Arrondissements of Paris 9 – 12

As promised here is part three of our series on the arrondissements of Paris. I’ll give you a bit of information on arrondissements 9-12 in this post. If you missed the previous post you can find the info on the right side of this page under “Recent Posts”.

The 9th Arrondissement- Opéra

The 9th arrondissement is well-known for its Belle-Époque department stores and elegant shopping galleries, such as the Galerie Lafayette, which is a must see for fashion enthusiasts. If you’re in Paris around the Holidays don’t miss the Holiday lights and window displays at the Galeries. In this arrondissement you will find the Palais Garnier Paris’ Opera house, which was the largest theater when it opened in 1875. also the Les Folies Bergère. The Southern part of this arrondissement is near the Opera and a bit more refined than the Northern part where you will find the fading red light district and cheap of Pigalle.

Paris Opera house

Palais Garnier

The 10th Arrondissement- Enclos-St-Laurent

The 10th Arrondissement centers on the Canal St. Martin. The streets around the canal become car-free Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday and you will see many people strolling, biking or skating near the Canal. This arrondissement is a multi-cultural area where you will find Indian and Pakistani restaurants, Turkish cafés and brightly colored storefronts. You will also find two or Paris’ busiest train stations the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est. From these two stations you can take a train to Belgium, the Netherlands, North Germany, United Kingdom, Eastern France and Austria to name a few.

Canal St Martin

Canal Saint Martin

The 11th Arrondissement- Popincourt

The 11th Arrondissement offers a large number of Paris’ hottest bars and nightclubs in two very different areas. The area Northwest of Place de Bastille is full of small bars that attract a mix of young suburban Parisians and foreigners. While the area around Rue Oberkampf in the North attract a more urban crowd perhaps closer to something traditionally Parisian with a somewhat grungy bar scene feel. Places of interest in the 11th arrondissement are the Musée Edith Piaf, located at 5 rue Crespin du Gast and the Cirque d’hiver (“Winter Circus”), located at 110 rue Amelot that was opened in 1852 as the Cirque Napoléon.

The Cirque d'hiver "Winter Circus"

The Cirque d'hiver ("Winter Circus")

The 12th Arrondissement- Reuilly

The 12th arrondissement is one of the largest of the city’s districts. With over 6 square miles including the 2,458 acre park The Bois de Vincennes. Which is almost three times larger than Central Park in New York. In this arrondissement you will find L’Opéra Bastille, a modern opera house with over 2,700 seats. This arrondissement is the location of the Gare de Lyon, from this station you can catch trains to the French Riviera, Italy and connecting trains to Spain.

Vincennes Lake

Bois de Vincennes

I will have part 4 of the series on the arrondissements of Paris later this week so be sure to check back for the final two. Thanks for reading the blog! IF you have any specific questions please feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer them. You can also share this post or any on our site by using the share buttons below.


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