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The Louvre

The center of contemporary Paris and the site of such landmarks as the Louvre and of the Tuileries and Palais-Royal, the 1st Arrondissement [38] is full of attractions for travelers of all inclinations, including some of the finest parks, museums, shops, and bars in the city. The 1st occupies the Right Bank of the River Seine and extends onto the western section of the Île de la Cité in the midst of the river.

For occupying such a compact space, however the 1st feels remarkably different from one end to the other. The almost incredibly upscale western end of the arrondissement gives way to the hustle and bustle of the big city east of the Palais Royal, and then further east to the pedestrian (and tourist) dominated area around Les Halles and the (currently shuttered) Samaritaine, where tourists mix with (especially young) Parisiens and Parisiennes in huge numbers (on the order of 800,000 unique visitors per day according to the Mayor's office).


Paris was historically centered on the Ile de la cité, but by the time Baron von Hausmann was given the task of carving up the city, the center had shifted somewhat to the previously suburban Royal Quarter surrounding the Louvre and the Palais Royal.

Get in

Travelers arriving at one of the airports will probably get in via the RER-B line at the formidable Métro station Châtelet/Les Halles, read on for details.

By Métro

Châtelet/Les Halles, the hub for the 1 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 traveling 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 line crosses travels the length of the arrondissement, arriving from Chateau de Vincinnes in the east via Gare de Lyon, and La Défence in the west. Most of the stations are fairly easy to use with the exception of Châtelet/Les-Halles. If you have a choice go for Palais-Royale/Musée-de-Louvre or Tuileries.

Line 14 line is the newest metro line, and probably the best way to arrive from Gare de Lyon, and thus from Switzerland or the South of France since it is a fully automated express train. Think of it as a sort of a horizontal elevator. It stops at Châtelet/Les-Halles and Pyramides.

Line 7 cuts diagonally across from the northwest to the southeast or the other way depending on how you look at it. Entering from the southwest (perhaps Gare d Austerlitz) you'll want to get off at Pont Neuf.

Line 4 runs north and south through the east end of the arrondissement, mostly under Châtelet. Again, we prefer the Cité or Etienne-Marcel stops to the Châtelet madness.

All four RER lines cross the arrondissement and stop at Chatelet/Les-Halles.

Get around

Having arrived in the 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 carfree 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.


Window in Sainte Chapelle


Le Palais Royal
  • Le Louvre (The Louvre), (Métro: Palais Royal/Louvre), +33 1 40 20 53 17, [1]. Open daily except Tuesdays and certain public holidays. Permanent collections 9 am to 6 pm (Wed and Fri til 10 pm). Under the pyramid is open 9 am to 10 pm. The primary landmark of the 1st arrondissement: as well as housing one of the world's great museums since 1793, the former palace offers some dazzling architecture, wide public spaces and the glass pyramid of I M Pei. Of course there's also quite a bit to see inside the building; see our coverage under Museums below.
  • Jardin des Tuileries, (Métro: Tuileries). Originally adjoining the now-disappeared royal palace of the Tuileries, these gardens lying immediately west of the Louvre offer a central open space for Parisians and visitors with semi-formal gardens (an outdoor gallery for modern sculpture), various cafés, ice-cream and crépe stalls and a summer fun fair. The gardens are frequently home to a giant ferris wheel and enclose the Musée de la Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume (see below).
Place Vendôme
  • Colonne Vendôme, (Métro: Opéra). The centerpiece of a magnificent 8-sided square first laid out in 1699 to show off an equestrian statue of the Sun King, Louis XIV. The statue was removed amidst Revolutionary fervor in 1792 and replaced in 1806 with the Colonne de la Grande Armée. This was modeled on Trajan's column in Rome and decorated with Napoleon's military exploits. The present column is a replica, however, as the original was pulled down during the 1871 Paris Commune. Place Vendôme represents the best of well-heeled Paris, being home to an abundance of exclusive boutiques, jewelers and fashion labels - Cartier, Boucheron, Trussardi, van Cleef & Arpels - several banks, the French Ministry of Justice and the Ritz Hotel.
  • Le Palais Royal, +33 1 45 20 82 56, [2]. 7:00am to 11:00pm during the summer and 7:00am to 8:30pm in the winter with hours varying in the spring and Autumn months. Ordered by Cardinal de Richelieu (1585-1642), King Louis XIIIth's prime Minister in 1629 (completed in 1636); originally called Palais Cardinal; it became Le Palais Royal when Anne d'Autriche, Louis XIIIth's wife, came to live here to get away from the Louvre palace. It eventually housed Louis the XIVth until the move to Versailles. It includes also a beautiful garden Les jardins du Palais Royal, enclosed within the buildings. It's been the theater of one of the seminal events of the French Revolution (Camille Desmoulins made a famous declaration here in 1789). The Théatre Français nearby was built in 1716. There are numerous restaurants inside the garden , including famous Le Grand Véfour. There's also the controversial Colonnes de Buren, striped columns installed within the inside yard among the XVIIth century architecture.
  • Église Saint-Eustache, (Located near Les Halles and the Bourse de Commerce), [3]. This massive church is one of the best standing examples of the early Gothic style.
Map of the 1st Arrondissement
  • Sainte Chapelle, 4 blvd du Palais (Métro: Cité), +33 (0)1 53 73 8 51. Soaring stained glass windows beaming ample light onto the rich primary colors of the tile mosaics on the floor, this photogenic church was built by the French kings to house the relics of the Crown of Thorns - far more beautiful than the famous, but gloomy, Notre Dame which is nearby. Make sure you go on a sunny day, as the highlight of this small chapel in Rayonnante Gothic style are the large stained-glass windows which soar up to near the vaulted ceiling. Also of interest is the extremely ornate lower level. If it happens to be rainy or cloudy, give Sainte Chappelle a miss, as the play of colored lights on the floor are well worth the wait for a sunnier day. The chapelle is located inside the Courts of Justice, there will thus be a security check.
  • La Conciergerie, (Métro: Cité), +33 1 53 73 78 50, [4]. open daily 9.30am - 6.30pm April - September; daily 10 am - 5 pm October - March, entry €6.10, concessions and guided tours available, under-18s free - the ancient medieval fortress and prison of the city's island, site of some remarkable medieval royal architecture and the scene of Marie Antoinette's imprisonment in the period leading to her execution in 1793 - lots of Revolutionary associations.

Museums and Galleries

Remains of the medieval dungeon, Palais du Louvre
  • Musée du Louvre, Place du Carrousel (Métro: Louvre), +33 1 40 20 53 17, [5]. open daily 10am-6pm, 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 €9, evening openings adults €6, special exhibition €8.50; combined ticket (museum + special exhibition) adults €13, evening openings €11 Carte Musée. 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 en Herbe, 21 rue Hérold (Métro: Les Halles, Palais Royal, Rambuteau, Sentier), +33 1 40 67 97 66, [6]. Open daily 10 :00 am to 7 :00 pm.. A little brother for the original Musée en Herbe in the Bois de Boulogne, this museum is also geared for children. They have games and hands-on exhibits so won't have to supervise quite as closely as in other museums. Arts workshops are available as well, but you'll need to reserve a space in advance. €4 for the exhibitions, €8 for the workshops.
  • l'Orangerie (Musée de la Orangerie), +33 1 44 77 80 07, [7]. 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; audio guides 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.
  • 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 décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli, +33 1 44 55 57 50, [8]. 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.


One of the great joys of a visit to Paris is to simply walk around and explore 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 rollerbladers and sun-bathers just about every afternoon.

A number of Paris theaters are located in the eastern end of the 1st. English language productions are not unheard of, but the 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 newsstand for around €0.50. There are ticket outlets at Forum Les Halles (FNAC) among other locations.

St. Eustache from Les Halles


  • Forum les Halles, (Métro: Les Halles). Open daily from 9am to 7pm. In the late 1960s what was Paris' primary farmers' market moved out to the suburbs to be replaced by a park above ground, and a sprawling underground shopping center below. The interior design is strikingly period (think Logan's Run). The place is showing its age now, but still draws nearly a half-million parisien/ennes per day, mostly teenagers. There's a movie theater and a media library too.
  • Rue Montorgueil, (Métro: Les Halles or Etienne-Marcel). To the north and west of Les Halles almost all of the streets are car-free including this one, on which you can find a wide range of food shops including two great bakers, a fish market, and a bio organic foods store.
  • Le Carrousel du Louvre. A diverse underground shopping precinct adjoining the Louvre Museum. Open daily including Sundays. There is also a direct access into the Louvre.
  • W.H. Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli (Métro: Concorde), +33 1 44 77 88 99, [9]. Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 7:30pm, Sunday 1:00pm to 7:30pm. The largest English language bookshop in Paris carries many of the newest releases.
  • Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré (Métro: Tuileries), +33 1 55 35 33 90 (, fax: +33 1 55 35 33 99), [10]. Monday through Saturday 11:00am to 7:00pm. One of the most interesting shopping experiences anywhere, an eclectic collection of design, fashion, gadgets and music.
  • Librairie Galignani, 224 rue Rivoli (Métro : Concorde), +33 1 42 60 76, [11]. British & American bookshop, specialized in fine arts.


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 arrondissement 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 pierogi are about as good as you are going to find in Paris. Expect to pay 12 to 20€ per person for the whole meal.
  • Lemoni Café (1st, 5 Rue Hérold), (Métro: Palais Royal), +33 1 45 08 49 84. closed Sundays.
  • Universal Resto, mezzanine level, Le Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris (Métro: Palais Royal), +33 1 40 20 04 04 (, fax: +33 1 40 20 93 93), [12]. daily 8.00 AM - 11.00 PM. A food court where some 13 stalls offer a variety of French and international cuisine including Lebanese, Mexican, Moroccan, Chinese and Japanese. Affordable prices starting from 10€.


  • 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 (Tour de Montlhéry), 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, [13]. 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 (Métro: Opéra or Pyramides), +33 1 42 61 76 28. 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, [14]. 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€.


  • Bar Hemingway, 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. Afterwards 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. Expect to pay €30 or more per drink. (48.8690130,2.3276673)
  • 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. (48.8617962,2.3435712)
  • Le Cab, 2, Place du Palais Royal (Métro: Palais Royal/Louvre), +33 1 58 62 56 25 (fax: +33 1 58 62 56 40), [15]. 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.
  • Café Oz, 18, rue Saint Denis, +33 1 40 39 00 18, [16]. 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, [17]. It's actually a restaurant and is more upscale than 'Juvéniles', serving good food and good to great bottles of wine with a focus on the Rhône valley, but including many from Burgundy, the Loire, as well as Italians and "Atlantic crossing" Califorians. The dinner menu by chef François Yon Great won the "Bib Gourmet 2009" award, and there are cheeses & deserts (yummy crumble)) for after. Reservation recommended. €20.50-€35.00.
Place Vendôme


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.


  • 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. (48.8625381,2.3410622)
  • Hotel de Rouen, 42, Rue Croix des Petits Champs (Métro: Louvre), +33 1 42 61 38 21 (), [18]. 3 minutes walk from the Louvre museum
  • Hôtel Saint-Honoré, 85 Rue Saint-Honoré (Métro: Louvre), +33 1 42 36 20 38, [19]. 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. (48.8611083,2.3433014)
  • Hôtel Montpensier, 12 Rue de Richelieu, +33 1 42 96 28 50 (fax: +33 01 42 86 02 70), [20]. Another semi-cheapie right in the middle of everything. (2.3363679,48.8643457)
  • Hotel Henri IV, 25 Place Dauphine 75001 (Métro: Cite), +33 1 43 54 44 53, [21]. A few steps from Notre-Dame and the Louvre Museum, nearby Boulevards Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Saint-Michel, 3 minutes from Subway Pont-Neuf and only 30 minutes from Paris Orly airport
  • Hotel Karraz, 12 Rue Mondétour 75001 Paris (Métro: Les Halles), +33 1 40 26 25 40 (, fax: +33 1 40 26 22 02), [22]. Next to Les Halles Metro Station


  • Citadines Prestige Les Halles Paris, 4, rue des Innocents, 01 40 39 26 50 (, fax: 01 45 08 40 65), [23]. Strategically located, the residence is easily accessible to the business areas of the city. Boutiques, restaurants, cafes-theatres, jazz clubs and museums are available within the vicinity of the residence. Every apartment is air-conditioned and have a fully-equipped separate kitchen area and a dishwasher. Apartments catered for guests with reduced mobility are also available.

  • Citadines Louvre Paris, 8, rue de Richelieu, 01 55 35 28 00 (, fax: 01 55 35 29 99), [24]. Within close proximity to restaurants, popular sights, shopping and business districts, the residence provides travellers with the convenience, comfort and security of a private apartment. All apartments have fully-equipped kitchen are complete with stove, microwave/grill, dishwasher and fridge., working desks and TV with satellite channels. Some of the apartments have connecting doors.

  • Hôtel Victoria Châtelet, 17 Avenue Victoria (Métro: Chatêlet), +33 1 40 26 90 17 (fax: +33 1 40 26 35 61), [25]. 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 is close to bus, taxi, Metro and RER stations: Chatelet les Halles, as well as three nearby monitored parking garages. Basic rooms start at €89 and double at €90. (48.8580327,2.3460262)
  • Hôtel Louvre Bon Enfants (Hôtel le Loiret), 5, rue des Bons-Enfants (Métro: Palais-Royal), +33 1 42 61 47 31, [26]. checkin: oct 6; checkout: oct 10. Most reviewers give the hotel formerly known as 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. Single rooms start at €90, doubles around €110. (48.8627944,2.3381080)
  • Hôtel Britannique, 20 Avenue Victoria (Métro: Chatêlet), +33 1 42 33 74 59 (fax: +33 1 42 33 82 65), [27]. 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. Double from €157. (48.8583295,2.3461341)
  • Mon Hotel (A member of Sterling Hotels), 1 Rue d'Argentine, +33 1 450 27676, [28]. Sleek and modern rooms with rotating artwork provided by a local art agency. The Mon Hotel is within minutes of the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. €110-215.
  • Hôtel Brighton, 218 rue de Rivoli, [29]. The executive and deluxe room offer a breathtaking view on the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries and the Eiffel Tower. Classic Parisian style hotel located next to Paris shopping and cultural hot spots. Double from €229.
  • Hôtel Mansart, 5 rue des Capucines, [30]. This charming 3 stars hotel is located next to the Place Vendome and 2 minutes walk from the Opera Garnier and famous parisian Department stores. Antique furniture and paintings create an atmosphere of typical Parisian house.
  • Hôtel de la Place du Louvre, 21 rue des Prêtres Saint Germain l'Auxerrois, [31]. As its name suggests it, this hotel is located really close to the Louvre Museum. Rooms on the street offer an impressive view on the Louvre and its central location is ideal to visit Paris.


  • Castille Paris, 33-37 rue Cambon, +33 144 584 458, [32]. Located in the fashion district of Paris, the Castille Paris offers chic rooms that all look out onto the Rue Cambon. Some rooms are designed in a "Coco Chanel" style with beige and black tones. €350-820.
  • 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! (48.8670031,2.3287060)
  • Hôtel Costes, 239 Rue Saint-Honoré (Métro: Concorde), +33 1 42 44 50 00 (fax: +33 1 42 55 50 01), [33]. 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. (48.8664365,2.3286655)
  • Hôtel Ritz, 15 Place Vendôme (Métro: Pyramides), +33 1 43 16 30 70 (, fax: +33 1 43 16 36 68), [34]. 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. (48.8683694,2.3282338)
  • Hotel Keppler, 10, rue Kepler, 33 - 1 47 20 65 05 (, fax: 33 - 1 47 23 02 29), [35]. The hotel is well decorated and maintains a chic parisien atmosphere. The rooms are comfortable, with all the amenities anyone could ever expect. Good breakfast. The exercise area enough to maintain your routine with a steam after. Everyone here does their job with professionalism and good grace. 300 - 1000€.


Internet Cafés

La Baguenaude, 30, rue Grande-Truanderie (Métro: Les Halles), [36]. 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).

Wireless Hotspots

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, [37]. Phone support available from 9am to 10pm.

Of course many hotels also offer wireless connectivity, but usually for a fee.

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