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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Paris neighbourhoods

The situation is confusing because there are both numbers with matching names (the 20 arrondissements) as well as names for different areas (districts / quartiers) which don't map directly to one arrondissement.

Sometimes when you're searching e.g. for hotels they will list only by arrondissement name, other times only by number, other times by area names.  They're numbered in a spiral outwards - one through eight are kind of the inner core, after that they are progressively farther out.

Here are the numbers and names

1 - Louvre
2 - Bourse
3 - Temple
4 - Hôtel-de-Ville
5 - Panthéon
6 - Luxembourg
7 - Palais-Bourbon
8 - Élysée
9 - Opéra
10 - Entrepôt, previously called Enclos Saint-Laurent
11 - Popincourt
12 - Reuilly
13 - Gobelins
14 - Observatoire
15 - Vaugirard
16 - Passy
17 - Batignolles-Monceau
18 - Butte-Montmartre
19 - Buttes-Chaumont   
20 - Ménilmontant

This is a very good quick guide, with maps: - Arrondissements of Paris

Here are some districts:

Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis (mostly in the 4th although the end of Île de la Cité is in the 1st)

Châtelet-Les-Halles - can refer to a major transit station, the area around it, or a broader area in the 1er and 2e around where the old market (Les Halles) used to be

Faubourg Saint-Honoré - street (and to some extent surrounding area) with famous shopping in the 8e

Bastille / Place de la Bastille - touches the corners of the 4e, 11e and 12e

Montmartre - in the 18e on and around the Butte-Montmartre

Le Marais - covers some parts of the 3e and the 4e

Saint-Germain-des-Prés / Faubourg Saint-Germain - in the 6th around the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (see map and info Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés)

Odéon - in the 6th centred around the théâtre de l'Odéon (see map Quartier de l'Odéon)

Invalides & École Militaire - in the 7e around these landmarks

Montparnasse - in the 14e around the cemetary cemetery and tower, although may extend into the 6e and the 15e as part of the Boulevard du Montparnasse

Oberkampf (in the 11th)

Trocadero (in the 16e)

Latin Quarter - parts of 5e and 6e around the universities - see Quartier latin

Canal Saint-Martin (in the 10th and 11th along the canal)

Wikipedia - Paris Districts is a useful although incomplete guide. - Paris Neighborhoods is also useful.

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