Paris Arrondissement Map here below, 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.

 

Paris Arrondissement Map

Paris Arrondissement Map

 

If you don’t have a map of Paris Districts on hand, another way to easily figure out what city district you’re in is to look for the street signs that are affixed to the sides of buildings on pretty much every corner of the city. In addition to telling you what street you’re on, the plaques also show the arrondissement.

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Paris Arrondissement Guide

Choosing the best Arrondissement to stay in Paris is a difficult decision. More than simple divisions, the 20 Districts of Paris have their own character and charm. They all tell locals and visitors alike different stories about Paris.

On this Paris Arrondissement Guide, we try to give a good breakdown to all the Paris districts and tell about their essence. You will find the Paris Arrondissements description with some historical notes and the main Paris attractions by arrondissement.

If you want to know more about a specific arrondissement, check our Paris by Arrondissement posts here below. 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!

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Our Favorite Walking Tours in Paris by Arrondissement

TOUR NAME LOCATION DURATION TOPIC PRICE
Paris Ile de la Cité Walking Tour Paris 4 4 hrs History, Sightseeing View
The Marais District Walking Tour Paris 3 & 4 2.5 hrs History, Sightseeing View
Bohemian Paris: Latin Quarter Walking Tour Paris 5 2 hrs History, Sightseeing View
Saint-Germain Walking Tour Paris 6 2.5 hrs History, Sightseeing View
Eiffel Tower District Tour Paris 7 2.5 hrs History, Food View
Street Art in Paris 13 Walking Tour Paris 13 1.5 hrs Street Art View
Hidden Gems of Montmartre Paris 18 2 hrs Sightseeing View

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In 2020, 4 Paris Arrondissements Unite Under New Name: Paris Centre New!

In 2020 the central four arrondissements of Paris become one. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s plan is motivated by her desire to make the arrondissements more equal in terms of the size of the population they serve. For example, while the 1st Arrondissement is home to just 17,000 residents, Paris 15 can count 240,000.

The new name of the four arrondissements which make up the center of the city is Paris Centre. This name was voted by the residents of these 4 Arrondissements. Residents also voted on which town hall should represent the newly united district, and the winning town hall was the 3rd arrondissement’s town hall.
Even if the first four arrondissements are grouped together for administrative reasons, the city’s postcodes will not change. In other words, Paris and this Paris Districts Guide will continue to have 20 arrondissements.

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Districts of Paris Guide

NOTE: the Arrondissements of Paris (or Districts of Paris) do not have names. Only the neighborhoods of Paris have names. For example, Paris 18 consists of four neighborhoods named Quartier des Carrières, Quartier de Clignancourt, Quartier de la Goutte d’Or and Quartier de la Chapelle.

In this Paris Arrondissements Guide, sometimes we give names to the arrondissements mostly as “hints” so you can easily find your bearings in the city. The name of Paris 7, for example, is not Eiffel Tower District. It’s just Paris 7 or 7th Arrondissement of Paris but we named it the “Eiffel Tower District” so you can know that this is the district where the Eiffel Tower is located. Sounds complicated?

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PARIS 1 (Louvre)

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Paris 1 - Tuileries Gardens

The 1st Arrondissement of Paris is one of the must-see districts of Paris. If this is your first time in Paris you definitely want to include Paris 1 in your Paris itinerary because many of the famous Parisian monuments and sights are located in this district.

This is the district of the Kings of France, with the Royal PalaceTuileries Gardensthe Louvre or La Cité Palace, and the Seine River, best enjoyed from the water on a Seine River cruise.  There is no need to say that this is one of the most sumptuous Arrondissements in Paris and also one of the most expensive arrondissements in which 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 upmarket than the Louvre neighborhood but you’ll have more chances to find local life (and better prices) here.

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

MAIN SIGHTS: Louvre Palace, Place Vendôme, Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois Church, Royal Palace, Sainte Chapelle, La Conciergerie

BEST MUSEUMS: Louvre Museum, Orangerie Museum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Jeu de Paume

PARKS AND GARDENS: Tuileries Gardens, Royal Palace Gardens, Square du Vert Galant (on Ile de la Cité)

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PARIS 2 (Bourse)

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Paris 2 Passage Choiseul Paris

The 2nd Arrondissement of Paris is the smallest district of Paris, a quiet and largely overlooked business district organized around the old Stock Market of Paris. It also houses many textile businesses so it’s the perfect district for those who want to shop for fabrics.

There are not many top tourist sites in Paris 2 but it has beautiful architecture, covered passages, and it is home to several hidden gems ready to reward the determined traveler. Foodies in Paris will be very happy to walk along Rue Montorgueil, one of the best food streets in Paris.

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

MAIN SIGHTS: Tour Jean-Sans-Peur, Place des Victoires, Reaumur Street and its 20th-century architecture, Rue Montorgueil.

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PARIS 3 (Temple)

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Half of the famous Le Marais (which is neither an Arrondissement nor a District) is located in the 3rd Arrondissement of Paris.

Paris 3 is both a historical and trendy district, a maze of narrow streets where historic private mansions rub shoulders with hipster coffee shops. Visitors will find lots of high-end art galleries close to Beaubourg (which is in Paris 4) while some of the most beautiful hôtel particuliers (rich private mansions) host today interesting museums like Musée Picasso or Musée Carnevalet.

Paris 3 is also home to the first Chinese community in the city so it is a good opportunity to find cheap and authentic (Asian) food on their streets.

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

BEST MUSEUMS: Picasso Museum, Carnevalet Museum (temporarily closed), Musée des Arts et Métiers, Musée des Archives Nationales

PARKS AND GARDENS: Anne Frank Garden, Square Georges Caïn, Archives Nationales Gardens

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PARIS 4 (Hôtel de Ville)

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Cité, Paris 4

The 4th Arrondissement of Paris is where you can find the other half of Le Marais, covering the territory south of rue Francs-Bourgeois and rue Rambuteau all the way to and inclusive of Ile Saint Louis and half of Ile-de-la-Cité.

Paris 4 is an ensemble of narrow laneways, lined with historic private mansions and pretty parks and it is also home to some of the city’s top sites, like the Centre Pompidou, Hôtel de Ville or Notre Dame. For this reason and because of its central position, Paris 4 is often considered one of the best districts in Paris for visitors, the best place to stay in Paris close to everything.

Paris 4, and more precisely the streets around Hôtel de Ville, is also the gay district of Paris since the 1990s and you will see many rainbow flags in this area. If you are looking for gay bars in Paris or gay parties in Paris, the 4th arrondissement of Paris is the place to go.

Come to Paris 4 for lots of history, shopping, pleasant walks and to enjoy the Seine’s river right bank.

MAIN SIGHTS: Place des Vosges, Notre Dame de Paris (temporarily closed), Hôtel de Ville

BEST MUSEUMS: Centre Georges Pompidou, Victor Hugo’s house

WE RECOMMEND:

  • A picnic in Place des Vosges
  • Ile de la Cité Walking Tour
  • Explore the Pletzl, the Jewish quarter in Paris located north of Place Saint-Paul

 

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PARIS 5 (The Latin Quarter)

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Paris 5 - Place Contrescarpe

The 5th Arrondissement of Paris is where the Romans settled for the first time, founding the city of Lutetia.

Much more than the touristy streets of the Latin Quarter, Paris 5 spreads south from Notre Dame, up past the Panthéon and down towards the 13th and 14th Arrondissements.  Its ancient streets contain a few remnants of the Roman Lutetia, medieval religious buildings, the historic core of the Sorbonne University, charming squares and an array of living culture in the form of art house cinemas and curious bookstores.

Come to Paris 5 for its historical monuments, and lively student atmosphere

MAIN SIGHTS: the Panthéon, Arènes de Lutèce, Collège des Bernardins, Grande Mosquée de Paris

BEST MUSEUMS: Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, Musée du Moyen Age (Cluny Museum), Musée Marie Curie

PARKS AND GARDENS: Jardin des Plantes, Cluny Museum’s Medieval Garden

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PARIS 6 (Saint -Germain-des-Prés)

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Paris 6 - Saint Sulpice Church

When most people think of Paris, visions of the narrow streets and cafés of the Left Bank come to mind, and more precisely, those of the 6th Arrondissement. Indeed, the 6th Arrondissement of Paris is mainly known for its famous Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés, meeting place of students, artists, and intellectuals at various times.

Still, visitors come to Paris 6 looking for this long since disappeared cool atmosphere and they are ready to pay ridiculous prices in places like Cafe de Flore or Cafe Les Deux Magots.

Paris 6 is also home to Luxembourg Gardens, Saint Sulpice Church, beautiful architecture and expensive art galleries which, unfortunately, replaced all those little bookshops and printers that once populated the quartier to provide the universities nearby.

The 6th District of Paris is also a great place for foodies in Paris, with beautiful gourmet shops, and chocolate & pastries shops. Some of the most popular food tours in Paris explore and taste the latest trends in sweets in the pastry shops of Saint-Germain-des-Près.

Come to Paris 6 for luxury boutiques and art galleries and to follow Ernest Hemingway’s steps.

MAIN SIGHTS: Saint-Germain-des-Près Church, Saint Sulpice Church, Médicis Fountain

BEST MUSEUMS: Eugène Delacroix Museum, Zadkine Museum

PARKS AND GARDENS: Luxembourg Gardens

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PARIS 7 (Eiffel Tower)

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Paris 7 - Eiffel Tower

The 7th Arrondissement of Paris is the bourgeois district of the Eiffel Tower, and the Invalides, as well as big avenues and beautiful hôtels particuliers transformed today into embassies and government buildings.

We must admit that we are not fans of Paris 7 but we like Rue Cler, one of the most famous market streets in Paris, and the streets around Rue de Bac (Quartier Sèvres-Babylone), full of fashion shops and other beautiful stores.

Come to Paris 7 to see the Eiffel Tower, and other interesting museums like the Rodin Museum, the Orsay Museum or the Quai Branly Museum.

MAIN SIGHTS: the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and the tomb of Napoleon I

BEST MUSEUMS: Musée de l’Armée, Rodin Museum, Orsay Museum, Quai Branly Museum, the Paris Sewer Museum

PARKS AND GARDENS: Champ de Mars

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PARIS 8 (Elysée)

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Paris 8 - Arc de Triomphe

The 8th Arrondissement of Paris 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, the Arc de Triomphe, beautiful 5-star historic hotels, and two of the best Cabarets in Paris. For all these reasons and more, Paris 8 is expensive, very expensive.

That said, Paris 8 has some of the best romantic places in all of Paris, from gorgeous museums to intriguing historic sites and from jaw-dropping viewpoints to enchanting secret spots, you just need to know where to look!

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

MAIN SIGHTS: Arc de Triomphe, Madeleine Church, the Chapelle Expiatoire, Champs Elysées, Pont Alexandre III

BEST MUSEUMS: Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Jacquemart-André Museum, Cernuschi Museum

PARKS AND GARDENS: Parc Monceau

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PARIS 9 (Opéra)

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Paris 9 - Opéra Garnier

The 9th Arrondissement of Paris was the “New Athens”, the heart of intellectual life in the capital in the early 19th-century Romantic era when it hosted the likes of Georges Sand and Chopin.

Sadly, parts of Paris 9 fell into seedy decline over the 20 century with the proliferation of brothels and then escort girl bars but the 21st century is giving the area a hip makeover over and is now one of the city’s coolest districts of Paris.

With the Opéra Garnier and the Grands Magasins, the 9th Arrondissement has long been a classic destination for visitors but there are plenty of hidden gems nestled amongst the well-known monuments and imposing Haussmannian architecture that we invite you to discover.

From the Pigalle neighborhood to Opéra Garnier, explore a lively district with its old cafes, offices, and Grands Magasins where we still can find a true neighborhood life. Paris 9’s position, close to the Grands Boulevards and Montmartre, could be your best location to stay in Paris to visit the city’s main sights and to enjoy a little bit of nightlife.

Come to Paris 9 for its life, with some great, both historic and contemporary sites.

MAIN SIGHTS: Opéra Garnier, Galeries Lafayette, Haussmannian Architecture, Follies Bergère

BEST MUSEUMS: Fragonard Perfume Museum, Musée  Grévin (wax museum)

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PARIS 10 (Canal Saint-Martin)

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Paris 10 - Canal Saint-Martin

Paris 10 is one of the coolest districts in Paris, eternally linked to Canal Saint-Martin waterway and its iron footbridges.

The 10th Arrondissement is also the district of two big train stations: Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, with an always busy and popular, sometimes sketchy, atmosphere around.

The 21st century has definitely given new life to this popular arrondissement of Paris and today Paris 10 is a district of bobos (bohemian-bourgeois Parisians), with agreeable cafes, vintage shops, cool bars, and excellent restaurants.

Come to Paris 10 for a stroll along the canal, vintage shopping and evening aperós (or picnics) along the canal’s banks. Some bars at rue de Faubourg Saint-Denis are also worth a detour.

MAIN SIGHTS: Canal Saint-Martin

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Walk along the banks of Canal Saint-Martin

 

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PARIS 11 (République)

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Paris 11 Like Local

Located in the east of Paris, the 11th Arrondissement lies between the squares Nation, Bastille, and République and occupies part of what was once the Faubourg Saint Antoine and the Faubourg du Temple.
Under the shadow of the formidable Bastille prison, the district flourished during the reign of Louis XIV when the Sun King made it a tax-free zone for furniture-makers and other craftsmen, feeding Versailles’ hunger for refined furnishings.
This working-class district became later a revolutionary hotbed, especially during the June 1832 Rebellion (also known as Paris uprising of 1832), Victor Hugo’s inspiration for his legendary book Les Misérables.
During the 19th century, with industrialization, many factories were built in the 11th Arrondissement, especially in the fields of textiles, metals, glass, and ceramics. Some of these factories still exist, converted into trendy hotels, shops or 21st-century museums like l’Atelier des Lumières.

Today Paris 11 retains its working-class roots, and its revolutionary spirit is now manifested in the form of inventive restaurants, hip cafés, and creative shops. It is also known for its night activity and festive character, with very cool places to party for people under 25:  Lautrec, Mansart, Sans Souci, Chez Moune and le Carmen for those looking for the long run …

BEST MUSEUMS: Atelier des Lumières, Edith Piaf Museum

 

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PARIS 12 (Reuilly)

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Paris 12 - Promenade Plantée

The 12th Arrondissement is one of the main 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.

Paris 12 may not be one of the must-see districts of this Paris Arrondissements guide but it is home to one of Paris’ best markets, the city’s best promenade, quirky historic sites, and other lovely delights. A stroll along La Coulée Verte or a glass of wine at Bercy Village are always a good excuse for heading east to Paris 12.

MAIN SIGHTS: Le Marché d’Aligre

BEST MUSEUMS: Cinema Museum at Cinémathèque Française, Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’immigration, Musée des Arts Forains

PARKS AND GARDENS: Parc Floral, the Coulée Verte, Parc de Bercy, Bois de Vincennes

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PARIS 13 (Butte-aux-Cailles)

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Paris 13 - Street Art

As you can see on the Paris Arrondissements map, Paris 13 occupies the far southeast of Paris, on the Seines’s Left Bank. 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 to see and do like the arty Butte-Aux-Cailles neighborhood, some quintessential Paris bistros or its incredible Street Art.

Formerly dotted with little villages and convents, Paris 13 was crossed by the Bièvre River, Paris’ second river, which was gradually filled over during the 18th and 19th centuries due to pollution from the tanneries and factories that bordered its banks.

The construction of the French National Library in the 1980s helped put the district back on the map and the area around the building was revamped with avant-garde architecture, trendy bars along the Seine’s bank and incredible street art.

The Mural Program in Paris 13 invited the most renowned street artists in the world to give some color to this district of Paris. If you are a curious visitor, we urge you to give it a chance.

MAIN SIGHTS: The Mural Program, La Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood, Château de la Reine Blanche, remains of Couvent des Cordelières, French National Library.

BEST MUSEUMS: Manufacture des Gobelins

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PARIS 14 (Montparnasse)

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Although the 14th Arrondissement isn’t on everyone’s list of best Districts in Paris, this mostly residential area in the south of the city has some lovely attributes, especially for locals or frequent travelers.

Paris 14 is also the district of Parc Montsouris, one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, and some of the most interesting sights of our Paris Underground Guide, like the Catacombs of Paris or the Carrières of the Capucins.

In Paris 14 we like the Cité Universitaire de Paris, with its architecture from the four corners of the world and its student atmosphere but there are also legendary cafés, quirky theaters, hidden parks, and some gorgeous cobbled streets.

MAIN SIGHTS: Cimitière du Montparnasse, Cité Universitaire, Catacombs of Paris, Carrières des Capucins, Musée de la Libération de Paris, Montparnasse neighborhood, Giacometti Museum

PARKS AND GARDENS: Parc Montsouris

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PARIS 15

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Paris 15 Arrondissement

If you are looking for a residential arrondissement, Paris 15 is the place to go. Located in the southwest of Paris, the 15th Arrondissement is the largest in the city and also the most populated.

Definitely a family district, very quiet, and with no big-name sites or a special charm, Paris 15 is for us too far from everything.

MAIN SIGHTS: Musée Bourdelle

PARKS AND GARDENS: Parc André Citroën, Square Georges Brassens, Ile aux Cygnes

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PARIS 16

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Paris 16 - Hotel Raphael

Built predominantly during the second half of the 19th century, the 16th Arrondissement is the “posh” district of this Paris Arrondissement Guide, with beautiful Art Nouveau Architecture and a few interesting, lesser-known museums.

In Paris 16 you are never far from the Bois de Boulogne, perfect for running, a picnic or just a lazy day on the grass.

This upscale residential district is also home to some of the palace hotels and 5-star hotels in Paris like the Peninsula Hotel, or Hotel Raphael and their elaborated rooftop bars are a cool place to enjoy fantastic views of Paris with your favorite cocktail in hand.

No matter which street you wander down, you’ll inevitably discover beautiful buildings, squares, and gardens.

Come to Paris 16 to see the beautiful Art Nouveau Architecture and for its interesting museums.

MAIN SIGHTS: Palais de Tokyo, Musée de l’Homme, Musée Guimet, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Musée Marmottan-Monet.

PARKS AND GARDENS: Bois de Boulogne, Park Jardin de Ranelagh, Serres d’Auteil, Parc de Bagatelle

WE RECOMMEND: 

  • Explore the Bois de Boulogne
  • Admire Guimard’s beautiful Art Nouveau Architecture (most of his works are located in Paris 16)

 

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PARIS 17 (Batignolles-Monceau)

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Parc Monceau Paris

Located in the northwest of Paris, this area was mostly occupied by royal hunting grounds until the French Revolution. In the 19th century, the area evolved into three zones, all annexed as part of greater Paris in 1860: merchant Quartier de Ternes, bourgeois Quartier Monceau, and the arty Quartier de Batignolles. The latest, Batignolles, still retains its charming village atmosphere.

Come to Paris 17 if you’re looking for the exquisitely authentic Haussmannien Paris.

MAIN SIGHTS: lost in time Cité des Fleurs

PARKS AND GARDENS: Parc de Monceau

WE RECOMMEND: a stroll around Batignolles neighborhood, see the beautiful the luthier shops (stringed instrument makers) of rue de Rome.

 

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PARIS 18 (Montmartre)

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Paris 18 - Montmartre

This is the most paradoxical of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. It is home to the old village of Montmartre, one of the quintessential (and most visited) areas in Paris, but there are also popular zones long forgotten by everybody.

Montmartre with its winding cobbled streets is here, yes, but there’s also Little India, Africa, and the infamous Goutte d’Or neighborhood.

In this Guide to Paris Arrondissements, we consider that there are no Paris Districts to avoid but we prefer not to recommend neighborhoods like La Chapelle or La Goutte d’Or, both located in Paris 18. If you want to stay in the 18th District of Paris for its bohemian, oh -so Parisian atmosphere, be sure your hotel or apartment is located north to Blanche, Pigalle or Anvers metro stations and you won’t be wrong.

Come to see Bohemian Montmartre, the Sacré Coeur, the Paris of Movies (Amélie, Midnight in Paris) and the Moulin Rouge

MAIN SIGHTS: Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre Cemetery, Moulin Rouge, Saint Jean-de-Montmartre Church

BEST MUSEUMS: Montmartre Museum, Dali Museum

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PARIS 19 (Buttes-Chaumont)

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Paris 19 - Buttes Chaumont

World in Paris’ headquarters is located in Paris 19 and we love this Arrondissement! The 19th District of Paris is a popular district perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and experience unique, offbeat Paris.

Paris 19, a former industrial area developed along Canal de l’Ourcq, is today home to the trendy area of Canal de l’OurcqParc de la Villette, one of the prettiest parks in Paris, Le Buttes-Chaumont, as well as a number of other secret charms.

MAIN SIGHTS: Canal de la Villette, Canal de l’Ourcq, Mouzaïa neighborhood, Saint-Serge de Radonège Church

BEST MUSEUMS: Cité de la Science et l’Industrie, Cité de la Musique, Le Centquatre

PARCS AND GARDENS: Parc Buttes-Chaumont, Parc de la Villette, Parc de la Butte du Chapeau-Rouge

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PARIS 20

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Off the beaten path in Paris

Located in the northeast corner of the city, Paris 20 was a few years ago the cheapest district in Paris to live, that’s why so many young Parisian couples moved to the 20th Arrondissement of Paris. Today, Paris 20 is one of the trendiest and most authentic districts of Paris and all this without tourists!

Best known for being home to Père Lachaise Cemetery, there is no shortage of things to do in Paris 20, with Asian markets, art-filled streets, trendy low-key bars, and the most charming village-like pockets, harking back to when it was outside the limits of Paris.

Last but not least, the Parc de Belleville offers some of the best views of Paris.

Come to Paris 20 if you want to enjoy Paris like a local.

MAIN SIGHTS: Père Lachaise Cemetery, the countryside in Paris

PARKS AND GARDENS: Parc de Belleville

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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 a party? Stay in Paris 11 . . .

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

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?

The best place to stay in Paris close to everything is without any doubt, central Paris Arrondissements: Paris 1, Paris 4, Paris 5 and Paris 6.

Are there no-go zones in Paris?

In general, there are no Arrondissements in Paris 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 the Parisian 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 enjoyed this Arrondissements Paris Guide and that it was helpful to plan your next trip to Paris

 

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  • 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!!

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

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

  • 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,

    • 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!)

  • Megan Jerrard
    11/08/2017 at 1:19 am

    Wasn’t actually aware that there was a distinction between arrondissements and quartiers, so thankyou for that clarification. Was very useful to have this easy to reference guide with tourist points of interest and degree of exploring like a local. It sounds like the 5th Arrondissement has a pretty good balance of tourist attractions, history and culture, while still being a hub of local life.

  • Val Wheatley
    11/07/2017 at 8:24 pm

    This is such a well written and informative post! And such great timing – I think we are going to have an extended Paris layover in a few weeks so we’ll have to bookmark this as our guide on where to spend our time. Although I don’t think we’ll be able to afford to check out Paris 8… lol. Paris 20 sounds pretty perfect for us for a few nights stay. Thanks so much for your in-depth research and detailed writing!

  • Kirstie
    11/07/2017 at 6:01 am

    I guess it’s different for everyone and Paris has something for everyone! Wonderful post. One problem when we go to a country is that we can’t see all of it for what it really is and sometimes the party we go to does not fit our personality and lifestyle. This is good.

  • Nisha
    11/06/2017 at 6:54 pm

    This is a perfect guide to Paris. WIth all the arrondisement clearly described one can make ones own plan how to explore the city . It has been ages since I have been there. It would be good to go and see what has changed in all these years.

  • 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.

    • 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 🙂

  • Hannah
    11/05/2017 at 3:12 pm

    I love hearing local opinions on Paris. I have been to Paris so often, I sometimes feel like a local (we live 2.5hrs by train south of Paris). I have always loved the 5th, as my father lived there when he was young. but also love further out, the 20th etc, as you can find some fab places to stay and less tourists if you go that little bit further beyond the tourists! This is a great run-down of the arrondissements – merci!

  • 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?

    • 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

  • 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.

    • 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 🙂

  • Siddhartha Joshi
    11/04/2017 at 1:34 pm

    This is so fascinating…I never quite saw Paris as a collection of arrondissements, but for a traveler it makes so much sense to know about it and plan. But as you said, each district has it’s own charm and it would be so tough to pick one…it does make sense to start with Paris 1 though 🙂