Country: France
  1. French
Global city cat.: GaWC Alpha+ Global Cities
Population (city): 2,243,833 (2010) world: 44
Population (metro): 10,460,117 (2010)

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News, Essays & Blog Posts (3 / 6)

“Opening bookshop in Paris. Please send money.” Sylvia Beach, bygone expat
By: Zoë Bradley Published: 05/Aug/2013
Cities: Paris People: Sylvia Beach

“Opening bookshop in Paris. Please send money.” So read the telegram that Sylvia Beach, founder of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, sent to her mother. »

Secret lives of Parisians: the great Fitzgerald en France
By: Zoë Bradley Published: 26/Jul/2013
Cities: Paris

The world is inundated with the glitz and glamour of Gatsby fever. Yet few gaze further than their 3D glasses, or attribute the source of the romantic tragedy to anything other than Leonardo’s glittering eyes and Baz’s penchant for a quick zoom. »

“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn’s Paris
By: Zoë Bradley Published: 07/May/2013
Cities: Paris Themes: Travelogue

Audrey Hepburn is synonymous with everything we love about Paris – enchanted, graceful, regal and sophisticated. So it comes as no surprise that Audrey herself loved Paris, and leapt at any opportunity to visit her favourite places in the French capital. »

Paris Articles (6) »

Main Universities

  • Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1)
  • The New Sorbonne University (Paris 3)
  • Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris 4)
  • Paris-René Descartes University (Paris 5)
  • University of Pierre-Marie Curie (Paris 6)
  • Paris Dauphine University
  • PSL Research University, including:
    • École normale supérieure / Paris
  • Arts et Métiers ParisTech (grad. school only)


The River Seine divides the city into two roughly equal halves: the Right and the Left Bank. Each is further subdivided into districts (arrondissements), which in turn contain smaller neighborhoods. If you are going to live in Paris for any lenght of time, you will absolutely need to acquaint yourself with the city's layout, starting with the most basic, binary question: which bank is this thing or that located on?

Notable Residents

Anglos of literary fame: Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, James Joyce, Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Beach, Gertrude Stein, George Whitman, Mordecai Richler, Adam Gopnik

Others: Julio Cortázar (AR), Jorge Luis Borges (AR), Ivan Turgenev (RU), Teffi (RU), and countless others.

Practical Info For Visitors

Map of Paris

1: American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity 2: American Church 3: American Hospital of Paris 4: American Library, Paris 5: Breakfast in America (LB) 6: Breakfast in America 2 (RB) 7: British Embassy 8: Coutume Café 9: Embassy of Australia 10: Embassy of Canada 11: Shakespeare & Co. 12: Station F 13: US Embassy
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