A Paris Arrondissement Neighborhood Guide
If you're planning a trip to Paris, chances are you'll come across the term "arrondissement neighborhoods." But what exactly are these? Here's a quick rundown.
What Are They?
The arrondissement neighborhoods in Paris are quite similar to the boroughs in New York City. There are a total of 20 arrondissements, which are administrative districts that the city is divided into. Each district has its own unique identity and character. The lower-numbered districts tend to be more centrally located within the city and contain many of the historical attractions.
This map shows how the arrondissement neighborhoods are mapped out:
If you want to stick to the more popular sights in Paris, stay closer to the lower number of districts. However, if you're looking for a trip that is more laid-back and inconspicuous, explore the higher-numbered districts on the outskirts of town.
Paris Centre - Arrondissements 1-4
Many of the well-known Paris attractions are located in the city's first four arrondissement neighborhoods, which were combined into one district (Paris Centre) in 2020 to even out populations. These include classic landmarks such as the Louvre, Palais Royal, and Jardin des Tuileries gardens. The area also partly covers built-up marshlands known as Marais, home to tourist favorites Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de Vosges, and Picasso Museum.
The Latin Quarter and St. Germain des Pres - Arrondissements 5 + 6
The Latin Quarter is a historic district in Paris, home to several universities and cobblestone streets. Saint Germain des Pres and the Latin Quarter make up some of the most beautiful spots in Paris, with plenty of shopping, parks, and food markets. In this area, you’ll find the Pantheon, Jardin de Luxembourg, and St. Germain des Pres Church.
The Eiffel Tower District - Arrondissement 7
The 7th district is one of the most popular areas in Paris due to its picturesque landmarks. However, it also boasts Cultural Centers such as the Musee d'Orsay, Les Invalides, and the Rodin Museum. For foodies out there, Rue Cler should not be missed!
Champs-Elysee and Opera - Arrondissement 8 + 9
This luxurious arrondissement has all of your high-end shopping and dining needs covered, as well as the beautiful Parc Monceau. Make sure to visit some of the area's most famous landmarks, including the Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and Palais Garnier.
Canal Saint Martin and Republique - Arrondissement 10 + 11
If you're in the mood for some good food and want to explore, stroll through any of these neighborhoods. You'll find charming bistros and cafes, as well lively nightlife. admire the bridges and locks along Canal Saint Martin or spend some time at Place de la Republique
Reuilly and Butte-aux Cailles - Arrondissement 12+13
The 12th district of Paris is the largest arrondissement in the city and includes iconic landmarks such as the Opera Bastille, the Aligre Market, and Gare de Lyon. This area of Paris has a more modern feel than other parts of the city, with notable attractions like the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the Paris Rive Gauche.
Montparnasse, Vaugirard, Grenelle - Arrondissement 14+15
Skewed a bit more towards locals than tourists, these large neighborhoods in Paris are often overlooked by travelers. However, they offer a much more authentic taste of the city. With low-key sights like Gare Montparnasse Station, Rue de Commerce, and Grenelle Market, visitors can get a sense of what life is truly like for Parisians.
Chaillot, Auteuil, Passy, Batignolles, Monceau - Arrondissement 16 + 17
Many affluent individuals live in these districts, often indulging in activities such as shopping at luxury stores and strolling through food markets. In addition, the district enjoys a plethora of cheese shops, bakeries, meat markets, other specialty shops, and hotels.
Montmartre, Buttes, Chaumont, Belleville - Arrondissement 18, 19, 20
The last and largest arrondissements house the old village of Montmartre, which is one of the most popular areas in Paris. The historical district has been home to some of the world's renowned painters and writers, such as Picasso and Van Gogh. Right next to it are neighborhoods that are perfect for those who want to avoid crowds but still have a genuine Parisian experience! This area is trendy and authentic--you won't be disappointed!
The arrondissements of Paris each offer something different, so it is helpful to know which one you want to stay in before booking your trip. If you are looking for a luxurious and iconic trip, staying within the first few districts is the best decision. However, if you want a more authentic and laid-back experience, staying in the further neighborhoods will give you that. Let me know in the comments which neighborhood you’d like to visit!