You would like to settle in Paris and you don’t understand the geographical organization of Paris’ arrondissements? Understanding how to read the map of Paris’ arrondissements is essential in your while looking for an apartment in Paris and while your staying in Paris because the very basis of a trip is to be able to get your bearings. If you too would like to understand the snail structure of Paris’ arrondissements and be able to get your bearings in Paris, then this Lodgis’ post is here to guide you!
Advice n°1: Group the arrondissement of Paris on the map by rings
Our first advice to read easily the map of Paris’ arrondissements and be able to group them together, is to understand the organization of the two rings.
Paris covers 20 different municipal arrondissements. The arrondissements of Paris can be group together by rings. They are two of them.
The first ring covers the arrondissements from 1 to 11 representing the very center of Paris. The Capital’s center is thus represented by the following arrondissements: Louvre (1st), Bourse (2nd), Temple (3rd), Hôtel-de-Ville (4th), Panthéon (5th), Luxembourg (6th), Palais-Bourbon (7th), Élysée (8th), Opéra (9th), Entrepôt (10th) andPopincourt (11th).
Thus, the second ring covers the arrondissements surrounding those of the very center of Paris. It is represented by the arrondissements 12 to 20 in Paris.
Their names are as following: Reuilly (12th), Gobelins (13th), Observatoire (14th), Vaugirard (15th), Passy (16th), Batignolles-Monceau (17th), Buttes-Montmartre (18th), Buttes-Chaumont (19th) and Ménilmontant (20th).
Advice n°2: Following the River Seine cutting on the map of Paris
Our second advice that will help you to get the organization of Paris’ arrondissements on the map, is to follow the North and South cutting of the River Seine in two separate Banks. According to the Parisians, each arrondissement has a unique atmosphere and owns its own treasures, so if you would like to learn how to recognize the arrondissements of Paris by their vibe, we recommend that you read our post on where to stay for the right atmosphere!
The Right-Bank groups together the arrondissements of Paris located at the North of the river, on the map. It groups 14 arrondissements together: from 1st to the 4th; from 8th to the 12th and from 16th to 20th.
As a consequence, the Right-Bank gathers the biggest amount of arrondissements of Paris.
As for the Left-Bank, it covers only 6 arrondissements located at the South of the Seine, on the map of Paris: from 5th to 7th and from 13th to 15th.
Bear in mind that the islands located on the river Seine, don’t belong to any of the two Banks, like it’s the case for the “île aux Cygnes” in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. And speaking of which, did you know that the 15th arrondissement of Paris is one of Parisians’ favorite for its enchanting and welcoming places? This is why Lodgis offers a large range of furnished rentals in the 15th arrondissement of Paris!
Advice n°3: Understanding the snail map of Paris
An important element to bear in mind to really understand how to easily get your bearings in Paris and its arrondissements, is that the arrondissements are close to one another and wind up following the structure of a snail. So, if you want to understand their organizational structure, you just need to put your finger on the map and started drawing a spiral in the sense of a clock hand, starting from the 1st arrondissement.
The arrondissements’ fusion: a new snail for 2020?
No reasons to worry! The fusion of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris into one, that was voted at the National Assembly, will not modify the location and organization of the arrondissements of Paris on the map. This fusion is purely administrative, in order to “balance out” the arrondissements according to their population. In 2020, the arrondissements 1 to 4 will keep the same zip code but will have one central city hall to represent them.