Cité des FleursThe arrondissement originally encompassed a clutch of outer villages until emperor Napoleon III annexed them into the capital in 1870.  It comprises four neighbourhoods- in the east the quieter Ternes and Monceau, in the north west Épinettes, with its picturesque Cité des Fleurs (see photo), and lively Bagitnolles in the south east.  The eastern sectors are gentrified while the more industrial eastern sectors are late in this process, occupied by younger and more ethnically diverse peoples.

The arrondissement's south east point, marked by the Place de Clichy, is one of the few Parisian points where four arrondissments intersect- in this case the 8th, 9th, 17th, and 18th.  Just west of the Place de Clichy, in the south east corner of 17e, lies Bagitnolles which combines a dormitory and commecial function best exemplified by the poplular Marche des Bagitnolles which specialises in farmers' organic produce.