Paris is known for its amazing architecture, culture and delicious food scene. It’s 20 arrondissements each have special aspects about them that add to the culture and attract millions of tourists each year. Whether it’s that bistro in the corner or the mysterious statue at the end of a street, each area speeks to you differently. Are you ready to find out which neighbourhood best fits your interests and personality? Read on to see which place calls its name out to you.
If you love luxury fashion shopping and dining, then Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the right place for you. Located in the 8th arrondissement, this is one of the liveliest streets in Paris. Restaurant-packed and active in the city’s night-life scene, Champs-Élysées attracts thousands of travelers and locals each day. It has the best restaurants, cafés and shops, and is surrounded by beautiful, historic buildings. One end is home to the famous Arc de Triomphe and at the other end you’ll find Place de la Concorde, which is a must-see for French Revolution enthusiasts.
2. Le Marais
Known as one of Paris’ most historic areas, Le Marais spreads across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. It is packed with pre-revolutionary buildings and offers the most of Medieval Paris. Many tourists also stop by this area to sit at one of their gorgeous cafés and engage with French locals. One of Paris’ most popular modern hot spots – Centre Georges Pompidou – is located in this area as well.
Located near the banks of the Seine River, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area is one of the 4 administrative quarters of Paris’ 6th arrondissement. It’s packed with some of Paris’ best restaurants, including Brasserie Lipp, Les Deux Magots, and Café Pouchkine. The famous Musée d’Orsay and Luxembourg Gardens are also located here, and so is Église de Saint Germain des Prés. I must warn you though, this area does get very stinky due to its proximity to sewers.
If you are passionate about art or want to experience Parisian night-life on another level, then Montmartre is the right place to be. In the daytime, this area is full of talented artists who are ready to sketch a drawing of you. You’ll also find many cute gift stores worth buying souvenirs from and the beautiful Sacré-Coeur church, which is a must-see attraction. Once it’s nighttime, you can head on out to dine at their several restaurants, including La Crémaillère, and visit the famous Moulin Rouge. After all, this area is known for its bars, cabarets and clubs.
5. The Latin Quarter
Are you seeking a lively and electric feel in Paris? If so, then head on over to the Latin Quarter of Paris, located in the 5th and 6th arrondissements. Situated on the Left Bank, the Latin Quarter is one of Paris’ oldest areas, being home to the University of Paris (nicknamed Sorbonne), which attracted many scholars during the Middle Ages. During this time, scholars from all around the continent came to this university to learn Latin – which is how the Latin Quarter got its name. Other famous attractions include Musée Cluny and the Panthéon. Many tourists find themselves getting lost in wonder as they explore the narrow, historic streets of this area.
If it’s your first time in Paris and you’re keen on spending every single day gazing up at the Eiffel Tower, then you’ll want to stay in the Trocadéro area. Located in the 16th arrondissement, Trocadéro is right on the other side of the Eiffel Tower, bordering the Seine River. It’s also full of great places to have breakfast, including Café Carette. You’ll also want to visit the Trocadéro Gardens, Place du Trocadéro, and take pictures by the Palais de Chaillot while you’re here.
7. Les Grands Boulevards
Les Grands Boulevards, found in the 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 11th arrondissements, is a must-see for history and fashion fans alike. Here you’ll find the most chic department store, Galéries Lafayette, which fashion enthusiasts can spend hours in simply admiring the building, tasting the delicious French flavours and shopping the latest Parisian trends. Running from Place de la Bastille (11th arrondissement) to Place de la Madeleine (8th arrondissement), this area is known as the shopping district of Paris, but it’s famous attraction, Opéra Garnier, also attracts architecture enthusiasts into the area.