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1st ArrondissementParis

Few urban districts in Europe have a higher concentration of artistic masterpieces and breathtaking architecture than this neighborhood.

Visit stunning palaces and superb museums, pass long afternoons in lush gardens and view incredible artwork from Monet, Michelangelo and da Vinci, all within the bounds of Paris’s 1st Arrondissement.

In the heart of Paris on the northern banks of the Seine River, the 1st Arrondissement is easy and enjoyable to explore on foot. Most sites are within a short walk of each other. Stroll through sprawling gardens and scenic narrow streets.

Escape the crowds of busy Châtelet metro station and walk for 10 minutes northwest to the Louvre Museum. Inside a lavish 12th-century palace, the collection consists of approximately 35,000 pieces. You won’t see it all in a day, so do advance planning to be sure you locate your favorites. Find masters by Rembrandt, Michelangelo and of course the Mona Lisa by da Vinci. The gallery is open every day except Tuesday. Enter through the 69-foot-tall (21-meter) glass pyramid.

Follow a morning inside with a walk enjoying the fresh, fragrant air of Jardin des Tuileries that neighbors the Louvre. As well as beautiful arrangements of tulips and roses, see sculptures here by Rodin and Giacometti. Continue on to reach the Musée de l’Orangerie. The highlight of this old gallery is a set of water lily paintings by Claude Monet. A funfair comes to the park during the Fête des Tuileries in July and August each year. Race on bumper cars and play games of skill.

Positioned in the center of the 1st Arrondissement, Le Palais Royal is another grand site. Home to Louis XIV in his youth, this 17th-century neoclassical palace conceals an internal garden of bright flowers and shimmering fountains.

Enjoy an excellent choice of cuisine here whether you shop at the diverse fresh food stalls at Rue Montorgueil or indulge in one of the many fine-dining restaurants. In spite of the prime position of the 1st Arrondissement, you can expect to find a range of hotels perfect for all budgets.

Top hotels in 1st Arrondissement

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Paris Les Halles
Novotel Paris Les Halles
4 out of 5
8 Place Marguerite De Navarre, Paris, Paris
€265
per night
27 Apr-28 Apr

This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Forum des Halles, Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli. Centre Pompidou and Conciergerie ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,060 reviews)

"Hotel was wonderful and location was great . Staff was very helpful !"…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Novotel Paris Les Halles
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
5 out of 5
4 rue de Valois, Paris
€475
per night
1 May-2 May

Located in Paris City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Palais Royal and Rue de Rivoli. Les Halles and Louvre Museum are also within 10 minutes. Palais ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (271 reviews)

"The property is super elegant location is perfect . The most amazing part is the staff We had an issue during the stay and the staff went out of their way to help Merci Simon I will never forget your help I will definitely return . Liwa"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
Hotel Britannique
Hotel Britannique
3 out of 5
20 Avenue Victoria, Paris, Paris

Located in Paris City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue de Rivoli, Les Halles, and Conciergerie. Centre Pompidou and Notre-Dame are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (781 reviews)

"Very nice hotel in excellent location. Lots of restaurants and shops to find around, underground station is just 3 minutes away and Louvre is less then 10 minutes walk. We stayed for 2 nights in double room on the 6th floor and we could watch Eiffel tower sparkling at night from our window. I have ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Hotel Britannique
Melia Paris Vendome
Melia Paris Vendome
4 out of 5
8 Rue Cambon, Paris, Paris
€189
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue de Rivoli, Champs-Elysees and Grands Boulevards. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore and Place ...

4.3/5Excellent! (512 reviews)

"The property is located in the heart of all the best shops in Paris. They are a short cab ride to the Eiffel Tower and Louvre as well. You can't go wrong with this location."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Melia Paris Vendome
Saint James Albany Paris Hôtel Spa
Saint James Albany Paris Hôtel Spa
4 out of 5
202 Rue De Rivoli, Paris, Paris

Located in Paris City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue de Rivoli, Tuileries Garden, and Palais Royal. Louvre Museum and Champs-Elysees ...

4/5Very Good! (1,236 reviews)

"Very nice stay i recomend it and the sraff is very nice"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Saint James Albany Paris Hôtel Spa
Hotel du Louvre in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hotel du Louvre in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
5 out of 5
Place André Malraux, Paris, Paris
€350
per night
19 Apr-20 Apr

This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Palais Royal and Louvre Museum. Opéra Garnier and Tuileries ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,308 reviews)

"The hotel was beautiful, ideally located with amazing views. The staff were super friendly! I will definitely go back !"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Hotel du Louvre in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Popular things to do in 1st Arrondissement

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(1,042 reviews)

One of the world’s biggest and best art collections is housed in one of Paris’s most beautiful buildings.

Tuileries Garden
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Tuileries Garden

4.5/5(141 reviews)

Exquisite floral arrangements and world-class artwork make this garden an excellent detour from the busy streets of central Paris.

Pont Neuf
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Pont Neuf

4/5(226 reviews)

Take a stroll across this attractive white stone bridge, the oldest bridge in Paris.

Top activities in 1st Arrondissement

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
€39
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour
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Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour

€39
Per adult
Louvre Museum: 3-Hour Comprehensive Tour with Skip the Line
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Louvre Museum: 3-Hour Comprehensive Tour with Skip the Line

88% of travellers recommend
€65
Per adult
Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets
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Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

84% of travellers recommend
€58
Per adult
The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours
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The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours

72% of travellers recommend
€130
Per adult
Go Big or Go Home: Best of Paris in a Day!
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Go Big or Go Home: Best of Paris in a Day!

€52
Per adult

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