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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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

  4. 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


  5. 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?

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. jamsheed says

    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?

  10. 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.

  11. Carol says

    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

  12. 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.


  13. 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.

  14. 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.


  15. 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

  16. 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,

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

    Bon Voyage,

  20. 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.


  21. 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

  22. 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:
    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.

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