The Best Places to Stay in Paris for Tourists
Wondering where to stay in Paris? Grab your chicest outfits and ready your cheese knife, because we’ve rounded up the absolute top neighbourhoods
No matter what happens, we’ll always have Paris. And if you’re visiting the romantic capital of the world for the first time, trust in our expertise as we talk you through the absolute best places to stay in Paris for tourists. Whether you’re looking for proximity to museums, high-end restaurants around the corner or a buzzing nightlife nearby, there’s a Parisian neighbourhood that’s perfect for you - and a top-notch Plum Guide home to lay your head in too.
The 1st arrondissement
It’s number one for a reason. This neighbourhood is sophisticated and seriously posh, making it a great choice if you’ve come to Paris with romance in mind. You can’t get more central, with The Louvre, Cathédrale de Notre Dame, Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Orsay all within easy walking distance. If your energy levels aren’t what they once were or you've only packed your most <s>uncomfortable</s> stylish shoes, this is among the best places to stay in Paris for tourists. The area is also noted for being home to some of the city’s best restaurants, including Verjus and Spring.
Located on the right bank (for those who aren’t Francophiles, this means north of the Seine, the river that runs through the heart of the city. And no, jokers in the back, there is no ‘wrong’ bank), the Marais is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods around. The home of Parisian cool, this area buzzes with independent boutiques, bars and restaurants and has more attitude than you can shake your baguette at. Attractions include the Musée National Picasso and the Victor Hugo museum - but to get a true sense of these stylish streets, all you need to do is stroll around. If you're somewhat of a foodie, the city also ranks highly in our food-focused guide to the Marais.
If you’ve always thought that you and Hemingway would be the very best of friends, the neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the one for you. This area is classic Paris, with wide, sweeping streets and a bohemian past. Its elegant buildings, fashion boutiques, art galleries and antique shops are sure to keep you entertained and in terms of sightseeing, you can stroll to the Jardin du Luxembourg, Musee Rodin, Musée d’Orsay and Hôtel des Invalides. It's also a great place for families, full of picnic spots for kids.
Always wanted to live in a drafty attic while working on the world’s next masterpiece? Head to Montmartre. Its views over the city are unrivalled - although you’ll get out of breath walking up a few hills to get there. Immortalised by artists including Van Gogh and Cezanne, stay in this neighbourhood to live like the free-spirited painter you've always dreamed of being. Oh, and while you're there, don’t forget to spend an evening sipping cocktails at the Moulin Rouge, the world's most famous cabaret.
The 7th arrondissement
If your travelling party is fussy (and who can blame them? You deserve the best, and we want to give it to you) then the 7th is an all-rounder option and one of the best places to stay in Paris for tourists. Home to the Eiffel Tower, high-end restaurants, architecture that will make you shed a tear and plenty of bridges to enable maximum romantic gazing over the Seine, it’s truly versatile. Stay in one of these homes for some of the best views of the Iron Lady herself.
The Latin Quarter
If you want a central location overflowing with classic charm but are also hoping for some peace and quiet, the Latin Quarter is the best place to stay in Paris for tourists. Home to the Sorbonne university, its streets are a nice mix of student hangouts, leafy squares and lively markets. Staying here will give you the literary credentials you’ve always wished for too – even if you've never read a page of Proust – thanks to being so close to world-famous bookshop Shakespeare & Company.