Paris NeighborhoodsParis is divided into twenty numbered areas known as arrondissements. They are laid out in a clockwise spiral pattern that begins in the city centre, on the Right Bank.
15th ArrondissementLocated on the Left Bank, this is probably the premier example of a residential neighborhood in Paris. With the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse to its east side, the 15th arrondissement still manages to maintain a dignified and decent quality of life within its own boundaries.
It is strictly middle class, with middle incomes, and middle priced accommodations for tourists. It has no major sites to speak of, but for experiencing actual living in Paris, with all its local cafes, groceries, etc. this is the place to be.
16th ArrondissementContains a western portion of the city, and is located in the Right Bank. This was one of the last bastions of suburban Paris to fall to the expansion of the city. When Notre Dame was under construction, this area was still woods and a couple of villages, where the King and his friends used to hunt.
However, when Haussmann arrived on the scene, the district slowly became more populated, especially after the wealthy villages of Passy, Chaillot and Auteil joined together to form the 16th arrondissement.
Consequently, it is an upscale residential area, known for its Art Deco museums, and the 20 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower, although it is further from the centre of Paris.
The Avenue Foch, infamous during the Second World War for the occupation of numbers 82, 84 and 86 by SS Intelligence forces, is a residential boulevard that runs from the Arc de Triomphe to the Porte Dauphine.
17th ArrondissementLocated on the Right Bank, Les Batignolles was another of the last rural suburbs to be swallowed up by the voracious city growth of Paris. Still farmers' fields in the mid 19th century, by the end of it, Les Batignolles had become home to the Impressionists, who flocked to the area for cheap rents.
It is still a working class neighborhood that clings to the northwestern edge of the city, unaffected by the upper echelons of the 8th and 16th arrondissements, or the somewhat less desirable 18th.
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