Favorite Things, 1st Arrondissement

Cultural:

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

This museum, in a wing of the Louvre, has an impressive permanent collection of decorative arts dating back to the Middle Ages. You’ll also find examples of the most iconic pieces of contemporary furniture and design objects. Closed Mondays.

The Louvre

Of course. It’s not the first museum on my list, but there’s no denying it’s worthy of a visit. Closed Tuesdays.

Le Jardin du Palais Royal

The building, home of the culture ministry and a former royal palace, wraps around the Daniel Buren black-and-white pillars one of my favorite formal gardens in Paris. Under the arcades are some great shops including Didier Ludot, one of the finest second-hand stores, and Epice, a spot for fabulous scarves. Peer into the window at Le Grand Véfour, one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. If the weather is good, have lunch in the garden at one of the little tea houses there.

Le Jardin du Palais Royal in March.

Jeu de Paume

Changing exhibitions at this lovely museum. Closed Mondays.

The Tuileries

Lovely place for a stroll.

Shopping:

I love walking along rue Saint Honoré–from where it starts, near the Comédie Française/Palais Royal, to where it ends, at the rue Royale–and popping into its eclectic shops. As you get closer to the Place Vendome and the rue Royale, you’ll find more of the big designer and luxury shops. Buy some jewelry at the Place Vendome!

Restaurants:

Clover Grill

Fabulous, especially for beef.

Hotel Costes

Glamorous restaurant in this chic hotel.

LouLou

In the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, this is the perfect place to stop for a chic lunch. If the weather is nice, sit on the terrace in the Tuileries garden.

Poule au Pot

In Les Halles, this restaurant serves up perfect classics to a chic crowd.

On the rue des Pyramides, across from the Tuileries, you can stop in for a pastry at Sébastien Gaudard. Delectable!

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