The delights of Paris’s prestigious first arrondissement
The first arrondissement represents the heart of historical Paris. From the river Seine and the Louvre to the picturesque Tuileries Garden and our very own Le Meurice – known as the hotel of artists and thinkers.
For art and history lovers alike, the Louvre is truly world-class in every way. Home to more than 35,000 works of art, even the most regular of visitors can always find something new to discover. It’s like stepping back in time as you wander through the different eras of art and the impressive state rooms and fine courtyards.
Designed in the 17th century as a royal garden, the Tuileries Garden is the oldest and most important formal garden in Paris. Separating the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, visitors can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and admire statues by Maillol, Rodin and Giacometti. This is the perfect place to relax and while away an afternoon, alongside one the tranquil fountains as you watch Parisian life go by.
Rue Saint Honoré is one of the most fashionable places in the world. A stroll down this illustrious street treats you to some of the biggest names in international fashion. From French brands such as Chloé and Longchamp to Italian fashion houses including Valentino and Emporio Armani, style-savvy shoppers are spoilt for choice.
Place Vendôme is known for its beautiful classical façade, making it a true architectural gem. It was here that Coco Chanel lived and an elegant Chanel boutique still proudly stands here today, along with many other high-end jewellery boutiques including Chaumet, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier.
Musée de l’Orangerie
This 19th-century building, situated within the Tuileries Garden, is host to Monet’s stunning, large-scale water lilies series. Renovated in 2006, the Musée de l’Orangerie showcases his artworks in two elliptical rooms, which gives you a real sense of Monet’s love for his picturesque garden at Giverny.
Founded in 1680 by Louis XIV, Comédie Française is the most famous theatre in Paris and said to be the oldest active theatre in the world. Its name has changed a few times over the years but it’s still the place to see the most well-known classic shows and a wonderful piece of French history.
Jardin du Palais Royal
Originally created by Cardinal Richelieu as a royal garden, today you’ll discover an elegant courtyard surrounded by tall colonnades, which are now home to the distinctive black and white striped columns by artist Daniel Buren. There’s also a beautiful avenue of lime trees and a central fountain to discover.
From the Eiffel Tower to Île Saint-Louis, strolling along the Seine is the perfect way to explore Paris. Often called ‘The most beautiful avenue of Paris’, this river will lead you past many of the city’s most famous landmarks including the Louvre, Muse d’Orsay and Notre Dame. Another great way to discover these sights is to take one of the many river cruises, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the changing cityscape.
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