The Quartiers or neighborhoods of Paris!

So I have written much on the arrondissement or districts of Paris, those little numbers that start with 1 and goes to 20 (with the peculariety that now district 1-4 are the Centre and reduce to 17 however for postal guidelines they still use the old format) as the popular 75008, or 75 for the Department/city of Paris and then 008 for the arrondissement or district, you can read all about on that post. However, many folks do not realise that Paris is further divided into quartiers or neighborhoods and these numbered 80 or four per district! And this is what you can tell Parisiens! Let me tell you a bit about them.

And to complete the sequence and knowledge of Paris ,especially from a local point of view. I give you the quartiers (quarters) of Paris the neighborhoods of Paris. As told in previous post, Paris back in 1860 under the reorganisation of Napoleon III and orders to Baron Haussmann ,the city was divided into 20 arrondissement or districts for administrated purposes each with a mayor reporting to a council of Paris and a top Mayor of the city. These arrondissement were in turn split into quartiers or neighborhoods totalling four per district for a grand total of 80. These are the inner Paris, where the Parisiens lived and play, and it will help you pinpoint that property rental or sightseeing closer to you. Hope it helps the visitors. Let’s go to the classroom ::)

In its heydays beginnings Paris was divided into four parts or quarters and from that they come up with the name quartiers in French.  At the beginning not to go too much into historical details but some is needed, Paris had four from before the Philippe Auguste walls that were Ile de la Cité, Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, la Verrerie, and the Gréve all on the right bank or rive droite. The left bank or rive gauche was in possession of the abbeys.  After the walls were erected the quartiers went to 8  with the additions of Saint Louis, Sainte Opportune, Saint Germain l’Auxerrois on the right bank and Saint André and Maubert on the left bank. After the walls of Charles V finished in 1383 , 8 new quartiers are added such as les Halles , Saint Antoine, Saint Denis, Saint Eustache, Saint Gervais ,Saint Honoré, Saint Martin, and Sainte Avoye.

Jump to 1789 at the French revolution, the city of Paris had 60 quartiers, which were reduced to 48 by 1795.  Finally due to Baron Haussmann work on behalf of emperor Napoleon III, the city reaches the 80 quartiers in 1860 with the annexation of some villages surrounding Paris such as Auteuil. These 80 quartiers are the administrive nerve of Paris each with its own police station. For adminstrative purposes only the mayor’s office can attribute more quarters depending on the population and the advise of the Council of quarters or Conseil des Quartiers to numbered as much as 121, this is recently new as late as 2002.

Now here are the administrable quartiers for each arrondissement or the neighborhoods for each district with postal codes or zip codes as you wish….highlight the Centre 1-4 today.

75001, St Germain l’Auxerrois, Les Halles,Palais Royal, Place Vendome

75002, Gaillon, Vivienne, Mail, Bonne Nouvelle

75003, Arts et Métiers, Enfants Rouges,Archives, Sainte Avoie

75004, Saint Merri, Saint Gervais, Arsenal, Notre Dame

75005, Saint Victor, Jardin des Plantes, Val de Grace, Sorbonne , 75006, Monnaie,Odéon, Notre Dame des Champs,Saint Germain des Prés, 75007, Saint Thomas d’Aquin, Invalides, Ecole Militaire, Gros Caillou, 75008, Champs Elysées, Faubourg du Roule, Madeleine, Europe, 75009, Saint Georges, Chaussée d’Antin, Faubourg Montmartre, Rochechouart, 75010, Saint Vincent de Paul, Porte Saint Denis, Porte Saint Martin, Hôpital Saint Louis, 75011, Folie Méricourt, Saint Ambroise, Roquette, Sainte Marguerite, 75012, Bel Air, Picpus, Bercy, Quinze-Vingts, 75013, Salpétriére, Gare, Maison Blanche, Croulebarbe, 75014, Montparnasse, Montsouris, Petit-Montrouge, Plaisance, 75015, Saint Lambert, Necker, Grenelle, Javel, 75016, Auteuil, Muette,Porte Dauphine, Chaillot ,75017, Ternes,Monceau,Batignolles,Epinettes, 75018, Grandes Carriéres, Clignancourt, Goutte d’Or, La Chapelle , 75019, La Villette, Pont de Flandre, Amérique,Combat, 75020, Belleville, Saint Fargeau, Pére-Lachaise, Charonne.

Note that the street numbering starts from the Seine river, so from the center to the outskirts, or from the east. On one side are even numbers, on the other side are odd numbers. And be aware above are the official quartiers of Paris; many publications tells you of them as tourist attraction zones but is not the same. Like the omnifamous Marais which goes into the 3éme and 4éme arrondissement but is not a quartier! Or the name catchy Quartier Latin 5éme arrondissement!

Further to your bragging rights ….Paris arrondissement or districts have a name known locally more so than the numbers here they are : 1st – Louvre 2nd – Bourse 3rd – Temple 4th – Hôtel de Ville 5th – Panthéon 6th – Luxembourg 7th – Palais Bourbon 8th – Élysée 9th – Opera 10th – Entrepôt 11th – Popincourt 12th – Reuilly 13th – Gobelins 14th – Observatory 15th – Vaugirard 16th – Passy 17th – Batignolles – Monceau 18th -Buttes Montmartre 19th -Buttes Chaumont 20th – Ménilmontant. Therefore, if someone says they are by the tour Eiffel in the 7éme arrondissement you can say you are in Palais Bourbon district!

The Paris tourist office on finding your way in Paris: https://en.parisinfo.com/practical-paris/paris-maps-plans

The city of Paris on the new Centre or downtown/city center in French: https://www.paris.fr/pages/tout-savoir-sur-paris-centre-8052

For the Olympic games of Paris 2024, there could be another quartier tour Eiffel! The city of Paris has a plan to redevelop a 54 hectare site between the Trocadéro and the École Militaire, and along the Seine between the Pont d’Iéna and the Pont de Bir-Hakeim to transform it into an accessible and friendly city district for Parisians and tourists.

Not in an adminstrative sense but the Paris tourist office has walks to go along sights in zones around the quartiers such as: https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/walks-in-paris/paris-and-its-neighbourhoods

Enjoy Paris ! and its quartiers or neighborhoods walk them all sublime and you know Paris is eternal we will always have Paris!

And remember happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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