ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Places to avoid in Paris

Updated on August 30, 2016

Paris is both the most populated city in France, and the nation’s capital. The city centre is home to some 2.25 million people, but the wider metropolitan commuter belt region encompasses a population of 12.29 million.

Every year though, the static population is boosted by an influx of national and international visitors; and every year 17 million international tourists visit Paris, and a further 10m French people travel to their capital city. In the eyes of many, Paris, just like Venice, is a city to which everyone should travel once in their lives.

Paris Landscape

 Taxiarchos228 CC-BY-3.0
Taxiarchos228 CC-BY-3.0 | Source

Visiting Paris

Those who visit Paris and the surrounding area will take in the likes of the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Disneyland Paris and the Palace of Versailles; and each of these tourist attractions welcomes millions of people each year.

The excitement and pleasure of visiting Paris though is often tinged by a sense of unease, and just as with any big city, visitors are often wary, wanting to know which areas are to be avoided. Paris is often regarded as a dangerous city, although this is, in the main, a misconception.

On the whole Paris is actually a safe city, and the recorded numbers of violent crimes are low when compared to many other Western European cities, and also those of North America.

One reason why Paris is often perceived to be dangerous is because of the periodic riots that occur in the city. Such riots though occur in the suburban developments of the city, areas which are a distance from the city centre of Paris. These areas are of course amongst areas of Paris which should be avoided by the casual visitor, but in all honesty there is no reason why a tourist should find themselves in these suburban areas.

Paris City Centre


Whilst levels of dangerous crimes are quite low, crime itself is not unknown within Paris, and for the average tourist, the biggest problems are likely to be theft and pick pocketing.

Basic hotel security will prevent many issues to do with theft, and keeping personal possessions like bags and cameras on your person will do likewise. The possibility of being targeted by a pickpocket though is arguably more difficult to avoid.

In Paris, pickpockets operate in the vicinity of most of the major tourist attractions, and as these are not areas that a tourist would wish to avoid, the only thing to make sense is to make it as difficult as possible for a pickpocket to remove anything from your person. Discretion when it comes to things like phones, cameras and purses/wallets is probably the best advice.

Although pickpockets like to operate amongst crowds, as a general rule in Paris, as in any large city, crowds offer a degree of safety.

The Arc de Triomphe by Night

Benh LIEU SONG CC-BY-3.0 | Source

Paris at Night

Paris during the day I packed with tourists, but even at night many attractions are busy, with the likes of the Arc de Triomphe lighted up. The overall nature of Paris though does change, and it is during the evening and night, when areas of the city are often talked of as areas to avoid.

Areas that are mentioned as areas to avoid in Paris include the 18th Arrondissement around Montmartre and also the Quartier Pigalle. Whilst these two areas are talked of as areas to be avoided, avoidance is normally due to the seedy nature of the areas, not because they are dangerous. The sex shows and prostitution that have long been associated with Pigalle are far more evident at night than during the day, and the likelihood for shock is high but physical crime is relatively low.

There are areas of Paris that should probably be avoided at night, and these include the Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne, the two largest public parks in Paris. The parks are very pleasant to visit and walk through during the day, but at night the darker side of Paris is more obvious, with areas of both given over to prostitution and drug dealing, despite the efforts of the Parisian authorities.

Paris from the Sacre-Couer

Jiro31600 CC-BY-SA-4.0
Jiro31600 CC-BY-SA-4.0 | Source

Gare du Nord

Claus Seyfried CC-BY-SA-3.0
Claus Seyfried CC-BY-SA-3.0 | Source

Transportation around Paris

At night the Paris Metro system is still the safest way to get around the city; and it also the most frequently used method by visitors. In general the RER should be avoided, but this because the RER operates to and from areas on the outskirts of Paris. At all costs unlicensed taxis must never be used.

The Metro system though is safe even at night, as long as basic safety measures are taken. Going with the crowd, and making use of the busier carriages, rather than the empty ones, should mean no problems occur.

At night Metro stations can be attractive to gangs of youths, especially stations like Stalingrad, Gare du Nord and Les Halles, but even then these stations remain relatively safe locations.

Paris is a great city to visit both during the day and at night, and is no more dangerous than any other major cities. Indeed many visitors feel safer in Paris than many other European capital cities. Basic precautions should be taken, and keeping with the crowd, and avoiding walking the streets alone at night, are something which is recommended, but even these safety precautions should not impinged on a pleasant visit to the capital of France.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)