Paris is divided into 20 administrative districts. Each district is like a separate city; each with its own mayor and different living conditions for tourists. We will tell you about each district from a tourist's point of view. Attached you will find a map of Paris with the districts shown so you can better understand what we're talking about.
The first district
The first district isn't just the center of Paris, but also one of the richest ones. Here you can find the Louvre and Tuileries Garden, Place Vendome with the most expensive boutiques and fashionable hotels, and the huge mall Les Halles. Overall, the first district is the tourist and commercial center of the city.
Your stay here will be peaceful and enjoyable. Everything is close and convenient. You can find many hotels here. Many of them being luxury hotels, but there are simpler ones as well. However, you won't find any cheap hotels here. You can look at and book a hotel in the first district here.
The second district
The second district is very small, but this is the home of the Paris stock exchange. It's the city's financial center. It's just as peaceful and convenient as the first district. There are many high-quality hotels here. The second district is also where the rich live. You'll find many stores, cafes and restaurants. It's comfortably placed between the Louvre and the Paris Opera.
The third district
The third district is very Parisian. There aren't many tourist sites, but here you can find the metropolitan art museum and Place de la Republique. This district is quiet, safe, and almost free of tourists. Nevertheless, it's the center of the city and the tourist sites easily accessible. It's not a bad place to stay, but there aren't many hotels. However, they're cheaper here than within previous districts.
The fourth district
The fourth district is the historical and official center of Paris. Here you can find the town hall, one of the district's main attractions. This district contains the oldest part of Paris. You can see Les Marais, Notre-Dame-de-Paris, and part of the Latin quarter. Paris itself started on the island Cite, the medieval Les Marais hasn't suffered from reconstruction, and the Latin quarter speaks for itself. It also has the Pompidou Centre. The fourth district may be one of the best places for tourists to stay. Everything here smells of history and Paris. Wherever you go here, Paris will be with you.
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The fifth district
The fifth district has the Latin quarter, the Pantheon, and Sorbonne. It's a terrific tourist-friendly, safe district. It's very close to the center and it's easy to get there. From a safety point of view, the attractions and geographical location make the fifth district one of the best districts. It is any Parisian’s dream to live in the fifth or sixth district.
The sixth district
There aren't many world-famous sights within this district. However, the locals love it here. The neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Pres is one of the most beautiful parts of the city and is located within this district. At one-point philosophers and writers lived here and now it houses the intellectuals of Paris. Also, this district has the most Parisian park - the Luxembourg Gardens - which is a perfect place for exercise and relaxation. This district also has the Saint-Sulpice church. There are many art galleries and exhibitions and the locals will suggest staying in their designer apartments. Overall, the district is peaceful and quiet, and as before, the center of Paris.
The seventh district
This is where happiness lies! The seventh district is where the Eiffel tower is located. You can even pick a hotel with a view of it. Les Invalides is also here, but it's less important. There are many museums within the district, such as the Musee d'Orsay. This district also includes a huge number of official structures like the Parliament, ministries, and embassies. As a result, it's very safe, but very full of tourists.
The eighth district
The eighth district, above all else, has the Champs-Elysees. It's the main avenue in Paris and you can also find the oldest train station, Saint-Lazare and one of the symbols of France, the Arc de Triomphe. The president of France himself lives in this district. The Elysee Palace is not far from Champes-Elysees. Living here isn't cheap, but it is extremely prestigious.
The ninth district
The ninth district is the shopping district. The two main stores of France, Lafayette and Printemps, are found here. There are a large number of small boutiques around it as well. There is also a cultural section where the Garnier Opera is located. The ninth district is a good place to stay, but only if your hotel isn't next to noisy Montmartre.
The ninth district may have the highest quality hotels for the price in Paris. There are many three-star hotels with comparatively fair prices.
The tenth district
Now we are starting to get farther from the center. The tenth district has two train stations, the North and East stations, nearby. However, these two stations aren't the safest places in Paris. There's a large concentration of immigrants and pickpockets here. You can stay here but be alert and careful. However, it's much cheaper here than in the previous districts.
The eleventh district
The eleventh district is very youthful and is the most crowded part of Paris. The Place de la Bastille is here with an unbelievable number of bars and night clubs around it. It's primarily a place for students. You should be very careful here. The parties last late into the night and people sell drugs. Furthermore, the 11th district borders the 20th, and we wouldn't recommend you stay there. It's a highly dangerous part of Paris. Definitely do not pick hotels close to the Belleville or Couronne stations.
On the other hand, the 11th district is considered the liveliest part of Paris. Place de la Bastille is full of parties, theaters, and clubs. So, it's perfect for young people: inexpensive but dangerous. If you follow the basic safety guidelines, nothing will happen to you.
The twelfth district
The 12th district is a bit away from the center, but it is nice, quiet, peaceful, and safe. The hotels aren't too expensive either. The Bercy neighborhood and the beautiful Leon station are located here as well. Just don't stay in hotels are on the border of the 12 and 20th districts.
The thirteenth district
The 13th district is, overall, a peaceful and nice one. It's called the Asian neighborhood of Paris. Immigrants from China, Vietnam and Korea live close to the Maison Blanche, Tolbiac, Olympiades, Porte de Choisy and Porte d'Ivry metro stations. They are peaceful and harmless. You can also find a cheap place to live here.
The fourteenth district
The 14th district is a pleasant Parisian area. As far as tourist attractions go, there are the Montparnasse Tower and the Lafayette gallery (another super store, just a bit smaller than the one in the 9th district). Staying here is comfortable and safe, but it's quite far from the center of Paris.
The fifteenth district
This is a good district, but you won't find any tourist attractions here. However, it's not far from the Eiffel lower or the Bois de Boulogne. It's safe, quiet, and peaceful. Plus, the hotels are not expensive.
The sixteenth district
The 16th district is the richest and most prosperous part of Paris! Staying here is convenient, comfortable, and quite prestigious! The dream of any Parisian is to move to the 16th district. It borders the Eiffel tower, the Champes-Elysee, La Defense, and the Bois de Boulogne. You can also find Roland-Garros's famous tennis courts here.
The seventeenth district
It's a good place. There's not much else to say. It's far from the center but it isn't a problem because the district's metro is quite modern. However, it's also quite peaceful.
The eighteenth district
The 18th district contains Montmartre, its cafes, cabarets, and Sacre-Coeur. It’s a place that's nice to live (on the hill), where it's quite noisy (next to Moulin Rouge), and has the metro station, Barbes-Rochechouart, that isn't worth stopping at.
You'll have to choose between noise and fun. If you want entertainment, it's a good place! There are very quiet, nice hotels here that you can see Montmartre and the Eiffel tower from.
The nineteenth district
The 19th district used to be considered unfortunate. However, now it's a good, modern district. They planted gardens and built modern buildings next to the Saint-Martin Canal. Here the rich elite live and play Petanque, ride horses, and enjoy life. You can try it with them, just avoid hotels near the Eastern station or those that border the 20th district (on Belleville boulevard).
The twentieth district
The 20th district is the immigrant district of Paris. Famous for its Chinese neighborhood, it is the old center for Jewish immigrants. About 30 years ago, it was transformed into the center of Arab immigration. All of this is located in one spot on the intersection of Menilmontant and Belleville. Living here is quite dangerous, but cheap, so we can't give you a list of hotels in this district.
Now you know which parts of Paris are worth choosing. Every hotel has an address. This address is made of 5 numbers. For example, 75011. The number 75 means it's in Paris. The last two numbers tell you the district. So, in this case, 75011 is in the 11th. Pay close attention to these numbers.
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And stay happily in Paris!