The districts of Paris.

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In the heart of the Île-de-France and with the Seine flowing through the middle, Paris and its 20 districts, known as 'arrondissements', is the world’s most visited city. It's split in half by the river, with two islands - the Île Saint-Louis and the larger Île de la Cité - which make up the oldest part of the French capital. Its vantage point is the arty Montmartre, home to the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. Unsurprisingly, districts 1 to 8 are the hotbeds for tourist attractions, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

Old town

Arrondissement 1

31 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
elegant, great for sightseeing, by the Seine.

Highlights:
Louvre / Jardin des Tuileries / Pont Neuf

Getting there:
Metro lines 1 & 7 / Train connections to CDG & Orly

Why stay:
As central as it gets, near the river and some of the main tourist attractions; less going on at night

Arrondissement 2

17 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Financial district / Garment district / Less touristy

Highlights:
Bourse Stock Exchange / 19th century shopping galleries

Getting there:
Metro Line 3 runs through the 2nd

Why stay:
Central with lots of life during the day; quieter at night when the local businesses shut down

Arrondissement 3

83 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
the north of Le Marais, with museums and markets.

Highlights:
Picasso Museum / Arts et Métiers Museum

Getting there:
Metros 1, 3, 8 & 11

Why stay:
Central, with a nice community feel

Arrondissement 4

47 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Marais (South) / By the Seine / Gay-friendly

Highlights:
Notre Dame / Georges Pompidou Centre/ Place des Vosges

Getting there:
Metro Lines 1 & 7 cross the 4th

Why stay:
Very central; great for restaurants and nightlife; atmospheric streets

Arrondissement 5

23 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Buzzing / University area / By the Seine

Highlights:
Latin Quarter / Pantheon / Jardin des Plantes

Getting there:
Metro Lines 7 & 10 / Train connections to CDG & Orly

Why stay:
Great if you want to feel in the centre of everything but also not the quietest of areas

Arrondissement 6

21 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Saint-Germain-des-Pres / Chic & Arty / By the Seine

Highlights:
Jardin du Luxembourg / Pont Neuf / Les Deux Magots

Getting there:
Metro lines 4, 10 & 12 / Train connections to CDG & Orly

Why stay:
Ideal for exploring the streets and cafe-hopping; lots of interesting galleries & shops

Arrondissement 7

12 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
mix of residential and government buildings, fairly quiet area beside the Seine.

Highlights:
the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides (containing the Musée de l'Armée), Musée d'Orsay.

Getting there:
Metro lines 8, 10, 12 & 13 / Train connections to CDG & Orly

Why stay:
potential views of the Eiffel Tower, although the area can be pricey.

Arrondissement 8

8 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
the Champs-Elysees, the Golden Triangle, Monceau.

Highlights:
the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Monceau Park.

Getting there:
Plenty of metros, lines 1, 2, 8, 9, 12, 13 & 14

Why stay:
the 8th arrondisement has a little bit of everything.

Arrondissement 9

14 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Opera in the south / Pigalle in the north

Highlights:
Opera Garnier / Grands Boulevards / Folies Bergeres

Getting there:
Metro lines 3, 7, 8 & 9 / Roissybus from CDG stops in Opera

Why stay:
Good shopping in the Opera area; remember that Pigalle is the red light district

Arrondissement 10

14 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Multi-cultural / Canal Saint-Martin area is up-and-coming

Highlights:
Canal Saint-Martin

Getting there:
Metros 4, 5 & 7 / connections to CDG, Orly and Eurostar from Gare du Nord

Why stay:
Gaining popularity; great walks & cycling along the canal; busy around the stations

Arrondissement 11

24 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Lively community feel / Non-touristy / Popular with 30+ crowd

Highlights:
Cirque d'Hiver / Edith Piaf Museum

Getting there:
Plenty of metros - lines 2, 3, 5, 8 & 9.

Why stay:
Lots of restaurants and good nightlife in north Bastille

Arrondissement 12

6 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Mainly residential (except near Bastille & Nation) / Lots of green areas / By the Seine

Highlights:
Opera Bastille, Bercy Park, Bois de Vincennes.

Getting there:
Lots of metro stops - lines 1, 6, 8 & 14.

Why stay:
Good opportunities to take long walks and relax

Arrondissement 13

3 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Business District (Paris Rive Gauche) / Residential / Chinatown / By the Seine

Highlights:
Francois Mitterrand Library / Manufacture des Gobelins Museum

Getting there:
Metro lines 5, 6, 7, 14; Tram T3 across to the Parc des Expositions

Why stay:
Easy access to the very centre from Place d'Italie; tranquil area; good for those on business in the PRG

Arrondissement 14

6 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Montparnasse (north) / Residential (south)

Highlights:
Paris Catacombs / Montparnasse Tower / Montsouris Park

Getting there:
Metro lines 4, 6, 12 & 13 / Train connections to CDG & Orly / Orlybus from Orly stops in Denfert Rochereau

Why stay:
Walk in the footsteps of the great artists who lived in Montparnasse / Easy access to Orly airport

Arrondissement 15

25 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Residential / Part of Montparnasse / By the Seine

Highlights:
Walk in the footsteps of the great artists who lived in Montparnasse / Easy access to Orly airport

Getting there:
Metro lines 6, 8, 10 & 12 / Trams T2 and T3

Why stay:
Good metro access to centre; close to the Parc des Expositions

Arrondissement 16

13 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Elegant / Boulevards & Avenues / Museums / By the Seine

Highlights:
Arc de Triomphe / Trocadero / Roland Garros Stadium

Getting there:
Metro lines 2, 6, 9 & 10 / Bus to Beauvais Airport from Porte Maillot

Why stay:
For the elegance of the north; for the small-town feel in the south; great for museum lovers

Arrondissement 17

8 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Elegant and chic (south) / Bohemian Batignolles (north)

Highlights:
Arc de Triomphe / Monceau Park / Palais des Congres

Getting there:
Metro lines 1, 2, 3 & 13 / Bus to Beauvais Airport from Porte Maillot

Why stay:
Rub shoulders with the well-heeled in the south & the Bohemian in the north

Arrondissement 18

47 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
Montmartre, popular with tourists, Pigalle.

Highlights:
Sacré Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Clignancourt flea market.

Getting there:
metro lines 2, 4, 12 and 13.

Why stay:
Montmartre, with its great views, is one of the top places to visit in Paris. Bear in mind that Pigalle is the red light district.

Arrondissement 19

4 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
full of parks and canals.

Highlights:
Buttes Chaumont Park, La Villette Park, City of Science and Industry.

Getting there:
metros lines 2, 5, 7, 7 bis & 11.

Why stay:
mix visits to the centre with quiet time exploring the popular parks and canals.

Arrondissement 20

8 apartments in this neighbourhood
In brief:
residential and multi-cultural.

Highlights:
Pere Lachaise Cemetery.

Getting there:
metro lines 2, 3, 3bis, 9 & 11.

Why stay:
easy access to the centre by metro, area known for its music scene.