Paris, famously called the “City of Light,” is full of unique and beautiful neighborhoods, called arrondissements, that shine. While interning in Paris, you are going to want to seize every opportunity to explore some of these fascinating areas and their many hidden gems. We’ve compiled a guide to help you out in your exploration, so be sure to share with us some of your favorite photos of Paris, happy travels!
The Marais (3rd/4th Arrondissement)
This is one of Paris’s trendiest neighborhoods, centrally located and famous for its array of fashionable boutiques and tasty restaurant options. It sits a little bit on the pricey side of things, but a day spent wandering the Marais combing through vintage restaurants and enjoying the Soho-type vibe is always a day well spent.
Top Attractions: Centre Pompidou, Hotel de Ville
The Latin Quarter (5th/6th Arrondissement)
Located on the Left Bank of the Seine River, the Latin Quarter is historically bohemian and home to a large number of students due to its proximity to many institutions of higher education, such as the Sorbonne, also known as the University of Paris. This quaint but vibrant area is rich in history and culture, and is a must see during your time in Paris.
Top Attractions: The Sorbonne, the Panthéon
Montmartre (18th Arrondissement)
Montmartre is a true artists village, and was home to famous painters such as Picasso himself. This lovely area of Paris, situated on a hill high above the city with fantastic views, is a great place to stroll around for an afternoon, buy some souvenirs and artwork to bring home, and even get a portrait drawn of yourself!
Top Attractions: Sacré – Coeur, Rue Lepic
This neighborhood is home to the Eiffel Tower. Need we say more? This Iconic structure is recognized worldwide as a Parisian masterpiece and flagship, and it is a frequent gathering place during sporting and cultural events. For really spectacular views, take a nighttime river cruise and catch the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the dark!
Top Attractions: Eiffel Tower
Belleville (19th/20th Arrondissement)
This historically working-class neighborhood is now one of the most interesting and diverse areas in the whole city. It’s more affordable prices have made it a new home for artists and entrepreneurs in recent years, and it is crawling with hip young Parisians. Explore the street art, grab some global cuisine, and take in the raw charm of this hidden gem.
Top Attractions: Rue Dénoyez, Place Sainte Marthe
St. Germain (6th Arrondissement)
If you are looking for the Paris of the Lost Generation, this is it. Previously home to writers and artists such as Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus, this area is still filled with lovely outdoor cafes and exquisite museums. Be sure to pay a visit to the famous Shakespeare & Company bookstore and get a stamp in any new book you buy! For recommendations, check out our list of Books to Read Before Visiting France.
Top Attractions: The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral
While this list only highlights a few of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, we encourage you to do as much exploring as possible and thoroughly enjoy your time in Paris. You never know when you might stumble upon a new hidden gem or a new great cup of coffee. Be sure to tweet to us with your photos, we can’t wait to hear about your adventures!
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Posted by World Endeavors on September 15, 2016
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