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Paris' 18th Arrondissement

To say the least, the 18th arrondissement is one of the most diverse districts of Paris.  From the seedy streets of Pigalle to the prestigious art communities of Montmarte, the 18th may not always be the best place to find Paris vacation rentals, but it will never lack excitement.  Location wise, the district is found on the right bank of the River Seine and is the northern most arrondissement in Paris.  It borders the 9th arrondissement to the south and the 17th & 19th to its west and east.  Unlike its neighbors, it does however house one of Paris’ most famous landmarks, the Basilique du Sacre Coeur, which brings thousands of tourists to the area every month.

The Sacre Coeur is located on Butte Montmarte at the top of the hill and provides some of the best views of Paris.  As you come down the hill into Montmarte, the local residences and vacation rentals in Paris’ art district are some of the most sought after places in the city.  The further south you go though and the closer you get to the neighboring 9th arrondissement, the seedier it gets.  The 18th houses the largest part of Paris’ infamous red light district known as Pigalle.  Here, there is a stretch of over one kilometer of strip clubs and sex shops and would not be recommended for family travelers!  Due to its fame on Broadway and in film, the Moulin Rouge tends to attract quite a few unsuspecting tourists to the area that are quite surprised at the surrounding environment.

With its extreme diversity, the 18th arrondissement also brings together high concentrations of residents from other countries, most specifically those from Serbia and North Africa.  The large Serbian community mostly resides around Rue de Simplon near the Serbian Orthodox Church and there are over 20 restaurants offering tasty Serbian cuisine.   The North African district is known as Goutte d’Or and is most known for its great outdoor market, the Marche Barbes. If you’re staying in a nearby Paris apartment rental, the market is a great place to find some eclectic food to bring back to cook in your kitchen.  The 18th arrondissement also features the largest flea market in Paris, the Marche aux Puces, located at Porte de Clignancourt.  All of CobbleStay.com’s apartment rentals in Paris feature full kitchens to cook fresh goods no matter where in the city you may be staying.