Planning a trip always takes some time, but in the end, it’s worth it. There is nothing better than visiting a brand new place or going back to your favorite destinations. Paris is usually one of those countries you never get enough of. Whether sipping a coffee with a croissant in the morning or enjoying a glass of wine with cheese at night, the city of lights has a captivating charm.
For first-time travelers or for those who are attached to the Parisian way of life after some trips around, the big deal is choosing where to stay. From Île Saint-Louis to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Belleville to Bastille, Montmartre to the Marais, or many other districts, each one has a different vibe. Here’s a list of safe neighborhoods in Paris, France, to enjoy your stay with no worries.
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The first neighborhood in the list is right in the central area of Paris, close to many tourist attractions and the most notable restaurants. This little island called Île Saint-Louis, in the 4th arrondissement, is a lovely and quieter place, where the Seine River crosses the city. If you look around, you can take a peaceful and safe walk through the ancient cobblestone streets, while appreciating the typical Parisian architecture and quaint boutiques.
If Île Saint-Louis won your heart, you can stay at a beautiful 17th-century building, home of Hotel De Lutece, close to cafés, shopping, and art. The Notre-Dame Cathedral is only a few steps away, as well as Sainte Chapelle. You can use public transport to quickly get to the Louvre Museum.
Also very central, in the 4th district, Le Marais is the best neighborhood in Paris for nightlife, where most new bars, clubs, and cocktail lounges are always busy. The area is also known for being home to the Jewish, Chinese, LGBTQ+ and artist communities, which makes it a welcoming and lively place to explore. It’s even more special when you enjoy art galleries, street art or chic boutiques. It’s not by chance, this is quite possibly the trendiest part of the city.
Only an eight-minute walk from Picasso Museum is the Hotel Jeanne d'Arc Le Marais, in a typical Parisian building with pretty flowers decorating the windows. Even closer, you can stop by the magnificent Place des Vosges, after a three-minute walk, and get access to the Louvre Museum.
One of the best and safest neighborhoods in Paris to stay with your family is Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th arr. Depending on the age of your children, the area offers great playgrounds. All of them are walkable and have access to shops and restaurants. Besides, there are also other family-friendly attractions, like the Natural History Museum and Jardin du Luxembourg.
If you decide to stay here, take a look at the Hotel Le Placide Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The place was once a classic Parisian family house until it was redesigned into a luxurious black and white accommodation.
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First time in Paris? So, the 7th arrondissement may be the perfect place to stay. It’s home to one of the most iconic attractions in the city of lights: the Eiffel Tower. This neighborhood is also close to notable museums, world-class restaurants, charming market street, and all the beautiful Parisian architecture around.
On a side street in the popular district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and within walking distance to Sèvres-Babylone Metro Station, your place in the 7th arr. is the Hotel Le Petit Chomel. Enjoy a quiet, cozy, and charming room during your stay in Paris.
Hotel Le Petit Chomel
Address: 15 rue Chomel
Breakfast in the room Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Express check-in/check-out Room service Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Ticket service Non-smoking throughout Internet services
For a safe, but a cheaper place to stay in Paris, Bastille is a good choice. Near Le Marais, in the 12th district, this neighborhood gathers fine dining and fancy drinking destinations for all picky tastes in a nice mellow atmosphere. It’s also a good base for exploring cathedrals, besides historic and architectural interests. Within walking distance from Bastille Square and easy access to the Opéra Garnier, is Le Marceau Bastille, with vibrant colors and modern rooms.
Le Marceau Bastille
Address: 13 Rue Jules Cesar
Safety deposit box Lift Daily housekeeping Ironing service Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus 24-hour security All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
The 5th district is the oldest part of Paris, turning Latin Quarter into a great choice for those who want to be close to everything, but still enjoy the classic Parisian charm in a quieter area. By walking around the cobblestone streets and leafy squares, you’ll find quite a lot of students. It’s kind of their neighborhood because of Sorbonne Université and Rue Mouffetard, where they hang out. If you want to join them or just explore this lively area close to many of the city’s sights, pick the Hotel Vendome Saint-German with a clean, modern, and fresh decoration style.
Does the name Champs-Elysées sound familiar to you? Well, this neighborhood is connected to another world-famous attraction in Paris: the Arc de Triomphe. It’s also home for France’s most famous shopping street, full of renowned designer brands. This part of the 8th arr. is filled with luxury and style everywhere you look.
Anyway, treat yourself at the 18th-century building of Hotel Cristal Champs-Elysées, within walking distance from Avenue Champs-Elysées. Inside, it’s finely decorated with vibrant colors and a contemporary look.
Hôtel Cristal Champs Elysées
Address: 9, Rue de Washington
Food can be delivered to guest accommodation WiFi Available Internet services Access to health care professionals Physical distancing in dining areas Physical distancing rules followed Contactless check-in/check-out Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus
Going a little further once more, you’ll arrive at the 20th district, the Belleville neighborhood. The area is mostly known for the many Asian restaurants around. When the sun is out, the locals like to enjoy some fresh air and a bit of nature at Belleville Park. There is also a famous landmark, a celeb graveyard called Père-Lachaise. If you like this atmosphere around, take a look at Hotel Scarlett. The accommodations bring a mix of vintage and modern air to welcome their guests.
For being more lively, the central areas tend to be secure spots. However, you can also find safe neighborhoods in Paris going a little further. High on a hill in the 18th arrondissement, you’ll find one of the most amazing views of Paris. Montmartre retains an enchanting village-like charm with retro cafés, picturesque hills and staircases, and tiny old-world shops. However, after dark, it’s better to be careful, since the area is quite popular and low income.
The 18th district is home to artists like Amélie Poulain and also to the Hotel Nation Montmartre, for a simple and cozy stay. It’s only a five-minute walk from the stunning Basilique du Sacré-Coeur with its greeny garden and white domes, and from Gare Du Nord.
Feel safe when in the city of lights
Some neighborhoods are better than others and it depends on what you’re looking for during your trip to one of the most charming cities in the world. Every area has a particular vibe and attractions. In general, the crime rate in France is low. Meanwhile, the security levels are high wherever you go. Each museum you visit, you have to take off your coat, show your bag, tickets, and ID. You feel safe walking around, but like any other tourist place, you can’t be too careful. So, use this list of safe neighborhoods in Paris and hotel recommendations to choose your next temporary or permanent home when in the city of lights.
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