paris step by step …. 1st arrondissement

by Sharon Santoni


Summer is on its way and many of us will find ourselves in Paris …. on holiday, on business, shopping, dreaming …..

tuileriesThere is a good metro system in Paris, but it’s way better to stay overground!  Walk wherever possible, catch a bus, climb on to the river bus, use a bike.  This is the only way to discover Paris’s little secrets … a doorway left ajar, an inviting little bistro, the changing colours as clouds make way for sunshine.

Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements, each with their own specific atmosphere, their highs and lows.  Over the next twenty weekends, I shall walk you around Paris, sharing my favourites in each arrondissement.  Not too many words, but plenty of images and addresses to jot down for your next visit … I hope you will enjoy.

The First Arrondissement runs along the river encompassing the Jardins des Tuileries as far as the Ile de la Cité, and back ‘inland’ as far as the place Vendome.

Museums – the Louvre !  Of course!  How could I not mention the Louvre?  I love the pyramid  ….. but I have a confession to make, this is not my favourite museum in Paris.  It is so big that it takes forever to get to the bit that really interests you …   in this part of Paris I prefer the Museum of Decorative Arts ……

Panorama_musee_des_arts_decoratifs …..where to stay …  If you want a palace hotel with all the special attention and luxurious trimmings (and believe me it is divine!) then book yourself into Le Meurice …..


….. if you like great design but prefer something a little smaller take a look at the Hotel Therese …..


 …… speaking of design, you won’t be far from Colette the best known concept store in Paris, and one you have to visit to be in on the latest trends ……

colette 1

 …..for more traditional shopping … for French chic at its best then stick to the Faubourg St Honoré and wander from Hermes to Yves Saint Laurent, to Chanel to Cartier to Longchamp …. need I say more?! ……


 …… Want to spoil yourself … head to the place Vendome for the jewellers and the beautiful column recounting Napoleons victories ……


….if you love to buy kitchen stuff then you must not miss  Dehillerin  , heaven on earth for lovers of copper and those who need another pastry cutter or balloon whisk ……


…..want to do feel Parisian – then head to the quai de la Megisserie and watch families pick out plants and pets to take home and cherish ……


… you like the theatre, then if you’re up to a play in French, soak up the atmosphere in the 18th century Comedie Francaise …..


Voila!   A few suggestions for you.  Next week I shall walk you around the 2nd arrondissement.  You are welcome to add your own suggestions in the comments below.


Carte-Paris (Arrondissement)

If you missed them, here are my step-by-steps around the other arrondissements so far:

1st arrondissement2nd arrondissement; 3rd arrondissement;   4th  arrondissement;            5th arrondissement6th arrondissement  7th arrondissement;   8th arrondissement;   9th arrondissement



Lynne in NC March 29, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Oooo! This is so exciting. Thank you for this series.
Paris is so lovely any time of year.
I am looking forward to exploring it over the next 20 weeks.
Thank you so much.

Mumbai March 29, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Sharon, this is such a brilliant idea and even you haven been in Paris
many times , I’m sure you can discover new places, shops, restaurants
by following your blog the next 20 weeks. Thank you so much for your work. Can’t wait to explore more.

Anissa March 29, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Thank you so much for doing this. I love learning from someone who actually knows the city. Love the recommendations and the photos! You do such a wonderful blog. You are the first I read each morning. Hoping to meet you someday when my daughter and I book your amazing cottage! Keep up the great work and happy weekend!

Anissa in Texas

JeanFB March 29, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Oh So Very Perfect! We are planning a trip to France for next summer…. thank you so much for this series. The pictures are wonderful and it’s so nice to have an insider’s view. Looking forward to these!

Denise March 29, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Sharon , Merci beaucoup. I was born in Paris. Cannot wit till you get to my old neighborhood. This wonderful blog. I feel like we are exploring together.
Thank you.
Cant wait.

Sharon Santoni March 29, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Hi Denise, which neighbourhood would that be? Maybe you have some tips for me? 🙂


Dixie March 29, 2014 - 12:51 pm

So looking forward to the next 20 weeks. What a treat!
Thank you!

Vickie Cunningham March 29, 2014 - 1:00 pm

What a wonderful post, Sharon! I look forward to following along as you cover the remaining arrondisements. Paris is truly my favorite city!

Texas Francophile March 29, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Oh what a treat! Where is your cottage? I won’t miss one post!

Celia March 29, 2014 - 1:17 pm

We will be in Paris in Sept so I’m taking notes! Thank you for this and I do enjoy your blog!

Sharon Steeves March 29, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Thank-you Sharon for this ! What a wonderful idea and valuable information for our first trip to France and Paris at the end of April. We, like many tourists I assume, are staying in the 6th arrondissement.because it seemed more touristy for starters and for our first time we thought that was OK. We rented and apartment and know that the best way to see Paris for the week is to walk and walk and walk. I am certainly excited and looking forward to your future posts on the other areas and thank-you so much for your beautiful postings everyday !

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon March 29, 2014 - 1:45 pm

What a great idea. I look forward to your virtual tour. I love that you always offer champagne or beer/cola options. I have dreams of getting into that kitchen store.

Suzanne Towles March 29, 2014 - 1:58 pm

What perfect timing! My husband and I will be visiting Paris for our first time in May. Can hardly wait to see some of the sights you recommend in person! Thank you!

jk March 29, 2014 - 3:06 pm

What a fabulous post with lovely photo’s as well.

Colleen Taylor March 29, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Wonderful places & so valuable to know! Thank you Sharon.X

Lara March 29, 2014 - 3:50 pm

This is fantastic! I am also watching the “Paris, Next Stop” tv series over and over. I can dream from the other side of the world!

Sue Malizia March 29, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Love this and look forward to you sharing Paris….as you know it. To learn from someone who truly knows the area as well as you Sharon, is a special treat for me, one who doesn’t but hopes to someday. 🙂

Linda March 29, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Love this Sharon! I love that city so much but won’t be able to visit for several years — too many weddings to pay for — but thanks so much for helping me pretend!

MH March 29, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Simply beautiful! Lovely, and captivating! This will help me plan my next visit to Paris. Would adore step by step for Provence. Perhaps a published travel guide in your future??Merci!

Penelope March 29, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Thank you! So excited you are doing this! In just a month, I will be there! Even though I’ve been before a few times, everything is always new!!!! I look forward to all your post on Paris! Beautiful photography too!

Nancy March 29, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Here is an odd sort of question.
Let’s pretend we want to buy a lot of cooking goodies…but only the one little suitcase.
Will the stores (any of them) ship them home for us?? I realize it would be pricey, but far cheaper than an extra suitcase….

Sarah@ european farmhouse charm March 29, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Sharon this is wonderful and I am looking forward to this series ! We so enjoyed our time in Paris after visiting you nearly two years ago :). We hope to see you again next year as we gather lots of inspiration and “goods” for our boutique winery!

Emm March 29, 2014 - 6:00 pm

This is a brilliant idea, thank you so much. Weeks and weeks of new arrondissements — note-taking materials at the ready!

Michelle in Illinois March 29, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Great idea! I too will look forward to it.
I think you have hit on a perfect concept. Like mentioned earlier this idea would be great for other areas of France, as I for one would like your input and pictures. I can already see this as a coffee table picture book, “Travel with Sharon in Paris”
Have a great weekend!

Linda March 29, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Hi Sharon,

What a perfect way to start my Saturday – seeing this first installment of sites and sounds of Paris. I look forward to each weekend to see where we go next. Thank you for the inspiration to make another trip to Paris.


Lorrie March 29, 2014 - 7:50 pm

What a brilliant and lovely idea for those of us who dream of returning to Paris (or going for the first time.) This idea would make a great little book or magazine article.

Linda March 29, 2014 - 8:00 pm

I just found your beautiful blog! This is perfect way to get to know Paris for a trip planned in two years. Will take notes. Many thanks.

cheri March 29, 2014 - 8:03 pm

I’m loving this….thank you for your brilliant idea.

Reply March 29, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Love Love Love
Merci Sharon !

Melody McMahon March 29, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Sharon, Just had to tell you how much I’m enjoying reading your blog since I discovered it after searching online for Pierre Deux. Your blog came up and I subscribed and have been reading back posts all winter. To visit France and perhaps stay in your cottage some day is on my bucket list! Thank you for bringing French pleasure to me in San Antonio, Texas!

Elizabeth (Eiffel Tells) March 29, 2014 - 9:51 pm

I am very excited by your “Paris, Step by Step” series and am waiting with great anticipation for the next 19 posts. Warm regards.

Lynnette Punjak-Williams March 29, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Thank you for the beautiful sights. I just cannot wait for my next visit, my first was 2 years ago and I just could not get enough of it. We stayed in an apartment in the Trocadero and just walked everywhere. this series will be very useful for our next trip.
Many thanks.

Ginger Lang March 30, 2014 - 12:12 am

Thank you, Sharon, for this lovely and helpful project.
I’ll be eager to follow you through both the well-known and tucked-away special places in Paris. Merci!

Delaine March 30, 2014 - 3:43 am

Loving this post and so looking forward to the upcoming ones on the Paris Arrondissements! They have always intrigued me and now I get to experience each one through your eyes! Can’t wait until next week! Merci!

florence March 30, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Wonderfull images from the true Paris’lover you are !

Mary Baynes March 30, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Pls sign me up for 20 wks of Paris!

Jeanne McKay Hartmann March 31, 2014 - 1:31 am

What a fun series, Sharon. Looking forward to more! XO

Donna March 31, 2014 - 12:21 pm

How serendipitous, as we are arriving in Paris on May 1st for the first time! We have planned for only three days in Paris before we depart for the south of France. We will be staying in the 9th Arrondissement. I am thankful for you sharing of your passion for Paris. You and your enticing blog have allowed me think of nothing else for the past two years! Merci!

Roxane March 31, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Wonderful! So timely for us as we’ll be in Paris at the end of April. I’m eagerly awaiting all sorts of insider tips!

cindy April 2, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Love your concept and can’t wait to see all the things I need to come back to do! Stayed at Hotel Therese last year – highly recommended 🙂

Judi August 25, 2014 - 2:13 am

I am so excited that I just stumbled upon your blog! We are going to Paris in two weeks and I plan to write down all your suggestions for the wonderful places to visit! I am of French decent, but I was born in the states!

Catherine September 10, 2014 - 2:41 am

I came across a link to your blog from Janelle McCulloch’s blog.
I’m in the very early stages of organising a trip to France next September, so can’t thank you enough for these wonderful tips!

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