Paris Arrondissements: Where to Stay

Before deciding where to stay in Paris, it is important to know a little about the arrondissement (neighborhood) 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 or vice versa before choosing 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.

Maire du 5th Arr

The municipal building in Paris’s 5th arrondissement

What is an arrondissement? The city of Paris is organized according to a system of arrondissements (municipal districts / neighborhoods) that spiral out from the center of Paris beginning with the 1st 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 and find the best area for you to stay in Paris.

paris arrondissement map of all neighborhoods

1st Arrondissement

The 1st Arrondissement is the center of the old city of Paris and it is a great place to stay while 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 most of the top tourist destinations and restaurants in Paris and the area is very safe, as is most of Paris. More information on the 1st Arrondissement
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The Tuilleries in Paris

The Tuileries are a major attraction in the 1st Arrondissement

2nd 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. More information on the 2nd Arrondissement
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3rd 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 is very gay-friendly and has a great Jewish quarter with excellent restaurants and shops. Be sure to check out the lovely Musée Picasso while you are here. More information on the 3rd Arrondisement
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4th 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. More information on the 4th Arrondissement
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 at the place des vosges

The Place des Vosges is surrounded by shops and restaurants under beautiful arcades

5th 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. More information on the 5th Arrondissement
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Shoppers on rue Mouffetard

Foodies love the Rue Mouffetard in Paris’s 5th Arrondissement

6th Arrondissement

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. The little street in this district called Cherche-Midi has some great little local restaurants. More information on the 6th Arrondissement
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Les Deux Magot restaurant

A former rendezvous for Paris’s literati, Les Deux Magots is still a popular spot to dine in the 6th Arrondissement

7th 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 Musée du Quai Branly (African and Oceanic arts museum)  is also located in this arrondissement. More information on Paris’s 7th Arrondissement
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Nothing beats the Eiffel Tower for celebrating New Year's Eve

Nothing beats the Eiffel Tower for celebrating New Year’s Eve

8th 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. 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. More information on the 8th Arrondissement
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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 Moulin Rouge and adjacent strip joints is here, but closer in you will see the Palais Garnier,  Paris’ elegant Opera house. Be sure to visit the Opera Garnier; its ornate décor is over-the-top and the Chagall painted ceiling is worth the price of admission itself. More information on the 9th Arrondissement
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Opera Garnier ceiling

The Opera Garnier ceiling, by Chagall is worth the price of admission

10th 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 and you will find many young people flocking to the area. Train stations tend to attract itinerants and pickpockets, so be on the alert. More information on Paris’s 10th Arrondissement
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11th 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. This is a great place to stay in Paris. The area is safe and less expensive than the closer arrondissements. There are also plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. More information on the 11th Arrondissement
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Place de la Bastille

The Place de la Bastille in the 11th Arrondissement and in the background, the Opera Bastille

12th 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. 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. More information on Paris’s 12th Arrondissement
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13th 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. More information on Paris’s 13th Arrondissement

14th 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. The northern end of the district was the home to many American ex-pats and other famous members of the literati; Hemingway, 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. We love this area for great restaurants and reasonably priced hotels.  More information on the 14th Arrondissement
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Montparnasse Cemetery

Many of France’s famous citizens are buried in Montparnasse Cemetery

15th 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. More information on the 15th Arrondissement
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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 from the place de Trocadero, just across the river. More information on the 16th Arrondissement
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Statues at Place du Trocadero at night

Statues at the place du Trocadero

17th 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. The nearby La Defense business district has many hotels and is a safe and clean area. More information on  Paris’s 17th Arrondissement 18th 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. 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 parts of this area. More information on Paris’s 18th Arrondissement
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Sacre Coeur exterior

Sacre Cour sits high on a hill. From here you can get a great view of Paris.

19th 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.  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. More information on Paris’s 19th Arrondissement

20th 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. 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. More information on Paris’s 20th Arrondissement

For our Picks for hotels in Paris, By Arrondissement check out the following posts:

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

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  1. Sue Gerber says

    I have booked a room at Best Western Latin Pantheon in Arr.5 for 8/26-28/15. Do you think this is a safe area and hotel for me? I have multiple sclerosis (MS) and have walking problems so I will be bringing a foldable mobility scooter that weighs 30 lbs. Might be hard to cancel, but if it isn’t the right area/accomodations I’d prefer to re-book. Any suggestions?

  2. says

    This appears to be a good hotel in a good and safe area. It is several blocks to the main attractions in Paris, so be prepared to have to travel a bit to get to them.
    The sidewalks are very narrow in the Latin Quarter and are many-times obstructed by bikes, etc. The streets in this part of Paris are cobbled, so could be a bit rough. However, if you stay on the larger streets, the sidewalks are wider, and you should have little problems. Will you have assistance?

  3. Lucy says

    Dear Terri,

    Please advise where we can buy the mobile phone data card if we are arriving Paris by Eurostar at Gare Du Nord station. Thanks

  4. says

    They are available at Orange stores in Paris. Also, Relay stores or other Tabac stores sell them. There is usually a Tabac shop at railroad stations.

  5. Kate says

    I am thinking about going to Paris for my first visit in August. I am a single 52 yr female. I love the museums and would like to be within walking distance to most of them. I also love boutique hotels. I know they are sometimes a bit pricier, but I think they are worth it. Since I am travelling alone, I am also concerned for my safety. Can you suggest some hotels. Any help would be appreciated

  6. Marling says

    please suggest a suburb for us to stay in Paris? we are family of 5, three adult and two children age 12 and 10. The adult have been to Paris few times , but haven’t been there for 10 years. We like to stay in Service apartment this time and would like to be near metro and bus.

  7. Jacqueline Dyke says

    My husband and I will be in Paris fro 3 days in October. I have been to Paris before and saw most of the things I wanted to then. My husband has never been before and would like to visit food markets and bistros – he is very fond of trying new foods etc. Any suggestions about locations of markets. We are staying in the 14th arrondisement. Many thanks.

  8. Theren Naicker says

    My family and I are going to Paris for three days in December. This however is our first visit to this beautiful city. Where would you suggest we stay as first time travellers to this city so that we can see as much as possible in three days. Thank you

  9. says

    Hi Theren,
    Going to Paris in December is a real treat. They decorate the city beautifully for the holidays. You will even find some Christmas markets worth visiting.
    I would stay in the 1st to 7th Arr. You can pretty much walk to everything from those arrondissements. I like the 5th and 6th because they are very lively.
    Bon Voyage!

  10. Konstadina Kourou says

    Dear Terri

    searching for a place to stay in Paris,I came up with your site and I found it very helpful and updated. Because its our first time in Paris for a conference in Novotel ( I would be grateful if you could suggest some places near this hotel which will allow us explore all the beauties. Many thanks in advance

  11. Chandra Lawrie says

    I am planning my first trip there and art is what i want to see. I have many books, photo books are my fav as i want to see the things people fund photo worthy. Right know I have Michael Saint James book called Bridges of Paris. what beautiful architecture. Can’t wait to see them…

  12. Todd says

    Hi Terri,
    We are travelling to Paris for the first time in November and are three males consisting of a son 38 and his Dad 60 and brother in law 41. We are all very mobile and would like to be close to everything including bars and busy downtown type atmosphere. Could you please suggest a sector / neighborhood for this and a hotel or apartment suitable for the three of us. One room is okay but obviously three single beds. Somewhere clean and comfortable but price doesn’t have to be cheap or expensive just middle of the road.
    Many thanks Todd from
    New Zealand

  13. says

    Hi Todd,
    I would focus on the 5th,6th, and 7th Arr. and look for triple rooms. You can get three twin beds in a room. Plan to spend around $100 per person per night for a nice hotel. There are also “apart-hotels” that have kitchenettes, if that is appealing.

    Here are a few ideas: (We just stayed here and liked the area and hotel)

  14. Jo Patterson says


    My husband and I are planning on visiting Paris in April 16. As this is our first time we want to do all the ‘touristy’ things and be close to affordable restuarants. I know that some hotels can be a bit more expensive but we don’t mind that; location is the most important thing for us. Can you suggest an arrondissement?



  15. says

    Hi Jo,
    Since we started to visit Paris, over 20 years ago, we have stayed in many different Arrondissements and enjoyed them all. This last trip, we stayed in the Germain des Pres area (6th) and loved being so close to really nice (but reasonably priced) restaurants and within easy walking distance to most tourist spots. Here is my latest post on that.
    I also like to stay in the 14th, on the edge of the 6th. If you stay in the 1st through 8th Arr., you will be fine.

  16. Stephanie says

    Hello! My husband and I will be visiting Paris in a few weeks (a last-minute trip due to a work event). We would like to do a few touristy things but stay close to cute cafes and affordable restaurants. We also want to make sure we stay somewhere we feel safe, especially since we expect to be walking a lot. Do you have any hotel recommendations?
    Thanks so much!

  17. says

    Hi Stephanie,

    My husband and I recently stayed at the Hotel Madison. It is in a great area, near wonderful restaurants and walking distance to most tourist sights.

    Another place we stayed that is just a little further out, but very charming is the Hotel des Grands Hommes, across from the Pantheon.

    If these are not what you had in mind, let me know. And, I’d be happy to recommend restaurants, once you choose a hotel


  18. Stephanie says

    Hi Terri,

    Thank you so much for responding! We ended up booking a room at the Bourgogne & Montana, right in between the 6th & 7th Arr., next to the National Assemblee. Do you have any restaurant recommendations for around there (or anywhere really – I’m sure we will be all over)?

  19. Stephanie says

    Hi Terri,

    Thanks so much for responding! We ended up booking a room at Bourgogne & Montana, right in between the 6th & 7th Arr. Do you have any suggestions for restaurants around there (or anywhere really, since I’m sure we’ll be all around)?

  20. Cliff says

    Hi Terri,
    My wife and I spent a week in Paris last Christmas, staying in a tiny efficiency near Rue Cler. We are going back this year and I have started looking on Air B&B. Question: in your experience, do any hotels have rooms with kitchenettes? We are researching two neighborhoods, Rue Cler and Le Marais.

  21. Maz says

    Hi Terry,

    I will be travelling to Paris in December 2015. I will be travelling with my husband and 3 kids. I would prefer an apartment or aparthotel in a safe location in Paris. Could you please recomend me a place, preferably with two bedroom. Thank you

  22. Kelvin says

    Hi Terri,

    Thanks for the great insights on Paris’ neighborhoods! I’ll be traveling to Paris in December for 2 nights for the 1st time. I’m torn between staying at a hostel either near Gare du Nord or near Eiffel tower. Any advise you can give?


  23. says

    Hi Kelvin,
    The area near the Gare du Nord is closer in to all the sights, but there are some pretty tacky areas near the Gare du Nord.
    I prefer the Eiffel Tower neighborhood, but you might want to take the Metro to get closer to the heart of Paris if you stay there.

  24. Livia says

    I have read all your replies. You are so helpful, Terri. I hate to keep asking same question, but I am looking for a very cheap, but classic Parisienne experience for my teen daughter and I to visit our Dream City. I was thinking Le Marais district, but prefer walking distance to sights. (We want to visit well-priced shopping markets, especially clothing at discount, cafes, Versailles, Champs and Opera Paris, artist neighborhood, etc.) I was thinking of What do you prefer? Many thanks!

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