Paris arrondissements 17-20
In this post, I’ll give you a bit of information on arrondissements 17 through 20. If you missed the previous posts, you can find information on arrondissements 1-16 below.
Arrondissement 17 – Batignolles-Monceau
The 17th Arrondissement is directly north of the Arc de Triomphe and is slightly off the beaten path. In this arrondissement, you will find The Palais des Congrès, a large convention center located in the western part of the arrondissement.
The north-eastern end, known as Batignolles has a bit more grungy bohemian feel and lots of bars and bistros which are popular with “BoBos” (short for bohemian-bourgeois aka “hipsters”). If you head up the Avenue de Clichy, you will find an area where artists such as Pissarro, Renoir, and Degas (known today as the Impressionists) used to live and socialize.
Arrondissement 18 – Butte-Montmartre
The 18th arrondissement has a village-like feel but is often inundated with tourists. Popular sites to visit in this arrondissement are the Sacré-Coeur basilica http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/us/index.html and the Moulin Rouge, which is near the border of the 9th arrondissement. http://www.moulinrouge.fr/ Just a short walk from the Sacré-Coeur you will find Place du Tertre, this plaza was the centre of the flourishing artist community of the early 1900’s. Today you will still find many artists sketching portraits of tourists.
The closest Metro stop to the Sacre Coeur is “Abbesses” off of the 12 line.
The closest Metro stop to the Moulin Rouge is “Blanche” off of the #2 line.
Arrondissement 19 – Buttes-Chaumont
In the 19th arrondissement you will find the Buttes-Chaumont, a lush green oasis away from the crowds. The park features several cliffs and bridges, a grotto that includes a man made waterfall, a lake, and several Chinese & English gardens. You will also find the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the largest science museum in Europe, the museum draws millions of visitors annually. http://www.cite-sciences.fr/en/cite-des-sciences
Arrondissement 20 – Ménilmontant
In the 20th arrondissement, you will find a variety of nightclubs and cafes, from punk rock to world music. You will find lots of little cafés to have a beer priced far less than nightclubs in the area. The Bagnolet is the area south of the Père Lachaise Cemetery and the Ménilmontant is the area north of the cemetery. The Père Lachaise Cemetery is the final resting place of several famous people, including Jim Morrison of the Doors, Édith Piaf, artist Camille Pissarro, composers Frédéric Chopin and Gioacchino Rossini and Oscar Wilde to name a few. The cemetery has a virtual tour you can take if you want more info http://www.pere-lachaise.com/perelachaise.php?lang=en
The closest Metro stop to the Père Lachaise Cemetery is the Père Lachaise stop off of the 2 or 3 train, or the Philippe Auguste off of line #2.
Each of the twenty arrondissements have their own special places. For more information on all the arrondissements of Paris please read the other blog posts below. Also be sure to check back for more on Paris and Rome after our next trip in late December.
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I hope you have been inspired to plan a trip! Thanks for reading.