One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Paris, the 4th arrondissement is the medieval heart of the capital and is home to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks such as Hôtel de Ville and the fashionable Le Marais district. With a palpable history, bars, restaurants and shops, this area is particularly popular with tourists. The 4th arrondissement is divided into three official districts, each with a unique personality. The Saint-Merri district is a pedestrian area with an eclectic mix of historic buildings from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. The grand Hôtel de Ville of Paris, the town hall, can be found here too.
The Saint-Gervais district is the most densely populated part of the 4th arrondissement and its streets are lined with beautiful mansions. The Arsenal neighbourhood is also located in this district and is home to the Arsenal Harbour and the Arsenal Bookstore which is one of the city’s most famous bookstores.
Finally, the Notre-Dame district is made up of two small natural islands: Ile de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. One named Lutetia, this area is the birthplace of Paris and has many beautiful buildings, including its namesake: the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.
Though not an official district, Le Marais is a neighbourhood of historic and cultural importance. Le Marais is spread across the 4th and 3rd arrondissements with its liveliest part in the 4th arrondissement. A popular haunt for celebrities, this neighbourhood has thriving gay and Jewish communities and plenty of bars, art galleries, restaurants and shops.