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Where to Stay in Paris – Best Arrondissements

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originally published April 2018; updated December 2023

Planning a trip to Paris?  With 20 neighborhoods (arrondissements) to chose from, looking for accommodation can be confusing. That’s why we’ve sharing’ve put together this handy list for the best digs throughout the city.

When you’re picking where to sleep, you’ll want to consider a number of factors, such as activities you may already have planned (how about a tour?!), noise, access to coffee shops for the early birds and late night restaurants for the night owls.

So we’re also including a few food & drink options along with our favorite hotels & apartment rentals. We’ve listed our favorites for delicious meals in each district where you don’t have to dress up to chow down.

So let’s get into it! This is where to stay in Paris; the Best Arrondissements.

The 3rd & 4th Arrondissements (Le Marais)

In some ways, the 3rd and parts of the 4th arrondissement feel like what Paris should feel like: small crooked streets filled with interesting boutiques and tucked away restaurants. Known as Le Marais, which literally translates to “the swamp”, this area of the city is one of the most historic. You can easily spend hours meandering these streets filled with idea people watching, an abundance of cafés, chic coffee shops, and budget-friendly eats.  Don’t miss Place des Vosges – the park is exceptionally beautiful in the fall.  Closer to Hôtel de Ville and the Seine in the 4th, you’ll find yourself in the old Jewish quarter: grab a kebab!  Farther north in the 3rd, you’ll find a younger crowd adjacent to Canal Saint-Martin

A man rides a bicycle in front of a bakery in Paris, France

The 6th Arrondissement (Saint Germain-des-Prés)

Situated just south of the Seine, in the center of the city, the 6th arrondissement holds something for everyone.  Shoppers?  Here you’ll find boutiques galore.  Foodies?  A great meal will never be more than a quick walk away. Families with kids? Good thing the Jardin du Luxembourg is big, beautifully manicured, and boasts a great playground. While you’re there – for our museum enthusiasts – make sure to stop by the Musée de Luxembourg, a great small museum that has interesting temporary exhibits.

The Bouquinistes along the banks of the Seine in Paris, France

The 5th Arrondissement (The Latin Quarter)

The 5th arrondissement holds the a lot of history, and a lot of fun.  Home to the Latin Quarter, this student district is where university students in Paris work and play: you’ll find school, libraries, and great bars.  On a more serious note, this area of the city is one of the most historic.  As you wander the crooked streets, you’ll find stone wall remnants built by some of the first kings of France.

a woman strolls through the passage des panoramas in Paris, France

The 2nd & 9th Arrondissements

Between the Louvre and Sacre-Coeur is a district the locals call SoPi: South of Pigalle.  Set in the heart of the city, here you’ll find a little bit of everything: shopping, food, museums, and a generally lively atmosphere.

The 17th Arrondissement (The Batignolles)

Perhaps an overlooked area of the city, the 17th arrondissement has a lot to offer!  An off-the-beaten path neighborhood, many Paris families call this district home.  You’ll find great markets and small parks, not to mention the beautiful Parc Monceau.  Moving east is Place de Clichy and the Batignolles neighborhood.  With a younger vibe, this area has a ton of quirky boutiques, and great bars and restaurants.

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