Districts of Paris

Paris is divided into 20 different districts called Arrondissements. Arrondissements have both a name and a number. For example, you might live in the 5th arrondissement, which would be written as 5ème in French and is called Panthéon.

Each District in Paris has its own special character which we'll try to describe below. A list of serviced apartments within the district is also shown.

Jump to: | 1 Louvre | 2 Bourse | 3 Temple | 4 Hôtel-de-Ville | 5 Panthéon | 6 Luxembourg | 7 Palais-Bourbon | 8 Élysée | 9 Opéra | 10 Enclos-St-Laurent | 11 Popincourt | 12 Reuilly | 13 Gobelins | 14 Observatoire | 15 Vaugirard | 16 Passy | 17 Batignolles-Monceau | 18 Butte-Montmartre | 19 Buttes-Chaumont | 20 Ménilmontant | 21 La Defence |

districts of Paris

1 Louvre

Attractions in Louvre:

The Louvre Museum, Royal Palace, Tuileries gardens, Forum des Halles, Bourse du Commerce, Vendôme Square, Sainte- Chapelle, The Conciergerie.

The geographical center of Paris and a haven for tourists. The Louvre, the world's finest museum is located here as well as Le Palais Royal. Walk in the Tuileries Gardens, opposite the Pyramid. Place Vendôme is home to Paris' jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron. Haute couture designers such as Yves St-Laurent and Christian Dior can be found on rue Saint-Honoré. During your time in District 1, why not visit Forum des Halles Paris' largest shopping mall.

Serviced apartments in Louvre:

midrangeBridge Street Residences
midrangeCitadines Les Halles Paris
luxuryLa Clef Louvre Paris
economyLouvre, Citadines

2 Bourse

Attractions in Bourse:

Palais de la Bourse, National Library

A great place to sample typical Parisian atmosphere: little passageways and arcades full of shops and small cafés. The Paris Stock Market (the Bourse) is also here. Also west from Rue de Richelieu is the theatre district with over a dozen theatres including L'Opera Garnier. The Bibliothèque Nationale is also located here.

Serviced apartments in Bourse:

midrangeCitadines Opera Paris
economyOpéra-Grands Boulevards

3 Temple

Attractions in Temple:

Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Picasso Museum, Carnavalet Museum

Along with the 4th District this neighborhood makes up the Marais, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris. Many 17th century mansions that once housed the noblest families in Paris are still to be seen in this quiet neighborhood. The Picasso Museum is located here.

4 Hôtel-de-Ville

Attractions in Hôtel-de-Ville:

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Place des Vosges, Tour St-Jacques, Centre Pompidou.

A lively neighborhood with a strong alternative lifestyle scene as well as lots of trendy bars, shops, and restaurants. The rue des Rosiers is a centerpiece of Jewish lifestyle in Paris and the Ile St. Louis and the Ile de la Cité are the oldest parts of Paris. The two islands of Paris, l'Ile de la Cité (where Nortre-Dame is located) and l'Ile St-Louis were the center of Paris in the Middle Ages. Here you will find the lovely Square Place des Voges, built by Henry IV, where its most famous resident, Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables. The main focus for contemporary art in France is also in this part of town.

5 Panthéon

Attractions in Panthéon:

Sorbonne university, Panthéon, Val-de-Grâce church, Cluny Museum, Arènes de Lutèce, Jardin des Plantes.

The 5th District together with the 6th district as known as the famous Latin Quarter, which takes its name from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, where Latin was the common tongue for all students from the Middle Ages. The neighborhood has the feel of a small village and students mix freely with professionals in its winding streets. Visit the Jardin des Plantes and its zoo and the amphitheatre of Lutetia, a vestige of Roman times. The Museum of the Middle Ages is in the Square de Cluny, and the riverside walkways (quais) host hundreds of second-hand books sellers. In 1968, the area was the centre of the French student revolt, known as "May 68". The district has kept its original lively and trendy atmosphere and is renown for its medieval streets, colourful markets, restaurants, cafés and nightlife.

Serviced apartments in Panthéon:

midrangeRue Lhomond

6 Luxembourg

Attractions in Luxembourg:

Jardin du Luxembourg, Odéon Theatre, Saint Sulpice church, Saint-Germain des Prés

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a charming district on the South bank of the river Seine. In the 19th century, the district became the meeting place of artists (Delacroix, Ingres, Manet) and writers (Racine, Balzac, Georges Sand). The Rues de Buci, de Seine, Dauphine and Mazarine, and the area between Boulevard St-Germain and the Seine provide perfect examples of Parisian charm: you can find shops and cafés, busy pubs and jazz clubs. Among the cafés' most famous patrons were Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the birthplace of the existentialism intellectual movement. Also here is the Observatoir de Paris.

Serviced apartments in Luxembourg:

midrangeSaint-Germain-des-Prés Prestige

7 Palais-Bourbon

Attractions in Palais-Bourbon:

Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Napolean's Tomb, Musée d'Orsay, Musée Rodin, Palais Bourbon , École Militaire, UNESCO headquarters

The Eiffel Tower is located here. District 7 is generally called "the ministries district", it also hosts some of Paris' most famous monuments: the Invalides (Napoleon's Tomb), the Champ de Mars and L'Ecole Militaire. Between Quai Voltaire and Rue de l'Université, hundreds of antique dealers will welcome you in Carré Rive Gauche. The Musée d'Orsay, famous home of the Impressionists, is located along the quai in the renovated train station Gare d'Orsay (1848).

Serviced apartments in Palais-Bourbon:

luxuryAvenue Emile Deschanel
luxuryCitadines Tour Eiffel Paris
luxuryQuai Anatole France
luxuryRue de l'Université
midrangeVarenne - St. Germain

8 Élysée

Attractions in Élysée:

Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais and Petit Palais, Madeleine church, Monceau Park

The centerpiece of this district is the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, which starts at the Arc de Triomphe and ends on the Place de la Concorde, where Louis XVI lost his head during the Revolution (1793). It is a two kilometre stretch of road lined with trees, shopping, restaurants, and movie theatres. Evening walks are ideal, as the trees are lit up. The area around Champs Elysèe, has lots of shopping and lots of tourists, while in the area to the East, between the Champs Elysee and Place de la Madeleine you will find a mixture of 19th century buildings intermingled with businesses.

Serviced apartments in Élysée:

luxuryAvenue de la Bourdonnais
luxuryHotel Chambiges Elysées
luxuryLe Claridge Champs-Elysees
midrangeOpéra - Stockholm by BridgeStreet
midrangeRue Berri
midrangeRue Daru
midrangeSaint Honoré
midrangeStockholm - Opéra

9 Opéra

Attractions in Opéra:

Moulin Rouge, Opéra Garnier, Galeries Lafayette, Sainte-Trinité church

A varied area residential area popular with the artistic crowd. The famous Opéra Garnier is located here. Most of all, this district is renowned for its department stores on Boulevard Haussmann: Printemps and the Galeries Lafayette. In the north Pigalle which is Paris' red-light district easily recognizable at night by the illuminated red windmill of the Moulin Rouge, one of the first cabarets opened in Paris in 1889.

10 Enclos-St-Laurent

Attractions in Enclos-St-Laurent:

Gare de l'Est and Gare du Nord, Canal Saint-Martin, Saint-Vincent-de-Paul church

The two great train stations in Paris are here, the Gare de l'Est and the Gare du Nord, where you can catch the famous Eurostar train direct London. Along the Canal St-Martin are the Quai de Valmy and Jemmapes and a stroll here makes one of the most picturesque walks in Paris.

11 Popincourt

Attractions in Popincourt:

Oberkampf district nightlife, Cirque d'Hiver, St. Ambroise church

This is mainly a residential district, Place de la Bastille and the New Opera House are located here. This district also has some of the finest Parisian nightspots: Rue Oberkampf, Rues de la Roquette and de Lappe are popular spots.

Serviced apartments in Popincourt:

midrangeCitadines République Paris
luxuryRue de Lyon

12 Reuilly

Attractions in Reuilly:

Bastille Opera, Bercy Stadium, Bercy Park, Vincennes Park

Paris' Marina is here, spreading from the River Seine to the Place de la Bastille and its fabulous Opera Theatre. The Palais Omnisport Paris-Bercy hosts many spectacular events including concerts and sporting events. East of the city is the Bois de Vincennes, a large park with a lake.

Serviced apartments in Reuilly:

midrangeCitadines Bastille Gare de Lyon Paris

13 Gobelins

Attractions in Gobelins:

National Library, Chinatown

The eastern part of this district is often called "Chinatown": it houses an incredible quantity of Chinese and Asian restaurants and shops, and even massive Oriental super stores. Paris' brand new library is by the river, on the Quai de la Gare. In the western part, stroll in the charming village of La Butte-aux-Cailles, a Parisian gem, and on Place d'Italie, where you will find Europe's largest cinema screen. This is the area where the famous Gobelins tapestries which hang in Versailles were made. Also here is the Bilbliotheque Francois Mitterand.

14 Observatoire

Attractions in Observatoire:

Montparnasse Boulevard, Catacombs, Observatory

Known as the Montparnasse which covers 14th district, a part of the 15th and the southern end of the 6th districts. The district became famous after World War I when the artistic and intellectual centre of Paris moved from Montmartre to Montparnasse. Montparnasse attracted famous people such as Picasso, Miro, Cocteau, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre. The Montparnasse area is renown for its literary cafés such as La Closerie des Lilas, La Coupole and La Rotonde. Montparnasse is also an important business district. From the top of the Tour Montparnasse, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of Paris. The Galerie Gaité Montparnasse is one of the city's popular shopping centres.

Rue d'Alésia is the perfect place for clothes shopping. Also here is the parc Montsouris which is a lovely park opposite the International University Residence, which deserves a visit for its medley of international architectural styles. Visitors come to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the brasseries along Boulevard Montparnasse, "le Select", "le Dome", "la Coupole", where people watching is a timeless pleasure.

Serviced apartments in Observatoire:

midrangeCitadines Didot Montparnasse Paris
midrangeCitadines Maine Montparnasse Paris
economyMaine Montparnasse

15 Vaugirard

Attractions in Vaugirard:

Tour Maine Montparnasse, Parc André Citroën

This large primarily residential neighborhood ranges from very upscale in the area bordering the 7th district and the Seine, to relatively affordable in the more outlying areas. By the river you can find the very beautiful Citroen gardens (parc André Citroen), named after the car manufacturer who had his first factory here. North but still facing the Seine are Paris' skyscrapers, dominating the Statue of Liberty, a smaller version of the one given to the US by France.

Serviced apartments in Vaugirard:

midrangeBoulevard de Grenelle
midrangePorte de Versailles
economyTour Eiffel

16 Passy

Attractions in Passy:

Boulogne Park, Palais de Chaillot

Although it is not as exclusive as the 7th district the 16th is widely regarded as the neighborhood for the wealthy. The Trocadero is located here which offers a lovely view of the city as well as housing two museums (Marine Museum and Museum of Mankind). Avenue Foch is impressive, as is the Parc des Princes (Paris Stadium).

Serviced apartments in Passy:

luxuryAvenue Kléber
luxuryCitadines Suites Arc de Triomphe Paris
midrangeCitadines Trocadero Paris
luxuryLa Clef Tour Eiffel Paris
midrangeRue Desbordes-Valmore

17 Batignolles-Monceau

Attractions in Batignolles-Monceau:

Palais des Congrès

This diverse district is made up of many small neighborhoods. Market streets and local crafts are found on every corner. It borders the Arc de Triomphe and is easily accessible to the Champs Elysees.

Serviced apartments in Batignolles-Monceau:

luxuryBastille Marais
luxuryRue Cernuschi

18 Butte-Montmartre

Attractions in Butte-Montmartre:

Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur basilica, Place du Tertre, Moulin Rouge

Perched on a hill north of the city centre, the Montmartre area is like a village within Paris. Its narrow and winding streets, cafés and lovely squares give the district a unique atmosphere. The butte (hill) became famous at the end of the 19th century when Montmartre became the centre of the artistic and intellectual life in Paris until World War I. Famous writers and artists were attracted by Montmartre's Bohemian lifestyle including Apollinaire, Picasso, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. Montmartre is also the birthplace of the Cubism movement. Today, Montmartre is still a meeting point for artists, especially around the Place du Tertre. The hill is dominated by the well-known Sacré-Coeur, a Byzantine-style basilica. Its construction began at the end of the 19th-century and was completed in 1914. Also famous is the Pigalle area at the base of the stairs (Boulevards de Clichy and de Rochechouart) for its nightlife: bars and clubs.

Serviced apartments in Butte-Montmartre:

midrangeCitadines Montmartre, Paris
economyMontmarte, Pierre et Vacances
midrangeRue Duhesme

19 Buttes-Chaumont

Attractions in Buttes-Chaumont:

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Parc de la Villette, Science Museum

The Parc des Buttes Chaumont. A residential neighborhood with many ethnic restaurants and shops.

Serviced apartments in Buttes-Chaumont:

economyCitéa La Villette
economyResidence Buttes Chaumont

20 Ménilmontant

Attractions in Ménilmontant:

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

Belleville and the Père-Lachaise cemetery. An outlying residential area that is becoming mor popular.

21 La Defence

Attractions in La Defence:

Grande Arche and esplanade, Business district

La Défense is a major business district for the city of Paris. It is at the westernmost extremity of Paris' 10 km long Historical Axis, which starts at the Louvre in Central Paris and continues along the Champs-Élysées, well beyond the Arc de Triomphe before culminating at La Défense.

Serviced apartments in La Defence:

midrangeFraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Défense
economyLa Défense, Citadines
midrangeResidhome Parc du Millenaire

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