3 unique neighbourhoods to stay in on your next trip to Paris

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Paris is known for its beauty, style and grace. Its chic inhabitants, gorgeous romantic architecture and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, which can be seen from miles around the city. If you have visited the city before, however, and have already explored the usual tourist spots, such as The Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay or walked along the Champs-Élysées, gorging on macarons and hot chocolate, then you will want to dive into something a little different the next time you visit.

With this in mind, we bring you 3 unique spots to stay in if you are looking for something a little different from your next trip to the city…

Le Marais (3ème arrondissement)

If you are looking to indulge in a dose of Paris from days gone by, then head to Marais, which is home to some of the city’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. Winding, cobbled streets are filled with bars, cafes, boutique shops and art galleries aplenty, with tons of gardens hidden about the area. The neighbourhood is known to be historically Jewish, with plenty of kosher delis still lining the Rue des Rosiers, but in more recent years, Marais has become known for being Paris’ gay district.

The Latin Quarter (5ème Arrondissement)

On the left bank of the Seine, close to the Notre Dame, lies the Latin Quarter. Another much older district of Paris than many others, this area is known for being a busy, bustling, lively haven of students attending the nearby Sorbonne. If you are looking for a little more life with a dash of dazzling architecture, then this spot in central Paris is definitely for you.

Montmartre (18ème Arrondissement)

Famous for the Moulin Rouge, the neighbourhood of Montmartre sits atop a slope, with the most incredible views of Paris. Although Montmartre has a reputation for being a hotspot for pickpockets, crowds, and crime, in recent years the neighbourhood has turned a corner, returning to its artistic, bohemian routes and growing in popularity with young Parisians looking for some vibrant nightlife and eclecticism. It does get very crowded, so if you are looking for a more subdued or quiet trip, then perhaps opt for a different neighbourhood instead.

With so many things to see and do in Paris, from boat trips to leisurely strolls along the Seine, you will want to enjoy all the city has to offer, knowing you’ve covered your back. With an EHIC card, you can avoid anxieties and enjoy peace of mind that if you require urgent medical attention, you will receive it without the threat of hefty charges waiting when you get home.

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