Choosing a place to stay in Paris can be difficult. There are 20 Arrondissements in the city, each with their own unique flavour and flair. An arrondissement is a municipality or a district of Paris. It is a huge city to explore for the first time visitor, so we wanted to share a few of our favourite areas to stay and see in the beautiful city of Paris, France. HouseTrip rents apartments in many of the 20 arrondissements around Paris; it’s a great way to get a feel for the neighbourhood that you are visiting and to add comfort and savings to your trip to the city. Here are a few of our favorite districts in Paris.
The 18th arrondissement is Montmarte and it is a very affordable choice for your stay in Paris. If you are looking for a local feel, this bohemian area is right up your alley. It’s all about taking it slow in Montmartre. Relax in a cafe and watch the talented street performers entertain, take in a traditional caberet and try to find the only vineyard in Paris still in operation.
It’s filled with great things to see like the Basilica of Sacre Couer standing high on a hill overlooking the city. This is where you will find one of the best overhead views of Paris and it doesn’t cost you a penny. The artist district is a great choice for a walk. Here you will find the former studios of Dali and Picasso and you may also see the house of Renoir. If you stroll through the Cimetière de Montmartre you will see where many famous artists have their final resting place. Montmartre is filled with cafés and shops and is also home to one of the three remaining windmills in Paris.
If you are looking for a romantic vacation in Paris, staying in the 7th arrondissement is the place for you. Located on the left bank of the River Seine, it’s home to the Eiffel Tower the most romantic structure in the world. You can take a stroll through the gardens of Les Invalides which is home to Napoleon’s tomb. Nothing says romance more than impressionism art and there are several galleries in the area, most notably, the Musee D’orsey.
A popular trend is to leave a lock on one of the bridges crossing the River Seine locking in your love for eternity. (or until the municipality cuts it off).
The 8th arrondissement centers around the Opera, but really, if you are staying here, it’s all about the high end shopping, fine dining and extravagant living. It’s home to the Arc de Triomphe, and the most famous street in the world. That street being the Champs-Élysées. This is a street that stretches from the Place de la Concorde, a square where the likes of Marie Antoinette and King Louis the XVI were executed. Today it houses Paris’ Luxor obelisk and one of the most expensive hotels in the city. A day can be spent walking along this street, peeking into boutiques, dining on fine French cuisine and even catching the latest Hollywood movie. A walk up the Arc de Triomphe will give you a bird’s eye view of all the streets in Paris leading away from this downtown core.
This area of Paris is known for its narrow streets. Something that is rare as most of the streets of Paris were widened in the 19th century. After the many revolutions, Napoleon III commissioned the architect Hausmann to widen all of the streets. Protesters would now find it difficult to build the barricades and take on the French Army.
It may look and feel like old Paris, but this area also has a contemporary feel, most notably the Centre George Pompidou spanning several blocks showing the latest in contemporary art. It is also home to the Paris City Hall aka Hotel de Ville and modern department stores. This part of the city is very busy and congested and filled with locals on the weekends. It is here you will find the gay district and an active night life.
But what its most known for is the famous Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de la Cité. One cannot go to Paris without exploring this famous gothic cathedral. This district is expensive and very busy, but if you want to live as the locals do, this is where you will feel like you are truly at the heart of local living.
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