Paris Neighborhood Highlights

Musée Picasso

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So many highlights to see in Paris! Short-term visitors and even year-long study abroad students can get caught up in visiting the same sections of Paris over and over. Sure, the Marais is wonderful but it’s not the only interesting part of Paris!

The PICA website provides a list of the countless Paris highlights. We list some of the main highlights in each of the 20 different arrondissements (neighborhoods) in Paris. Spend enough time in Paris wandering around and you’ll come up with your own list, but here are some good suggestions to help you discover highlights in each neighborhood of Paris.

One of the special charms of Paris is how variety its various neighborhoods can be. There is the hilltop Montmartre neighborhood which can feel like one is in the provinces. Belleville has long been home to recently arrived immigrants to France. The Marais district holds the core of the remaining Medieval architecture in Paris. The Latin Quarter is the historic education center of Paris. There is unity and uniqueness throughout Paris which underlines the importance of going beyond the world-famous sites and seeking out the real and authentic Paris of the parisiens.

Check out and their list of places to visit in each arrondissement of Paris: Architectural & Cultural Highlights of Paris

And check out the PICA Paris Neighborhoods page for more ideas about what to see and visit.

About PICA

The Paris Institute of Creative Arts offers January, Summer and semester-length university courses with a focus on arts-related subjects. Course offerings include art history, visual arts, creative writing, dance, French language and more. All classes are in English except French language and are available to university students at Sophomore or higher level.