City Guide • 1st arrondissement of Paris
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If Paris was shaped like a snail, the 1st arrondissement would be its head. Despite its modest size, it is one of the most prestigious and iconic places in the capital. Between its listed monuments, its palaces, its shopping streets and its green parks, the historical and geographical heart of Paris has an exceptional tourist and cultural scene. Located on the right bank of the Seine, the 1st arrondissement of Paris is divided into several districts with various atmospheres. From the Louvre to LesHalles, passing by the Île de laCitéand the Royal Palace,Yaagooffers you its must-see destinations to capture the soul of this arrondissement with a thousand faces. There are countless opportunities to stroll in the pedestrianized streets, admire the architectural heritage, stock up on culture, browse the fashion boutiques and to sit down to eat, whatever the hour.
Places to visit
The Louvre museum
This is of course the main attraction of the district and the most visited museum in the world. The Louvre contains some of the most important collections of art and antiques. Famous masterpieces include the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Raft of the Medusa.
The western part of theIle-de-la-Cité also belongs to the 1st arrondissement. Just cross the oldest bridge in Paris, the Pont-Neuf, to discover three essential monuments: the Sainte-Chapelle, the Palais de Justice and concierge. The Sainte-Chapelle is a jewel of Gothic architecture and is considered to be the most beautiful church in the capital – especially because of its 15 m high stained-glass windows.
The Tuileries Garden
Galleries of the Palais-Royal
Places to do shopping
The Forum des Halles
Au Pied de Cochon
If you’re hungry late at night, come to this Parisian institution open 24/7! Located in the heart of the dynamic Les Halles district, this historic establishment is the soul of old Paris, and features authentic brasserie cuisine.
Plisson Saint-Honoré House
Juveniles wine bar
The Golden Spike
The Michelin-starred chef, Jean-François Piege, has taken over this old bistro in Les Halles and has kept its original features: a rustic décor, home cooking and a popular spirit. Visit for a tasty dive into the Paris of yesteryear.
The Duke of the Lombards
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