The popular Marais area has long been the hub for Paris’s LGBT community and a popular student area. It also teems with hip shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. If you are looking for a taste of romantic, bohemian Paris, you will have a choice of apartments with exposed beams and terracotta tiles, as well as all the modern conveniences, though not always an elevator. The Centre Pompidou in the adjoining Beaubourg neighbourhood is one of the best museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. The picture-perfect Île de la Cité, meanwhile, has been inhabited since the first century BC and is home to Paris’s most iconic medieval monument, the cathedral of Notre Dame. There could hardly be a better location in the whole of Paris.