Visit Paris’s Most Beautiful Neighborhoods
Without doubt, the diversity of Paris shines through its neighbourhoods more than any other city in the world. Organised around its monuments, squares, Paris Places such as Bastille, and cultural spaces, each neighborhood (or 'quartier' as they are known) reveals the city's charms. Their atmosphere has been developed by history and the people, their inhabitants and merchants defending them with pride, keeping their values and identities. Sometimes they come about as a product of their geography, such as Montmartre with the Sacre Coeur basilica, where the small streets are filled with the village spirit and long artistic traditions. This area is closed to the bustling quarter of Pigalle. Sometimes, they are a product of history, like the old neighbourhood of Le Marais, where the blast back to the middle ages blends itself with the splendour of the great 17th century estates. Or as the Père Lachaise cemetery, property of the Jesuits in the 17th century. And some are even a product of pure culture, such as the Latin Quarter where you can discover Saint Michel quarter and Saint Germain des Prés, built from its original Roman installations and known throughout the centuries as a university neighbourhood of international recognition. Paris's neighbourhoods give the town a unique sense of life, with varied architecture and activities to match. You could discover also Paris' culture and leisure in La Villette. Stroll around commercial quarter such as Les Halles, closed to Châtelet, or on the world's finest avenue of the Champs Elysées, discover artistic, institutional, residential, luxurious, popular "villages": these traits make up Paris just as much as its neighbourhoods do!