From the rizty Champs-Élysées to the steps of the Sacré-Coeur and the sprawling stretches of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, it’s difficult to encapsulate Northern Paris in one sentence. In the first part of this short series, we will be talking about the north of Paris and its six arrondissements for a glimpse into the different faces of the French capital.
The 8th arrondissement
One word: expensive. This central business district is based around the Champs-Élysées, the prestigious Parisian avenue that’s famous for its luxury shops, restaurants and exclusive nightclubs. If this doesn’t sound like you, don’t overlook some of the 8th’s most important cultural addresses. Here are our top 3:
1) The Arc de Triomphe
2) The Place de la Concorde
3) The Parc Monçeau
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The 9th arrondissement
The 9th is also a business district as well as being home to some of Paris’ most iconic attractions. The Boulevard Haussmann, for example, is probably the greatest showpiece of 19th century Parisian architecture. The 9th also crosses into the lively neighborhood of Pigalle on the southern tip of Montmartre. Here are our top 3 places to visit:
1) Opéra Garnier (the Palais Garnier Opera House)
2) The Galeries Lafayette (the luxury department store)
3) The Musée Grévin (one of Europe’s oldest wax museums)
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The 10th arrondissement
The 10th arrondissement is home to Paris’ two largest train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, and crosses the trendy Canal Saint Martin. Bursting with exotic bars and restaurants, the 10th is a more affordable option than many of Paris’ neighborhoods and increasingly popular with students and young families. Here are our top 3 recommendations:
1) The Saint-Quentin covered market
2) The Canal Saint Martin
2) Passage Brady (‘Little India’)
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The 17th arrondissement
Famous for being the only arrondissement without a single museum – quite a claim in a city like Paris! Don’t let that put you off though! The 17th arrondissement is divided into four districts: Ternes and Monçeau, which are virtually an extension of the Champs-Élysées, Batignolles, a gentrified residential neighborhood, and Épinettes, an old industrial area that’s undergone a major regeneration project. Here are our top 3 suggestions:
1) The Parc Monceau (one of the oldest in Paris)
2) The Parc Clichy-Batignolles (the newest park in Paris)
3) The Palais des congrès (a famous concert venue and shopping mall)
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The 18th arrondissement
Arguably the most famous arrondissement in Northern Paris, the 18th arrondissement encompasses the iconic district that is Montmartre. From the colossal domes of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica to the racy cabaret nights at the Moulin Rouge, the 18th simply has it all! This shabby-chic arrondissement was once home to some of the world’s greatest artists during the Belle Époque, and remains a popular choice if you’re looking for somewhere to live in Paris. Here are our top 3 places:
1) The Sacré-Coeur
2) The Moulin Rouge
3) Abbesses (a charming village quarter at the bottom of the hill)
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The 19th arrondissement
One of Paris’ calmest and most spacious arrondissements, the 19th covers the north-east of the capital and is crossed by two famous canals, the Canal Saint-Denis and Canal de l’Ourcq. If nature and green spaces take your fancy, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Parc de la Villette offer stunning views and a blissful retreat from the city centre. Like many parts of Paris, a once working-class, industrial district has been regenerated into a thriving young area with shops, museums, restaurants and plenty of open space. Here are our top 4 recommendations:
1) The Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Denis
2) The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Parc de la Villette
3) The Cité des Sciences (the biggest science museum in Europe)
4) The Paris Philharmonic (Philharmonie de Paris)
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