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What you will do
History itself unfolds in Paris 1st district : ancient Lutèce stood in the now Île de la Cité ; so many events, either tragic or futile, took place among the many monuments you'll be able to see, such as Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois church, on a particular night in the XVIth century...
We've chosen an itinerary that will bring you close to all the must-see places in the 1st district, but which will only lightly rely on visiting, focusing instead on a pleasant walk amidst history and will allow us to challenge you with a few easy riddles so solve along the way.
The given itinerary is also highly customizable. Shopping sessions, shortcuts and departures will be up for you to arrange as you proceed. Just have a good look at the map and keep in mind our step by step explanations below, and you're bound to spend a lovely half-day, or more !
Step by step
- Le'ts start at the very west end of the Île de la Cité, not far from the Pont Neuf and its subway station, up north. If you're coming from Notre-Dame, take the Quai de l'Horloge, and if you're coming from Saint-Michel, cross the river then take the Quai des Orfèvres along the Palais de Justice. 1
- Take the Pont Neuf towards the Right Bank, then head left, next to the now closed Samaritaine building, until the Place de l'Ecole. Find des Prêtres street on your left and you're almost arrived at the Place du Louvre. 2
- This stop is just in front of the previous one. In this itinerary, we didn't include a visit to the whole Louvre Museum but of course you can choose to spend more time at the Louvre Palace, perhaps to see the Venus de Milo or La Joconde, or simply the famous Pyramid. You can also choose to have a drink and a light meal after a shopping session at the Carrousel du Louvre. 3
- Exiting the Cour Carrée by the Place du Louvre, take de l'Amiral Coligny street then, after crossing de Rivoli street, take du Louvre street and turn left in Saint-Honoré street. But don't go to the Palais-Royal yet, unless you're in a hurry or want to shorten the itinerary (you'll then skip 3 stops). Turn instead into Croix-des-Petits-Champs street and you'll find Véro-Dodat gallery on your right, facing Montesquieu street. 4
- Exiting the gallery by Jean-Jacques-Rousseau street, go north and reach du Louvre street then go round the Bourse du Commerce until you see the column. 5
- Take de Louvre street again, northbound, then turn left into Coquillère street and then right into Croix-des-Petits-Champs street up to Place des Victoires. 6
- Take de la Feuillade Street to exit Place des Victoires, then continue into des Petits-Champs street for only a brief moment until turning left into Radziwill street. 7
- Back in des Petits-Champs street, turn left into Vivienne street up to the garden. 8
- Go see Buren's columns, then exit the Palais-Royal complex in front of the Comédie-Française, at the André-Malraux square. Then take Saint-Honoré street for about 700m - don't worry, the street is one of Paris oldest and is full of beautiful places (Saint-Roch church for example), nice shops and cafés. Turn right into de Castiglione street which will lead you to the Place Vendôme. 9
- Go back into de Castiglione street up to de Rivoli street, which you'll turn to the right. You'll then be very close to the Place de la Concorde and its various modes of transport. You'll also be very close to the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. 10