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. says

    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

  2. Leslie Kramer says

    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!

  3. says

    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/

  4. says

    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.

  5. Colin B says

    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

  6. says

    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.

  7. Colin B says

    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-

  8. says

    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.

  9. Holly says

    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?

  10. says

    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.

  11. Angela says

    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.

  12. says

    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.

  13. says

    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?

  14. Anita says

    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!

  15. says

    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/.

  16. says

    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!

  17. Ttnguyen2 says

    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?

  18. says

    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/

  19. Mitch says

    My wife and I are planning a 3 month stay in Paris in the spring of 2016. We have been to Paris once several years ago and really loved it.We stayed in the 9th arrondissenment and it was OK. We want this stay to be more of “living” in Paris rather than being tourist. Where would you recommend? Thanks!!

  20. says

    If you could find a rental in the 14th, 15th or 16th Arr. you will feel like real Parisiens. The 16th arr (Passy) is a wealthy area and has very few tourists.
    The 14th and 15th is the Montparnasse area and has some tourists, but has a wonderful neighborhood feel.

  21. Mitch says

    Thanks for the info I will start researching. Is there any other input you might have for an extended stay?

  22. says

    I recommend that you take the RER while there to see Chantilly and, my favorite, Fontainbleau. These castles and the towns that surround them are really beautiful.

  23. MIlls says

    hello terry,

    My wife has to attend college for three months in paris starting end of april until mid of july.
    She will be there by herself and i am trying to figure out the safe and economical stay option for her. He college is in 19th district.
    I am struggling to get the right information about what are the safe places to stay for a single woman for three months and what are the sources i can go by.

    Any information would be a real help.

  24. Ghazal says

    Dear Terri,

    Actually I don’t care about prices. I just want to know the best places where I can live there. Do you think 2nd district is a safe place? or u prefer higher numbers?

  25. Mitch says

    I have seen a lot of great comments about the 3rd district regarding a great area to stay. What are your thoughts regarding safety and an area to stay to get the feel of living in Paris rather than visiting.
    LOVE YOU SITE!!!!!!

  26. says

    Thanks, Mitch. Paris is generally a very safe city. I love the 3rd arrondissement and spend time there every time we go to Paris. It is a vibrant district that is gay friendly and has lots of great restaurants and bars. It is also the old Jewish district, so you can get some great deli food there. It hosts lots of artists and the beautiful Place de Vosges.
    Terri

  27. Mitch says

    Hi again,
    I am reading about the severe air quality in Paris currently and I am wondering if this is something that happens frequently or if this is just a fluke. I have severe asthma and this is something that I have to pay close attention to.

  28. says

    I’m going to saint Germain in laye in May 18 for business (a week) but I would like to stay in Paris which neighborhood would be more convenient having in mind that I want to use the RER every day to attend to the meetings. Your suggestion will be highly appreciated.

  29. says

    You will need to take the RER A to Germain en Laye. The three central stops on line A are Auber, Charles de Gaulle Etoille and Chatelet les Halles. If you could stay in Walking distance to one of those Metro and RER stops, you will be in the heart of Paris in a lovely neighborhood. Of the three, Charles de Gaulle Etoille is the furthest from the center.

  30. Laura says

    HI Terri,

    Thanks so much for this great article! My husband and I will be spending 4 days in Paris as part of our honeymoon this October. We’re excited to see the sites but are even more excited to try out as much delicious local food as possible. Would you happen to have any advice for us regarding potential areas to stay in?

    Thanks in advance for your help and thank you so much for your super helpful article!

  31. says

    Hi Laura,

    There is great food throughout Paris, so no matter where you stay there will be some great restaurants. My favorite Arr. are 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 14th. You can walk to all the sights from these arr. I avoid Montmartre and the outer arrs. Here are links to Hotels that we recommend in each arrondissement, depending on your budget.
    http://europeupclose.com/article/best-paris-3-star-and-budget-hotels/
    http://europeupclose.com/article/favorite-paris-4-star-hotels/
    http://europeupclose.com/article/best-luxury-hotels-in-paris/

    I am also attaching a link to our favorite restaurants, by arrondissement.
    http://europeupclose.com/article/favorite-paris-4-star-hotels/

    Finally, although we do not have these listed as yet on the sight, the hotel where we are staying this August is http://www.hoteldesgrandshommes.com/en/
    it is a 3-star, but nicer than many 4-star and is very reasonably priced. I have stayed here and loved it. You can ask for a room with a balcony and view.It is next to the Pantheon and a few block walk to the Luxembourg Gardens. Do not miss exploring the Luxembourg Gardens. Oh, a another fave restaurant of ours is http://www.restaurant-sur-le-fil.com/ It is small, has great food and is reasonably priced.

  32. Laura says

    Thanks so much, Terri! The links are very much appreciated and I’ll be checking all of them out. Hope you have a wonderful time in August!

  33. Adeel Younas says

    Hi Terri,

    My wife and I are planning our first Paris trip for month of August. By the way, your website was super helpful to guide us. We are looking to stay at Hotel le Tourville near Eiffel Tower. Is that a good choice or would you recommend another hotel nearby. Would you please also recommend any restaurants near by in the 7th arr? Thank you.

  34. Nyz says

    Dear Terri

    What an insightful website!!! Congratulations.
    In August, hubby and I along with our 11 year old are planning to holiday in Paris including Disneyland. As we plan to be on holidays for 14 days, we wish to do Paris, Disneyland and South of France (nice as base, visit Cote D’Azur, Cannes, Grasse, Provence). We have not firmed up any plans. Can you please advise whether it is alright to stay in Ibis / Ibis Style. Are they good? We do not wish to stay in fancy hotels due to budget constraints and secondly during our holidays, we are out of hotel around 9 am and head back only around midnight.
    can you please suggest any good ibis in the arrondissements preferred by you i.e. 4-8 please? I liked 5 & 6.

    As for DLP, would 2 days suffice? This is the main reason why our son selected Paris as our holiday destination?

    In total we plan 7 days in Paris and 7 days in Nice.

    I thank you in advance for your help and guidance.

    Wish you a pleasant day!
    Nyz

  35. says

    Hi,
    Ibis are basic hotels that offer clean rooms and sparse decor. They are part of the Accor group. Another hotel that is part of that group is the Adagio Aparthotel. These offer larger room that have kitchenettes. They may be a little more expensive, but have refrigerators, sinks and stoves. Here is an example http://www.adagio-city.com/gb/hotel-6790-aparthotel-adagio-paris-eiffel-tower/index.shtml.
    Here is an idea for Nice. We like staying within walking distance of the Vielle Ville. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187234-d265986-Reviews-Ajoupa_Apart_hotel_Nice-Nice_French_Riviera_Cote_d_Azur_Provence.html
    Here is more on Nice:
    http://europeupclose.com/article/rediscovering-nice-france/
    http://europeupclose.com/article/top-day-trips-from-nice-france/

  36. Michelle says

    Hello Terri!
    I will be traveling to Paris in the fall for a few weeks. What are your recommendations for a solo female traveler on where to stay? I will most likely rent an apartment but I’m not sure of the location. And any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  37. says

    Hi Michelle,
    Paris is a very safe place for women, especially if you stay close in. I like the 1-4th arr. because they are walkable to most attractions. Montparnasse in the 14th and 15 is very nice and more reasonably priced, It borders the 5th and 6th, so stay as close to those areas as possible. I also love the Marais (3rd and 4th) but it is getting very popular and expensive.

  38. Michelle says

    Thank you so much for getting back to me. Would you recommend staying in the 5th or 6th? It’s so difficult trying to find the right spot when I’ve only visited Paris once (10 years ago). Out of all of the arr. which two would you pick for a 27 year old solo female traveler. Thanks again!

  39. Tek says

    Hi Terri,

    My wife and I are heading to Europe in October (from Sydney). We will be spending about 10 days in Paris during that time.
    I’m thinking of renting a home/place from Airbnb and I’m trying to work out which area is good to stay in Paris.

    I’ve narrowed it down to either Montemartre, St Germain or Marais.
    I was originally leaning towards Montemartre because it seems “village-like” from the photos I’ve seen. However, having read some of the comments here, it seems like that may not be the best idea.

    Any advice as to which area would be good for a couple in their early 30’s who enjoy art and food?

    Also, if we stayed in an outer area such at Montemartre, do we need to be concerned about not staying out too late because we may miss the metro back home? (We’re not sure how late the metro runs in Paris)

    Thank for your help.

    Tek

  40. says

    Hi,

    I think a young couple would enjoy the Marais as it is a young and vibrant part of Paris…lots of good restaurants and nightlife. I also like St Germain, however it is expensive. I recommend that if you prefer the St Germain area, you look into the Montparnasse area (14th Arr.) It borders the St Germain area (6th Arr) Stay near to the 6th and you will find great restaurants and a lovely neighborhood. I’d aim toward somewhere near the entrance to the Luxembourg gardens.
    The Paris metro closes around 1.15 am Sunday-Thursday, and 2.15 am on Friday and Saturday nights.
    Terri

  41. 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?
    Thanks.

  42. 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?

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. Theren Naicker says

    Hello
    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

  49. 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!
    Terri

  50. 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 (http://www.novotel.com/gb/home/index.shtml) 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

  51. 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…

  52. 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

  53. 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:
    http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Bel_Ami_Hotel_Paris.htm
    http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Madison_Hotel.htm (We just stayed here and liked the area and hotel)
    http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Citadines_Saint_Germain_des_Pres.htm
    http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel?fileName=K_K_Hotel_Cayre

  54. Jo Patterson says

    Hi

    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?

    Thanks

    Jo

  55. 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. http://europeupclose.com/article/paris-beyond-the-tourist-haunts/
    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.

  56. 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!

  57. 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.
    http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Madison_Hotel.htm

    Another place we stayed that is just a little further out, but very charming is the Hotel des Grands Hommes, across from the Pantheon.
    http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Hotel_des_Grands_Hommes.htm

    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

    Terri

  58. 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)?

  59. 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)?

  60. 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.

  61. 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

  62. 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?

    Thanks,
    Kelvin.

  63. 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.
    Terri

  64. 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 http://www.specialapartments.com/Temple.html. What do you prefer? Many thanks!

  65. sanjay says

    Hi Ms Terri, me, my wife and our 15 year old daughter will be visiting Paris in the second week of April for 4 days. I am thinking of staying near canal saint martin between Republique and Goncourt metro stations. Please let me know if this area is good for our stay. Thank you for your advise. Merry Christams….

  66. says

    The Canal St Martin area is an up and coming area in Paris. Since it is in the 10th Arr., you would need to take the bus or Metro to get to the “touristy” areas. It is also less expensive than other areas of Paris.
    I prefer to stay closer-in so I can walk to almost everything, but the hotels closer in are more expensive. Happy Holidays!

    Terri

  67. Jon says

    Hi Terri , I’ve been to many cities across Europe but Paris has scared me for some reason, probably down to the districts for some strange reason. Anyway, I think it’s time but after some advice. Basically I don’t mind walking, historic/Parisian feel along with restaurants,yet not over priced. Can you point me in the right direction? The districts 3,4 and 5 I believe may appeal to me but not entirely sure.

  68. says

    I love Paris and think you will enjoy it as well. The three districts you chose are wonderful. I am a big fan of the Maris for the little shops and good restaurants.
    The Latin Quarter (5th) has that Paris feel with narrow, cobbled streets. To save a little money, you might look into staying in the 14th Arr near the border with the 5th.
    I really like the Montparnasse area…lots of great restaurants.

  69. Yuan says

    Hi Terri, have been reading your replies and recommendations, they are indeed very helpful. We are planning for a one week trip to Paris at the end of April and saw some nice reviews about Pullman Bercy on the booking site. Do you think 12th Arr is a good choice to stay or is it too far from the attractions and city center?

  70. says

    Hi Yuan,
    The Pullman Bercy is very close to the first ring road around Paris. It is really not close in at all. If you like Pullman Hotels, there is one near the Eiffel Tower that is closer in. http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Pullman_Paris_Tour_Eiffel.htm

    But since you are looking at 4-star hotels, two of my favorites are: Hotels des Grand Hommes in the 5th Arr. a very authentic 3-star that is up to 4-star standards. http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Hotel_des_Grands_Hommes.htm

    And, The Madison Hotel in the St Germain des Pres area (6th). http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Madison_Hotel.htm
    I have stayed at both and really like them.

  71. maria says

    We are visiting Paris for the 1st time in July 2016 – we are a family of 5 with kids ages 19, 17 & 14. What are would you suggest so that we could take in as much as possible? We don’t mind walking but would also like to stay where transportation is accessible. Having a large choice of restaurants would also be ideal. What arr. would you suggest? We are in Paris for 4 days. Thank you.

  72. says

    Hi,

    I would stay in the 1st through 6th arr or in the 14th in a spot close to the 6th (which will be most economical.) It is good to be able to walk everywhere, but the Metro and busses are great. I think you might enjoy the Batobus, which takes you to all the tourist spots via the Seine. http://www.batobus.com/en.html The two-day pass is a good deal. If you will be there on the 14th, it is Bastille day and there is a fabulous parade on the Champs Elysees, with fireworks near the Eiffel tower. It will be extremely crowded, but a wonderful experience.

    If your kids have school IDs, be sure to take them along, as most museums are free to students. And, for adults, the Museum pass is a good deal.

  73. Cathy Hodge says

    My husband and I are staying in Paris for 9 days during the second half of March. We have a hotel on Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001. Never having been to Paris, is this a good location? Are there lots of restaurants in that area, is it like a neighborhood, or more “central city”. Do you recommend something different?

  74. 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.

  75. 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

  76. 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

  77. 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?

  78. joy says

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

  79. 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.

  80. 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

  81. 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!

  82. 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.

  83. 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

  84. 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.

  85. 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

  86. 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?

  87. 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?

  88. 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

  89. 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

  90. 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

  91. 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

  92. 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 🙂

  93. 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!

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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

  97. 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

  98. 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

  99. 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?

  100. 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

  101. 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?

  102. Shuba says

    Hi,

    I am Travelling with my teenagers for first time to Paris.
    We are there for 1 week end of June.
    Want to know, if it is safe to stay @ 79/81 Avenue Du Maine
    Paris, 75014.
    Thanks

  103. Wong says

    Hi Terri, I’m going to Paris in mid of September this year with my fiancé, we plan to book Hotel de la paix at 7th Arr. It is our first time to Paris & we plan to travel around ourself without following tour company, which will be quite exciting! Is it a nice & convenient environment to stay there?

  104. Aman says

    Hi,
    I am planning to stay at Arty Hostel Paris at 62, rue des Morillons.
    Is this a safe neighborhood to return late at night?

  105. Sony says

    Hi Terri,

    Do we need to carry any kind of IDs while touring around with in the City of Paris.
    I am a little nervous to carry passports (don’t want to take a chance).
    Also does US citizens need a visa to enter Paris.

    What is the safe / best recommended tourist transportation in Paris(Rail/bus/taxi).

  106. says

    I keep my passport in my hotel safe. You do not need a visa to visit France. When in Paris, we try to stay in the city center so we can walk to most things. However, the metro and busses are safe and easy to use. But it is prudent to be careful with your belongings in a crowded metro. I also like to to take the batobus. It is like a hop-on hop-off water taxi with commentary. http://www.batobus.com/en.html. Hop-on hop-off busses are also available. https://www.partner.viator.com/en/8588/tours/Paris/Paris-LOpen-Hop-On-Hop-Off-Tour/d479-2050PARIS_LOPEN

    Have a wonderful trip in Paris, my favorite city in Europe.
    Terri

  107. Mrs deaves says

    Hi Terri
    We are travelling in a group of 2 parents with a 13 year old and 2 grandparents with a 10 year old. We are arriving by Eurostar, need to meet a charity cycle race at the Eiffel Tower the following day, go onto 17th district for nibbles on completion of the bike ride and then back home on Eurostar the next evening.
    Where would you recommend we stay as I think staying in the 17th district is too far for us to see some sights in between waiting for the cycle ride.
    Any thoughts?

  108. says

    Hi,
    I would stay anywhere in the 1st through 7th Arr to be close to Paris best sights. The Eiffel tower is in the 7th arr and most of the other sights are in or near the 1st Arr.

    Have a wonderful trip

  109. Shaoyun says

    Hi! I am studying abroad in London in July and plan on taking a 2 night 3 day stay in Paris during one of my free weekends. There will be a total of 7 of us traveling together. We are trying to book a hotel and are wondering which arrondissement would be the best place to stay. Hopefully one that has good shopping, places to eat, and sight seeing. Somewhere where 7 twenty-something year olds would enjoy! Thank you, love your site.

  110. says

    If you like the Paris of the movie “Midnight in Paris” go for the 6th Arr. St. Germaine Des Pres. If you like young,hip Paris, you might like the gay-friendly Marais (4th Arr)

    Terri

  111. Anna says

    I will be travelling with my 15 month old baby, and a friend will join us. We are planning to stay in Mercure Paris Opéra Faubourg Montmartre, 5 Rue De Montyon, Paris as it’s fairly close to Gare du Nord where we arrive on Eurostar, and go back from the same station.
    Is this a safe area please? Perhaps, you can recommend somewhere else fairly close to Gare du Nord? Our budget is not too high.

    Thank you, Anna.

  112. says

    Hi Anna,

    I think you have chosen a good area. I am not a fan of the area close to Gar du Nord or anything near Ave de Clichy, but you are far enough away from those areas.
    The hotel should be a good one for you.

  113. Rivka says

    Hi Terry,

    Firstly, great write up and thank you for explaining this all so well, I’ve read through all the comments.
    I will be traveling to Paris this summer with my cousin, we are two girls in our early twenties, looking to stay in a charming, safe neighbourhood- more culture immersive, true Parisian, than touristy- if that makes sense. It will be our first time Paris. Where do you suggest we stay?

    Thanks!
    Rivka

  114. says

    Hi Rivka,

    Although I really like the the St. Germain des Pres neighborhood (6th) you might want to stay in the 14th or 15th bordering on the 6th. The area is very nice and more residential. There are lots of nice restaurants. I’d try to get close to the Luxembourg gardens.
    Have a great time in my favorite European city!

  115. Mary Smith says

    Hello Terry,
    My daughter will be studying in Paris for the fall semester-Aug-Dec. She is staying in the 2nd arr. I will be visiting for about 2 weeks and am looking at Air BnB. Is the 2nd a good place for a visitor? I know it is a business district so I thought it might be a little too quiet! I want to be close to her, but also considered the 5th. I will be traveling alone, so safety especially in the evening is a consideration.
    Thanks !
    Mary

  116. says

    Your daughter is staying in the heart of Paris, a great and safe location. If you can find and AirBnB in that arr. go for it. But, if you prefer the 5th, it is also safe and is a lively area. I like the 6th Arr for the many restaurants and shopping.

  117. Susie Lawless says

    Hi Terri,
    Love all the information! My sister and I will be visiting Paris June 30-July 2. We are wondering about our rental car. Should we return it when we get to Paris or keep it to go to CDG July 2? Would staying in a suburb make more sense for us, and just metro into the city? Or could we two grandmas navigate successfully to CDGAT if we stay in town? We’re experienced travelers in the States but we aren’t fluent French-speakers.

  118. says

    Hi Susie,

    I would drop off the car before you get to Paris. Actually. I’d drop it off in a suburb and take the train (RER) into Paris. Stay in the heart of Paris since you have only a few days and take a taxi or the Air France or Roissey Bus to CDG on the day you leave. Driving in Paris is perilous. Returning a rental car to CDG is not easy. (We have done it many times)
    Most Parisians speak English.

    Terri

  119. Rosie says

    Hi Terri , we are going to Paris in September for 3 days .. Where do you recommend us to stay ? I need a good location

    Thank you

  120. says

    Hi Rosie,
    I prefer areas close to the Seine so you can walk to everything. I like St. Germain des Pres, the Marais and close-in Montparnasse. They all have great restaurants and and a neighborhood feel

    Terri

  121. Sofia says

    Hi, we are 5 girlfriends and we want to come to Paris in October for 2 nights. Reserve a hotel on 10th arr. Hotel Little Regina. It is important to have a subway nearby and to visit important places …is this arr. ok?

  122. Rauquel says

    Let’s try this again – We have looked at so many hotels, that I’ve finally given up (lost my sanity on the hunt) and just finally decided on the Crowne Republique at 10 Place de la République, 75011 Paris, France. I’m not so sure about the area, if you could offer some guidance on this selection that would be great. Also what arrondissement would this area be considered? Appreciate your input~ Thanks!

  123. Lori says

    Hello ~

    First trip, of many to come to Paris in a few short weeks. Which area would you recommend to a newcomer for their first experience, as far as dining/hotel?

  124. Nitin says

    Hi Terri

    I’ll be visiting Paris for the first time in the last week of december. I am an intense partier. Please suggest a good and safe place to party. I’ll prefer to book hotel in that same place.

  125. jamsheed says

    Hi,
    we have decided to go to paris, 29th of this month. We are visiting for first time, so we want see all famous places. can you suggest an accurate place to stay?

  126. says

    We recommend that you stay anywhere in the first through 6th Arrondissement. From there you can easily walk or take the Metro to all the famous landmarks.

  127. Carol says

    Hi
    My husband and I are seniors and want to rent a small 2bedroom apartment for the month of September, we have been to Paris several times , but want to experience the city a little more thoroughly , quiet but not too far out???
    Thank you

  128. says

    I like the 16th arr. known as Passy. It is a quiet neighborhood, but close in…near the Eiffel Tower. I also like Montparnasse (the 14th and 15th arr.), lively neighborhoods with lots of restaurants.

    Enjoy!

  129. Anne Connolly says

    Hi Terry, Myself and my partner are heading to Paris for 3 days in November it’s out first time visiting and would like to get around to see as much as possible can you recommend a good base to stay and tour from we don’t mind having to walk around or travel.

  130. says

    Hi Anne,
    November is slow, so you should be able to find good hotel deals. I would stay in the very center, so you can walk to most sights, The first through 6th arrondissements.
    It is always fun to take the hop-on, hop-off bus to see the major sights.

    Terri

  131. Hakan says

    Hi Terri,
    We are planning to be there for 10 days at the end of oct through the beginning of nov. We have 2 children which are 13 and 3 years old. We want to visit musuems and tour eiffel. (Not disneyland because my little girl just begins to learn french. We all speak french of course. I have 3 questions such as
    1) in which area as familly we are in safe
    2) we just start to search from airbnb, is it secure? Any comments on that
    3) how about the weather in those day, ı think we have to look a flat with heater, or central heating system.
    Thanks for you help

  132. says

    Hi Hakan,
    Paris is actually very safe, but I prefer to stay in the closer in Arrondissements I think you will find good places to rent in the closer in parts of the 14th and 15th arr.
    I know many people who have used AirBnB and were very pleased. It is important to look carefully at the reviews from other renters. That will help you decide. Also notice if the apartment is on a high floor, if there is an elevator (many places do not have lifts)
    The weather could be chilly, with rain on occasion. I think all rentals will have heaters.

    Bon Voyage,
    Terri

  133. Sam says

    Hi Terri, We are reaching Paris this weekend. We are family of 4 (2 kids 8 and 13). We have booked hotel Excelsior (5th arr). Is this a good neighborhood to stay with kids? we will be here for 2.5 days and then taking TGV to basel from Gare de Lyon. We are not much into museums so we are going to give a miss to all museums. But we are still going to Versailles. Other than that we have Eiffel Tower and Luxembourg garden as places not to miss in our list. Do you have suggestion for any other place that we must add in our list. I am also looking for food suggestions. We want to try some good french food but we are vegetarian. Do you have any suggestion for vegetarian french food places. We love trying street side small cafes and walking street atmosphere.

  134. Kristin says

    My daughter (19 years old) and I will have less than 48 hours in Paris. We will arrive by train from London about 10:30 am on September 22 and fly home to the USA at about 8:30 am on the 24th . We have tickets to the Catacombes the 23rd and plan to visit the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the artist market at Montmartre, Père Lachaise Cemetery and anything else we can squeeze in. Where should we stay to make the most of our limited time and be able to get to the airport as easily as possible on the 24th? I was leaning toward the Montmartre area but fear it may be too far from most of what we plan to see and do. Thanks, Kristin

  135. says

    You are staying in the heart of Paris…good job! Just walking in your neighborhood is fun. I am glad you are going to the Luxembourg gardens…my favorite. Be sure to see the Eiffel tower light up at night; it is spectacular. It sparkles every hour on the hour to make it even more beautiful.

    If you have time, we recommend a day at Versailles. Open every day except Monday, you can take the RER train to Versailles for very little money. Take the RER C at the correct RER or metro station. Line C can be found on your Metro Map; it is yellow. DIRECTION Versailles-Rive-Gauche. You will arrive at the station Versailles-Rive-Gauche. It will take less than 45 Min. (The RER comes every half hour or so) Once you arrive in the town of Versailles, it is a short walk to the Chateau de Versailles. Just follow the crowds. If you bought the Museum pass, it works here and you don’t have to stand in line to get in.

    Here are some food ideas
    http://europeupclose.com/?s=vegetarian+paris

    Bon Voyage,
    Terri

  136. says

    Perhaps you should stay in the 7th arr, near the Eiffel tower.
    You are going to places all around Paris, so there is no central place to stay. But getting to and from Montmartre is a hassle, so I don’t recommend staying there.
    Have a fun trip.

    Terri

  137. marie says

    Hi, my husband and I will be going to Paris sometime November for 1 week. Would love to go and seE the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, The d’Orsay Museum, The Rodin, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Sainte-Chapelle, Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Marais, Tuileries Garden, Versailles. would Sofitel Arc de Triomphe be a good hotel to stay at? Thanks

  138. says

    That is a very nice hotel, but it is not close to a Metro, nor is it really close to any of the sights you want to see.
    I recommend a hotel in the 6th Arr, which is easy walking to everything.
    here are some suggestions:
    http://europeupclose.com/article/favorite-paris-4-star-hotels/
    I particularly liked Le Madison for its excellent location.
    A three-star hotel I like, that is also close to attractions (in the 5th Arr) is the Hotel des Grands Hommes. I have stayed here a few times…love it.
    http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Hotel_des_Grands_Hommes.htm

  139. Brigitte says

    I’m leaving for France this Sunday. We have decided to spend a couple days in Paris. I have a rental car booked from the airport. but no accommodations or tickets to anything. I’m travelling with 2 young teens. Do you have any suggestions on where to stay? Since there have been some last minute changes in our plans, we are on a bit of a budget. TIA

  140. Terri Fogarty says

    Dear Brigitte,
    You do not need a car in Paris. I highly discourage you from driving in Paris. You can take the Metro or the Air France bus into Paris and stay close in. Take the metro to get around, or if you are close enough in, just walk.
    A less expensive place to stay is in the 15th arr. near the Montparnasse tower (The metro from the airport leaves you off here.) There is a Holiday Inn and other 3-star hotels in this area.

  141. Susan says

    Terri,
    Any suggestions on where a single woman should stay for a first time weekend visit? Thank you,
    S.

  142. says

    Anywhere in central Paris is great, but I especially like the 6th Arr (St. Germain des Pres) Lots of great shopping and restaurants. Plus near the Luxembourg Gardens.

  143. Brigitte says

    Thanks for responding. We had not originally planned to stay in Paris. I will see if I can change the date of my car reservation. Can I still take the Air France bus if I am not flying Air France? I have no sense of direction and this is my first trip with my kids on my own. I’m thinking the 15th ar. may be too far out for me. I was thinking of doing a hop on type bus when we arrive. Then on the second day we could do some other sites. It will be my daughters 16th birthday. She wants to go up to to the top of the Eiffel Tower. But there are no available tickets. so any suggestions for tour bus or places to stay would be great. Thanks again!

  144. says

    You can take the Air France bus. It lets you off at the Arc d’ Triumph or Montparnasse and you will need to walk or take a metro from there. However, since there are 3 of you it will cost the same to take the taxi from CDG There is now a fixed price for Taxis: 50€ to an address on the right bank and 55€ to an address on the left bank.And, no extra charge for baggage handling.
    Yes, the hop-on hop off busses are great. you can get tickets at the bus stop. Your hotel concierge can tell you where it is. There is also the batobus, which I like to take http://www.batobus.com/en.html
    If you stay in the 15th arr close to the 6th arr, you will be very close to everything. I like the 5th and 6th arr.if you want to be very close to everything
    You can buy Eiffel tower tickets with Viator on our website: https://www.partner.viator.com/en/8588/Paris/d479-ttd/from/03-10-2016/to/04-10-2016

  145. Gayan says

    HI,my wife and I are visiting Paris in October and we have booked a hotel in Port expo De Varsailers(15 arr).We are planing to at the same place during our trip.Is the 15arr is a safe place to with easy acess to public transportation and attraction.Many thanks in advance.

  146. says

    The 15th Arr is very safe but you are staying at the furthest edge of Paris near the peripherique which circles the city. There are few attractions there, and if your hotel is near a metro stop, it will take more than a half hour to get into the center, where all the attractions are located. I know it is a pain to switch hotels, but if you can, I’d move closer in.

  147. Natalie says

    Hi Terri, I’m visiting Paris in October I have booked Le Bristol for the trip. is it a safe place to with easy access to public transportation/attraction/ shopping/restaurant bars? Any suggestions will be great
    Many thanks in advance

  148. Fab says

    Hi there
    My husband and I are going to Paris in January and we are interested to stay in a very safe area as close as to the luxury designer boutiques such as Chanel and Hermes. We are interested in shopping and Parisian restaurants. Can you please advise us as which neighborhood and hotel to stay? Thank you

  149. Mary says

    Terri, this site is so informative. Thank you for your advice an insights. My husband & I are seriously thinking about a visit to Paris for the week after Christmas. We are both 70 and enjoy walking, museums and restaurants. We spent 10 nights in the Marais about 15 years ago and loved it. However, I think we’ve aged out that scene and serious nightlife. Can you tell me what to expect of Paris and the arr. 6 during the last week of the year?
    Thank you.

  150. says

    I think you will love the 6th arr. It is now my favorite place to stay (although I have a favorite hotel in the nearby 5th arr. http://hotels.europeupclose.com/Hotel/Hotel_des_Grands_Hommes.htm)
    There are wonderful restaurants and some jazz bars. The French celebrate New Years eve with a fireworks display off the Eiffel Tower.
    Paris and the Champs Elysees will be all lit up for the holidays. A wonderful time to be in Paris!
    If you haven’t read this post, I recommend it.I recommend another hotel in the 6th arr.
    http://europeupclose.com/article/paris-beyond-the-tourist-haunts/

    Terri

  151. Jake Mac says

    Hi Teri…looks like this article has stood the test of time. Great job.

    My wife and I are looking to travel to France in March. We will bookend our trip with a few nights in Paris on each end. In between we will visit Honfleur, Normandy, Rouen and St. Malo. As of now, I am thinking of staying in the Latin Quarter in the beginning (Grand Hotel St. Michel) and am still up in the air about where to stay on the tail end (maybe the 5th where you recommended in last post).

    My question is: Are there any places in Paris that we can store our luggage, so we don’t have to tote it all over France? We’d like to bring some formal wear to use in Paris, but don’t think we will need all of the things we are bringing on our jaunt through the north coast. Is there someplace that can help us with this?

  152. says

    For a different locale when you return to Paris, try the 8th arr. It is a very up-scale part of the city.
    http://europeupclose.com/article/perfect-day-rue-du-faubourg-saint-honore-paris/
    You might want to ask the hotel where you are staying last to store your luggage for you. It is a service that many hotels offer. You can take it there before you leave for your adventure in Normandy. If you are driving, be sure to stop in to see Monet’s Garden in Giverny.
    Have a wonderful time!
    Terri

  153. Sean says

    Terri, What a fantastic blog!

    We are a family of 5 with 3 kids age 5, 8, and 10 visiting Paris in May 2017. I knew that you suggested Arr 1~8 is a good place for young family. I would appreciate if you could recommend a few good places? We went to London this year, and found that it was really convenient to live close to the subway (underground tube) stations.

    Does Paris offer the same logistic package — like a family weekly pass for all subway + buses?

    Thanks
    Sean

  154. says

    Hi Sean,

    There are numerous packages for Paris transportation Here is a good link:
    http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_21879/visiting-paris/

    Yes, it is a good idea to stay at a hotel that is close to a Metro stop; you can get anywhere in Paris with one transfer or less.

    For sights, I highly recommend the Luxembourg gardens, where there are pony rides, a pond for boat sailing and sometimes even puppet shows. I also like the new Fondation Louis Vuitton. It is a wonderful piece of architecture that even the children will enjoy and it is located in the Bois de Bologne that has little boat rides for kids and adults. You all might enjoy a ride on the Batobus, which transports you along the Seine. And, the Center Pompidou is a great museum with a lot of tactile exhibits.
    Be sure to get a Paris Pass or museum pass, and remember that kids are free in museums.
    http://europeupclose.com/article/paris-pass-worth-cost/

    Here are some links:
    http://europeupclose.com/article/paris-beyond-the-tourist-haunts/
    http://europeupclose.com/article/the-incomparable-centre-pompidou-paris-france/
    http://europeupclose.com/article/paris-insider-tips/
    http://europeupclose.com/article/a-stroll-through-paris-les-jardins-du-luxembourg/

    Bon Voyage!
    Terri

    Terri

  155. Sean says

    Terri, Thanks for your advice.

    I understand that you prefer living in Arr 1-8 because you prefer to walk. But given my situation where I have 3 young kids, we gonna buy the metro pass anyway. So does it matter that I should stay within Arr 1 – 8?

    On the map it looks like Arr 9 ~ 16 are still close to Paris center, where the metro would take 15 minutes or less each way to/from Paris Center to Arr 9 -`16?

    Are there any particular area with many pick-pockets or crimes that we should avoid?

    Thanks much
    Sean

  156. says

    8th and 9th arr can be expensive. The 16th is a lovely area, but we had to walk a lot to get to a Metro. I also like the 11th, 14th and 15th. Especially in the Montparnasse area. Hotels are less expensive and the Montparnasse tower is is a Metro hub with direct connections to the airport. I tend to avoid anyplace near the 18th and 19th. There are some seedy areas near the Moulin Rouge.

  157. Rebecca says

    Hi I am looking for some general advice for my son and his girlfriend who are visiting Paris for the first time on the 21st – 24th December. They are looking to stay in the 7th or 8th so do you have any good modern hotel recommendation for approx £150 a night budget. They are looking to go to eurodisney one of the days so looking for advice as to best way to get there and back and is it easy enough to get there as they are only getting a day pass. Also wondering is there any must sees with it being the lead up to christmas as I am expecting it is going to be beautiful at this time of year. Also eiffel tower would you suggest pre booking and what are the best sites to book these things. Sorry to bombard but they are 18 and looking to make as much of their time as possible so trying to help them plan.

  158. says

    Hi Rebecca,
    Here is a link with Hotel ideas. http://europeupclose.com/article/best-paris-3-star-and-budget-hotels/
    Christmas time in Paris is expensive, so rates might be higher than you hope; book soon.
    Here is info on Disneyland Paris http://www.disneylandparis.com/en-us/tours/disneyland-paris-express/
    Definitely book the Eiffel Tower in advance if you can. The lines will be very long. The Eiffel Tower site is now selling ticket for February. Try this
    https://www.partner.viator.com/en/8588/Paris/d479-ttd/from/21-12-2016/to/23-12-2016
    A walk down the Champs Elysees is a must. The lights are fabulous. Also be sure to visit Galleries Lafayette, a huge department store. They decorate it beautifully.

    Terri

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