Paris is a bucket-list destination for most travelers due to its famous architecture, delicious cuisine, and of course, beautiful language.
The city is home to 20 different arrondissements, each having its own unique charm, attractions, and defining characteristics.
Here you will find information to help you find the perfect arrondissements for you to explore during your trip to the city of lights.
This ultimate guide covers everything you must see + do in all of the 20 arrondissements with 100 hidden gems to discover
Along with where to drink + dine and stay to help you craft an epic Parisian getaway catered to your interests and budget.
If you are curious about which arrondissement is perfect for you? Then keep reading to find out!
While it may look like it's just an impossible word to pronounce, an arrondissement is an administrative district.
Each arrondissement is not only just a neighborhood but almost a small town with each having its own city hall, mayor, and individual governmental rules and regulations.
You can find arrondissements not only in Paris but also in other large cities around France including Bordeaux and Marseille.
The arrondissements in Paris start from the 1st arrondissement in the center and spiral outwards like a shell. They are also divided into the Left and Right bank by the Seine river that runs through Paris.
Here is your Parisian arrondissement cheat sheet below:
Left Bank Arrondissements: 5,6,7,13,14,15
Right Bank Arrondissements: 1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12,16,17,18,19,20
A tip to easily find out which arrondissement a place is in you can look at the zip code for example, if the zip code is 75003 you know you are in the 3rd arrondissement.
The 1st arrondissement and surrounding arrondissements are considered the city center and the arrondissements further out are more residential and similar to the outer suburbs of Paris.
Without further ado let's check out each arrondissement of Paris and help you discover your new favorite part of the city!
Perfect for: first-time visitors, museums buffs, families, foodies, and actions seekers.
If you are looking for the most central area in Paris the 1st arrondissement definitely fits the bill.
It the best area to stay in if you want to explore the city due to its access to the largest metro station in all of Paris, Châtelet-Les Halles which also has an über convenient direct line to both airports.
The 1st is proudly home to the world-famous Louvre Museum, multiple mouthwatering Michelin-star restaurants, and tons of luxury shops.
While in the 1st you must try some delicious Japanese food and dessert in Paris' Little Tokyo.
On the negative side, the 1st is one of the most touristy arrondissements due to its central location so be extra cautious and keep an eye out for pick-pockets.
High End ($$$): Le Roch Hôtel
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Louvre Piémont
Budget ($): Agora Hôtel
A hidden gem of the 1st is Rue-Sainte Anne, or Paris' Little Tokyo where you can find some of the best Japanese food outside of Japan along with adorable Japanese bookstores, markets, and decor shops.
You've probably seen Palais Royal on Instagram with the über cool black & white striped columns and beautiful park.
It's the perfect place to sit, relax and drink a coffee or the amazing hot chocolate from Cafe Kitsuné located right inside.
Librairie Galignani is the perfect destination for literary lovers, with over 1 million books with subjects ranging from beautiful architecture coffee table books to kids novels.
There are also a large selection of English language books available for non-French speakers.
Willi's Wine Bar
If you are a wino or just love delicious French food, Willi's Wine Bar is a must visit bistro while in Paris.
The wine menu is massive and there is something for everyone's taste preferences.
You can enjoy a starter, main and dessert prix fixe menu during lunch for 25.80€ and during dinner for 36€.
Aki Boulangerie is not your typical French bakery, here you can find Japanese flavors such as matcha, red bean, and mango combined with classic French pasteries.
If you love baked goods, bread, and cake this is a fantastic spot to try some unique sweets during your trip.
I'll admit that Sanukiya isn't exactly a hidden gem, but it is my most-visited restaurant in Paris so I had to include it.
Sanukiya is famous for its mouth-watering Japanese udon, everyday there is always a long line to try the house specialty.
If you want to try the delicious udon, make sure to visit as they open to avoid waiting for hours.
Perfect for: theatre lovers, families, nightlife lovers, foodies, those who like quieter areas but want to be close to the city center
The 2nd arrondissement is known as the theatre district as its home to both the famous Le Grand Rex and Opéra Comique among several others.
Here you can also find some excellent restaurants and some cute selection of smaller boutique shops.
During the day it's more of a quiet business district and is a bit more lively at night.
It is ideal for those who like being near the center but want to avoid the steep tourist prices and constant action found in the 1st.
However, it can be a bit sketchy around the Strasbourg-St-Denis metro stop where there are many bars and late-night bites.
High End ($$$): The Hoxton
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Korner Opéra
Budget ($): Hôtel Bonne Nouvelle
Stroll through Rue Montorgueil
This is such a fun pedestrian-street to explore while in Paris with a bustling outdoor market selling everything from cheese to flowers.
There are also several restaurants and boutiques that are worth checking out.
Browse through chic French fashion at Sézane
Sézane is one of the most popular women's fashion brands founded in Paris in 2013.
The label is renowned for it's chic and high-quality French-inspired clothing.
The store is decorated like a dream Parisian apartment and it's an ideal place to find a piece of Paris to bring home.
See Rue des Degrés, the shortest street in Paris
Rue des Degrés is not only the shortest street in Paris but also one of the most colorful streets in the city.
It's an amazing photoshoot location and it won't take long to find and tour. (;
If you are a donut lover, a visit to Boneshakers Donuts is an absolute must.
Boneshakers Donuts is an expat-owned business that brings the donut craze from the states to Paris.
You can find both unique and classic donut flavors from chocolate torched marshmallow to even a beer-flavored glaze.
Hot tip: if you visit before noon you can get a coffee + donut combo for only 5€.
Home of the best and most affordable Neapolitan-style pizza in Paris, you can get an entire Margherita pizza for 5€.
It's one of the best budget meals you can find in the city, just get there right as it opens as it's a local favorite spot and there's always a line.
Hero is one of my go-to restaurants/bars in the city serving tasty Korean fried chicken, tapas, and soju cocktails.
The decor is beautiful and it has a cozy atmosphere with great music, perfect for a date or meeting up with friends.
Burger & Fries
Burger & Fries is one of the best late-night snack spots after bar-hopping, partying, or exploring Paris.
They have amazing burgers, fries, and milkshakes and many people compare it to the famous In & Out Burger chain.
It's also super affordable with a burger, fries, and drink combo costing a mere 6.50€.
La Cevicheria is an excellent Peruvian style restaurant serving fresh ceviche.
Their ceviche selection contains fresh raw fish blended with a mixture of fruit and veggies to create super flavorful dishes.
It's the perfect place to go with a large group and share all the tasty dishes.
Perfect for: young people, non-French speakers, solo travelers, museum buffs, first-time-visitors, and nightlife lovers
The 3rd Arrondissement will always have a special place in my heart as I lived there for a year during my study abroad program.
The 3rd and 4th arrondissements are better known as Le Marais, one of the most popular areas in Paris.
You can find everything here including amazing restaurants, bars, parks, museums and shops + much more!
The best way to explore Le Marais is simply by wandering around and seeing what gems you can find.
This district is the #1 place in Paris for shopping, you can find everything from high-end luxury stores to cool vintage boutiques.
You can also find some of the best coffee shops in the city and famous modern art galleries and museums including Centre Pompidou.
If you are looking for a quiet area especially in the evening, Le Marais is not the best district for you due to it's lively nightlife scene but if you are looking for a great nightlife scene make sure to visit at night.
High End ($$$): Pavillon de la Reine
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais
Budget ($): MIJE Marais
Go gallery-hopping in the artsiest district in Paris
Le Marais is home to what seems like hundreds of different art galleries you can enjoy for free.
You will spot them just by walking around or can check the current exhibitions on Artsy.
Have a picnic along the banks of the Seine
The best location for a classic French picnic is along the banks of the Seine River.
Make sure to bring a fresh baguette, a variety of cheeses and a bottle of the finest 5€ wine for the perfect afternoon or evening activity
Explore the oldest and smallest Chinatown in Paris
Along with amazing shopping, you can find the smallest and oldest Chinatown right in Le Marais.
Located along the Rue au Maire street, you can find authentic Chinese food, bakeries, small boutiques and a tiny grocery store.
A majority of the first Chinatown has sadly disappeared due to the disappearance of the textile and crafts industry in Paris.
Snap some pics at Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Maison Européenne de la Photographie is a beautiful photography museum specializing in contemporary photographic art showcasing photographers from around the world.
It's more of a hidden gem and if you go during the week you will most likely have the entire museum to yourself.
Bisou. is a cute cocktail bar that specializes in making completely custom cocktails.
You simply tell them what are you looking for and what flavors you like and the bartender works their magic to make you your ideal drink.
They have both indoor and outdoor seating, I love coming when the weather is nice and people-watching in the busy République area.
Candelaria is a super cool Mexican restaurant and hidden speakeasy, that looks pretty unassuming from the outside but has a hidden door inside leading to a candlelit cocktail lounge.
It's one of the best places in the city for a night out and you can enjoy tasty tacos after sipping margaritas or Mexican beer.
An affordable and fast-food style vegan pizzeria great for a quick bite in-between shopping in Le Marais.
My favorite flavor is La Montagnarde with mushrooms and vegan fondant "cheese."
There is also a Hank Burger restaurant nearby that is also all vegan and very tasty.
Happy Nouilles was less than a 1-minute walk from my old apartment so I would go all the time!
They are known for their delicious and cheap Chinese hand-pulled noodle dishes.
It's always super busy but they are very quick and you can get food to-go for a chill night in.
Laïzé is a new bubble tea shop I discovered during my last trip to Paris.
The decor is very aesthetically pleasing and the bubble tea tastes great, they also have regular tea with lots of interesting flavors.
Perfect for: young people, nightlife lovers, foodies, and history/museum buffs, solo travelers
The 5th arrondissement is home to the charming Latin Quarter and is famous for being the oldest area in the entire city.
Here you can spot beautiful Roman-inspired architecture including Arènes de Lutèce, which is the remains former Roman-style amphitheater.
It is also a hotspot for students and young people due to a large number of student-centered bars, restaurants, and universities including the elite Sorbonne University.
High End ($$$): Hôtel Monge
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Du Jeu De Paume
Budget ($): Hôtel le M Saint Germain
Enjoy the rooftop views at the Arab World Institute
The Arab World Institute is a sharp contrast from the rest of The Latin Quarter with its eye-catching modern architecture.
The museum was founded by 18 Arab countries to promote their culture and spiritual values to the world.
One of the best parts of the museum is the amazing rooftop cafe with one of the best views of Paris.
Pretend you are in Rome at Arènes de Lutèce
Arènes de Lutèce was constructed in 1st century AD and is one of the most promient Roman ruins in the city.
It used to be an arena for gladiatorial combats and could seat 15,000 spectators.
Now it's a quiet and peaceful area that will transport you to Rome.
Find a postcard to send home at Tout Noté
Tout Noté is an adorable and kitchy stationery store that's name means everything noted in French.
You can also find cute gifts and unique souvenirs to bring home with you.
Shaka Loa is a delish crêpe spot with a fun Hawaiian flair in both the decor and ingredients offering both sweet and savory options.
It's a great late-night spot in Paris and is open until 2am on Saturdays which is basically unheard of in France.
Saveurs de Savoie
Saveurs de Savoie can be found on Rue Mouffetard, the most lively street in the 5th arrondissement.
The street is known for having several fondues restaurants and this one is the best taste-wise and has super friendly staff adding to the overall A+ dining experience.
The prices are also very affordable with a prix fixe menu including an entree, main and dessert for 12.90€.
BIGBANG is a traditional Korean restaurant serving favorites such as bibimbap and barbeque at great prices with most meals under 20€.
The restaurant has a nice ambience with beautiful decor and excellent service, if you love or want to try Korean food it's worth a visit.
Circus Bakery has the best and largest cinnamon buns in the city, go as soon as they open for fresh out of the oven buns!
It's the perfect snack to take to the nearby Luxembourg Gardens.
Plus82 is the first Korean-style cafe in Paris and you can find the most popular Korean dessert called Bingsu.
Bingsu is shaved ice traditionally served with fresh fruit such as mango or strawberries and can also have red bean and matcha flavors.
It's the best treat to have after a long day of exploring Paris, especially on a warm summer day.
Perfect for: luxury travelers, people-watching, and architecture fans, families, first-time-visitors
The 6th arrondissement is renowned for its former famous creative residents including Picasso and Hemingway.
In Saint-Germain-des-Prés you can find the most well-known and pricey cafes including Cafe le Flore and Les Deux Magots where a simple cafe can cost 10 euros.
It is one of the most expensive and posh districts in all of Paris you can browse through Le Bon Marche, the most luxurious department store in the city along with many designer boutiques.
The architecture in this district is especially beautiful and it is a lovely area to walk around in especially in the quaint alleyways.
If you are looking for a chic, quintessential Parisian experience I would highly recommend staying or visiting the 6th.
High End ($$$): Hôtel 4 étoiles des Saints-Pères
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Saint Paul Rive Gauche
Budget ($): Hôtel Dauphine Saint-Germain
Find the best deals on French skincare at CityPharma
CityPharma is the best pharmacies in Paris to stock up on your favorite French skincare essentials for up to 70% off.
Unfortunately this amazing pharmacy is no longer a hidden gem but if you get there when they open you can most likely find everything you are looking for in their huge selection.
Visit La Grande Epicerie de Paris one of the most expensive grocery stores in the world
I love looking through the selection at La Grande Epicerie de Paris, it's over-the-top and of course out of my budget but where else can you find 50 euro bottles of water with real gold flecks.
When I first moved to Paris from New York I struggled to find great brunch restaurants as brunch is as popular in Paris.
I found Eggs&Co and it's one of my personal favorite brunch spots in the city, especially when I'm craving eggs Benedict and fresh OJ.
Bistro Burger has some of the best burgers in the city and their homemade fries and onion rings are to die for!
It's a fun experience to eat a burger in France as you will see everyone eating it so elegantly with a fork and knife.
Shu is an amazing Japanese kushiague restaurant, if you don't know what kushiague is it's basically delish bite-size meats or veggies coated with bread crumbs.
It's a bit more of a splurge meal but if you are going to have one nice meal Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the place to do it with hundreds of upscale restaurants.
Perfect for: sightseeing, architecture fans, photographers, families, and first-time visitors
If you came to Paris to see La Tour Eiffel, you will find it in the 7th arrondissement along with the famous Champs de Mars park below.
A fun fact about the 7th arrondissement is that famous Madeline books are set in this charming district
The 7th is one of the most touristy districts in Paris, but only near the Eiffel Tower the rest of the quartier is relatively quiet and residential.
However, it is beginning to draw more locals due to new restaurants and cafes opening to try to bring more excitement to the area.
High End ($$$): Hôtel Montalembert
Mid-Range ($$): Villa Hôtel Saxe Eiffel
Budget ($): Hôtel Eiffel Turenne
Watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle
Even life-long Parisian residents cannot resist the charm of the Eiffel Tower especially when it lights up at night.
Enjoy an evening picnic at Champs de Mars and have the best view of the Eiffel Tower sparkling every hour for 5-minutes until 1am.
Check out the current exhibitions at L'space Fondation
L'space Fondation is an interesting and completely free museum/space that aims to educate the citizens of tomorrow.
They always have really unique and interactive exhibitions going on, last time I made a post-card where you can type in the addresses of your 2 favorite places and the machine prints out a postcard of the street view.
Spot the gorgeous Art Nouveau architecture on Avenue Rapp
The Lavirotte Building is one of the most beautiful and lavish examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Paris.
I can only dream of having such a grand entrance to my apartment building.
Taste your way through Rue Cler
Rue Cler is one of the best streets for foodies in the city filled with dozens of patisseries and bakeries perfect for enjoying a Parisian sweet or savory treat.
Libra is a fusion Iranian-French tapas bar with home-style cooking and very flavorful dishes.
Libra was my first introduction to Iranian food and now I want to try more!
It's a cozy restaurant with around 20 seats so a reservation is recommended.
Vietnam Food is surprise surprise a Vietnamese restaurant with authentic dishes and excellent portion sizes for Paris.
Make sure to order one or a few of the "chef cocktails" a non-alcoholic cocktail made with a mix of fresh fruit, a sip of heaven!
Unico Amélie is an excellent Argentinian restaurant with the best selection of Argentinian meats and wine in the city run by an Argentinian chef.
All of the meats are served with their signature mildly spicy chimichurri sauce, grilled veggies and banana con dulce de leche dessert to top it off.
Perfect for: first-time visitors, families, non-French speakers, action seekers
The 8th arrondissement is where you can find several of the most famous Parisian landmarks including Champs-Elysées and The Arc de Triomphe.
It is mainly a tourist area as many locals tend to avoid The Champs-Elysées the plague due to its overpriced restaurants, shops, and hop-on-hop-off buses packed with tourists.
However, if you venture outside of The Champs-Elysées strip you can find a super charming and quiet area especially on the northern end near Parc Monceau.
High End ($$$): Hôtel De Sers
Mid-Range ($$): Arioso Hôtel
Budget ($): Hôtel Galileo
Taste the best macaroons in Paris at Pierre Hermé
Pierre Hermé has the best-tasting macaroons in the city and if you aren't a macaroon person you can also find divine ice cream and chocolate.
Pierre Hermé himself was even awarded the title of the World's Best Pastry Chef in 2016.
Take a French cooking class from the pros at Atelier des Chefs
Atelier des Chefs offers fun French cooking classes for all skill levels by professional chefs of some of the most renowned restaurants in the city.
Classes range from 30 minutes to 4 hours and you can learn how to make heavenly pastries to full-course traditional French meals guaranteed to impress your friends and family back home.
Escape from the city in Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau is another stunning park in the center of the city and is a little oasis from the constant hustle and bustle.
The park is surrounded by dreamy luxury apartments and has a lovely pond in the middle.
A fun fact is that the park used to be home to exotic animals including camels and even a miniature Egyptian pyramid.
Flora Danica a lovely Danish restaurant that is apart of the Maison du Danemark (House of Denmark) right along the Champs-Elysées.
Every Sunday the restaurant hosts an all-you-can-eat traditional Danish brunch with loads of fresh fish, bread, and lots Nordic-inspired flavors.
Located in the trendy Hôtel de Berri, Le Schiap serves some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine in the city and their fresh seafood dishes are not to be missed.
The decor is modern and a bit funky, try to see if you can spot Karl Lagerfeld and other figures of Parisian couture sketched on the walls.
Bensaï is an Asian-Fusion restaurant specializing in super flavorful curry dishes with lots of options for vegetarians and vegans.
The dishes are also affordable in comparison to a majority of the restaurants near the Champs-Elysées.
Perfect for: young people, French speakers, seasoned travelers, foodies, nightlife lovers
Pigalle is one of my favorite areas in Paris and So-Pi or South Pigalle is one of the hippest places in the city.
You can find some of the coolest bars and restaurants and is one of the best places in the city for a night out.
However, around the Pigalle metro stop it can be a bit sketchy as it is still considered the Red Light district.
For shopping lovers you can also find the renowned department stores Galeries Layfayette and Printemps in a posher, more family-friendly section of the 9th.
High End ($$$): Hôtel Amour
Mid-Range ($$): Le Pigalle Hôtel
Budget ($): Hôtel Libertel Montmartre Opéra
Find the rainbow basketball court on Rue Duperré
On Rue Duperré you can spot possibly the world's coolest and most colorful basketball court.
The basketball court is owned by the fashion brand Pigalle Paris located right across from the court for some retail therapy.
Fall in love at La Musée de la Vie Romantique
La Musée de la Vie Romantique is a must-visit museum in the city of love, dedicated to the Romantic-era of art and literature.
The museum is housed in 2 former artists studios and features a beautiful garden covered in florals, super romantic right?
Sip and shop at Le Rocketship
Le Rocketship is as adorable as its name and a great place to buy unique design gifts and the owner is super friendly and helpful.
There's also a small coffee bar inside with great lattes you can sip while browsing the shop.
Pink Mamma is an Italian restaurant in an unmissable pink building right next to the world's most colorful basketball court.
Here you can find amazing truffle pasta and pizza, I went here for my 21st birthday and had an amazing time!
It's a super popular spot due to the fantastic dishes and decor so definitely go right when they open to avoid waiting.
If you couldn't guess by the name, Balls is a meatball restaurant that is also vegetarian-friendly.
The meatballs paired with the homemade sauces and chips are the perfect combination.
They have a great lunch special including 5 meatballs, a side, and drink for 13.50€.
BERLINER Pigalle is one of my go-to bars in Pigalle for its great drink selection, especially the wide variety of German beers best paired with their housemade pretzels.
The vibe is also super chill with Berlin-inspired house music and is never overcrowded like a majority of bars in Pigalle.
Perfect for: young people, hipsters, nightlife lovers, people who want a more authentic experience, foodies
Canal St-Martin is definitely a favorite area of the city to Parisian hipsters with loads of great restaurants and bars to grab cocktails.
The 10th is trendy but is also shady especially near the train stations Gare de Nord and Gare de L'est.
I recommend staying near the Republique area for the most authentic and non-sketchy experience of this exciting quartier.
High End ($$$): Renaissance Paris Republique Hôtel
Mid-Range ($$): La Planque Hotel
Budget ($): Generator Paris
Sample snacks from around the world at Marché Saint Quentin
Marché Saint Quentin represents Paris' diverse population by offering unique snacks, produce, and items from dozens of different countries from around the world.
Open every day except for Monday and Sunday it's a fun market to check out while in the 10th.
Hangout or have a bite overlooking Canal St-Martin
My university in Paris was less than a 5-minute walk to Canal St-Martin so I would always love eating my meals with classmates by the canal.
It's very relaxing and not too crowded like the Seine can be so you can always snag a great spot and enjoy the view.
Save the earth and shop at Less is More Concept Store
Less is More Concept Store is an environmentally conscious boutique only carrying earth-friendly products from home-goods to clothing and decor.
A bonus is you won't feel guilty buying products that benefit the earth, win-win scenario.
Bob's Juice Bar
Bob's Juice Bar has the best bagels and smoothies in the city and they even have matcha chocolate chip cookies!
The perfect place for a healthy and fast meal.
I always struggled to find good, authentic Mexican food that didn't break the bank in Paris until I discovered El Nopal.
El Nopal is a hole-in-the-wall hidden gem serving the best and cheapest Mexican food, I personally love their burritos.
The restaurant is a small booth without seating but you can dig-in in the nearby Canal St-Martin.
Jah Jah By Le Tricycle
Jah Jah By Le Tricycle is a Vegan restaurant with Jamaican-influenced flavors with amazing desserts and veggie burgers.
The atmosphere is really fun and funky and you feel transported to the Caribbean with reggae music playing.
PEONIES - Café et fleurs
PEONIES has to be the cutest cafe in the city covered with gorgeous florals and serves an aesthetically pleasing brunch.
You can also reserve a time to make your own custom bouquet.
Perfect for: young people, hipsters, nightlife lovers, those who want a local experience, foodies, solo travelers
The 11th arrondissement has been on the rise and it seems that new cool places to discover are opening every week.
It's a bit off the beaten path and you can feel more of a local Parisian vibe.
If you are looking for an authentic, lively, and quirky district to stay in while in Paris I recommend the 11th.
High End ($$$): Maison Bréguet
Mid-Range ($$): Le General Hôtel
Budget ($): Les Piaules
Admire the view from a rooftop bar
Le Perchoir is a fun spot to go and watch the sunset over Paris below with a cocktail in hand.
People-watch in the Place de la République
The Place de la République is a large square in the city center where there's always something interesting happening.
It's is often the site of protests and demonstrations and you can watch skateboarders.
DREAMIN MAN is a small and cozy cafe with some of the best lattes in Paris and incredible pastries and granola bowls with fresh pears.
The coffee is made using Five Elephant beans, one of my favorite coffee shops from Berlin.
The French Bastards
When I saw this bakery for the first time I had to try it just because of the hilarious name, but luckily their bread and pastries.
The croissants and pain au chocolat are amazing and super flakey, especially when you get them fresh out of the oven.
BoBi - Filipino Food
BoBi is an authentic Filipino restaurant with great quality food, friendly service, and modern decor.
It is also the first and only Filipino restaurant in the city making it extra special
Perfect for: budget travelers, young people, those who want a local experience, people seeking a quiet area, families
The 12th is more of a residential part of Paris but is still centrally located near the hotspots including Bastille and Le Marais.
Here you can find lots of green spaces including the little known Parisian version of New York's High Line.
This district is pretty quiet and safe and great for those who want to be centrally located but also don't want the constant buzz that comes with staying in the more popular areas.
High End ($$$): Hôtel Parisianer
Mid-Range ($$): L'Hôtel Particulier
Budget ($): Color Design Hotel
Walkthrough the Parisian High Line
The Coulée Verte René-Dumont is Paris' own version of the famous New York High Line.
Unlike the High Line, The Coulée Verte René-Dumont is a hidden gem and is a fun and relaxing way to see the city from a new perspective.
Discover a small French village in the middle of Paris
Bercy Village is a former wine market place that has been transformed into a charming mini-village with cobblestone streets.
Here you can find several restaurants, shops, and galleries to discover.
FONDUE CHONGQING is a Chinese hotpot joint perfect for large groups as they serve big portions and have tons of different menu items to share.
The hotpot toppings and soup are high-quality and it's vegetarian-friendly with lots of tofu and veggie options.
Liberty Burger is a cute all-American burger dinner with friendly service and of course huge tasty burgers and fries.
Perfect for a casual meal that you can easily walk off while exploring the city.
Perfect for: foodies, french speakers, those who want a local experience, people seeking a quiet area
The 13th is one of the more interesting arrondissements in Paris and is home to 1 of the 3 Chinatown's scattered throughout the city.
Here you can find authentic Chinese food of course along with other Asian bites including Cambodian and Thai food at very affordable prices.
I'll admit it's not the most eye-catching area due to the newer high-rise apartment buildings scattered throughout the district which look out of place from the typical beautiful Haussmann buildings.
If you are an Asian food fan or enjoy exploring lesser-known districts it's a fun area to check-out while in Paris.
High End ($$$): OFF Paris Seine
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Henriette Paris
Budget ($): Hôtel La Manufacture
Admire the unique modern architecture you can only find in the 13th
The 13th arrondissement is especially unique due to it's modern architecture you won't find anywhere else in the city.
Spot unique murals in one of the most painted districts of Paris
If you walk down Boulevard Vincent Auriol in the 13th you can find several huge murals created by talented street artists.
It's fun to explore and see what you can find because new ones are always popping up.
Read your way through the national library of France
François-Mitterrand Library is a massive library with an impressive historical collection and houses over 14 million books.
With 7x more books than Parisians you can easily find your next great read with lots of space to relax inside and outside the library.
La Felicità is the biggest restaurant in Europe owned by the Parisian favorite Italian restaurant group BigMamma which also owns Pink Mamma and Pizzeria Populare.
It's connected to the Station-F start-up hub and also has several other great restaurants to choose from inside the food hall space.
It's not as popular as Pink Mamma and Pizzeria Populare given it's location so it's a sneaky trick to enjoy the same food without the crowds and long waits
The best place for Chinese food in the 13th is Di-Choulie especially if you are a dumpling lover.
All the dumplings are homemade on-site and are always fresh and affordable.
Perfect for: people wanting a quiet area, families, french speakers, those who want local experience
The 14th is a more quiet but beautiful area to explore, especially if you want to capture shots without hoards of tourists photobombing you.
The main attraction in the area is the Catacombs, which the only place in the area you will always see a queue.
This district is great for those wanting a break from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
High End ($$$): Villa Montparnasse
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Max
Budget ($): hotelF1 Paris Porte de Châtillon
Stroll through one of the prettiest streets in the city
Rue des Thermopyles was a private street until 1959 but luckily it is now available for everyone to enjoy.
The gorgeous and peaceful street features colorful low-rise houses and lots of lovely greenery and florals.
Find the best organic foods at Brancusi biological market
Every Saturday the Brancusi biological market sells only organic foods including fresh produce and fruit for excellent prices compared to the supermarkets.
It's fun to go and check-out what's available and sample a few delicious foods.
Ayako Teppanyaki is an entertaining and delicious Japanese hibachi grill, try to snag a seat by the hibachi chef for a fun dinner performance.
Sweet Rawmance is the 1st raw vegan pâtisserie in the city and I'm not a vegan by any means but I love their chocolate cake.
Along with desserts they also have vegan meals for an amazing deal including a main dish, drink, and dessert for only 15€.
Perfect for: people wanting a quiet area, families, french speakers, those who want a local experience
I'll admit I never really hung out in the 15th too often as it's not the most happening arrondissement.
It's one of the larger areas but is mostly residential with over 10% of Parisians living in this arrondissement making it the most popular place to live in the city.
It is also home to the tall and modern Montparnasse Tower which gives you an amazing view of Paris from above.
This is an ideal area for people who want to feel like locals while vacationing in this calm and family-friendly district.
High End ($$$): Les Jardins de Mademoiselle
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Rose Bourbon
Budget ($): 3 Ducks Hostel
Have a splash at the Aquaboulevard water park
Aquaboulevard is a fun activity when the weather's warm and while you are there it's easy to forget you are in Paris.
There are several different slide options and it's always a crowd-pleaser for children and adults.
Enjoy some of the best Eiffel Tower views while riding metro line 6
Grab a window seat on the metro line 6 headed towards the Trocadéro stop and get prepared for stunning views of the Eiffel Tower.
If you can time it right on the hour you might even be able to catch it sparkling!
Good News Coffee Shop is an Aussie-owned cafe with excellent coffee and food that is worth traveling out of your way for and one of the main reasons I visited the 15th.
I love getting their breakfast special which includes a chia pudding, fresh orange juice, and a hot drink of your choice for only 9euros.
Autour du Saumon
Autour du Saumon is a Scandinavian restaurant that is heaven for fish lovers.
They have many different fish dishes especially with Salmon served both raw and cooked, along with some Scandinavian specialties.
Perfect for: luxury travelers, foodies, museum buffs, and families
The 16th is one of the most affluent residential districts in the city and is very quiet and safe.
It is an expensive area with shopping and high-end restaurants scattered throughout.
The annual French Open tennis tournament is played in Ronald Garros stadium in the 16th.
It is also home to two of the best modern art museums in the city, Palais de Tokyo and Fondation Louis Vuitton.
High End ($$$): Saint James Paris
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Longchamp Elysées
Budget ($): Villa Des Ambassadeurs
Get artsy at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, one of the coolest museums in the city
Fondation Louis Vuitton is an eye-catching modern art museum located in the Bois de Boulogne park.
It was designed by Frank Gehry who also designed the Guggenheim in NYC, its modern architecture is just as captivating as the exhibitions.
Walk from Trocadéro to Passy and see where the well-off Parisians live
Take a stroll from the Trocadéro metro station to the Passy station to see the most affluent area in the city filled with dreamy apartments and elegant Parisians.
Yamazaki Pâtisserie & Café
Yamazaki Pâtisserie & Café is a Japanese dessert shop with decent pastries infused with Japanese flavors.
Their yuzu cheesecake and matcha daifuku are delicious and surprisingly light treats.
Big budda is a Thai restaurant with big portions and super quick service where dishes are prepared in front of you by Thai chefs in minutes.
The pad thai is amazing and flavorful and the prices are affordable unlike a major of the restaurants in the 16th.
Perfect for: those who like quieter areas but want to be close to the city center, families, architecture fans, French speakers
Like the 15th arrondissement, the 17th is mostly an upscale residential district and is 3x the size of the 1st.
The 17th starts past the Arc de Triomphe and has some of the most stunning Haussmann architecture in Paris.
This district is ideal if you want to live like a local but be near Champs-Élysées, one of the most bustling streets in the city.
High End ($$$): Maison Albar Hôtels Le Champs-Elysées
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Flanelles Paris
Budget ($): Hôtel Monceau Wagram
Le Village des Batignolles
A hip area within the 17th filled with independent boutiques, quaint cafes, and galleries with a bohemian and chill atmosphere.
Cité des Fleurs
An exclusive and quiet community allowing non-residents and tourists to look at these dream homes and gasp at what they could buy with several million euros.
These are not your typical tiny Parisian studio apartments, these homes feature front-yards and a quiet cobble-stone street, unheard of anywhere else in the city.
So Chick is a French bistro specializing in homemade-style Chicken dishes and their signature dish is crispy chicken and fries.
The bistro has excellent hospitality and the food tastes even better, there is also a great brunch special during the weekend.
LITTLE NONNA is a 100% gluten-free Italian restaurant serving everything from pizza to tiramisu.
Even if you aren't gluten-free it's definitely worth a visit, I couldn't even tell the difference and it's healthier but still as delicious.
Perfect for: first-time-visitors, photographers, non-French speakers, young people, solo travelers
The 18th arrondissement is home to Montmarte is one of the most popular districts in the city for both tourists and locals who can't resist the charming aura.
Montmartre used to be a village, completely separate from Paris which explains the cobblestone streets, quirky buildings, and village-like atmosphere.
It was traditionally a popular hangout for artists like the Latin Quarter and you can find lots of vintage boutiques and cafes on every corner.
High End ($$$): Hôtel Le Relais Montmartre
Mid-Range ($$): Kube Paris Hôtel
Budget ($): Le Village Montmartre
Score the best deals at A.P.C Surplus
A.P.C is one of the most renowned French fashion brands known for its classic, minimal, and high-quality styles for both men and women.
If you've always admired French fashion and want to buy a staple piece at a reasonable price this is the perfect place to shop.
Explore and taste your way through the largest African Market in Paris
The 18th is also home to Little Africa and the best way to transport yourself to Africa for a few hours is by visiting the Rue Dejean Market.
The market is open daily near the Châtlet Rouge metro station and you can smell and taste exotic flavors and see tons of vibrant colors you won't find anywhere else in Paris.
La REcyclerie is a green oasis in the middle of Paris and it's definitely one of the most unique places in the city.
The restaurant/bar is housed in a large open restaurant and outdoor area with a garden producing the restaurant's fresh fruit and veg options.
La REcyclerie's main mission is to promote recycling and waste reduction by serving only eco-friendly and locally grown food in a canteen style.
It's one of the few very late-night spots in Paris and is also a cozy place to grab a few drinks.
Café Lomi is an aesthetically pleasing cafe great for both getting sh*t done and enjoying a delish cup of coffee and breakfast.
The menu is always changing based on seasonal ingredients so you know you are getting amazing fresh food and the coffees each come with their own business card showing where it was sourced and the flavor notes for any coffee geeks.
Perfect for: those who want a local experience, families, French speakers
The 19th arrondissement is another mostly residential district that is very peaceful and green and has been transformed into a creative hub for artists.
It's an ideal area to wander around and immerse yourself in the Parisian lifestyle as it's one of the least touristy districts in the city.
High End ($$$): Hôtel Restaurant Au Boeuf Couronné
Mid-Range ($$): Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
Budget ($): St Christopher's Inn
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the largest parks in Paris that used to be a dumping site but has since transformed into an exquisite park.
The park now features a bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, the man behind the Eiffel Tower as well as several grottos and waterfalls.
It's one of the best places to find a secluded spot for a picnic or cozy-up with a book.
The Cent-Quatre is a vibrant and vast communal arts center hosting dozens of restaurants, shops, workshops, galleries, and performance areas.
It's completely free to enjoy and you can get lucky and perhaps see a sneak peek of the new art that might be displayed in Paris' museums.
Rosa Bonheur is a bar conveniently located right inside Parc des Buttes Chaumont located on a hill overlooking the beautiful park.
The music and overall vibe is warm and upbeat and you can also order pizza and small tapas.
Chez JJ is a quintessential French bistro but has excellent prices, food, and customer service in comparison to a majority of bistros that are overpriced and have mediocre food.
It's one of the few restaurants I would travel out of my way to eat at just based on the friendly service.
Perfect for: young people, foodies, hipsters, solo travelers, French speakers, those who want a local experience
Belleville is another up and coming trendy district in Paris and one of my personal favorites to explore.
There are many cafes, restaurants, bars and it is also home to 1 of the 3 Chinatown in the city.
Here you can find amazing street art, trendy locals, and inexpensive drinks/eats.
If you are a young, creative person that local spots I would suggest visiting or even staying in Belleville.
High End ($$$): Mama Shelter Paris East
Mid-Range ($$): Hôtel Comète Paris
Budget ($): Hôtel Belgrand
Climb to the top of Parc de Belleville for #views
Parc de Belleville is yet another lovely park but it is frequented more by Parisian locals than tourists.
The best part about Parc de Belleville is the tall staircase leading to an amazing and free look-out point of the city.
Roam through Belleville's Chinatown for amazing and affordable cuisine
Belleville is one of the largest melting pot districts in Paris and you can find the 2nd largest Chinatown in the city here.
It's an interesting mix of authentic Chinese dumplings and noodle shops with lots of street art and newly opened trendy cafes.
Belleville Brûlerie is one of the most well-known small coffee chains in the city with 3 different locations and originating in Belleville.
Belleville Brûlerie's is one of the first hip roasteries to open in the area and several other cool, local shops have followed suit.
Here you can find freshly roasted and strong coffee and they also serve several tasty Vietnamese dishes.
Big Joe is an American Soul Food joint right in the heart of hipster Belleville.
If you are a fan of chicken and waffles or looking for a hearty and flavorful meal this is a great place to dine at.
It's a one-of-a-kind experience and cuisine that is difficult to find outside of the US.
What is the best arrondissement to stay in?
This answer definitely depends on your personal preferences, if you prefer to stay in the city center choose a place in the 1st arrondissement.
If you want to avoid the noise and tourist crowds stay in one of the more residential districts such the 15th, 17th, or 19th.
If you are seeking a more local area that's still lively I would choose the either 9th or 20th.
Which arrondissement has the most to offer?
Every arrondissement is special in its own way and has a lot to offer, you could live in Paris for a lifetime and not see everything this city has to offer.
If I had to pick one, my top choice would be Le Marais aka the 3rd and 4th arrondissements because it has something for everyone.
Le Marais has so many amazing museums, cafes, restaurants, shopping, and parks it's no surprise to me why Le Marais is one of the most popular districts in the city.
Are there any certain areas I should avoid?
Paris is a relatively safe city with no particular no-go areas but I would recommend always staying alert and keeping your valuables in sight because pick-pockets are a big problem unfortunately anywhere in the city.
As for certain areas, I would avoid hanging out near the train stations such as Gare du Nord, Châtlet-Les Halles especially at night because they can tend to be a bit sketchy.
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