Travelers arriving at one of the airports will probably arrive via the RER-B line at the Métro station Châtelet/Les Halles.
Stations of note
Châtelet/Les Halles - this hub for the 1, 4, 7, and 11 lines, and the RER A, B, and D lines is the largest and busiest of all Métro stations. There exists a total of seven entrances/exits scattered around the eastern end of the 1st Arrondissement, concentrated (not surprisingly) between Les Halles and Place du Châtelet, and also accessing the basement of the Les Halles shopping mall itself. If you are in a hurry—or have never used this station previously—it might be better to alight one Métro stop earlier or later. Of course, if you are transferring to or travelling on one of the RER lines, brace yourself (!). Châtelet/Les Halles is a French equivalent for New York City's Grand Central Station.
Line 1 Stations from east to west: Concorde, Tuileries, Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre, Châtelet/Les-Halles
Line 4 Stations from south to north: Cité, Châtelet/Les-Halles, Etienne Marcel
Line 7 Stations from east to west: Pyramides, Palais Royal/Louvre, Pont NeufChâtelet/Les-Halles
Line 14 The newest métro line, aka. the Météor is worth a little special mention as it is fully automated, with doors designed to prevent some nut from pushing you out into the tracks. It's sort of like a large, clean horizontal elevator. Stations from east to west: Pyramides, Châtelet/Les-Halles.
RER - AChâtelet/Les-Halles
RER - BChâtelet/Les-Halles
RER - DChâtelet/Les-Halles
RER - EChâtelet/Les-Halles, Pyramides
Having arrived 1st arrondissement walking will most likely suffice for transport. That said, Paris cabs are quite cheap. Still, even they don't have access to much of the vehicle-free eastern end of the arrondissement.
If traveling from east to west by Métro you are probably best off using any other stations than Châtelet/Les Halles unless you have to connect there. Although the Métro trains themselves are fast and frequent, the crowded labyrinth at Châtelet can make getting to the trains an adventure.
Saint Germain l'Auxerrois
Burgen, Schlösser und Paläste
Palais de la Cité
Palais du Louvre
Banque de France
Bourse du Commerce, ehemalige Warenbörse
Cour des Comptes (Rechnungshof)
Forum des Halles
Palais Brongniart, ehemalige Pariser Börse
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Fontaine des Innocents
The Louvre (Musée du Louvre) , Place du Carrousel, Métro: Louvre, tel +33 1 40 20 53 17 or +33 1 40 20 51 51, open daily 10am-6pm, NB: closed Tuesdays and some public holidays, evening openings We and Fr until 9.45pm, 1st Su of the month = free admission for all, general admission (not including special exhibitions) adults €8.50, evening openings adults €6, special exhibition €8.50; combined ticket (museum + special exhibition) adults €13, evening openings €11; Carte Musée - On a par with London's British Museum and New York's Metropolitan Museum, the Louvre is a showcase of world cultures throughout history. Its exhibits come from such diverse origins as ancient Egypt, classical Greece and Rome, medieval Europe and Napoleonic France. Its most famous exhibit, of course, is Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa (French: La Joconde, Italian: La Gioconda), generally to be found surrounded by hordes of camera-flashing tourists. If you want to see everything in the Louvre, plan at least two full days. However, it is better to pick and choose, as the collection was assembled with an eye to completeness rather than quality.
Musée de la Mode et du Costume, 105-107 rue de Rivoli. Métro: Palais Royal.  +33 44 55 59 25. Weekdays 11am to 6pm, Weekends 10am to 6pm. Another of several museums within the Palais du Louvre complex, this "Museum of Fashion and Dress" has something like 16,000 articles of clothing from throughout history. Admission is 6€ or 4.50€ for students, kids, and seniors.
The Orangerie (Musée de la Orangerie) , open daily, except Tu, Christmas Day and 1st May; individuals 12.30pm-7pm, until 9pm Th; groups 9.30am-12.30pm; admission €6.50 adults, concessions €4.50, special exhibition + €1.20; audioguides available in several languages €4.50 / €3 - recently reopened after extensive renovations, this small museum near the Louvre houses the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, sold to the French Republic on very generous terms and numbering 143 paintings from the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century (15 Cézannes, 24 Renoirs, 10 Matisses, 12 Picassos, 28 Derains, 22 Soutines… ). The collection joined the eight immense Water Lilies that Monet gave France in 1922 and which have been displayed since 1927 in two huge oval rooms purpose-built on the artist's instructions.
the Jeu de Paume, northwestern corner of the Jardin des Tuileries - built during the First Empire, in imitation of the Orangerie this small building is used by the Galerie Nationale to mount shows dedicated to lesser known, but nonetheless interesting artists, or (sometimes) the lesser known works of the Great Masters. This museum once housed many of the Impressionist painters that are now to be found in the Musée d'Orsay on the other side of the River Seine.
Musée des Arts Decoratifs, around the corner from the Musée du Louvre at Rue de Rivoli 107 - monument to the French art de vivre, housed in a 19th-century wing of the Louvre that has been restored to Beaux-Arts splendor, its galleries and period rooms showcasing eight centuries of Gallic taste in interior decoration.
Straßen und Plätze
Place du Carrousel
Place du Châtelet
Place du Marché Saint Honoré
Place du Palais Royal
Square des Innocents
Avenue de l'Opéra
Rue de Rivoli
Quai du Louvre
Quai des Tuileries
Jardin des Halles
Jardin du Palais Royal
Jardin des Tuileries
Square du Vert Galant
Théâtre Français (Comédie Française)
Théâtre du Châtelet
Théâtre de la Ville
Walking One of the great joys of a visit to Paris is to simply walk around and explore, soaking in the hustle and bustle, the art and architecture, and really just to get the feel of the city. The 1st is as good a place to start as any, with the largely car-free section around Les Halles, and the right bank of the river Seine as good places to start. As a little bonus if you are in Paris in the summer time the express lanes at river level are converted to an all pedestrian road called "Paris Plage" which fills with roller-bladers and sun-bathers just about every afternoon.
Theater A number of Paris' theaters are located in the eastern end of the 1st. English language productions are not unheard of, but opera is likely to be in Italian anyhow. Your best bet if you are interested in finding a show in either language is to pick up a copy of Pariscope which you can find at any newstand for around 0.50€. There are ticket outlets at Forum Les Halles (FNAC) among other locations.
The 1st provides rather a wide range of eating possibilities, considering its central location and overall poshness. A large variety of inexpensive food is sold out of windows and stalls, especially on the car-free east end of the arrondissment near Les Halles. You'll always pay a bit more to sit down, of course.
On the other hand if you are looking for a nice posh place to take your mom or a date there are plenty, and some of them actually have food that is good enough to be worth the considerable prices.
La Crypte Polska, place Maurice Barrés, Métro: Concorde. +33 1 42 60 43 33. Noon-3pm and 7pm to 10pm. Closed Monday. Believe it or not this little polish restaurant is in the crypt under the church of Our Lady of the Assumption, and the catholic-mystic decor alone makes a visit worthwhile. Plus the pirogies are about as good as you are going to find in Paris. Expect to pay 12 to 20€ per person for the whole meal.
La Victoire Suprême du Coeur, 41 rue des Bourdonnais, Métro: Châtelet.  At this fully vegetarian restaurant you can get a delicious and hearty fake meat and two veg meal in a pleasant though disturbingly cultlike atmosphere. 12 to 20€.
Café Marly, 93 rue de Rivoli / cour Napoléon du Louvre, Métro: Palais Royal. +33 1 49 26 06 60. Open daily 8 am - 2 pm. Part of the Grand Louvre redevelopment, Café Marly was opened in 1994 and is situated within the balcony on the northern terrace of the Cour Napoléon. Patrons can enjoy the direct views of the Louvre Pyramid whilst sitting back in comfortable chairs, watching tourists stroll by whilst supping on slightly / not outrageously above-average-price brasserie selections (you're paying a premium for the location!)-- Especially recommended : Sunday morning Brunch! Stunning view in the rising sun.
Aux Trois Oliviers, 37 bis rue de Montpensier, Métro: Palais Royal-Louvre. +33 1 40 20 03 02. This colorful and non-pretentious restaurant offers a range of dishes from throughout France and around the world. The mojitos are said to be quite good, as is the wine list. There's live entertainment (chansons français) each Friday night. Expect to spend around 15€ per person at lunch or 20€ at night.
Chez Denise, 5 rue Prouvaires, Métro: Les Halles. +33 1 42 36 21 82. Tues-Sun: noon-2:15pm & 7pm-11pm Mon: 7pm-11pm This little owner-operated bistro presents traditional French country food in a nearly rustic setting. As such it's not exactly veggie-friendly, but it is open for dinner until an incredible 5:00am. Starters are from 10-12€ and main courses are 18-25€, then there's the wine.
La Robe et le Palais, 13 rue des Lavandieres Sainte Opportune. +33 1 45 08 07 41. Mon-Sat: noon-14:40 & 19:30-23:00. A small restaurant serving mostly tasty Basque food. Fantastic choice of wines!
Point Bar, 40 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré. +33 1 42 61 76 28. Métro: Opéra or Pyramides. Alice Bardet, the daughter of a famous French chef de cuisine, Jean Bardet, has provided a prime example of great French restauranteering for the rest of us as a way of making her own name in the business. She is said to have grown up in her parent's restaurant, and has brought the style, the techniques, and a feeling for quality ingredients along. Lunchtime Menus start at just 15€, but the prices move toward the splurge category at night when you'll spend around 40€ per person ordering à la carte.
Maceo, 15, rue des Petits Champs, Métro: Pyramides. +33 1 42 96 98 89. What was once just a great wine bar with decent food has become a must-visit restaurant with the addition of star chef Thierry Bourbonnais. The second-empire atmosphere sets the stage for the fantastic food, making this a great value for a not terribly pricey splurge. Starters run 13-18€ and main courses are 25-28€. There's even a Vegetarian menu for around 30€.
The Hemingway Bar, 15 Place Vendôme (Métro: Pyramides), ☎ +33 1 43 16 33 65 (fax: +33 1 43 16 33 75). Hemingway tried to drink here once per week even before he made it. Afterwords it was his favorite: when in August of 1944 Hemingway made a booze powered drive into Paris ahead of the advancing Free French 2nd tank division it was to "liberate the Ritz", and specifically the bar which was shortly thereafter re-named in his honor. Today the bar is considered by many to be one of the best bars in the world, in no small part due to the bar-tending skills of Colin Field, who creates elaborate cocktails as a fine art, and with the rest of the staff is skilled at bringing his guests together in conversation.
Le Comptoir Paris-Marrakech, 37, rue Berger (Métro: Les Halles), ☎ +33 1 40 26 26 66. A swank drinking and people watching spot on a corner across from the park above Les Halles. There are nice stuffed couches all over the room, and meze snacks are served. The place picks up speed a bit in the evening, attracting quite a mixed crowd.
Le Cab, 2, Place du Palais Royal (Métro: Palais Royal/Louvre), ☎ +33 1 58 62 56 25 (fax: +33 1 58 62 56 40), . Featuring several spaces for divergent tastes, the Cabaret has an all white Easy-Listener space, a tropical cabana, a gigantic dance floor and more. The sounds vary from hip-hop to house to R'n'B.Expect to pay 8€ for beer and 13€ for a mixed drink, assuming the bouncers let you in.
Le Kong, 1, Rue du Pont Neuf (Métro: Pont Neuf oder Châtelet), ☎ +33 1 40 39 09 00. Open Friday and Saturday from 12:00 noon, until 30 minutes after midnight. Occupying the fifth and sixth floors of an old Samaritaine building, the Kong is one of the newest entrants among far-east theme bars. The décor is contemporary and elegant, with lots of bright colors and murals inspired by Japanese Manga. The food is said to be just OK, but as a bar the place rocks.A mixed drink will cost you around 10€.
Café Oz, 18, rue Saint Denis, ☎ +33 1 40 39 00 18, . You probably didn't think you were coming to Paris to sample Australian culture, but if after a long day of strolling from one end of the city to another you would just like to let go a bit and meet up with some fellow Anglophones then you could do a lot worse than this almost legendarily hard-partying Aussie joint (ask the neighbors). Warning: as with other Aussie places in Paris for some reason, weekend nights here tend to bring out hoards of young single Frenchmen looking to chat up some (any) visiting anglophonette. This has been known to lead to, um, confrontations.~7€ Pints.
Juvénile's, 47 rue Richelieu, ☎ +33 1 42 97 46 49. Nice wine + tapas bar cum wine shop : nice food, nice wines from around the world, & you can buy a bottle to take home if you like it!
Willi's Wine Bar,13 rue des Petits Champs, +33 1 42 61 05 09.Same house as Juvénile's, posher, nice food & upscale wines.
Some of the most opulent hotels in the world are located either in or very close to the 1st arrondissement, and there's some choice in the mid-range. Budget travelers, on the other hand are probably better off in other, less central parts of town.
Hotel de Rouen, 42, Rue Croix des Petits Champs (3 minutes walk from the louvre), ☎ +33 1 184.108.40.206 (email@example.com), . Doubles start at 46€, singles at 36€. Breakfast is 6€.
Centre International BVJ Paris-Louvre, 20 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Métro: Louvre), ☎ +33 1 53 00 90 90 (fax: +33 1 53 00 90 91). With beds starting at 26€ this is just about as cheap as it's going to get in the 1st. If you are here to study the art at the Louvre, and want to stay focused it has a location which can't be beat, just across rue Rivoli.
Hôtel Saint-Honoré, 85 Rue Saint-Honoré (Métro: Louvre), ☎ +33 1 42 36 20 38. This is as cheap as it gets for a hotel in this most central of locations, very close to the Louvre. The place was renovated in the last few years, so the comfort level is pretty good considering it hasn't received a star rating yet.
Hotel Victoria Chatelet, 17 Avenue Victoria (Métro: Chatêlet. It is close to Bus, Taxi, Metro and RER stations: Chatelet les Halles, as well as three nearby monitored parking garages. .), ☎ (+33) 1 40 26 90 17 (fax: (+33) 1 40 26 35 61), . A cozy, competitivly priced 24 room hotel with a friendly Art Deco atmosphere. It is located next to the Chatelet Theatre in the very centre of Paris across Notre Dame. It serves a traditional French breakfast (freshly baked "baguette" and "croissants'). Basic rooms start at 89€ and double at 90€.
Hôtel Britannique, 20 Avenue Victoria (Métro: Chatêlet), ☎ +33 1 42 33 74 59 (fax: +33 1 42 33 82 65), . Anglophiles in Paris could do worse than to stay at this most Anglophile of French hotels. The location is good, at the very east end of the 1st, within an easy walk of Notre Dame, Les Halles, and above the central hub métro station.Basic rooms start at 130€, 157 for a double.
Hôtel Agora, 7, rue de la Cossonnerie, ☎ +33 1 42 33 46 02. The rooms are a bit on the small side, with just room enough for the bed, so you'll have to do your stretching outside. The location is good though, steps from Les Halles, and a stumble from Café OZ, if that's what you're getting up to.Singles from 70-80€ Double 100-120€.
Hôtel le Loiret, 5, rue des Bons-Enfants (Métro: Palais-Royal), ☎ +33 1 42 61 47 31, . Most reviewers give the Loiret very high marks for cleanliness and comfort, but the real draw is the location: only steps from the Palais Royal/Louvre stop on Métro Line 1. Apparently the construction site across the street is quite active during the day, so perhaps it's not a good place for the jet-lagged.Single rooms start at 90€, with doubles around 110€..
Hôtel Ritz, 15 Place Vendôme (Métro: Pyramides), ☎ +33 1 43 16 30 70 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +33 1 43 16 36 68), . If there is any one hotel in the world which is not merely "putting on" the Ritz it would be this one, whose very name has entered the English language as a generic word for luxury (or the appearance thereof). The Ritz may not in fact be the fanciest hotel in Paris anymore, but it's always in the running.Rooms start at 650€ per night, and run right up to 8500€ (350x the price of our budget entry in the neighborhood), but heck, maybe it's your honeymoon..
Hôtel Costes, 239 Rue Saint-Honoré (Métro: Concorde), ☎ +33 1 42 44 50 00 (fax: +33 1 42 55 50 01). When the Costes brothers who made their fortune in the Paris café trade opened this designer hotel a couple of years ago it became an instant hit with the rich and famous, especially of Hollywood. Whether it's worth the price for the exquisite interior decoration and the chance to rub elbows with a few movie stars is up to you to decide.A basic room starts at 500€ in the off season. Be warned: they don't pay travel agents commissions, so either book it yourself, or pony up the extra 50€ the agent would normally get..
Hôtel Vendôme, 1, Place Vendôme (Métro: Pyramides), ☎ +33 1 55 04 55 00. Occupying a building which was once the site of the Embassy of the Republic of Texas the Hotel Vendôme is one of the most exclusive addresses anywhere, much like the neighboring Ritz. The 29 rooms each have been decorated in the style of a different period, such as Classic, Baroque, or Deco. Singles start at only 350€, and suites can be as much as 4000€. Hey, compared to the '''Ritz''' it's a bargain!.
Renaissance Paris Vendôme, 4, Rue du Mont Thabor (Métro: Tuileries), ☎ +33 1 4020 2000, . Opened in 2003, this is a very modern and surprisingly intimate luxury hotel in a grand old building on a quiet side street just off Place Vendôme. The basement pool, all wood paneling and black marble, has to be seen to be believed, and the hotel's restaurant PINXO is run by Michelin-starred chef Alain Dutournier.Rooms from 300€.
La Baguenaude, 30, rue Grande-Truanderie (Métro: Les Halles), . This all SUSE Linux shop offers 1/2 hour (2.30€), hour (3.80€), and 2 hour (6.10€) time slots. They also offer courses in the use of KDE and the Gimp (in French of course).
There are a number of cafés in each arrondissement which offer Free
wireless for drinking customers (for 20 minutes at a time). Here are a couple in the first:
Le Commerce, 12, rue Coquillère, Métro: Etienne Marcel.
Chez Flottes, 2, rue Cambon, Métro: Concorde.
Tabac du Châtelet, 8, rue Saint Denis, Métro: Châtelet.
Café du Pont Neuf, 14, quai du Louvre, Métro: Pont Neuf.
A complete listing is available from the company which provides the service:
HotCafe, 56, rue du Temple. +33 1 42 77 35 63.  Phone support available from 9am to 10pm.
Of course many hotels also offer wireless connectivity, but usually for a fee.