As a city renowned for its expensive fashion and glamorous style, it’s hardly surprisingly that Paris is home to pricey hotels and restaurants. However, it’s still possible to explore France’s capital on a budget and there are plenty of Paris hostels providing cheap accommodation for independent travelers and backpackers.

From the party district of the Latin Quarter to the fabulously seedy streets of Montmartre, there are a host of hostels in Paris which cater for budget travel and offer a great base for exploring the famous sights or hitting some of the city’s vibrant clubs.

Located along a canal in the rejuvenated 19th arrondissement north of Montmartre, St Christopher’s is the newest hostel in Paris. The purpose-built accommodation was opened in 2008 and has all the modern conveniences and comforts that the modern backpacker might need.

Cheap cocktails and live music at the hostel’s late-night bar make a loud and fun atmosphere. There are three metro lines nearby connecting the hostel with the central attractions, although the surrounding neighborhood is itself becoming a popular spot for a night out.

A small, friendly hostel with a traditional Parisian feel, Caulaincourt Square is located in an unspoiled leafy area of Montmartre just minutes from the sights of this district but away from its tourist crowds.

The streets around Caulaincourt used to be the meeting point of painters (including Picasso) and it retains a Bohemian vibe. Rooms are cheerfully colorful and, with internet, towels and breakfast included in the price, this hostel offers travelers value-for-money accommodation in this arty and authentic quarter of Paris.

Housed in a traditional Parisian building, Le Regent Montmartre has comfortable private rooms with views over the Sacre Coeur. There’s no curfew here so guests can stay out till late exploring the streets and lively pavement cafés of the Montmartre district just outside.

With balconies and TVs as standard, this affordable Parisian hotel is a peaceful spot in the heart of the city.

On the edge of the Latin Quarter, Oops! is ideally situated for exploring the famous parks and studenty bars of this lively part of the city. Oops! Hostel is contemporary budget accommodation with a bold designer interior and plenty of modern comforts, including an en-suite for every room.

In walking distance of the sights along the Seine, the Latin Quarter is home to some of the hottest night spots in Paris and an array of reasonably priced restaurants. The 24 hour reception allows travelers to make the most of the hostel’s central (and vibrant) position.

With small rooms of up to five beds, Village Hostel is a cozy and intimate cheap stay at the edge of Montmartre. This popular part of the city is almost like a separate community and every amenity, from bakeries to nightclubs, can be found clustered together here.

The hostel has a relaxing common room and café attached for guests, plus kitchen facilities for self-catering.