Paris Arrondissements

Map & Guide

Paris Arrondissements Map & Guide

Find the Top Attractions in Each Paris District

Visit Paris for just short time, and you're sure to hear references to numbers - for example, "the 1st" or "the 8th" or "the 16th." 

This can be super confusing until you realize these are districts - or in French, arrondissements. 

The City of Paris contains 20 of these administrative districts within its borders.  Each arrondissement has its own unique personality, interesting things to do and see, ambiance, and even its own mayor and city hall. 

You're most likely to hear arrondissement numbers if you're asking directions, looking up addresses (which almost always include the 5-digit postal code, which for Paris is 750nn, with nn being the district number), or discussing locations.   For example, 75003 designates the 3rd arrondissement.

You'll also see the Paris district number posted on most street name signs, which can help you figure out where you are or at least save you from getting totally lost.

So how do you make sense of these numbers? 

Fortunately, it's much easier than you might imagine, as you'll see when you look at the Paris district map in the next section.

In addition, our arrondissement attractions guide tells you about the top attractions, activities, tours, and hotels in each district, which may help you decide which district to stay in during your visit to Paris. 

This article contains lots of information - so if you're looking for details about a specific district, use these quick links to find it fast:  Map & Essentials  -  1st  -  2nd  -  3rd  -  4th  -  5th  -  6th  -  7th  -  8th  -  9th  -  10th  -  11th  -  12th  -  13th  -  14th  -  15th  -  16th  -  17th  -  18th  -  19th  -  20th  

Top photo:  Distant view of Sacre Coeur atop Paris's tallest hill in the 18th arrondissement, as seen from the top of the Arc de Triomphe located where the 8th, 16th, and 17th districts intersect

Paris Arrondissement Map - Districts, Quartiers, & Neighborhoods - The Essentials You Need to Know for Getting Around

Take a look at our Paris district map.  See how the 1st arrondissement occupies the heart of the city, and all the other 19 districts spiraling out clockwise around it like an escargot shell?

The blue line of the Seine River divides the city into the Right Bank (above the river) and the Left Bank below it. 

The Seine River divides the city into two sections:  the Right Bank, above the river, and the Left Bank below it.  Right in the middle of the Seine are two small islands, Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis.  

Île de la Cité, the historic heart of the city where the area's first settlers known as the Parisii made their home, straddles the 1st and 4th arrondissements.  You'll find many top Paris attractions here.  Île Saint-Louis is part of the 4th.

The green areas at each side of Paris (think of them as the snail's head and tail) are two enormous tree-filled parks (bois), sometimes called the "lungs" of the city.

Paris arrondissement map
Paris city map showing all 20 districts (arrondissements) as well as locations of a few top attractions

There are two more essential location descriptors you should know about:  quartiers and neighborhoods.

Each arrondissement contains four quartiers (administrative sub-districts) that have their names.  Many aren't used in everyday conversation but some - for example, Les Halles in the 1st arrondissement, Sentier in the 2nd arrondissement, Saint-Germain-des-Près in the 6th - double as neighborhood names.  

Other neighborhoods such the Latin Quarter and the Marais get their names from association - for example, 800 years ago, when the Sorbonne University was founded in the 5th arrondissement, students from all over Europe used Latin as their common language, which is why part - not all - of the 5th and part of the 6th (and to be precise, a sliver of the 13th) are called the Latin Quarter.  Similarly, the neighborhood known as Le Marais (parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements) used to be a swamp, which is what marais means in French.

One more thing ... each arrondissement has a historic name in addition to a number.  You'll almost always hear Parisians refer to districts by number, so (normally) no need to worry about the name. In the following section titles, we do include the historic name in parentheses following the district number, just in case you're curious.  So when you see, for example, "1st Arrondissement (Louvre) - etc ...", Louvre historic or traditional name of the district.

Confused?  Don't worry about it.  By the time you've spent a few days in Paris, all of this will make more sense.

To wrap up this overview of the city's layout, one final thing you should know is that an almost-constantly congested multi-lane highway, the Périphérique (normally called the Périph by Parisians), circles the outer districts (but not the parks).  If you take a taxi to or from Charles de Gaulle Airport, you'll most likely experience it.

Now, let's take a look at the landmarks and attractions that make each arrondissement special to help you choose where to stay and what to see and do during your visit.

1st Arrondissement (Louvre) - Louvre Museum, Sainte-Chapelle, Place de la Concorde

Paris's 1st arrondissement - Soaking up sun in the Jardin des Tuileries
Perfect spring day in Paris's 1st Arrondissement - Soaking up sun in the Jardin des Tuileries, with views of the Louvre in the background

Why visit:   Famous attractions, spectacular gardens, and excellent cafés, restaurants, and boutiques pack the 1st with "must-see" sights for first-time as well as return Paris visitors.

Top Attractions in the 1st Arrondissement

Discover:  The Louvre, home to the Mona Lisa and many other treasured works of art.  Tuileries Gardens, filled with flowers and statues, pools and fountains, cafes, and a giant ferris wheel.  Musée de l'Orangerie, featuring Monet's lush waterlily paintings.  Musée des Arts Decoratifs is a must if you're into design, decorative items, or just like beautiful things.

- Find all the best ways to see the Louvre

- Get a skip-the-line ticket or tour for Musée de l'Orangerie

Experience:  Royal Paris in the hidden garden behind Palais Royal, the beautiful but blood-soaked Place de la Concorde, the soaring stained glass windows and concerts at Sainte-Chapelle, and Marie Antoinette's last days in the Conciergerie prison.

- Plan your visit to Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie

Shop:  Famous designer boutiques, market streets, and the most popular French cookware shops in Paris pack the First Arrondissement. 

Explore:  Les Halles, once the city's largest food market before being torn down in the name of urban renewal, now attracts enthusiastic crowds with its new shopping, entertainment, and dining plaza.  Don't miss the jazz clubs in nearby Rue des Lombards or the epic market pedestrian-only street, Rue Montorgueil.

Recommended 1st Arrondissement Tours

  • Paris in One Day Sightseeing Tour - This popular tour offered through booking service GetYourGuide includes guided tours of the 1st arrondisement's most important attractions, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum.  You also get a Seine River cruise by the Eiffel Tower, Conciergerie, and other top Paris landmarks.  Find out more
  • Secret Paris: Cheese, Art, & Life - You'll see famous sights as well as hidden enclaves known only to locals during this tour that starts in the heart of Paris and winds past the Louvre and through its arcades, and into the medieval neighborhood of the Marais, ending in front of the fabulously modern Pompidou Center.  Along the way, you'll sample a macaroon, walk through a beautiful garden, and visit a fromagerie (cheese market) where you can taste some cheese.  This tour lasts 3 hours and usually fills up fast, so don't wait to book.  Find out more

Where to Stay in the 1st Arrondissement 

  • Top 1st Arrondissement Hotels - Best places to stay near the Louvre, Saint-Chapelle, Les Halles shopping, and other top 1st District attractions

2nd Arrondissement (Bourse) - Covered Arcades, Sentier

Galerie Vivienne, covered shopping arcade in Paris's 2nd Arrondissement 
Galerie Vivienne, covered shopping arcade in Paris's 2nd Arrondissement 

Why visit:   Covered 19th century shopping arcades, the best Japanese and Korean restaurants in Paris, and fascinating glimpses of the Paris's thriving wholesale textile and design industries.  The district's western end is just a few feet away from Opéra Garnier (Paris Opera House) and the Olympia music hall. 

Top Attractions in the 2nd Arrondissement

The 2nd Arrondissement sometimes gets overlooked as being a mostly-business district dominated by the Bourse (Palais Brongiart), the former Paris stock exchange now used for special trade shows, and at its east end by the Sentier quartier, home to the Paris textile industry and wholesale-only clothing showrooms.

However, you'll find some interesting surprises tucked away in the 2nd - especially if you enjoy shopping and dining.  And at the lively western end of the district, excellent shopping, hotels, and restaurants near the Paris Opera House and bustling Avenue de l'Opéra attract numerous visitors.

Discover:  Japanese restaurants lining Rue Saint-Anne.  Designer boutiques around Place des Victoires, and more affordable shopping along Avenue de l'Opéra. 

Explore: 19th century Passages Couverts, the glass-roofed covered retail arcades and galeries lined with boutiques and bistros - inspiration for today's indoor shopping malls.  Look for Galerie Vivienne (elegant shops and bistros), Passage du Caire (whole textiles and clothing), Passage de Choiseul (Korean specialties), Passage du Grand Cerf (art, crafts, esoteric collections), and Passage des Princes (toys and games).  Treasure hunters will want to explore the stamp, coin, and antique dealers in Passage des Panoramas not far from the Drouot Auction House in the 9th.

In and around Sentier, hip restaurants started popping up a few years ago, and now chic hotels are following, making this an increasingly trendy neighborhood for visitors - plus Sentier is next door to the even trendier Marais.

Where to Stay in the 2nd District

Hotel Edouard VII - 4-star hotel in a superb location on Avenue de l'Opéra, less than a 5-minute walk from the Paris Opera House.  Find best rates

Hotel Bachaumont - Lovely 4-star hotel with an Art Deco vibe on a quiet side street between the pedestrian-only Rue Montorgueil market street and a stretch of Rue Montmartre lined with luxury boutiques.  Compare rates

The Hoxton - Elegant and contemporary, located in a gorgeous 18th century building in the bustling Sentier district.  Find lowest rates

Want to Get Around Paris the Fun & Easy Way?

Hop on hop off bus in Paris
Open Tour Hop On Hop Off bus on Rue de l'Opéra

Hop On/Hop Off double-decker buses give you an easy way to explore Paris arrondissement and see the city's top attractions.  Your ticket gives you access to 3 different tour routes past all the famous landmarks, sights, and shopping areas.  Hop off as often as you wish to explore on foot, and then hop back on to see more attractions as you enjoy the panoramic views from the top deck.  For a few additional Euros, you can get a 2 or 3 day ticket - a fun and economical way to get around the city as you sightsee.

3rd Arrondissement (Temple) - Picasso Museum, Upper Marais, Musée Carnavalet

Upper Marais in Paris's 3rd Arrondissement - Rue du Parc Royal
Upper Marais in Paris's 3rd Arrondissement - Rue du Parc Royal and Square Léopold-Achille, near the Picasso Museum

Why visit:   Known as the Haut ("Upper") Marais, the 3rd Arrondissement gives you a glimpse of medieval Paris plus plenty of ornate 17th century mansions, popular museums, and fashion boutiques.

Top Attractions in the 3rd District

You'll find a number of outstanding museums here including the famous Picasso Museum housed in a 17th century mansion, Musée des Arts et Métiers with its displays ranging from airplanes to perfume, and Musée Carnavalet.  

- Find all the best ways to visit the Picasso Museum

- Discover:  Jewish culture in France in the Museum of Jewish Art and History.

- Dine on tasty couscous or kebabs at an outdoor table next to the food stalls at Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest covered market in Paris where residences have shopped for 400 years. 

- Stroll along narrow cobblestone streets and explore the indie designer boutiques.

Recommended Self-Guided Paris Walk:  Rue Payenne Gardens

4th Arrondissement (Hôtel de Ville) - Notre Dame, Pompidou Center, Île Saint-Louis, Place des Vosges

4th Arrondissement Paris landmark:  Notre Dame Cathedral, across from 17th and 18th century mansions on Île Saint-Louis
Famous 4th Arrondissement Paris landmark:  Notre Dame Cathedral, across from 17th and 18th century mansions on Île Saint-Louis

Why visit:   The 4th Arrondissement is "must see" area for first time and return visitors. So many famous historic sites are here - plus the medieval Marais neighborhood offers some of the best shopping in Paris. 

Top Attractions in the 4th Arrondissement

The 4th includes Île Saint-Louis, half of Île de la Cité, and a swath of the Right Bank, including part of the Marais, and is packed with top attractions, historic neighborhoods, chic shopping, and superb restaurants.

Discover:  The magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame on Île de la Cité.  Bertillon ice cream, considered the best in Paris, in Île Saint-Louis.   

Explore the trendy boutiques and galleries in the Marais, and visit antique stores and artisans in historic Village Saint-Paul.  

Admire modern and recent art at Centre Pompidou, go for carryout falafel in Rue de Rosiers in the Marais home of the oldest Orthodox Jewish community in Paris, and picnic in picture-perfect Place des Vosges.

Fun Ways to See the Marais

  • Book a private shopping tour with a personal shopper who will customize the experience to fit your budget and taste, suggest chic ensembles and accessories to make you look like a stylish Parisian, and take you to trendy and exclusive (but affordable) Marais boutiques.  Find out more 
  • Marais Walking Food Tour: Cheese, Wine, & Delicacies - You'll explore this charming neighborhood and see its many art galeries, boutiques, cafes, and centuries-old architecture as you stop at 8-10 places to sample cheese, wine, pastries, and seasonal specialties.  This tour lasts 3+ hours.  Find out more
  • Marais Pastry & Chocolate Tour - You'll explore small streets and hidden nooks of the Marais while learning about the neighborhood, visiting chocolate shops and bakeries, and tasting some samples.   Find out more

Best Paris Arrondissements to Stay In & Explore

Are you a . . .

  • ...first-time (or return) visitor who wants to see top Paris attractions?  Focus on these arrondissements:  1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, and parts of the 18 (Montmartre) 
  • ...return visitor who wants to explore the "real" Paris off the tourist path and discover hidden treasures?   Explore these arrondissements:    2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, and 20

5th Arrondissement (Panthéon) - Latin Quarter, Cluny Museum, Arènes de Lutèce

5th Arrondissement street near rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter
5th Arrondissement street near Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter

Why visit:   Layers of history, the famous Latin Quarter and other top attractions, charming street markets, and winding cobblestone lanes make the 5th Arrondissement another "must-see" part of the city for first-time and returning visitors.

Top Attractions in the 5th Arrondissement

Discover:  The famous Pantheon, towering over much of the district.  

The Roman-era Arènes de Lutèce and baths under Musée Cluny, home to magnificent tapestries and other medieval treasures. 

The Jardin des Plants, where you'll find an ancient botanic garden, Natural History Museum, and the small but appealing Paris Zoo.

Don't miss the Rue Mouffetard street market, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, and Tunisian pastries and tiny glasses of mint tea at the Arab Institute's terrace restaurant overlooking the most scenic parts of Paris.

6th Arrondissement (Luxembourg) - Luxembourg Garden, Saint Germain des Prés, Art Galleries

Parisian cafe in the 6th Arrondissement on rue de Buci
Parisian cafe in the 6th Arrondissement on Rue de Buci, site of a popular outdoor market every Tuesday through Sunday

Why visit:   The lovely 6th arrondissement, called Saint-Germain-des-Prés, is a lovely upper-class mostly-residential district with commercial areas devoted to superb boutiques and dining.

Top Attractions in the 6th Arrondissement

Discover:  Beautiful Luxembourg Garden.   Cafés and bistros along Boulevard Saint-Germain made famous by French Existentialists and American writers during the last century. 

Visit: The magnificent Church of Saint-Sulpice, setting for The Da Vinci Code.  

Explore: The neighborhood's wonderful antique shops, home furnishing boutiques, and clothing stores.  

Recommended 6th Arrondissement Tour

7th Arrondissement (Palais-Bourbon) - Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum, Bon Marché, Champ de Mars 

The most famous site in the 7th Arrondissement (and in Paris):  The Eiffel Tower
The most famous site in the 7th Arrondissement (and in Paris):  The Eiffel Tower

Why visit:   The 7th arrondissement is where you'll find the world's most famous landmark - the Eiffel Tower - as well as several top museums, the only department store on the Left Bank, a popular market street, and many top-notch restaurants.

Top Attractions in the 7th District

Discover:  Sweeping Paris views from the top of the Eiffel Tower. 

Find out how to get skip-the-line-priority entrance to the Eiffel Tower

See Impressionist masterpieces at Musée d'Orsay, non-western art at the Branly Museum, and magnificent sculptures and a romantic garden at Musée Rodin

Find skip-the-line tickets & guided tours to the Orsay Museum

Shop for luxury goods and gourmet food and wine selections at Le Bon Marché.  

History buffs will want to explore the Musée de l'Armée and Napoleon's tomb (get skip-the-line tickets here).  After your visit, walk a few blocks to reach the popular Rue Cler market street, overflowing with small cafes and yummy bakeries where you enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner.  Or buy a few gourmet goodies and head over to nearby Champ de Mars for a picnic.

Where to Stay in the 7th Arrondissement

Find best hotels near the Eiffel Tower

8th Arrondissement (Élysée) - Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Golden Triangle, Parc Monceau

Arc de Triomphe, on Champs Elysées in the 8th Arrondissement
Arc de Triomphe, on Champs Élysées in the 8th Arrondissement in Paris

Why visit:   With the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Élysées as major tourist attractions, the 8th arrondissement ranks high on the "must visit" list for most first time visitors.  But there's so much to see and do here that you'll want to return whenever you're in Paris.

Top Attractions in the 8th Arrondissement

Discover:  Expansive views from the top of the Arc. and an eternal flame marking the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base.   Excellent art collections, exquisite architecture, and a tearoom overlooking a lovely garden at the Petit Palais.  Special exhibits at the enormous glass-roofed Grand Palais.  Luxury goods on display in designer showrooms along the Golden Triangle.  

Need a change of pace in this wealthy, tourist-filled arrondissement? 

Head over to tranquil Parc Monceau, and visit one of the nearby specialty museums - Musée Cernuschi, Musée Nissim de Camondo, or Musée Jacquemart-André.

Fun Things to Do in the 8th Arrondissement

  • View Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe - You'll experience panoramic views of the entire city and all its iconic sites.  That's where we took the photo of Sacre Coeur at the top of this page.  Tickets are cheap - but admission lines can be long, so do yourself a favor and get a skip-the-line ticket online before you go.

Fun Ways to See Top Paris Attractions

9th Arrondissement (Opéra)- Opera Garnier, Pigalle, Grand Department Stores

Opéra Garnier (the Paris Opera House), in the 9th Arrondissement 
Opera Garnier (the Paris Opera House), in the 9th Arrondissement 

Why visit:   For most tourists, the top reason to visit the 9th arrondissement is shopping at the Grands Magasins, or big luxury department stores - Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps - as well as numerous other shops lining the surrounding avenues lined with outstanding examples of 19th century Haussmannian architecture.  

Top Attractions in the 9th Arrondissement

More to discover:  The spectacular Opéra Garnier (Paris Opera) - the largest and possibly the most flamboyant opera house in Europe, and a must-visit destination for Phantom of the Opera fans.

Get skip-the-line tickets for the Paris Opera House

Or, join a 90-minute tour guided by an expert

Musée Grévin, the wax museum, located in Passage Jouffroy, one of the many historic covered arcades in the 9th. 

Get your tickets online and skip the (usually) long ticket queue at the entrance

If you enjoy exploring newly hip neighborhoods, head to trendy South Pigalle, known as SoPi where you can visit the Musée de la Vie Romantic (but do know that Pigalle itself, bordering the 18th, is still rather seamy). 

Stop by the famous Drouot auction house, and explore the surrounding streets where you'll find many dealers specializing in stamps, coins, antiques, and other collectibles.

10th Arrondissement (Entrepôt) - Canal Saint-Martin, Place de la République, Gare du Nord

Canal Saint-Martin in Paris's 10th Arrondissement
Canal Saint-Martin in Paris's 10th Arrondissement

Why visit:   The diverse 10th arrondissement contains two major Paris train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Ést, surrounded by numerous popular bistros and cafes, and a variety of neighborhoods - some more gentrified (meaning more hotels, etc) than others. 

What to Discover:  Scenic bridges and locks along Canal Saint-Martin - Take a cruise, or simply stroll around the neighborhood and enjoy the colorful street art, lively cafes, and boutiques - in particular, look for up-and-coming young designers and pop-up stores. 

Place de la République (shared with 11th) - another trendy spot filled with bars and bistros, nightlife, and towering over the square, a magnificent statue of Marianne, Goddess of Liberty and symbol of the French Republic.

Where to stay:  La Planque Hotel near Canal Saint-Martin and Belleville

11th Arrondissement (Popincourt) - Place de la Bastille, Nightlife

Cafe across from the Place de la Bastille, in Paris's 11th Arrondissement 
Cafe across from the Place de la Bastille, in Paris's 11th Arrondissement 

Why visit:   The 11th arrondissement is mostly a pleasant residential area, formerly working class but now rather trendy and increasingly gentrified, with no major landmarks aside from Place de la Bastille and the enormous Opéra Bastille where you can catch a Paris Opera concert or ballet.

If you are looking for a lively nightlife scene, you'll want to check out the bars and clubs in the Oberkampf neighborhood.  If you need any camera equipment or accessories while you are in Paris, you may want to visit one of the specialized camera stores along Boulevard Beaumarchais, near the Chemin Vert Metro Station.

Discover:   Lots of ethnic and French cafes around and near Place de la Bastille.  Vintage furniture and clothing stores around Rue de Marché Popincourt and Rue Nueve Popincourt. 

The Bastille Arts and Crafts Market held from 9am - about 6pm every Saturday along Boulevard Richard Lenoir, starting just beyond the Bastille Métro Station. 

If you are adventurous, explore the almost-hidden passages and interior courtyards along the north side of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, once occupied by 19th century furniture makers and artisans, and now art galleries, craft studios, and boutiques.

12th Arrondissement (Reuilly) - Proménade Plantée, Marché d'Aligre Market, Bercy Village

Marché d'Aligre, the most popular flea market inside the Paris city limits, in the 12th Arrondissement
Marché d'Aligre, the most popular flea market inside the Paris city limits, in the 12th Arrondissement 

Why visit:   Although the 12th arrondissement is primarily residential, it has several attractions worth exploring if you're on a return visit to Paris and want to interesting sites beyond the major tourist attractions.  On the 12th's eastern side is the largest public park in Paris, Bois de Vincennes, complete with a chateau, English-style gardens, and a zoo.

Discover:  Interesting city views and exquisite gardens along the elevated parkland of the Proménade Plantée.  Thrilling ballet performances at the glittering Bastille Opera.  Treasures (and junk) at the Marché d'Aligre, the city's most popular flea market.  Spend an afternoon browsing in the boutiques and sipping wine at an outdoor cafe in Bercy Village, converted from 19th century wine warehouses next to the Seine.

Getting Around Paris ... Without Getting Lost!

Getting around Paris:   Most street signs display the arrondissement number - an easy way to confirm where you are. 

If you need to look up an address, you'll find the arrondissement number in the last 2 digits of the postal code  - for example, 75004 tells you the address is in the 4th.

13th Arrondissement (Gobelins) - Gobelins Tapestry, Place d'Italie, Street Art, Butte aux Cailles

Street art in Paris's 11th Arrondissement 
Street art in Paris's 11th Arrondissement 

Why visit:   Fans of street art will find plenty to enjoy in the 13th arrondissement, where an innovative mayor and many modern concrete high-rise buildings provide a welcoming canvas space for street art professionals and amateurs.  Otherwise, this is another mostly residential neighborhood - no major tourist attractions, but plenty of interesting local spots to explore.

Discover:  How tapestries are made at Gobelins Manufactory, creators of museum-worthy pieces since the mid-1400s.  A large enclosed shopping mall - a rarity in Paris - in Place d'Italie.  Charming leafy streets in the hilly Butte aux Cailles neighborhood.  And of course, look for street art - some discrete, some mammoth - wherever you go in the 13th.

How to Explore: 

Street Art in the 13th District Walking Tour - You'll see a lot of exciting street art including some by internationally famous graffiti artists in this fascinating tour of the 13th arrondissement- Find out more & book your ticket

Off the Beaten Track in Paris - Travel in style in a vintage Citroen 2CV convertible to see Butte aux Cailles in the 13th as well as a number of other hidden but wonderful places around the city:  the beautiful Place des Vosges park in the Marais, the Roman arena Arènes de Lutèce, the site of the Bastille Prison, arty Village Saint Paul, and seven other special places you might not find on your own - Find out more & book your ticket

14th Arrondissement (Observatoire) - Catacombs, Montparnasse Cemetery, Fondation Cartier

Skulls and bones in the Catacombs
Skulls and bones in the Catacombs

Why visit: The 14th arrondissement offers an interesting mix of commercial and residential areas, with plenty of cultural and historical attractions worth seeing, including the always-popular Paris Catacombs.

Discover:  A maze of underground tunnels where the remains of about 6 million people are buried in the Catacombs.  The tombs of famous artists, writers, and performers in Montparnasse Cemetery.  Contemporary art exhibits at Fondation Cartier, in a striking building designed by architect Jean Nouvel.  Lots of theaters, restaurants , and several famous bistros in the area around the triangle formed by the Montparnasse-Bienvenue, Edgar Quinet, and Vavin Métro Stations. 

Find out why & how to get skip the line priority tickets for the Catacombs

See all the Skip the Line and Priority Access ticket choices for the Catacombs

Must-see sights for the 14th:  Musée Jean Moulin and Musée du Géneral Leclerc, a pair of adjacent museums devoted to the history of the French Resistence and the Liberation of Paris from the Nazis during World War II.  (Please note:  Both museums are currently closed while a new larger space is created for the future Museum of the Liberation of Paris, with opening planned for August 25, 2019 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris.)

Next to the 14th, on the other side of the Périphérique:  Vanves Flea Market

15th Arrondissement (Vaugirard) - Parc André Citreon, Montparnasse Tower, Beaugrenelle Mall

Art exhibit at the Fondation Cartier in Paris's 14th Arrondissement
Fragrant flowers in the lavender garden in Parc André Citroen, in Paris's 15th Arrondissement

Why visit:   The 15th arrondissement is a large, mostly residential upper class district with lovely parks, a spectacular shopping mall, and easy access to Île-des-Cygnes (Island of the Swans), an almost-hidden park in the middle of the Seine. Visit the 15th to get a feel for how real Parisians live and play.

Discover:  Hot air balloon rides at Parc André Citroen.  Spectacular views of Paris from on top of Montparnasse Tower.   The weekend antiquarian and used book market at Parc Georges Brassens.   A collection of top clothing and specialty stores in the upscale Beaugrenelle shopping mall.  

For the perfect afternoon, head to the Mirabeau Bridge and walk down the ramp to Île-des-Cygnes, a lovely sliver of an island in the Seine with excellent views of the Eiffel Tower.

16th Arrondissement (Passy) - Trocadéro, Palais de Tokyo, Musée Marmottan, Bois de Boulogne

Exhibit at Palais de Tokyo, contemporary Paris art museum in the 16th Arrondissement
Exhibit at Palais de Tokyo, contemporary Paris art museum in the 16th Arrondissement

Why visit:   Although much of the 16th arrondissement is a wealthy residential area (a favorite of well-off American ex-pats), numerous superb museums, excellent Eiffel Tower views, and the huge Bois de Boulogne park give you plenty of reasons to visit. 

Discover:  Unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower from the marble-paved platform at Trocadéro.  A large collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet at Musée Marmottan.  The French Open, Fondation Louis Vuitton, a chateau and lake, a zoo, and greenhouses containing 100,000 plants in the Bois de Boulogne park. 

You could easily spend days exploring treasures in the 16th's many specialty museums - anthropology at Musée de l'Homme, avant-garde contemporary art at Palais de Tokyo, Asian art at Musée Guimet, fashion at Musée Galliera, and 20th century masterpieces at Musée d'Art Moderne, to name just a few.

17th Arrondissement (Batignolles-Monceau) - Batignolles Square, Martin Luther King Park

Flowers blooming in a public square in the Batignolles neighborhood in Paris's 17th Arrondissement
Flowers blooming in a public square in the Batignolles neighborhood in Paris's 17th Arrondissement

Why visit:   The 17th Arrondissement's economic diversity makes it hard to categorize, and because it lacks any major tourist attractions, you might easily skip over it on your first, second, or even third trip to Paris.  But if you want to explore the "real" Paris, head to the leafy Batignolles neighborhood in the eastern part of the 19th, where you'll find a mix of 19th century charm and 21st century modernization.

Discover:  Gourmet treats from all over France and freshly harvested organic produce in the Batignolles outdoor markets.   Charming sidewalk cafes lead up to Batignolles Square, a neighborhood park filled with landscaped hills and dells, a duck pond, and pétanque courts.  On the other side is Parc Clichy-Batignolles, a gorgeous new recreational area once occupied by freight yards, where you'll find a skate park, basketball courts, and a playgound surrounded by natural landscaping, scenic walks, and sustainable energy displays including wind turbines and solar panels.

Explore the Artsy & Bohemian Side of Batignolles in this 3-Hour Walkiing Tour

18th Arrondissement (Buttes-Montmartre) - Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Les Puces Flea Market

Place de Tertre next to Sacré Coeur in Paris's 18th Arrondissement
Place de Tertre next to Sacré Coeur in Paris's 18th Arrondissement

Why visit:   Famous attractions, village-like neighborhoods once populated by artists and writers, and fantastic views of Paris attract large numbers of visitors to the 18th Arrondissement.  You'll also find plenty of appealing cafes and boutiques.

Top Montmartre Attractions

Discover:  The sloping hills, vineyard, and stories about famous artists and musicians who once lived in Montmartre.  The charming village of Abbesses.  

Enjoy: Spectacular views from Sacre Coeur.  

Treat yourself to:  Unforgettable shows and dinner at Moulin Rouge.  

Find out about an evening at Moulin Rouge:  Champagne, dinner, and tickets to the hottest show in town - plus drop off at the end of the evening at your central Paris hotel

Explore:  Five floors of dazzling textiles and trims at the Saint-Pierre Fabric Market.  

Spend a day at:  The biggest flea market in Paris (and the world), Marché aux Puces (Flea Market) in Saint-Ouen located just north of the Peripherique at Clingancourt.

Recommended Montmartre Tours

19th Arrondissement (Buttes-Chaumont) - Parc de la Villette, Buttes Chaumont, Paris Plage

Silver dome (La Géode) housing a theater at Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, science and exploration museum at Paris's Parc de la Villette in the 19th Arrondissement
Silver dome (La Géode) housing a theater at Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, science and exploration museum at Paris's Parc de la Villette in the 19th Arrondissement

Why visit:   Cultural, recreational, and scenic attractions fill the 19th Arrondissement's two huge parks - plus the district boasts the city's largest artificial lake, the site of summer festivals, sports, and even a "beach."

Discover:  Cité de la Science et l’Industrie science museum, Cité de la Musique music instruments museum, and Philharmonie de Paris concert hall at Parc de la Villette.  

Enjoy:  Bassin de la Villette's beach and row boats during Paris Plage.  Flower-covered slopes, a waterfall, and some of the best views of Paris in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.

20th Arrondissement (Ménilmontant) - Père Lachaise Cemetery, Belleville, Street Art

Top attraction in Paris's 20th Arrondissement:  Père-Lachaise Cemetery
Top attraction in Paris's 20th Arrondissement:  Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Why visit:   The 20th's biggest attraction is Cimetière du Père-Lachaise - the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery - where rows of ornate tombs and monuments of famous writers, musicians, artists, philosophers, and politicians perch on the landscaped hills.  The 20th District also includes a swath of the sprawling and dynamic Belleville neighborhood, which spans parts of the 19th, 10th, and 11th districts as well.

Discover:  The final resting spots of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin, Marcel Proust, Rossini, and many other luminaries at Père-Lachaise, along with some of the city's most fascinating and poignant tombstones. 

Enjoy:  Sweeping views of Paris from a hilltop covered terrace adorned with graphic art in Parc de Belleville, and at the back, a small historic vineyard; down the side of the hill is a 300-foot long tiered waterfall-fountain, plus expanses of award-winning flower gardens.

Explore:  The interesting street art, indie boutiques, art galleries, green space, and the city's second largest Chinatown (complete with wonderful, affordable restaurants) in Belleville.  And on the other side of the Périphérique from the 20th:  Montreuil Flea Market

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