1st Arrondissement, Paris

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The 1st arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.Situated principally on the right bank of the River Seine, it also includes the west end of the Île de la Cité. The arrondissement is one of the oldest in Paris, the Île de la Cité having been the heart of the city of Lutetia, conquered by the Romans in 52 BC, while some parts on the right bank (including Les Halles) date back to the early Middle Ages.It is the least populated of the city's arrondissements and one of the smallest by area, a significant part of which is occupied by the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Gardens. Much of the remainder of the arrondissement is dedicated to business and administration.GeographyThe 1st arrondissement is very small, with a land area of only 1.83 km2 (0.705 sq. miles, or 451 acres).DemographyThe area now occupied by the first arrondissement attained its peak population in the period preceding the re-organization of Paris in 1860. In 1999, the population was 16,888, while the arrondissement hosted 63,056 jobs, making it one of the most active for business after the 2nd, 8th, and 9th.
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  • Our hotel was in the middle of everything in this central district and all the nice things and places were within minutes of walk. We were so busy covering the traditional hotspots in the first two da...  more »
  • I prefer to stay in the Marais but the 1st has a certain air about it. Also the proximity to the Jardin de Tuileries is great and beyond that the Louvre and many other tourist attractions. In the summ...  more »
  • Probably one of Paris most visited and busiest neighborhoods. And for good reason: the very neighborhood, neighborhood buffer between the Halles and the Champs-Elysées. Some symbols of tourism in Paris: the Louvre, the Tuileries, street of Rivoli, Concord. Luxury hotels. Galleries of antique at astronomical prices, the brand shops of clothes and inordinately expensive cosmetics which cater to tourists who can afford them, essentially Asian customer. A very famous Tearoom, overrated reputation, a show for tourists where the waitresses are clumsy, unkind and not speaking french. Lounge that serves a chocolate frankly disgusting. Attendance by grandmas Nova of the district and the young PREPPY bourgeois bad high and undisciplined that spread their business - their purse Vuitton for not to appoint - on the chairs (or how to crash a table of 4 to 2). Come on! I bet you guessed: Angelina of course! In the middle of this strange composition where the old way globalization revisited France alongside monuments to cultural vocation which don't have cultural name - I called the Louvre well safe - and who actually are the cultural industry plants destined to the mass tourism, centralized machines to make money that are intended for the foreign tourist and in any case, to the citizens of this country, in the middle of all this, there is a still relatively preserved garden but for how long? Globalization hits hard at his door with the sellers on the sly African without, it seems, anyone worried or bothered or distraught. A garden for a stay less less compliant to the image of French living art: Welcome to the fairground and Hello to the Ferris wheel. And the small birds in all this? Poor things. They must find their place among the crowd of weekends and it must be said, they adapted: they won't get their food in the Park in pecking beak. They pilfer in the bowl of the tourist did not of course away (why bother after all?) and make the joy of small and large in to byproducts to reap crumbs we throw them in the basins. Finally, the Tuileries, the most authentic show, it is still this one. So, expect me to come and see these little rascals friendly that I love and which amuse me.
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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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