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Get to Know Paris’ Districts

Bastille. Attribute to Flickr user ‘strelitzia’ (creative commons)

Bastille. By Flickr user ‘strelitzia’ (creative commons)

With any capital city as big as Paris, getting to know which district is which can be a bit of a nightmare! Luckily you’ll find a quick guide here to give you an idea of what to expect from each of Paris’ districts.

The Central Islands

Paris used to have much more islands that it has these days as the islands have become connected with the mainland over the years. Île de la Cité is the main island and hosts the Notre Dame, one of the city’s main attractions. The second island of Île Saint-Louis is a residential island with some of the most stunning views of the Seine you could hope to wake up to in the morning.

The West

The west of Paris is one of the areas you’ll have to visit if you’re visiting Paris as a tourist. This is where the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are found and it’s no surprise, therefore, that many tourists are found in this part of town. The famous Champs-Elysées starts here too, so the west of the town is the part in which to get your camera out!

Montmartre / The North

The north of Paris is the hillier part of the city and the hill of Montmartre is one of the most popular areas to stay in with tourists. That makes a lot of sense with the spectacular views afforded over the city, with the Eiffel Tower to the right and the centre sitting straight ahead. All-Paris-Apartments.com has many apartments in this area so are worth a look if considering a stay there.

View from Montmartre. Attribute to Flickr user ‘biggertree’ (creative commons)

View from Montmartre. By Flickr user ‘biggertree’ (creative commons)

There are few sights to see in the north, but this is undoubtedly the best part of town to stay in and is well connected by public transport with the centre and west of Paris where you’ll find plenty of sights. Montmartre does have the Moulin Rouge to be proud of, however, and an evening there should not be left out of your itinerary.

The Centre

The centre of Paris is where you’ll find all the stereotypes you expect of Parisian life. From little cafés to cute bakeries, this is where you really know that you’re in Paris. There is plenty to explore here too, The Louvre and Opera Paris, as well as the Panthéon.

The East

The East of Paris has less to see, but is still worth spending some time in. Bastille Square is found out here, where the former prison once stood before it was destroyed during the French Revolution in 1790. The square now hosts concerts and other events do it is worth investigating whether or not there is anything of interest taking place during your Paris stay. Aside from the square, the east of Paris is one of the best spots to grab a drink with many bars that won’t cost you too much.



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