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It is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 42 million foreign visitors per year. Located in the north central of France, has been the cradle of some avant-garde movements. Its long history and rich cultural, gastronomic and social heritage makes it the favorite destination for thousands of tourists, attracted by fantastic monuments and works of art..

WESTERN PARIS

Arrondissements: 8th, 16th, 17th, and the Western suburbs.
Districts: Madeleine, Trocadéro, Champs-Elysées, Auteuil, Monceau, Ternes, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Levallois, Boulogne-Billancourt.

NORTHERN PARIS

Arrondissements: 9th, 17th, 18th
Districts: Batignolles, Montmartre, Pigalle, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

Paris 9th District is a bustling and densely populated area delineated to the south by the Grands Boulevards.

These boast the highest concentration of theatres, cafes-concerts, music halls, department stores and banks.

The boulevards de Rochechouart and Clichy replace the 18th century fiscal Mur des Fermiers Généraux and form the district’s northern boundary.

the neighbouring Batignolles district is popular with young families for its park, cafés and bistros and organic market. Clustered around its butte, or hill, on which stands the basilica of Sacré-Cœur is Montmartre.

EASTERN PARIS

Arrondissements: 11th, 12th, 19th, 20th
Districts: Bastille, Buttes-Chaumont, Ménilmontant, Nation.

Traditionally the most populaire (working class) area of Paris, the east is rapidly gentrifying as young couples buy their first property in these less expensive neighbourhoods that nevertheless have a great deal of charm.

The Bastille used to be the star of this area, and a stop here—at the epicenter of the French Revolution—was obligatory. The small streets forking off Place de la Bastille still buzz at night, thanks to bars, music clubs, and the top-flight Opéra Bastille.

CENTRAL PARIS

Arrondissements: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 10th
Districts: Ile St-Louis, Ile-de-la-Cité, Louvre, Les Halles, Marais, Grands-Boulevards, Montorgeuil, République, Canal St-Martin

District 1 is the centre of Paris and houses some of the must see land marks in the city. The main attractions are the Louvre, Jardins des Tuileries and Palais-Royal which can all be found with the vicinity of each other.

The Canal St-Martin, once the down-and-out cousin on the northern border, is now trend-spotting central, brimming with funky bars, cafés, art galleries, and boutiques. The scene is similar on Rues Oberkampf, St-Maur, and Jean-Pierre-Timbaud, where artists and small designers have set up shop, and where a substantial slice of the city’s bobo (bourgeois-bohemian) contingent is buying up the no-longer-so-affordable apartments.

 

LEFT BANK

Arrondissements: 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th
Districts: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, Panthéon-Sorbonne, St-Michel, St-Germain-des-Près, Invalides, Champs-de-Mars-Tour Eiffel, Convention, Alésia, Butte-aux-Cailles, Montparnasse

West of here is the Latin Quarter around the PanthéonSorbonne and St-Michel: the home of well-bred students now grown up, its pretty narrow streets still filled with bookshops and unpretentious bistros. For those looking to educate their children in the public school system the Lycée Louis-le-Grand and Lycée Henri IV found here are renowned for their academic results.