In this block, I will list the 10 best arrondissements (a.k.a., neighborhoods) spread throughout the wondrous City of Lights.
Interestingly, Bastille gets its name from the popular prison which used to occupy this neighborhood. Currently, the prison is gone, and this animated part of town has become known for its bars and clubs that are popular with the youth of Paris. So, in case you are looking for an enjoyable arrondissement to stay in, then I would recommend this one. Also, it is centrally located, and the tiny cobblestone streets give you that incredible Parisian feeling!
2. LATIN QUARTER
Now, the Latin Quarter is one of my own favorite spots in Paris. It is filled with narrow streets that turn at weird angles and open onto little café-lined squares. You would absolutely love wandering around in here. It feels like you are going back a few hundred years in history. It is a pretty busy area and not as quiet as other sections of Paris. Here, you will find a lot of restaurants, bars, and jazz clubs, and you will be in the middle of all the action!
Now, the Champs-Élysées is the most popular and upscale street in Paris. It is lined with cinema halls, cafés, luxury specialty shops, big brand-name stores, and chain restaurants. It is undoubtedly a fun place to go club-hopping at night or click pictures and shop during the day. Also, the area surrounding the street is one of the most upscale and luxurious in Paris. If you can stay off the main street, you will find it to be very sweet and silent.
4. LE MARAIS
The Le Marais has been revitalized over the last few years and is currently, a fashionable, lively area full of hip art galleries, boutiques, and cafés. And, the streets are lined with old architecture, half-hidden courtyards, and quite a few museums. You will also find some of the best restaurants and bars in town in here.. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite spots in Paris. Moreover, it is the center of Paris’s gay life, so you will find a lot of gay bars, cafés, and shops here, as well as plenty of gay-friendly restaurants.
Montmartre has been serving as a home to starving artists for decades. It offers a stunning view of Paris, stylish cafés and bars, cobblestone streets, and, the only winery within the city limits. It is one of the hipper parts of Paris, even if it has obviously lost some of its old grandeur. Also, it serves as a home to several students, as the rent costs in this part of town are considerably cheaper than anywhere else.
6. ÎLE DE LA CITÉ AND ÎLE SAINT-LOUIS
Now, these two islands in the Seine are basically the historic center of Paris. The Île de la Cité serves as a home to the Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, administrative buildings, and the Conciergerie. It is super loud, too. The Île Saint-Louis, on the other hand, is a pretty quiet neighborhood for the Paris’s rich and powerful, filled with well-preserved historic homes and streets. So, in case you want luxury and quiet, I suggest that you stay here. It has fancy hotels and little else.
Now, Montparnasse is one of the modern parts of the City of Lights, with a lot of office buildings, new apartments, and a more local feel to it. It is situated near the train station of the same name. Moreover, Montparnasse has cheap accommodations and a good number of restaurants. Granted, it is not as classically pretty as other parts of town, but it’s a lot more “local” than other districts.
8. LES HALLES
Now, this chic, bustling neighborhood is centered around Paris’s former central marketplace, Les Halles. The Les Halles was torn down in 1971. That market was “the stomach of Paris” for centuries. Currently, there is an underground shopping mall, and the surrounding streets are lined with designer stores, cafés, and artisanal food shops.
The Saint-Germain-des-Prés used to serve as a home to artists, writers, and thinkers. Today, it is one of the most expensive and trendy neighborhoods in Paris. And, it is also home to celebrities, with high-priced art galleries, designer shops, and fancy restaurants. It is not cheap to stay here, but it is a beautiful spot to walk through and one of my favorite spots in town. It is most likely everything that you can imagine Paris to be like.
The Belleville is undoubtedly one of the grittier parts of the town, with a busy Chinatown and a whole mixing spot of different cultures. It is the center of Paris’s immigrant community. It is slowly becoming famous among the hipsters and the younger kids. Some of the best ethnic food is available here, and, there is an awesome street market, that is right next to the Le Marais, enabling you to walk over at anytime and get some fancy French food.