The Best Arrondissements to Stay In Paris
June 17, 2019
by Victoria Tran
In the twinkling city of love, the bustling crowd to the aroma smelling coffee shops. It’s no wonder Paris is one of the most popular tourist attractions in France. Definitely a top seller for couples who are looking for a romantic getaway. Ask anybody, and they’ll say that Paris is on their bucket list, regardless if it’s a honeymoon trip or a college gift. Personally, I find Paris a confusing city, particularly the arrondissement districts. Choosing the perfect neighbourhood to stay in can be overwhelmingly stressful. Nobody wants to waste time and money, involving the tedious task of picking the wrong arrondissement. Imagine being scammed by a shiny brochure, displaying a beautiful bedroom, when really it’s a dirt cheap run-down hotel. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Here a local guide where I recommend the top three Paris arrondissements to stay in and my tips and tricks in getting the best deals depending on your needs. I’ll be also recommending you the best bargain, places, and things to do in each unique arrondissement.
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#3 1st Arrondissement: Social Media Attraction
If you’re a social media enthusiast, then the 1st arrondissement is an instagrammable place. A high-end business district near the River Seine, it’s one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Paris. Offering a multitude of premium hotels- the possibilities are endless. To the Ritz Carlton Paris Hotel, Saint James Paris and the popular sightseeing: Jardin du Palais Royal, the Louvre and Rue de Rivoli. My top recommendation is to book a hotel room at the Hotel Crayon Rouge. Known for its affordability and convenient proximity to the Jardin du Palais Royal. You can rejoice at getting your cardio workout while marvelling the lush gardens and the trendy boutique shops. If you want to get the most out of this luxurious arrondissement. Here are the top recommended tours:
Coco Chanel’s Paris: Under the historical background of the famous designer brand while visiting la Rue de Rivoli. An introductory tour to explore Chanel’s leisure spots, boutiques and her favourite places where she got her inspiration for the reclaimed luxury international brand.
Louvre Tour, skip the line: Follow an expert guide who will show the highlights of Louvre. You’ll be excluded from a long waiting line and get an exclusive private tour.
If I had to sum up the 1st arrondissement in one sentence, the neighbourhood is the representation of trendy cafes and elegant designer brands ( Chanel & Dior). In which you can visit many Parisian clothing boutiques such as Les Halles: a famous underground shopping center. Local boutiques are a great way to find unique looking souvenirs for your loved ones.
#2 Saint-Germain-des Près 6th Arrondissement: the artistic and foodie enthusiast
If you want the traditional Parisian atmosphere of France. Look no further, because Saint-Germain- des Près encapsulates the artist’s dream who inspiration derives from visiting the many galleries that lay ahead. But still, enjoy the delicious cafes shops surrounding the area. For a night owl, popular nightclubs are the best social events to connect through people of all ages. While the 1st arrondissement is a commercial shopping destination, the 6th arrondissement is the heart of restaurants and trendiest cafes. For international students who are interested in the fine arts, Saint-Germain-des Près offers several influential art schools such as l’École des Beaux-Arts, Académie Julian and National School of Fine Arts. It’s mostly a neighbourhood where you see curators displaying pieces of arts in renowned galleries. For a mid-range hotel, I’ll recommend the Artus Hotel by MH. Near the metro. It offers free Wi-fi and an awesome breakfast buffet. Here are the top two tours in which you can experience the full advantages of a tourist exploring the 6th arrondissement.
Chocolate tour: known for the food district, you can explore the sweets varieties among the magical chocolate tour; sweets such as pastry, bread, candy and chocolate. My favourites are the covered chocolate macaroons and the lightweight creamy texture of chocolate croissants.
Historic Paris, Half-Day Tour: While being transported in an air-conditioned coach, then a boat ride, you’ll be introduced to popular sightseeing: Paris, Marais District, and the Latin Quarter.
To sum it up, this neighbourhood is for the artistic soul who wants to seek new food spots, while exploring all the contemporary and abstract art pieces among the famous galleries.
Montparnasse 14th arrondissement: The modern lifestyle in Paris
Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, a cheap room at the Ibis Hotel gives you a budget-friendly accommodation. Which leads to great accessibility. Whereas other upscale expensive hotels give non-necessary additional service: soaking tubs and fast wi-fi. When really, you can stroll down a quiet cafe and automatically get fast wi-fi. If you’re only spending a couple of days at Montparnasse, the viewing of the iconic landmarks can be wrapped up in a weekly tour. Many of you can recognize places from famous published novels; le Parfurm (ex: Catacomb of Paris). Montparnasse gives the modern feel of a Paris, but still offer important historical stories such as renowned artists and intellectuals visiting art deco cafes. The intellectual hub includes Ernest Hemingway and Picasso. For people who are looking to live permanently in 14th Arrondissement; the neighbourhood has interesting architecture, delicious restaurants and reasonable price ranged apartments within Paris.
Panoramic Observatory Floor: best views of Paris. Take a peak of the Eiffel Tower, while enjoying the beautiful Paris Skyline.
Montparnasse Terrace Access: Best views of the Eiffel Tower while skipping the lines.