Where to Stay in Paris

Find Your Place in Paris
Parisians on a café terrace with view of the Eiffel Tower.
December 8, 2020
Wondering where you should stay in Paris? This quick quiz will let you know which part of the city best suits you! Scroll down to find out which neighborhood would make your perfect Parisian pied à terre!
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We’re often asked, “Where’s the best place to stay in Paris?” Désolé, but there’s no one answer! Depending on your personal preferences, what you’re looking to get out of your time in Paris, and, bien sûr, your budget, the “best place to stay” is different for each person.

That’s why we’ve created a petit quiz to match your individual needs and expectations to the Paris neighborhood with the right vibe for you.

In Paris, every Arrondissement is different, and even within the same district, the atmosphere can differ greatly from one rue to the next. Take the quiz below, and with just a few clicks, we’ll let you know which quartiers correspond to your criteria!

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Now that you’ve found your perfect place to stay in the city, it’s time to prepare for your séjour! Start by browsing our curated city guide full of the best things to do in Paris or click below to let us plan an itinerary for you.

  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Origins of Paris Historical Tour
    Enjoy a small-group historical walking tour in the streets of the Montagne Sainte Genevieve down to the river.
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Pastry Tour of Le Marais
    Le Marais is arguably the hippest neighborhood in Paris. While some may say that there are too many fashionistas, bobos, and tourists in the area, the charming cobblestone streets and vibrant atmosphere just can’t be beat. But Le Marais isn’t just about appearances. Local guides Nikki and Frederi…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Discover the Goutte d’Or
    Discover a side of Paris that most tourists never see. Frederic of TheWaysBeyond takes you on a walking tour you of his old neighborhood, La Goutte d’Or, one of Paris’s most authentic multi-cultural melting pots. Here, Parisians of dozens of different nationalities come together to share their tr…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Explore the Bastille Neighborhood
    Follow Frederic and Nikki of TheWaysBeyond down the small streets of the Quinze-Vingts, an often-overlooked part of the Bastille neighborhood that’s as interesting as its oddly arithmetic name—quinze-vingts translates to fifteen twenties, or 15 x 20.
  • Experiences, Gastronomic Experiences
    French Caviar Tasting
    The caviar you are about to discover is produced in the Dordogne region to the rhythms of the seasons and the life of sturgeons. This product of excellence, based on the valorization of a unique land and on innovative production techniques, is the reflection of impeccable standards. Research inno…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Walk Through History in Le Marais
    Follow local guides Frederic and Nikki of TheWaysBeyond through the city squares and alleyways of Le Marais as you retrace the history of this iconic Parisian neighborhood. If many today consider Le Marais a must-see on any trip to Paris, it wasn’t always that way. In fact, in the early 20th cent…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Discover a Greener Side of Paris
    Let locals Frederic and Nikki of TheWaysBeyond guide you through the small streets off the Canal Saint-Martin and introduce you to some of the most exciting actors and addresses on Paris’s eco-conscious scene. The Canal Saint Martin neighborhood has always attracted an eclectic crowd, …
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Stroll Through 19th-Century Paris
    Step back in time and into the Paris of the 19th century. Learn how the architecture, innovations, and politics of the time shaped the city as you walk its charming streets, explore its covered passages, and shop in one of the world’s first department stores—just as Parisians did then! Abo…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    See the Sights Along the Seine
    Spend a leisurely morning like a true Parisian! Your local guide Sophie will meet you for a sightseeing stroll along the Seine, telling you tales of Paris past as you make your way east to explore a historic area before ending at a popular fresh food market just in time for lunch! About th…
  • Experiences, Gastronomic Experiences
    Wine & Cheese Pairing
    This experience is an excellent opportunity for people who want to have a light introduction to French wines and discover how to pair them perfectly with French cheeses. You’ll get all the basic information you need to know about wine in France, including proper terminology, proper wine ta…
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