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What to do in the 1st arrondissement of Paris

Once home to the French royal family, the 1st arrondissement in Paris remains a regal setting, rich with world-class museums, art galleries and spectacular shopping opportunities. From the Louvre to the rue de Rivoli, here are the best things to see and do in this fascinating district

Emily Scrivener
Emily Scrivener ,

Once the home of France’s royal family, the first arrondissement is at the heart of the city and one of its most beautiful districts, with regal architecture, striking gardens, five-star hotels and photogenic monuments. Dominated by some of the city’s must-see attractions, the arrondissement is one of Paris’s busiest districts; it is also very pedestrian-friendly, with large squares and numerous gardens ideal for escaping the hordes outside the Louvre. The 18th-century arcaded buildings of place Vendôme are well worth seeking out, while the rue de Rivoli is a retail haven, with world-class shopping opportunities clustered along this luxurious street. Take a look at the best things to see and do in Paris’s first arrondissement here.



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