Located in the heart of the city, the 1st arrondissement is one of the oldest in Paris. This area is full of beautiful, historic sites and is home to some of Paris’s most iconic monuments such as the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden. This district has many attractions that will keep you occupied both day and night. A major destination for sight-seeing and tourism, the 1st arrondissement is a vibrant area with a plethora of cafes, restaurants and shops. However, while this area may feel busy at times, the beauty of this district is undeniable: just take a stroll along the street of Saint-Honoré, to the gardens of Palais-Royal towards the legendary French perfumeries and the latest boutiques. This district also has more park space than any other district in Paris.The areas that form this neighbourhood include the Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois district, where the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens are located, and the Les Halles district which is home to some of Paris's oldest buildings. Finally, the district of Palais-Royal hosts the Ministry of Culture with various renowned theatres such as the Comédie Française. Whilst many tourists forget to explore beyond the iconic Palais-Royal, there so much to discover in the 1st arrondissement. A new wave of cafes and modern shops have made the neighbourhood's aesthetic closer to that of New York or London.
The experts say
Marrying culture, delicious gastronomy and heritage, the 1st arrondissement captures the French ‘Art de Vivre’ which makes it a hotspot for tourists. Its popularity with tourists makes it is difficult to find a property in this arrondissement. When apartments pop up on the market, they generally come with a high price tag.