A Look at the Safest Areas to Stay in Paris
Paris’ city centre is remarkably safe, so you have little to worry about. Here’s the safest areas to stay in Paris.
Our first memory of Paris was actually in London, watching the classic 1990’s film La Haine (The Hatred) in French class. About violence and poverty in the suburbs, it paints a bleak picture of Paris’ less safe neighbourhoods. So…good luck. Just kidding, Paris is generally remarkably clean and secure, while it’s easy to avoid some of the shadier arrondissements. Unlike London, where everything is jumbled together, Paris appears to have a clear divide between calm, quiet central districts and the more dangerous suburbs.
The French use the same word, sûr, (don’t you just love the hat on the u) to mean sure, secure and safe. Alors, bien sûr, le Plum Guide will keep that sibilant trio of sûr-ness on the psyche in our safest areas to stay in Paris.
The Latin Quarter
Book a stay in remarkable Paris home right in the city centre, and find yourself wandering down quaint alleyways lined with historic bookshops and botanical gardens. As in any city centre, make sure to watch out for les pickpockets and anyone trying to take advantage of your good will and nature. At all times, the lack of danger is almost boring in this super safe haven. Maybe take up bungee jumping when you get back, you adrenaline junky, you.
Again, watch your belongings and you’ll be fine. There might be a few drunken revellers at night around one or two of the clubs near the Champs Elysées, but this wide promenade is a family hub full of restaurants and cafés, as well as the Arc de Triomphe. This is one of the safest areas to stay in Paris – the only danger is the impact it’ll make on your wallet, but hey, you’re on holiday.
Hooray. Le Marais. Skirted with fashion boutiques and art galleries, this is actually known as both the LGBT district and the Jewish quarter. Such an inclusive neighbourhood couldn’t possibly be dangerous. Well, I suppose those things are actually totally unrelated. But, in this case, it’s true: it’s a really safe place to wonder around into the early hours, if that’s what you want to do. Victor Hugo lived here, and you don’t see him complaining about it. Although he did write something called Les Misérables…
Considering it’s in the centre of a busy city, St Germain remarkably quiet and quaint. Centred around the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Près, this little neighbourhood is home to pleasant cafés and galleries. You’re right by Le Louvre, with that fed-up looking Mona Lisa (that’s
our one interpretation, anyway), as well as the Tuileries Garden.
Just across the river from St Germain, Châtelet has an elegant theatre and a square that hoists the Saint-Jacques Tower. Like the rest of the city centre, it’s quiet and safe. Take your family to check out the Stravinsky Fountain and check out the nearby Hôtel de Ville (the town hall, not a hotel owned by the 101 Dalmatians villain).
It may look like a Disney film, but you know you can actually stay in Monmartre, right? Artists and street performers (I know, but they’re actually not that annoying here) pack the main square in the day. As evening falls, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in this bustling hub. Go visit the Moulin Rouge and the Sacre-Coeur Cathedral among the cultural highlights. Warning: you’re unlikely to bump into Ewan McGregor or Nicole Kidman in real life…or Amélie Poulain for that matter.
Short for South Pigalle, this fashionable hub near the Moulin Rouge has all sorts of hip and cool foodie options. It’s not quite as affluent as some of the aforementioned neighbourhoods, with more of a cool and alternative vibe. You’ll find some classy cocktail bars and clubs that keep people out and about into the evening. Pigalle Duperré, a neon-patterned basketball court sandwiched between buildings, is typical of the unconventional vibe around these parts.
We stayed here most recently. That’s right, you wanted a real, authentic first-person experience, and now that you’ve got it, you’re not sure you want it anymore. Well, tough, because we really did stay in a Canal Saint-Martin apartment overlooking…the canal. Students and professionals tend to gather at sunset with a few beers by the water, so there’s quite a buzz. And at all times, we can assure you, we felt safe, secure and sure.
It does sound a bit German, doesn’t it? Perhaps that’s fitting, because it is a bit Berlin. It’s a ‘happening’ (do people still say that?) hotspot full of bohemian bars and cafés. You can stroll past the bright lights of its central avenues day or night without any security problems. Unwind, watch some live music and try out the French tapas.
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