The Paris neighborhoods that make up the City of Light are numerous, and each is unique. Known as arrondissements in Paris, the districts all have their own distinct history and atmosphere. Within an individual Paris arrondissement, visitors will find additional smaller, well-defined neighborhoods. The neighborhoods are a subdivision of the city as a whole, and the twenty districts in Paris are the administrative areas within the city. Each Paris arrondissement is mapped out, one following the other, in a clockwise direction creating a spiral effect, and they're identified by numbers, as well as names.
The first Paris arrondissement begins at the center of the city. Each of the districts in Paris uses the same three beginning numbers of the zip code (750) and ends with the number of the arrondissement. The first neighborhood begins with zip code 75001 and ends with 75020. Knowing the zip code makes it easy for vacationers to plan itineraries of places to visit.
Paris Neighborhoods Map
With twenty Paris neighborhoods to explore, you may opt to make accommodations in a particular Paris arrondissement with easy access to transportation options including bus, taxi, and the Metro subway. Certain Paris neighborhoods are more popular among tourists than others, because of their location close to popular attractions, but all are pleasant places to stay. Hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and magnificent views of the city are available throughout the colorful districts in Paris, along with walking tours and river tours along the Seine.
The 1st arrondissement is where it all began, nearly 2,000 years ago when the city of Paris was born on this island in the city. One of the city's most famous landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe, is located in the 1st arrondissement, along with the Pont Neuf. Because of the spiral layout, the 1st arrondissement borders the 4th, which includes the eastern half of the Ile de la Cite, as well as attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The 3rd and 4th neighborhoods make up the Le Marais district, which is noted for its beautiful buildings used by French aristocracy, which have since been converted into boutiques, bistros, and townhouses. The Musee Picasso is located in Le Marais, as is the Place des Vosges, once home to Les Miserables author Victor Hugo.
For shopping along the Grand Boulevards, where the department stores are abundant, make plans to visit districts 2, 8, and 9. In the evening, the area is busy with nightclubs and late-night dining, making it a great place to be after dark. If you're looking for attractions in a nearby district, visit the 7th arrondissement for a climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and take the elevator to the top for dramatic panoramic views of the city. Also in district 7, Les Invalides is the location of Napoleon's magnificent tomb.
Other districts include the Latin Quarter, in the 5th and 6th arrondissements, is another popular destination for its historic architecture and plenty of things to do. The museum of the Middle Ages, known as the Cluny Museum, and the Jardin de Plantes zoo and botanical gardens are both located in the 5th arrondissement as well.
The 6th arrondissement contains the area of St. Germain on the Left Bank. Home to plenty of cafes and the historic Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, this area is a great place to spend a pleasant afternoon, as it is perfect for chic boutiques, international restaurants, and upscale shopping. You will also find the Jardin du Luxembourg in this district.
The area of Montparnasse is located in both the 6th and 14th arrondissements, and it has a quiet residential area, movie theaters, cafes, restaurants, the Montparnasse Tower, and Denfert-Rochereau Plaza. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Montparnasse was famous for the artists and writers who spent time there, including Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The other famous artistic district, Montmartre, is located in the 18th arrondissement and is a step back in time to when artists such as Picasso, van Gogh, and Renoir graced the streets and local establishments creating an area for budding artists to gather. At the top of Montmartre hill, the imposing Basilica du Sacre Coeur is a gathering spot both for tourists and those on pilgrimages. Nearby, the infamous Moulin Rouge offers entertainment and a bustling nightlife. -minded tourists looking for inexpensive restaurants, hotels, and hostels will find a good selection to choose from within Montmartre, and while visiting the neighborhood, you can even have one of the local artists sketch your likeness as a souvenir.