Paris. The City of Lights and the City of Love. The beautiful capital city of France is one of the most famous destinations in the world, and many people flock there every year to experience the incredible culture and admire the illustrious history and stunning architecture the city has to offer. When you’re planning your trip to Paris, you might be wondering where exactly you should stay. The city comprises 20 neighborhoods, called arrondissements, and all of them have their specific pros and cons. If you’re unsure which to stay in, read on to learn about eight of the best neighborhoods in Paris.
As Paris is the city of love, it makes sense to start this list with one of the more romantic destinations. The general ambience of Montmartre is stunning with cobblestone streets and bright colorful buildings. This historic neighborhood is a beautiful place to stay and explore. It’s also a great destination if you are traveling by yourself or with friends. This is also the neighborhood where the Moulin Rouge is located.
Montmartre was also home to the thriving Bohemian and artistic culture Paris is still known for. Iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso or Salvador Dali lived and worked here in the early 1900s. If you visit today you can explore the works created by local artists and creators, and who knows? Maybe you’ll discover the next iconic Parisian artist!
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Some of our favorite hotels in Montmartre are:
- Terrass” (Pet-friendly) – This hotel is perfect for travelers that want a location in one of the artistic hubs of Paris with easy access to amazing attractions.
- Hotel Le Relais Montmartre – This hotel is located in the Bohemian-artsy district of Montemarte. It surrounded by numerous shops, cafes, and restaurants. The hotel is also in close proximity to the famous and breathtaking Sacre-Couer.
- Hotel des Arts Montmartre – The price is very reasonable, and with its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to many of the city’s must-see attractions.
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Le Marais is a great neighborhood to stay in Paris if you want to experience the beauty and romance of cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, sidewalk cafes, and more of the iconic historic aspects that Paris is known for. The area is known today for being a central point for the city’s gay community, and has a lively nightlife scene.
It’s also a great neighborhood to travel to if you are visiting with kids. There are many museums and small shops that are great for travelers of all ages.
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Here are some of our favorite hotels in Le Marais:
- Duo Hotel – Very clean and in one of the best locations in Le Marais. Only minutes from the city center, so you can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest.
- Hotel Josephine Bonaparte – This 4-star hotel is in an excellent location and provides access to the city’s biggest attractions.
- Roi de Sicile – Rivoli – Another 4-star hotel and can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
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If you are interested in a more local experience, Belleville is one of the neighborhoods that might work well for you. It’s a fast-growing and increasingly trendy area, so you’ll have a unique opportunity to see what it used to be like and what it wants to become.
While you’re walking around Belleville you might start to see smaller streets and other accents that make you feel like you might in a much smaller village – this is because at one time Belleville was outside the Paris city limits and was far from the hustle and bustle of the original city center.
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One of the most famous streets in the world, the Champs-Elysees stretches for nearly 1.25 miles and is lined with historic monuments, beautiful cafes, and some of the best shopping in the world. Browse the latest collections from Louis Vuitton, Hermes, or Guerlain. You can also visit stores like H&M or MAC, or sample food at the many bakeries, patisseries, and cafes that are available along the street. The neighborhood isn’t exclusively about shopping though – you can see the Arc de Triomphe or visit the Musee Nissim de Camondo to learn more about the history of decorative arts.
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If your idea of a perfect Paris trip does not involve busy tourist attractions and other famous things to see, then Canal Saint-Martin is the neighborhood for you. If you stay in this neighborhood, you’ll get as close you can get to feeling like a local as you can get without actually packing up and moving here.
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Our recommended Canal Saint-Martin hotels to stay in are:
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The Latin Quarter is a great neighborhood to stay for first-time visitors to Paris. Today it is a great mix of history and nightlife – this is the area where ancient Romans first settled, so you can see some authentic archaeological sites throughout the area. The area is also popular with students, which can be a benefit if you are looking for bars and clubs to experience while you’re here.
This neighborhood is also the site of many museums such as the Musée de Cluny, a museum that boasts a collection of medieval art. The famed Panthéon is also located here.
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This neighborhood is home to the architectural marvel that is the Eiffel Tower. This is a great neighborhood to stay in if you want the quintessential Parisian tourist experience including some incredible sightseeing and exquisite culinary experiences. You can also enjoy some iconic Paris locations such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Golden Triangle.
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Our recommended 7th Arrondissement hotels to stay in are:
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St. Germain is another quintessentially Parisian neighborhood with historic architecture, an incredible selection of culinary offerings, and a thriving sidewalk cafe culture. One of the most famous cafes in the neighborhood is the Café Procope, which is not only the oldest cafe in Paris, but the oldest cafe in the world.
It was first opened in 1686 by a chef from Sicily who was named Procopio Cutò – although the French version of this name was François Procope, which is how the cafe got its name. It was a central point for the artistic and literary community in Paris and it saw many famous people walk through its doors such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Voiltaire, who allegedly drank upwards of 40 cups of coffee a day. It was a beloved institution up until the day it first closed in 1872. It later reopened in the 1920’s and has been open and serving coffee to its guests ever since.
The neighborhood also features many bookstores and publishing houses, and has historically been a prominent literary neighborhood as well. It is also the place where the existentialist movement thrived and figured such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir lived and worked here.
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Our recommended St. Germain hotels to stay in are:
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