Paris is perhaps one of the most iconic, well-recognized cities in the world. This capital has long been renowned for being the city of love, with a side of haute couture.
A lot of travelers end up disappointed when they venture to Paris, namely because they’ve failed to prepare. The city doesn’t revolve around the Eiffel Tower. Choosing the right neighborhood to explore will make your trip joyous and unforgettable.
Here are the best neighborhoods to call home while visiting Paris.
Canal Saint-Martin is in the 10th Division (arrondissement) in Paris. Historically, this area has been viewed as unfavorable and best avoided by travelers. In recent years, however, the city has put a lot of focus on regentrification, especially in the southern region of the district near Canal Saint-Martin.
This area is the ideal place for a vacation rental in Paris, as you get a taste of the old world balanced with new, trendy restaurants and shops. The canal itself is a scenic tribute to old Paris. Stroll along the shops and rest at one of the waterfront bistros for multicultural food fusions that will have your tastebuds crying for more.
Marais is a large district in Paris and a favorite among both travelers and locals. This lively hotspot is home to beautiful museums, a vivid nightlife, and food galore. With high-end boutique shops and incredible ancient architecture, it’s a great destination for a group with diverse interests.
Within Marais is a smaller sub-district known as Haut Marais. This region is a little more relaxed and laid back than the usual fast-paced vibe in overall Marais. Haut Marais is one of the oldest regions in Paris. Roam along the cobblestone streets, peruse original Picassos, and recover from the party lifestyle that makes Marais famous.
What makes Montorgueil such a great place to stay in Paris is that it’s not an overly touristy area. Even so, it’s conveniently located for exploring the city. It’s a beautiful part of the city, and largely residential, making it a lovely retreat after a day of exploration.
Walk along the white cobblestones of rue Montorgueil, and pick up some traditional French food from the market. Artisan bread, an array of cheeses, fine wines, and fish make this area perfect for those in an Airbnb or villa. When you’re done at the market, The Lourve is only a ten-minute drive away.
Bastille is another neighborhood that is less touristy and more residential. Like Montorgueil, Bastille is still conveniently located for navigating to some of the popular tourist attractions. As it is removed from the main thoroughfare, accommodations and restaurants tend to be more affordable.
That being said, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Bastille. This neighborhood is home to the Bastille Market, which is the largest outdoor market in the city. As it’s home to a lot of young Parisians, Bastille has a spirited nightlife with lots of trendy bars and clubs.
Ile Saint-Louis is a small island in the middle of Paris. It was originally the retreat of King Louis XIII and his closest friends. This beautiful area still conveys the luxury and architecture of the 17th century, boasting incredible mansions.
Ile Saint-Louis is an artistic hotspot. There are often impromptu performances in the street, as well as a quaint theater that always has something to offer. Ile Saint-Louis is conveniently located near other hot Paris neighborhoods, including Marais, as listed above, and the Latin Quarter. This quiet retreat has no night clubs but boasts the best ice cream and coffee in the city.
Paris has so much more to offer than the Eiffel Tower. Stay in one of its lovely neighborhoods away from the iconic structure and experience the best of this incredible city. Bon voyage!
Once home to Paris’s major artists of the past, Montmartre has a hillside village vibe unlike many other arrondissement’s within the city. Art lovers and appreciators will love this northern neighborhood of Paris! Just imagine walking the same cobblestoned paths like Picasso, Manet, Renoir and Van Gogh did, meeting up for coffee in the busy cafes and delving into the art world of the past in its many small galleries, museums and boutiques.
Montmartre is home to many romantic terraces and cafes, so be sure to pause from your explorations through the Butte to savor some delicious treats, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.
Besides being full of charm, Montmartre is home to the wonderful Sacré-Cœur perched atop its steepest hill. This entirely white, Byzantine style basilica is gorgeous both inside and out… and actually houses one of the largest mosaic in the country! Be sure to spend a few minutes enjoying the view of the city below, people watching and soaking in the magic that this romantic little neighborhood of Paris has to offer.