“Paris is always a good idea!” – Audrey Hepburn.
The city of love is filled with style, romance and glamour. Surely, it is every girl’s dream to visit Paris at least once (it was for me!). As exciting as it is to plan for your upcoming holiday, finding the perfect place to rest for the night can be daunting. The last thing you want, is to make a mistake of staying in the wrong area.
Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts), each of them has its own distinct style, flavour and history. This guide will help you search for the best place to stay in Paris! No matter where you stay, don’t worry, the Paris Metro is one of the most extensive underground transportation systems in the world. Rest assured that you can easily get from one point to the other fairly quickly.
It’ll be good to download the Metro Map here before your vacation!
Our guide to which Arrondissement to stay:
The 3rd/4th Arrondissement is one of the best neighbourhood to stay, as it is very central and has several attractions such as the Musée Picasso, Rue des Rosiers and Jardin Anne Frank. There are tons of lovely restaurants and cafes with awesome shopping places. This district is also LGBT friendly!
St. Germain de Prés
The 6th Arrondissement is full of youthful energy, history and interesting streets. You can stroll down the famous Boulevard St. Germain, and visit the gorgeous Luxemborg Gardens! Cherche-Midi also has some great little local restaurants as well!
The 10th Arrondissement has many little restaurants and cafes along the banks of the Canal St. Martin. This district is lively and you will get to have a taste of the authentic Paris. The city’s oldest market, Marché des Enfants Rouges, is situated in this part of town.
The 11th Arrondissement is safe and less expensive than the other districts. With plenty of good restaurants within walking distance, it is considered one of the hippest areas for youths to be in. It is not far from tourists sites and has many wonderful old Parisian buildings in the vicinity!
The 16th Arrondissement is safe and quiet. On top of that, you will be staying near the Arc de Triomph along with views of the Eiffel Tower. It is a lovely residential area that holds charm for anyone who is looking for peace and quiet.
Visit the following areas if you are looking for…
- Party places: Oberkampf or Bastille
- Art: Rue de Rivoli or Quai d’Orsay
- Parks: Buttes Chaumont, Porte d’Orlans or Monge
- Farmers Market: Bastille, Germain de Prés or Bercy
Tips for visiting Paris:
- Do not plan around staying near a certain attraction.
- Avoid staying near Champs-Elysees and the Eiffel Tower as there are swamps of tourists and it is usually upscale and expensive.
- Do not stay in a hotel near the airport even if your flight leaves at 5:00am the next day.
- Avoid lugging overloaded bags, you don’t want to be carrying them while climbing a flight of stairs in the Metro.
- Travel light and be aware of your surroundings, there are so many cases of pick-pocketing in Paris! (We were almost robbed in the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station!)
- Try to walk more so you can save on local transportation. You will miss out on many sights if you take the Metro.
- To save money, you can purchase a carnet of 10 tickets for €14,50 from vending machines near the turnstiles in Metro stations. With this single ticket, you travel anywhere within the city of Paris on the Metro or RER networks (you can even transfer between lines).
- Most importantly, buy travel insurance! It is better to travel safe than to incur unnecessary expenses. Our travel insurance covered our broken phone screen and lost wallet. With that said, don’t let these things deter you from visiting the old city, Paris!
Share your tips on your favourite place to stay in Paris so we can check them out on our next trip!