11 best Paris tourist destinations

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Paris is multifaceted, multifaceted, diverse. Everyone has it some kind of associations with this city. Someone sees in Paris romance, someone is a treasury of art, someone is the richest historical heritage, someone is an ideal place for shopping and entertainment. And really, all this is. It’s a paradise for lovers and lovers of beauty, for fashionistas and gourmets, for seekers adventures and vivid impressions.

But Paris can be a huge disappointment, especially if make a mistake with the place of residence. Alas, in this city there are disadvantaged areas. And one of the biggest mistakes tourists make is succumb to the temptation to settle in such areas, due to low prices for hotels and apartments. Therefore, the first thing you should pay attention to attention when planning a trip to Paris is the number of the county in which this or that hotel is located (be sure to check this nuance with tour operator if the trip takes place as part of a group tour).

Geographically, the capital of France is divided into 20 districts, located in a spiral from the city center, and schematically resembles a snail shell. So the lower the county number, the closer to the center it is. But the problem of choice is not so much in location, how much is in the well-being of counties. There are areas in which it is not recommended to settle because of the low level security. In particular, these include 10 and 11 districts, where many people from African and Asian countries. The proximity of the North and East Station, as well as low room prices, are tempting tourists not yet familiar with the realities of life in Paris. For instance, few expect “pitfalls” from Montmartre –18th arrondissement, mistakenly associated with churches and artists. Montmartre is also the “red light district” with all kinds of evil institutions, the habitat of “bohemia” with all the attributes of a bohemian life, including drugs, and the “workplace” of numerous thieves, beggars, etc. It’s certainly interesting to visit this district, but here stay in it while in Paris undesirable.

The same applies to some other areas of the city. therefore you need to be extremely careful when choosing places to stay and walks in Paris. Our county rating will help you navigate the French capital and choose the most suitable for your needs district.

Rating of the best areas of Paris

Nomination a place district rating
Rating of the best areas of Paris 1 First district 4.9
2 Fourth district 4.9
3 Seventh arrondissement 4.8
4 Eighth arrondissement 4.8
5 Third District 4.8
6 Fifth arrondissement 4.7
7 Sixth arrondissement 4.7
8 Ninth District 4.6
9 Second district 4. 5
10 Sixteenth district 4.4
11 Seventeenth District 4.4

Map of Paris counties

map of the districts of Paris

First district

Rating: 4.9

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The heart of Paris is the first arrondissement. Geographically, it is located in the very center of the French capital and abounds sights. Even if a visit to Paris is designed for one day, you can’t ignore this district. After all, exactly here is the Louvre and the palace complex Concierge, Palais Royal and Orangerie Museum, Tuileries Garden and New Bridge, as well as many others sights.

This is a very convenient place to rent a hotel or apartment, so both in close proximity and practically walking distance there are attractions of the surrounding areas (this is one of the smallest districts both in terms of area and population – here less than one percent of Parisians live).

The first district is also famous for its chic boutiques and jewelry. shops located in Place Vendome and in the surrounding area the streets. Shopping lovers can look at one of the best in Paris shopping centers Forum desHalles.

Advantages

  • One of the most prestigious and respectable districts of Paris (the cost of sq. m of housing reaches 20 thousand Euros)
  • A huge number of places of interest to tourists (number various museums, architectural monuments, etc. exceeds three hundreds).
  • The abundance of green spaces.
  • A special flavor (this particular area inspired Emil Zola to writing of the novel “The Womb of Paris”.
  • Luxury hotels where celebrities stay (like, for example, “Ritz”, whose guests were Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Princess Diana and many other eminent personality).
  • Best Michelin-starred restaurants (“Grand Vefour”, “Carre des feuillants”, “Il Cortile”, etc.)
  • The presence of food service points where you can have a bite to eat reasonable prices.
  • A lot of stores with affordable prices (including, grocery).
  • Excellent transport links – easy access from the first district can be reached anywhere in Paris.

disadvantages

  • High prices for accommodation.
  • A lot of tourists.
  • Noisy enough even at night.

Fourth district

Rating: 4.9

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The crowded and bustling fourth district, tourists rarely choose to stay due to high prices. However visit this central Paris is a must, because it is here one of the most famous attractions France – Notre Dame Cathedral. From the viewpoint on the tower This temple offers a fabulous view of Paris. To admire the French capital can also be visited by visiting the Center Georges Pompidou. This museum of modern art also has an observation deck. a platform for which a ticket can be purchased separately. Beautiful panoramas also open from the bridges of Marie, Notre Dame, Menial.

In this district is the City Hall of Paris – Hotel de Ville, located on the square of the same name. Another attractive Attention Square – Royal – the oldest surviving in Paris, and one of the most “eminent”. Hugo, Gauthier lived here, Cardinal Richelieu, and even the wedding of kings was celebrated.

Advantages

  • Scenic area including islands on the Seine.
  • High concentration of attractions.
  • On Sunday, car traffic is partially blocked, and You can safely walk.
  • Many catering establishments, outlets.
  • Free Wi-Fi access in many places, including on open spaces (for example, an area near Notre Dame, Ave Maria square and others.)
  • Excellent transport interchange.

disadvantages

  • Very high prices.
  • Long lines to Notre Dame and some others sights.
  • According to many, the building of the Center. Georges Pompidou spoils the look of this place.

Seventh arrondissement

Rating: 4.8

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The area of ​​Paris that attracts most tourists is the seventh district. It is here that the symbol of the French capital is located – worldwide famous eiffel tower. Sightseeing – Point No. 1 both in tour plans of travel companies, and individual travelers. No wonder it’s always here a lot of people. But, despite the high concentration of people, this one of the safest places in Paris. After all, except attractions in the seventh district are located government buildings (Parliament, ministries), offices of many official structures, embassies of other states. This part The capital is considered a political center. But for tourists here as well a lot of interesting things, in particular museums (Orsay, Rodin, etc.), House Disabled (a luxurious palace complex in which is buried Napoleon Bonaparte). Travelers from Russia can, among other things, visit the Russian spiritual and cultural center.

Advantages

  • An elite area where many famous people live (here the residence of the Prime Minister of France is located, has a mansion designer Karl Lagerfeld).
  • High level of security.
  • A beautiful place on the banks of the Seine.
  • One of the most attractive park areas in Paris
  • Convenient transportation.

disadvantages

  • A huge number of tourists.
  • High prices for hotels and apartments.

Eighth arrondissement

Rating: 4.8

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Central location, legendary attractions, an abundance of historical and entertainment places – all this makes the eighth The district is one of the most attractive for tourists in Paris. Here there is another symbol of the French capital, Arc de Triomphe. This is one of the most beautiful areas where you can see Paris dreams – the way he looks on the pages of glossy magazines.

The eighth district is famous for its Golden Triangle, formed by the Champs Elysees and two streets – George V and Montaigne. In this triangle are the most fashionable boutiques. Most hotels and restaurants in the eighth arrondissement are also from Extra-class series. Therefore, tourists often choose to stay other areas, and this area is visited only with an orientation purpose. And there are plenty of objects for dating: the oldest Station Saint-Lazare, Madeleine church in the classical Greek style, Ancient Egyptian Luxor Obelisk, Champs Elysees – residence President of France, and much, much more.

Advantages

  • One of the most beautiful areas of Paris.
  • The abundance of historical and cultural places.
  • Designer shops.
  • Along with expensive restaurants, there is a cafe where you can dine relatively inexpensive.
  • The magnificent Monceau Park, where you can retire and enjoy great views.

disadvantages

  • High price level.
  • A lot of tourists.

Third District

Rating: 4.8

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The history of the third district of Paris is connected with the Order of the Templars, who built a castle in this area. But the construction was a difficult fate awaits: the castle changed owners, repeatedly rebuilt, twice became a prison and killed many lives, until it was destroyed by Napoleon I. But the third district is called the Temple – in memory of this majestic fortress. But although the castle The Templars did not survive, there are many other buildings that era. This is a real corner of the Middle Ages in modern Paris, which people of art have chosen. However, this place was for them attractive and in the old days – many writers, poets, artists lived on the Place des Vosges. Now museums are open here Picasso, Hugo, Cognac-Jae (Museum of painting of the XVIII century). Besides, there are many other interesting museums: the history of the Paris Carnival, Paris architecture, located in the Sully mansion, puppet museums, hunting and nature, locks and door handles.

Advantages

  • An unusual district with a special touch and memorable the atmosphere.
  • Multinational and multicultural environment (located here Jewish Quarter, Gay Village, home to many immigrants African countries).
  • An ideal place for shopping – a large number of diverse stores, including boutiques for young creative designers.
  • Original cafes, restaurants with an interesting interior.
  • Good transport links.
  • Fairly affordable prices.

disadvantages

  • A crowded and noisy area, especially in the Mare quarter.

Fifth arrondissement

Rating: 4.7

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This is one of the most popular counties in Paris, thanks a combination of a number of factors. Firstly, this is the oldest area. the French capital, which the ancient Romans began to build (Latin quarter). Secondly, there are a lot of historical sights. Thirdly, in comparison with others central districts, prices in the Pantheon – as they call the fifth the district is quite loyal.

This is the center of the intellectual life of Paris. In addition to the famous Sorbonne, in the fifth district there are many other educational institutions, research institutes, libraries. AND Boulevard Saint-Germain – a real “Mecca” for bibliophiles and not only. The fountain of Saint-Michel on this boulevard is one of the most romantic places in Paris.

Other tourist attractions include the Pantheon, in which is buried by many prominent personalities, one of the oldest Saint Severin Churches, Medieval Museum, Ancient Arena (Arena Lutetium), built in the first century AD.

Advantages

  • A large number of attractions, including with free admission (Botanical Garden, Arena of Lutetia, etc.).
  • Many hotels at affordable prices.
  • Variety of food service establishments with reasonable prices.
  • Excellent transport links.
  • Comfortable atmosphere.

disadvantages

  • Around the clock crowded and noisy due to the huge amount students.

Sixth arrondissement

Rating: 4.7

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One of the corners of calm in the ever-boiling Paris is the sixth the county that is considered one of the safest in french the capital. The main attraction of this area is Luxembourg Palace with the garden of the same name, where they love to relax Parisians.

Luxembourg, as this district is also called, is rich in historical constructions – along with the Pantheon, this is the oldest part of the city. The oldest churches of Paris are also located here: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Saint-Sulpice (temple, known to many for the novel and / or the film “Code yes Vinci “), the Cathedral of Vladimir the Great, whose construction began even under Mary Medici.

Far beyond Paris, the Bridge of Arts is also known. an open-air studio for artists and photographers, and for lovers – a place of pilgrimage. Couples still continue hang locks with their names on the fence and throw a key into the river to a sign of eternal love, despite the fact that a few years ago, part the fence could not stand the passionate passions and collapsed into the water.

Advantages

  • Convenient location in the central part of Paris.
  • Cozy, peaceful area.
  • Unique gastronomic establishments, among which are especially stand out “literary” cafe.
  • Many shops, including many exclusive ones.
  • Interesting museums (e.g. Osip Zadkine – French sculptor of Russian origin, artist Delacroix).

disadvantages

  • High prices for hotel accommodation.

Ninth District

Rating: 4.6

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Opera, as this district is also called, is known, first of all, the magnificent building of the Garnier Opera House, which is considered one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. But besides opera, in the ninth arrondissement many other interesting places. Music lovers can visit one of the most beautiful concert halls “Olympia” or cabaret Foley-Berger, and shopaholics will be delighted with the abundance of shops. IN in particular, here is the shopping arcade “Galeries Lafayette” – The main center of Parisian shopping. In this huge building an area of ​​30 thousand square meters is everything that only a soul He will wish – from cosmetics to the most fashionable clothes. And if something still not found, you can go in search of another the famous Printam shopping center nearby.

There are other interesting objects in the ninth district, among which temples attract the most attention (Saint-Trinité, Notre Dame de Loret) and Grevin’s Wax Museum.

Advantages

  • Good location (within walking distance to the center, Montmartre, many other attractions).
  • Interesting places to visit inside the county.
  • Many housing offers (hotels, apartments) at affordable prices.
  • A lot of budget restaurants, cafes, fast foods.

disadvantages

  • A heterogeneous district in which, along with fashionable quarters, there are not quite prosperous and calm zones.

Second district

Rating: 4.5

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The second district is located between the Louvre and the Paris Opera. This a small area is also called the Exchange. This is a business center. the French capital, where, in addition to the main exchange of the country, There are numerous banks, offices, etc. There are also many shops – from fashionable boutiques to small shops selling groceries and everyday things. And although life boils here too It’s late, but, in general, there are fewer tourists, and much calmer than in other central districts.

The hotels in the second district are mainly chosen by those who visit the capital of France for business purposes (accommodation prices, by the way, are here also a business level). However, the entertainment in this part of Paris is also abundantly – these are night clubs, galleries, and museums. Here Grand Rex is located – the largest cinema palace in Europe. AND music lovers will no doubt appreciate the Opera-Comic (or, as it still called the Paris Opera), famous for its extraordinary productions and creative approach.

Advantages

  • Fairly calm area, not oversaturated by tourists.
  • Convenient location – many attractions is nearby.
  • Interesting architectural ensembles.
  • A variety of catering establishments, among which many restaurants and cafes with very moderate, as for the center Paris, priced.

disadvantages

  • High prices.
  • Few attractions compared to others central districts.

Sixteenth district

Rating: 4.4

Sixteenth district

Sixteenth district (or Passy – by the name of the suburb, which subsequently included in the territorial borders of Paris), although not located in the central part, but there are many Attractions worthy of attention. Also do not miss out of sight of this area if you are looking for a place to live in Paris. This is a rich and fashionable part of the city, but due to the remoteness from center, prices are not sky-high. The transport connection is very good, therefore, anywhere in Paris can be reached quickly and without problems. And in the district itself there is something to do. In Passy there are numerous museums, in particular the Balzac Museum, organized in the house where the writer lived for almost 8 years. Excellent museums of modern art in Tokyo Palace and Oriental Arts. Guimet. You can look into museums of crystal, wine, crafts. A variety of interesting events organizes a private Dapper Museum.

Advantages

  • Calm, safe area.
  • Free admission to some museums.
  • Convenient transport links.
  • Adequate prices for accommodation.

disadvantages

  • Remoteness from the center.

Seventeenth District

Rating: 4.4

Seventeenth

The seventeenth district is not teeming with attractions like many other areas. It can rather be called “sleeping.” But, in Compared to some other areas, it stands out calm and comfortable atmosphere, as well as a fairly high level security. It will appeal to those who are not even traveling thinks of life without sports – in this district there are many different places for sports activities (stadiums, pools, gyms). Besides, there are magnificent green areas, in particular the Bigninol parks and Martin Luther King, which are real masterpieces landscape gardening art. Art lovers will be interested the large seven-story museum of Jean-Jacques Enner, in whose collection over two thousand paintings, including other authors.

Living in this area will give you the opportunity to see Paris real, not tourist, and plunge into the ordinary life of ordinary the French. Plus it will cost significantly less than in central districts.

Advantages

  • Cozy, quiet, safe area (located here 17 embassies).
  • Convenient transport scheme that allows easy and quick get anywhere in Paris.
  • There are many good cafes and restaurants with acceptable prices.
  • Buildings with original architecture, such as the Palace Congresses.
  • Affordable prices for accommodation in hotels and apartments.

disadvantages

  • Remoteness from the center.
  • Few attractions.


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