Paris Arrondissements: Where to Stay

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Where To Stay in Paris: Paris Arrondissements

Before deciding where to stay in Paris, it is important to know a little about the arrondissement where the hotel or apartment is located. In general, hotels in arrondissements close to Paris’ city center or near Paris’s must-see sights will be more expensive. It’s important to decide if price is more important than location and vice versa before deciding where to begin looking for accommodations. This is not to say that deals cannot be found in some of Paris’ more desirable arrondissements , it’s just a bit more challenging. And, rest assured, most of Paris arrondissements are completely safe.

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What is an arrondissement?
Cafe de Flora in Paris FranceThe city of Paris is organized according to a system of arrondissements (municipal districts / neighborhoods) that spiral out from the center of Paris beginning with 1 and going all the way through 20. (see the Paris arrondissement map below). Paris’ arrondissements are identified by the last two digits of address postal codes, and are typically written as 17eme or 17e arr.

Regardless of where you stay in Paris, every arrondissement is well connected by a wonderful Métro (subway) system that allows you to travel to any point in the city with no more than one transfer. Have a look at our arrondissement map below, to see how the city is laid out.

paris arrondissement map of all neighborhoods

1e Arrondissement

The 1st Arrondissement is the center of the old city of Paris and it is a great place to stay in Paris. It is located on the Right Bank (Rive Droit) of the Seine, and is home to many beautiful historic buildings, the Louvre Museum, the adjacent Jardins des Tuileries and the elegant Place Vendome.  Because of its central location, hotels in this area tend to be more expensive. The advantage to staying here is that you are within walking distance of some of the top tourist destinations and restaurants in Paris and the area is very safe, as is most of Paris.

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2e Arrondissement

The 2nd Arrondissement is also located on the Right Bank and is principally known as the stock exchange and business district. The eastern end contains the garment district. While this is not an exciting tourist destination, it is a safe and quiet area with more affordable accommodations.

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3e Arrondissement

As shown on the Paris Arrondissement map above, the 3rd Arrondissement encompasses part of the Marais district, a former swamp that is now a trendy, art-filled neighborhood. This safe area also has a great Jewish quarter with excellent restaurants and shops. Be sure to check out the lovely Musée Picasso while you are here.

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4e Arrondissement

The 4th Arrondissement is at the heart of Medieval Paris. Many prominent tourist sites such as Notre Dame, St. Chapelle, and the National Museum of Art in the Pompidou Center are all here. The Marais spills into the 4e arr. and contains the Place des Vosges, known as the most beautiful square in Europe.

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5e Arrondissement

The 5th Arrondissement is located on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) and has been known as the Latin Quarter since the early 13th century because the Sorbonne University professors and students all spoke Latin. It is still considered to be the intellectual center of Paris, and is now filled with a variety of bohemian restaurants and bookshops.  The 5th Arrondissement is also in close proximity to the glorious Luxembourg Gardens . Foodies will enjoy the food shops and cafés on Rue Mouffetard.

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6e Arrondissement

Paris Arrondissement spring weather The 6th Arrondissement, also known as St. Germain de Prés, is a colorful part of the Left Bank that was once the favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and the artist Eugène Delacroix. Today you can stroll the famous Boulevard St. Germain, or find the former homes of famous authors on Rue Jacob. The gorgeous Luxembourg Gardens are in this district as well.

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Travel Tip:The little street in this district, called Cherche-Midi has some great little local restaurants including Midi Vins at 83 Cherche-Midi.

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7e Arrondissement

The Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognized landmarks and European tourist attractions in the world, is located in the 7th Arrondissement. The Invalides, which holds Napoleon’s tomb, and the Musée d‘Orsay are also found here. The controversial Musée du Quai Branly (African and Oceanic arts museum)  is also located in this arrondissement.

Travel Tip: At a booth near the Eiffel Tower, you can now rent an iPad loaded with travel apps to help you make the most of your Parisian adventure.

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8e Arrondissement

The Right Bank’s 8th Arrondissement is where you’ll find the glitz, glamour, and elegance of Paris. The Champs- Elysées, Arc de Triumph, famous fashion houses, elegant hotels and restaurants are all in this exciting and beautiful arrondissement. You may pay a little more for a hotel here, but the convenience and beauty is worth it.

Travel Tip: For the best restaurant prices and authentic French food, don’t eat on the Champs-Elysées. These restaurants are geared for tourists and the value is not good. Opt for somewhere on one of the small winding streets that branch off of the Champs- Elysées. One  exception to this would be the famous Ladurée (located on the Champs-Elysées), which is worth every euro.

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9e Arrondissement

Opera Garnier in Paris 9th Arrondissement When staying in the 9th Arrondissement, you will see that it holds both the most elegant and the most tawdry areas of Paris. Pigalle, where you’ll find the now time-worn Moulin Rouge and adjacent strip joints is here, but closer in you will see the Palais Garnier,  Paris’ elegant Opera house.
Travel Tip: Be sure to visit the opera; its ornate décor is over-the-top and the Chagall painted ceiling is worth the price of admission itself.

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10e Arrondissement

The 10th Arrondissement centers on the Canal St. Martin and the restaurants and cafés that line its banks. The streets along the canal become car-free zones on Saturday afternoons/evenings, and all day on Sundays to make way for the cycling and rollerblading hoards.

Two great train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, are located here as is the historic Place de la République on the south end of the arrondissement. This area has become quite trendy in recent years. Train stations tend to attract itinerants and pickpockets; be on the alert.

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11e Arrondissement

The Opera Bastille has helped to revitalize the once dreary 11th Arrondissement. There are more than a few good restaurants here to tempt you as well.

Travel Tip: This is a great place to stay. The area is safe and less expensive than the closer arrondissements. There are also plenty of good restaurants within walking distance.

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12e Arrondissement

The 12th Arrondissement has been totally revitalized and is now the new, trendy spot in Paris for the younger crowd. Known as Bercy, this area is considered by many to be the “new Saint-Germain”. The métro meteor (line 14) makes Bercy a short 10 minutes from the Madeleine stop in the center of Paris.

Travel Tip: The Parc de Bercy is a 26-acre garden at one end of this Arrondissement; at the other end you will find the restaurants, shops, and cinemas that are infusing this area with new life and excitement.

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13e Arrondissement

The 13th Arrondissement centers on the Gare de Austerlitz, and is another area that has little to offer the tourist, unless you have a passion for tapestries. The Manufacture des Gobelins (a textile manufacturer) is located here at 42 ave des Gobelins.

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14e Arrondissement

Largely residential, the 14th Arrondissement is best known for Montparnasse (both the station and the towering skyscraper (Tour Montparnasse), the Paris Catacombs, and the Parc Montsouris. The Cité Universitaire is also found in this district as well as lively cafés and restaurants around the Boulevard du Montparnasse and the rue Daguerre.

Travel Tip: The northern end of the district was the home to many American ex-pats and other famous members of the literati; Hemmingway, Henry Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Alice B. Tolkas, Gertrude Stein, to name but a few. At the southern end, you’ll find a quiet residential area.

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15e Arrondissement

The 15th Arrondissement is a quiet residential area that was once the home of the artists Mogdliani, Chagall and Leger. There are few tourist sights here except for the Parc de Expositions.

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16e Arrondissement

Statue del Trocadero in Paris' 16th Arrondissement The former village of Passy, the 16th Arrondissement, is a lovely residential area that holds great charm for the tourist who is looking for refined calm. This  safe arrondissement has beautiful boulevards, such as the ave d’Iena, ave Foch and ave Victor Hugo as well as the exquisite Bois de Bologne Park. Some wonderful museums are here, including the Guimet, the Marmottan, and the Balzac. And you can get a great view of the Eiffel Tower, just across the river, from the place de Trocadero. Check the Paris arrondissement map above.

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17e Arrondissement

The 17th Arrondissement is pretty much a nice residential area and has few tourist sights. It borders on the Arc de Triumph and can be a good lodging choice if you don’t mind being a bit away from the city center.

Travel Tip:The nearby La Defense business district has many hotels and is a safe and clean area.

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18e Arrondissement

The 18th Arrondissement, one of the most popular outer areas of Paris, Montmartre, attracts many visitors to its colorful street artists and stately Sacre Coeur church. Some of the world’s greatest artists lived here, notably Picasso, Matisse, Max Jacob, Utrillo and Renoir. There are some charming eateries in this area.

Travel Tip: Unfortunately, the area is now also home to prostitutes and souvenir shops. And some of the “street artists” are rip-off artists as well; don’t feel obligated to buy anything you did not ask for, even if they made it “just for you”! Watch out for people trying to tie bracelets on your wrist. They will trick you into buying them. Keep an eye on your wallet when you’re in this area.

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19e Arrondissement

The 19th Arrondissement, an ethnically rich area, is home to the Museum of Science and Industry, an absolutely wonderful museum. You will also find the Buttes-Chaumont which is a great place for children to enjoy donkey rides and puppet shows.

Travel Tip: There are some excellent African and Middle Eastern restaurants in this area that offer quality cuisine for low prices. Look to see which ones are bustling with locals and eat there.

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20e Arrondissement

The 20th Arrondissement is another ethnically diverse area. People from all of France’s former empire can be found here, bringing their own cultures with them. The most famous landmark is the Père Lachaise Cemetery that is the final resting place for Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Colette, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison of the Doors and a host of other celebrities and politicians.

Travel Tip: If you visit the Père Lachaise cemetery, be sure to look for the grave of Victor Noir; there is a life size statue of him lying dead, killed by Pierre Bonaparte. Interestingly, the statue is said to have fertility powers.

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No matter where you stay, Paris is quite  safe and one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Enjoy!

Written by Terri Fogarty and Jen Westmoreland Bouchard for EuropeUpClose.com

  • http://www.my-paris-apartment.com/ David

    this is a very insightful article into the various Parisian arrondisements. Tourists to Paris would benefit greatly from reading these kind of blog posts when they doubt whether to opt for one or another hotel or apartment in two distinct areas of paris.

    As a Paris apartment owner often I come across questions from potential guests about the local area where my apartment is, the 14th arrondisement, how far it is to Luxembourg gardens or whether you can walk to the Latin quarter.

    I have therefore placed a link to this post on my apartment website, so that my enquirers can read about the various Paris arrondisements on unbiased sources.

    I would like to add however that the description of the 14th arrondisement on this posts lacks a bit of detail as how much of a village feel some areas of the 14eme arrondisement have. It is much like living in a little provintial town with the convenience to be able to walk to Luxembourg gardens and the Latin Quarter in 15-20 mins.

    Regards,
    David

  • lizzie

    love it

  • http://derdo.wordpress.com mary an

    This post is very enlightening. Thank you for the information.

  • Leslie Kramer

    I am planning a trip with my family for July, for approx. 9 days. We’d like to rent an apartment. It will be my husband and me, my kids ages 17, 12 and 10. Ideally the kids each get their own bed but the younger two can share if necessary. I want to spend about $250 a night. Any suggestions?
    Also, as for which arrondissement, I’m thinking the 3rd or 4th as first choice then I’m not sure. Thanks for any info!

  • http://www.europeupclose.com/authors/terri Terri Fogarty

    Hi Leslie,

    There are several companies that rent apartments in Paris. Here are a few reputable ones: Please note that the closer in arrondissements will be more expensive than those further out.

    http://www.villavacations.com/france/paris/claire/claire_price10.shtml

    http://www.parlerparisapartments.com/?utm_source=Parler+Paris&utm_campaign=fae2b44f63-pparis30_11_0911_30_2009&utm_medium=email

    http://www.parismarais.com/rent-a-flat.htm

    http://www.my-paris-apartment.com/

    This is an Aparthotel: http://www.citadines.com/

  • http://Europeupclose KAMARUL BAHRAIN

    This is a very interesting article. Can u tell me which is a better place
    to stay for a muslim traveller, the 18th or 19th Arrondissements?

  • http://www.europeupclose.com/authors/terri Terri Fogarty

    Hi Kamarul,

    I believe that Paris is a very accepting city and you would be welcomed anywhere you stay. That said, there is a Muslim community in the 18th Arr. that is quite vibrant. This area also offers touristic sights and wonderful views of the city.

  • Colin B

    Hello- I’m thinking of renting a flat in either the 3rd or the 6th Arr. One is in an amazing 18th century mansion in The Marais on R M le Comte. The other, in the St Germain is a small 18th century carriage house sequestered within a courtyard on R de Conde, quite cute but possibly dark and cut off from the hustle and bustle. If you had your choice, which would you prefer to stay in? The large mansion is quite nice but it somehow seems desolate and a bit lonely. Im also afraid that the alrger one is a bit far from the center of Paris…Please Help..!!!!
    Thank you

  • http://www.europeupclose.com/authors/terri Terri Fogarty

    Hi Colin,
    Either of the two locations is right in the center of Paris, so I would base my decision on the comfort of the lodging itself. Which one fits your lifestyle. Both the Marais and St. Germain areas are very vibrant and busy, so they will be noisy at night. Perhaps being a bit set away will be conducive to getting a good night’s sleep! I am not sure this will help you make your decision…let us know how it goes.

  • Colin B

    Hi Terry- Thank you very much for your quick response. I do appreciate the feedback that you have provided. In your opinion the Flat that is in the Marais on R M le Comte is about how many minutes walk to the Seine? I just want to make sure that I’m not too far from the center where most of the things are that I hope to see. And you feel that the neighborhoods in the 3rd Arr will still be lively with shops and people? Once again, thanks for your feedback.
    C-

  • http://www.europeupclose.com/authors/terri Terri Fogarty

    Hello again,

    I think it would be about a 15-20 minute walk to the Seine. I love the Marais. It is an area where you will find a younger crowd. It is known for being very art conscious. There is a good sized gay population and also a Jewish population. So, the area is eclectic with great shopping and terrific restaurants.

  • Colin B

    Terry-
    Thank you very much..!!!
    C-

  • Holly

    Hi Terry! I’m going to be going to Paris at the end of May. Would you suggest staying in Montmartre? Or is it kind of far away from all of the main sights?

  • http://www.europeupclose.com/authors/terri Terri Fogarty

    Hi Holly,

    I am not a real fan of Montmartre. It is worth a days visit, but it is a distance from the city center. But, everything in Paris is close when taking the Metro, so don’t let that deter you if you want to stay there.
    My reluctance to stay there is because of the seediness of the area.

  • http://www.bestlocationhotels.com/hotels/paris/en/ Stay in Paris

    I like the 7nt and the 8th arrondissement to stay in Paris.

  • Angela

    My husband and I are planning on 6 days/nights in Paris in late September -early October. We are hoping to find accommodations in the 6th and have several places in mind-hotel de Fleurie, hotel de l’Abbaye St. Germain. What do you think?
    Also, I am a bit claustrophobic and wondering how crowded metro gets and trying to gauge my comfort level. Elevators can also be an issue for me. And what about weather at that time of year?
    Thanks so much for all the valuable info. on this site and the time you obviously put into it.

  • http://www.europeupclose.com/authors/terri Terri Fogarty

    Hi Angela,
    I haven’t stayed at either of the two hotels you mentioned, but they both look very nice, and get good ratings by tripadvisor. Great location! Since you are traveling in late September, the Metro should not be that crowded. Of course, I’d avoid rush hour when people are trying to get to work or home. Many elevators in Paris are quite small. They fit two people at the most. Most have grill work, so you feel less cooped up, but if it is an issue, either stay in a large American-style hotel, or ask for a room on the 1st or second floor. (In Europe the first floor is the floor above the ground floor. what Americans would call the second floor) I have been to Paris in September and it is lovely, but it starts to rain in Oct. so, bring your umbrella.

  • http://google.com Denise A

    Would love to visit Paris in winter, possibly after the first of the year. Is this advisable? M husband and I would like the uncrowded feel, but want to make sure weather( we dont mind he cold!)is decent and there will still be beautiful sights open to the ublic. We want a neighborhood feel…not touristy. We oe to rent an apt. for the week. Any feedback?

  • Anita

    Hi, I am planning to visit Paris by myself in late Spring/early Summer. Any suggestions in terms of decent/safe areas to stay for solo female traveller? Thx!

  • http://www.europeupclose.com/authors/terri Terri Fogarty

    Hi Anita,
    The arrondissement page gives a lot of good info on the city. Do not be concerned about safety in Paris; it is a very safe city. You do need to watch out for pickpockets in busy areas, but your personal safety is usually never in jeopardy. I generally prefer to stay in the first through 8th Arr. because I prefer to walk to most tourist destinations. HEre is a link to another post on choosing a hotel in Paris. I hope it helps.
    http://www.europeupclose.com/article/finding-hotels-in-paris/.

  • http://www.hotelflightweb.com/ Sarah

    Wow! An even better article than the first one I read on the 19th arrondissement. The four of us that are traveling in April will be having a “trip planning” meeting in a couple of weeks. Will be printing this article out as it has fantastic suggestions and will be a good starting point for the meeting. Thanks so much for your suggestions!

  • Ttnguyen2

    Hi Terri, I am thinking about staying in a flat that is in the second district, within the pedestrian area of montorgeuil. I am worried that it will not be a good area for activities, food, cafe, bars etc because of the detail provided in this post. I imagine we would like to stay where in the third district. I see that the districts are close to one another is it okay to stay in district two and walk over to three. Or would you recommend finding something in district two. Also I am surprised that you recommend staying in district 7 or 8 because it seems far away from the the center of the city. Are those areas much more lively on the streets?

  • http://www.europeupclose.com europeupclose

    When staying in Paris, you will probably visit most of the districts up to the 10th.
    The liveliest districts are 3,4,5,and 6, but all have great places to eat and stay. All the districts are connected by the Metro, so it is easy to get around. There is also the Batobus, a little boat that takes you up and down the Seine. If you have a great place to stay in the 2nd, grab it…you can walk from there to most everything.
    Here is a good post for you http://www.europeupclose.com/article/must-see-paris-sights/

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