When you’ve decided about what you want to do during your time in Paris, and when you’ve decided when you would like to go, you can start thinking about where you would like to live. So this post is all about finding out where you would like to live in Paris!
Paris is divided into different neighbourhoods, called arrondissements, and in Paris you can find up to 20 arrondissement. Outside of these arrondissement you’ll find the suburbs (les banlieues). Where you would like to live is very individual and I recommend doing a little bit of research before deciding (but perhaps this is just a thing I like to do, it could be the control freak inside of me…). Anyway, here’s a few, very basic, words about the different arrondissement in Paris, (from my point of view) that might clear things up a bit:
Here you’ll find places like Place de la Concorde and Rue Saint Honoré, which are both packed with designer stores. Place Vendôme, Jardin du Palais-Royal and the Louvre of course. The biggest park in this arrondissement is the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. Because of all these places the neighbourhood is also very well visited, both by tourists and locals.
This arrondissement is pretty businesslike since many companies are located here, but it’s also here that you’ll find the lively and youthful street called Rue Montorgueil and the area around it. The gorgeous Opéra, which also is a big métro station in the city, is located on the border of the arrondissement. The neigbourhood goes from Place Vendôme and Les Halles all the way up to Strasbourg St Denis.
In the third arrondissement you’ll find the famous neighbourhood called Le Marais. Here the buildings are lower and the streets are smaller. For a minute you can forget that you’re actually in a big city… There’s a lot of cozy cafés, popular restaurants and bars in this area and Le Marais is also very popular during evening and nighttime.
The fourth arrondissement includes a part of Le Marais but also Hôtel de Ville, Place de Vosges, a part of the bigger island Île de la Cité (where Notre Dame is) and the smaller island Île Saint Louis. It was in this arrondissement I stayed during my time in Paris, on Île Saint Louis, to be a little bit more exact, and I loved every single minute of it. This neighbourhood will always have a special place in my heart.
The fifth arrondissement is for example home to the Panthéon and the famous university Sorbonne. This neighbourhood is called Quartier Latin and it’s full of small and cozy streets. Jardin des Plantes, a huge park (that actually includes a zoo) and one of my favourite outdoor markets; Marché Maubert are also located here.
This arrondissement is called Saint Germain and it’s one of my favourite neighbourhoods in all of Paris. Here you’ll find gorgeous shops, cozy cafés and the amazing Jardin du Luxembourg and Place Saint-Sulpice. The sixth arrondissement is also the home to the famous Café de Flore, Le Deux Magots and the luxurious department store Bon Marché.
In the seventh arrondissement you’ll find the famous Eiffel Tower, École Militaire, Les Invalides and some of my favourite restaurants in the city. Some people call this the “Upper East Side” of Paris and I can understand why with all the gorgeous buildings and expensive cars along every street. This arrondissement is also where many embassies are located.
Here you can find the grand Champs Elysées, the beautiful Park Monceau, Place de la Madeleine, Grand Palais and the super expensive Avenue Montaigne. This is one of the best areas to indulge in some very, very expensive shopping. The president also lives in this arrondissement, at Palais de l’Élysée.
The ninth arrondissement is perhaps most known for the huge Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, but there’s so much more. The area goes all the way up to the beginning of the charming Montmartre and Pigalle. It seems like there’s always a new and hip café or restaurant to try around here!
10th & 11th arrondissement
Both of these arrondissements are just getting more and more popular by the second. It feels like new and trendy restaurants, cafés and shops are opening up every single week. It’s here you can find Place de la Bastille, Canal St Martin and the popular bar street Rue Oberkampf.
… You might notice that quite a few arrondissements are missing for my little list but that’s just because I don’t feel that I know them well enough to write about/recommend/not recommend them to you. Of course it’s more expensive to live more central, just as most other cities around the world. Some people prefers to live smaller, but more central and others choose to live bigger but perhaps less central. It’s all up to you and what you want.