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Best Area To Stay In Paris? Get Ideas on Paris Districts, Arrondissements and Where To Stay In Paris

Can't decide where to stay in Paris? - a picture is worth a thousand words and combined with a purpose built map of Paris will give you a real feel for Paris districts, Paris arrondissements, Paris neighbourhoods and the best area to stay in Paris.

A purpose built map of Paris combined with real photos of daily life in the city, is the best way to judge the best area to stay in Paris for you. Browse our very own Paris districts and Paris neighbourhoods images, and the observations of our apartment guests, to help you select from the best Paris arrondissements and decide where to stay in Paris.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is consistently one of the most popular Paris districts to stay in.

Musée d'Orsay and the Luxembourg Gardens are quite rightly the flagships for this, prestigious, left bank neighbourhood but it has so much more to offer the visitor.
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Marais - Saint-Paul might be the best area to stay in Paris for you.

Musée Picasso, Place des Vosges and the Pompidou Centre might be this neighbourhood's landmarks but Marais - Saint Paul is so much more to its eclectic bohemian, arty, jewish and LGBT populations.
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Take a map of Paris, follow the Seine and discover Île Saint-Louis.

Île Saint-Louis is definitely unique or as the French say, "sans pareil" - a living island in the middle of the Seine in the middle of Paris.
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Champs-Élysées bisects the 8th, the most famous of the Paris arrondissements.

With the most famous avenue in the world as its spine this neighbourhood could be described as stylish, exciting and luxurious or brash, noisy and expensive - you decide!
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The Eiffel Tower- Les Invalides district is a safe bet for where to stay in Paris.

The Eiffel Tower, awesome by day, sparkling at night, a wonder of the world that defines this neighbourhood and dominates its city. But the Tour Eiffel - Invalides neighbourhood also stands out for other good reasons.
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Near the Louvre is the best area to stay in Paris to visit the Mona Lisa!

The Louvre has the Mona Lisa, Place Vendôme, The Ritz and Palais Royal with its columned arcades and neat, lime tree lined allées.
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Notre Dame is the bullseye on your map of Paris - walk everywhere from here.

Breakfast in the Esmeralda café in the morning sun overlooking the Seine. Dinner in the shadows of the gargoyles with Quasimodo!
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Bastille is one of the most historic Paris neighbourhoods.

Synonymous with the French Revolution and to this day a symbolic gathering point for student protests and trade union strikes, Place Bastille and the July Column are at the heart of this historic neighbourhood.
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The 2nd of the Paris arrondissements, Opéra - Bourse is at the centre of the action.

Love opera, shopping, eating and stock market speculating? Opéra - Bourse has all you need.
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Quartier Latin or the Latin Quarter- one of the iconic left bank Paris districts.

The buildings, monuments, gardens and inhabitants of this left bank quarter reflect a cornucopia of influences from back in the day to today, and 24/7.
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There are elegant Paris neighbourhoods and then there is Passy - Trocadéro.

Past and present residents of Passy - Trocadéro - reflect its well-to-do ambiance and strategic location between the city centre and Bois de Boulogne.
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Châtelet is where to stay in Paris for the Pompidou centre and high street shopping.

An animated neighbourhood nicknamed The Belly of Paris back in the day but defined today by the Pompidou Centre, an urban transport hub and subterranean shopping.
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République - Oberkampf straddles the 3rd, 10th and 11th Paris arrondissements.

A truly Parisian neighbourhood where you can satisfy your hunger, quench your thirst and much more.
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East on your map of Paris, Palais des Congrés - Parc Monceau is a strategic location.

Parisians and their neighbours in Batignolles call it the posher part of the 17th but Palais des Congrés - Parc Monceau's residents are rightfully impervious to the barbs.
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Canal Saint-Martin is now one of the trendiest Paris districts to live in.

Hanging off the République metro hub, Canal Saint-Martin is probably the most positively transformed Parisian neighbourhood of the last decade.
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Where to stay in Paris for conferences? - Paris Expo Porte de Versailles

Convenient for Exposition Paris and Palais des Sports yet just a few metro stops from the Eiffel Tower and city centre, the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles neighbourhood offers all the daily pleasures of Paris living.
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Montparnasse might be the best area to stay in Paris to avoid the tourists!

A modern and businesslike Paris quarter that will always be rooted in its literary, intellectual and artistic past.
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Opéra - Clichy is probably the most culturally diverse of the Paris districts.

Opéra - Clichy benefits and suffers from being sandwiched between Opéra - Bourse to its south and Montmartre to the north. But it depends on who's asking ...
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Stay in the Gare du Nord - Gare de l’Est Paris neighbourhoods for transport reasons.

A district where two railway stations are the major landmarks may not sound quite like Paris but dig a little deeper …
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Auteuil is the most convenient of the Paris districts for Roland Garros and ...

Auteuil – a calm, select neighbourhood sandwiched between a well known river and an equally well known green space, and two steps removed from the hustle and bustle of Paris city centre. The lucky locals have the best of both worlds!
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Atypical Alésia dominates the south of our map of Paris arrondissements.

This atypical Parisian neighbourhood sees locals mixing with the students of Cité Internationale Universitaire and both enjoying the wonderful amenities and the convenience of living within the walls of Paris.
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Where to stay in Paris? - calm and cultured Batignolles might suit you.

Batignolles, a calm and cultured inner-Paris enclave with great markets and cafes on rue de Levis and rue des Dames and resplendent Parc Monceau.
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North of the city centre on your map of Paris but Montmartre has Sacre Coeur so is special.

Reasons to be mad about Montmartre - you can visit Sacre Coeur, amble along rue des Abbesses, have your portrait painted on Place du Tertre, find anything and everything in the shops on rue Lepic and dance the can-can at Moulin Rouge.
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You might not have considered Père Lachaise for where to stay in Paris - think again!

Known abroad for the famous who are buried within its borders but known at home for its peaceful streets and squares and unassuming residents.
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Neuilly-sur-Seine has presence and is the best area to stay in Paris if you work in La Défense.

Residents of this elegant neighbourhood consider themselves a cut above the rest but their fellow Parisians just think their lucky !
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As Paris neighbourhoods go, Belleville is on the up and up.

Legend has it that Édith Piaf was born under a lamppost on the steps of Rue de Belleville! Today, green amenities, topped by Parc de Belleville, are the common ground for all residents of this colourfully visual, tasting and sounding, multi-ethnic neighbourhood.
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Gobelins is the largest and most diverse of the Paris arrondissements.

A district shared by the cobblestoned streets and pretty houses of Butte-aux-Cailles and Cité Florale, the modern shopping and office destination of Place d’Italie, and the city's Asian quarter.
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