Blessed with green spaces and serene waterscapes; Palais Royal in the 1st Arrondissement is a peaceful haven in the centre of town. Enjoy the views of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées from the Jardin des Tuileries, take in a French theatrical classic at the ComédieFrançaise and witness the trophy of Haussmann’s architectural renovation of Paris; Place de la Concorde. Musée de Louvre is only 10 minutes away on foot and is opposite the Palais Royal itself. The big brands of Boulevard Haussmann and Avenue des Champs-Élysées are close by, but hidden away among the winding cobbled streets and traditional shopping arcades of the 1st Arrondissement are a colourful collection of independent boutiques selling vintage clothing, surreal homeware, hand-made toys and countless other curiosities. The area is also home to many 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 and 14 from the three surrounding Metro stations (Pyramides, Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, Quatre-Septembre), you’re in a great spot to explore the city on foot or underground.