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In brief: elegant, great for sightseeing, by the Seine.
Highlights: Louvre / Jardin des Tuileries / Pont Neuf
Getting there: Metro lines 1 & 7 / Train connections to CDG & Orly
Why stay: As central as it gets, near the river and some of the main tourist attractions; less going on at night
In brief: Multi-cultural / Canal Saint-Martin area is up-and-coming
Highlights: Canal Saint-Martin
Getting there: Metros 4, 5 & 7 / connections to CDG, Orly and Eurostar from Gare du Nord
Why stay: Gaining popularity; great walks & cycling along the canal; busy around the stations
In brief: Lively community feel / Non-touristy / Popular with 30+ crowd
Highlights: Cirque d'Hiver / Edith Piaf Museum
Getting there: Plenty of metros - lines 2, 3, 5, 8 & 9.
Why stay: Lots of restaurants and good nightlife in north Bastille
In brief: Mainly residential (except near Bastille & Nation) / Lots of green areas / By the Seine
Highlights: Opera Bastille, Bercy Park, Bois de Vincennes.
Getting there: Lots of metro stops - lines 1, 6, 8 & 14.
Why stay: Good opportunities to take long walks and relax
In brief: Business District (Paris Rive Gauche) / Residential / Chinatown / By the Seine
Highlights: Francois Mitterrand Library / Manufacture des Gobelins Museum
Getting there: Metro lines 5, 6, 7, 14; Tram T3 across to the Parc des Expositions
Why stay: Easy access to the very centre from Place d'Italie; tranquil area; good for those on business in the PRG
In brief: Montparnasse (north) / Residential (south)
Highlights: Paris Catacombs / Montparnasse Tower / Montsouris Park
Getting there: Metro lines 4, 6, 12 & 13 / Train connections to CDG & Orly / Orlybus from Orly stops in Denfert Rochereau
Why stay: Walk in the footsteps of the great artists who lived in Montparnasse / Easy access to Orly airport
In brief: Residential / Part of Montparnasse / By the Seine
Highlights: Walk in the footsteps of the great artists who lived in Montparnasse / Easy access to Orly airport
Getting there: Metro lines 6, 8, 10 & 12 / Trams T2 and T3
Why stay: Good metro access to centre; close to the Parc des Expositions
In brief: Elegant / Boulevards & Avenues / Museums / By the Seine
Highlights: Arc de Triomphe / Trocadero / Roland Garros Stadium
Getting there: Metro lines 2, 6, 9 & 10 / Bus to Beauvais Airport from Porte Maillot
Why stay: For the elegance of the north; for the small-town feel in the south; great for museum lovers
In brief: Elegant and chic (south) / Bohemian Batignolles (north)
Highlights: Arc de Triomphe / Monceau Park / Palais des Congres
Getting there: Metro lines 1, 2, 3 & 13 / Bus to Beauvais Airport from Porte Maillot
Why stay: Rub shoulders with the well-heeled in the south & the Bohemian in the north
In brief: Montmartre, popular with tourists, Pigalle.
Highlights: Sacré Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Clignancourt flea market.
Getting there: metro lines 2, 4, 12 and 13.
Why stay: Montmartre, with its great views, is one of the top places to visit in Paris. Bear in mind that Pigalle is the red light district.
In brief: full of parks and canals.
Highlights: Buttes Chaumont Park, La Villette Park, City of Science and Industry.
Getting there: metros lines 2, 5, 7, 7 bis & 11.
Why stay: mix visits to the centre with quiet time exploring the popular parks and canals.
In brief: Financial district / Garment district / Less touristy
Highlights: Bourse Stock Exchange / 19th century shopping galleries
Getting there: Metro Line 3 runs through the 2nd
Why stay: Central with lots of life during the day; quieter at night when the local businesses shut down
In brief: residential and multi-cultural.
Highlights: Pere Lachaise Cemetery.
Getting there: metro lines 2, 3, 3bis, 9 & 11.
Why stay: easy access to the centre by metro, area known for its music scene.
In brief: the north of Le Marais, with museums and markets.
Highlights: Picasso Museum / Arts et Métiers Museum
Getting there: Metros 1, 3, 8 & 11
Why stay: Central, with a nice community feel
In brief: Marais (South) / By the Seine / Gay-friendly
Highlights: Notre Dame / Georges Pompidou Centre/ Place des Vosges
Getting there: Metro Lines 1 & 7 cross the 4th
Why stay: Very central; great for restaurants and nightlife; atmospheric streets
In brief: Buzzing / University area / By the Seine
Highlights: Latin Quarter / Pantheon / Jardin des Plantes
Getting there: Metro Lines 7 & 10 / Train connections to CDG & Orly
Why stay: Great if you want to feel in the centre of everything but also not the quietest of areas
In brief: Saint-Germain-des-Pres / Chic & Arty / By the Seine
Highlights: Jardin du Luxembourg / Pont Neuf / Les Deux Magots
Getting there: Metro lines 4, 10 & 12 / Train connections to CDG & Orly
Why stay: Ideal for exploring the streets and cafe-hopping; lots of interesting galleries & shops
In brief: mix of residential and government buildings, fairly quiet area beside the Seine.
Highlights: the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides (containing the Musée de l'Armée), Musée d'Orsay.
Getting there: Metro lines 8, 10, 12 & 13 / Train connections to CDG & Orly
Why stay: potential views of the Eiffel Tower, although the area can be pricey.
In brief: the Champs-Elysees, the Golden Triangle, Monceau.
Highlights: the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Monceau Park.
Getting there: Plenty of metros, lines 1, 2, 8, 9, 12, 13 & 14
Why stay: the 8th arrondisement has a little bit of everything.
In brief: Opera in the south / Pigalle in the north
Highlights: Opera Garnier / Grands Boulevards / Folies Bergeres
Getting there: Metro lines 3, 7, 8 & 9 / Roissybus from CDG stops in Opera
Why stay: Good shopping in the Opera area; remember that Pigalle is the red light district