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Complete Travel Guide to Paris Arrondissements

1st Arrondissement

Musée du Louvre

The most well-known museum in Paris and home of the Mona Lisa. Don’t try to do everything in one day, you will be overwhelmed. Having a tour guide is also a good option.

Palais-Royal

This courtyard used to be filled with shops. Police were banned from entering because the royals had parties there. Now a pretty area with a park.

Tuileries Gardens

Musée de l’Orangerie

Impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, most known for eight Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet.

Rue de Rivoli

One of the most famous streets of Paris that runs through the 1st and 4th arrondissements.

Pont Neuf

The oldest bridge in Paris. You’ll find many people sitting along the seine in this quaint area surrounded by the Seine.

2nd Arrondissement

Palais Brongniart

Former headquarters of the Paris stock exchange

Théâtre-Musée des Capucines

Rue Montorgueil

Perfume Museum

3rd Arrondissement

Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

The most unique nature museum I have ever been to.

Les Enfants Rouges

The oldest covered market in Paris

Musée Picasso

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

Les Archives Nationales

Food

Claude Colliot

Very nice restaurant with very helpful and fun waiters and the place of my first escargot experience (they were great until my cousin started doing snail motions while I was eating one).

4th Arrondissement

Notre-Dame de Paris

The most well-known church in Paris. It is free, but be ready for a long line to get in. On the side of the church is also an entrance to go to the top and have a beautiful view of the city.

Hôtel de Ville

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La Sainte-Chapelle

A royal gothic style chapel commissioned by King Louis IX of France. The stain-glass windows covering the chapel are it’s statement. My first memory of this chapel was when I was four and fell asleep during a concert…

Saint-Louis-en-l’Île Church

Place des Vosges

Built during the reign of Henri IV, it is the oldest planned square in Paris. Each apartment was bought by aristocrats and built with the guidelines of the architect hired by the king. Because of this, each apartment has variation. Notable resident is Victor Hugo, wrote Les Misérables while living here.

Hôtel de Sens

Built between 1475 and 1507, it is one of three medieval private residences in Paris and is now the Forney art library.

Centre Georges Pompidou

A museum that has the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the largest museum of modern art in Europe.

Le Georges at Centre Georges Pompidou

I had my last meal in Paris here. It is an amazing restaurant with incredible food and interior design. If it is nice enough to sit outside, do so and you can see every major monument in Paris.

5th Arrondissement

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The Panthéon

Jardin des Plantes

The main botanical garden in France.

Shakespeare & Company

A well-known English bookstore.

Rue de la Huchette

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My favorite street filled with Gyro and Crêpe shops

Le Petit Châtelet

6th Arrondissement

Jardin du Luxembourg

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Come here to walk around the park or relax in the many chairs provided around Medici Fountain on a nice day, watch children play with model sailboats. One of my favorite memories from my childhood is playing on the playground here.

Le Bon Marché

Just another great place to shop in Paris!

Café de Flore

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A well-known café on Boulevarde Saint-Germain.

Le Procope

The oldest restaurant in Paris. Napoleon’s hat is in the front entry and the last letter’s of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI are upstairs.

Margherita

A pizza and pasta restaurant in my favorite alley.

CHOCOLATE (Maison Georges Larnicol, Pierre Herme, Patrick Rogers)

Hidden Secret:

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If you’re at Maison Georges Larnicol, go into the cute alleyway (also the back of Le Procope and Margherita). While walking down the alley, near the corner of Margherita, look down at the ground. There is a spot there that used to be a guillotine where they practiced with lambs. That is the reason the road is so slanted next to it for the blood to flow directly into the sewer.

7th Arrondissement

Le Tour Eiffel

The most recognizable monument in the world. It is a great experience to go to the top, but  the only problem is if you’re at the eiffel tower you can’t see the eiffel tower… I personally prefer being at the top of the Arc de Triomphe because the eiffel tower is in the view of the city.

Musée d’Orsay

One of my favorite museums mainly because of the layout (the building was originally a train station).

Musée Rodin

Musee de l’Armée

Where Napoleon’s tomb is along with many other french military artifacts.

l’Assemblée Nationale

Gregory Renard – Cacao et Macarons

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My all-time favorite macaron shop. A must-go.

Café Constant

The cutest little café.

Carmine Café

I accidentally got risotto here and it was the best mistake I’ve ever made.

8th Arrondissement

Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile

This is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Many want to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but as I said before, climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and you have an even more amazing view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.

Champs Élysées

The main shopping street of Paris.

Place de la Concorde

On the other end of Champs Élysées. It was the site of many executions during the French Revolution (when it was named Place de la Révolution), including Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

Grand Palais

This building is the site of many events and expositions, including countless Fashion Shows. I was able to see celebrities and models who attended the Chanel show during PFW.

Petit Palais

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Pont Alexandre III

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Ladurée

The world’s best-known maker of macarons and a must-go.

L’Avenue

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This is an amazing restaurant where many celebrities eat. Eat here during fashion week and you will definitely see someone important. We saw Jaden Smith and Sarah Ellen, one of my favorite bloggers.

Le Duplex

One of my favorite clubs that has three floors with different genres of music.

Showcase

This very unique club is under the bridge Pont Alexandre III. If the hotdog stand is there definitely get one. They’re amazing.

9th Arrondissement

Galeries Lafayette

The most beautiful department store.

Printemps Department Store

Opera Garnier

Musée de la Vie Romantique

10th Arrondissement

La Republique

This square is home to countless protests and The center of this square has become the memorial for the 2015 Paris bombings.

Canal Saint-Martin

The perfect place to just sit and relax, even though along the Seine is my preferred spot.

Artazart

My favorite bookstore filled with all different genres from cooking to graphic design.

Pop Market

A cute store with a variety of products. Great for gift giving.

Thanx God I’m a VIP

Vintage store organized by color. An OCD person’s dream.

Merci

A coffee shop and a store with a huge variety of clothing, jewelry, and many other gifts.

Marcel

I usually don’t like Indian food, but this meal was amazing

Restaurant III

Where I had Valentine’s Day dinner. It is such a cute place with a great selection of food.

Le Comptoir General

A laid-back bar. You have to walk through an alley to get there, but don’t let it fool you. Once you get inside, it feels like you’re in a movie surrounded by the coolest people.

Lavomatic

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The outside of this building looks like a laundry-mat, but go inside, open one of the washing machines, go upstairs, and you are in a chic bar.

11th Arrondissement

Rue de Lappe

A street filled with bars that’s great for bar hopping.

Église Saint-Ambroise

12th Arrondissement

Place de la Bastille

Marché Bastille

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A large market open on Sundays that really gives you the european feel while

Opéra Bastille

Concrete

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A unique clubbing experience on a boat on the Seine.

13th Arrondissement

La Bibliothèque Nationale de France

La Butte aux Cailles

Wanderlust

Another club across the Seine from Concrete

14th Arrondissement

Parc Montsouris

A very spacious public park with plenty of room for a picnic or people-watching.

Les Catacombes de Paris

Hold the remains of 6 million people that were transferred there when Paris cemeteries were overflowing. I am easily scared, so this was a place I refused to go to even though many of my friends went and loved it.

Gare Montparnasse

Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art

15th Arrondissement

Île aux Cygnes

A smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty

Centre commercial Beaugrenelle

A shopping mall with unique architecture re-opened in 2013 after remodeling.

Musée Pasteur

Parc des Expositions

16th Arrondissement

Palais du Trocadéro

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One of my favorite views of the Eiffel Tower

Palais de Tokyo

Musée Marmottan Monet

Paul Chêne

A very fancy restaurant. The only employees are the chef and owner, which creates a unique and intimate experience.

17th Arrondissement

Parc Monceau

Marché Poncelet

Batignolles Cemetery

18th Arrondissement

Montmartre

If you want the real Parisian feeling, go to this quaint neighborhood and explore.

Sacré-Cœur

My favorite place, outside because of the view and inside because of the hint of gold in the tiling. In my opinion, a completely underrated chapel especially compared to Notre-Dame. Climbing the stairs to the top seems like it takes forever, but the outcome is definitely worth it.

Moulin Rouge

Van Gogh’s home

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Place du Tertre

A square filled with all sorts of artists with their paintings. You can also have someone paint of portrait of you. I still remember getting a portrait done when I was younger.

Wall of Love

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In Jehan Rictus garden square, this mural features “I love you” written 311 times in 250 languages.

19th Arrondissement

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Arguably the best park in Paris. This park is makes you feel like you are not only in another city, but another world. A short climb and you are on top of Paris. Here is where I had one of the happiest days of my life.

Parc de la Villette

Third-largest park in Paris. Home of Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Europe’s largest science museum, and three major concert venues.

Le Saint Regis

Pizza Pino

20th Arrondissement

Parc de Belleville

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Cimetière Père-Lachaise

The largest cemetery in Paris. It is the resting place for Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin, Marcel Proust,  and Gioacchino Rossini.

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