You’ve now decided you are moving to Paris, but where would you like to live? Paris is not as big as London, that’s for sure but each area (arrondissement) is different from one another.

LB-RB will help you with that and will make a series of articles in its blog to explain the specificities of each areas.


Situated on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) this central arrondissement, contains a number of French national institutions, amongst them the French National Assembly and numerous government ministries and of course the Eiffel Tower. It is also home to many foreign diplomatic embassies, some of them occupying outstanding Hôtels particuliers.

The arrondissement has been home to the French upper class since the 17th century, when it became the new residence of French highest nobility.

London equivalent

SW7 could be a nice equivalent.

Who lives there?

Some old French families still live there and a lot of International people. The American University, the American Library, The British Council, the American Church and a few bilingual schools are located there, attracting a lot of wealthy expat families.

What type of property?

There are the gorgeous Hôtel Particuliers, of course, but most people live in large Parisian apartments, with high ceilings and period features.

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