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20th Arrondissement, Paris

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The 20th arrondissement, located on the Right Bank, is one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, France. It contains the cosmopolitan districts of Ménilmontant and Belleville which have welcomed many successive waves of immigration since the middle of the 19th century. Despite this, the arrondissement elected and was represented by the anti-immigration Front National politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, as a municipal councillor from 1983 to 1989. Today, Belleville contains the second largest Chinatown in Paris.The 20th arrondissement is also internationally known for the Père Lachaise Cemetery where one can find the tombs of many famous composers, writers, painters, musicians, and the playwright Molière.
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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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  • We once rented an apartment in this area and were quite happy here. The area around Place Gambetta is especially pretty and lively and quite close-in via Metro. Lots of leafy pretty residential neighb...  more »
  • Cool area, although it's not that touristic. It's more of a cultural place, besides being a place for locals. For people who appreciate the "local" style of traveling, by staying at AirBnb and learnin...  more »
  • Not very touristy. Filled with Parisiens doing their thing. Lots of students. Tons of cafés. Cultural attractions like the parks and Père la Chaise round it out nicely. It's our favorite arrondissemen...  more »