In January 1860 Napoleon III divided Paris into twenty districts called arrondissements. They are still in existence today and are very commonly referred to when it comes to hotels and attractions so having at least a basic understanding of them is essential. The districts start at the center of Paris and spiral out in a clockwise motion.
The names of the arrondissements can be written several different ways. On the street signs in Paris they will most commonly be written in Roman Numerals so it’s a good idea to learn them before you go as this will help you find your way around the city much more easily.
As with any major metropolitan city, Paris’ residents cover a multitude of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. This, coupled with the history of the city, has naturally led to certain areas/neighborhoods having their own individual characteristics and charm. The arrondissements are no exception.
I’ve listed each arrondissement below (as well as some of the different ways it can be written). I have included a brief description of the district, a list of some of the major attractions located in the district, and a map with the specific district highlighted for a visual reference. (Click on the map or text of each arrondissement to see it enlarged.)
1st Arr (I, 1e, 1ere, 1eme) – Louvre
2nd Arr (II, 2e, 2ere, 2eme) – Bourse
3rd Arr (III, 3e, 3ere, 3eme) – Marais: Part 1
4th Arr (IV, 4e, 4ere, 4eme) – Marais: Part 2
5th Arr (V, 5e, 5ere, 5eme) – Latin Quarter
6th Arr (VI, 6e, 6ere, 6eme) – Saint Germain
7th Arr (VII, 7e, 7ere, 7eme) – Eiffel Tower
8th Arr (VII, 8e, 8ere, 8eme) – Champs-Elysees
9th Arr (IX, 9e, 9ere, 9eme) – Galleries Layfayette & Printemps
10th Arr (X, 10e, 10ere, 10eme) – Canal St. Martin
11th Arr (XI, 11e, 11ere, 11eme) – Place de la Bastille
12th Arr (XII, 12e, 12ere, 12eme) – Bercy
13th Arr (XIII, 13e, 13ere, 13eme) – Place d’Italie
14th Arr (XIV, 14e, 14ere, 14eme) – Montparnasse
15th Arr (XV, 15e, 15ere, 15eme) – Porte de Versailles
16th Arr (XVI, 16e, 16ere, 16eme) – Trocadero
17th Arr (XVII, 17e, 17ere, 17eme) – Place de Clichy
18th Arr (XVIII, 18e, 18ere, 18eme) – Montmarte
19th Arr (XIX, 19e, 19ere, 19eme) – Parc de la Villette
20th Arr (XX, 20e, 20ere, 20eme) – Pere-Lachaise Cemetery