Paris, the world’s most popular city destination, has plenty of must-see places but make sure you spend at least a day strolling off the beaten path, as this is the only way to discover the real Paris: a lively cosmopolitan but undeniably French city.
The center of Paris is divided in 20 arrondissements with the majority of the world known attractions (Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées,Louvre, Panthéon, Notre-Dame,…) situated in the first 8 arrondissements.
Before you decide where to stay in Paris, get yourself acquainted with the city’s layout. The center of Paris is almost perfectly circular and surrounded by a highway, known as the Périphérique. Outside this Périphérique lie the suburbs of Paris. Inside the Périphérique is Paris proper, which is divided into 20 arrondissements that spiral clockwise from the center outward. Here you will find most of the city’s famous sights and this is also where most of the hotels are located.
Paris is very much walkable and as long as you stay within the Périphérique you will never be further than 500 meters from the nearest subway station. And if you stay in one of the first eight arrondissements, chances are you’ll spend most of your time walking from sight to sight.
Despite the architectural homogeneity of Paris the different neighborhoods all have a distinct character; some are very quiet while others are lively and crowded. Below a selection of some neighborhoods that are popular with visitors.