Whether you call it the City of Light or the City of Love, there’s nowhere quite like Paris. It’s fair to say that France’s capital has that certain je ne sais quoi that makes it absolutely irresistable to people from around the world. Whether you’re moving to the city or just visiting, here’s a look at some of the best Paris neighborhoods to live in.
Moving to Paris isn’t easy, but choosing a turnkey furnished apartment rather than a traditional rental can ease the process. Whether you want to stay for a month, a few months, or a year or longer, Blueground’s flexible leases make it easy to live in Paris’s best neighborhoods. All of our furnished apartments have full kitchens and top-of-the-line appliances, not to mention luxury linens, Smart TVs, and other thoughtful extras.Each of these Paris neighborhoods has its own energy and unique charm. Which one can you picture yourself in?
This trendy neighborhood sits between Gare du Nord and Republique and has only grown more popular with young people and expats in recent years. Canal St. Martin’s streets radiate east and west of the canal itself, and no matter where you wander you’ll find something cool to do. Hip cafes like Ten Belles and as well as canal-side wine bars like Café Odilon make this one of the best neighborhoods in Paris. Canal St. Martin’s dining scene is also notable, with a range of international cuisine on offer.
The neighborhood is also home to the historic Marché Couvert Saint-Martin, the perfect place to stock up on fine cheeses, meats, and fresh produce. In terms of getting around Paris, Canal St. Martin is in the northeast part of the city. The neighborhood is served by two Metro stations, making it easy to commute into an office or simply explore the city’s cultural treasures.
Occupying parts of both the 2nd and 9th arrondissements, Grands Boulevards is a lively area that’s perfect for night owls. Get a bite and a drink after work at neighborhood hotspots like Kouto or the Rex Club, or step back into the past with a Belle Époque-era cocktail at Delaville Café. You can also indulge in some retail therapy in the neighborhood’s covered shopping arcades.
Grands Boulevards is known for its Belle Époque architecture, which makes it one of the best neighborhoods in Paris for a stroll — even if you decide to live elsewhere. The neighborhood gets its name from no fewer than eight elegant boulevards: Bonne Nouvelle, Capucines, Italiens, Madeleine, Montmartre, Poissonière, St-Denis and St-Martin. The entire area is served by Paris’ Metro 4, 8, and 9 lines.
Spread across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, this gay-friendly neighborhood has become synonymous with Paris Fashion Week. Le Marais is home to a variety of art galleries as well as museums like the Musée du Carnavalet, the Musée Picasso, and the Institut Suédois. The neighbhood is also near the Centre Pompidou, where you can experience a variety of arts and cultural programming.
Le Marais is a great neighborhood for dining. Rue des Rosiers has no shortage of falafel spots and you can sample a variety of cuisines at the Marché des Enfants Rouges. Le Marais is connected to the rest of Paris by Metro lines 1, 3, 8, and 11.
Lovely Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris’ 6th arrondissement, has a long literary history. The neighborhood is home to countless independent bookstores and literary cafés, including Le Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. There are also a number of art galleries and antique stores in the vicinity that are well worth a visit.
Other highlights of the area include the Musée Delacroix, Musée d’Orsay, and the Théâtre de l’Odéon. This neighborhood is also home to several universities, so there’s a wide variety of both cheap eats and haute cuisine available. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is served by Paris’s 4 and 10 Metro lines.
Paris’s Sentier-Montorgueil neighborhood occupies parts of the 1st and 2nd arrondissements, making it a wonderful centrally located choice for anyone who is new to the city. It’s an easy walk to tourist sites like the Jardin du Palais-Royal, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre.
Of course, there’s plenty to do in Sentier-Montorgueil beyond sightseeing. Bustling rue Montorgueil is lined with bakeries — including Pâtisserie Stohrer, the city’s oldest — as well as butcher shops and grocery stories. The neighborhood’s welcoming bistros, restaurants and cafés range from quintessentially Parisian to vegan chic. It’s also easy to get around all of Paris from the neighborhood, since Metro lines 3 and 4 pass through Sentier-Montorgueil and the Châtelet-Les Halles RER station is an easy walk.
Home to the famous Sorbonne, Paris’s 5th arrondissement — known as the Latin Quarter — has a youthful energy that makes it one of the best neighborhoods in Paris for young people. The area around the university is teeming with new and used bookstores as well as the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, a venerable 18th century library that offers guided tours.
The area is also home to unpretentious eateries like Le Pie Noir, and when the weather allows it’s a treat to stroll along the Seine or visit the Jardin des Plantes. The Quartier Latin is served by Metro lines 4, 7, and 10. You can also make RER connections from the nearby Gare de Saint-Michel-Notre Dame.
Which one of these Paris neighborhoods is calling to you? Luckily, when you rent a furnished apartment in the city with Blueground you don’t have to choose. Our flexible rental policies make it easy to try several neighborhoods within Paris, rather than committing to a one- or two-year lease.