A Guide to the 19th & 20th Arrondissements

19th & 20th Arrondissements

Side of the Seine: Right Bank

If you don't have long in Paris, the trek to these districts may be out of the way, but for devout literary and music lovers, a journey to the Père Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th is well worth it.

The 19th and 20th arrondissements are residential neighborhoods. Edith Piaf once lived here as a child, and you can snap a photo of her apartment's facade. The neighborhood of Belleville lies in both arrondissements, and if you're in Paris for an extended period of time, this cultural melting pot is worth exploring!

Should I stay here?

If you're only in Paris for a short time, I don't suggest staying here, as it is mainly residential and lacks much of the "wow" factor the central arrondissements provide. It is also out of the way from most of the sites on your itinerary.

However, if you're in Paris for an extended amount of time and on a lower budget, you should be able to find a reasonably priced apartment or AirBnb. There is a Métro station in Belleville called Pyrénées that is a mere 5 stops away from the Marais and Centre Pompidou.

Highlights:

  • Père Lachaise Cemetery (20th): Said to be the most visited cemetery in the world, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, named after Louis XIV's confessor, holds a number of brilliant minds laid to rest. Among the popular graves to visit are those of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, Moliere, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Marcel Proust, & Modigliani. Many of the gravestones and tombs in this expansive graveyard are beautifully designed and constructed, and though it may seem a bizarre attraction for some, it is a fulfilling way to spend the day for those drawn to the macabre. 
  • Jardin Naturel (20th): Adjacent to Père Lachaise, this quiet garden contrasts the curated garden designs of the those in the city center. As its name suggests, the city allows it to grow naturally, and you can spy various types of flora and fauna as you stroll along its tranquil paths. 
  • Parc de Buttes-Chaumont: An expansive park near the city's outskirts, it includes a waterfall, suspension bridge, hidden grottos, and a superb view of Sacre-Coeur and the Paris skyline. Summers find locals sunbathing, sprawled on the grassy slopes beneath the sculptures & picnicking beside the lakes. 
  • Parc de la Villette (19th): A walk in this park will offer you much in terms of culture and entertainment. Within this park lies the Conservatoire de Paris, museums, an actor's theatre, a cinema, live performance stages and concert venues, and even an IMAX theatre.

Click here to explore the other arrondissements of Paris.