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Paris is a dream destination with its historic architecture, water backdrops, and picture-perfect cafes with indulgent pastries, meats, cheeses and breads. Luckily, amongst the 20 arrondissements, or neighborhoods, within the city, are some more affordable neighborhoods to base your stay. Paris is wonderfully connected via the “metro” public transportation, and hotels can be found in some pretty iconic places for less than you’d probably think. So maybe a Paris vacation isn’t as out of reach as some thought. These are the places to stay in Paris on a budget.
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Why Stay Here: Munch at the famous market, and enjoy the cheap nightlife.
It’s hard to believe a prison was once what this Paris neighborhood was known for. While now more residential, Bastille has an affordable nightlife scene for you partiers out there—you’ll find cheaper drinks and modern eateries galore. The Bastille Market spreads through the streets on Thursday and Sunday and has proven to be one of the best compilations of true Parisian foods, frozen treats and a rainbow of local produce. This famed market is significant enough all on its own to draw money-conscious travelers to Bastille, but the history and reasonably priced hotels are a plus.
Why Stay Here: Stroll creepy catacombs, eat delicious food in establishments once visited by Hemingway—enough said.
Montparnasse houses the only skyscraper in Paris, which is incredibly scenic from the top, but that’s not the most intriguing thing to do here. Catacombs from centuries ago still reside under the streets, and you can tour the walls of skulls and bones. International cuisine, cafes and creperies create a wallet-friendly restaurant scene, and there is a variety of budget-friendly hotels. The lack of tourism is appealing to many, as one can sink into the artsy surroundings that once allured famous creative minds.
Why Stay Here: Great for affordable nightlife, pretty park scenery.
Belleville is a multicultural experience a bit away from the city’s center, but it’s highly unique and slowly but surely developing. Keep in mind that you are not going to find the traditional look or feel of Paris in Belleville. Yet the ability to enjoy the nightlife on a dime is a welcomed treat. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a beautiful public space with gardens, waterfalls and bridge walks and even better, it’s something totally free to do if the gritty feel of the clubs isn’t your thing.
Why Stay Here: Old streets, affordable eats and a family-friendly environment.
Latin Quarter offers intricate buildings, quirky streets with great places to eat, and a mellow night scene. With lots of students form the nearby university influencing the scene a bit, visitors can also enjoy affordable eats at quaint cafes while browsing local literature shops. Also family-friendly, travelers will find museums and beautiful botanical gardens to explore. Noted to have “Bohemian charm”, Latin Quarter is also home to one of the most enriching old streets around—La Mouffe. Make it a priority to browse and eat along this narrow stretch.
Why Stay Here: Striking views and a variety of things to do.
Montmartre is a middle-class neighborhood with a cozy feel—accommodations are very reasonable in this safe district. The hilly landscape earned the neighborhood its name, while the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, a breathtaking church, symbolizes much of the past. Walking the streets is both exciting, immersive, and of course, free. Stop by the historic Moulin Rouge which changed the world of slinky dancing, or wheel and deal with vendors at Rue de Steinkerque. As you can already assume, there’s an array of activities to delve into in Montmartre.
Why Stay Here: Awesome for foodies, and really anyone who loves pastries.
Top Hotels: Hôtel Snob by Elegancia
Foodies on a budget rejoice—Montorgueil is full of affordable cafes and markets with delicious breads, cheeses, coffee, pastries, and other classic regional eats. Not too touristy, there’s still some iconic sites like the Saint-Eustache church with an undeniable Parisian charm. You can also visit age-old sites like the Jean-Sans-Peur. But if you do nothing else, dive into indulgent goodies at one of the oldest pastry shops in Paris, which would be pretty impressive even if the pastries sucked. But La Maison Stohrer, fortunately, has some of the best. Pro tip: go for the nun shaped cream puff…seriously.
Why Stay Here: Shop and eat on a budget.
Top Hotels: Hotel Darcet
Grands Boulevards caters to younger travelers, and it’s not difficult to find great, low priced food and boutique shops with affordable finds. Absolutely stunning shopping complexes like the Galeries Lafayette, and the Belle Époque, may have some surprisingly priced items, but if you’re really trying to pinch the pennies, just enjoy the architecture of these grand department stores, which definitely deserve a ritzier description. General admission to the Chocolate Factory of Paris, or the “le musee gourmand du chocolat”, is free, with some exhibits costing extra. But here you’ll learn all about one of the world’s favorite treats, while spending very little, or nothing at all.
Champs de Mars
Why Stay Here: Iconic views of the Eiffel Tower.
We have to include Champs de Mars because this is where you’ll have great glimpses of one of the greatest icons of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. So how do you stay here on a budget? For their location and scenery, hotels in the area are well priced, even for those not looking to blow the bank. You can find reasonably priced rooms with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. Given the unmeasurable awesomeness of the surroundings, it’s a steal.