A guide to the must-see neighbourhoods in Paris


Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur Basilica in the morning at sunrise, Paris, France.
Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur Basilica in the morning at sunrise, Paris, France.
Explore the diverse charm of Paris through its must-see neighbourhoods, from the artistic allure of Montmartre to the bohemian vibe of Canal Saint-Martin.


Poised in the lofty 18th arrondissement, hilly Montmartre offers unbeatable views overlooking Paris and beyond. Ascend to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, visit Montmartre Cemetery, and stop by the Rue des Martyrs to browse boutiques and gourmet food shops. Once the sun sets, head to nearby Pigalle for an after-dark cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge, aka the birthplace of the can-can.

The Latin Quarter

One of Paris’ most popular neighbourhoods, the Latin Quarter (the city’s 5th arrondissement) was frequented by some of the 20th century’s most famous artists and is home to universities like the Sorbonne plus bookstores like Shakespeare and Company. Head to the Luxembourg Gardens or go on a food-and-wine tour.


 Just west of the Latin Quarter in the 6th arrondissement, Saint- Germain-des-Prés was frequented by famous writers and creatives; it’s home to Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, where the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Simone de Beauvoir once lingered. Today, the neighbourhood has grown into the epitome of chic Paris. Stroll its boulevards on a walking tour, browse its shops, head out for an evening of jazz, and wander into the spectacular church for which the area is named.

The 1st Arrondissement

Also known as le premier arrondissement, the 1st arrondissement is the very heart of Paris. It may be small, but this neighbourhood packs plenty of bang for its sightseeing buck. Its most famous attraction is unquestionably the Louvre, where you should plan to book a private tour. The 1st arrondissement also houses the Palais-Royal, and Les Halles, both of which are worth a visit.

Île de la Cité

Yes, Paris is home to islands. While the western half of Île de la Cité is technically part of the 1st arrondissement, the island really is an entity all its own. Boasting two of Paris’ most noteworthy monuments (Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle) and traversed by the Pont Neuf, it’s at the top of most visitors’ Paris wish lists.

Le Marais

This is one of Paris’ hippest neighbourhoods, spread across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. Its streets are filled with upscale boutiques, stylish cafés, and cutting-edge galleries. It is a sightseeing heavyweight, thanks to landmarks such as the Picasso Museum and the Place des Vosges, a classically French square with beautiful buildings.


Eclectic Belleville feels like a dynamic counterpoint to the city’s heavily touristed heart. Long home to diverse immigrant communities, the Belleville of today is a blend of many worlds. Expect to see markets and coffee roasters.

Canal Saint-Martin

Located in the 10th arrondissement, this boho neighbourhood falls well off the typical tourist trail. You’ll likely spot locals chatting and picnicking along the water’s edge (or at the wine bars and cafés nearby). Join them.


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