From the views atop the Eiffel Tower to the tastes of an authentic macaron from Ladurée, there is no shortage of things to do, food to eat or people to meet in the City of Light. But getting acclimated to the sprawling metropolis and all of its 20 individual neighborhoods, otherwise known as the arrondissements of Paris, can take a hot beat. Don’t worry: We’ve created a helpful Paris arrondissement map and guide with hotel picks, local tips and well-known hot spots. Bon voyage!
Your Definitive Paris Arrondissement Map and Guide
1st Arrondissement of Paris: The Louvre
What it's known for: The 1st, the most central area of Paris, is best known for The Louvre and the surrounding gardens, known as the Tuileries. There is also a lot of high-end shopping along Rue Saint Honoré and Rue de Rivoli.
Public transportation: Metro to Louvre-Rivoli, Châtelet, Pyramides, Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, Les Halles, Pont Neuf; RER to Châtelet-Les Halles.
2nd Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: This fashionable area is known for its restaurants, bars and nightlife, as well as its central location. Although it’s primarily a business district rather than a tourist area, it’s a very up-and-coming spot, with new eateries and cocktail joints opening constantly.
Popular tourist spots: Place des Victoires, Paris Stock Market.
Public transportation: Metro to Bourse, Quatre-Septembre, Réaumur-Sébastopol, Sentier, Grands Boulevards, Bonne Nouvelle; RER to Auber.
3rd Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The hip Marais neighborhood, one of Paris’s oldest areas, is filled with boutique shopping, trendy restaurants and cool bars, as well as niche museums like the Picasso Museum. The area has a youthful, fashionable feel, and you’ll find lots of busy bistros and cafeés along the streets.
Public transportation: Metro to Temple, Arts et Métiers, Rambuteau, République, Chemin Vert; RER to Châtelet-Les Halles.
4th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The 4th makes up the lower part of the Marais, as well as Paris’s two islands, Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Notre-Dame is on the latter, but Île Saint-Louis is far more interesting, with narrow shopping streets, renowned bakeries and lots of ice cream. In the Marais, the Place des Vosges is one of the city’s most beautiful squares. There’s also the Pletzl, or the Jewish quarter, home to falafel restaurants, synagogues and a lot of compelling history.
Public transportation: Metro to Saint-Paul, Hôtel de Ville, Cité, Sully-Morland, Châtelet; RER to Châtelet-Les Halles.
5th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: Home to the Sorbonne, the Latin Quarter is a mix of students and professionals, and has a small neighborhood feel. Shopping can be found along the main drag of Rue Mouffetard, which is also home to restaurants, bars and cafés.
Public transportation: Metro to Place Monge, Jussieu, Maubert–Mutualité, Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Cardinal Lemoine, Cluny Sorbonne; RER to Luxemborg, Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Port-Royal.
6th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: Formerly a bohemian hangout for artists like Picasso and Hemingway, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is now quite trendy. Tourists come for the famous cafes, like Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, but it’s also home to Le Jardin du Luxembourg, one of Paris’s most beautiful gardens, and tons of high-end shopping.
Hotels: Hôtel Cluny Sorbonne ($), Hôtel de l'Abbaye Saint Germain ($$), Hôtel Lutetia ($$$).
Public transportation: Metro to Rennes, Saint-Sulpice, Mabillon, Odéon, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Saint-Placide, Notre-Dame des Champs, Vavin; RER to Luxembourg, Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Port-Royal.
7th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: This wealthy area of Paris contains foreign embassies, numerous expats and, of course, the famed Eiffel Tower. It’s also well known for its museums and Le Bon Marché, a massive luxury department store that is like a museum in itself.
Public transportation: Metro to Saint François-Xavier, La Tour-Maubourg, Duroc, Assemblée Nationale, Gare Musée d’Orsay, Solférino, Varenne, Sevres-Babylone, École Militaire; RER to Gare Musée d'Orsay.
8th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The iconic Avenue des Champs-Elysèes runs through the 8th arrondissement, boasting both chain store and chic designer boutiques. The street, which runs down from the Arc de Triomphe, is often very busy with tourists. Veer off the main strip to Avenue Montaigne or Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to discover the fancier shops.
Public transportation: Metro to George V, Concorde, Saint-Augustin, Ternes, Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau, Miromesnil, Alma-Marceau, Gare Saint-Lazare, Europe-Simone Veil; RER to Gare Saint-Lazare, Gare Haussmann Saint-Lazare.
9th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The 9th comprises two main areas, the Paris Opera and Pigalle, the city’s red light district known for the Moulin Rouge. It’s also famous for the Galeries Lafayette, a bustling shopping center hocking designer goods.
Public transportation: Metro to Saint-George, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Le Peletier, Trinité-d'Estienne d'Orves, Hauvre-Caumartin, Chaussée d'Antin La Fayette; RER to Auber.
10th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The 10th features two of Paris’s main train stations, Gare de l'Est and Gare du Nord (where passengers catch the Eurostar), and it’s a lively, up-and-coming area for the younger crowd of Parisians. The area along Canal Saint-Martin boasts cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as independent shops and the best croissant in Paris at Du Pain et des Idées.
Popular tourist spots: Du Pain et des Idées, Gare du Nord, Canal Saint-Martin.
Public transportation: Metro to Jacques Bonsergent, Château d'Eau, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Louis Blanc, Château-Landon; RER to Gare de l’Est, Gare Magenta, Gare du Nord.
11th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: This artsy residential area contains the famous Place de la Bastille, as well as the new opera, the Opéra Bastille. It has a thriving nightlife and bar scene, as well as seriously good eateries. It also includes the area of Oberkampf and happening thoroughfare Rue de Charonne.
Popular tourist spots: Place de la Bastille, Rue de Charonne, Opéra Bastille.
Public transportation: Metro to Richard Lenoir, Charonne, Philippe Auguste, Rue Saint-Maur, Oberkampf, Parmetier, Chemin Vert, Ledru-Rollin, Rue de Boulets, Alexandre Dumas.
12th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: Bercy is primarily residential and not typically known for its tourist spots, although the Bois de Vincennes can make for a good stroll in nice weather and Bercy Village is worth a visit. The area also contains the Coulée Verte René-Dumont (or, Promenade Plantée), an elevated park that runs through the 12th on an old railway line.
Public transportation: Metro to Paris Gare de Lyon, Bercy, Montgallet, Reuilly-Diderot, Porte de Charenton, Michel Bizot, Bel-Air, Picpus, Porte de Vincennes, Porte Dorée; RER to Paris Gare de Lyon.
13th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: Sometimes known as Gobelins, this residential area is home to Paris’s Asian community, including the city’s Chinatown. It also features a lot of modern high-rise buildings and few tourist attractions, although Piscine Joséphine Baker, a swimming pool on the Seine, can draw visitors to the 13th.
Public transportation: Metro to Olympiades, Nationale, Chevaleret, Quai de la Gare, Saint-Marcel, Campo-Formio, Les Gobelins, Corvisart, Maison Blanche, Place d’Italie, Porte d’Ivry, Bibliothèque François Mitterrand; RER to Bibliothèque François Mitterrand.
14th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The ancient Catacombes de Paris are situated in the heart of the 14th, and it’s that attraction, as well as the Paris Observatory, that brings tourists into this southern neighborhood. It also includes the Montmartre Cemetery and several nice markets, while Boulevard Montparnasse is dotted with historical cafés that used to draw customers like Dorothy Parker and William Faulkner.
Public transportation: Metro to Porte d’Orléans, Saint-Jacques, Porte-Royal, Edgar Quinet, Gaîté, Pernety, Plaisance, Alésia, Mouton-Duvernet, Denfert-Rochereau; RER to Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire.
15th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: While the Eiffel Tower is not technically in the 15th, the monument is adjacent, so it’s a good home base for travelers who want to be near the landmark. Busy train station Gare Montparnasse can be found here, as well as skyscraper Tour Montparnasse, and there’s a lot to see, buy and eat throughout the area, especially for tourists interested in experiencing local Parisian life outside the center of town.
Local secrets: Grenelle Market, Parc Georges Brassens, Vanves Flea Market.
Public transportation: Metro to Ballard, Convention, Lourmel, Charles Michels, Commerce, Chambronne, Volontaires, La Motte-Picquet Grenelle, Bir Hakeim, Avenue Émile Zola, Sèvres-Lecourbe, Gare Montparnasse, Falguière; RER to Gare Montparnasse, Javel, Gare du Pont du Garigliano-Hôpital Européen George Pompidou.
16th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The westernmost arrondissement stretches from the Arc de Triomphe to the massive Bois de Boulogne park, and it’s known as a wealthy neighborhood with plenty of luxury shopping and high-end hotels. It also hosts several museums, including the Palais de Tokyo and the Palais Galliera, which usually features fashion-themed exhibitions.
Public transportation: Metro to Victor Hugo, Église d'Auteuil, Trocadéro, Kléber, Boissière, Rue de la Pompe, Passy, Ranelagh, Jasmin, Avenue Foch, Mirabeau, Chardon-Lagache, Exelmans, Porte de Saint-Cloud; RER to Gare de Boulainvilliers, Avenue Foch, Avenue du Président Kennedy, Michel-Ange-Auteuil.
17th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The 17th is primarily a residential area, extending from the Arc de Triomphe north. The neighborhoods feature many local restaurants, cafés and bakeries, as well as Martin Luther King Park and the picturesque Promenade Pereire. It’s typically not an area many tourists will visit when in Paris, but the streets extending from the Arc de Triomphe are worth exploring.
Popular tourist spots: Arc de Triomphe, La Cité des Fleurs, Cinema des Cinéastes.
Public transportation: Metro to Neuilly Porte Maillot, Ternes, Courcelles, Porte de Champerret, Wagram, Malesherbes, Brochant, Argentine, Porte de Clichy, La Fourche, Rome; RER to Porte de Clichy, Neuilly Porte Maillot.
18th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: Centered around the Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre is an artsy neighborhood with amazing views overlooking Paris. It’s been home to many artists, including Picasso, and these days it’s a good spot to find a nice café or bakery. The arrondissement extends south to the edge of Pigalle, where you can find the Moulin Rouge and a lively nightlife scene, as well as many restaurants and bars.
Public transportation: Metro to Abbesses, Anvers, Porte de Clignancourt, Simplon, Château Rouge, Marx Dormoy, Jules Joffrin.
19th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The 19th houses two of Paris’s biggest parks, Parc de la Villette and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, as well as several museums. The surrounding neighborhoods are up-and-coming, with new eateries and bars constantly popping up, and several music festivals, including Pitchfork Festival Paris, are held in the area.
Public transportation: Metro to Porte de Pantin, Ourcq, Riquet, Bolivar, Botzaris, Place des Fêtes, Crimée, Porte de la Villette, Corentin Cariou, Buttes Chaumont, Pré-Saint-Gervais.
20th Arrondissement of Paris
What it's known for: The arrondissement surrounding the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, where Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are buried, is a former industrial, bohemian area, which includes trendy Belleville and Menilmontant. Parc de Belleville is a small green park and gardens with views of the Paris skyline (including the Eiffel Tower).
Public transportation: Metro to Porte de Bagnolet, Porte de Montreuil, Buzenal, Avron, Père Lachaise, Pelleport, Philippe Auguste, Alexandre Dumas.