Last updated on March 3, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, founder of MEL365, following extensive travelling in Paris

10 Best areas to stay in Paris – A great comparison

In this guide, I have narrowed down my 10 best areas to stay in Paris, a city that I have been in love with for so many years, a city that I have visited on multiple occasions and that I almost moved and lived there.

The French capital offers so many options that suit any type of traveller. I have written extensively about family trips, budget stays, safest options, Eiffel Tower view, a first-time trip or just being close to everything.

In this guide, I have organised a map and an ultimate table that compares my 10 best places to stay in Paris, with plenty of information on the neighbourhoods, including the major pros and cons of staying there.

But let’s jump to the juicy stuff.

View to the Eiffel Tower from the Montparnasse Tower
View of the Eiffel Tower from the Montparnasse Tower

10 Best areas to stay in Paris – A comparative table

You may already know that the French capital is arranged in 20 arrondissements (neighbourhoods). I have below organised a table with my 10 best areas to stay in Paris where I have compared the expected average cost (for both accommodation and food), the main reasons to stay there and many other aspects.

This table should help you to narrow down the possible options for where to stay in Paris. You can then click on the area name to check all the pros and cons of the area, besides a full description and a bunch of suggested hotels and apartments.

Swipe left or right on the mobile to see all the columns of the table. Scroll after the table for a Paris map of these areas

Arr.Area NameAvg CostBest forRestaurantsReason to stayShort DescriptionConnection to MetroConnection to AirportSafetyCharacter of the Area
1Louvre$$$$Tourists, Art loversPlentiful, with most of them ElegantProximity to art, culture, and historyArt, history hubExcellent1 change of Metro lineVery safeHistoric, Artistic
4Le Marais$$$LBGTQ+, Young AdultsNumerous, with most of them BohemianBlend of historical and contemporary ParisHistorical, LGBTQ+ friendlyGood2 changes of Metro lineSafeBohemian, Historic, Trendy
5Latin Quarter$$Students, IntellectualsNumerous, with most of them TraditionalIntellectual and student vibeIntellectual, student vibeGood1 change of Metro lineQuite safeTraditional, Vibrant
7Eiffel Tower Area$$$$$Luxury Seekers, CouplesPlentiful, with most of them GourmetIconic Parisian viewsIconic views, upscaleGood2 changes of Metro lineVery safeLuxurious, Traditional
8Champs-Élysées$$$$$Luxury shoppers, FoodiesPlentiful, with most of them ChicLuxury shopping and diningLuxury shopping, diningExcellentDirect lineVery safeLuxurious, Fashionable
10Canal Saint-Martin$$Young adults, SinglesNumerous, with most of them ArtisanalHip, lively atmosphereTrendy, lively local vibeGood1 change of Metro lineAverageTrendy, Vibrant
14Montparnasse$$$Adventure seekers, Offbeat touristsModerate, with most of them BistroOffbeat attractions and city viewsUnique attractions, city viewsGoodDirect lineQuite safeBohemian, Contemporary
16Trocadéro$$$$FamiliesModerate, with most of them TraditionalQuiet and affluent residential areaQuiet, residentialGood1 change of Metro lineVery safeTranquil, Traditional
18Montmartre$$Artists, Bohemians, Romantic couplesNumerous, with most of them BohemianArtistic history and bohemian charmArtistic, bohemianModerate2 changes of Metro lineQuite safeArtistic, Bohemian
19Buttes-Chaumont$Budget travelers, Young AdultsFew, with most of them CosmopolitanLess touristy, hip atmosphereHip, less touristyAverage2 changes of Metro lineIt can be challengingCosmopolitan, Modern
10 Best areas to stay in Paris – A comparative table
Best areas to stay in Paris on a map
Best areas to stay in Paris on a map (Hi-Res here)

Arrondissement 1 – Louvre, close to everything

Best area to stay in Paris for luxury lovers and culture enthusiasts

  • Pros: Plentiful chic restaurants, excellent metro connection, high level of safety, strong historical character.
  • Cons: High cost of living, can be crowded due to tourist attractions, limited connection to the airport.
  • In short: A historic neighbourhood with an unmatched selection of luxury shopping, fine dining, and cultural landmarks.
Paris - Louvre museum in Paris
Paris – Louvre Museum in Paris

Louvre is one of the best areas to stay in Paris close to everything, right in the heart of the city, enveloped in its age-old charm and style.

Louvre is the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, full of history, art, luxury, chic restaurants, extravagant bars, and trendy cafes. Each cobblestone street, every boutique window, the very air here is drenched in an elegance that beckons to be explored.

One moment, you’re navigating the historical corridors of the world-renowned Louvre Museum, feasting your eyes on an unparalleled collection of artistic masterpieces. The next, you’re wandering along the Seine, the grandeur of Palais Royal in your periphery, a vintage charm wrapping around you like a cosy blanket.

But wait, there’s more. The Louvre district is not just about the past; it is equally about the present, offering a thriving array of chic restaurants for food connoisseurs. If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, look no further. Some of the most celebrated luxury shopping outlets call Louvre home. Think – Cartier, Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, each one vying for your attention.

And when it comes to connectivity, the Louvre has you covered. With an excellent metro connection, you can zip around the city with the greatest ease. That said, reaching the airport might require a change or two on the metro, but hey, you’re in Paris!

You well understand why the Louvre is one of the best neighbourhoods in Paris on a first visit. True, it doesn’t come cheap but you will love every single second f your stay

Most importantly you’ll feel secure when walking through the streets of the Louvre Arrondissement. This is an affluent neighbourhood in Paris where safety is well-taken care of.

In a few words, Louvre is the quintessentially Parisian experience. Whether you’re there for a short visit or a longer stay, Louvre lets you take a piece of Paris home with you.

My suggested hotels in the 1st Arrondissement – Louvre

The Citadines Les Halles Paris Hotel is one of my favourites in this area. It’s categorized as a 3-star, however, in my opinion, it offers much more than that. Its proximity to 2 Metro stations (Chalet and Les Halles) makes it ideal for any underground ride. Moreover, it’s a stone away from the Seine, Notre Dame and other attractions. The area has lots of cafes, restaurants and groceries. The rooms include a small kitchenette which makes it very handy, especially with kids. Breakfast is usually included in the great price. They have a minimum 4-night stay policy.

Citadines Les Halles Paris Hotel
Citadines Les Halles Paris Hotel

Another 2 great accommodations close to everything are:

Relais Du Louvre ($$$$): boutique style, lovely interior design, next to most of Paris attractions

My Maison In Paris ($$$): cosy located on the main line to the airport, quiet and relaxing

Arrondissement 4 – Le Marais, best for young adults and LBGTQ+

Best area to stay in Paris for young adults and the LGBT+ community

  • Pros: Plentiful traditional restaurants, good metro connection, safe environment, artistic and bohemian character.
  • Cons: Moderate cost, not the best connection to the airport.
  • In short: A historic district known for its vibrant LGBT+ scene, boutique shopping, and impressive architectural sites.
Paris - Typical buildings and roofs in the Marais, aerial view from the Pompidou Center
Paris – Typical buildings and roofs in the Marais, aerial view from the Pompidou Center

Let me set the scene for you: Imagine walking down ancient, narrow streets, each one oozing with history, lined with traditional restaurants serving authentic French cuisine. Welcome to Le Marais, also known as Paris’s 4th Arrondissement.

Situated in the heart of Paris, Le Marais is a historical gem wrapped in a blanket of Bohemian charm. The 4th Arrondissement is certainly not a hidden gem however it has still an old Parisian vibe that I keep loving on every trip t the city. An architectural wonderland, the district is a delightful maze of medieval and classical mansions, now home to artisanal boutiques, art galleries, and lively cafés.

Le Marais is a beautiful paradox of old and new, seamlessly blending historic marvels with a vibrant, contemporary vibe. Once there surely you will not miss a visit to the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral and the iconic Hôtel de Ville.

And honestly, Marais is one of the best places to stay in Paris close to everything. In fact, you will be within walking distance of the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, Place de la Bastille and Domaine National du Palais-Royal to name a few.

One of the many feathers in Le Marais’s cap is its dynamic LGBT+ scene. It’s one of the most welcoming districts in Paris, with plenty of multicultural bars, clubs, and shops. There’s a reason it’s often referred to as the “gay district” of Paris!

Paris- Typical buildings and roofs in the Marais - view from the Pompidou Center
Paris- Typical buildings and roofs in the Marais – view from the Pompidou Center

When it comes to food, Le Marais does not disappoint. From traditional Parisian bistros to cutting-edge fusion cuisine, your taste buds will thank you. And let’s not forget about the shopping – vintage finds, high fashion, local artisans, you name it!

In terms of metro connection, Le Marais scores well, making it easy for you to discover the rest of Paris. Unfortunately, there is no direct Metro connection to the international airports and you will have to change a couple of lines, but honestly, this can be a problem only if you are spending 1 night in the city and you want to minimize the transportation time.

Safety is well cared for in this vibrant neighbourhood, so you can relax and enjoy everything Le Marais offers without worry.

In essence, Le Marais is not just a district; it’s a feeling – a blend of history, bohemian spirit, and inclusive culture. It can be very busy in the summer and certainly, accommodations do not come cheap, however, overall it is still one of my favourite arrondissements to stay in Paris.

My suggested hotels in the 4th Arrondissement – Le Marais

Le Petit Beaumarchais Hotel & Spa ($$$) offers a unique boutique stay in the heart of Paris, close to iconic attractions. The hotel boasts stunning interior design, comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and a delicious breakfast. The location is so convenient. On-site dining, and delightful extra touches like the Spa, make it an ideal choice for couples seeking a memorable Parisian experience.

Another 2 great accommodations close to everything are:

Hôtel Le Presbytère ($$$-$$$$): old-style with plenty of Parisian character and charm

Hotel Dupond-Smith ($$$): comfortable and spacious rooms, high-quality service

Arrondissement 5 – Latin Quarter, famous with students and intellectuals

Best area to stay in Paris for students and intellectuals

  • Pros: Moderate traditional restaurants, excellent metro connection, safe, vibrant and bohemian atmosphere.
  • Cons: Limited connection to the airport, can be crowded.
  • In short: A lively district with a youthful vibe, filled with bustling bistros, bookshops, and historical sites.
Paris - View of the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse
Paris – View of the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse

The Latin Quarter, Paris’s 5th Arrondissement, is another central Parsian area full of youthful energy, with an intellectual connotation.

Home to the illustrious Sorbonne University, the Latin Quarter has a rich history of scholastic prowess. With its labyrinth of narrow lanes echoing with debates of Sartre and Hemingway, this district can feel like stepping into an intellectual carnival. But it’s not just a paradise for academics; it’s a playground for anyone who appreciates a buzz of activity.

Picture yourself strolling through narrow streets teeming with bookshops, artists, bistros, and outdoor cafés. The intoxicating mix of languages and laughter rings out against the backdrop of a lively jazz tune. This is the quintessential experience of the Latin Quarter – vibrant, intellectual, and brimming with life.

What about food, you ask? Rest assured, the Latin Quarter serves up a platter of culinary delights. I love the traditional bistros that you can still find in this area besides the vibrant cafés full of students. And when tired I can easily select one of the many eateries with international cuisines.

Low angle shot of the Pantheon in Paris
Low-angle shot of the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris

When it comes to getting around, the Latin Quarter is excellently connected by metro, making the rest of Paris easily accessible. However, the connection to the airport is limited – it’s a small trade-off for the vibrant experience the Latin Quarter offers.

The Latin Quarter is also one of the safest areas to stay in Paris. Despite its lively character, the neighbourhood is quite secure, so you can immerse yourself in the district’s youthful energy without worry.

The Latin Quarter is more than just a place to stay; it’s an intellectual experience with a bohemian vibrant atmosphere.

3 of the best hotels in the Latin Quarter:

Hôtel Capfun ($$+): Charming studios and 1BR apartments (up to 4 people). Clean, quiet, close to metro. Excellent location, ideal for city explorations

Hotel Studia ($$+): Centrally located in vibrant Quartier Latin, offers comfortable, clean rooms and excellent customer service

Hôtel Albe Saint Michel ($$$): Charming hotel with excellent location, friendly staff, comfortable rooms, and wonderful views. Superb value for money.

Arrondissement 7 – Eiffel Tower, for the most iconic view in Paris

Best area to stay in Paris for the most iconic view of the Eiffel Tower

  • Pros: Elegant restaurants, good metro and airport connection, very safe, tranquil and luxurious atmosphere.
  • Cons: Expensive, can be touristy.
  • In short: A tranquil, prestigious district offering close proximity to iconic landmarks and a taste of luxury.
Paris - Walking in the 7th Arrondissement with the Eiffel Tower view
Paris – Walking in the 7th Arrondissement with the Eiffel Tower view

Are you wondering where to stay in Paris near the Eiffel Tower? The 7th Arrondissement has to be. This is a tranquil and luxurious area where you can find amazing boutique hotels with unique views of the Old Iron Lady that you will easily remember for your entire life.

Picture yourself beginning your day with the breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower right outside your window. Then you can have a leisurely stroll along the Seine. After lunch, you plan a visit to one of the most famous museums in the world, like the d’Orsay or the Rodin. That’s just a regular day when you’re staying in the 7th.

Eating out is no less extravagant, with elegant dining establishments offering a palate of gourmet experiences. From contemporary French cuisine to exotic international dishes, there’s something for every discerning gastronome. It’s high-end dining at its best, a unique experience, it will be memorable but not cheap.

When it comes to connectivity, the 7th doesn’t disappoint. With a good metro connection and direct access to the airport, getting around is quite straightforward. However, the flip side is that it can get touristy, especially around the major landmarks.

The district prides itself on its tranquillity and safety, so despite its popularity among tourists, it retains a relaxed, serene atmosphere. It’s one of the safest arrondissements to stay in Paris, allowing you to enjoy its luxurious charm without concern.

The Eiffel Tower district captures the quintessence of Parisian elegance and sophistication. It’s not just a district but a symbol of Paris itself. It’s for those who appreciate luxury and the magic of iconic landmarks right at their doorstep. But remember, such exclusivity comes at a price – but then again, what’s Paris without a touch of extravagance?

3 of the best Best hotels next to the Eiffel Tower

Hôtel Le Cercle Tour Eiffel ($$$+): Charming boutique hotel offering exceptional staff service, cleanliness, and a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel ($$$$): Exceptional location, comfortable rooms, fine dining and superb Eiffel Tower views.

Résidence Charles Floquet ($$$$$): 2BR and 3BR apartments, exceptional location, comfort and cleanliness; elegant décor; friendly staff, amazing views

Arrondissement 8 – Champs-Élysées, the luxury destination

Best area to stay in Paris for luxury and high-end shopping

  • Pros: Luxurious atmosphere, plentiful gourmet restaurants, great airport connection, very safe, fantastic for families with grown-up kids
  • Cons: Expensive, can get very busy, limited metro connection.
  • In short: A luxurious district known for high-end shopping and upscale dining.
View on Avenue des Champs Elysees from Arc de Triomphe in Paris
View on Avenue des Champs Elysees from Arc de Triomphe in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris

The 8th Arrondissement is one of the best areas to stay in Paris for a luxurious experience with high-end shopping. It’s like stepping into a glamorous world where fashion, gastronomy, and history converge in a whirlwind of Parisian extravagance.

Champs-Élysées is synonymous with Parisian life. I loved my walks between pretentious cafes, renowned theatres and the boutiques of the most famous fashion designers. You do feel suddenly in a Parisian movie, although it must be said, everything is pretty expensive.

In saying that a visit to Paris is not complete without a stop in Champs-Élysées at one of the many pavement cafes. Just imagine yourself savouring a coffee and the world go by.

In the 8th Arrondissement, you will find also other iconic attractions like the iconic Grand Palais and Petit Palais. A stroll through the district will lead you to beautiful parks, neoclassical architecture, and monuments steeped in history.

And don’t miss a walk in the Place de la Concorde, the largest square in the French capital, another must-visit place.

Champs Elysee in the evening
Paris – Champs Elysee in the evening in the 8th Arrondissement

When it comes to commuting, the district offers excellent airport connectivity, making it a convenient base for travellers. However, this area is certainly not famous for its metro connectivity, which can also become very busy during the peak tourist season.

Another great of the 8th Arrondissement is that it still remains one of the safest districts in Paris. Staying and exploring this area is a no-worries experience, during the day and at night too.

In a nutshell, Champs-Élysées is all about experiencing the Parisian high life, with a luxurious stay and gourmet dining. I personally see a stay in the 8th Arrondissement as a once in a life French experience.

3 great hotels near Eiffel Tower in Élysée

Suites & Hôtel Helzear Etoile ($$$): Prime location, friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms with well-equipped kitchens.

Hôtel De l’Arcade ($$$-$$$$): Excellent location, friendly staff, and serene ambience

WS Champs-Elysées – Colomb ($$$): Exceptional location, comfortable 2BR accommodation with ample amenities, perfect for family stays. Walking distance to iconic landmarks.

Arrondissement 10 – Canal Saint-Martin, for young adults

Best area to stay in Paris for a vibrant nightlife and a youthful atmosphere

  • Pros: Buzzing nightlife, bohemian character, plenty of bars and eateries, excellent metro connection.
  • Cons: Can get noisy at night, might feel less safe at times.
  • In short: A vibrant and hip neighbourhood brimming with nightlife and a bohemian spirit.
One of the many charming cafes in the arrondissement
One of the many charming cafes in the arrondissement

The 10th Arrondissement in Paris is a unique location, characterised by its famous Canal Saint-Martin. From the buzzing nightlife and bohemian character to its excellent metro connections, it’s the perfect district for a younger crowd looking for a taste of Paris’s eclectic side.

Canal Saint-Martin is all about personality. This is a district where you can find high-end shops next to bohemian boutiques. You can experience the old-world charm as well as modern-day life. And certainly, in the 10th Arrondissement, you can discover some of the city’s most innovative and trendy eateries. Strolling around, you’ll find a lively, offbeat atmosphere that blends Parisian sophistication with a youthful vibe.

By day, the district buzzes with locals and tourists alike, exploring the boutiques, galleries, and cafes that line the picturesque canal. As evening falls, it transforms into a vibrant social hub, with its many bars, bistros, and music venues filling up with a trendy crowd.

Despite the lively atmosphere, Canal Saint-Martin retains a sense of tranquillity, especially along the waterside where you can enjoy a peaceful walk or a casual picnic. It’s also an excellent spot for people-watching and soaking up the district’s creative energy.

One thing to note is that the vibrant nightlife can lead to noisy nights, which might be a downside for some visitors. For this reason, I highly suggest carefully checking the location of the hotel in this area to avoid sleepless nights (find below my suggestions). Also, although it’s generally quite safe, especially along the Canal Saint-Martin, you may feel a bit uneasy, especially if compared to the central areas I previously mentioned.

I should also mention that this area offers great value for money accommodation. Sure, you are not in the city centre, and you are not close to the iconic attractions but you are just a few Metro stations away.

Overall, Canal Saint-Martin is the epitome of Paris’s youthful, vibrant side. It’s a place where you can truly experience the city’s young dynamic spirit. And with an excellent metro connection, exploring the rest of the city is a breeze.

2 great hotels in the 10th arrondissement

Hotel Little Regina ($$): Charming hotel with friendly staff, clean rooms, and excellent location. A delightful Parisian experience.

Hotel Paix Republique ($$$): Charming hotel with friendly staff, comfortable rooms, and a prime location near Republique

Arrondissement 14 – Montparnasse, off the beaten path

Best area to stay in Paris for a laid-back stay

  • Pros: Known for its artists’ studios, theatres, and historic cafés, peaceful ambience, and good metro connection.
  • Cons: Less touristy, not as many landmarks, moderate restaurant options.
  • In short: An artsy district with a deep intellectual and cultural history, perfect for those who enjoy a relaxed, local feel.
View to the Eiffel Tower from the Montparnasse Tower
View of the Eiffel Tower from the Montparnasse Tower

Once the heartbeat of Parisian bohemian life, Montparnasse has a distinctive charm that captures your soul the moment you step foot in the 14th Arrondissement. It’s like stepping back in time when artists and writers would lose themselves in deep conversation, nursing cups of coffee in the district’s many historic cafés.

Montparnasse offers a more relaxed and quiet atmosphere than most of Paris. You’re free to discover the area at your own pace, wandering the streets and exploring its many independent boutiques and art studios.

The reputation of this Parisian corner as an artist’s haven remains strong. No wonder both Picasso and Modigliani were fascinated by this area.

Though the district is not overflowing with restaurants, the ones you’ll find offer an intimate and local dining experience. And even though it’s a bit off the beaten tourist track, Montparnasse is by no means isolated or unsafe. It boasts a solid metro connection, making it easy to explore the rest of the city.

Paris has two great viewpoints, the Galeries Lafayette rooftop in the 9th arrondissement and the Montparnasse Tower, which is unbeatable for its view straight to the Eiffel Tower.

You can take the elevator to the 56th floor and have access to the terrace on the 59th floor (watch out that it is open based on the weather, check before going there). It must be said that the viewpoint is spectacular, however, the tower is a bit of an eyesore in the beautiful Parisian landscape.

2 great hotels in the 14th arrondissement

Hôtel La Parizienne ($$$-$$$$): Stylish, modern hotel offering cosy rooms, excellent service, and a convenient location

Citadines Montparnasse ($$-$$$): Comfortable aparthotel with spacious rooms, kitchen facilities, and a great Montparnasse neighbourhood location

Arrondissement 16 – Trocadéro, best for families

Best area to stay in Paris for families seeking a peaceful and safe neighbourhood

  • Pros: Safe and peaceful area, full of green spaces and parks, offers stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, and excellent metro connection.
  • Cons: Fewer restaurants, not as vibrant nightlife, less energetic vibe compared to central areas.
  • In short: An upscale, quiet neighbourhood ideal for families and those seeking tranquillity in the City of Lights.
Paris - The Pont de Bir-Hakeim formerly the Pont de Passy
Paris – The Pont de Bir-Hakeim formerly the Pont de Passy, connecting you to the Eiffel Tower area

Trocadéro, the 16th Arrondissement, is your go-to spot if you’re searching for the quieter side of Paris. It’s where the city reveals its laid-back, calm demeanour, far from the energetic hustle and bustle of the more central districts.

This is not the Paris of frantic metro journeys and rushed café breakfasts, but rather of leisurely strolls along leafy boulevards and long, relaxed picnics in lush parks.

As you meander through the 16th, you’ll quickly understand why it’s one of the best areas to stay in Paris with family. You will find a peaceful atmosphere and a safe environment to experience with your children. It’s a place where you can let your kids run wild in its many parks, including the famous Jardin du Trocadéro with its mesmerizing view of the Eiffel Tower.

Certainly, you will not find as many restaurant options as in other neighbourhoods. In saying that there are still a fair few traditional French bistros to explore. These offer an authentic taste of Parisian cuisine, away from the typical tourist traps.

When it comes to exploring the rest of the city, Trocadéro boasts an excellent metro connection, letting you venture out whenever the mood strikes you.

Trocadéro provides a home away from home, blending comfort, safety, and some of the best views in Paris. It’s an area that invites you to slow down and savour the slower pace of life, providing a perfect respite after a day of sightseeing.

3 great hotels and accommodations for families in Arrondissement 16:

HotelHome Paris 16 ($$$): excellent location, family-friendly, spacious, clean apartments, efficient staff. Great for self-catered Paris experience

Elysees Apartments ($$$$): comfortable 2BR, well-equipped rooms in a superb location with friendly staff.

Victor Hugo Trocadero($$$$$): Massive 3BR (over 150 sqm), modern apartment with city views, luxurious amenities, and excellent location. Truly a Parisian gem

Arrondissement 18 – Montmartre, for Romantic couples

Best area to stay in Paris for romantic couples seeking an artistic vibe and historic charm.

  • Pros: Vibrant and artistic neighbourhood, plentiful bistros and cafes, famous landmarks, rich history and culture.
  • Cons: It can be challenging in terms of safety, hilly terrain may not suit everyone.
  • In short: A bohemian neighbourhood perfect for a romantic breakaway, filled with historic charm and character.
Paris - Typical cobblestone street of Montmartre
Paris – Typical cobblestone street of Montmartre

Montmartre is often considered one of the best area areas for romantic couples looking for a bohemian atmosphere. Drenched in history and charm, the 18th Arrondissement of Paris is famed for its artistic legacy and hipster vibe.

As you lose yourself in the narrow, winding streets of this historic district, you’ll feel the echoes of the artists who found their muse here. Names like Picasso, Degas, and Renoir were inspired by Montmartre’s atmospheric allure. These enchanting streets now house numerous bohemian bistros and vibrant bars that breathe life into the district.

I loved so much seating at the local cafes enjoying my coffee, reading my book and just looking at the life passing by.

While there, a visit to the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica is an absolute must. The basilica, sitting at the highest point in the city, offers breathtaking views over Paris.

Paris - View of Eiffel Tower from the dome of the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre
Paris – View of the Eiffel Tower from the dome of the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre

The steps leading to it often echo with the sounds of street performers – musicians, painters, and entertainers – adding to the area’s vibrant artistic flair.

Staying in Montmartre can be a little tricky when it comes to safety, but that’s probably just part of its unique charm. And I should mention also that the area is quite hilly, there is a fair bit of up and down, but, of course, you will be quite often prized by the amazing views.

Although Montmartre is not really a hidden gem (Paris has no more secret corners unfortunately), the 18th Arrondissement is your perfect Parisian home if you’re seeking an experience beyond the typical tourist path.

Montmartre is also one of the best places to stay in Paris on a Budget. There are other areas for economical accommodation, but surely not as charming as the 18th Arrondissement.

2 of the best hotels in Arrondissement 18 – Montmartre:

Hotel Luxia ($+): good value, friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms. Prime location for Paris exploration. WiFi could improve.

Montmartre Apartments Chagall ($+): Cozy 1BR apartments, excellent staff, superb location, comfortably clean, and great value. Perfect Parisian charm for short stays.

Arrondissement 19 – Buttes-Chaumont, for the budget travellers

Best area to stay in Paris on a budget seeking local Parisian life.

Pros: Affordable, diverse food scene, abundant green spaces, off-the-beaten-path.
Cons: Limited tourist landmarks, distance from city centre, it can be challenging regarding safety.
In short: An affordable neighbourhood that offers a glimpse into local Parisian life.

Paris - Typical facades of the beautiful buildings with old zinc roofs close to Gare du Nord
Paris – Typical facades of the beautiful buildings with old zinc roofs close to Gare du Nord

The 19th Arrondissement, also known as Buttes-Chaumont, is the perfect area for budget-conscious travellers in Paris. This is a slice of the city that gives you a real feel for how the locals live without emptying your wallet.

Buttes-Chaumont is a bit off the usual tourist trails but that’s part of its appeal. You won’t have to navigate through visitors here; instead, you can sip on a café au lait in peace, shop at charming boutiques, or simply amble along the Canal de l’Ourcq, enjoying its vibrant street art.

When it comes to dining, the 19th has a moderately sized scene of traditional and artisanal restaurants. You can sample the delights of authentic French cuisine without the hefty price tags found in other areas of the city.

One of the highlights of Buttes-Chaumont is the abundance of green spaces, with the standout being Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. This park, complete with cliffs, bridges, and waterfalls, offers a tranquil escape from city life.

There are a couple of Metro lines covering the area which will make your daily commuting to the attractions very easy, however, you will have most likely to change one or two lines to get to your destination (yes, it’s a bit time-consuming).

The trip to the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport takes around 1 hour by public transportation meanwhile to the Orly Airport you should budget at least 1.5 hours (2 hours to be safe).

Now, admittedly, you won’t find the usual tourist landmarks here, and safety can be a bit of a challenge. But for those willing to step outside the usual tourist comfort zone, Buttes-Chaumont offers a genuinely Parisian experience at an affordable price.

3 of the best hotels in Arrondissement 19 – Buttes-Chaumont:

UCPA Sport Station Hostel ($): comfortable stay, active lifestyle, friendly staff, good cleanliness, yet weaker WiFi

Paris On Top ($+): superb experience with friendly staff, comfortable accommodations, and excellent facilities

ibis Budget La Villette ($+): Affordable, well-located with free WiFi. Comfortable yet small rooms. Staff helpful, but breakfast lacks variety. Good value.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best area of Paris to stay?

The best area to stay in Paris is subjective, but the 1st Arrondissement (Louvre) offers a central location and iconic attractions

What is the best area to stay for first time visitors to Paris?

First-time visitors might prefer the 7th Arrondissement (Eiffel Tower) for its iconic landmarks and charming streets

What is the safest arrondissement to stay at in Paris?

The 16th Arrondissement (Trocadéro) is known for its safety and tranquility, ideal for families and those seeking a quiet stay

Where is the best place to stay in Paris for nightlife?

The 10th Arrondissement (Canal Saint-Martin) is perfect for those seeking vibrant nightlife, packed with bars, restaurants, and music venues

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Paris?

The best neighborhoods in Paris include Louvre, Le Marais, Latin Quarter, Eiffel Tower, and Montmartre, each offering unique charms

Where is the worst place to stay in Paris?

There’s no definitive ‘worst’ place, it depends on your preferences. However, some find areas further from the center, like the 20th Arrondissement, less appealing

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