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All about the 20th Arrondissement

Paris 20th arrondissement

Considered the most socially diverse arrondissement in Paris, the 20th has seen big changes in the last years as more young bobos (shorthand for bourgeois bohemians) are drawn to the area for its cafés and its cosmopolitan village-like ambience – and more affordable prices.

In Gambetta, the arrondissement’s chicest area, the highest prices are still much lower than those of the central Paris neighborhoods. Converted factories and ateliers are popular homes and offices for young architects, artists and craftsmen. The historic Père Lachaise cemetery is the crown jewel of the 20th, the final resting place of French masters like Chopin, Balzac, Haussmann, and Molière, famous lovers of past kings, and – the must for young Americans – the Doors’ Jim Morrison.

Located on the right bank of the River Seine, the 20th arrondissement is also known as “arrondissement de Ménilmontant”.

QUARTIERS: bellevillesaint-fargeaupere-lachaisecharonne

Considered the most socially diverse arrondissement in Paris, the 20th has seen big changes in the last years – and more affordable prices. Gambetta is the arrondissement’s chicest area, with prices to match. To find the better deals, head to the Belleville and Ménilmontant neighborhoods.

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Land area Population
(2005 estimate)
Price per square meter in EUROS
(prices vary based on size and condition)
Belleville Saint-Fargeau Père-Lachaise Charonne
5.98 km2 (2.31 sq mi) 191,800 6,108 – 9,367 6,017 – 9,152 6,377 – 8,540 6,268 – 8,846



Pavillon Carré de Baudouin: Originally built in the 18th century as a reception hall for the village of Belleville, this lovely mansion is now a cultural center with temporary exhibitions on everything from street art and photography to the Belleville Biennial which showcases the thriving art scene of the area.


Marché de la Place de la Réunion: A small but charming market with smiling vendors and clients mostly from the neighborhood.


Parc de Belleville: Situated on a hill 108 meters high, this charming and often-overlooked garden offers superb views over the city. Walkways weave through open lawns and tree groves, and the park features a long, cascading waterfall. Shallow pools at the bottom pof the park are a favorite cooling-off spot in the summer months. The park also houses thh Maison de l’Air, with information and exhibits about air quality – and pollution – in Paris. 


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