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Paris 1 Like a Local | Historic centre and Louvre Paris Districts | 1st Arrondissement Paris | Paris Travel Inspiration | Paris Bucket List | Paris City Guides | Paris Arrondissement Guide
Paris 1 Like a Local | Historic centre and Louvre Paris Districts | 1st Arrondissement Paris | Paris Travel Inspiration | Paris Bucket List | Paris City Guides | Paris Arrondissement Guide

PARIS ARRONDISSEMENT GUIDE: 1st ARRONDISSEMENT IN PARIS

From the Place Vendome to the Ile de la Cité, the 1st arrondissement in Paris is one of the oldest districts of Paris and also the district of the great Kings of France. The Royal Palace, the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre Museum and the Palais de la Cité are the places where the royal power and its court were established for centuries, making the area one of the most sumptuous in the capital.

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PARIS 1st ARRONDISSEMENT IN A NUTSHELL

In this area, the Louvre Museum is the star. The former Royal Palace with its glass pyramid commissioned by François Mitterand attracts art lovers and novices alike. The neighboring streets are mainly devoted to retail and sometimes luxury, particularly in the direction of Place Vendôme.

READ MORE –  Visiting the Louvre Museum: best Louvre tips & artwork for your first trip to Paris

It is also in Paris 1st Arrondissement where we can find most of the “Royal Squares” in Paris. These squares were originally peaceful places of walk designed to admire the statue of the sovereign. Place Dauphine (1614), Place des Victoires (1686), and Place Vendôme (1699) are the Royal Squares in the first arrondissement.

Nestled between the Palais Royal and Île Saint-Louis, Les Halles mall was the traditional central market of Paris. In 1183, King Philippe II Auguste enlarged this marketplace and built a shelter for the merchants, who came from all over to sell their wares at “the Belly of Paris” Today the underground Forum des Halles replaces that old market and its new spectacular architecture deserves a little visit, even if you don’t want to shop. When night falls, the bars are packed and artists invade Place des Halles to take part in shows.


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TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN PARIS 1

No surprises here: you can find all these Paris Monuments and Paris points of interest on all the guidebooks about Paris so no post talking about the first arrondissement would be complete without the top tourist attractions in Paris. If this is you are visiting Paris for the firs time you will like to visit some of them, they are very touristy but beautiful!

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin du Palais Royal

Place Vendôme (and its stylish stores)

Sainte-Chapelle

Musée du Louvre

Musée de l’Orangerie

Conciergerie, a fortress in the heart of Paris

Les Bouquinistes (booksellers along Seine’s docks)

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QUIRKY AND UNUSUAL SIGHTS IN PARIS 1

Some of them are part of famous places in Paris. Some of them are Paris best-kept secrets. This is our personal list of unusual things to see in Paris 1st Arrondissement to enjoy Paris Like a Local.

Salle d’Armes de la Conciergerie – quintessence Medieval Architecture

Cour Napoléon at Louvre – admire Pei’s Glass Pyramid. It is especially beautiful at night when it is lit up

Saint Germain L’Auxerrois Church (XII-XVth century) – one of our favorite churches in Paris

Main Nave at Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Monumental Architecture, beautiful mosaics

Sainte Chapelle’s Higher Chapel – stunning stained glass windows 15m high

Buren columns – they are funny!

The oldest public Clock in Paris – this clock has been giving time to Parisians since 1371!

Bourse de Commerce (Commodities Exchange) Main Hall – built in the XVIIIth century it was originally used for the storage and sale of wheat

Restaurant Le Grand Véfour (inside) – Jewel of the 18th century “art décoratif”, a place stuck in time

Le Forum Les Halles new architecture – Les Halles mall has a beautiful contemporary architecture in our humble opinion

 

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UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN PARIS 1

On our Paris Arrondissement Guides, we like to encourage people to beat the crowds and explore Paris beyond its main sights. Despite being one of the most touristy districts of Paris, we like to visit Paris 1 from time to time, especially when the weather is nice. This is our personal list of unique things to do in the first arrondissement to enjoy Paris like a local.

Coffee at one of  Place Dauphine’s cafes on a sunny day – just a little break in one of the most beautiful squares in Paris

Check how Parisians set their watches in the XVIIIth century – learn the story of quirky Petit Canon

Quirky photo session at Buren columns – funny for kids and adults, with great photo opportunities

A picnic on the banks of the Seine – a locals’ must. Vin, fromage & baguette, Paris’ beautiful architecture, Bateaux Mouches . . . quintessential Paris as its best

Improvised concert under the Louvre’s archways – street musicians playing their most beautiful scores

Maillol Statues hunting (Jardin des Tuileries) – More than 20 sculptures scattered all over the gardens! Discover the feminine forms so dear to the artist

Coffee & crêpe at Café Diane (Jardin des Tuileries) – the perfect place for people watching on a sunny day

Paris Plages in summer time – for kids and not that kids : -)

Fall into temptation and buy a little box of Ladurée’s macarons – (Ladurée Macarons 14 rue de Castiglione 75001 Paris)

Explore quirky 59 Rue de Rivoli – the quirkiest (urban) art workshops in Paris 1

Walk, bike or cruise along the Seine at night – just magical

 

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EATING IN PARIS 1 LIKE A LOCAL

Check our proposals (by Paris arrondissements) on Yummy Paris. Affordable restaurants in Paris 1 but also Paris bistros or Paris street food. This is a living page which we are continuously “feeding” with our Parisian friends’ suggestions. Come back to Yummy Paris from time to time to read the newest additions.


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WHERE TO STAY IN PARIS 1

On “Where to Stay in Paris” section we like to propose our top options in each price bracket (budget hotels in Paris, mid-range hotels in Paris and luxury hotels in Paris) for a specific district of Paris. However, hotels in 1st Arrondissement Paris tend to be more expensive than in other areas and it is really difficult to find quality budget hotels (-100€ /night) in this district of Paris. For this reason, we preferred to give you two Mid Range Hotels instead. These are our picks for Paris first arrondissement, hope you will like them! You can also click on the following link to check all the hotel options for Paris 1

NB: The same hotel may be in two different price brackets depending on the kind of room you choose.

Luxury hotels in Paris

RITZ PARIS – LUXURY HOTEL IN PARIS (200€+ /NIGHT)

Ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world and recently renovated, Ritz is all about location, (Place Vendôme), history and glamour. Featured in many notable works of fiction, the Ritz hosted people like Chanel, Hemingway and Princess Diana of Wales.

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NORMANDY HOTEL – MID RANGE HOTEL IN PARIS (100-200€ /NIGHT)

Good location (5 min walk to Louvre or Tuileries) and a beautiful building with the charm of Parisian Belle Époque. Rooms have an exclusive atmosphere, all decorated with that French style that you are looking for. The hotel’s Bar is a real institution in Paris.

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HOTEL LOUVRE RICHELIEU – MID RANGE HOTEL IN PARIS (100-200€ /NIGHT)

If you are looking for a more contemporary style, this is the hotel for you. Good location (facing Palais Royal) and an ancient building from the outside but pleasantly modern inside. The ensuite rooms are cozy and big by Paris standards.

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SHORT TERM RENTAL PARIS

Hotels are still the most popular option to rest your head at the end of the day but if you dream of living the Paris lifestyle, then an apartment is the best way to get a feel for the local atmosphere. We are talking about enjoying your Parisian holiday in the comfort of your own Paris furnished apartment, regardless of the length of your stay.

Read our full review or click here to find your Home Away Home in Paris 1

 

 


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    Alice
    12/13/2017 at 9:50 am

    I’m following your blog for when I go to Paris, this is an amazing resource!! Thanks for sharing

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