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1st ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS GUIDE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to the 1st ARRONDISSEMENT

1st-Arr-Outside-the-LourveOne of the oldest areas in Paris, the 1st arrondissement is also one of the least populated. Some of the city’s most world famous and iconic landmarks are situated here and your visit is sure to start with a trip to the Louvre, the Royal Palace and the oldest park in Paris, Tuileries Garden. But that is merely an introduction to exploring all that there is to see in this small arrondissement.

It won’t cost you anything…

To meander through the outdoor flea markets such as Saint Eustache or window shop at the more elegant and high end boutiques at rue Saint Honore. But beware that you may well find yourself tempted to purchase a unique souvenir or something a little more extravagant. Take some time to also stroll down the crooked alleyway Passage des Deux Pavillons where you will often find opera singers giving impromptu recitals for some free entertainment. This neighbourhood is also a delight for art lovers with a wide assortment from which to choose including Riot Art, Galerie d’Art Joyce and Galerie Flak.

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1st-Arr-Royal-Palace-in-ParisKnown for having some of the most charming cafés and restaurants in the city, you won’t have to look too far to find a great one. Some of the best include The Lounge Club for lunch, conveniently located just outside the Louvre or for an assortment of great choices head to the central food market at Les Halles, once referred to as the ‘belly of Paris’ by the novelist Emile Zola and for good reason. Having recently undergone a redevelopment this urban food and shopping emporium is well worth a visit.

Once frequented by such literary geniuses as James Joyce and of course, Ernest Hemingway among others, the sophisticated The Hemingway Bar located in the Hotel Ritz gives an intellectual and atmospheric appreciation of the works of some of the best writers in Parisian history, all while enjoying cocktails made by one of the best bartenders in the world as voted by Forbes magazine. As expected, there is a hefty price attached but for a once in a lifetime experience that you will be telling your friends about long afterwards is well worth it. And if literary works are your passion, then why not stop by Librairie Galignani, the first English language bookshop in Europe and arguably one of the most beautiful old money book stores in the world.

Splurge

If you’re looking for some memorable nightlife, try the VIP Room for a clubbing feel with good food, service and great music. Check the website for details because, as a member of the world’s finest clubs entry is exclusive to members, but if you’re an avid world traveler and love the nightlife it is worth considering. But if you are looking for something a little more conservative, take a spectacular river cruise by night tour on the Seine which includes dinner on the Champs-Élysées at Chez Clement and an Illuminations Night Tour where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the city in a glass enclosed boat.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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