There are 20 Arrondissements in the city of Paris. We’re not going to cover all 20 but have rounded up what we feel are the top 8 neighborhoods to stay and what things you should see when visiting. I used information from the article about best places to stay in Paris.


The 7th Arrondissement

If you are visiting Paris for the first time, then the seventh arrondissement (check the map here) ought to be your place to stay.

The area offers brilliant experience to the first run through guests. In the region, you will have the capacity to visit amazing, breathtaking tourists attraction sites like Eiffel Tower, incredible market along Rue Cler road, the whole architecture in the city, legendary museums like Musee d’ Orsay and five-star restaurants.

It’s the best place for the first time guests for it offers all that individuals around the world perceive about Paris. And you can save a lot of money there.
The 4th Arrondissement

Île de la Cité is home to the world’s most popular medieval Catholic cathedral, Notre Dame.

It’s free to visit but if you want to go up to the bell tower there is a charge.

Île Saint-Louis is the other natural island of the city and a quiet escape filled with cafes and shops. Along Rue des Rosiers you’ll find the city’s oldest and most famous Jewish settlement dating back to the 13th century.

Today you’ll see many Jewish synagogues, restaurants, bookshops, and eateries in the area. Hôtel de Ville is home to the city’s administration buildings.

This has been the location of city hall since 1357 but the building we see today dates back to 1628. Place des Vosges is one of the oldest squares in Paris. Pompidou Centre is a modern building housing the Museum of Modern Art, Paris Public Library and the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music.


The 8th Arrondissement

The Opera was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV and can be toured privately, with a guide or you can still see a live production today.

The most famous street in the world Champs-Élysées is beautiful and a perfect spot to spend the day shopping, people watching and walking from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.

The likes of Marie Antoinette and King Louis the XVI were executed in Place de la Concorde square. Today it houses Paris’ Luxor obelisk and one of the most expensive hotels in the city Grand Palais. This hotel is also a grand exhibition hall hosting major art exhibits each year. The Arc de Triomphe monument honors those who fought in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Lastly located under the Arc de Triomphe, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lays to rest as the eternal flame burns over his grave.

The 18th Arrondissement

One of the best views of the city can be found at Sacré-Cœur Basilica which is a Roman Catholic church located on the highest point of Paris.

You can visit the Basilica for free from 6 am to 10 pm. If you want to visit the tower there is a charge. The Carousel and Funicular are included in your Metro Pass. When you arrive at Sacré-Cœur, you can take the funicular instead of walking up the steps.  There are many carousels scattered throughout Paris and this one offers beautiful photo opportunities. Pack a bottle of wine (but do be discreet) and you will be able to sneak a picnic on the steps while you take in the best view of Paris for free! The famous Moulin Rouge is located in Montmartre. Take in a show or tour the theatre. Montmartre Museum and Dali Museum along with other museums can be found in this arrondissement most notably the Dali Museum located where Dali used to live. You’ll also find the oldest vineyard in Paris. Once there, you’ll be able to see grape vines growing in the middle of the city! Last but not least, Paris used to be scattered with windmills. Today there are few left but you will find them in Montmartre.


The 5th Arrondissement

The Latin Quarter has the benefit of being an excellent central location.

Loaded with history and the distinction of being the intellectual center of the city. The Panthéon is the most impressive landmark of the Latin Quarter modeled after the ancient temples of Greece. The Église Saint-Séverin Saint-Nicolas is a wonderful Gothic gem of Paris. You can also get lost in the streets as you browse shops, cafés, art cinema houses, vintage shops, and bookstores.


Or visit the Luxembourg Gardens and Cluny’s medieval gardens. St. Michel’s baroque fountain of St. Michel killing a demon is a popular meeting spot and many free walking tours leave from here.


The 1st Arrondissement

There are such a large number of famous points of interest in 1st Arrondissement (No. 1, 2, 3, 4, together on the map) that are fit for touring. In the region, you can visit the excellent recolored glasswork of Sainte-Chapell, Louvre, and Tuileries Garden among other spots.

Vendome is additionally another lovely place where you can have refreshments at the Hemmingway Bar. From the district, you can take the metro course to the Eiffel Tower, where you will climb the Stairs and learn its fantastic history.

The 6th Arrondissement

Located not far from the Latin Quarter, St. Germain is another area that is better known for its cafés and shops rather than iconic Paris landmarks. Many of the sights are similar to what you will see in the Latin Quarter with the Odéon, Église Saint-Sulpice and Luxembourg Gardens.

The 14th Arrondissement

Catacombs of Paris is an underground labyrinth of bones that is one of the most fascinating tours in you can find in Paris.

The Panoramic Observation Floor of Montparnasse offers some of the best views of Paris, without the crowds of the Eiffel Tower.


Le Bar Américain on the 56th floor is a great place you can have a drink in style after taking in the views of Paris. There’s also the Paris Observatory which is one of the largest astronomical centers in the world. Lastly, there are some art deco cafes where you can relax and follow in the footsteps of Picasso, Hemingway, and Modigliani.

  There are 20 Arrondissements in the city of Paris. We're not going to cover all 20 but have rounded up what we feel are the top 8 neighborhoods to stay and what things you should see when visiting. I used information from the article about best places to stay...