Paris is divided into twenty administrative districts that are referred to as arrondissements and are numbered from 1 to 20. The numbering starts at the very center of the city and follows an imaginary clockwise spiral. Six out of twenty arrondissements (5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, and 15th) are located on the Left (southern) bank of the Seine, and the rest, including both Seine islands (ГЋle de la CitГ©, ГЋle Saint-Louis), belong to the Right (north) bank.
Louvre, the 1st arrondissement of Paris, encompasses some of Paris's most renowned attractions like, you guessed it, the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. It is one of the smallest and least populated districts of Paris, but the most visited.
Bourse, the 2nd arrondissement, is a dense business district, which comes as no surprise considering that "bourse" means "wallet" in French.
Temple, the 3rd arrondissement, is the second smallest district of Paris after the 1st arrondissement. It's a quieter part of Parisian center and is popular among tourists.
HГґtel-de-Ville, the 4th arrondissement, contains all the major attractions of Paris, including the ГЋle Saint-Louis, the eastern parts of the ГЋle de la CitГ© on which stands the iconic Notre-Dame de Paris, the Pompidou Centre for modern art, and many others.
PanthГ©on, the 5th arrondissement (Left bank), is an academic district of Paris with high concentration of universities and colleges. It also hosts the famous Latin Quarter, which was a historical place for students and artists to live and work in.
Luxembourg, the 6th arrondissement (Left bank), is visited by tourists who make their way into the Jardin de Luxembourg, laid out around the Luxembourg Palace. The famous existentialist district of Saint-Germain-des-PrГ©s is also here.
Palais-Bourbon, the 7th arrondissement (Left bank), is where you probably will be headed the day you wake up in Paris, as this is where the Eiffel Tower can be found, along with the HГґtel des Invalides, where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried.
Г‰lysГ©e, the 8th arrondissement, shares the title of the main business artery of Paris with the 2nd and 9th districts. The points of interest include the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and of course the sumptuous Champs-Г‰lysГ©es.
OpГ©ra, the 9th arrondissement, is most known for the grand Paris OpГ©ra which is located there, but music lovers will also appreciate an opportunity to visit Folies BergГЁre, an iconic Parisian music hall. Shopping is also quite good in the district: world-famous department stores вЂњPrintempsвЂќ and вЂњGaleries LafayetteвЂќ are to be found in the 9th arrondissement.
Enclos-St-Laurent, the 10th arrondissement, is famous for the Saint Marten canal running through it, a popular attraction surrounded by numerous restaurants. Enclos-St-Laurent also contains two Parisian railway stations (the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l'Est). If you are arriving from the United Kingdom, Germany or Netherlands, chances are you will start your visit to Paris in the 10th arrondissement.
Popincourt, the 11th arrondissement, is a vibrant urban district that combines quiet residential areas with popular nightlife strips, galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Landmark places of interest include the Place de la RГ©publique and the Place de la Bastille.
Reuilly, the 12th arrondissement, is home to the second largest opera house in Paris, the OpГ©ra de la Bastille. It is a mostly residential district in which good quality apartments can be rented.
Gobelins, the 13th arrondissement (Left bank), is a residential and immigrant district with the main Parisian Chinatown located here.
Observatoire, the 14th arrondissement (Left bank), is home to most of the artsy Montparnasse area. The district also shares the custody of the skyscraper Tour Montparnasse (the Montparnasse Tower) with Vaugirard, the 15th arrondissement, the most populous district of Paris.
Passy, the 16th arrondissement, is mostly residential, but with some serious number of museums and sporting venues, most notably the Parc de Princes football stadium and the Roland Garros Stadium where the French Open tennis championships take place.
Batignolles-Monceau, the 17th arrondissement, is notable for the Place de Clichy, vividly described by Henry Miller in the novel вЂњQuiet Days in ClichyвЂќ. It is a diverse and animated neighbourhood, and there is more to it than just red-light district attributes.
Butte-Montmartre, the 18th arrondissement, is where the famous boulevard de Montmartre is located, along with the SacrГ© Coeur basilica, the legendary music hall Moulin Rouge and a fictional cafe in which AmГ©lie from the film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet worked as a waitress.
Buttes-Chaumont, the 19th arrondissement, is a growing residential neighbourhood with large numbers of immigrants settling here. There is a beautiful Parc de Buttes-Chaumont that gives this district its name.
MГ©nilmontant, the 20th arrondissement, is perhaps most known for the PГЁre Lachaise cemetery located at its core. Many famous figures are buried at the PГЁre Lachaise, most notably Oscar Wilde, MoliГЁre, FrГ©dГ©ric Chopin, and Jim Morrison. The cemetery is a favourite place of pilgrimage for gothic youth and The Doors fans.
You can find apartments in Paris in any district, close to points of interest, metro stops, parks.