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Paris Arrondissement Guide

I often get asked: “where is the best place to stay in Paris? What arrondissement is the best?”. Unfortunately, there is no right answer to that. Or rather, there are many different options depending on what tickles your fancy.

Like many capital cities, Paris is divided into multiple districts (a.k.a. “arrondissement“), which serve an administrative and organizational purpose. Each one has its own zip code and town hall (“mairie“). They are organized in a snail-like shape starting in the geographic and historic heart of the city and spinning clockwise. They tend to follow the historic neighborhoods roughly, but some (like the Marais) are divided across several districts.

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Paris Arrondissement Guide

Each arrondissement has its own identity, history, and general vibe that can be dramatically different from one to the next. You may want to hang in the heart of all the tourist attractions for a quick first visit.

Or maybe, on the contrary, you want to experience life like a real Parisian away from the city center. Perhaps you have an interest in modern architecture, or you love ethnic food. The good news is that Paris has something for everybody!

From must-do attractions to hidden gems, this Paris arrondissement guide will help you decide where to stay, eat, and how to organize your visit to the City of Light.

1st Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 1st arrondissement known as: The Heart of Paris and Arrondissement du Louvre

If it is your first visit to Paris, you will likely spend a good bit of time in the heart of the city: the first district, or, as locals call it le premier. Not only is it the place where it all started, but it also has one of the highest concentrations of all the must-do places you have to visit the first time(s) you are in Paris. If you want to explore the Louvre, stroll through the Tuileries Garden, gawk at the windows of the jewelers in Place Vendȏme or do some shopping in the Halles, look no further.

There is plenty to keep you busy for days in a small walkable area. It is the Paris of postcards, narrow streets, and grand monuments. On the downside, like any hyper-touristy area, it is overrun by crowds of visitors – especially in the summer months – and offers little to no glimpse of what the “real Paris” looks like.

Green chairs in the Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.
Green chairs in the Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 1st Arrondissement/ What the 1st Arrondissement is Known for:

Local picks for the 1eme from Mathilde.

2nd Arrondissement de Paris  (Passages)

What is the 2nd arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de la Bourse 

The second arrondissement is the beating financial heart of the city, with the Bourse, at its center, housing the Parisian stock exchange. If you had visited Paris before the nineteenth century, it would have been a shady place to hang out, full of narrow unsanitary alleys and up-to-no-good ruffians. However, it was the theater of wide-scale urban changes in the early 1800s, which left behind an abundance of more polished Art Nouveau buildings and indoor shopping galleries.

Those passages are one of my favorite spots in Paris to catch a glimpse of this fin-de-siècle glamour. The Belle Epoque may be long gone, but you wouldn’t know while strolling through those glass-covered alleyways bordered by old-school stores and restaurants.

The Sentier area, once a no-mans-land only inhabited by wholesale textile businesses, is now one of the hottest spots in the city. If you want a good dose of Parisian trendy chic to excess, look no further than these pedestrian streets where the terraces of the cafes are the place to see and be seen.

Paris Galerie Vivienne
Galerie Vivienne in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 2nd Arrondissement /What the 2nd Arrondissement is Known For:

Try this Palais-Royal and Covered Passages Audio-Guided Tour or do a private scavenger hunt amongst the passages!

Local picks for the 2eme from Andrew Prior.

3rd Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 3rd arrondissement known as: Marais, SoMa (South Marais) or Arrondissement du Temple

The third arrondissement includes part of the famed Marais (translated as “Swamp” in French), which extends into the fourth arrondissement as well. If you love small designer boutiques, artsy galleries, and swanky brunch places, you will feel right at home.

My friend and fashion-insider Kasia is lucky enough to call the troisième home, and you can read more about her insider tips below.

There is more to see in the area than hipster eateries among the charming medieval alleys – although that's reason enough to visit. It is also the place to go to see some of the lesser-known, but worth the trip museums in Paris such as the Musée Picasso, the Arts et Métiers (Arts and Crafts), or the Carnavalet (a must-do for Parisian history buffs).

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The Arts et Metiers metro in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 3rd Arrondissement/What the 3rd Arrondissement is Known For:

Some fantastic tours to consider:

My friend Kasia's local picks for the 3eme.

4th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 4th arrondissement known as: Marais, NoMa (North Marais) or Arrondissement de l’Hôtel-de-Ville

Le quatrième includes two distinct areas. The area closest to the Seine is one of the tourist highlights of the city. It includes Ile de la Citée (on which sits Notre Dame), the posh Ile Saint Louis, which has been populated by the French crème de la crème and their grand hȏtels particuliers since the Middle Ages, and the elegant Place des Vosges. The banks of the river are closed to cars.

Parisians of all ages rush over as soon as the sun makes an appearance to picnic and sunbathe with a breathtaking view of Notre Dame (something they can no longer do after the fire). And then, there is the former Jewish neighborhood, with its winding cobblestone streets, quirky boutiques, and a wealth of middle eastern eateries like the word renowned As du Falafel.

While most of the city gets sleepy on Sundays, the Marais is still bustling with many restaurants and boutiques open and the streets closed to cars. Resident Charli was kind enough to tell me about some of her favorite hangouts!

Paris Place de Vosges
Place de Vosges in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.
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What to Visit and Do in the 4th Arrondissement/What the 4th Arrondissement is Known For:

Some fantastic tours to consider:

France24 reporter Charli's local picks for the 4eme.

5th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 5th arrondissement known as: Latin Quarter, Student District, and arrondissement du Panthéon

Le cinquième has been a hub of the Parisian student life since the Middle Ages when La Sorbonne opened its doors in 1253. All the youngsters chatting in Latin – the teaching language at the time – gave the neighborhood its name: the Latin quarter. The area doesn't appear to have changed all that much since then: there are still plenty of students, going to class, hanging at the terraces of the cafes, lounging on the lawns of the Jardin des Plantes.

There are also plenty of tourists striding through the narrow cobblestone streets – including Rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest streets in Paris – and visiting some of the most famous Frenchmen and women, buried in the Pantheon. You can even visit one of the last visible remnants of Paris’ Roman past: Les Arènes de Lutèce.

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View from the roof of the Panthéon in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 5th Arrondissement/What the 5th Arrondissement is Known For:

Local tour guide Selene’s local picks for the 5eme.

6th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 6th arrondissement known as: Saint-Germain-de-Prés and Arrondissement du Luxembourg

If the fifth arrondissement is where the French go to study, le sixième next door is the intellectual beating heart of the city. All the famous artists, writers, and philosophers have graced the streets and cafes of Saint Germain, from Diderot to Dali, Hemingway, and Simone de Beauvoir, among many others.

Nowadays, the neighborhood is no place for a starving artist: luxury boutiques, upscale food stores, and overpriced coffee (you are paying for a slice of history along with your espresso after all!) are the name of the game. Nevertheless, it is one of my favorite places in Paris that I never get tired of visiting again and again.

Once you are done discussing the meaning of life or the subject of your next groundbreaking novel at the Café de Flore, you can always escape into the green alleys of the Jardin du Luxembourg. Allegedly one of the most beautiful public gardens in Paris, it is a breath of fresh for Parisians and visitors alike.

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Les Deux Magots terrace in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 6th Arrondissement/What the 6th Arrondissement is Known For:

Photographer Eileen's local picks for the 6eme.

7th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 7th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de Eiffel Tower and Arrondissement du Palais-Bourbon

You will undoubtedly make le septième one of your first stops on your maiden tour to Paris. Why? Because it is home to the most iconic of Parisian monuments: the Eiffel Tower! That said, you would be missing out if you missed to opportunity to linger awhile at the feet of the Dame de Fer.

First of all, it is where you will find some of Paris’ best museums, including my favorite: the Musée d’Orsay. Besides, with its tranquil bourgeois atmosphere and old-school bistros, it is, in the words of part-time resident Ann Mah, “classic Paris”. Once you leave the obvious touristy areas, the streets belong to the locals. You will not necessarily find the trendiest bar and the hottest nightlife in the area – although the banks of the Seine have their share of hip spots – you won’t miss them one bit.

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View through the clock at the Musée d'Orsay in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 7th Arrondissement/What the 7th Arrondissement is Known For:

Author Ann Mah's local picks for the 7eme.

Landen Kerr's local picks for the 7eme.

8th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 8th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de l’Élysée

The Champs-Elysées is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. It is hard not to have your heartbeat a little faster while ascending the majestic avenue from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. After all, it is very long, it climbs up, and the cars won't slow down one bit if you attempt to take a picture of the iconic view for the ‘Gram.

Parisians often argue that the area has lost some of its cache with the chain stores and restaurants taking over the leases on both sides of the streets. However, there are still plenty of opportunities to let go of your hard-earned cash in the luxury flagship stores and Michelin-starred eateries in the area. If you can steer away from all the bling, head to the Parc Monceau. It is the perfect image of the neighborhood surrounding it: polished, manicured, and extremely elegant.

Paris Grand Palais
View of the Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 8th Arrondissement/What the 8th Arrondissement is Known For:

My complete guide to the 8th arrondissement.

9th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 9th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de l’Opéra

As an unapologetic foodie, le neuvième ranks high on my list of favorite neighborhoods. Between the glitz of the grands magasins (excellent for shopping with amazing food courts!) and Garnier Opéra, and the grittier Pigalle district, where the ladies and gents of the night still roam, there is something for everyone. And let's not forget about the unending delicacies of the Rue des Martyrs where you can apparently find every single type of specialty food shop under the sun.

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View from the roof of the Printemps department store in the 9 arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 9th Arrondissement/What the 9th Arrondissement is Known For:

Food bloggers Alix and Hugo's local picks for the 9eme.

10th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 10th arrondissement known as: Canal Saint-Martin, Arrondissement de l’Entrepôt, and Arrondissement de l’Enclos-Saint-Laurent

Brooklyn has its hipsters, but Paris has its “bobos” (the bourgeois-bohêmes or bohemian bourgeois). Le dixième once belonged to immigrant communities – and they still have an important presence in some pocket areas – but it is well on its way to gentrification.

The Canal Saint-Martin area is an artificial paradise of small designer boutiques, organic community stores, and vegan bistros. Meanwhile, the area around Barbès and Gare du Nord feels a world away. Between small ethnic restaurants, hairdressers, and exotic grocery stores, the Paris of postcards and clichés feel very far away.

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Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 10th Arrondissement/What the 10th Arrondissement is Known For:

My friend Daisy's local picks for the 10eme.

11th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 11th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de Popincourt

Low-key and far from the “big” tourist attractions, le onzième is where real Parisians live and play. La Bastille and Oberkampf area are a hot spot for nightlife, with bars and restaurants open late at night. The last metros to the area are as crowded as rush hour and many students, attracted by the – relatively – affordable rent call it home.

With its quirky street art, hole-in-the-wall type of places, and brunch galore, it may not have the shiny attraction of some more central areas, but it is definitely a local favorite with a cool-kid vibe that is hard to top.

Paris Cour Damoye
Cour Damoye in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 11th Arrondissement/What the 11th Arrondissement is Known For:

Writer Lisa Anselmo local picks for the 11eme.

12th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 12th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de Reuilly

Le douzième is the largest and one of the greenest neighborhoods in Paris. Aside from the area located near Bastille, with its bustling bars and hip restaurants, it is a fairly quiet district. If you don't mind a short metro ride to get to the main attractions and want to experience how the Parisian middle class lives, it is a great choice to stay.

There is plenty of parks and green spaces, like the Coulee Verte (a former railway reconverted into a tree-lined walkway), the Vincennes forest, and Bercy (old warehouses turned trendy shopping district). For food lovers, the open-air Marché d’Aligre is a must-see.

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Rue Crémieux in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 12th Arrondissement/What the 12th Arrondissement is Known For:

My complete guide to the 12th arrondissement.

13th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 13th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement des Gobelins

Le treizième has a long artistic tradition since the Gobelins, the royal tapestry factory made its home in the seventeenth century. Nowadays, there is still plenty of arts (and artists, thanks to the still affordable-ish rents), but it is a far cry from a museum neighborhood. It is still a blue-collar area, as well as the unofficial Chinatown of Paris.

It may not be the prettiest arrondissement in terms of architecture, but it is young, dynamic, and one of the best places to stay if you like street art and modern design. The Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood offers a plethora of cute boutiques and small eateries.

Paris La Cite de la Mode et du Design
La Cité de la Mode et du Design in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Photo credit: Fred Romero

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What to Visit and Do in the 13th Arrondissement/What the 13th Arrondissement is Known For:

Blogger Lena's local picks for the 13eme.

14th Arrondissement de Paris (Montparnasse )

What is the 14th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de l’Observatoire

Montparnasse was once the home far away from home for the Lost Generation in the mid-1920s. Hemingway, Satie, Cocteau, Modigliani, and the like may not recognize the area nowadays, however. It is a mostly sleepy and residential neighborhood dominated by one of the ugliest buildings and the only skyscraper in Paris: la Tour Montparnasse.

However, there is still plenty to explore among the quiet streets. The Parc Montsouris is beautiful and out of the beaten path. The Catacombes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they are certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It also has the highest concentration of people from the Breton region and is fabulous for crepes! Plus you have historic brasseries like La Coupole where Miles Davis and Josephine Baker often appeared.

Paris at sunset inside Montparnasse Observation Deck
Paris at sunset inside Montparnasse Observation Deck in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 14th Arrondissement/What the 14th Arrondissement is Known For:

My complete guide to the 14th arrondissement.

15th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 15th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de Vaugirard

Le quinzième may not be a hotspot for nightlife and tourist attractions, but it has a quiet and homey feel, which is very welcome at the end of a busy day visiting the City of Lights. What the district lacks in wild parties, it more than makes up for it in friendly bars and green spaces like the Parc André Citroën (a.k.a. the place to go if you want a bird's eye view over the city).

And for the food lovers among us, it is also home to some of the most well-known cooking classes in Paris, like the original campus of the Cordon Bleu or L’Atelier des Chefs.

Paris Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Pont de Bir-Hakeim in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 15th Arrondissement/What the 15th Arrondissement is Known For:

My friend and cocktail queen Forest's local picks for the 15eme.

16th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 16th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de Passy

Many well-to-do Parisians and ex-pats inhabit le seizième. It is a very proper residential district. Think elegant Art Nouveau buildings and small squares populated by perfectly coiffed old ladies and mild-mannered children wearing navy jumpers from Jacadi.

You can get the very best view of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro. Besides, the sixteenth also hides some excellent museums amid its quiet streets, like Musée Marmottan (a must-see of Monet’s admirers) or Galliera (all about fashion in Paris) or the Palais de Tokyo which offers some breathtaking exhibits.

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View of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 16th Arrondissement/What the 16th Arrondissement is Known For:

My complete guide to the 16th arrondissement.

17th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 17th arrondissement known as: Batignolles or Arrondissement de Batignolles-Monceau

Some will argue that there isn’t much to do in the dix-septième. And yet, it is slowly becoming one of the hotspots of the city, especially near the Batignolles neighborhood. It does not translate as trendy bars open late at night but in good traditional French food and a relaxed atmosphere.

Since there is nothing to attract tourists here, a refreshingly authentic vibe inhabits the neighborhood. BUT it does have one of the best food markets in town on Rue Poncelet, so make sure to check that out and stock up for your picnics!

Paris Rue Poncelet Market
Amazing food at the market on Rue Poncelet in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 17th Arrondissement/What the 17th Arrondissement is Known For:

Tour guide Susan's local picks for the 17eme.

18th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 18th arrondissement known as: Montmartre or Arrondissement des Buttes-Montmartre

Le dix-huitième is very diverse in more ways than one. On one side, you have Montmartre, its hordes of tourists, and its charming cobblestone streets that feel a world away from the Haussmanian buildings you can see everywhere else. Then, there is the flamboyant Moulin Rouge with its showgirls and adult entertainment area.

And then, there is the rest of the district: a patchwork of areas called Little India, Little Africa or La Goutte d'Or, which are mostly working-class residential neighborhoods. The eighteenth district doesn't have the best reputation in town, so be careful if you will be walking alone late at night away from the tourist areas.

Paris Montmartre
Part of the Sacré-Cœur and the streets of Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 18th Arrondissement/What the 18th Arrondissement is Known For:

My friend and Madamoiselle Romance Lily's local picks for the 18eme.

19th Arrondissement de Paris

What is the 19th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement des Buttes-Chaumont

On the weekends, Parisians everywhere head for le dix-neuvième as soon as there is a ray of sunshine. The nineteenth district may not have much to offer in terms of iconic tourist destinations – it is a mostly residential, working-class district. However, you can find two of the most beloved-by-locals parks here: La Villette and Buttes-Chaumont. In the summer, Paris Plage takes over the banks of the La Villette reservoir.

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Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 19th Arrondissement/What the 19th Arrondissement is Known For:

Blogger Elisa's local picks for the 19eme.

20th Arrondissement de Paris (Père Lachaise + Belleville)

What is the 20th arrondissement known as: Arrondissement de Ménilmontant

Le vingtième – last but not least of the arrondissements – is still a bit of a diamond in the rough, but things are changing quickly. The big draw for tourists is the Père Lachaise cemetery, a realm of melancholic and breathtaking tombstones and the last resting place of the likes of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, or Chopin among many others.

The traditionally working-class neighborhood has been taken over by a wave of gentrification in the Belleville area, which is becoming a nightlife destination in itself. There is still plenty of mouth-watering ethnic eateries and neighborhood places, but for how long?

Père Lachaise Cemetery
Père Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.

What to Visit and Do in the 20th Arrondissement/What the 20th Arrondissement is Known For:

My complete guide to the 20th arrondissement.

Paris Arrondissement Guide

Voilà ! You made it through Paris and now you are prepped and primed to get exploring! As you can see each Paris arrondissement or neighborhood has its own unique characteristics and offerings.

Before I leave you I thought I would answer some frequently asked questions about arrondissements!

How do I know which Paris Arrondissement I am in?

Look up! As you walk around Paris, you will notice that there are blue signs on buildings all over the place. Or maybe you haven’t noticed, especially if you are short like me! The signs indicate the street name, with a number above them. Above the street name (or place name) will be a number followed by “Arr” that will tell you which arrondissement you are in. It is very handy because sometimes you will be standing on the corner in one arrondissement and cross the street into another!

Why are the Arrondissement Signs Blue?

I did quite a bit of research to determine why the arrondissement signs are blue and it wasn’t easy! There is a lot of speculation. Like it symbolizes part of the French flag, which has blue, white, and red. That at the time, red and blue were the colors of Paris. The white was meant to symbolize royalty. During the French Revolution, the people that took down the monarchy wore red and blue. And that somehow this is tied to the history of blue in Paris.

In fact, Parisian street signs weren't always the blue ones we see today. You can actually see some of the signs sometimes still placed near the current ones. It was under Napoleon I, at the beginning of the 19th century, that the use of street signs was generalized. The Emperor imposed that the houses be numbered in increasing order starting from the Seine. (If you are interested in the history of street signs then I highly recommend the book The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask which I’ve read and love!)

Then in 1844, the prefect of the Seine, the famous Rambuteau imposed enameled signs made from Volvic lava (the same Volvic mineral water you find in France which comes from Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne), where the name of the street is inscribed in white on a rectangle with a blue background with green outlines, very close to those that exist today.

In 1938 we come to the final version we know and love (and the ones we buy in souvenir shops!) today. They follow this model: white letters or numbers on a blue background. There is a precise standard for the height and the green bronze frame that surrounds them which is enhanced with a shadow effect of black and white lines to make them easier to read. So there you go, the reason the signs are blue is that they are easier to read!

How many have you been to? What are your favorites? Have any new ones caught your eye? Do share!

Illustration commissioned from Linden Eller.

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Andi Fisher

I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!

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  • Flights
    • Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com
    • For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
    • If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    • For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
    • For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
  • Tours + Atractions
    • I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
    • If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
    • Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
    • If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
  • Don't Forget Travel Photos
    • One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
  • Peace of Mind
    • It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWingSquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
    • Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).
  • Planning

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  1. These places look incredible! Paris is on my list to visit one day – fingers crossed I can!

  2. Paris looks absolutely amazing and I would love to visit!! So many fun things to do and see there as well. Makes me want to book a spontaneous trip out!

  3. I had an acquaintance once tell me that when I visited Paris I stayed in the wrong arrondissement. She had a lot more money while traveling than me and my husband. Thinking back and seeing this post, there isn’t a wrong area to stay in. You can learn and see so much in any of them.

  4. Amanda Martin says:

    Oh I just love Paris! I’ve stayed in 3 of the Arrondissements but I think the 1st has been my favorite.

  5. Nadalie Bardo says:

    This is such a PERFECT guide to Paris! I’d want to stay everywhere. Makes one realize you can spend forever in Pari!

  6. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome says:

    How is it possible that every single area of Paris is absolutely perfect? Thanks for the guide

  7. What a great guide! I need to save this for sure. I’ve been to Paris three times and always have to research the arrondissement every time because I never remember where I want to stay. I’ve stayed in the Latin Quarter and liked it, but also stayed in an apartment years ago that was off the beaten path. It was near a huge library that was a fascinating exploration on our last day there. But really, it doesn’t seem to matter too much where you stay in Paris; the Metro makes it so easy to get everywhere you need to go!

  8. Absolutely adore the illustration, Andi! This is such an in-depth guide and I will definitely return to it when I plan my next trip to Paris. You could totally spend a lifetime just exploring this city.

  9. I visited Paris once, 20 years ago. This is making me want to go back!!!

  10. Amber S Battishill says:

    Love this breakdown and so much information! I need to pin this for later!

  11. This guide is so comprehensive! I’m definitely going to use this guide next time I’m in Paris!

  12. This is so helpful!! I remember feeling a bit lost when I visited Paris. This guide would have eased those fears. Pinning for future reference (hoping to return soon!)

  13. Wish I had this when I was planning my trip to Paris a few years ago. I remember having a hard time deciding where to stay, especially that it was a very short visit and I wanted to be in the best area to see as much as possible. I ended up staying in Latin Quarter and was very happy with my choice, but when I return, I’ll probably choose a different neighborhood, as there are so many. Your guide will be very helpful for that.

  14. Vanessa Shields says:

    This is such an excellent guide to navigating the different districts! I really wish I had had this on my previous trips to Paris. Love all your photos and great info! 😁

  15. Patricija says:

    Wow this is legit the best guide to Paris I ever saw! Never been so definitely pinning this for later, thanks!

  16. Brittany Jane says:

    This is such a great way to breakdown the many, many sights to see and things to do in all corners of Paris! Love it! xx Bri

  17. This is such a helpful guide! I’ve been to Paris a few times but I still find the arrondissements quite confusing. This really breaks it down and is full of local knowledge.

  18. I think there is nobody in this world that never dreamt of going to Paris, alone, with family and friends or even with their lovers. Thank you so much for having this blog written so detailed, you even put precaution for some areas. Now we can plan which and where to go to maximize our trip.

  19. Wow such a detailed guide. Love it! definitely going to save this for my trip to Paris!

  20. Your photos never disappoint! Great post

  21. omgosh that map illustration is beautiful – did you make it yourself! 🥰

  22. My favourite neighbourhoods in Paris are definitely the 3th and 4th arrondissement, but you convinced me to explore more of them now.
    Btw, love that personalised map!

  23. Incredible post! So much detail here! I have pinned so i can refer back when I visit again!

  24. Ashley Hubbard says:

    Wow this is incredibly comprehensive. My Paris knowledge is from one day a long time ago. I couldn’t even tell you anything about any of the arrondissement so this entire post was full of information for me. Definitely using it whenever I make it back to Paris.

  25. If I had a cent for every time I got asked “where is the best place to stay in Paris?”… Now I’ll just refer them to this wonderful guide 🙂

  26. This is so great for better understanding of Paris, where to go and what to do. I wish I had this before our last visit.

  27. This is such a detailed guide I wish I had during my trip to Paris! The layout of the city is a little confusing so this is great – even the illustration I love 🙂

  28. Great job on this guide! It’s so hard to explain the arrondissements to someone visiting for the first time.

  29. Danial (Dan On The Road) says:

    Twenty arondissements in twenty days? A great guide and the cartophile in me is loving the sketch map of Paris!

  30. I have been living in Paris for three years now and this article is really well done! Day 9 of confinement here and staring out of the window from the apartment in the 3rd arrondissement I see Centre Pompidou… Counting down the days to get outside again and explore the city more!