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Staying Safe – Where to Stay in Paris

April 26, 2018 10:00 am

Plan you visit properly with our guide to where to stay in Paris!

The city of Paris, as a whole, is a very safe place to stay. Full of beautiful architecture and wonderful art galleries and museums, it’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway or a longer stay. However, if you want some advice for the most lively and secure neighbourhoods, then this guide from the team at the Paris Pass can help you.

Organised into twenty arrondissements, or neighbourhoods; Paris has heaps of fun and exciting activities for you to do day and night. Each arrondissement has a personality of its own, hosting arrays of delicious restaurants, spectacular sights and a variety of shops. Find the perfect neighbourhood for you and travel around to all the different districts via the convenient metro network.

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The heart of the city

The first and second arrondissements contain some of the most well-known attractions. Home to the Louvre Museum and Jardins des Tuileries, this is the most central area of the city, alive with the hustle and bustle of locals and tourists. If you’re looking for somewhere vibrant and lively, day and night, this is a great location. However, with a lot of celebrated sights in walking distance, this zone is a little pricier than some of the surrounding neighbourhoods. Security checks are in place at all larger attractions and visitors are asked not to bring large bags.

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Le Marais
Head slightly east to the fourth and fifth arrondissements to stay in the Marais area. Le Marais has a more medieval feel, characterised by beautiful pre-revolutionary buildings, although the area used to be known as ‘the swamp’. It’s now host to tons of cool restaurants, quirky bars and boutique shops. It is also home to the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral and the inspiring Picasso Museum. The area has a strong LGBTQ community and is also home to a large Jewish Quarter. With the first and second arrondissements a short walk to the left and the Bastille area to the right, this is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a busy, central location.

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The Latin Quarter
If you want to experience the more bohemian side of Paris, then the Latin Quarter is the place to stay. Located in the fifth arrondissement, this is known as the more intellectual area of Paris due to the universities located there. It’s crammed full of independent bookshops and artsy cafes and restaurants. This is one of the oldest districts of Paris and in the 13th century was home to the Sorbonne University, attracting scholars from all around Europe to visit and learn Latin. The famous St Michel fountain stands in the centre, originally a place where artists, hippies, writers and musicians would gather; it represents years of history and change. The Latin Quarter is also known for its vibrant nightlife filled with a range of bars and clubs.

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If you’re looking for a slightly more exclusive area, then Saint-Germain-des-Pres is perfect. Full of designer shops, it’s a great shopping destination if you’ve got some cash to splash. Take a stroll down the beautiful Boulevard St Germain and then head over to the Luxembourg Gardens to explore the glorious lakes and palm trees. Still very central, this area is located in the sixth arrondissement and is always busy and full of people, creating a safe and secure atmosphere well into the evening.

The Champs-Elysees
Located in the eighth arrondissement on the western side of central Paris, is the Champs-Elysees. This is an extremely iconic area, bursting with luxury and glamour. If you’re looking for a five-star experience, then check out some of the more spectacular hotels located in this area. Home to the Arc de Triomphe, it’s a wonderful neighbourhood to stroll around and admire the sights. There are many designer shops and elegant restaurants, so the area is always filled with tourists and locals. The Champs-Elysees is lively day and night owing to the large selection of up-market bars and clubs scattered throughout the arrondissement. Although very safe, this is an area to watch out for pickpockets.

Head to the former Red Light District of Paris to stay in the ninth arrondissement. Pigalle is seen as the trendy area of Paris, full of hidden cocktail bars, intimate restaurants and underground clubs. If you’re heading to Paris for the weekend and want some fun evening activities then Pigalle is bursting with nightlife. This area is also home to the Opera Garnier so don’t forget to check out the beautiful opera house and see one of its famous shows.

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Canal St Martin
Running through the tenth arrondissement of Paris is the Canal Saint Martin. This is the best place for a relaxed and peaceful stay, with quaint cobbled streets, cute cafes and restaurants lining the idyllic canal. On Saturday afternoons and evening, and all day Sunday, the streets become car-free making way for pedestrians, cyclists and keen roller bladers. The atmosphere is calm and stress-free, but be careful of pickpockets as this area is home to two large train stations which can attract thieves.

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The eleventh arrondissement is characterised by the impressive Opera Bastille. Known for being extremely safe, this is also a slightly less expensive area in comparison to some of the more central districts. It’s home to tons of traditional Parisian restaurants and chic boutiques. Visit the Place de Bastille to see where the famous Bastille prison once stood and explore the turbulent history of the city of Paris.

On the western side of Paris lies the sixteenth arrondissement, formerly known as the village of Passy. If you’re looking for calmness and tranquillity, this more residential area characterised by beautiful boulevards is the place to stay. It’s very safe and secure and has a more relaxed atmosphere both in the day and at night. Down the cute cobbled streets lie some of Paris’s less visited museums and elegant restaurants.

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Located slightly further out in the eighteenth district, Montmartre is well-known for its vibrant street art and the splendid Sacre-Coeur. Just a short walk away from the Pigalle district, this is a popular place for tourists to stay as it has a good balance of sights, activities and the advantage of Pigalle nightlife being only a short walk away. Formerly a tranquil village, this part of Paris is now characterised by winding streets and narrow cobbled alleyways – a perfectly romantic neighbourhood.

Each arrondissement of Paris has its own unique atmosphere and range of attractions. Hopefully this guide will have helped you work out which neighbourhood you would like to stay in when visiting Paris. Have a great trip!

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