Where to stay in Paris first time: Best areas & neighborhoods

In this blog, I will help you to find where to stay in Paris first time, the best areas to stay in Paris for first-time visitors (with a video and map), the best hotels in Paris for all budgets (including the hotel where I stayed), and safest arrondissements.

Paris is a big city, divided into twenty distinct districts, known as arrondissements, are arranged in a spiral, starting at the city center. That means that the lower the number, the more centrally located the district is.

If you want to stay close walking distance of most famous sights and cruise down the Seine River, you should pick from 1st arrondissement to 9th arrondissement. The best places to book accommodations are around Louvre, Le Marais, Latin Quarter and Saint Germain-des-Prés.

Alternatively, if you would rather avoid the worst of the inner-city crowds, the higher number of districts might be a better choice. There’s still plenty to do further out. The Arc de Triomph is in the 17th arrondissement, whilst the Moulin Rouge borders the 18th arrondissement.

Champs-Élysées (8th arr.) and Boulevard Haussman (9th arr.) are the best area for shopping while Le Marais, Bastille, Pigalle has plenty of funky pubs, cocktail bars, and top city restaurants for you to have a great night out.

Where to stay in Paris first time?

The best areas to stay in Paris for first-time tourists are the Eiffel Tower (7th arrondissement), Louvre (1st arrondissement), Le Marais, Latin Quarter, and Montmartre. These are popular and safe locations, offering a range of attractions and amenities for visitors.

The 7th arrondissement is the overall best area to stay in Paris for first-time tourists due to its prime location and proximity to iconic attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars. Staying here allows you to be located close to many top sights, restaurants, bars, and shops.

Paris is overall a safe city for tourist. But as in any tourist area, you should exercise caution and be aware of your surrounding, pickpocketing. If you are looking for the safest neighborhood in Paris, look into the center and touristy area such as Le Marais, Latin quarter, and Louvre area.

If this is your first time visit, I recommend spending at least five days in Paris, which is enough to visit the most famous attractions, enjoy local food and wine. If you have more days, you can explore city in a slower pace, more relaxing, and you can take a day trip to Versailles.

Where did I stay in Paris?

When I first visited Paris, I stayed for 5 nights at the Les Jardins Du Luxembourg. It was a good value for money hotel located in the central area, in the 5th arr, easy access to metro stations and major sights such as the Pantheon. My room was nice and beautiful with a comfy bed.

💖 Best Area for First Timers7th Arrondissement – The Eiffel Tower
💎 Best luxury hotel:Le Cinq Codet
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Hôtel de la Bourdonnais
💰 Best budget hotel:Hotel Relais Bosquet

Map of areas and neighborhoods in Paris:

Map of Best areas & neighborhoods in Paris
Map of Best areas & neighborhoods in Paris

🎬 You can watch this very short video (1 minute) about the best areas in Paris, and continue reading with a map. I will put the link to the full video at the end of this post :

Overviews of best areas to stay in Paris first time

Here is an overview of recommended areas in Paris for first-time visitors:

Best areas in Paris for first-time touristsWhy should you stay in this area?
Eiffel TowerLocated in 7th arrondissement, it is ideal for tourists who want to be close to the iconic landmark and enjoy stunning views. It’s a picturesque area with plenty of luxury hotels and fine dining options.
LouvreSituated in the 1st arrondissement, near the Seine, it is a perfect area for sightseeing due to its proximity to the world-renowned Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Tuileries Garden.
Le MaraisLocated in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, Le Marais is known for its charming narrow streets, historic buildings, trendy boutiques, and lively nightlife. It’s great for fashion lovers, foodies, and hitory buffs.
Le Quartier LatinSituated in the 5th arr, this is a vibrant and bohemian area and is home to the Sorbonne University. Great base for budget travelers where you can find affordable accommodations, bookstores, and dining options.
Saint-Germain-des-PrèsFound in the 6th arr, this upscale district offers a mix of high-end shopping, art galleries, literary history, and a refined atmosphere. It’s perfect for families, and travelers seeking a sophisticated and artistic atmosphere.
Champs-Elyséesin the 8th arrondissement, is famous for its luxury shops, theaters, and the Arc de Triomphe. It’s a bustling and lively district. It’s a great choice for fashion enthusiasts and those looking for entertainment.
Canal St. MartinLocated in the 10th and 11th arrs, this trendy area along the Canal St. Martin offers picturesque canals, hip boutiques, and a vibrant dining scene. It’s a great spot for a alternative and relaxed Parisian experience.
BastilleSituated in the 11th arrondissement, Bastille is a lively district known for its nightlife, bustling bars, restaurants, and the Place de la Bastille.
MontparnasseFound in the 14th arrondissement, Montparnasse is a vibrant area with artistic history, cafes, theaters, and a panoramic view from the Montparnasse Tower.
MontmartreLocated in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is famous for its bohemian atmosphere, the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica, charming streets, and artists’ studios.
BellevilleSituated in the 19th and 20th arrs, Belleville is a multicultural neighborhood known for its vibrant street art, local markets, and diverse culinary scene. It’s ideal for travelers looking to explore a more off-the-beaten-path area and experience a fusion of different cultures.

Best areas to stay in Paris for first-time tourists are:

1. Eiffel Tower/ 7th arrondissement

Eiffel Tower,best area to stay in Paris for first-time tourists

The 7th arrondissement is the best overall area to stay in Paris for first-timers due to its proximity to many famous Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Pont Alexandre III, Musée Rodin, Les Invalides, and Champs de Mars, as well as many choices in accommodations.

Also known as Palais-Bourbon arr, the 7th arr. is located on Rive Gauche, the left bank of River Seine. The Eiffel Tower (La Grande Dame en Fer, or the Grand Iron Lady) is the most iconic landmark in all of France and tourists flock to take photos in front of it. 

The 7th Arrondissement is a very large district. If you specifically want to stay near the Eiffel Tower, you are going to need to look for accommodation in the west end of the area. Of course, hotels in the area charge premium rates for the high demand.

If you are specifically wanting a view of the Eiffel Tower from your room, you will certainly need to consider how that will amp up the prices. However, if you are planning a luxury vacation, you will have plenty of choices for luxury hotels to choose from.

If you are on a budget, but still dream of a romantic getaway in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, there are still options for you. There are plenty of mid-range hotels within walking distance of the tower, even if you won’t be able to see it from your balcony.

Staying a short walk away from the Eiffel Tower can even work in your favor. Restaurants around the tower can get very busy, whilst those further out retain more of their intimate atmosphere.

Leading up to the Eiffel Tower is the Champ de Mars. This 24.5-hectare park is the city’s largest green space. It’s the perfect place to get some stunning souvenir photos with the Eiffel Tower as your background. If you’re traveling with children, you can take advantage of the playground and puppet theatre to keep them entertained.

The 7th Arr. is the location of the grand l’Hôtel National des Invalides (Les Invalides), where you can find the 17th century St Louis des Invalides Cathedral, the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, Musèe de l’Armée national military museum, and the Museum of Relief Maps.

The 7th Arr. is has numerous museums for history buffs and art lovers to explore, such as:

  • the Musée d’Orsay (Orsay Museum), home to a collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art works.
  • the Musée Rodin (Rodin Museum), located in Hôtel Biron masion.
  • the Musée du quai Branly (Quai Branly Museum), to view indigenous art and cultural artifacts from all continents.
  • the Musée des Égouts (Museum of the Sewers).

Many tourists choose to stay in the gateway to the Eiffel Tower, near the historical aristocratic historic Faubourg Saint-Germain district with high-end shops, world-class restaurants, and attractions within walking distance.

It’s filled with many ministries, the National Assembly, big avenues, gorgeous foreign embassies, and urban mansions like Hôtel de Salm, Hôtel Matignon which is the seat of the Prime Minister, and Hôtel Biron.

Staying near Eiffel Tower can be pricey and tourist crowded but you will be close to the most iconic attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River, Champs Elysees, and Rue Cler which the most famous market street in Paris with a selection of chocolate shops and cafés, and specialty shops.

Sunrise or sunset along the Seine river is unforgettable. You can take a romantic dinner on a cruise along the Seine.

The 7th arrondissement has great transportation with two metros stations including Ecole Militaire Metro and Pont de l’Alma. At Pont de l’Alma, The RER line direct to Versailles within 45 minutes ride. This area can be also accessed from Assemblée Nationale, Solférino, Champ de Mars Eiffel Tower, and La Motte-Picquet–Grenelle stations.

Stay near the Eiffel Tower if you’re first-timers want hotels with a view of the Eiffel Tower; You are planning a romantic getaway; You want to stay within walking distane to famous sights; You have a more generous budget to work with.

Best places to stay in the 7th Arrondissement for first-time visitors:

luxury ($$$): Le Cinq Codet Located just 15 minute walk from Eiffel Towel, this 5 star hotel has view over the Invalides Dome. There is a patio, a spa and wellness centre with a hot tub and hammam, and free bikes. The Suite Eiffel and the Suite Dôme have the Eiffel Tower views from the balcony.

mid-range ($$): Hôtel de la Bourdonnais This 4-star hotel is located only a 5-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. It has a 24h front desk, free WiFi, and an onsite cocktail bar, the Gloster. There are some rooms with with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

budget ($): Hotel Relais Bosquet beautiful 3-star hotel in the heart of Paris, only 10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides. There are standard and superior rooms with the Eiffel Tower view for you to choose from.


2. Louvre /1st arrondissement

Louvre, best areas to stay in Paris for sightseeing
Louvre/Les Halles, 1st Arrondissement, where to stay in Paris for luxury

Being right at the start of the spiral of districts, the 1st arrondissement is one of the most centrally located areas in Paris. If you want easy access to the city’s major sites and attractions, then this is a fantastic location for you. The 1st arrondissement was the area of an ancient Roman settlement in 52 BC, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Paris.

The most famous attraction in the 1st Arrondissement is the Louvre Museum in the Palais du Louvre, one of the world’s principal art galleries. The iconic glass pyramid is instantly recognizable by people around the globe. 

Opened at the end of the eighteenth century in 1793, with 35,000 pieces of art, 652,300 square foot space, Musée du Louvre is the world’s largest museum. It attracts more than 8 million visitors each year.

Aside from masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and The Lacemaker, you can enjoy displays of roman sculptures and countless priceless artworks. 

Just across from the Louvre are the Tuileries Gardens. Once the grounds of a 16th-century palace, the gardens now make for a beautiful location to enjoy a walk in the open air. The various pathways wind through numerous fountains, statues, and ornamental gardens.

The gardens lead to the Musée de l’Orangerie. Another wonderful art gallery displaying the works of many European artists, including some by Monet.

Alternatively, if you are interested in photography and videography art, then the Jeu de Paume would be worth a visit. Located on the other side of the Tuileries Gardens, the museum displays exhibits of work from the 19th century through to the modern-day.

Immediately north of the Louvre is the Palais Royal. An opulent 17th-century palace surrounded by historic shopping arcades, beautiful gardens, and several grand theatres. 

If shopping is more to your interests, you will want to head to Forum des Halles. With both typical shopping streets lined with chain stores, along with subterranean malls and classy boutiques, Les Halles is a must-visit for any shopaholic.

If you prefer more upmarket shopping, consider the Rue Saint-Honoré. This famous shopping street is well known for being lined with designer brands and chic cafes and restaurants. 

The Les Halles area is also home to the imposing, 16th-century gothic church, Saint-Eustache. The grand church features beautiful murals and sculptures in addition to its wonderful architecture, making it a perfect next stop after a visit to the Louvre.

Alternatively, if you are traveling with children and want to encourage them to get interested in art, you may want to stop at The Herbe Museum. This children’s art museum is aimed at engaging children with famous artists and masterpieces through various hands-on programs. 

Located along the right bank of the Seine, this area boasts some beautiful river views. The 1st arrondissement is connected over to the left bank by several lovely bridges, such as:

  • The Pont des Arts,
  • The Pont du Carrousel
  • The Pont Neuf, dates back to the 17th century
  • The Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor bridge, built in the 1990s, a popular destination for couples. It is a popular tradition for visitors to attach ‘love locks’ to the bars of this bridge. 

Louvre is well-connected public transportation and easy to reach. There are metro stops at Louvre Rivoli and the Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre station on metro line 1. And numerous buses stop in front of the Pyramid du Louvre.

The Louvre – 1st Arrondissement is one of the best places to stay in Paris for first-timers due to its central location and easy access to many of Paris’ main attractions.

Best places to stay near Louvre/Les Halles for first-timers:

luxury ($$$): Maison Albar Hotels Le Pont-Neuf This 5-star hotel is located within easy walk from Louvre Museum, Pompidou Centre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. You can relax at its indoor pool, hot tub, and a spa centre. There is also 24-hour front desk, private car parking, and an on-site restaurant.

mid-range ($$): Hotel Ducs de Bourgogne Located 5-minute walk from The Louvre in centre of Paris, this hotel offers spacious rooms with wooden furniture, a flat-screen TV, a work desk. There is buffet breakfast at its renovated cellar. With the Louvre-Rivoli Metro Station nearby, you can easy access to the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

budget ($): Hotel Britannique This 3-star hotel is located in the heart of Paris, only 700 m from Notre Dame and 200mfrom River Seine. It has soundproofed rooms with a flat-screen TV, a minibar, as well as modern bathrooms with free toiletries. Enjoy buffet breakfast with fresh pastries, sausages, and omelettes


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3. Le Marais/ 3rd & 4th arrondissement

Le Marais, central location with great nightlife

Le Marais, along with Latin quarter and Louvre area is the safest arrondissement to stay in Paris. Located north of the Seine on the Right Bank, the trendy area of Marais stretches along much of the eastern side of both the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.

One of the oldest regions of Paris, the streets of the Marais are lined with medieval buildings.  With such a long history, the area has been home to various communities throughout the years, and each has left its mark. This compact area can be explored on foot in a day or two and has a lot of different metro stations.

Historically Paris’ Jewish quarter, you can still find numerous Jewish bakeries and restaurants in the area, as well as the Museum of the Art and History of Judaism.

The Marais is well known for being one of Paris’ primary nightlife hubs. There is also a high number of gay bars in the area. Whether you’re a part of the LGBTQ community, or just looking for a great night out, the Marais is a fantastic location to consider. 

The 3rd Arrondissement is a paradise for those looking to stay in an area with a unique, vibrant, and artsy atmosphere. Slightly more removed from the city center, but still within walking distance of many interesting attractions and major sites, like the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral.

The 3rd Arrondissement is ideal for anyone who wants to stay in a central location but appreciates fewer crowds and quieter streets. The area is known for its pretty streets lined with trendy cafes and small boutiques.

As a center of Paris’ arts scene, you’ll find plenty of curious galleries here, including the Metiers Art Museum. Converted from an old church, the museum now houses various important scientific artworks.

In the east of the district is the National Museum of Picasso. This beautiful building not only boasts over 5000 works by the iconic artist but also his own personal art collection.

There are also plenty of other museums for history lovers such as the Maison Européene de la Photographie, the Musée Carnavalet, the Maison de Victor Hugo, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, and the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme.

Meanwhile, the 4th Arrondissement is home to the Centre Pompidou. The hyper-modern museum is a striking contrast to the surrounding historic architecture. If you are more interested in modern art than the classics, this might be more to your liking. 

The 4th Arrondissement includes the Ile de la Cite and the Île Saint-Louis, two tiny islands in the middle of the Seine. Île Saint-Louis is the smaller of the two and home to some lovely historic buildings. You can also enjoy dining with some of the best riverside views in the city.

Ile de la Cite is the better known of the two. This is largely due to being the location of the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. One of Paris’ major sites, the Notre Dame draws droves of tourists so the area can get quite crowded.

The Notre Dame Cathedral dates back to the 13th-century. Despite its modern notoriety, Notre Dame was actually not well-loved and was being left to decay before it was featured in Victor Hugo’s novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

In the east of the 4th Arrondissement is the Place des Vosges, the oldest public square in Paris. The open lawns surrounding a central fountain are a popular place for locals and visitors to relax. The square is surrounded by beautiful historic buildings and arched arcades.

Fans of literature may want to visit the Maison de Victor Hugo. Located at the southeast corner of the Place des Vosges, the apartment where Victor Hugo once lived has been converted into a museum.

The accommodations in Le Marais are beautiful. You might be able to find a good deal, but normally around €100 per night.

Le Marais is one of the best areas in Paris for the first time due to its central and safe neighborhood. It is also a good base for a vibrant nightlife and LGBTQ-friendly nightlife.

Best places to stay in Paris’ Le Marais for first-time visitors:

luxury ($$$): Le Pavillon de la Reine & Spa This 5 star hotel is located on the famous Place des Vosges in the Marais. You can easily reach Victor Hugo’s house, Place de la Bastille, Louvre Museum, and Chemin Vert Metro Station with link to Opéra Garnier. There is free private car parking, buffet breakfast, and all rooms are serviced by a lift.

mid-range ($$): Hotel du Petit Moulin this 4-star hotel is set in the Marais district, within easy walk from Picasso Museum, and Filles du Calvaire Metro Station where you can take bus to the Eiffel Tower and Opéra Garnier. Enjoy continental breakfast and relax at its spa center with 2 treatment booths, a gym, hot tub and steam room.

budget ($): Paris France Hotel this 3-star hotel is in walking easy walk from Marais Theatre and République Metro Station. It has a bar café and elegantly guest rooms. Each room has private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower.


4. Latin Quarter/ 5th arrondissement

Le Quartier Latin, central location, laid back neighborhood

Just south of the Seine River, running along the Left bank is the 5th Arrondissement. Also known as the Latin Quarter, this area is a vibrant hub of hospitality and leisure. A central location, the Latin Quarter is more laid back than other city center districts.

If you are looking for a neighborhood at the heart of the city center, but with less of the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspots, then this may be a good choice for you. The Latin Quarter has more of a local atmosphere, where you can enjoy the authentic vibe of France.

The area had its name from the Middle Ages when the students of the University La Sorbonne exclusively used Latin as the language of study.

The biggest attraction in the 5th Arrondissement is the Parisian Panthéon (La Sorbonne). The stunning neo-classical mausoleum is the resting place of many of France’s historically significant people. Even if you are not interested in visiting their tombs, the grand building itself is well worth a visit. 

Home to a large portion of Paris’ student population, the Latin Quarter is renowned for its hip cafes and restaurants. The leafy avenues are lined with trendy brasseries, their dining terraces spilling onto the street. 

It’s also well known for its many bookshops. Whilst many are aimed at academic reading, servicing the students, there are also plenty of independent bookshops worth visiting. 

The Shakespeare and Company bookshop, located close to the Left Bank of the River Seine, has been running since the fifties. It’s now an iconic part of the Latin Quarter community, and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

If you wind up purchasing a book from them, you can kick back in the neighboring Square René Viviani park. Here you can enjoy relaxing on the grass with views across the Seine River to the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The park is overlooked by a lovely 12th century Church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre and is also home to the oldest tree in Paris. A unique spot for history lovers to appreciate.

Numerous restaurants, brasseries, and cafes line the road running along with the Left Bank. If you want to enjoy a meal with wonderful views across to the Ile de la Cite and the Notre Dame Cathedral, then you will definitely want to consider coming here.

It’s a particularly romantic spot in the evening when the Pont au Double bridge is illuminated. A fantastic location for an unforgettable date night. 

The Latin Quarter has countless transport links to the rest of the city on Line 10, while Line 7 stops at Censier/Daubenton, Place Monge, Jussieu stations. The area around Metro St. Michel is the easiest gateway to Le Quartier Latin.

Despite being very centrally located, the Latin Quarter boasts a great selection of mid-range hotel options, great for backpackers and students. If you want to stay at the heart of Paris without paying an arm and a leg, this is one of the best neighborhoods to consider.

The Latin Quarter 5th Arrondissement is one of the best locations for first-time tourists who want a central location, laid-back neighborhood, and enjoy stunning views of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Best places to stay in Paris Latin Quarter for first-timers:

luxury ($$$): Hotel Monge Located between Jardin des Plantes and Notre Dame Cathedral, this hotel is in the latin district, in 5th arrondissement. It is 15 minute walk from Panthéon and Sorbonne University. The hotel’s wellness centre has a hammam and massages.

mid-range ($$): Hotel Parc Saint Severin – Esprit de France this 4-star hotel is set in the Latin Quarter, easy stroll from Notre Dame Cathedral and Saint Michel Metro Station. Rooms come with a minibar, flat-screen TV, and free wifi.

budget ($): Hôtel des Grands Hommes Located in place du Panthéon, 5th arr, this hotel is 400 m from the Luxembourg Garden and 700 m from Place Monge Metro Station. Each soundproofed guest room has a cable TV, a minibar, and Empire-style décor.


5. Saint-Germain-des-Près / 6th arrondissement

Saint-Germain-des-Près, where to stay in Paris with a family

Located immediately west of the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Près, the 6th Arrondissement is considered to be the quintessential Paris neighborhood, a traditional intellectual and literary heart of Paris.

It’s a central location, within walking distance of both the Louvre Museum and the Notre Dame. Even the Eiffel Tower is just one Arrondissement over. However, it’s just removed enough that the streets are typically quieter than the more touristy neighborhoods.

Being just a short walk from some of the major attractions, it is ideal if you are traveling with family. You will have to spend less time trying to navigate the metro lines with children when you can just walk them through the quieter avenues. It’ll help to burn off some of their energy too. Win-win.

One of the main attractions in the 6th Arrondissement is the Luxembourg Gardens, or Jardin de Luxembourg as they are known in French. The manicured parks are the grounds of the beautiful Luxembourg Palace. Once a home for the French monarchy, it now acts as a government building.

The Luxembourg Museum art gallery is just a short walk from the palace. The museum has been displaying culturally and historically significant works of art since the 1750s. The Museum hosts a rotation of two exhibitions each year, so it’s worth checking what’s on during your trip.

The Luxembourg Gardens are home to numerous sculptures, fountains, and statues to discover. There’s even a Statue of Liberty in the western end, although it’s considerably smaller than the one in New York.

If you have children, you may want to visit the Marionettes du Jardin du Luxembourg. The theatre puts on entertaining puppet shows every Wednesday and on weekends and public holidays. There’s a wide selection of shows performed, so make sure to check the program before visiting.

Located close to the Seine River, directly across from the Louvre museum, this is a popular location for visitors. There are a lot of art galleries in the area, Église Saint-Sulpice, the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and the Museum of Minerals.

Aside from the galleries, Saint Germain is well known for its thriving café culture. The area has an abundance of trendy cafes, brasseries, restaurants, bars including the well-known Café de Flore, Brasserie Lipp, and Les Deux-Magots.

These are where you can eat famous chocolat chaud a l’ancienne, croissant au beurre, an oeuf dur, jus d’orange, or chocolat special Flore.

You can also find Debauve & Gallais, one of the oldest chocolate shops in Paris, which was first opened in the 1800s by Sulpice Debauve, pharmacist of King Louis XVI. You must try its dark chocolate (99%), Pistoles de Marie-Antoinette.

The 6th arrondissement has good public transport, you can metro stations of St. Germain, Odeon, rue du Bac, Solferino, Musee’ d’Orsay, and Sevres Babylon. There are plenty of bus stops along Blvd. St. Germain and rue de Grenelle.

Another great neighborhood to look for more affordable accommodation in the city center, there is plenty of mid-range hotels to choose from in the area. If you have a more generous budget, there are luxury options, including some with lovely views of the Seine River or the Luxembourg Gardens.

Due to its central location and easy access to the major attractions, Saint Germain – 6th Arrondissement is an ideal base for first-timers who are traveling with family and children.

Best places to stay in Paris Saint Germain for first-time tourists:

luxury ($$$): Hôtel D’Aubusson Located in 6th arr., this 5-star hotel is a 17th-century private mansion. It also close to Odéon Metro Station, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral. There is on-site Underground car parking, an airport shuttle, azz bar, Café Laurent. All rooms have marble bathroom and a Nespresso coffee machine.

mid-range ($$): Académie Hôtel Saint Germain Located in Left Bank district, easy reach Louvre Museum, Saint-Germain-des-Pres Metro Station, and Jardin de Luxembourg. The hotel offers paid airport shuttle service, 24-hour front desk, as well as soundproofed rooms with an elevator.

budget ($): Hotel d’Angleterre Located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, on the left bank of Paris, this 3-star hotel has 24-hour reception, and 27 soundproofed rooms, and free international newspapers. it’s also coveniently close to River Seine, Pont du Carrousel, Notre Dame and the Jardin du Luxembourg.


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6. Champs-Elysées / 8th arrondissement

Champs-Elysées, good to stay in Paris for shopping

The 8th Arrondissement is direct across the River Seine from the 7th. The 8th Arrondissement may not be the most central location, but it still manages to be surrounded by iconic landmarks, many within walking distance. 

The Jardin des Tuileries touches the border of the 8th Arrondissement, so the Louvre Museum is just a short walk away to the east. Meanwhile, the Eiffel Tower is just across the river. Some riverside hotels may even be able to offer Eiffel Tower views to those who can afford them.

Within the 8th Arrondissement itself, the most notable attraction is the Arc de Triomph. The majestic stone arch has been a Parisian icon since it was opened to the public in 1836. It was installed to commemorate Napoleon’s victories and now serves as a premier tourist attraction.

If you wish to do more than simply gaze at the Arc de Triomph after traveling all the way to it, you are in luck. Visitors are able to climb the arch to a viewing platform at the top. From here you can enjoy views of the various avenues branching away from the roundabout that hosts the monument.

The most notable of these avenues is the 1.2 miles long Champs-Élysées that runs from Place de la Concorde to the majestic Arc de Triomphe. Created in 1667 by Louis XIV, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées attracts nearly 100 million tourists every year.

Known by some as ‘the most beautiful avenue in the world’, the Champs-Élysées is a dream shopping destination for millions of travelers. 

The avenue is lined with a mix of chain stores, well-known high-end brands, and independent and exclusive boutiques. There are also plenty of fashionable cafes to keep visitors refreshed as they explore the 2-kilometer long street.

If the cafes along the Avenue are not enough to sate you, the 8th Arrondissement also has a range of Michelin starred restaurants to try. In a country where the food culture has been granted UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status, you know their high-end restaurants will be superb. 

At the end of the Avenue de Champs-Élysées is the Champs-Élysées Gardens, leading to the Place de la Concorde public square. The gardens are home to several fountains and theatres worth visiting if you are in the area.

The most prominent feature of the Place de la Concorde is the Egyptian obelisk at its center. Originating in Luxor 3000 years ago to mark the entrance to Luxor Temple, it was relocated to Paris in 1833.

The nearest metro stop to the Champs-Élysées is Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau on Paris Métro Line 1. There are also stops at George V, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Charles de Gaulle–Étoile.

Champs Elysees is well-connected transport with metro stations are Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (lines 1, 13), Concorde (Paris Métro Line 1 1, 8, 12), George V (line 1), Charles de Gaulle Étoile (lines 1, 2, 6), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9).

Hotels in this area mostly cater to visitors with generous budgets. If you are planning a luxury vacation and are not concerned by cost, then you will have plenty of accommodation options to choose from here.

This is especially true if you hope to stay somewhere close to the Arc de Triomph. Hotels offering views of the arc are able to charge a premium, so make sure to take that into account when planning. 

In general, Champs-Elysees – 8th Arrondissement is a great base for first-timers and for shoppers due to close proximity from many of Paris’ major attractions and its many boutiques.

Best places to stay in Paris Champs-Elysées for the first time:

luxury ($$$): La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris Located in the heart of Paris in 8th arrondissement, this 5-star hotel is also close Parisian Golden Triangle, Montaigne avenues, and Champs-Elysées. Each guest room has as free high-speed wifi, a flat-screen TV, a safe, a coffee machine and kettle.

mid-range ($$): Chambiges Elysées This 19th-century style hotel is set in the chic 8th district, within walking distance to both Champs Elysées Avenue and the Eiffel Tower. All rooms and apartments are soundproofed with a cable TV, a minibar and an electric kettle.

budget ($): Hôtel Galileo Champs Elysées Located in the 8th arr., very near Avenue des Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Metro station George V. Each air-conditioned and soundproofed room has a private marble bathroom, as well as is serviced by an elevator.


7. Opéra & South Pigalle / 9th arrondissement

the Palais Garnier Opera House

The 9th Arrondissement is just a little further back from the city center. Still, within walking distance of the major areas or a short trip along the metro lines, you can enjoy fewer tourists whilst still staying close to the action.

The region is large enough to be home to several distinct neighborhoods. Each with interesting sites well worth visiting.

Opera is the more high-end region of the district. Known for its theatres and concert halls, the Opera end is just a short walk from the Louvre Museum. Opera is home to the Grands Magasins, the 19th-century Opera Garnier, and the Grands Boulevards.

The centerpiece of Opera is the Palais Garnier Opera House. The Italian-style opera house was built in 1875 and quickly adopted the nickname of ‘The Wedding Cake’ due to its extravagant architecture and domed roof.

Even if you don’t intend to take in a performance at the Palais Garnier, it’s still well worth visiting just to appreciate the opulent façade. The area is otherwise known for its popular shopping streets and department stores, so you can always swing by for a look to take a break from your shopping spree. 

South Pigalle (SoPi) is actually in the north of the 9th Arrondissement district. This is one of the trendiest areas to eat out in Paris. The streets here are lined with chic bistros and gourmet restaurants.

After dinner, you can head to one of many popular bars that make the nightlife here particularly vibrant.

During the day you can spend your time hopping between the numerous art galleries and museums in the area. Whether you prefer classic works or modern pieces, there is sure to be a gallery that suits your preferences. 

The Boulevard de Clichy running along the northern edge of the 9th Arrondissement is home to Paris’ red-light district. As you might expect of the red light district, this is a hugely popular area for exciting nightlife and the area comes to life after dark with the colorful glow of neon lights.

Amongst the cocktail bars and late-night entertainment venues, you can find the world-famous cabaret venue, the Moulin Rouge. The Moulin Rouge was an icon of the Parisian nightlife scene long before it was immortalized in the eponymous cult classic film.

If you have the opportunity, you should definitely try to take in dinner and a show at the iconic Moulin Rouge. It will be a night you’ll never forget, and sure to make your friends and family jealous.

Opera and South Pigalle – 9th arr is a great base to book a stay in Paris if you want close to the city center, but in an area less crowded with tourists; Visiting the Moulin Rouge is a high priority; You want to explore Paris’ red-light district,

Best places to stay in Opéra and South Pigalle for first-timers:

luxury ($$$): Hotel Parister This 5-star hotel is set in the 9th arr., close to Cadet Metro Station and the Folies Bergère Theatre. It provides rooms with air-conditioning, a Nespresso coffee machine and a minibar.

mid-range ($$): Grand Pigalle Hotel Located within easy walk from the Moulin Rouge, Pigalle Metro Station, and Sacré-Coeur Basilica this 4-star hotel has an on-site restaurant and a bar, and rooms are serviced by a lift.

budget ($): Hotel Joyce – Astotel Located only 15-minute walk from the Opera Garnier, this hotel has air-conditioned and soundproofed guest rooms. It’s also close to Montmartre and Gare Saint-Lazare.


8. Canal St. Martin / 10th arrondissement

Canal St. Martin, a trendy, up-and-coming in Paris

The 10th Arrondissement is an up-and-coming district, increasingly popular with the younger residents of the city. The trendy bars, hip cafes, and open-air markets full of food trucks lend to the edgy, urban vibe of this area.

The lively, laid-back atmosphere that the 10th Arrondissement is known for is mostly centered around the Canal Saint-Martin which runs through the east end of the district. The canal has lined either side with trendy cafes and fashionable bars to enjoy relaxing by the water.

Alternatively, get your lunch to take away and enjoy a picnic at one of the riverside parks and gardens. Much of the canal is lined by leafy avenues and makes for a lovely place to enjoy a walk.

Further from the canal, you can spend your time browsing independent galleries, studios, and boutiques. The area has a thriving community of creatives that adds to the vibrant atmosphere.

Alternatively, take a visit to the Museum of Chocolate, where you can enjoy workshops and tastings. Or visit Paris’ first triumphal arch, the Porte Saint-Denis, built in the 1600s.

Much of the district is taken up by two major train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est. Both stations operate on domestic and international rail lines. Gare du Nord is particularly notable for being the busiest train station in Europe according to passenger numbers. 

If you are traveling to Paris by train from somewhere else in Europe, it’s highly likely you will be arriving at one of these stations. Both are housed in beautiful, grand buildings that make for an excellent first impression of Parisian style. 

The 10th arrondissement is within walking distance from the city center, and main attractions such as the Louvre and the Notre Dame. As such, this is a great location for anyone who wants to stay close to a major train station but also has easy access to popular tourist sites. 

There are some excellent budget and mid-range hotels just a short walk from either station. With its lively atmosphere and convenient transport links, this is a fantastic location for anyone planning a budget-friendly trip.

It’s also ideal for anyone visiting Paris for a shorter trip. There are several metro stations in the district, including at Gare de L’Est, so you will be just a quick trip from whatever you want to visit. And staying so close to the train station means wasting less time traveling to and from your hotel. 

Canal St. Martin – 10th arr. is one of the best places to stay in Paris if you want to stay in a lively, edgier, up and coming neighborhood; you are traveling to or from Paris by train; you want to stay close to the train station but also close to the city center and major attractions;

Best places to stay in Paris Canal St. Martin for first-time visitors:

luxury ($$$): Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel & Spa This 5-star hotel is set in 10th district of Paris, within easy walk from Place de la République and République Metro Station. Breakfast is free for children under 12 years old. Enjoy food at Martin restaurant, and relax at Spa by Sothys.

mid-range ($$): OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l’Est This 4-star hotel is located on rue d’Alsace, 10th arr. Enjoy free soft drinks in the lounge, and try appetiser buffet with antipasti, fresh vegetables in dinner.

budget ($): Le Robinet d’Or this hotel was built in the Belle Epoque period, close to Marais Theatre and République Metro Station. There is a bar café and daily continental breakfast.


9. Bastille, République & Nation /11th arrondissement


The 11th arrondissement is located just a short way east of the city center. It’s just far out enough to be less of a tourist trap. Rather it is a fashionable area, popular with Parisians looking for plentiful shopping, good food, and a fun night out. 

The area is known for its lively nightlife. The area around Rue Oberkampf is particularly full of hip bars and exciting clubs. It’s one of the most popular areas in Paris to go for an unforgettable night of partying.

The area between Bastille and République is the best area to stay in Paris for nightlife.

The rest of the district is known for its various boutiques and high-end restaurants. It has a chic vibe that fits with the fashionable aesthetic Paris is known for.  

As one of the more diverse regions of Paris, there is a wide range of cuisines on offer here. If you want to be able to choose from Argentinian to Vietnamese food all on the same street, then this is the neighborhood to visit. 

At the south of the 11th Arrondissement is the Bastille region. Like the rest of the 11th Arrondissement, there are a lot of popular shopping streets here. The Rue D’Aligre in particular is known for its food and antique markets. 

Throughout the various stalls, you can pick up fresh produce, local delicacies, and traditional trinkets and homewares. It’s a great location to shop for some interesting souvenirs. 

At the Place de la Bastille you can visit the site of the notorious prison. One of the major events of the French Revolution involved storming the Bastille prison, and its subsequent dismantling. A monument is known as the July Column now stands in its place. 

Place de la Nation is another significant location from the French Revolution. Now a roundabout and public park marked by impressive bronze statues, this was once the sight of more guillotines than anywhere else during the revolution. 

Despite its morbid history, the Place de la Nation is now a rather lovely place to visit. Surrounded by leafy trees and fashionable cafes, it’s now a great place to relax in the bustling city. On the opposite side of the 11th Arrondissement is Place de la Republique. 

The Place de la Republique is a public square with statues and a central monument representing the values of the French Republic. Located at the junction of the 3rd, 10th, and 11th Arrondissements, it’s a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists. 

The 11th Arrondissement – Bastille, Republique, And Nation is best neighborhoods to stay in Paris if you want to stay close to the city center, but not in the main tourist districts; You want to stay in a trendy, fashionable area, popular with Parisians;

Best places to stay in the 11th Arrondissement for first-timers:

luxury ($$$): Maison Bréguet Located in the 11th arr., this 5-star hotel is also a short stroll from Place de la Bastille, Opéra Bastille, and Place de la République. There are air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms with free toiletries and slippers. Enjoy French cuisine at its on-site restaurant.

mid-range ($$): Hotel Le Mareuil this 4-star hotel is set close to Canal Saint-Martin, and Oberkampf Metro Station. All rooms are serviced by a lift. Each room has a minibar, a flat-screen TV, and en suite bathroom

budget ($): Hôtel La Nouvelle République this 3-star hotel is located in 11th arrondissement of Paris, close to Place de la République and Marais district. Modern rooms come with soundproofing and air conditioning.


10. Montparnasse / 14th arrondissement

Montparnasse, local vibe, lower prices for accommodation

The 14th Arrondissement is to the south of the city center. Largely centered around the local universities, this is a primary student and residential area. If you are looking for a location not too far from the city center, but with fewer tourists, this may be a good location to consider. 

The student population lends a trendy, boho atmosphere to the area. The district is well known for its many delightful restaurants and fashionable brasseries.

Meanwhile, the residential, local vibe of the area is reflected in the relaxed, family-run cafes and independent bars. If you prefer to stay in an area that lets you get a feel for everyday life in Paris, this is an excellent option. 

The main attraction in the 14th Arrondissement is the Paris Catacombs. One of the most popular attractions in Paris, the Catacombs are home to the remains of over 6 million people, most of which were transferred from overfilled cemeteries from around Paris.

A rather macabre attraction, the Catacombs are a popular destination for visitors throughout the year. However, they are particularly popular around Halloween, so you should take that into account if you are planning to visit Paris around late October.

You can continue exploring Paris’ morbid side with a visit to the neighboring cemetery. Montparnasse Cemetery, known as Cimetière du Montparnasse, is just a short walk away from the catacombs. The leafy cemetery boasts many ornate tombs and sculptures to spot.

In addition to appreciating the elaborate stonework, keep an eye out for the graves of many famous individuals. Some well-known names and prominent historical figures, such as Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, can be found amongst the many monuments. 

Nearby you can also find the Paris Observatory. Founded in the 1600s, they sometimes host events and open days. It’s worth checking ahead to see if they have any events scheduled during your stay in Paris.

Montparnasse is home to famous the Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower), Paris’ only skyscraper. It is named after the Greek mountain, Mount Parnassus. The viewpoint from the 56th-floor terrace offers stunning views of the city.

If you looking for authentic Breton crêperies, head to the surrounding streets of du Montparnasse. You can grab a meal at open-air market Marché Edgar Quinet, rue de la Butte aux Cailles, rue des Cinq Diamants, and Butte-aux-Cailles.

Being further removed from the city center and major attractions have the benefit of lower prices for accommodation. There is a good selection of mid-range and affordable accommodation in the area; ideal if you are trying to keep costs low.

Stay in Montparnasse If You are looking for a more local neighborhood, with fewer other tourists; Visiting the Paris Catacombs is a high priority; You are working with a smaller budget; You don’t mind being a little further out from the city center; you are first-time tourists;

Best places to stay in Montparnasse for first-time tourists:

luxury ($$$): Pullman Paris Montparnasse This 4-star hotel is located in Montparnasse district on the Left Bank of the river Seine, within easy walk from Montparnasse Train Station. Enjoy Italian and international dishes at its Fi’lia restaurant and Umami Burger Paris. While drinks are served at Skybar.

mid-range ($$): Lenox Montparnasse This 3-star hotel is located in a short walk from Montparnasse Tower, Luxembourg gardens, Rue de la Gaîté, and Metro Station Vavin. There are soundproofed rooms and suites that are served by a lift.

budget ($): Hôtel Du Midi Paris Montparnasse Located in Montparnasse district near Denfert-Rochereau, and Paris Catacombs, this hotel has fully-equipped guest rooms. With the Denfert-Rochereau RER B Train Station nearby, you can catch a train link to Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports.


11. Batignolles / 17th arrondissement


The 17th Arrondissement is located in the west of the city, immediately north of the Arc de Triomphe. Despite its proximity to such major attractions, the district itself is far enough from the city center to have a much more local atmosphere.

The Batignolles region, in the center of the district, is known for having a more laid-back, village atmosphere. You’ll find lots of trendy cafes and restaurants, along with fashionable wine and cocktail bars. 

Batignolles district is borded by Avenue de Clichy to the east, Rue de Tocqueville to the west, Boulevard des Batignolles to the south, and Boulevard Berthier to the north.

In the east, Place de Clichy leads into the red light district of Pigalle. If you’re looking for somewhere close to some of the best nightlife in Paris, but want to be able to escape the crowds when you’re done, this might be a good location for you to consider. 

In the center of Batignolles stands the charming square called Place du Dr Félix Lobligeois. It is surrouned with restaurant terraces, fountain, and the church of Sainte-Marie des Batignolles.

If you want to soak in the atmostphere of this French village, visit the Batignolles farmer’s market on Saturday on Boulevard des Batignolles. There is also a Batignolles covered market during weekday on Sunday.

There are numerous of parks in the area including the charming Square des Batignolles Park, and a ten-acre park of Martin Luther King Park.

In the northern end of the 17th Arrondissement lies Epinettes. Even further from the city center, this is the place to go if you really want to get away from the tourist hustle and bustle. The primarily quiet, residential streets are a great way to get a feel for everyday life in Paris.

The area is also known for having a variety of cuisines available from relaxed, local restaurants. Whether you want to try traditional French fare or experience the French take on various Asian or African cuisines, the foodie scene here will have something to suit every preference. 

You can also find Plaine-Monceau in the17th arr. It is a particularly upmarket district towards the southern end of the 17th Arrondissement. The area is home to various embassies and political buildings boasting beautiful architecture. 

Here you can enjoy a selection of upscale restaurants and high-end boutiques or relax in Parc Monceau. This charming public park is full of curious structures and statues to discover. Various trails wind through the gardens, past various ponds and sculptures.

There’s a wide range of accommodation available here. Whether you need something particularly affordable or prefer more luxurious hotels, you should be able to find something to suit you in this district.

Stay In The 17th Arrondissement If You don’t mind being further out from the city center; You want to stay somewhere with a very local atmosphere; It is not your first time visiting Paris.

Best places to stay in Paris in the 17th arr.:

luxury ($$$): Maison Albar Hotels Le Champs-Elysées Located in the 17th arr., right next to Arc de Triomphe and Avenue de Champs Elysées, this 5-star hotel has well-equipped rooms with iPod docking stations and a Nespresso coffee machine.. With the Metro Station Charles de Gaulle – Étoile. nearby, you can take direct trains to the Eiffel Tower and La Defense.

mid-range ($$): Hotel Flanelles Paris this 4-star hotel has 24-hour front desk, a sauna, a concierge service, luggage storage, and both continental and buffet breakfast options. Rooms have a wardrobe, a coffee machine, and a safety deposit box.

budget ($): Hotel Rendez-Vous Batignolles This boutique hotel is located in the 17th arr. It has 24-hour front desk, buffet breakfas, paid car parking nearby, and stylish guest rooms.


12. Montmartre / 18th arrondissement

Montmartre, one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Paris

To the north of Paris, the 18th Arrondissement is further removed from the city center than many of the districts on this list. The history and artistic heritage of the 18th Arrondissement lend it a reputation as one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Paris.

Famous artists Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Kees van Dongen, Max Jacob, and Amedeo Modigliani used to live in Montmartre. Le Bateau Lavoir at 13 Rue Ravignan was a place where a group of outstanding artists lived and rented artistic studios in the 20th century.

The Place du Tertre is one of the most well-known avenues to visit here. The charming, cobbled street is lined with cosy cafes. You can relax on the streetside dining terraces and enjoy the street performers and buskers or get a unique souvenir from one of the many artists and caricaturists.

Most of the attractions in this area are centered around Montmartre hill. Aside from being full of charming streets and stunning buildings, the top of Montmartre also offers some wonderful views across Paris. 

The main landmark of the Butte Montmartre is the Sacré-Cœur basilica. Boasting beautiful mosaics and stained glass windows, it is a fitting testament to the artistic history and heritage of the area. 

You can reach the basilica by funicular from the Place Saint-Pierre or walking through the Square Louise Michel. You can enjoy the views of paris from the top of its majestic dome.

The Montmartre Museum and the Dali Museum are just a short walk away if you want to learn more about the area’s history as a hotbed for the arts. Or visit nearby Le Bateau-Lavoir to see where Picasso once worked in his studio, creating some of his best-known works. 

Aside from historic buildings, quaint streets, and various galleries and museums, Montmartre hill also boasts numerous parks and gardens. It’s a lovely area to take a romantic stroll and enjoy views of the city whilst appreciating its history.

The south end of the district borders Pigalle and the red light district along the Boulevard de Clichy. This makes this another great place to consider if nightlife is a primary concern, or if you hope to spend an evening at the iconic Moulin Rouge.

The southeast of the district is just a short walk from the major train stations Gare de Nord and Gare du L’Est. If you are traveling to or from Paris via one of those stations, this is a neighborhood worth considering.

Being further out from the city center, accommodation here tends to be much more affordable than in the inner districts of Paris. There are plenty of good quality budget hotels to choose from, along with more mid-range options too.

Stay In Montmartre If You don’t mind being further out from the city center; Staying in one of the most romantic areas of Paris is ideal; You are working with a smaller budget; you are visiting Paris for the first time;

Best places to stay in Paris Montmartre for first-time visitors:

luxury ($$$): Best Western Plus Hôtel Littéraire Marcel Aymé Located within a short walk from Moulin Rouge, Sacré Coeur, and Blanche Metro Station with access to Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops right next to hotel’s doorsteps.

mid-range ($$): Odalys City Paris Montmartre Located in the 18th arr., close to Anvers Metro Station and Lamarck – Caulaincourt Metro Station, this hotel has studio with an equipped kitchenette and a dining area.

budget ($): Aparthotel Adagio Paris Montmartre Located in the lively Montmartre district, close to Sacré-Coeur Basilica in, this property offers modern, fully equipped apartments with a 24 hour reception.


13. Belleville / 20th arrondissement


The 20th Arrondissement is located in the east end of Paris. Once a heavily industrial area, it is now a trendy, artsy community with a distinctly urban edge. Belleville is ideal base for those looking for budget accommodations and local life.

Particularly popular with the Parisian youth, the area is known for its trendy but cheap eateries and contemporary art scene. 

Much of this edgy atmosphere is centered around the Belleville area in the north. Here you will find street food markets, independent art galleries, and an abundance of street art. Rue Denoyez and the Place Frehel are famous places to see graffiti.

Belleville is a friendly working-class district with lively community of Greeks, Armenians, Tunisian Jews, Moroccans, Chinese, and Vietnamese. It;s s a great place to go for an affordable evening out. 

Belleville is an perfect place to explore Paris’ varied culinary culture. You must try Tunisian brik or Turkish burek at Turkish and North African eateries in the neighborhood.

If you want to escape the urban vibe and get some fresh air, head to Parc de Belleville. The leafy green space boasts playgrounds, a museum, vineyard, and an open-air theatre. There is also a hill here which you can climb to take in some lovely views of Paris. 

This area is also home to Paris’ Chinese quarter. If you are looking to try some cheap yet good quality Chinese food then this is the area to visit. 

Although not really within walking distance of the main tourist areas, there are several metro stations within the 20th Arrondissement so you will still have no trouble exploring Paris from here. 

The most famous attraction in the 20th Arrondissement is the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Paris’ first garden cemetery and the most visited necropolis in the world, the Pere Lachaise Cemetery is one of the top attractions in Paris, welcoming over 3 and half-million visitors a year.

With over a million interments over the two centuries since the cemetery was established, there are tons of beautiful and fascinating monuments and tombs to explore. There are numerous famous people buried here too, including Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin, and Jim Morrison. 

Visitors are free to explore the cemetery by themselves, with no entrance fee. You can also choose to book a guided tour which will take you through some of the most significant graves and provide extra information about the cemetery.

If you visit on Tuesday or Friday, visit the Marché de Belleville on Boulevard de Belleville. it is an thriving opened-door farmers’ market.

Other places of interests are the Edith Piaf Museum, Parc Buttes-Chaumont, and exhibitions at Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville.

Being so far removed from the city center, as well as in an edgier, up-and-coming neighborhood, rates for accommodation here are typically very affordable. If you are working with a smaller budget then there are plenty of affordable hotel options for you to choose from in this area. 

Stay In Belleville If You want to stay in an edgier, urban neighborhood; You are working with a smaller budget; It’s not your first time visiting Paris.

Best place to stay in Belleville: Hotel Scarlett this 3-star hotel is set in the Ile de France Region. It has 24-hour front desk,on-site bar, and free wifi. Paris – Orly Airport is21 km from Hotel Scarlett.


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Where should I stay in Paris for the first time?

The 7th arrondissement is the best place to stay in Paris for the first time due to its close proximity to the famous landmark Eiffel Tower. Booking hotel in this area, you will be in the heart of action with plenty of things to do and see nearby.

What are the best areas to stay in Paris?

Eiffel Tower/7th arr., Louvre/1st arr., Le Marais/3rd & 4th arr., Latin Quarter/5th arr., Saint-Germain-des-Près/6arr., Champs-Elysées/8th arr are the best areas to stay in Paris due to their popularity, safety, and a wide variety of attractions and amenities for tourists.

What is the safest area to stay in Paris for tourists?

Paris is a very safe city as a whole, but as any tourist destination, you should watch out for pickpockets and scams. The safe places to stay in Paris are in the central and the most touristy areas such as the 7th arr, Le Marais, the Latin quarter, the Louvre area.

You should also void neighborhood of Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est in 10th Arrondissement; and the district around Porte de la Villette, Marx Dormoy, Porte de Clignancourt, Porte de la Chapelle, La Chapelle in the northern 18th and 19th.

Louvre, Champs-Élysées, Les Invalides, and Eiffel Tower are the best places to stay in Paris for the Olympic Games 2024. These areas offer easy access to reach each sporting arena with excellent public transport.

In conclusion, Eiffel Tower (7th arr.), Louvre (1st arr.), Le Marais, Latin Quarter, St Germain, and Montmartre are some of the best places to stay in Paris for tourists and first-timers. They offer safe central locations and a wide range of accommodations for all budget travelers.

Personally, I picked 7th arrondissement as the base for my first visit but you can choose an area that aligns with your interests and preferences to make the most of your Parisian adventure.

About Author: Linda Smith

I'm Linda Smith, the Hotel Expert, an experienced travel blogger who passionate about traveling. I'm here to share with you all my travel experiences and tips. I cover a wide range of travel topics, specializing in sharing information about the best areas, neighborhoods, and hotels in each city. I hope all these things will make your travel easier.

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