How To Find Paris Hotels: Does Paris’s First Arrondissement Suit You? Bookmark and Share

You are nearly there – Paris, the fabled City of Lights! You can hardly wait to land. You’ve gotten your Paris flight , now you’re assessing some seemingly fantastic offers on hotels and other accommodation in Paris . Where you are staying in the city is always an important consideration for cheap or expensive hotels in Paris even if you are looking at hotels in Paris city centre.  Here’s a guide to Paris’s 1st arrondissement so you can learn more about whether this neighborhood in Paris is where you want to be!

The First Arrondissement of Paris

Paris’s 1st arrondissement is filled with the elegance and grandeur that centuries’ worth of visitors have imagined when thinking of Paris, France . Imperial boulevards, exclusive fashion shops , and manicured parks overlooking the smoothly flowing River Seine are all found in this arrondissement , a district primarily of office space and tourist sites. Les Halles, Paris’s unusual take on a shopping center , can be found here as well.

What To Expect :

The Good :

Spending time in the First has many benefits. When you stroll under the nineteenth-century arches of the arcade Rue de Rivoli , you’ll be following in the steps of generations of dandies and duchesses: vanished members of Paris of a bygone era . You’ll be near some of Paris’s most remarkable tourist sites – the Tuileries garden to Chatelet -site of the Comedie Francaise, where Moliere once produced his plays – to the world renowned Louvre . And the shopping, on the elegantly understated Faubourg Saint Honore, is unparalleled !

The Downside :

While daytime in the First Arrondissement provides you access to some of Paris’s finest sights at a few moments’ walk, the business-like character of the area means that nightlife, by contrast, is limited within the arrondissement. So unless you go to the Les Halles/St. Denis area there’s not much to do. Les Halles/St. Denis’s low-budget pleasures may appear slightly seedy to visitors over the age of 21 (that said, the section bordering the Les Halles mall is very nice – a fine place to stop after catching a movie in Les Halles’s enormous cinema, which presents many American and British films in their original languages. But avoid going towards Rue St. Denis/Blvd. Sebastopol unless you’re consciously seeking that sort of milieu.) In addition, this area can get very touristy – especially around the otherwise lovely Rue de Rivoli.  So watch your handbag and control your buying impulse for souvenirs until you’re a bit further off the beaten path.

What To Do:
Sites and sights abound in the First. Take a walk down the Faubourg Saint-Honore, where nearly every top fashion house of the world has an outpost . Visit the Louvre or Tuileries Gardens near the Place de Concorde, see a play at the Comedie Francaise in the Chatelet area.

Where To Go To Eat :
Finding non tourist food is tough in this area, but finding wonderful desserts is not. Angelina, on Rue de Rivoli, has lost some of its former elegance, but the aging-grande-dame feel of the place makes the yellowed mirrors and creaky chandeliers worth seeing on their own merits. Plus, their famously rich hot chocolate and Mont Blanc desserts are among the best in Paris. For a more recent hotspot, Cafe Marley in the Louvre offers views not only of the museum’s art, but also of Paris’s current celebrity scene. For good food, the area right around Les Halles has a number of good brasseries, but, as said earlier, the area closer to Rue St. Denis and Sebastopol has a slightly seedier character – not at all dangerous, but nevertheless unsavory.

Shopping Spots :
If the exclusive shopping of the Faubourg Saint Honore is a bit out of your desired spending range, head to the Les Halles mall. A surprisingly beautiful, art nouveau-inspired underground city (complete with street names, a swimming pool, park, and more), Les Halles proves that even Paris’s shopping centers have a particular Parisian flair. While the area around the mall is useful for really cheap (think 3-5 euro) clothes and shoes, the mall itself has much higher quality items at pretty good prices.


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