Apartments du Louvre - Saint Honoré neighborhood is the perfect area to experience the city. Beautiful and historic architecture, wonderful restaurants, lively squares and plazas, easy access by Metro and Bus, and very close proximity to Paris' greatest monuments and museums, like the Louvre just next door. Here's a non exhaustive list of our favorites, all located a short walk away from our building.
Named after one of the most famous and luxurious squares in Paris, the Vendôme district is now home to the most prestigious jewelry and fashion boutiques in the city, and the largest luxury hotels such as the Ritz and Vendôme. You can enjoy all the charm of its classical architecture during a walk along the rue Saint-Honoré before being carried away by the flavors of the macaroons from Ladurée tea room and its woodwork and frescoes dated from the nineteenth century.
In the heart of the 1st district, this sight was formed for the first time during the French Revolution and is home to several tourist sites steeped in history. From the imposing building of La Comedie Française, passing through the Colonnes de Buren of the Palais Royal and Place des Victoires, there she is, Joan of Arc, bareheaded and wearing an armor in the center of the Place des Pyramides. It is a vibrant neighborhood full of delicious gastronomic options and with a strong cultural heritage.
Saint-Germain de L'Auxerrois
Divided between the right bank of the Seine and the western portion of the Ile de la Cité, it was the first district of Paris. Its monumental buildings, such as the Gothic church that lends its name to the district, the former royal residence which houses the Louvre museum or the remains of the old palace of the city (the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie), reveal a bit of the history of the French capital during a pleasant walk along the river or among the trees of the Tuileries Garden.
Ile de la Cite
Considered the ancient cradle of the city of Paris, before called Lutece, Ile de la Cité was transformed into an administrative center during the Haussmann Era and served as the Paris Police Department headquarters, Courthouse and Court of Appeal. It is also home to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, numerous small gardens and charming squares, such as the almost “hidden” Place Dauphine and the Place Louis-Lépine and its exotic Queen-Elizabeth II flower market.
Ile Saint-Louis is, with Ile de la Cité, one of the two natural islands of the Seine still remaining in Paris today. It takes its current name (since 1725) from King Louis IX, nicknamed St. Louis. Remaining almost identical for nearly four centuries, its architecture and atmosphere of independent village transformed it into an ideal place for a stroll or picnic and have an aperitif on the bank of the river.
Saint-Germain des Pres
Born from a small town around the abbey of Saint Germain des Prés in the Middle Ages, this district experienced its golden age during the post-war, thanks to iconic characters like Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Picasso, Jean-Luc Godard, etc. From this past, there are still places where artists and thinkers gather, such as famous bistros like Le Procope, LIPP, Cafe Flore and Les Deux Magots. Festive and cosmopolitan, the district of Saint Germain still maintains this nostalgic atmosphere from this past magical Parisian era.
The Louvre Museum, inaugurated in 1793 at the Palais du Louvre, former royal residence located in the center of Paris, is today the largest museum of art and antiques in the world, with an exhibition area of 72,735 m². Its original construction dates from 1190, but it was only in 1317 that the castle was transformed into a royal residence. The setting of many renovations over the years, the castle was “abandoned” in 1678, when Louis XIV chose Versailles as royal residence. It was not until the 18th century that new projects turned the Louvre into a museum. It began under Louis XV but ended only with the Revolution. Currently, the Louvre Museum receives more than 8 million visitors a year and has more than 550,000 pieces, including the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, and Alexandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo.
La Tour Saint-Jacques
The Tower of Saint-Jacques is an old bell tower and the only remnant of the church Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie, reference to the merchant district at the right bank. This ceremonial sanctuary was home to a relic of Saint-Jacques and a famous place of pilgrimage and of worship for the merchants of the district. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tour de Saint-Jacques is the starting point of Paris's pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Inaccessible to the public for about 9 years, this historic monument was revived in 1996: the discovery of the plans of the time allowed architects to restore its original configuration. The visitations are again possible since 2013, between June and October.
The Musée de l'Orangerie is located on the western terrace of the Jardin des Tuleries and its building was originally constructed to house the orange trees decorating the garden of the Tuileries Palace during the winter. In 1922 the museum began to be converted to receive the donation of the great opus Claude Monet’s Nymphéas. The painter died only six months after the inauguration, in 1927. Attached to the Musée d'Orsay in May 2010, the Orangerie Museum houses works from famous painters like Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and also pleases by its exterior, which counts with several sculptures of Rodin.
The Musée d’Orsay was inaugurated in 1986 in the building that housed the former Gare Ferroviaire d’Orsay, along the left bank of the Seine. It is one of the largest museums in Europe and has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world, with nearly 1,100 pieces. In addition to its famous paintings, in 1977 the Musée d’Orsay exhibited a collection of decorative arts from the period 1848-1914. With more than 3.4 million visitors per year, the Musée d’Orsay is the second most visited museum in Paris.
Pompidou Modern Art Museum
First inaugurated on January 31st 1977, the Pompidou Museum has welcomed over 3 million visitors since 2016. Alongside the MOMA in New York and the TATE in London, the Pompidou houses one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art. Avant-garde architecture and controversy in its days, the Pompidou Museum won a wide public success during its opening by finally hosting five times more visitors than expected.
Forum Les Halles
The Forum des Halles is a huge, beautiful and young shopping center builded on the site of the former central Halls of Paris (1857-1874): a wholesale market for fresh food products, located in the heart of Paris, and which gave its name to the surrounding district. At the height of its activity and for lack of space, the Central Halls were moved from Les Halles to the city of Rungis (94150).
101 Porte Berger, 75001 Paris.
Open everyday, from 10am to 8h30pm, and Sundays from 11am to 7pm.
More than 150 years have passed since the birth of this iconic department store, 16 years since its closure. Today, the heart of La Samaritaine, the heart of Paris - two steps away from our Saint-Honore location, beats again. The famous art-nouveau and art-deco buildings linking the rue de Rivoli to the Pont-Neuf are once again home to this enduring French way of life. La Samaritaine resumes all the lifestyle that travelers from all over the world come to Paris for: an unique product in the beauty area, the creativity of a young fashion designer, a pastry you won't find anywhere else. A must do!
9 rue de la Monnaie - 75001 Paris
Open everyday, 10h-20h. Closed on May 1st.
Important east-west axis linking the continuation of the Place de la Bastille/Marais (Faubourg Saint-Antoine) to the Place de la Concorde (Champs-Elysees), our neighbor Rivoli street counts with endless shopping options, from popular fashion stores and trendy sneakers to souvenirs gifts, you can find what you need walking along its 3 km.
Opposite to the Hôtel de Ville, in the trendiest and most touristic cultural district of Paris, Le BHV Marais is the one of the must-visit places for strolling and shopping. For 160 years, Le BHV Marais was the only lifestyle department store in Paris, where you can find such a wide variety of universes under one roof! Culture, fashion, household equipment, home design, high technology, toys, kitchen… the range of products of this multi-specialist department store is really huge. The cherry on the top (literally): you can also enjoy the most beautiful view of Paris while sipping a cocktail at the Perchoir Marais, the famous Rooftop of the BHV Marais. open Wednesday to Saturday, from 8:15 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
And don’t miss: for tourists, BHV Marais offers a special offer: -10% for foreigners residing in the EU or outside the EU, which can be combined for the latter with the -12% tax refund.
52 rue de Rivoli - 75004 Paris
Open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm - and on Sundays, from 11am to 7pm.
La Poule Au Pot
This restaurant is an institution in our neighborhood. Serving traditional French cuisine with a slight modern twist, in a very traditional French gourmet setting, you will be sure to have an incredible experience. Open for over 100 years, an evening spent here is an evening through history.
9 Rue Vauvilliers, 75001 Paris
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 12h00 - 14h00 and 19h00 - 23h00.
+33 1 42 36 32 96
La Tour Monthléry - Chez Denise
Traditionnal and animated. This restaurant is a great option for experiencing a laid back version of french gastronomy, one that does not take it self too seriously all while serving tasty and generous classic french dishes. conviviality is assured with tables shared with other people from all over the world.
5 Rue des Prouvaires, 75001 Paris
Open everyday from 12h to 00h30.
+33 1 42 36 21 82
Au Pied de Cochon
A true beating heart of the capital, close to the canopée des Halles and the Louvre, Au Pied de Cochon offers a beautiful traditional and generous French cuisine, and is the first establishment to provide, from its opening in 1947, a 24-hour continuous service, 7days / 7.
6 rue Coquillière 75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 40 13 77 00
Open everyday 24 hours a day.
Enza y Famiglia
An excellent choice for pizza or pasta! Enza owns several Italian restaurants in our neighborhood, you will see them on rue Saint-Honoré on your way to their pizzeria on rue du Roule. They do take away as well.
19 rue du Roule 75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 86 85 47
Open Monday through Saturday 12-3PM and from 7:30-11PM.
Near the Louvre you will find this elegant Thai restaurant that also exhibits art. You will eat fresh seasonal products of the season that are prepared in a fine and elegant way.
6 rue Valois 75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 60 38 81
Open Monday-Saturday 12-2:30PM and from 7-11:15PM.
For a more refined dining experience, Liquide restaurant is a great address just next door. The chef comes straight from Top Chef competition and has created a gastronomic experience that is modern, welcoming and delicious. The atmosphere is always fun, relaxed and the food is great! They have fixed a priced lunch menu during the week, making this higher end restaurant more accessible.
38 rue de l’Arbre Sec 75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 50 60 05
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-2:30PM and from 7:30-10:30PM.
This tastefully decoration and hip bistro serves food all day so while on vacation you can eat anytime! It has wonderful cocktails and the staff is always very welcoming. You can also enjoy some outdoor seating on those warmer days.
44 rue du Louvre 75001 Paris
+33 (0) 9 54 00 10 47
Open Monday through Saturday from 11:30AM-11PM.
In this bistro you will have the choice between an animated room downstairs or a quieter room upstairs, depending on your mood. Fresh cuisine from the market with a touch of originality.
62 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 86 85 47
Open Monday through Saturday 12-3PM and from 7:30-11PM.