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The world's most romantic city lies within the limits of the giant ring road (boulevard périphérique).The city is divided into 20 unequally sized districts, commonly known as arrondissements. The districts which are numbered from 1 to 20 follow spirally into a clockwise direction. The spiral shape of the districts begins in central Paris. The city is also defined by area (quartiers) such as the bohemian Latin Quarter (5th and 6th districts) and the popular Opéra and Montmarte Quarter( 9th and 18th districts). The north of Paris is divided from the south by the River Seine into what is commonly known as the rive droite (right bank) and rive gauche (left bank).

Each district is different from each other and has its distinctive features. If you are travelling to Paris for the first time and looking for an area to stay, then districts 1,4,5, 6, 7, 8, 9 are the best choice.

Paris Districts
The 1st arrondissement is located in the heart of Paris. You can find one of the world's most visited museum, The Louvre as well as The Tuilleries gardens.

The Stock Exchange, the business centre and some theatres are situated in the 2nd arrondissement. It has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

The 3rd arrondissement homes the Carnavalet, Paris's historical museum, the Jewish quarter and also some great shops and restaurants.

The two islands of Paris, L'Ile de la Cité and L'Ile St-Louis are situated in the 4th arrondissement. L'Ile de la Cité hosts the famous Notre Dame and Place Dauphine.

The 5th and 6th arrondissements are together known as Quartier Latin. The 5th arrondissement is the home of almost all the prestigious schools and universities. The 6th arrondissement hosts the glamorous Luxembourg gardens and you can also find great shops and cafés.

The famous Eiffel Tower is the dominant figure of the 7th arrondissement. Other interesting places are Invalides, the Champs de Mars and l'école Militaire.

The 8th arrondissement is a very luxurious and glamorous one where the Champs Elysées and l'Arc de Triomphe are located. Also, the houses of France greatest fashion designers are situated there as well as luxurious hotels and restaurants.

The famous cabaret Moulin Rouge and Paris's elegant Opéra House Palais Garnier are situated in the 9th arrondissement. The Musée Grevin and the various department stores such as Gallerie Lafayette and Printemps are also in this arrondissement.

The Eurostar terminal is located on the first floor of the Gare du Nord station in the The 10th arrondissement.

The 11th arrondissement is not much a tourist area with the exception of The Opera Bastille and a few good restaurants.

In the 12th arrondissement, you can find the Palais Omnisport Paris-Bercy, which hosts concerts and sports events. The Bois de Vincennes, which houses the largest zoo in Paris, can also be found there.

The 13th arrondissement houses a growing number Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and shops in the area called "Chinatown".

The whole area of the 14th arrondissement is dominated by Montparnasse Tower. For around £4 you can take the lift to the last floor of the tower where you can admire Paris's scenery.

The 15th arrondissement is essentially a residential area with the exception of The Parc des Expositions, the beautiful Citroen gardens and a replica of the famous Statue of Liberty.

The 16th arrondissement is the smallest one with its boulevards such as boulevard Exelmans, avenue Foch, avenue Victor Hugo. The place Trocadero as well as the legendary Parc des Princes Stadium is located in this district.

The 17th arrondissement is a residential area.

The landmark of the 18th arrondissement is the eminent Sacrée Coeur Basilica. It is also well known for its famous souvenirs houses.

A rich area, the 19th arrondissement hosts the Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie. Les Buttes Chaumont is an interesting park where children can enjoy different attractions such as Donkey rides and puppet shows.

The main figure of the 20th arrondissement is the Pere-Lachaise cemetery where various celebrities such as Jim Morrisson of the Doors, Edith Piaf, Oscar Widle, and Colette are rested.


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