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 Paris 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 Paris 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 EuropeUpClose.com

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  1. Shelly says

    Hi! Great post! Learned alot. My fiance and I will be visiting Paris for our honeymoon in April of 2017. We would like to see the typical hot spots but also would like to take as little transport as possible. We want to walk alot and just observe and enjoy the place, hang out at some cafes, have a nice dinner or two, visit the markets and take some great and memorable pictures. Any recommendations on the best suited neighbourhood for that? Thanks a mil.

  2. Deborah minegar says

    Hi–My husband and I are planning a trip to Paris in May. I have booked a hotel in the 5th arrondissement for 5 nights at the beginning of our trip, then two days in Le Mans followed by 4 nights in the 18th arrondissement at a air bnb. I am a bit concerned because I have read that the 18th is not a desirable location. I need to know if I should cancel my reservation in the 18th for a safer location. Please advise.
    Another concern is how easy to get to the airport from the 18th

    Thanks-you

  3. says

    There are lovely areas in the 18th arr. and seedy areas as well. So, it depends where your B&B is located. I am not a fan of this area, so never stay in the 18th. I think there are some nice Air B&Bs in the 4th Arr., the Marais. I also like the 14th, 15th and 16th arr. It is easy to get to the airport from all arr. in Paris.

    Terri

  4. Bindy says

    Hi, we are travelling to Paris in Jun with oru 2 children aged 7 and 9 years, where is the
    best place to stay with kids?

  5. joy says

    Hi Terri
    what are your thoughts on 17th ? I found a lovely air bnb in Batignolles on rue De levis.
    Tx

  6. says

    As long as your B&B is close to a Metro, you’ll be fine. This area has little to offer for tourists, but if you can get to the center easily, you may be able to get a bargain for your stay in Paris.

  7. Renee NASH says

    Hi!

    I am travelling to Paris in July for only 4 days with my 2 sisters.
    We are aged between 24 and 18 and would like to hire an Air BnB.
    What area is best for us?
    We want to walk around, explore, eat etc…. Would be happy to pay a little bit more to be walking distance to most areas.

    Talk soon.

    Thanks,

    Renee

  8. says

    Hi Renee,
    Some areas that I think you’d like are the 4th, 5th and 6th Arrondissements.
    They are in the heart of Paris and near just about everything.

    Terri
    Be sure to let us know how it goes!

  9. Lucky says

    ive booked from Air B&B on 22 Rue Grammer 75015 as it was decent house and reasonable price.
    Now others are telling me to try for 10th or 3rd 4th

    Can you please advise if are any major issues with the initial location actually. Then i would move to 10th.

  10. says

    I see no problems in the location you have chosen. The 15th is a safe and interesting arr. I would check to see that your rental is close to a metro stop so you can get around easily.

    Terri

  11. Sandra Bobadilla says

    How about the 11th? Is it too far or not a good place to stay. I am with kids 15 and 11.

  12. says

    Hi Sandra,

    The 11th Arr is a fine place to stay. I would want my hotel or lodging to be close to the 4th, so you can still walk to a lot. But as long as you are near a metro, you are fine.
    Terri

  13. Scott says

    We found a great, large place in the 1st arrondissement (5th floor), but should we be concerned about it being too crowded and less authentic?

  14. nbee says

    This is such a helpful post! My husband and I are planning a trip to Paris in the fall to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We were looking at a hotel in the 1st arondissement as well as one in the Marais. We hope to walk around and wander down interesting side streets as well as take in a few must-see tourist spots. Sounds like the Latin Quarter or the 5&6th arondissements are good bets for us, yes?

  15. Michael says

    Hi,

    Me and my girlfriend are going on the 26th to the 30th of may, we are early 20s, anywhere you would recommend? been put off montmatre by so many differing views and stories of thieving etc. theres so many hotels and areas I’m struggling to choose! any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

  16. says

    Hi Michael,
    I am not a big fan of Montmartre either.
    Try the 5th and 6th Arr. You will be in the center of Paris, so you can walk everywhere.

    Terri

  17. Debbie says

    This is a really helpful site! We are staying in Paris for a week at the end of August – myself, husband and 2 children aged 11 and 16. We’ll spend 2 days at Eurodisney and plan to get around by metro and train- any advice on where to stay? I can’t decide between renting something in the city centre or closer to the Disney parks!

    Thank you.

    Debbie

  18. says

    Hi Debbie,
    By all means, stay in the city; it is packed with things to do and see. You could spend one night at Euro Disney, then move to the city for the rest of your stay. I recommend the 1-6th Arr., but you might find a less expensive place to stay in the 14th and 15th arr close in.
    Be sure to visit the Luxembourg gardens, a treat for the whole family.
    Another fun thing is to take the Batobus, to get around the city. http://www.batobus.com/en.html

    Terri

  19. Diwan Babu says

    Hi Terri,

    In most of the comments I see you recommend the 4,5 and 6th ARR, iam taking my wife and visiting Paris for the first time. We would prefer any area for the young, arty and buzzing with taverns and cafes etc. Totally confused between beliville area or center, pls advise :)

  20. Madhavi says

    Hi Terri,
    I am looking for a young, safe neighbourhood for my 20 yr old daughter. She will be spending 4 months in Paris July to Oct. Any suggestions? Her place of work is near Boulevard Pereire. I have enjoyed streets like Rue Cler when I have been there… I think she would enjoy a happy, lively, local atmosphere. She has been a tourist to Paris many times so will not be seeking out the sights… Many thanks in advance!

  21. says

    Her work is in a nice area, so it would be good to find a place in the 8th or 17th arr, so she could walk to work. I also like the 15th or 16th; they are very lively and safe.

  22. Ching says

    Hi Terri,
    We are coming from Euro Disney and wanted to stay in Paris for 2 days to an area where it will not be difficult for us to travel to CDG for a morning flight.

    How do these RER and metro stations connect with each other? We will be taking the RER from Disney going to the city center. I found an affordable hotel near Republique metro station but I don’t know how easy it is to connect to the airport RER line? Do we need to stay near Gare du Nord or de L’Est? Are they safe areas?

    How much do taxis usually cost from Republique to CDG?

    Thanks for your help.

  23. says

    Hi,

    It might be too complicated to take the RER from Republique, and I am not a fan of the area around the Gare du Nord.

    You can stay in the 14th Arr near Montparnasse station and take the metro to Denfert Rochereau then RER to CDG. I really like the 14th, and you can stay close to Denfert Rochereau so you can just walk there to take the RER. A nice hotel that isn’t too expensive is the MERCURE PARIS MONTPARNASSE RASPAIL HOTEL. I have inspected this hotel; it has been recently renovated. http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Mercure_Paris_Montparnasse_Raspail.htm

    Also from Montparnasse, you could take the Air France Bus: http://boutique.lescarsairfrance.com/ihm_vad/AIR_FRANCE/index.php?id_lang=2

    Or you could look into Say Shuttle from all parts of Paris. We had a good experience with them http://sayshuttle.com/

    A taxi to CDG from most parts of Paris is more or less 60€

    Terri

  24. Natasha Lakoseljac says

    Hi there,

    Great job with your website! My best friend and I are coming to Paris for a week during Euro 2016 and are trying to figure out the best area to stay. We are attending matches at Parc des Princes and the Stade de France and will also be returning from a match from Lille on a late-night/early morning train (i.e. 4:00am!) into Paris Nord. Do you have any recommendations on a location that will be most efficient to traverse the city, and see the sights while being safe for 2 women travellers?

    Many thanks!
    Natasha

  25. says

    Hi,
    Sounds like a great trip. I prefer to stay in central Paris so I can walk to most sights. You will need to take the Metro to the Stade de France
    and Parc de Princes. But the Metro is easy to figure out. I am not a fan of the area around the Gare du Nord, so would stay away from that area.
    If you can find a hotel in the 1st through 6th or 14th or 15th arr, I think you will be happy. The Montparnass Metro station is huge and has lots of connections. It is located in a nice area with good restaurants and is a little less expensive since it is a little further out.

    Terri

  26. Prit says

    Hi! I am coming to Paris for the first time with my 12 year old daughter and my 75 year old mother. We are staying in Paris for three nights in the second week of July. My mother is unable to walk for extended periods of time. Where do you suggest we stay that allows us to walk around to the local shops, but also allowing us to travel by metro to the sites? Also, what are the top three sites you would choose to see in Paris?

  27. says

    I recommend that you stay in the heart of Paris in a hotel located near a Metro stop. I like the 6th Arr. One such hotel is the Madison. You can walk to great shops and restaurants and the Metro is within a block. http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Madison_Hotel.htm
    Here is my list of must-see sights in Paris. Choose whatever calls to you, but the Eiffel tower is magical. So you don’t have to stand in line for tickets, get them online beforehand.
    http://europeupclose.com/article/must-see-paris-sights/
    Terri

  28. amy says

    I am staying in the 13 district and kind of worried that it may be too far from everywhere. The airbnb is close to a metro but should i be worried?

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