1st Arrondissement Travel Guide
The geographical center of Paris, the First Arrondissement is home to many of the city’s most renowned landmarks, including the Musée du Louvre; the 1629 Palais Royal (Royal Palace); and the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden), the city’s oldest public park.
Located on a street that’s considered prime territory for hunting down kitten heels, stilettos, and wedges, Louboutin’s leopard-print pumps are prey truly worth stalking.
Arguably the most beautiful bookshop in the world—and the first English-language one on the continent—Galignani is a meeting place that verges on house of worship.
For vintage threads, this boutique situated among the gardens of the Palais Royal attracts a well-heeled clientele.
Bruno Louis, former marketing executive for L'Oreal and graduate of the London School of Economics, brought a host of ideas with him from extensive world-travel when he founded Ekobo in Paris.
Not for the culinary faint of heart, this 200-year-old kitchen supply store caters to serious cooks, home chefs, and foodies. Look for the hunter green façade close to Metro Les Halles and prepare for an abundance of copper pots and stainless steel gadgets.
The acoustic appeal of the crooked Passage des Deux Pavillons, a short, hidden alleyway adjacent to the shops abutting the Palais Royale, has made it a favorite among local opera singers, who occasionally come to practice here on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., rain or shine.
Beyond Monet’s multipaneled and expansive Water Lilies ensemble, what makes this recently renovated space truly special is the regrouping of an exceptional collection of modern art.
Two young entrepreneurs are reviving bespoke for a new generation in this tiny men’s boudoir. Trendy and classic custom shirts start at $293, two-piece suits at $1,385, and both can be delivered in two to four weeks.
A collection of excellent shops along the galleries that enclose the garden behind the palace itself: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, the glove maker Mary Beyer, Rick Owens, the king of vintage couture Didier Ludot, and the accessories genius Pierre Hardy, who also designs for Balenciaga and Hermè
Entering this store is like stepping into a kinder, gentler era of travel.
Owned by Jean Noel Julien for 20 years and located at 75 rue St. Honoré, Boulangerie Julien was awarded best crescent in Paris by the BBC in 2005 and best pain au chocolat in 2007.
This shiny white store brings together for the first time chic women’s wear, accessories, and shoe collections, all selected by the owner, Maria Luisa Poumaillou.