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Best Paris Neighborhoods For Expat Family

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Paris is a fantastic city for expat families who are relocating to Europe, as many expat-friendly neighborhoods in Paris offer an excellent quality of life. Some of the best districts for expat families in Paris include:

1. Neuilly-sur-Seine:

Located on the outskirts of Paris, the affluent western Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine is a trendy area for expat families, offering a quieter and more residential lifestyle while still being close to bubbling Paris. It also has many excellent public schools and private international bilingual schools, which provide high-quality education in both French and English, such as Lycée Saint Dominique and Marymount International School, as well as easy access to the American Hospital of Paris.

In addition, the Neuilly-sur-Seine has a lot of green spaces and parks, such as the Bois de Boulogne, Jardin d'Acclimatation, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Ile de la Jatte, etc. These parks offer plenty of outdoor activities and space for families to play and enjoy the outdoors, such as tennis, boating, soccer, and horseback riding. Neuilly-sur-Seine also has a lot of shopping and dining options, with many lovely restaurants and café terraces on the famous Rue de Longchamp.

It is also well-connected to the rest of Paris, with easy access to public transportation (Metro line 1 on Stations Pont de Neuilly and Les Sablons, barely affected by strikes). Renting a furnished apartment in Neuilly-sur-Seine is especially practical for expat professionals working at La Défense (less than 10 minutes away).


2. Invalides - École Militaire - 7th Arrondissement:

Located on the left bank of the Seine, the 7th arrondissement is known as the "American District of Paris", a trendy area among expatriates, especially American expats in Paris. With the American Church in Paris (ACP), the American Library in Paris, the American University of Paris, UNESCO, and proximity to many exceptional schools such as the Lennen Bilingual School, the Bilingual Montessori School of Paris - Quai d'Orsay, and the English courses of the prestigious British Council, many expat families choose to rent a long-term furnished apartment in the 7th district of Paris, American expats especially.

The 7th Arrondissement (Invalides - École Militaire neighborhood) boasts stunning architecture and historical landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel des Invalides, Champ de Mars, Musée du Quai Branly, École Militaire, and the left bank of Seine, etc.

Therefore, the 7th district is one of the perfect neighborhoods for authentic and elegant Parisian living. Its luxurious Haussmann buildings and tastefully furnished Parisian apartment rentals provide comfort and a high standard of living.

Hôtel des Invalides, Paris 7th district

3. Passy - La Muette - 16th Arrondissement:

Located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, the Passy - La Muette neighborhood is the family-friendly district known for its upscale Parisian lifestyle, luxury furnished Paris apartments for rent, and proximity to international schools, including the International School of Paris, and Collège Kingsworth International School de Paris offering bilingual education and a diverse student body.

Passy - La Muette neighborhood has several museums and cultural institutions, including the Musée Marmottan Monet, Maison de Balzac, and the Fondation Le Corbusier, which offer plenty of opportunities for learning and exploration with family.

Life is convenient in the Passy neighborhood! On Rue de Passy and Rue de l'Annonciation, you find a lot of different fashion boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and food shops, such as La Grande Épicerie de Paris, offering various high-quality local produce and exotic ingredients. Also, you have easy access to the Eiffel Tower through Pont de Bir Hakeim. And many apartment rentals in the Passy area have a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower.

Maison de Balzac, 47 Rue Raynouard, 75016 Paris

4. Saint-Germain-des-Prés - 6th Arrondissement:

Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood is located on the Left Bank of the Seine in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris. It is a popular area for expat families looking for an elegant, literary, and chic Parisian vibe. In addition, the 6th Arrondissement has some of the best schools in Paris, including Institut de France, Sciences Po, and the Lycée Saint-Louis, one of the most prestigious schools in Paris.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is home to many family-friendly attractions, such as the Jardin du Luxembourg, Musée d'Orsay, the Odéon Théâtre de l'Europe, and the Musée Rodin.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is well known for its excellent shopping, dining, and book shopping. The area is home to many bookshops, including English bookstores such as San-Francisco Book Co. There are also many fashion boutiques, high-end shopping centers like Le Bon Marché, and various restaurants and cafes that cater to all tastes in the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés area. Check out more furnished apartments for rent in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in Paris.

Check out our guide of the best things to do in Paris's 6th arrondissement.

Rue de Buci, 75006 Paris

5. Latin Quarter - 5th Arrondissement:

The Latin Quarter is another excellent Paris neighborhood for expat families. Located in Paris' 5th Arrondissement on the Left Bank of the Seine River, it is steeped in history and culture and has many historic landmarks, such as Sorbonne University, the Musée de Cluny, and the Pantheon.

The Latin Quarter is known as a hub of higher education and intellectualism. It is home to some of the best schools in Paris, including the famous Lycée Henri-IV and Lycée Louis-le-Grand, known as the top high schools in Paris. Therefore, many expat families rent an apartment in the Latin Quarter to give their children better access to these educational resources and opportunities.

Check out our local guide to the 5th arrondissement of Paris & the Latin Quarter: must-see tourist attractions, lovely walks, and the best restaurants. 

Rue Mouffetar, Paris 5th district & Quartier Latin

6. Grenelle - 15th Arrondissement:

Grenelle neighborhood, located in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris on the Left Bank of the Seine River, is a popular residential area among local and expat families. The neighborhood is relatively less touristy, making it an excellent choice for families who want to live in a less crowded and peaceful environment.

The Grenelle area has several green spaces, including the Parc André Citroën, a large park with hot air balloon rides and plenty of family-friendly activities. The neighborhood of Grenelle has many excellent international schools offering bilingual education, including the École Jeannine Manuel and Bilingual International School of Paris (BISP),

Besides, Grenelle's neighborhood offers many high-quality Paris long-term furnished family apartment rentals in modern apartment buildings with modern amenities, spacious space, and terraces at a relatively affordable rental price. Here's a complete city guide to Paris's 15th arrondissement: Attractions, history, and travel tips.

Quai de Grenelle, Paris 15th district

In conclusion, Paris is a diverse and dynamic city offering a unique experience and many advantages for expat families. Feel free to contact Paris Rental to find the perfect furnished family apartment to rent in Paris or its vicinity and call it home.


Editor: Siyi Chen

Sources: bienici, service public

Credit Photo@Linda Pomerantz Zhang