Paris districts

It is pretty easy to focus in Paris now- the city is divided into 20 districts (they called «arrondissements»), each district has its own infrastructure, cultural traditions and historical past, and often ethnically inhabitants. On each index except for the house number, street name and number you will see the district number, which is quite convenient for pedestrian walks by an elegant streets of Paris. By the way, these signs magnets of various kinds, which are sold at every turn - a very nice and extremely Parisian souvenir!
Arrondissement numbered clockwise from the first district, " Louvre ", each district has its own city hall and police station. Note that the first digit of the index in the address always points to the area where you put your desired location (hotel, restaurant or something else).

Through the heart of the city is its main artery - the river Seine. In the very center of Paris, the river diverges, washing the small size of the island - the island of St. Louis and the Cité, where the famous Cathedral of Notre - Dame de Paris.

Currently, the French capital divided into surrounded Parkway (ring road) and Paris, the population for 2 million people, and the metropolitan area outside - Large Paris, where about 10 million people. Despite all the efforts of the authorities, districts and counties of Paris still differ in their infrastructure, social and ethnic composition of the inhabitants.

The most expensive are 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 16 district of Paris, and the cheapest - 13, 15, 19, 20. Some caution should be observed and visiting (and even more living) in the 18th district - famous Montmartre.

District 1: The Louvre
The oldest part of the French capital, there are many attractions of Paris. The first district is situated on the right bank of the Seine, in addition it includes also a part of the Ile de la Cité.

For those who interested in shopping, shopping in this area can be done in an underground shopping mall Forum Les Halles or the Rue de Rivoli with a lot of great shops and small boutiques.

Attractions: Champs-Elysees, Arch Karuzel Museum, the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens, the Sainte-Chapelle, the area of ​​Concord, the Conciergerie, the Palais Royal, the Place Vendome and Vendome Column, the Comedie - Francaise.

District 2: Bourse
The smallest area situated on the right bank of Paris, it is also quite expensive real estate there. It focused financial life of the city, the county seat can be designated the Stock Exchange building, where the 19th century are traded. In the same area are the headquarters of many banks. In addition, it stretches quarter Sentier - wholesale center fabrics, leather goods and furs.
Attractions: National Library, Paris Stock Exchange.

District 3: Temple
The right-bank area with amazing and rich history, the center, which is a quarter of the Marais. Once it was settled - and many have survived to this day - the magnificent mansions of the nobility of Paris, then the area was abandoned and flooded streams of immigrants here.

In the late 20th century, the third district of Paris re-entered the fashion and become one of the most elite and prestigious urban areas. This is quite popular tourist center, where in addition to the interesting architecture and beautiful old streets is also renowned museums of art and painting.

Attractions: Part Marais, the Picasso Museum, the Carnavalet Museum, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Museum of Hunting and Nature, Puppet Museum.

District 4: Hotel-de-Ville
Big enough territory on the right bank of the Seine includes many interesting and historic monuments and squares. For example, on the square in front of the Hotel de Ville, a few hundred years ago were exemplary execution of prisoners, and it is in these areas, and walked the streets of the heroes of Alexandre Dumas and other equally iconic novelists France.

Attractions: Part Marais, Place des Vosges, the City Hall building on the Place de Greve, Center for Contemporary Arts. Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Magic, the island of St. Louis, as well as most of the Ile de la Cité, including the Cathedral of Notre - Dame de Paris, Saint-Jacques Tower.

District 5: Pantheon
The fifth arrondissement of Paris on the right bank of the Seine is one of the oldest and most interesting districts of the city.

This area includes one of the largest tourist streets - Boulevard Saint- Michel. Here also is the Latin Quarter with a maze of narrow streets lined with shops of all kinds (especially book), inexpensive student cafes and bistros, pizzerias and restaurants. Among this variety you can find representatives of many countries and cultures, so it 's probably for culinary experimentation is here - in the fifth district, the Latin Quarter !

Attractions: Arenes de Lutece, the Fountain Saint-Michel, the Sorbonne, the Pantheon, the Latin Quarter.

District 6: Luxembourg
This district is adjacent to the left bank of the Latin Quarter. It is here that is beautiful Luxembourg Gardens with the same palace, which is now the seat of the French Senate.

In the same sixth district you can discover many beautiful designer shops, which can be a godsend for this mod. There is less interested in fashion and the mass of people visit normal shops, bookshops and cozy cafes and restaurants.

Attractions: Jardin du Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Palace, Saint- Germain-des -Prés, the House- Museum Zadkine.

7th district: Palais-Bourbon
It is well-known aristocratic district of Paris with the most expensive apartments and restaurants. On the left bank of the Seine known worldwide symbol of Paris - the famous tower, the creation of engineer Gustave Eiffel.

Attractions: Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, Palais Bourbon (National Assembly building), the Museum of the Army, the house- museum of Rodin's Cathedral, Invalides with the tomb of Napoleon, the Orsay Museum, the department store "Bon Marché ".

8 District: Champs Elysees
Right Bank of the 8th District unusually attractive for tourists, because includes Concorde, L'Etoile Square - Charles de Gaulle, as well as one of the most famous streets in the world - the Champs Elysees, full of shops, boutiques, cafes, cultural institutions, etc. etc.

Attractions: Arc de Triomphe, the Small Palace, which houses the Museum of Art, the Grand Palace with a huge exhibition hall, the church of the Madeleine, Elysee Palace, Gare Saint -Lazare, the Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde, the Park Monceau, Pont Alexandre III.

District 9: Opera
The ninth district of Paris - an area on the right bank of the Seine, the center of which is the Opera Garnier. This primarily interesting for its architecture, created by the designs and the leadership of Baron Haussmann.

The 9 district within walking distance of the city center and at the same time at the prices quite affordable. Here you can dine well and find the affordable mid-range hotel. Here are the Grands Boulevards, the famous large number of completely different stores, Ljubo taste and wallet size.

Attractions: Opera Garnier and the library -museum of the Opera Garnier, department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the concert hall "Olympia," Greven wax museum, the house- museum of Gustave Moreau Museum, Fragonard perfume, the Museum of Romantic Life.

District 10: Enclos-St-Laurent
Right Bank district, where the East Station and Canal Saint-Martin. Of course, in this area there are shops and cafes, but still offer a great caution in the evening walks in this part of Paris, which is not very good reputation for the area of "red light district ".

Attractions: North and East train stations, Canal Saint- Martin.

District 11: Popincourt
The center of this district on the right bank of Paris's - Bastille. In recent times, this district is very popular among young people.

There are many night clubs, discos, bars, restaurants and cafes, many of which operate around the clock. In this part of Paris revival reigns, day and night, it attracts bikers and nonconformists of the French capital. As we know it is on the Place de la Bastille are gay parades and various demonstrations, and on July 14 a national holiday, Bastille Day, the area became the center of Paris events, here flocking youth, students and tourists.

Attractions: Museum of Smoking, Museum of Edith Piaf.

District 12: Reuilly
On the right bank of the Seine is located 12 district, which stretches from the Opera House, located on the Place de la Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, on the border of Paris on the Boulevard Périphérique.

Traditionally, in this part of town settled all kinds of artisans, so here you will not find luxury shops and small shops with various goods and souvenir shops.

Attractions: Place de la Bastille and the Bastille Opera House, Bois de Vincennes, Vincennes zoo, the park of Bercy.

District 13: Gobelins
Left Bank district of Paris - the traditional habitat of many immigrants. This is where the Parisian «china-town», where every corner has a Chinese restaurant with inexpensive and delicious food, the cheapest shops with souvenirs, household goods and clothing.

In the thirteenth arrondissement of Paris are not only Chinese, but also Japanese, Filipinos, Thais, the people of Vietnam and many other nationalities. In some places do not even have signs and menus in French, all written characters.

The real estate here is cheap, like staying in the hotels, but the comfort and the location can not be entirely comfortable.

Attractions: Chinatown, Austerlitts station, the building Tapestry Manufactory.

District 14: Observatoire
The center of this district on the Left Bank of Paris - Montparnasse quarter we assume that once focus the artistic life. And now with the times, numerous legendary cafe (for example, «La Rotonde», «Closerie de Lilas», etc.), where you can often find some bohemian personality. Also in this district you can find many bars, discos and cafes, where they play jazz or just a nice live music.

There are beautiful parks and gardens where you can relax and have a good time. There are many shopping centers, and even whole streets with small discount stores, which will also help to brighten up the leisure traveler.

Attractions: The Catacombs, train station, Park Montsouris.

District 15: Vaugirard
Probably the most populated Left Bank district. Here is the main skyscraper French capital - Montparnasse Tower, which is located on the top observation deck.

Points of interest: Part of the Montparnasse Tower and the Montparnasse Musée Bourdelle, Akvabulvar center, exhibition center «Porte de Versaille».

16th District: Passy
The area on the right bank of the Seine is the most bourgeois district of Paris. The heart of it is the street of Passy, where the respectable shops and expensive restaurants.

This area is full of museums, here are embassies of several countries.

Attractions: Museum of Mankind, the house- museum of Balzac, Baccarat Museum, the Museum of fakes, Trocadero.

17th District: Batignolles-Monceau
A little less than respectable, but too quiet district of Paris on the right bank. There also are a number of embassies, as well as the Palace of Congresses. There is a very nice quiet park - Monceau.

Attractions: Square and the boulevard de Clichy.
18th District: Montmartre
Here, on the right bank of the Seine, is the most romantic part of Paris - Montmartre.

On the one hand, this right-bank district has maintained its artistic tradition - at Place des Ternes, a lot of artists sell their paintings. On the other hand - there are neighborhoods and "red light ", focused on the street Pigalle.

Attractions: Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Museum of Erotica.

19th District: Buttes-Chaumont
Once this right-bank district enjoyed the notoriety, but now it is quite landscaped. Currently, there are places of recreation Parisians - City of Science and Technology of La Villette, where there is a panoramic movie theater and several museums, and the Buttes Chaumont park.

Attractions: Buttes -Chaumont park, Parc de la Villette.

District 20: Menilmontant
Suffice restless right-bank district, where immigrants have long been settled. Here is the second -largest " Chinatown " of Paris.

By cultural " attractions" of this county can be attributed unless the Pere Lachaise cemetery, where the graves are many figures of culture and art.

Attractions: Pere- Lachaise.
Absolutely no doubt that everyone will find something different, unusual and absolutely amazing in any of these areas of Paris. Something you can admire the rest of his life, again and again looking at the resulting stunning photos.