Finding accommodation in Paris is not easy, but finding the right neighborhood to live in is even harder when you have a family! With many different kinds of neighborhood, you’ll find varying environments and standards of living across Paris. Unless you already know where you’ll be living (close to work, school, the hospital, relatives), here is a selection of the best neighborhoods to live with your family in Paris.
First and foremost: Understanding the layout of Paris
Here’s the first thing you should bear in mind when you come to live in Paris: The River Seine flows right through the heart of Paris, splitting the city into 2 net banks. The left bank (to the south-east) and the right bank (to the north). There are big differences (atmosphere, population, standard of living ) between the right and the left banks.
You also need to know Paris consists of 20 districts/boroughs, called “arrondissement”, which are arranged in a spiral formation. Arrondissments 1 to 11 represent the very center of Paris, and the arrondissements 12 to 20 make up the second ring. As a result, each neighborhood has a character of its own…
Neighborhoods where families can live
Western Paris: the perfect place for families
The neighborhoods located in western Paris are perfect places for families settling in Paris to live. Indeed, these neighborhoods (such as the 8th, 16th, 17th arrondissements (very residential districts) are home to traditional Haussmann-style buildings with family apartments (3 bedroom apartments or more) large enough for parents and kids to live in.
What’s more, these neighborhoods (Monceau, Ternes – Péreire, Auteuil, Batignolles, Trocadéro – Passy, Arc de Triomphe – Victor Hugo…) and abundant with well-regarded public and private schools for your child’s education, whatever his or her age (elementary/ primary schools, secondary schools/ high schools)
Another asset to western Paris is: Green spaces such as the Parc Monceau (8th et 17th arrondissements), the Bois de Boulogne, or the Jardin du Ranelagh (16th arrondissement). They are the perfect places for walks, bike rides or even roller blading.
Eastern Paris: A Cheaper and a “bobo” (bourgeois-bohemians) area
The neighborhoods located in Eastern Paris (18th et 20th arrondissements) are very much appreciated by smaller families, with affordable rents and mid-sized apartments (3 or 4 rooms) big enough to fit families with 1 or 2 kid(s).
Although schools are not as reputed as in Western Paris, the many green spaces (Parc de la Villette, Les Quais, Les Buttes Chaumont…), the cultural blending and the excellent public transport links are major assets to this part of the city.
“Bobos” families and families of artists looking for an ‘ original’ place to live will find just what they’re after in the 10th, 11th or the 12th arrondissements of Paris (lofts, family-friendly renovated duplexes for artists etc.)