1. The geographical center of Paris, showcasing the Louvre, the world’s finest museum. Walk in the Tuileries Gardens, opposite the Pyramid. Place Vendôme is home to Paris’ jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron. Haute couture designers such as Yves St-Laurent and Christian Dior can be found on rue Saint-Honoré. For more affordable prices, go to the Forum des Halles, inner Paris’ largest shopping mall.
2. West from Rue de Richelieu is the “theatre district”: a dozen or more can be found in this arrondissement. The 2nd district, is also a great place to sample typical Parisian atmosphere: little passageways and arcades full of shops and small cafés, border Boulevard Montmartre and Rue Croix-des-petits-champs. The Paris Stock Market (the Bourse) is also here
3. Along with the 4th arrondissement, this neighborhood makes up the Marais, the oldest neighborhood in Paris. Many 18th century mansions that once housed the most noble families of Paris remain , such as the Hotel de Rohan. The historical museum, the Carnavalet, is also situated here.
4. The 4th is a wonderful place to stroll. Fashionable bars, shops and restaurants line the streets. Rue des Rosiers is the centerpiece of Jewish lifestyle. The two islands of Paris, l’Ile de la Cité (where Notre-Dame is located) and l’Ile St-Louis were the center of Paris in the Middle Ages. Here you will find the lovely Square Place des Voges, built by Henry IV, where its most famous resident, Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables. The main focus for contemporary art in France is also in this part of town, at the Beaubourg/Pompidou Centre.
5. Known together with the 6th district as the Latin Quarter, this neighborhood takes its name from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, where Latin was the common tongue for all students from the Middle Ages. The neighborhood has the feel of a small village and students mix freely with professionals in its winding streets. Rue Mouffetard is a primary artery where shops, restaurants, bars and cafés are found. All the most prestigious high schools and schools attached to the University are centered around the Panthéon. Visit the Jardin des Plantes and its zoo and the amphitheatre of Lutetia, a vestige of Roman times. The Museum of the Middle Ages is in the Square de Cluny, and the riverside walkways (quais) host hundreds of second-hand books sellers.
6. St. Germain, once the gathering place for bohemians and intellectuals, now boasts upscale boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. The Rues de Buci, de Seine, Dauphine and Mazarine, and the area between Boulevard St-Germain and the Seine provi