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It is tempting for visitors to allow themselves to be whisked off from one major sight to the next without ever getting the feel of the true Paris. You must wander off the beaten track to discover the city's hidden assets, which are often tucked away around unexpected corners.To get the best out of Paris, you should travel by métro or bus from one main area to the next and then explore the neighbourhood on foot.
Each district has its own characteristics: Montmartre and Montparnasse are associated with artists while the Marais is inhabited by a trendy middle class; the splendid mansions of the Faubourg St-Germain have been taken over by government ministries but St-Germain-des-Prés and the Quartier Latin are still the favourite haunt of intellectuals and students. There are also several colourful ethnic areas: Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement, the African district north of the Gare du Nord and the Jewish quarter in the Marais.
Some areas are best avoided at night: around the Gare du Nord, Les Halles and the Grands Boulevards between République and Richelieu-Drouot.