Introduction to Paris and the Region of
Region 10 of 22
Located in the north
central part of France, in the region of Île-de-France, Paris,
the capital of France, is one of the most magnificent cities in
Paris is called ‘magnifique’ in so many ways, one cannot count
them all: Paris the 'City of Love'. Paris the 'City of
Lights'. Paris is the city with some of the most extraordinary
and diverse architecture in the world: it includes castles (Versaille
which was built by Louis XIV, and one of the three most visited
sites in France), churches (Notre Dame a fine example of Gothic
architecture) and an array of charming buildings.
Paris is known for its beautiful, world famous statues that are
scattered throughout its city streets:
Rodin’s Balzac [at Montparnasse and Raspail], the
statue of Marechel Ney [at
Montparnasse and Rue de l’Observitoire] that Rodin called the
most beautiful in Paris. It is also known for its numerous
monuments and, of course, for the most famous art museum in the
world - the Louvre (formerly the fortified
castle and home of Philippe Auguste).
Many of the more famous museums of the world are here in Paris:
d'Orsay, the Orangery (containing Monet’s great
masterworks of the pond at Giverny), the Rodin Museum, the
medieval Cluny museum; all in all a total of 43 world class
museums, with a total number of museums, in the Parisian area,
No other city in the world compares to Paris in the eyes of the
gourmet! Everyday items that you can pick up in the
‘supermarche’ include delightful pates, the most luscious
cheeses in the world, succulent fruits and mouth-watering
patisseries and pain! And, let us not forget the coffee, the
best there is, especially so when sipped while sitting at a
sidewalk cafe and enjoying the parade strolling by.
We have often heard of the 'Left Bank' and the 'Right Bank' when
Paris is spoken of. The origin of these references is straight
forward. When the early Francs floated down the River Seine
[headed north toward the sea], the land to their left was
referred to as the 'Left Bank'; that to the right as the 'Right
Paris’ left bank (the
southern part of the city) is known for it's somewhat bohemian
lifestyle; a mode that flows along the wonderful streets of
Saint-Germain-de-Pres, Saint- Michel, rue de Renne,
Montparnasse. The Left Bank is a way of life; as much the
heart of the people of Paris, as the Sorbonne is the heart of
Parisian university life. And, since classes, at the Sorbonne,
were originally taught in Latin, the area has become known as
the Latin Quarter. There is of course the
Tour Eiffel that was built, in spite of near revolutionary
protests, for the World's Fair of l898. Parisians were
up-in-arms believing that it would be an eyesore. Instead, it
became the highlight of the fair and the toast of Paris.
Paris’ Right Bank
is best known for its elegant and sophisticated
lifestyle. Its most famous landmark is
‘Etoile’ (the Arc de Triomphe) which Napoleon ordered
to be built in 1799. It was to be a replication of ancient Roman
architecture to immortalize his many military victories.
The most famous street in Paris is the
Champs-Elysees. This boulevard caters to the world’s
elite. Paris may be the fashion capital of the world, but the
Champs-Elysees is the fashion center of Paris by virtue of its
exclusive and chic stores and hotels.
Paris boasts of more
than 2000 years of history. The Gauls, of the
Parisii tribe, settled in the area
called Loukteih (Celtic for 'a marsh') around 250 B.C. In 52
B.C. Caesar conquered this area and named it "Lutetia", the
Latin for Loukteih. In 360 A.D.
Lutetia was renamed Paris (Civitas Parisiorum) by
Julian the Apostate when he was proclaimed emperor of Rome.
Paris offers something for
everyone: its restaurants serve culinary delights (did I mention
food again?). Cultural venues abound: Art Galleries, Antique
Shops, gardens galore, cabarets and night clubs; there are
china, crystal & perfume stores and more..... Riverboat rides,
walking, biking, hiking tours, horseback riding, every notable
sport, aquariums and zoos. I believe that is the 'A to Z' of
BIENVENUE A PARIS.
Location of Paris
Paris is located in a low-lying, bowl-shaped basin in
the north-center of France. The city lines both sides of the Seine River
for a length of approximately 8 miles, some 90 miles southeast of the point
[about 230 miles by water], at
Le Havre, where the Seine flows into the
Many western European capitals are within one to two
days drive from Paris. It is located 250 miles south of London, 188 miles
Bruxelles, 654 miles west-southwest of Berlin, 322 miles
Geneve, 891 miles north-northwest of Rome and 815 miles north
By design, Paris is the transportation hub of
France. The Parisian metropolis is served by the A1, A4, A6, A10, A13, A14
and A15 Auto Routes that radiate out to the rest of France. It is also the
heart of a system of Routes Nationaux that feed all the areas of France. It
is often said that all French roads begin from a point just outside the
Gothic portals of Notre-Dame.
Central Paris is the host to 6 major rail-road
passenger stations, accounting for more than 500 million passengers. The
lines of the national railroad system [SNCF] also fan out, in all
directions, from Paris. The city is also France’s 4th largest water port
Le Havre and
Dunkerque], with the navigable Seine
connecting directly to the English Channel and, via a network of canals,
with the navigable Loire, Meuse, Rhine, Rhone and Scheldt rivers. Much of
the goods, going to and from the city, move by water.
The population of the Ville-de-Paris [a French département] was approximately 2,115,700 in 1999. It is one of the world’s
most crowded cities with about 53,000 people per square mile, ranking it as
the 4th most densely populated city in the world after Manila, Shanghai and
Cairo. The region of Île-de-France, in which Paris is located, had a
population of about 11 million that same year.
Paris is one of Europe’s largest metropolitan areas,
Île-de-France is the most populous of the 22 French regions. The city
is confined to a 22 mile-long oval perimeter that measures 5.5 miles from
north to south and 7.5 miles from east to west. The Département of the
Ville-de-Paris, one of the eight departments of the Île-de-France
administrative Region, is in the center of the region.
The climate is moderate and is lacking in extremes.
The average temperature is 66 degrees Fahrenheit. The average annual rain
amounts to 23 inches, and is evenly distributed over the year.
The Region of Ile-de-France Departements
Is composed of 8 Départements: Ville-de-Paris , Seine-et-Marne
, Yvelines , Essonne ,
Haute-de-Seine , Seine-Saint-Denis
, Val-de-Marne  and Val-d'Oise .
Alphabetized lists of towns and villages, by Département [with
with a link to each location's tourist office for phone, fax and
The Département of Ville-de-Paris
The Département of
The Département of Yvelines
The Département of Essonne
The Département of Haute-de-Seine
 - Upper reaches of the Seine;
The Département of
The Département of
The Département of Val-d'Oise
Region of Ile-de-France, Département of
Ville-de-Paris [Paris] Arrondissement 75
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The Region of
The Region of Île-de-France is located in the
north central area of France, and is in a very strategic position within the
European Union. The region is the fifth most powerful economic entity in
Europe. It is the world leader for international conferences, and it's
markets servicing more than three-hundred-eighty million consumers. It also
hosts such notable organizations such as UNESCO and OEDC.
Île-de-France's beginnings stem from historical as well as from an
intellectual heritage; and one of the more prestigious in the world. The
historical significances in this region abounds, both architecturally and
culturally. With vast numbers of museums, monuments, statuary, art and
cultural landmarks, that overall outnumber those of other comparable cities
within their regions around the world. The region of Île-de-France has much
more to offer than just Paris though. The two Royal Palaces of Fontainebleau
and Versailles are in the region, as well as other palaces or royal homes
that have now been turned into government buildings or museums.
Supporting over eleven million people in the region, equals approximately
20% of the population of France. With exceptional human resources employing
over 50% of the highest qualified managerial personnel in France and
outweighing those of surrounding European countries, and over 120,000
permanent research scientists.
The Paris-Ile-de-France region infrastructure system is considered to be the
most efficient in the world. With the TGV, and the region having two of the
heaviest traveled to airports in the world -- they are Charles-de-Gaulle and
Orly and you can view the
Aeroports de Paris here, transportation overall runs very smoothly.
Unless of course the trains, buses, trucks or whatever are on strike!
It is conveniently located to take one to three day trips out of Paris
[which of course is the heart of France] to several popular places around
France such as Fontainebleau, Versailles, Giverny, Mont-Saint-Michel, the
Loire Valley Chateaux and the list goes on. Since seventy-five million plus
people visit Paris each year, it is the number one destination point.
The regions Cathedrals are many and magnificent, and Reims is home to the
cathedral where Kings were crowned. It is our favorite, but you can go to
Cathedrals in France site to get information for regional cathedrals and
The Universities of Paris and Île-de-France are some of the best in the
country, with several 'Ecoles Supérieure' you can view all the regions
French universities here.
Introduction to Paris-Île-de-France
The Information on Départements & Towns
Departement 75 [Postale Codes 75001 through 75020] includes
the 20 Paris eme Arrondissements [Districts] that are located either on the
right or left bank of the River Seine. This is the heart of Paris and is
also located within the inner circle of the Peripherique. This is
the boulevard that surrounds the 20 Centre Districts of Paris. The most
central districts are opposite each other at the right and left of the
Departement 75 Paris - District Descriptions
||1arrondissement – Monuments:
Louvre - Les Halles - Palais Royal
This is geographical part of the center of Paris with the
noted monuments such as the Louvre, Les Halles and the
Palais Royal. Ile de la Cite the heart of Paris and 1 or 2
islands in the Seine, the other the Ile Saint-Louise or the
Ile des Cygnes [Isle of Swans] and Perfecture of Police
[part of the National French Police]
The 1st Arrondissement is the center of the old city of
Paris and it is a great place to stay in Paris. It is
located on the Right Bank (Rive Droit) of the Seine, and is
home to many beautiful historic buildings, the Louvre
Museum, the adjacent Jardins des Tuileries and the elegant
Place Vendome. Because of its central location, hotels in
this area tend to be more expensive. The advantage to
staying here is that you are within walking distance of some
of the top tourist destinations and restaurants in Paris and
the area is very safe, as is most of Paris.
The very centre of Paris and the first (numerical) of the
Paris neighbourhoods. This is the least populated of the
neighbourhoods but also the smallest in land area. Located
primarily on the Right Bank of the River Seine, plenty of
businesses and administrations are found here, but it is
also a must-see for tourists: the Louvre, Les Halles, the
Tuileries Gardens and the Palais Royal are all found here.
The least populated of the 20 arrondissements in Paris is at
the geographical center of Paris, hence the area is crammed
with historic sights. The Louvre Museum, Royal Palace,
Tuileries gardens, Forum des Halles, Bourse du Commerce and
the upscale Vendôme Square are all located here. The 1st
arrondissement also comprises the western tip of the Île de
la Cité, including the magnificent Sainte- Chapelle and the
||2eme arrondissement -
Bourse Area - Bibliotheque Nationale
On the Right Bank of the Seine,, primarily business
district. The Paris Stock Market (the Bourse), the
Bibliothèque Nationale and the Sentier [textile market] are
here. Among early inventive redeveloping the Passage des
Panoramas was built, and one of the first Paris gallerias of
the 19th century was built.
Located on the Right Bank, this neighbourhood, together with
the 8ème and 9ème, is an important business district housing
a high concentration of business and financial activities,
with numerous bank headquarters around the former Paris
Bourse (Stock Exchange). Other key areas of interest in this
neighbourhood: the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Paris Opéra
and the Opéra Comique concert hall are here.
The 2nd Arrondissement is also located on the Right Bank and
is principally known as the stock exchange and business
district. The eastern end contains the garment district.
While this is not an exciting tourist destination, it is a
safe and quiet area with more affordable accommodations.
Primarily a business district, with the Palais de la Bourse
- the former stock exchange - as
its most notable landmark. Another important building in the
smallest of Paris's
arrondissements is the historic National Library. A modern
expansion of the library is
located in the 13th arrondissement. The second
arrondissement is also home to a number of
historic shopping arcades.
||3eme arrondissement -
Temple Area - Marais
On the Right Bank of the Seine,, this neighborhood makes up
the quieter part of the Marais, one of the oldest
neighborhoods in Paris with one of the oldest homes dating
back to the 13th century. Many 17th century mansions that
once housed the noblest families in Paris are still to be
seen in this quiet neighborhood.
Located on the Right Bank, this arrondissement includes the
northern and more peaceful part of the district called Le
Marais, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Paris, while the
southern part of the Marais is found in the 4ème. One also
finds an eclectic blend of some of the oldest noble houses
still standing in Paris, side by side with the upcoming
As shown on the Paris Arrondissement map above, the 3rd
Arrondissement encompasses part of the Marais district, a
former swamp that is now a trendy, art-filled neighborhood.
This safe area also has a great Jewish quarter with
excellent restaurants and shops. Be sure to check out the
lovely Musée Picasso while you are here.
Another small arrondissement; it contains the northern part
of the historic Marais district.
The Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (National
Conservatory of Arts and Crafts),
the Picasso Museum and the Carnavalet Museum - devoted to
the history of Paris - are located
||4eme arrondissement - Hotel de
ville Area - Marais
On the Right Bank of the Seine, and medieval district . . .
the Marais, this is hubbub of neighborhood activity, pretty
little streets, trendy cafes, restaurants and bars, and
considered the gay area of Paris. The rue des Rosiers is the
Jewish Marais district called the Pletzl, with charming
shops and a noted fashions.
Located on the Right Bank, this area hosts the heart of the
more lively part of the Marais, known today for being the
gay district as well as for its extensive choice of trendy
bars, shops, and restaurants. Among the musts for visitors
here: the old Paris City Hall (dating back to the
Renaissance), the famous Place de Vosges (of the same era),
the Pompidou Centre (ultra modern in style), the Ile de la
Cité, with Notre-Dame de Paris and the Ile St. Louis (the
oldest parts of Paris).
The 4th arrondissement contains the southern part of the
medieval Marais district as well as
the Île St-Louis and the eastern part of Île de la Cité, the
oldest part of Paris. This area
is very popular thanks to attractions such as the Notre-Dame
Cathedral, the Place des Vosges,
the city hall and the gothic Tour St-Jacques. Contrasting
with all the historic buildings is
the modern Centre Pompidou.
The 4th Arrondissement is at the heart of Medieval Paris.
Many prominent tourist sites such as Notre Dame, St.
Chapelle, and the National Museum of Art in the Pompidou
Center are all here. The Marais spills into the 4e arr. and
contains the Place des Vosges, known as the most beautiful
square in Europe.
||5eme arrondissement - Pantheon
Area - Latin Quarter - Sorbonne
On the Left Bank of the Seine, is the fabled Latin Quarter.
This neighborhood takes its name from the Sorbonne, where
Latin was the common tongue for all students during the
Middle Ages. The neighborhood has the feel of a small
village and students mix freely with professionals in its
winding streets. The rue Mouffetard is a primary artery
where shops, international restaurants and student bars and
cafés are found. A district dominated by universities,
colleges, and prestigious high schools.
Located on the Left Bank, this arrondissement’s claim to
fame, among others, is its Latin Quarter, the famous Village
made of small winding streets - one of the oldest areas of
Paris dating back to ancient times when Latin was spoken -
and now housing famous universities, colleges and high
schools. The rue Mouffetard is a primary artery where shops,
international restaurants and student bars and cafés are
The 5th Arrondissement is located on the Left Bank (Rive
Gauche) and has been known as the Latin Quarter since the
early 13th century because the Sorbonne University
professors and students all spoke Latin. It is still
considered to be the intellectual center of Paris, and is
now filled with a variety of bohemian restaurants and
bookshops. The 5th Arrondissement is also in close proximity
to the glorious Luxembourg Gardens . Foodies will enjoy the
food shops and cafés on Rue Mouffetard.
The Latin Quarter, with the renowned Sorbonne university, is
situated in this arrondissement.
The area's popular avenue, the Boulevard St-Michel, marks
the border with the 6th
arrondissement. The most famous sight in the 5th
arrondissement is the Panthéon, but there
are many other noteworthy sights such as the magnificent
Val-de-Grâce church, the intriguing
St-Etienne-du-Mont church, the Cluny Museum, the roman-era
Arènes de Lutèce and the city's
botanic garden, the Jardin des Plantes.
||6eme arrondissement -
Luxembourg Gardens - St Germain -
On the Left Bank of the Seine, is St. Germain des Pres, the
Abbey founded in the 6th century. Once the hangout for
bohemians and intellectuals, this neighborhood has undergone
gentrification and is now newly chic. Upscale boutiques, art
galleries, and restaurants can be found throughout this
Located on the Left Bank, this arrondissement has now become
a chic neighbourhood, and is home to the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés,
where one can admire the 6th century Abbey. Also in this
area: upscale boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, as
well as the lovely Luxembourg Gardens, where the French
Senate is found.
The 6th Arrondissement, also known as St. Germain de Prés,
is a colorful part of the Left Bank that was once the
favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and the artist Eugène
Delacroix. Today you can stroll the famous Boulevard St.
Germain, or find the former homes of famous authors on Rue
Jacob. The gorgeous Luxembourg Gardens are in this district
Travel Tip CK OUT: The little street in this district,
called Cherche-Midi has some great little local restaurants
including Midi Vins at 83 Cherche-Midi.
One of the world's greatest parks, the Jardin du Luxembourg,
makes this arrondissement
popular with locals and visitors alike. The 6th
arrondisement also contains a number of
landmarks like the Odéon Theatre and the Saint Sulpice
church, which sports two towers with a
different design. Another important church in this
arrondissement is the 11th century
Saint-Germain des Prés, the oldest abbey church in Paris.
The church is at the heart of the
eponymous neighborhood, which is one of the most popular
areas to stay in for visitors, and one of the most reputable
music schools in Paris, the Paris Conservatory
(Conservatoire de Paris). But mostly to enjoy the laid-back
Parisien lifestyle offered in the Latin Quarter.
||7eme arrondissement - Eiffel
Tower - Musee D'Orsay - Palais-Bourbon - Invalides
On the Left Bank of the Seine, is where to find the world
famous monument the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay the
French National Assembly, Hotel de Invalides [Napoleons
resting place] and is a very aflluent neighborhood.
Located on the Left Bank, this arrondissement is an
important destination for certain businessmen and
politicians, as it is home to many French institutions,
among which the French National Assembly and various
ministries. Of no lesser importance for the visiting
tourists, highlights of this rich neighbourhood are the
Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay and the Hôtel des Invalides,
where one can admire Napoleon’s impressive burial site.
The Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognized landmarks and
European tourist attractions in the world, is located in the
7th Arrondissement. The Invalides, which holds Napoleon’s
tomb, and the Musée d‘Orsay are also found here. The
controversial Musée du Quai Branly (African and Oceanic arts
museum) is also located in this arrondissement.
Government institutions and major landmarks dominate this
upscale arrondissement. The most
famous of these landmarks is the Eiffel Tower, drawing
millions of visitors each year. Other
important tourist draws are the Invalides - with its museums
and Napoleon's tomb - and three
more museums: the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée Rodin and the
Musée du Quay Branly, which is
dedicated to non-European cultures. The Palais Bourbon
(National Assembly), École Militaire
(Military School) and the UNESCO headquarters can also be
found in the 7th
||8eme arrondissement - Champs
Elysees - Arc de Triomphe - Elysee Palace
On the Right Bank of the Seine, This upscale neighborhood is
in fact quite diverse. The area around Champs Elysèe, Arc de
triomphe, Place de la Concorde, and Elysee Palace [official
res of French Pres], between the Champs Elysee and Place de
la Madeleine you will find a mixture of 19th century
buildings intermingled with businesses, and close to the
Opera. Boulevard Haussmann and its large department stores
of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. And part of the
business center located around the Opéra.
The Right Bank’s 8th Arrondissement is where you’ll find the
glitz, glamour, and elegance of Paris. The Champs- Elysées,
Arc de Triumph, famous fashion houses, elegant hotels and
restaurants are all in this exciting and beautiful
arrondissement. You may pay a little more for a hotel here,
but the convenience and beauty is worth it.
Travel Tip: For the best restaurant prices and authentic
French food, don’t eat on the Champs-Elysées. These
restaurants are geared for tourists and the value is not
good. Opt for somewhere on one of the small winding streets
that branch off of the Champs- Elysées. One exception to
this would be the famous Ladurée (located on the
Champs-Elysées), which is worth every euro.
Located on the Right Bank, this arrondissement houses a very
diverse and upscale neighborhood. Primarily a business area
around that includes the Opéra, along with the 2ème and 9ème
arr. it is also a trendy leisure destination with areas such
as the Champs-Elysées (known for its boutiques), the Arc de
Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. The French Presidential
residence, the Elysée, is also found here.
Another arrondissement loaded with tourist attractions. The
Champs-Élysées - probably the
world's most famous boulevard - cuts through this
arrondissement from the Place de la
Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Bordering the
Champs-Élysées are the magnificent Grand
Palais and Petit Palais, as well as the Élysée, the
presidential Palace. The arrondissement
also features the temple-like Madeleine church and the
romantic Monceau Park.
||9eme arrondissement - Opéra
Area - Red Light Pigalle District - Main Stations
On the Right Bank of the Seine, A diverse residential area
popular among an artistic crowd. Ths Southern portion is
similar to the 2nd arrondissement, with a mix of residential
and business buildings. The Paris Opera is located here.
Farther North is Pigalle, the fading Red Light district as
well as the famous Moulin Rouge. the Gare du Nord and the
Gare de l'Est. Built during the 19th century, these two
terminals are among the busiest in Europe.
Located on the Right Bank, this is a mixture of residential
and business area (along with the 2ème and 8ème arr.),
around the Opéra. Among key attractions here one finds the
Boulevard Haussmann with its famous department stores
Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, and the notorious red
light district, Pigalle, with the famous Moulin Rouge.
When staying in the 9th Arrondissement, you will see that it
holds both the most elegant and the most tawdry areas of
Paris. Pigalle, where you’ll find the now time-worn Moulin
Rouge and adjacent strip joints is here, but closer in you
will see the Palais Garnier, Paris’ elegant Opera house.
Travel Tip: Be sure to visit the opera; its ornate décor is
over-the-top and the Chagall painted ceiling is worth the
price of admission itself.
A multifaceted arrondissement, with prestigious boulevards
in the south and the not so
prestigious Pigalle area - a red light district - in the
north. Pigalle does attract its
share of tourists though thanks to the nearby Moulin Rouge
(18th arr). Just as famous, but
located in the south part of the 9th arrondissement, is the
former Opéra Garnier, a
magnificent opera house. Nearby is the Galeries Lafayette, a
well-known department store.
The majestic Sainte-Trinité church is also located in this
||10eme arrondissement - Enclos-St-Laurent
Area - Pigalle - Paris Opera
The two great train stations in Paris are here, the Gare de
l'Est and the Gare du Nord. This multi-cultural neighborhood
also contains a bohemian element.The 10th arrondissement
also contains a large portion of the Canal Saint-Martin,
linking the northeastern parts of Paris with the River
Located on the Right Bank, this arrondissement, with its
multi-cultural atmosphere, houses two of the busiest railway
stations in Europe, and among the major ones of Paris the
Gare de l'Est and the Gare du Nord.
Two of Paris's main railway stations - the Gare de l'Est and
Gare du Nord - can be found
here. This is a down to earth arrondissement with the Canal
Saint-Martin and the
neo-classical Saint-Vincent- de-Paul church as some its most
The 10th Arrondissement centers on the Canal St. Martin and
the restaurants and cafés that line its banks. The streets
along the canal become car-free zones on Saturday
afternoons/evenings, and all day on Sundays to make way for
the cycling and rollerblading hoards. Two great train
stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, are located here
as is the historic Place de la République on the south end
of the arrondissement. This area has become quite trendy in
recent years. Train stations tend to attract itinerants and
pickpockets; be on the alert.
||11eme arrondissement - Place
de la Bastille - New Opera - Popincourt
On the Right Bank of the Seine, Place de la Bastille and the
New Opera are found here. This is a primarily residential
district, and is the most densely populated urban district
not only in Paris but of any European city. To the west lies
the Place de la République, which is linked to the Place de
la Bastille, in the east, by the sweeping, tree-lined
Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, with its large markets and
children's parks. The Place de la Bastille and the rue du
Faubourg St Antoine are full of fashionable cafés,
restaurants, and nightlife, and they also contain a range of
boutiques and galleries. The Oberkampf district to the north
is another popular area for nightlife. The east is more
residential, with more wholesale commerce, while the areas
around the Boulevard Voltaire
Located on the Right Bank, this is one of the most densely
populated arrondissements in Paris, as well as being a fun
and diverse area. The residential areas are to the east and
to the west, this latter offering large markets and parks
around the Place de la Bastille and Place de la République
area, while the more lively area is found around rue
Faubourg St Antoine, where one finds trendy bars,
restaurants and cafés as well as boutiques and galleries.
The Opera Bastille has helped to revitalize the once dreary
11th Arrondissement. There are more than a few good
restaurants here to tempt you as well. Travel Tip: This is a
great place to stay. The area is safe and less expensive
than the closer arrondissements. There are also plenty of
good restaurants within walking distance.
A very low profile arrondissement, mostly residential. The
Oberkampf district in the north is better known for its
nightlife than its landmarks, but it does contain the Cirque
d'Hiver (winter circus) and the St. Ambroise church.
||12eme arrondissement - Bercy -
Opera de la Bastille - Reuilly
On the Right Bank of the Seine, Residential neighborhood
bordered on the east by the Bois de Vincennes ( a nice park
). of Cours-Saint-Emilion and Bercy, which now contain the
French Ministry of Finances and the Bercy arena. The 12th
arrondissement contains the Opéra de la Bastille, the second
largest opera house in Paris. It was inaugurated in 1989, on
the 200th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The
Bois de Vincennes is also located in this arrondissement.
Located on the Right Bank, this is primarily a residential
where one also finds the French Ministry of Finances. Other
attractions in this neighbourhood are Opéra Bastille, second
largest opera house in Paris, and the lovely park Bois de
The large Bastille Opera can be found in this mostly
residential area, as well as the Bercy Stadium and the
nearby modern Bercy Park. The arrondissement is bordered by
the expansive Vincennes park on the east.
The 12th Arrondissement has been totally revitalized and is
now the new, trendy spot in Paris for the younger crowd.
Known as Bercy, this area is considered by many to be the
“new Saint-Germain”. The métro meteor (line 14) makes Bercy
a short 10 minutes from the Madeleine stop in the center of
Travel Tip: The Parc de Bercy is a 26-acre garden at one end
of this Arrondissement; at the other end you will find the
restaurants, shops, and cinemas that are infusing this area
with new life and excitement.
||13eme arrondissement -
Gobelins Area - Chinatown
On the Left Bank of the Seine,, Residential neighborhood, as
well as Paris' Chinatown. is home to Paris's main Chinatown,
which is located in the southeast of the arrondissement in
an area that contains many high-rise apartment buildings.
Located on the Left Bank, this arrondissement is primarily a
residential area and home to many Paris high-rise apartment
buildings, as well as housing Paris’s main Chinatown. Among
the attractions in this area one has the Bibliothèque
nationale de France.
A largely residential neighborhood with the modern National
Library as its most significant landmark. The 13th
arrondissement is also home to the city's largest Chinatown.
The 13th Arrondissement centers on the Gare de Austerlitz,
and is another area that has little to offer the tourist,
unless you have a passion for tapestries. The Manufacture
des Gobelins (a textile manufacturer) is located here at 42
ave des Gobelins.
||14eme arrondissement -
Montparnasse - Cité Universitaire - Observatoire
On the Left Bank of the Seine, Montparnasse and the Cité
Universitaire are found in this residential district
traditionally known for its lively cafés and restaurants
around the Blvd. Montparnasse. contains most of the
Montparnasse district, which has traditionally been home to
many artists as well as a Breton community. The district is
today best-known for its skyscraper, the Tour Montparnasse,
and its major railway terminus, the Gare Montparnasse.
The 14th arrondissement also contains the Cité
Internationale Universitaire de Paris, which is located near
Parc Montsouris and Stade Charléty.
Located on the Left Bank, this arrondissement is best known
for the lively Boulevard Montparnasse in its Montparnasse
district, originally home to many artists, as well as for
the Cité Universitaire de Paris.
Largely residential, the 14th Arrondissement is best known
for Montparnasse (both the station and the towering
skyscraper (Tour Montparnasse), the Paris Catacombs, and the
Parc Montsouris. The Cité Universitaire is also found in
this district as well as lively cafés and restaurants around
the Boulevard du Montparnasse and the rue Daguerre.
Travel Tip: The northern end of the district was the home to
many American ex-pats and other famous members of the
literati; Hemmingway, Henry Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S.
Eliot, Alice B. Tolkas, Gertrude Stein, to name but a few.
At the southern end, you’ll find a quiet residential area.
A lively arrondissement, especially around the Montparnasse
Boulevard, where the Tour Maine
Montparnasse (located in the adjacent 15th arrondissement)
dominates the skyline. Not far
from this skyscraper is the Montparnasse cemetery, where
many famous French citizens are
buried. A popular tourist attraction in this arrondissement
are the catacombs, which can be
accessed at the Denfert-Rochereau square. The observatory of
Paris nearby gave the 14th
arrondissement its name.
||15eme arrondissement - Tour
Montparnasse - Vaugirard - Porte de Versailles
On the Left Bank of the Seine,, This large primarily
residential neighborhood ranges from very upscale in the
area bordering the 7th arrondissement and the Seine, to
relatively safe and affordable in the more outlying areas.
Situated on the Rive Gauche (left bank) of the River Seine
and sharing the Montparnasse district with the 6th and 14th
arrondissements, it is the city's most populous
arrondissement. The Tour Montparnasse – the tallest
skyscraper in Paris – and the neighbouring Gare Montparnasse
are both located in the 15th arrondissement, at its border
with the 14th. The 15th arrondissement also contains the
Porte de Versailles exhibition centre and the high-rise
district of the Front de Seine (or Beaugrenelle) located
near the Eiffel Tower.
Located on the Left Bank, this is one of the most densely
populated arrondissements in Paris, that is part of the
Montparnasse district (together with the 6ème end the 14ème)
and part of the wealthier environment found in the bordering
This is the largest of the 20 arrondissements in Paris, both
in size and population. The
city's tallest skyscraper, Tour Maine Montparnasse is
located here. The Parc André Citroën
in the west is one of Paris's most interesting modern parks.
The 15th Arrondissement is a quiet residential area that was
once the home of the artists Mogdliani, Chagall and Leger.
There are few tourist sights here except for the Parc de
||16eme arrondissement - Passy
Area - Trocadero
The 16th arrondissement hosts several large sporting venues,
including: the Parc des Princes, which is the stadium where
Paris Saint-Germain football club plays its home matches;
Roland Garros Stadium, where the French Open tennis
championships are held; and Stade Jean-Bouin, home to the
Stade Français rugby union club. The Bois de Boulogne, the
second-largest public park in Paris, is also located in this
Located on the Right Bank, this arrondissement is primarily
residential and considered an excellent neighbourhood for
the wealthier, albeit not as élite as the 7ème. Many
embassies are found in this
area. Among key areas of interest in this arrondissement one
finds Avenue Foch, Bois de Boulogne and Trocadéro.
Even if the 7th arrondissement may be even more exclusive,
the 16th arrondissement has the reputation of being the
richest, and only the better-off are able to pay the high
rents here. The arrondissement is bordered by the enormous
Boulogne park to the west. Its only tourist attraction of
sorts is the Palais de Chaillot, from where you can have a
great view of the Eiffel Tower. The Palais de Chaillot is
also home to several museums and a theater. The Musée Guimet,
a museum with a collection of Asian art, can be found
The former village of Passy, the 16th Arrondissement, is a
lovely residential area that holds great charm for the
tourist who is looking for refined calm. This safe
arrondissement has beautiful boulevards, such as the ave
d’Iena, ave Foch and ave Victor Hugo as well as the
exquisite Bois de Bologne Park. Some wonderful museums are
here, including the Guimet, the Marmottan, and the Balzac.
And you can get a great view of the Eiffel Tower, just
across the river, from the place de Trocadero.
||17eme arrondissement -
On the Right Bank of the Seine, This diverse district really
contains more than one neighborhood, with the portion, in
the west, near the Arc de Triomph and Parc Monceau, being
very upscale. this arrondissement hosts three very active
areas: in the extreme southeastern part of the
arrondissement, the working-class area around the Place de
Clichy is an extension of the Pigalle red-light district and
Montmartre; in the southwestern part, the upper-class area
around the avenue des Ternes, where the Marché Poncelet is
located, is more Haussmannian in style. In between these two
neighborhoods, occupying the majority of the
arrondissement's land area, is the former village of
Batignolles. The 17th arrondissement also hosts the Palais
des Congrès of Paris, which is a large exhibition center
with an associated high-rise hotel, the Concorde Lafayette,
the largest in the city. The clock tower of the Church of
Saint Michel des Batignolles
Located on the Right Bank, this arrondissement is very
diverse, with its working-class area by Place de Clichy and
a very upper-class area by Avenue des Ternes. Among key
areas of interest in this arrondissement one finds the large
exhibition centre Palais des Congrès and the famous
skyscraper hotel Concorde Lafayette.
The 17th Arrondissement is pretty much a nice residential
area and has few tourist sights. It borders on the Arc de
Triumph and can be a good lodging choice if you don’t mind
being a bit away from the city center. Travel Tip:The nearby
La Defense business district has many hotels and is a safe
and clean area.
This is a diverse arrondissement, bordering the grand
boulevards in the south and the lowly
Pigalle neighborhood in the north. The Palais des Congrès, a
large convention center, is
located at the western tip of the arrondissement.
||18eme arrondissement -
On the Right Bank of the Seine, Montmartre. This artsy
residential neighborhood has a small village feel and lots
of tourists. is mostly known for hosting the district of
Montmartre, which contains a hill dominated by the Sacré
Coeur basilica, as well as the famous Moulin Rouge. contains
the African and North African district of Goutte d'Or which
is famous for its market, the marché Barbès, where one can
find various products from that continent.
Located on the Left bank, this arrondissement is famous for
its Sacré Coeur basilica, found on the hill in its
Montmartre district, as well as for the notorious Moulin
Rouge. Also in this arrondissement one finds the African and
North African districts, well-known for its market marché
Montmartre, the once bohemian and still village-like
district is often inundated with
tourists. The Sacré-Coeur basilica and the Place du Tertre
are the biggest tourist draws.
Another famous sight here is the Moulin Rouge, located at
the border of the 9th
The 18th Arrondissement, one of the most popular outer areas
of Paris, Montmartre, attracts many visitors to its colorful
street artists and stately Sacre Coeur church. Some of the
world’s greatest artists lived here, notably Picasso,
Matisse, Max Jacob, Utrillo and Renoir.
There are some charming eateries in this area. Travel Tip:
Unfortunately, the area is now also home to prostitutes and
souvenir shops. And some of the “street artists” are rip-off
artists as well; don’t feel obligated to buy anything you
did not ask for, even if they made it “just for you”! Watch
out for people trying to tie bracelets on your wrist. They
will trick you into buying them. Keep an eye on your wallet
when you’re in this area.
||19eme arrondissement -
On the Right Bank of the Seine, The Parc des Buttes
Chaumont. A residential neighborhood with many ethnic
restaurants and shops. is crossed by two canals, the Canal
Saint-Denis and the Canal de l'Ourcq, which meet near the
Parc de la Villette.
The 19th arrondissement includes two public parks: the Parc
des Buttes Chaumont, located on a hill, and the Parc de la
Villette, which is home to both the Cité des Sciences et de
l'Industrie, a museum and exhibition centre, and the
Conservatoire de Paris, one of the most renowned music
schools in Europe and part of the Cité de la Musique.
Located on the Right Bank, this arrondissement is primarily
a residential area, housing two large public parks, the Parc
des Buttes Chaumont and the Parc de la Villette, this latter
being where one
The 19th Arrondissement, an ethnically rich area, is home to
the Museum of Science and Industry, an absolutely wonderful
museum. You will also find the Buttes-Chaumont which is a
great place for children to enjoy donkey rides and puppet
Travel Tip: There are some excellent African and Middle
Eastern restaurants in this area that offer quality cuisine
for low prices. Look to see which ones are bustling with
locals and eat there.
||20eme arrondissement - Père
On the Right Bank of the Seine,Belleville and the Père-Lachaise
cemetery. An outlying residential area that is becoming
yuppified. It contains the cosmopolitan districts of
Ménilmontant and Belleville which have welcomed many
successive waves of immigration since the middle of the 19th
century. Today, Belleville contains the second largest
Chinatown in Paris.
The 20th arrondissement is also internationally known for
hosting the Père Lachaise Cemetery where one can find the
burials of many famous composers (such as Chopin and
Rossini), writers (including Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust),
painters (Pissarro, Jacques-Louis David and others).
The 20th Arrondissement is another
ethnically diverse area. People from all of France’s former empire
can be found here, bringing their own cultures with them. The most
famous landmark is the Père Lachaise Cemetery that is the final
resting place for Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Colette, Edith Piaf,
Jim Morrison of the Doors and a host of other celebrities and
One of Paris's most interesting parks, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont,
is in the middle of this large arrondissement. Another, more modern
park, the Parc de la Villette, contains the city's popular science
Located on the Right Bank, this arrondissement offers a
multi-cultural environment in its districts of Ménilmontant and
Belleville, this latter being the home to the second largest
Chinatown in Paris. Among its key attractions is the world famous
Père-Lachaise cemetery, burial ground to the likes of composers such
as Chopin and Rossini, writers such as Oscar Wilde and Marcel
Proust, painters such as Pissarro and Jacques-Louis David, and the
more modern celebrity rock singers Jim Morrison.