Where to Stay in Paris 🇫🇷: 10 Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Tourists

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After you have chosen the dates of your trip to Paris – the capital of France, you have to make the next decision, which many people struggle with the most: in which neighborhood of Paris is the best place to stay?

And this is an important question, because in my opinion the city is becoming less safe every year. There are also districts of Paris that are not logistically convenient and you will spend a lot of time on transportation.

Especially if you are coming to Paris for the first time, you may be wondering which district is closest to everything – to all the main attractions: such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Louvre?

So it’s important to decide: what you want to see and do, and then find the perfect hotel or apartment with the right combination of amenities and prices to fit your budget.

To make it easier for you to choose the best place to stay in Paris, we’ve put together our recommendations for the best neighborhoods in central Paris for first-time and repeat visitors based on different interests, as well as hotel suggestions.

Quick Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Paris 📋

1. 1st Arrondissement (Louvre Museum) – Best Place to Stay in Paris for the First Time 👀

💎 Royal area: Staying in the lively 1st arrondissement neighborhood around the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Garden, sometimes referred to as “Royal Paris” because French kings and queens once called the area home, you’ll be close to many of Paris’ most famous attractions.

Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum

🏛️ Famous sites: There’s no shortage of things to see here:

  • the Mona Lisa at the Louvre,
  • the impressive stained glass windows at the Sainte-Chapelle,
  • the Palais Royal garden,
  • the designer boutiques on Rue Saint-Honoré,
  • the jewelry stores on Place Vendôme,

Also don’t miss one of the city’s elegant 19th century arcades, Galerie Vero Dodat.

🚶‍♂️ Relaxing walk: The Jardin du Tuileries offers great places to relax, a fun carnival in summer and the city’s busiest Christmas market in November and December. You can stroll along the Seine River or enjoy an evening cruise with dinner, sip hot chocolate at Angelina’s and visit the jazz clubs on Rue des Lombards.

🍴 Food heaven: You’ll find great places to eat on almost every street, from casual bakeries/cafes to romantic bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants.

🚇 Easy access: An easy walk or short metro ride will take you to the city’s other major attractions: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée d’Orsay, famous for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre.

At first glance, bustling shopping streets such as Rue de Rivoli, Avenue de l’Opera and Rue Saint-Honoré give the impression of a commercial district, so explore the smaller side streets to see the quieter and more charming side of the neighborhood.

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Where to stay in the 1st Arrondissement?

Luxury Hotels:

  • Le Meurice – an elegant 18th century palace and one of the most prestigious hotels in Paris with the highest level of service and a prime location opposite the Tuileries.
  • Mandarin Oriental Paris – A luxury hotel in the heart of Paris with chic interiors, fine dining and stunning views of the Louvre.

Expensive Hotels:

  • Hôtel Le Relais des Halles – an elegant boutique hotel with personalized service and a prime location near Place du Châtelet.
  • Meliá Paris Vendôme – a modern 4-star hotel in the center of Paris with elegant rooms and excellent value for money.
  • Le Relais Saint Honoré – a cozy boutique hotel in the heart of Paris offering a high level of service.

Medium price range:

  • Hôtel Londres Saint Honoré – a hotel with all amenities in the prestigious district of Paris at an affordable price.
  • Hotel Opera Maintenon – a comfortable hotel in close proximity to Place des Vosges and the Grand Opera House with friendly staff.

2. Les Halles (1st & 2nd Arrondissements) – Best Area to Stay in Paris for Foodies 🥐

🥐 Food heaven: American writer Ernest Hemingway called Paris a “movable feast,” and while he meant it as a metaphor, Paris may actually be the best city in the world for foodies.

Les Halles
Les Halles
Market Les Halles
Market Les Halles
Market Les Halles

🧺 Market central: If your idea of the perfect Paris vacation includes exploring the famous market streets, tasting great food and shopping for high-end French tableware, then the Les Halles neighborhood, which occupies the northeast corner of the 1st arrondissement and a slice of the 2nd arrondissement, may be the perfect place for your stay.

🏬 Long history: Although the huge Les Halles market, where Parisians have been buying groceries since the 15th century, has been gone for 50 years, replaced by a huge shopping center and a metro with a train station, many of the nearby housewares stores, landmark restaurants, and a pedestrian market street overflowing with cheese stores, patisseries, fresh produce, and inviting cafes remain.

🍽 Dining: Stopping nearby, you can stroll down Rue Montorgueil to Stohrer’s to:

  • have a morning pain au chocolat,
  • enjoy Burgundy snails stuffed with garlic and parsley butter at L’Escargot,
  • eat shawarma at Au Pied de Cochon,
  • or opt for fine dining at Frenchie.

Also don’t miss the sumptuous tasting menu at Kei, a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant.

🛍 Shop & explore: In between meals, stock up on French kitchenware at Dehellerin, Mora, A. Simon and G. Detou, attend an organ recital at nearby Saint-Estache Church (the only Parisian church with a stained-glass window depicting the cutting of pork), or stroll into the nearby Marais district, where you’ll find many other fantastic bistros as well as wonderful boutiques and specialty stores.

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Where to stay in the Les Halles?

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3. 8th Arrondissement (Champs Elysees) – Best Location to Stay in Paris for Design & Fashion 👗

💎 Glamorous: If you dream of immersing yourself in the world of design, checking out the latest trends in designer showrooms and flagship stores, and taking inspiration from Paris’ top fashion and design museums, choose a hotel or apartment in the glamorous Golden Triangle neighborhood, bordered by the Champs-Elysees, Avenue George V and Avenue Montaigne, the most glamorous part of the 8th arrondissement.

👗 Famous designers: It is here that the world’s most famous designers and haute couture houses such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Chloé, Kenzo, Valentino, Tiffany and Balmain dazzle the wealthy international public.

Palais Galliera
Palais Galliera
Palais Galliera
Palais Galliera
Palais Galliera

🎨 Inspiring museums:  Just outside the border of the 16th arrondissement are two Parisian museums that are on every fashionista’s wish list:

  • the Palais Galliera, featuring sensational temporary exhibitions that delve deep into the history of fashion,
  • and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, dedicated to showcasing iconic works by the legendary couturier, as well as the famous designer’s studios.

Also nearby is the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where you can find inspiration in magnificent exhibitions dedicated to design and decorative arts.

💸 Affordable options: And of course, if your budget doesn’t allow for the latest haute couture creations, you’ll find plenty of affordable options such as Sephora and H&M along the Champs-Elysees, as well as interesting French brands.

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Where to stay in the 8th Arrondissement?

Luxury Hotels:

Mid-range hotels:

  • Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées – an elegant boutique hotel within walking distance of the Champs-Elysées, offers comfortable rooms and personal service.
  • Hotel Claridge Paris – A charming Art Deco hotel, renowned for its personalized service and the atmosphere of old Paris.

Inexpensive Hotels:

  • Adveniat Paris – small cozy hotel near the Arc de Triomphe, offers simple rooms at a reasonable price.
  • Hôtel Château Frontenac – a friendly, family-run hotel with classic rooms and good value for money.

4. 6th Arrondissement (Saint-Germain-des-Prés) – Best Area in Paris for Families 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

🌇 Idyllic locale: Although chic designer clothing boutiques, antique stores and home decor salons, as well as legendary cafes and restaurants such as Café de Flore, Le Precope and Les Deux Magots, fill the chic neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement, it is an ideal place for families.

🎡 Kid-friendly park: If you’re visiting with young children, the Luxembourg Gardens (the neighborhood’s largest park) offers plenty of activities:

  • a carousel,
  • pony rides,
  • a pool where you can rent small boats, an indoor playground, carriage rides.

And even a children’s puppet theater (look for the Théâtre des Marrionnettes sign).

🛹 Teen hangout: For teens (and the whole family), a favorite hangout in Saint-Germain is Parc Rives, a park on the banks of the Seine River where you’ll find playgrounds and sports fields, a climbing wall, skateboarding spaces, jogging paths, seasonal eateries and cafes, plenty of places to sit and relax, and even a floating Fluctuart gallery dedicated to showcasing street art.

💒 Historic churches: Be sure to explore the other attractions of St. Germain as well. In addition to great stores and iconic cafes, the neighborhood is home to two gorgeous churches:

  • the Église de Saint Germain des Prés, where you can attend a concert and enjoy the seasonal Christmas market,
  • and the Église Saint Sulpice, filled with gorgeous sculptures and frescoes painted by Delacroix.
Église de Saint Germain des Prés
Église de Saint Germain des Prés
Église de Saint Germain des Prés
Église de Saint Germain des Prés
Église de Saint Germain des Prés
Église de Saint Germain des Prés
Église de Saint Germain des Prés

📍 Centrally located: Thanks to the convenient location of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, you can reach other major attractions on foot (no more than 10-15 minutes): the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden and Les Halles across the river in the 1st arrondissement, the Eiffel Tower, the Musée de l’Armée and Musée d’Orsay in the 7th, the Catacombs in the 14th and the Latin Quarter in the 5th (and part of the 6th). And the numerous metro stations make it quick and easy to get to other Paris attractions.

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Where to stay in the 6th Arrondissement?

Luxury Hotels:

  • Hotel Lutetia – This 5-star Art Nouveau and Art Deco palatial hotel exudes glamor and offers an indoor pool and spa.
  • Relais Christine – A magnificent luxury 5-star hotel built on the foundations of a 13th century abbey, with an enclosed courtyard in a fantastic location near the Seine, 48 charming rooms and suites with high ceilings.

Mid-range hotels:

  • Hotel Madison – a lovely 4-star boutique hotel with 50 rooms and suites located opposite the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in a fantastic location close to two metro stations.
  • Hotel de Buci – a charming 24-room boutique hotel with romantic furnishings in the style of 18th century Louis XV Paris.

Inexpensive Hotels:

  • Hotel Clémont – A 2-star boutique hotel with 28 rooms equipped with air conditioning and elevator, a great location near Saint-Germain Market and Saint-Sulpice Church.
  • Hôtel de Sèvres – a simple and inexpensive hotel near the metro, suitable for short trips on a tight budget.

5. Montmartre (18th Arrondissement) – See Paris from the Other Side 🔮

💭 Dreamy: Do you dream of strolling the narrow cobblestone streets, relaxing with a cup of coffee, or buying warm croissants from the oven from friendly vendors while returning to your hotel room or apartment with a breathtaking view of the city from your balcony?

🎨 Charming: If so, Montmartre is the perfect neighborhood in Paris to stay in during your visit. It’s a real village, separated from Paris until the 19th century, and still retains all the charm and authenticity that has attracted artists here over the past few centuries.

🖼 Artsy: Here you will find wonderful small museums and art galleries, many attractive boutiques, and inviting cafes and bistros on almost every corner.

Sacré-Coeur Basilica
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Sacré-Coeur Basilica
Sacré-Coeur Bazilikası
Sacré-Coeur Basilica
Sacré-Coeur Bazilikası
Sacré-Coeur Basilica
Sacré-Coeur Bazilikası
Sacré-Coeur Basilica
Sacré-Coeur Bazilikası

🌄 Panoramic: At the highest hilltop in Montmartre is the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, which can be seen from all over Paris, but the view is even better up close! Climb the stairs or take the funicular and enjoy the panoramic view from the square in front.

🎭 Lively: Explore the nearby Place du Tertre, where artists still set up their easels and sketch for tourists. Indulge in champagne and a show at the legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret at the foot of Montmartre.

🚇 Well-connected: Montmartre is located in the 18th arrondissement, but it is far from the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and other attractions, but easily accessible by metro. And if the huge Les Puces flea market in Saint-Ouen is on your must-see list, the metro will get you there in just a few minutes.

Start your stay in Montmartre with a walking tour led by an expert guide.

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Where to stay in Montmartre?

Expensive Hotels:

  • Hotel Terrass – The 4-star hotel, famous for its rooftop terrace bar with breathtaking views of Paris, offers a chic 92 rooms and suites.
  • Montmartre Residence – Enjoy your own charming and well-appointed apartment at the famous Wall of Love in the beautiful Abbesse neighborhood of Montmartre.

Mid-range hotels:

Inexpensive Hotels:

  • Regyn's Montmartre – a very simple, no-frills 2-star hotel with 22 small rooms and cheap prices in a fantastic location – great value for money.
  • Hotel Audran – another basic 2 star hotel with small rooms and bargain prices in a great location.

6. Le Marais (3rd and 4th Arrondissement) – Find the Best Boutiques, Galleries and Nightlife 🍸

🏰 Historic charm: Le Marais, which includes large portions of the 3rd and 4th districts, exudes old-world charm. Once the aristocratic district of Paris, today it captivates visitors with its vibrant nightlife, trendsetting boutiques and galleries.

Le Marais, Paris
Le Marais, Paris
Le Marais, Paris
Le Marais, Paris
Le Marais, Paris
Le Marais, Paris

🗺️ Easy addition: Just across the river Seine from tourist favorites like Notre Dame and St. Louis Island, Le Marais makes for an easy addition to any first-timer’s Paris itinerary.

⏳ Wandering through history: Stepping into Le Marais truly feels like wandering through Paris’ past. Turn any corner to discover hidden garden squares, 17th century hôtels (grand townhouses), or the oldest houses in Paris. Don’t miss architectural gems like the regal Place des Vosges—Paris’ oldest square, lined by arcade and red-brick buildings.

🎨 Avant-garde hub: Beyond the old-world facades, Le Marais thrums with life. Trendy boutiques and galleries have made it the place for avant-garde fashion and art. At night, bars and clubs take over the streets.

🚶‍♂️ Convenient: Getting around Le Marais couldn’t be simpler. The neighborhood is easily walkable. For sights further afield, utilise:

  • Metro lines 1, 8, and 10
  • Velib’ bike stations
  • Buses 29, 69, 76

History seeps through every street and stone here. Let the lively maze of Le Marais transport you to Paris’ past.

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Where to stay in Le Marais?

Expensive Hotels:

  • Le Pavilion de la Reine & Spa – Set in a 17th-century building opposite Place des Vosges, this family-run 5-star hotel has a lovely private garden and 56 exquisite rooms and suites.
  • Charles V – a 4-star hotel with 22 rooms beautifully decorated in Swedish rococo style, located in the quiet neighborhood of Village Saint Paul.
  • Hôtel 9Confidentiel – A 5-star boutique hotel with 26 rooms and 3 suites decorated in deco style by Philippe Starck, is a favorite among guests who love style and comfort.

Mid-range hotels:

  • Les Tournelles – a 3-star hotel with 24 beautifully decorated rooms, close to Place des Vosges and the Picasso Museum.
  • Hotel Jeanne D'Arc – an attractive 3-star boutique hotel with elevator next to the Place des Vosges garden and the Picasso Museum on a quiet street.
  • Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais – a small 3-star boutique hotel with pleasant decor and a convenient location near Rue de Rivoli.

Inexpensive Hotels:

  • Hotel du Vieux Marais – A 3-star hotel with 23 rooms, fairly simple decor and an elevator.
  • Hotel Beaubourg – a charming 3-star hotel with elevator, air conditioning and 28 beautifully decorated rooms of varying sizes.

7. Latin Quarter (5th & 6th Arrondissement) – Where to Stay in Paris on a Budget 💸

🏠 Budget-friendly: If you are looking for an affordable neighborhood in the heart of the city, the Latin Quarter, which occupies part of the 5th and 6th arrondissements, offers a fine selection of sights, attractive restaurants and charming narrow streets with a medieval atmosphere.

🎓 Intellectual hub: The Latin Quarter has been the center of Paris’ intellectual life since the Middle Ages, when students from all over Europe came here to study at the Sorbonne University, where their common language was Latin. Students still fill this quarter, so you’ll find plenty of inexpensive places to eat and stay here, though there are a few luxurious options as well.

💃🏻Lively area: You’ll find plenty of fascinating places to explore and have fun here:

  • The Cluny Museum, with its Roman baths and medieval treasures
  • Pantheon
  • Jazz clubs
  • Luxembourg Gardens
Pantheon, Paris
Pantheon, Paris
Pantheon, Paris
Pantheon, Paris
Pantheon, Paris
Pantheon, Paris
Pantheon, Paris

🌳 Tranquil: The quiet Jardin des Plantes neighborhood has even more top attractions next door: the Paris Botanical Gardens, a small zoo, the Museum of Natural History, the Grand Mosque of Paris with its beautiful interior garden, and the fascinating Institut du Monde Arabe museum with its rooftop terrace.

📍 Centrally located: The Latin Quarter’s central location next to the River Seine means that you are within walking distance of most of Paris’ main attractions, but there are also numerous metro stations so you can visit Montmartre or other more outlying areas.

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Where to stay in Latin Quarter?

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8. 7th Arrondissement – Best Neighborhood to Stay near the Eiffel Tower 🔥

🗼 Dream views: If your dream is to see the Eiffel Tower as often as possible during your visit to Paris, then stop by the Champ de Mars in the 7th arrondissement. Sure, you can see the Iron Lady from many locations throughout the city, but nothing compares to the thrill of looking up and seeing the soaring lace spire up close.

🎞 Classic charm: The 7th arrondissement is like a vision of Paris from classic movies and novels. The arrondissement stretches from the banks of the Seine inland to the bustling Boulevard Saint-Germain, where charming side streets branch out to become a cute residential neighborhood.

🏛 Top sights: Three major attractions draw travelers to the 7th arrondissement:

  • The Eiffel Tower – the iconic landmark can be reached on foot from anywhere in the district.
  • Musée d’Orsay – a museum dedicated to 19th and 20th century art.
  • Les Invalides – a regal 17th century complex with various buildings and museums.

💯 More to do: Besides attractions, you’ll find a lot more things to do in the 7th arrondissement: excellent shopping opportunities, wonderful bistros, a terrific restaurant Grande Épicerie de Paris. And don’t miss the popular market street of Rue Claire, one of the gems of the neighborhood.

With its sophisticated atmosphere and wealth of attractions, the 7th arrondissement allows visitors to experience the elegant side of Parisian life.

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Where to stay in the 7th Arrondissement?

Expensive Hotels:

  • Résidence Charles Floquet – an elegant Art Deco apartment with panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower and a private terrace.
  • J.K. Place Paris – chic boutique hotel with exquisite designer interiors and personalized service.
  • Juliana Hotel Paris – a cozy hotel in a 19th century building with luxurious rooms, spa and restaurant overlooking the Seine.

Medium price category:

  • Le Pavillon Hotel – A comfortable hotel in traditional Parisian style with attentive staff.
  • Hotel du Champ de Mars – Hotel in an elegant mansion overlooking the Eiffel Tower, offers fine French cuisine.
  • Hôtel Le Beaugency – cozy family hotel with spacious rooms and the best breakfast in the area.

9. St. Louis Island (4th Arrondissement) – The Hidden Gem of Paris 💎

Remember the two small islands in the middle of the Seine on the map at the beginning of this article? The larger of the two, the Isle of Cité, is filled with tourists attracted by its famous sights: the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Chapelle with its superb stained glass windows.

😴 Quiet locale: In contrast, the smaller island, the island of Saint-Louis, is of little interest to tourists.

👀 Top attractions:

  • There is the beautiful Gothic church of Saint-Louis-en-l’Île, built in the 17th century
  • The popular ice cream café Berthillon, known for its amazing frozen treats
  • Colorful street art and flowers adorning the facades of residential buildings

🏠 Residential area: Otherwise, Saint-Louis Island is a quiet residential neighborhood, unless you count the periods during the summer months when visitors come out to La Cité Island and stop for ice cream on their way to nearby Marais.

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Sainte-Chapelle, Paris
Isle of Cite, Paris
Cité Adası, Paris
Isle of Cite, Paris
Cité Adası

💎 Hidden gem: Most visitors to Paris overlook the island of Saint-Louis when choosing where to stay – but you can’t beat the convenience of its central location, and with 6 bridges connecting the Left and Right banks and Isle de la Cité, you’ll have quick and easy access to wherever else you want to go.

If you want to experience life in an almost hidden Parisian neighborhood in the historic center of the city, Saint-Louis is an excellent choice.

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10. 9th arrondissement (Opéra) – Best Arrondissement in Paris for Shopping 🛍

🛍️ Shopper’s paradise: If your dream is to visit Paris and do a lot of shopping, stay in the vibrant Opéra / Grands Magasins neighborhood, where every designer and every brand will be at your fingertips. Just like your hotel, when you need to stash your overflowing shopping bags in your room before heading out for more shopping.

🏢 Famous stores: Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps, two legendary and huge Parisian Grands Magasins (big department stores) of the Belle Epoch era, dominate this part of the 9th arrondissement.

🔝 Top brands: Under their roofs you’ll find specialty boutiques of virtually every famous luxury designer imaginable: Gucci, Maje, Sandro, Armani, Hermès, Valentino, Tiffany, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton.

💸 Tax savings: This makes shopping incredibly convenient, but here’s another plus if you live outside the EU: you can combine purchases from most brands to reach a minimum amount of €175 and get a VAT rebate on the spot.

🛒 More shopping: If that’s not enough, you can binge on Haussmann Boulevard, Capuchin Boulevard and smaller streets at international stores such as:

  • Zara
  • Uniqlo
  • H&M

affordable French brands such as:

  • Comptoir des Cotonniers
  • Camaïeu and Carroll

as well as luxury luggage and leather stores.

🎭 Cultural break: For a cultural break, attend a performance at the nearby Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House) or visit this legendary Baroque masterpiece. The Louvre Museum and the Jardin des Tuileries are about a 10-minute walk away, and numerous metro stations offer easy access to the entire city.

What’s it like to live in this bustling commercial district?  Between the bustling boulevards are many small, quiet streets with small bistros, cafes and bakeries.  You get the perfect combination of Parisian charm and easy access to world-class shopping.

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Where to stay in the 9th Arrondissement?

Expensive Hotels:

  • Maison Albar Hotels – Le Vendome is a chic Art Deco boutique hotel with luxurious interiors and upscale service.
  • Maison Souquet – An elegant boutique hotel with sophisticated Belle Époque design, offering personalized service.
  • Hotel Parister & Spa – A modern premium hotel with a wellness center and restaurant overlooking the Opera Garnier.

Medium price category:

  • Hotel Aida Opera – a cozy hotel within walking distance of the Opera Garnier, offers comfortable rooms at a reasonable price.
  • Hotel Sacha – small cozy hotel with friendly staff and clean rooms, located in a quiet alley.
  • Timhotel Opéra Blanche Fontaine – a comfortable mid-range hotel with good value for money.

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Top Tips to Make Your Paris Trip Unforgettable 🔝

Here are 5 tips to help make your trip to Paris comfortable and memorable:

🎫 Book skip-the-line tickets to top attractions like the Louvre or Eiffel Tower ahead of time. This allows you to bypass the notoriously long queues and maximize your sightseeing.

👟 Pack comfortable walking shoes. Paris is best explored on foot, but all that walking can take its toll. Well-cushioned shoes will save your feet.

🇫🇷 Learn some basic French phrases. Though many Parisians speak English, busting out a little “bonjour” or “merci” shows good faith.

🚇 Try the metro over taxis. The Paris metro system is cheap, efficient, and will help you get to know the city. Save taxis for late nights or luggage transport.

🥐 Stop for croissants and coffee at sidewalk cafés. Grab a crepe as you stroll. These culinary institutions let you live that Parisian lifestyle and fuel up for museum trekking.

Main Paris Arrondissements on the Map 🗺

FAQs about Visiting Paris

What area is best to stay in Paris?

The Marais area is a great place to stay to experience classic Parisian charm. I recommend staying there because it has picturesque streets lined with cafés, boutique shops, and small museums all walkable from many hotels.

How to stay in Paris for cheap?

To stay in Paris cheaply, look into budget hotels or Airbnbs located just outside the city center hotspots. Places like the 10th arrondissement or near Metro line 2 offer lower nightly rates while still keeping top sights accessible.

How many days to stay in Paris?

As for the ideal number of days, I’d recommend at least 4 full days to make the most of a first visit to Paris. That gives enough time to see top attractions like the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and more at a comfortable pace without feeling rushed.

How to stay safe in Paris?

Be extra vigilant of pickpockets around major tourist sites, at train stations, on the Metro. Also try not to walk alone late at night in deserted areas. However, the majority of tourist zones are generally safe for visitors.

 

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