Blessed with stunning squares, serene waterscapes, and pristinely-coiffured gardens; Paris’ 1st Arrondissement is a peaceful haven in the centre of Paris.Gomboust Street is lined with café terraces and delightful restaurants. For meat lovers we’d recommend Café des Abattoirs with a daily changing menu and late-night wine bar. Take in the spectacular views of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées from the Jardin des Tuileries and witness the trophy of Haussmann’s architectural renovation of Paris; Place de la Concorde. Musée de Louvre is only 15 minutes away on foot andopposite is the beautiful Palais Royal. Hidden among the pretty cobbled avenues and traditional shopping arcades of the 1st Arrondissement are an eclectic collection of independent boutiques selling vintage clothing, uber-modern homeware, rare books and countless other curiosities.You’ll also find excellent but understated brasseries, boulangeries and wine bars. Cross the Seine to La Rive Gauche and you’re quickly in the heart of fashionable Saint-Germain. With quick access to Metro lines 1,3,7, 8 and 14 from the three surrounding Metro stations (Pyramides, Touleries, Opéra), you’re in a great spot to explore the city on foot or underground.