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France at Leisure has hotels and rental apartments very centrally located near the main points of interest such as Le Marais, Saint Germain, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, the Opera, among others.
Once you have decided if you prefer an apartment or an Hotel, the next question is in which district... or arrondissement. 

Arrondissements of Paris

The city of Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements. The first one is in the center, the following ones spiral outwards in a clock-wise direction. Most of the famous tourist attractions can be found in one of the central eight arrondissements.
The arrondissements are encircled by the périphérique, a ring highway. Outside the 'périphérique' are the 'banlieues' (suburbs), the suburbs of Paris.
Here are the 1st nine, being the most centrally located and where we recommend you to stick too in regard to where to stay.

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Overview of all the 1st to the 9th arrondissements (districts) being the most central and their most important sights and attractions.

Arrondissement 1 - Louvre

 

map paris arr01The least populated of the twenty arrondissements in Paris is at the geographical center of Paris, hence the area is crammed with historic sights. The Louvre Museum, Palais Royal, Tuileries gardensForum des Halles, Bourse du Commerce and the upscale Vendôme Square are all located here. The 1st arrondissement also comprises the western tip of the Île de la Cité, including the magnificent Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie.

Arrondissement 2 - Bourse

 

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Primarily a business district, with the Palais de la Bourse - the former stock exchange - as its most notable landmark. Another important building in the smallest of Paris's arrondissements is the historic National Library. A modern expansion of the library is located in the 13th arrondissement. The second arrondissement is also home to a number of historic shopping arcades.

Arrondissement 3 - Temple

 
map paris arr03Another small arrondissement; it contains the northern part of the historic Marais district. The Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (with the Museum of Arts and Crafts, a technology museum), the Picasso Museum and the Carnavalet Museum - devoted to the history of Paris - are located here.

Arrondissement 4 - Hôtel-de-Ville

 

map paris arr04The 4th arrondissement contains the southern part of the medieval Marais district as well as the Île St-Louis and the eastern part of Île de la Cité, the oldest part of Paris. This area is very popular thanks to attractions such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Place des Vosges, the city hall and the Gothic Tour St-Jacques. Contrasting with all the historic buildings is the modern Centre Pompidou.

Arrondissement 5 - Panthéon

 

map paris arr05The Latin Quarter, with the renowned Sorbonne university, is situated in this arrondissement. The area's popular avenue, the Boulevard St-Michel, marks the border with the 6th arrondissement. The most famous sight in the 5th arrondissement is the Panthéon, but there are many other noteworthy sights such as the magnificent Val-de-Grâce church, the intriguing St-Etienne-du-Mont church, the Cluny Museum, the roman-era Arènes de Lutèce and the Jardin des Plantes, the city's botanical garden which is home to the Natural History Museum.

Arrondissement 6 - Luxembourg

 
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One of the world's greatest parks, the Jardin du Luxembourg, makes this arrondissement popular with locals and visitors alike. The 6th arrondissement also contains a number of landmarks like the Odéon Theatre and the Saint Sulpice church, which sports two towers with a different design. Another important church in this arrondissement is the 11th century Saint-Germain des Prés, the oldest abbey church in Paris. The church is at the heart of the namesake neighborhood, which is one of the most popular areas to stay in for visitors to Paris.

Arrondissement 7 - Palais-Bourbon

 

map paris arr07Government institutions and major landmarks dominate this upscale arrondissement. The most famous of these landmarks is the Eiffel Tower, drawing millions of visitors each year. Other important tourist draws are the Invalides - with its museums and Napoleon's tomb - and three more museums: the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée Rodin and the Musée du Quai Branly, which is dedicated to non-European cultures. The Palais Bourbon (National Assembly), École Militaire (Military School) and the UNESCO headquarters can also be found in the 7th arrondissement.

Arrondissement 8 - Élysée

 

map paris arr08Another arrondissement loaded with tourist attractions. The Champs-Élysées - probably the world's most famous boulevard - cuts through this arrondissement from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Bordering the Champs-Élysées are the magnificent Grand Palais and Petit Palais, as well as the Élysée, the presidential Palace. The arrondissement also features the temple-like Madeleine church and the romantic Monceau Park.

Arrondissement 9 - Opéra

 
map paris arr09A multifaceted arrondissement, with prestigious boulevards in the south and the not so prestigious Pigalle area - a red light district - in the north. Pigalle does attract its share of tourists though thanks to the nearby Moulin Rouge (18th arr). Just as famous, but located in the south part of the 9th arrondissement, is the former Opéra Garnier, a magnificent opera house. Nearby is the Galeries Lafayette, a well-known department store. The majestic Sainte-Trinité church is also located in this arrondissement.