There is no absolute best area to stay in Paris. The best area (arrondissement) of Paris for you depends on whether you are traveling alone, with kids or family, for nightlife, sightseeing, history, shopping, restaurants, local ambiance or a little bit of everything.
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Here is a quick reference guide:
- Best Area to Stay in Paris with Kids and Family: Opt to stay at the Arrondissements of Saint Germain or Marais.
- Best Areas to Stay in Paris for Peace and Quiet: Vaugirard, Batignolles, Palais Royal, La Villette, Invalides – Ecole Militaire, Tour Eiffel – Champ de Mars, Port Royal
- Best Area to Stay in Paris for Nightlife: Stay at the Arrondissement of Canal St-Martin or La Villette. Other nice areas in Paris to enjoy the nightlife are Quartier Latin, Bastille, Pigalle, Le Marais, Opera, Champs Elysees, Montmartre, Montparnasse, Republique, Saint Germain des Pres Odeon, Pere Lachaise Menilmontant
- Best Area to Stay in Paris for First Time Visitors: Stay at Arrondissement Rue Cler. Or at the Marais which is more chic.
- Best Area to Stay in Paris for Couples and Romance: Opt to stay at the Arrondissement of the Montmartre area.
- Best Areas to Stay in Paris for Shopping: Champs Elysees, Opera – Grands Boulevards, Chatelet – Les Halles – Beaubourg, Madeleine – Vendome, Palais Royal, Le Marais, Montmartre, Quartier Latin, La Chapelle, Republique.
- Best Area to Stay in Paris for Luxury: Opt to stay in the Arrondissement of Champs Elysees.
- Best Areas to Stay in Paris for Transit: Chatelet – Les Halles – Beaubourg, Gare du Nord – Gare de l’Est, Montparnasse, Quartier Latin, Opera Grand Boulevards, Republique, Bastille, La Chapelle
- Best Areas to Stay in Paris for Foodies (Dining): Quartier Latin, Montmartre, Montparnasse, Opera Grand Boulevards, Le Marais, Champs Elysees, Place D’ Italie, Pigalle, Batignolles, Canal Saint-Martin, Bastille, Republique, Gare du Nord, Vaugirard
- Best Areas to Stay in Paris for Green Spaces: Louvre – Tuileries, Saint Germain des Pres Odeon, Buttes – Chaumont – Belleville, Menilmontant, La Villette, Quartier Latin, Batignolles, Tour Eiffel, Palais Royal, Invalide – Ecole Militaire, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame – Ile de la Cite, Port Royal
- Best Area to Stay in Paris for the Overall Atmosphere: Stay at the Arrondissement of the Marais area.
- Best Area to Stay in Paris to Relax: Stay at the Arrondissement of the Quartier Latin (many students, laid back area).
- Best Area to Stay in Paris for History Lovers: Stay at the Paris Arrondissement of Saint Germain
- Best Area for Local Life: Stay at the Paris Arrondissement of Belleville
Frequently Asked Questions about the best area to stay in Paris
The Louvre is in the first arrondissement of Paris
Montmartre is in the 18th (eighteenth) arrondissement of Paris
The Moulin Rouge is in the area called Pigalle.
The Bastille is in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris. Bastille is 6.5 km away from Eiffel Tour and you need 15 minutes to reach Eiffel Tour with a taxi.
The most famous Jewish Quarter in Paris is located in Le Marais.
The most vivid gay-scene in Paris at Le Marais area.
The 19th arrondissement is the main Muslim area in Paris.
Champs-Elysées is the best shopping area in Paris.
Disneyland is 55 km outside of Paris and you need around 45 minutes to reach it with a taxi. So, Disneyland is not in the town of Paris.
Le Marais is 6 km from Eiffel Tour or around 15 minutes with a taxi.
St Germain is 3.5 km from Eiffel Tour or around 9 minutes with a taxi.
Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris
This is a big and controversial issue. There is a discussion about the “no-go” zones in Paris, where the Police says that there are areas that extremely dangerous to stay in, while the politicians deny it.
The center is the safest area, especially Le Marais, the Latin Quarter and Le Louvre areas.
Gare du Nord is in the 10th Arrondissement, and it is 6.2km away from Eiffel Tour, or around 22 minutes with a taxi.
What is the Best Area to Stay in Paris: Paris Districts List
Here is a more detailed Paris Districts List, where we divide Paris by area and explain to you where is the best location to stay in Paris based on your preferences:
A. General Tips to help you choose the best area (Arrondissement) to stay in Paris
Paris doesn’t have one single area that is close to all its main touristic sites. You will have to make a choice. Paris is divided into “arrondissements.” If you decide to stay somewhere between the 3rd and 7th arrondissements you will find yourself pretty near the major touristic attractions of Paris, especially if you visit it for the first time. Of course, you will need to do a lot of walking and sometimes get the tube or public buses. If you choose to stay in the other arrondissements, you will have to use the tube and public transportation, much more often.
Here is a Paris district map with main attractions in each one of them.
The second thing you should keep in mind is this:
Paris is pretty well-connected via its metro tube, so you should try and find an area and a hotel that will be as close as possible to a metro station.
Description of the 20 Paris Arrondissements
Let’s have a look at the following Paris Arrondissement guide, which explains what each arrondissement has to offer:
1st Arrondissement: Le Louvre is here. Top shopping.
2nd Arrondissement: This is the smallest arrondissement in Paris. Most of it is taken by Le Louvre and the Jardin des Tulieries. Nothing special here other than many cafes and great shopping – this area hosts many jewelry and fashion boutiques. Palais Royal is also in this area.
The best hotels in the 1st and 2nd Arrondissements are: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, Hotel Regina, Le Meurice, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Ritz Paris and the Westin Paris – Vendome (ex Intercontinental)
3d Arrondissement: Le Marais neighborhood is here. Read below for more information.
4th Arrondissement: Le Marais neighborhood is here. Read below for more information.
5th Arrondissement: The Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin) is here. Read below for more information.
6th Arrondissement: Saint Germain des Pres is here. Read below for more information.
7th Arrondissement: Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars are here. It is mostly a residential area with many ministers staying here. The National Assembly and the Musee d’Orsay are here as well.
8th Arrondissement: Very expensive area overlooking Eiffel Tower. Hollywood stars stay here when they come to Paris. Many financial executives and politicians are staying here. The Elysee Palace is also in this area. Expensive shopping is the other attraction of this arrondissement.
The best hotels to stay in the 8th Arrondissement are Four Seasons Hotel George V, Hotel Chavanel, Hotel Lancaster, Hotel Marignan, Hotel Vernet, La Reserve Paris Hotel, Le Marianne, Le Pavillon Des Lettres, Prince De Galles
9th Arrondissement: A vivid area, with some areas that are spooky – some roads are full of prostitution. The Opera, Pigalle, Montmartre, and Poissonniere are here. Vivid hotel bar and bistro scene.
10th Arrondissement: A vivid area, with some areas that are spooky – some roads are full of prostitution.
11th Arrondissement: An area with many young people and a lot of fun in the evening. Some strange roads to look after too.
12th Arrondissement: Bastille neighborhood is here.
13th Arrondissement: The Paris version of Chinatown is here.
14th Arrondissement: Locals stay here and you will not find many tourists in this arrondissement. A little bit dull as an area.
15th Arrondissement: Boring neighborhood to stay at.
The best hotels to stay in the 13th/14th/15th Arrondissements are C.O.Q Hotel Paris and Hotel Henriette
16th Arrondissement: Safe area, with Arc de Triomphe being close.
17th Arrondissement: Batignolles area is here, full of artists and writers.
18th Arrondissement: Pigalle and Moulin Rouge are here.
19th Arrondissement: Don’t stay here as a first-time visitor to Paris. Nothing special to offer.
20th Arrondissement: Don’t stay here as a first-time visitor to Paris. Nothing special to offer.
Neighborhoods in Paris: The Six Best Neighborhoods to Stay as a First-Time Visitor
Paris offers more than 20 neighborhoods where you can stay: Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Latin Quarter, Pigalle, Saint Germain, Pigalle, Republique, Le Louvre are just some of them.
Now, let’s have a closer look at the best areas to stay in Paris and what you can expect in each one of them. We will also have a look at the best hotels to stay in these areas.
1. Stay at Montmartre Neighborhood
Montmartre is the most iconic neighborhood and most artistic area of Paris and it has a brand name that is well-known across the world. Montmartre offers is a great area for arts, dining, nightlife, and shopping, while it still has a Bohemian style and it is packed with tourists. Montmartre is located between the 17th and the 18th arrondissement and above the 9th arrondissement. Here is the map that shows the Montmartre area.
If you ask yourself in which district to stay in Paris for arts and culture, you will enjoy staying at Montmartre, as it’s probably the artsiest neighborhood of Paris. Although quite touristic, it will still make your artistic endeavors much easier. It’s very expensive, so you may want to find a room through Airbnb. The drawback is that it is not one of the safest areas in Paris, so if you wish to go out late in the evening to have a drink out you should be careful of pickpockets. Montmartre offers the best hostels in Paris, so it is also ideal for backpackers
Here is a view of Montmartre (image credit, Anthony Gonzalez Reyes)
And another view of Le Sacre Coeur in the back (image credit, Dennis Jarvis). Overall, being in Montmartre is like being in a small village inside the vast city of Paris and gives you this cozy feeling of being a part of a neighborhood.
2. Stay at Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) (5th Arrondissement)
An area with many students and tourists, many ethnic restaurants, and vivid nightlife. It’s a hip and crowded area, very interesting to stay if you are in your twenties – thirties, or a young couple. Very touristic and it gets noisy at the night. You will be close to many attractions, though. Latin Quarter is the area where most French teenagers hang out in the evening, and you will also find a lot of students in its bars.
Here is a map that shows where is the Latin Quarter. It is in the fifth Arrondissement and next to Gare de Lyon, Saint-Michel, Austerlitz, XII Arrondissement, Panthéon, IV Arrondissement, I Arrondissement, VI Arrondissement, and Bastille.
Here is a photo that shows the beautiful streets of the Latin quarter (image credit: Brian Jeffery Beggerly)
3. Stay at St Germain (6th Arrondissement)
St Germain is one of the best parts of Paris to stay as it is pretty close to walking to most of the sights of Paris and has a lovely and vibrant area with many bars and restaurants to enjoy. Moreover, it is pretty close to the Seine. If you stay there, don’t miss the Montparnasse tower, which offers a great view. Go there for lunch.
4. Stay at Tour Eiffel – Trocadero (7th Arrondissement)
Trocadero and Tour Eiffel area is a nice, safe and quiet area. It’s obviously pretty near the main sight of Paris, Tour Eiffel but it’s quite far from the real heart of Paris. If you stay out late in the evening, you will have to pay a lot for the taxis to take you back to the hotel, as you may not be able to catch the last tube. Please keep in mind that this area doesn’t offer a lot of things to do at night.
5. Stay at Le Marais (3rd arrondissement)
Marais is quite common for people who visit Paris for the first time, so it gets pretty touristic. It is cheaper than the other places and a beautiful part of it to stay at is near the Picasso Museum and Rue Oberkampf. Visit the link here for more information. Unfortunately, Marais is very pricey, so it’s hard to find a conveniently priced hotel to stay here if you are on a tight budget.
6. Stay at Ile St Louis
Ile St Louis is a small island that feels like a small village, just across the bridge of Notre Dame. It is ideally located in the center of Paris. It gets pretty busy during the day and soundless in the evening. It also offers some great views of the Seine.
Best Hotels to Stay in Paris by District/Arrondissement
1st and Second Arrondissements – The Six Best Hotels:
#1: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal,(4, rue de Valois, 1st), Prices start at 700 Euros
A five-star hotel located just opposite of the Palais-Royal. Elegant with a 19th-century decor.
#2: Hotel Regina, (2, place des Pyramides, 1st), Prices start at 320 Euros
A five-star hotel, reminding the Paris of 1960. Great location and amazing views of many iconic sights of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.
#3: Le Meurice, (228, Rue de Rivoli, 1st)
#4: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, (5, Rue de la Paix, 2nd) Prices start at 890 Euros
Five-star luxury hotel.
#5: Ritz Paris (15, Place Vendome, 1st) Prices start at 1000 euros
Five-star hotel, just gone under a 400 million euro renovation.
#6: Westin Paris – Vendome (Ex-Intercontinental) (3, rue de Castiglione, 1st)
Where to Stay in Le Marais, Paris: 3d and 4th Arrondissements Five Best Hotels To Stay
#1: 1ER Etage, (38, rue Sainte-Croix De La Bretonnerie, 4th), Prices start at 180 Euros
A quiet small hotel with just five rooms and a nice breakfast.
#2: Emile, (2, Rue Malher, 4th), Prices start at 125 euros
A small hotel with 30 rooms and free ipads, free wifi and a friendly owner. Rooms are in a contemporary black and white style.
#3: Hotel Dupond-Smith,(2, Rue Des Guillemites, 4th) Prices start at 380 Euros
Small hotel with 8 rooms and suites.
#4: Le Pavillon De La Reine, (28, Place des Vosges, 3rd) Prices start at 385 Euros
A hotel with 55 rooms and suites in a luxury style. Won a label of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”.
#5: Les Bains. (7, Rue du Bourg L’Abbe, 3rd) Prices start at 490 Euros
A fashionable hotel decorated by Philippe Starck.
We hope you now have a good idea of what are the best areas to stay in Paris. For any questions regarding where to stay in Paris, feel free to comment below. Have fun in Paris!