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Street sign in the 9th arrondissement

It can be hard to know where to stay in Paris as there are so many beautiful areas to visit.  To help you choose the best places to stay in Paris, we’ve put together a guide to the different districts to give you an idea of where to stay, depending on the kind of city break you want.

Paris is divided up into 20 districts, called arrondissements. You can always tell which arrondissement you’re in by looking at the street signs. Above the name of the street, you’ll see a number, followed by Arrt., this is the number of the district you are in.

map of central Paris

What does the Paris district number mean?

The districts are numbered from 1, starting on the Île de la Cité in the centre of the town and spiralling out clockwise to 20.

South of the river you’ll find the 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and 15th arrondissements, and north of the river the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th.

The south side of Paris is called the Rive Gauche (left bank) and the north, the Rive Droite (right bank).

The Rive Gauche was historically considered the more arty, bohemian area of Paris, but some of the outer northern districts, once quite rough and rundown, are seeing regeneration and have become quite cool and edgy.

People sitting outside on the terrace of the cafe de Flore in St Germain des Pres

Choosing the right district of Paris to stay in

Paris is very much a city to be walked around – who wants to go on holiday and find themselves on public transport all the time? So, when choosing the best place to stay in Paris, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to do on your break, and stay within walking distance of the main places you want to visit.


Finding the perfect area to stay in Paris

Paris has something for everyone but choosing the right area to stay in makes all the difference. Take a look at our tailored recommendations for the best arrondissements to stay in Paris.

We've picked the best places to stay in Paris for sightseeing which will ensure you get to see as many sights as possible on your trip. If you're after a budget-friendly trip to Paris check out our tips on where to stay in Paris on a budget. Or if you're planning a family holiday to Paris take a look at our guide on where to stay in Paris with kids, from the convenient location of Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement to the Paris Zoo, horse riding and amazing play areas in the 12th arrondissement. 


The best areas to stay in Paris for sightseeing

Staying close to all the sights during your stay in Paris will save you time and money.

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Where to stay in Paris on a budget

Staying in a cheaper, less well known area of Paris can save you money, giving you more to spend on other things.

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Where to stay in Paris with kids

Paris can be just as much fun for a child as for an adult, you just need to know the right places to go.

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