1st arrondissement of Paris

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Paris 1st district is located in the heart of the city, on the north shore of the Seine River, and includes the western part of the Ile de la Cite. There are four districts.

Saint-Germain-L’auxerrois

Les Halles

Palais-Royal

Place Vendôme

History

The first arrondissement has been the central scene of important events throughout French History, linked to the Monarchy and the French Revolution, as well as the arrival of great intellectual figures of the Age of Enlightenment (Moliere, Diderot, Rousseau…). This is one of the oldest arrondissements in Paris.

Famous places

Place Vendôme

With its original architecture and column, the Place Vendôme is one of the most famous places in Paris and the chicest. It was built during Louis XIV’s reign and now houses the most important Parisian jewelers and haute couture creators. (Metro station: Tuileries or Madeleine)

Louvre Museum

One of the world’s largest museums, it is housed in a historic monument from the late 12th century. (Metro station: Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre)

Palais Royal

An important building in history of the French Monarchy, it is now the headquarters of political institutions.

(Metro station: Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre)

Jardin

des Tuileries (Tuileries Gardens)

Located in front of the Louvre Museum, it reaches as far as the end of the Place de la Concorde which is the end of the Champs Elysees Avenue. (Metro station: Tuileries or Concorde)

Châtelet Les Halles

The Forum des Halles is the biggest underground shopping centre in Europe. The arcade offers all types of shops, as well as leisure activities like cinemas, restaurants, museums, or clubs. (Metro station: Châtelet Les Halles)

Orangerie Museum

Located in the Tuileries Gardens, the museum displays impressionist paintings from great artists such as Claude Monet or Paul Guillaume. (Metro station: Concorde)

Church Saint-Eustache

One of the largest churches in Paris, Saint-Eustache has a rich history, dating back as far as 1200 with the building of the chapel Sainte-Agnes. (Metro station. Châtelet Les Halles or Etienne Marcel)

Population

This arrondissement is the least populated of Paris, it has 17.889 inhabitants which represents 0.8% of the Parisian population. The majority of its inhabitants are aged between 20 and 59.

Restaurants and cafes

La Poule au Pot, rue Vauvilliers, 75001 PARIS, Tel: 01 42 36 32 96, €30-€60

L’Epicerie, rue Montorgueil, 75001 PARIS, Tel. 01 40 28 49 78, €15-€30

Average price per square meter in the 1st arrondissement:

€10,810/sqm (Source: Notaires de Paris)

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