Paris is a city known for its cultural dynamism and its many neighbourhoods that are lively both day and night. Finding an area to live can be tricky as the city is large and each district has its own unique atmosphere. Discover the vibrant areas of Paris that can’t be missed…
Belleville is a cosmopolitan area of the 20th arrondissement and is rather charming with a really special atmosphere. It has many artists’ studios and boasts a park in the hilly area, which offers an extraordinary view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. This is a fairly youthful neighborhood with lots of bars and pubs, as well as the eponymous concert hall, so rent tends to be more affordable than other Parisian arrondissements.
Métro : Belleville, Pyrénées
Le Marais is named after a former swamp that has been occupied since the twelfth century. Today, this area of the 4th arrondissement is one of the most expensive and sought-after in the capital. Le Marais forms a triangle between the squares of Bastille, République and Hôtel de Ville. It is known as an historic and cultural district because there are so many museums (the Picasso museum, Victor Hugo’s house…) restaurants, hotels, and bars. Le Marais is an elegant neighborhood geared towards fashionable living, with plenty of department stores, such as BHV.
Métro: Saint-Paul, Arts Métiers Chemin Vert
The Latin Quarter
This is one of the most famous districts in the capital, that stretches across the 5th and 6th arrondissements. The name derives from the Latin once spoken in the medieval schools and universities in the area. It is well-known as a student district given its many universities, such as the Sorbonne. The area is also home to several prestigious high schools and colleges. There are cinemas, pubs and lots tourist attractions, such as the Pantheon, the Luxembourg gardens and museum, and the Arènes de Lutèce.
Métro: Sèvres Babylone, Saint-Germain des Près, Saint Michel
Place d’Italie is considered the heart of the 13th district because it is the meeting point of the Gobelins, the Asian quarter and the Butte-aux-Cailles. In its center is a fountain and one of the largest shopping centers in Paris; there are also several cinemas along the Avenue des Gobelins. This neighborhood is situated near the university district of Tolbiac, and has the advantage of offering apartments with affordable rents.
Métro : Place d’Italie, Tolbiac, Corvisart, Gobelins
Located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, this district is the “gateway” to two other Parisian districts: the 3rd and 10th. The Place de la République is the epicenter of the neighborhood and an important traffic artery that serves the main areas of Paris as it is the second largest transport station after Les Halles. République has the reputation of being lively and festive with its selection of bars and restaurants; there are plenty of trendy terraced cafes around the central statue that embodies the French Republic. This animated ‘grande esplanade’ is also home to flea markets and car boot sales. Rents here tend to be a bit more expensive than the Place d’Italie.
Metro: République Temple Goncourt