1st Arrondissement
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Situated principally on the right bank of the River Seine, it also includes the west end of the Île de la Cité. The arrondissement is one of the oldest in Paris, the Île de la Cité having been the heart of the city of Lutetia, conquered by the Romans in 52 BC, while some parts on the right bank (including Les Halles) date back to the early Middle Ages. It is the least populated of the city's arrondissements and one of the smallest by area, a significant part of which is occupied by the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Gardens. Much of the remainder of the arrondissement is dedicated to business and administration.
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Neighborhood: Louvre / Palais-Royal
From the majestic Louvre to the regal Palais-Royal, this neighborhood oozes luxury. The grand arches along Rue de Rivoli are shadowed by mosaics in front of decorated vitrines and hotels. Place Vendôme is lined with the world’s best jewelers and their glittering window displays. Every other establishment has someone to open the door for you or park your car. You can spend hours gazing at its haute couture shops or lingering over a meal at any of its chic eateries. After all that indulgence, the Tuileries gardens provide stately respite, while theaters compete for your applause. It's a neighborhood that draws admirers from around the world, all attracted to the luxe life in Paris.
How to get there
  • Tuileries • 2 min walk
  • Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre • 5 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,323 contributions
Jul 2021
This district is most noted for the location of the Louvre and some important walks along the Seine, plus the bridges. This is part of the ancient center so you will find a few narrow streets from the medieval times, but most of this area was knocked down in the 19th Century and re-built. Lots of traffic and activity.
Written September 10, 2021
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Giorgio R
Beijing, China7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
It is the central part of Paris where several tourist attractions are located, the Louvre museum, the Quay d'Orsey museum, Le Centre Pompidou, Les Halles shopping center, l'Opera, this is very convenient location when the train and bus drivers are on long term strike ad it's happening now.The line 1 will of the metro in the Premier Arrondisment is always working because is an automated line without drivers, useful to reach Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme, Champ Elisee and Place de l'Etoile. There different type of hotels in that area but the convenience is worth 20/40 extra Euro per night.
Written January 14, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,388 contributions
Dec 2019
Paris' 1st Arrondisement is the sole city center and the oldest part of the French capital. It's literally a must for any 1st time visitor to Paris, as most of the prime attractions are here: the Louvre, place Concorde, place Vendome, Orsay museum, Cite island with Notre Dame, Sainte Chapel, etc...
You can easily plan 3 days just to visit this part.
Although this was my 8th time in Paris, even now I spent a lot of time here.
Written January 23, 2020
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Nick D
Calgary, Canada1,310 contributions
May 2019
we love walking through the older parts of great cities. There is always something to see. In Paris it is this area that is the most amazing and interesting. We stayed close to the opera and had a short walk to the Tuileries, the Louvre, the pyramid, the Seine and some lesser known (at least to me) places like Place Vendome and the Place de la Concorde.
Written April 28, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia41,732 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a beautiful part of Paris. There is so much to see and do. There are countless attractions to visit and enjoy. There are also many cafes to check out too. There are unmissable places, such as the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens, Sainte Chapelle, the Conciergerie and many others.
Written September 18, 2020
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Tom D
Burlington, Canada781 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
This is the place to wander if you have a limited time in Paris. The area is relatively small but is absolutely packed with the "things to see in Paris."

From Place de la Concorde, Rue de Rivoli runs through its centre with the Tuileries, l'Orangerie, the Louvre and river on one side. Now there's a full morning and more for you to take in.

The afternoon offers Place Vendome, where you can spend a few hundred Euro on a pair of shoes or thousands on a dress or suit.

Along Rue Rivoli you can stop and buy souvenirs, see the very expensive Hotel Meurice that served as the HQ of the German occupation command in WWII. You can also visit the beautiful grounds of Palais Royale or explore Les Halles, the massive sub-terranian shopping and transit hub.

In need of more culture? Try the Pompidou Centre where you can become totally confused by modern art.

The first Arrondissement is a great place to start a visit to this great city.
Written May 3, 2018
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DCGustavson
Hyattsville, MD271 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
I stayed in Les Halles recently in the 1st for nearly a week. I found it to be very pleasant and central to getting around. There's really easy access to just about anything you'd like to do. So much is within a ten minute walk. It's really super central, so one needn't worry about not having access to all the necessities.
Written October 22, 2014
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia15,863 contributions
Jan 2020
For convenience, accessibility, and generally being a nice part of the city, we are so glad we chose accomodation in this area, even more so when the train strike came into effect, we walked everywhere exploring our area, which we must confess we did realise there was so much to see just in the first, spendings one week in our own hood before venturing out.
Some of our highlights:
Place Vendôme, pretty square top-end accom and shopping, and a monument.
Rue de Rivoli, awesome street to walk along
Rue Saint-Honoré, another nice street,
Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, pretty church
Galerie Véro-Dodat, covered passage
Pyramide inversée, not something you see everyday
Eustache church, absolutely huge
Eustache fresh market, absolutely awesome, open-Thursday and Sunday, the African food stall is superb, friendly and good value.

We highly recommend basing here.
Written March 25, 2020
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ShelleyP2520
White Bear Lake, MN149 contributions
Sep 2019
This is by far the most convenient area to stay while in Paris, it is the middle of the city and one of the most interesting areas. Many museums, churches and sights in this one arrondissement
Written October 21, 2019
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sue
Randburg, South Africa18 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
best to go during mid day, the buildings are very tall and within a square so taking pics later is not great.
Written June 18, 2019
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