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1st arrondissement

The first arrondissement is the one you see in advertisements. It is a must-see that is the home of the Place Vendôme, Rue de Rivoli, Place de la Concorde,  The Louvre, Tuileries Garden, Pont des Art, Sainte-Chapelle, Pont Neuf, Palais Royal, Les Halles. If you want to buy a flat here, beware that it’s one of the most expensive arrondissements  in Paris. It’s a real luxury experience ; from the high-end shops on rue St Honoré to the Place Vendôme where you can buy the diamond of your dreams. The first arrondissement is glamour at it’s finest.

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2nd arrondissement

The second arrondissement is famous as the location of the remaining 19th-century glazed commercial arcades. It began in the 12th century as the commercial districts in what was, back then, the suburbs of Paris. The second arrondissement today is Paris smallest arrondissement. It houses the trendy Etienne Marcel and Rue Montorgueil areas with cobblestone streets, shops, typical french restaurants, wine bars and great apartments. It is the home of the former Paris stock exchange, Théâtre-Musée des Capucines, Café de la Paix and Passage des Panoramas.

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3rd arrondissement

This arrondissement used to be the old Jewish quarter, therefore you can still see some stores that sell traditional Jewish food mixed in with very trendy boutiques and art galeries. It is part of Le Marais district which includes it’s neighbouring fourth arrondissement. In the Marais, you can see medieval architecture, and houses of the old French nobility known as « hotel particulier ». This makes the third arrondissement a very interesting place to visit and live. If you decide to buy a flat here, you’ll be able to enjoy the Musée Picasso, the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts), Les Archives Nationales (The National Archives) and the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (Jewish History Museum).

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4th arrondissement

The fourth arrondissement is also called Le Marais. Marais means swamp, so one can easily understand what was there previously… Today Le Marais is one of the most historical parts  of Paris with old and beautiful architecture such as the famous Place des Vosges built in the 17th century. Back then, Le Marais was the favorite location of the nobility. Today, it is a hip neighborhood with trendy shopping boutiques and cafes. Part of this arrondissement is home to the gay population of the city.

The fourth arrondissement is also home to Paris’ city hall, the Ile  Saint-Louis, the Centre Georges Pompidou museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Place de la Bastille. If you are looking for an apartment in this arrondissement, be aware that because the buildings are old many do not have elevators.

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5th arrondissement

This arrondissement has the old-world charm of the Latin Quarter ; first built by the Romans in the first century BCE. It has some of the oldest streets in Paris, from the  rue mouffetard, with its market, to the Sorbonne. Paris most prestigious universities are here and the streets are filled with french students. This arrondissement has 2 spectacular gardens on each side of it ; the beautiful Jardin des Plantes and it’s Museum of National History on the east side and the breathtaking Luxembourg garden on it’s west.

In between the two, you will find the Pantheon ; the final resting place of many of France’s most celebrated men and women. Apartments in this neighborhood are very cozy, yet located in the heart of the city.

Paris arrondissement 6

6th arrondissement

With the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés at it’s center, this arrondissement was the home of the Catholic church in the sixth century. Interestingly, in 14th century, it hosted the intellectuals,  writers and artists that gave birth to the movements of feminism, existentialism and surrealism. The Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots and the home of Serge Gainsbourg have long been left by the artistic community but a certain french touch remains.

In the middle of this arrondissement you will find the gorgeous Luxembourg garden that hosts the Medicis Fountain as well as the French senate. Along it’s river banks, you will be able to admire it’s bridges such as the romantic Pont des Arts, Pont Saint-Michel and Pont-Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris. The property prices in the iconic sixth arrondissment are the highest in the entire city.

Paris arrondissement 7

7th arrondissement

With the Eiffel tower on it’s west side and the National Assembly on it’s east, the seventh arrondissement is the home of the French elite since the seventeenth century. It is the home of many ministries, government agencies and the French parliament. This arrondissement has some exquisite classical architecture and hosts the famous Musee d’ Orsay, an old train station that has been turned into the museum that houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. If you are looking for a quiet apartment in a chic neighborhood, this is the spot.

Paris arrondissement 8

8th arrondissement

Ultra luxury and palatial hotels is some of what you will find in the eighth arrondissement. It also houses the Grand and Petit Palais, the Jacquemart-André Museum, the bridge Alexandre III, the Madeleine Church and the Monceau garden. The Haussman architecture shows that there is more to it than just the Champs Elysees Avenue with all it’s  glitz. Yet, from the Arc de triomphe to the place de la Concorde, the feeling is one of undeniable elegance.

This arrondissement is the home of the Élysée Palace where the French President lives. Close to it, next to the U.S Embassy is the Hotel de Crillon is where the President of the United States and many other foreign dignitaries stay when they visit.

Paris arrondissement 9

9th arrondissement

This arrondissement has a modern feel and is very residential. It is filled with properties that have beautiful courtyards and 19th century architecture. This arrondissement is the home of the famous Opera house. It has an interesting night life with cabarets and night clubs in the north, theaters  in the center and the Opera house in the south. It’s an arrondissement that has a certain trendiness with many different restaurants and famous departement stores such as the Galeries Lafayette and the Printemps.

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10th arrondissement

If you are looking to invest, the tenth arrondissement may be for you. Currently, real estate prices in this arrondissement are vey affordable. However, many think that this will change over the next few years. This creates an oppportunity for an investor to make significant profit in a short amount of time. The prettiest part of this arrondissement is the Canal Saint Martin, a real canal surrounded by restaurants, shops and bars. This arrondissement is very eclectic with old and modern buildings. It is home of the Gare du Nord, the train station that serves the Northen European Countries. It is a practical area to buy, if you commute regularly from London, Brussels or Amsterdam.

Paris arrondissement 11

11th arrondissement

It is in this district that the Bastille stood, the famous prison which was destroyed in 1789. In it’s place now is the place de la Bastille in the middle of which stands the July Column with the Spirit of Liberty at it’s top. Large popular concerts often take place in the Place de la Bastille. It is also a lively area with many trendy cafes and shops. The eleventh is crossed from side to side by the Boulevard Voltaire and its tall buildings from the Republic Square in the north to the Place de la Nation in the south.

Linking Place de la Bastille to the Place de la Nation is the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, a large boulevard. Formerly the district of furniture craftsmen, they were replaced by fashion boutiques and interior decoration in recent years. It is in the Oberkampf district that we can find many bohemian boutiques and cafes. The private museum of Edith Piaf, the legendary singer who was born here in 1915, and the Cirque Bouglione, the last permanent circus in Paris also lie in this district.

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12th arrondissement

It is a quiet district, residential with many green areas.

It is bordered to the south by the Seine. Along the quays, a huge park has recently been completed including the Palais Omnisports and the Cinémathèque de France, many shops, cafes and restaurants and the monumental building of the Ministry of Finance. This district is bounded on the west by the Place de la Bastille. In it’s extension stands the Arts Viaduct whose vaults are home to all kinds of art shops, with a beautiful tree-lined promenade above it. Then rises the gare de Lyon train station.

It is an historical monument with its high belfry of 64 meters in a renovated district where many commercial and residential buildings are located  To the North is the Place de la Nation and the Cours de Vincennes, an avenue by which we reach the Castle of Vincennes, with it’s 17th century majesty. Finally, to the east, the Golden Gate, which provides access to the Bois de Vincennes with its many playgrounds and walks, lakes and exceptional zoo.

Paris arrondissement 13

13th arrondissement

To the Southeast of Paris, bordered to the north east by the Seine, the 13th arrondissement shows great vitality. At it’s center, the Place d’Italy spawns wide avenues and boulevards bordered by beautiful buildings. The Gobelins made famous in the 17th century by the Manufacture Royale Crown tapestries is also in the thirteens. In this district, the Seine’s front has been completely modernized with the construction of the National Library, the City of fashion and design, and a whole university area. Arago boulevard named after a famous French physicist, is very popular for its many green areas.

The Butte aux Cailles is still a popular neighborhood esteemed for it’s many streets that have kept an old charm with its low houses and gardens. Finally, the China town district lies south of Place d’Italie with its many shops and restaurants.

Paris arrondissement 14

14th arrondissement

It was in the Montparnasse district in the early 20th century that a great number of the most famous artists, poets and writers of the time gathered. It was the heyday of the School of Paris. Many of the famous breweries where they used to meet still exist: the Dome, the Coupole, the Select and the Rotonde. The 14th district is now a neighborhood in which it is good to live, both bourgeois and popular. It still harbors many artists’ studios, some installed in streets that have maintained a country look.

It is dominated by the Montparnasse tower with a height of over 200 meters and its many shops. Nearer the center of the arrondissement, the district Denfert-Rochereau, with its majestic central Lion de Belfort sculpture by Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty. There are wide avenues bordered by beautiful buildings dating from the early 20th century .The rugged Montsouris park is a popular place for all people who enjoy this district.

Paris arrondissement 15

15th arrondissement

It is the most populous district of Paris as one of the largest. Quiet and residential, it is the neighborhood of the middle class of Paris. It is the union of two villages : Grenelle and Vaugirard where there are still many quiet corners in which to live. An apartment in the 15th district remains a safe investment. One can appreciate the Montparnasse shopping mall, the shopping streets of Lecourbe and Vaugirard, the Beaugrenelle neighborhood where a huge garden has replaced the Citroën factories and where now stand beautiful buildings and towers along the Seine’s front. Also important : the many charming squares, Purple, Saint-Lambert, G.Brassens, Villa Santos Dumont and its drenched cobblestone street greenery.

Paris arrondissement 16

16th arrondissement

This is a district that attracts the attention of all who wish to buy a luxury apartment in Paris. There are a variety of luxury buildings and villas tucked away on small streets made to look like a village. From the Etoile to the Place Victor Hugo is a prestigious area of Paris with the famous Avenue Foch bordered by stately buildings and embassies. The Passy neighborhood is emblematic of Parisian chic with all of  its luxury stores.

Auteuil is another residential district, with Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings, which attracts a population with high living standards. The Trocadero and its terrace with its stunning view of the Eiffel Tower and its many museums: Guimet Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Palace, among others make the sixteenth a very sought-after place to live.

Paris arrondissement 17

17th arrondissement

This district is known for its wide avenues along which line mansions and Haussmann buildings. It is home to many embassies and consulates .We can discern 3 parts: The Wagram-les Ternes district provides all the shopping and necessities one could need; plaine Monceau has sumptuous mansions, and to the north, the Batignolles district and its Clichy-Batignolles park are in full development. The 17th district is a beautiful district, very well-preserved and pleasant to live in. It is also very well connected and provides an easy access to the center of Paris. Buying an apartment in this very residential district is an excellent investment.

Paris arrondissement 18

18th arrondissement

Standing high on the ancient hill of Montmarte, white marble sillhoutted against the sky, is the Basilica of Sacré Coeur the center piece of the eighteenth arrondissement and one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris. It remains a village where many artists live and work continuing in the tradition of the masters of a time past: Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Picasso to name a few. The Abbesses district gathers boutiques, restaurants, trendy cafes and concert halls. The most famous of these is the Moulin rouge which has been producing famous “French Cancan” cabaret shows since 1889. To the west of Montmartre, there is the multicultural neighborhood of la Goutte d’Or.

Paris arrondissement 19

19th arrondissement

The 19th district is separated into two different zones by the Ourcq canal. At the South the district of La Villette has a vast landscaped park where there is a succession of themed gardens, cultural centers and grassland reserved for walks and games. To the north, the Buttes Chaumont is an exceptional park where you can walk very pleasantly in a varied landscape of lakes, streams and waterfalls. This district is changing and has many facilities such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Grande Halle, the Geode and the Zenith which can accommodate up to 6000 people on the occasion of major musical events.

Paris arrondissement 20

20th arrondissement

This district is more to the east of Paris and also one of the most populous. Here, we can find the old village of Belleville on a hill with terraced gardens where there is a beautiful view of Paris. Another neighborhood built on a hill: Ménilmontant, which retains a popular and authentic side. The vines that used to grow on the slopes of these neighborhoods have disappeared and the old wineries have given way to a provincial charm and panoramic views of the surroundings. The main tourist attraction of the borough is the Pere Lachaise cemetery, famous for housing the graves of many world famous people. Overall, the 20th district is vibrant, alive and friendly with many theaters and dinner theaters. This is a district of Paris that is popular among young professionals.