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 lifestyles across Paris. Unless you already know where you’ll be living (close to work, school, 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 the city, splitting it into 2 banks. The left bank (to the south) and the right bank (to the north). There are big differences (atmosphere, population, lifesztyle) between the right and the left banks.
You also need to know that Paris consists of 20 districts, called “arrondissements”, which are arranged in a spiral formation. Arrondissements 1 to 11 are 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. For those who would like a detailed list of the arrondissements of Paris and their neighborhoods, don’t hesitate to read our article about where to stay for the right atmosphere.
Neighborhoods where families can live
Western Paris: the perfect place for families
The neighborhoods located in western Paris are perfect for families moving to Paris. Indeed, these neighborhoods such as the 8th, 16th, 17th arrondissements (very residential districts) are home to traditionally Parisian Haussmann 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…) are abundant with reputable 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 and 17th arrondissements), the Bois de Boulogne, or the Jardin du Ranelagh (16th arrondissement). They are the perfect places for walks, bike rides or even rollerblading.
Eastern Paris: A cheaper and “bobo” (bourgeois-bohemians) area
The neighborhoods in Eastern Paris (18th and 20th arrondissements) are very popular with smaller families, with affordable rents and mid-sized apartments (3 or 4 rooms) big enough to fit families with 1 or 2 kids.
The many green spaces in this area (Parc de la Villette, Les Quais, Les Buttes Chaumont…), the cultural diversity and the excellent public transport links are major assets to this part of the city.
“Bobos” families and families 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, etc.)