Our favorites in the 1st arrondissement

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Paris’s royal quarter and temple of shopping, the first arrondissement (borough) is bustling with attractions.

Here are Esprit de France’s four firm must-see cultural favorites to add to your diary with monuments, gardens, museums and luxury boutiques.

Between the Louvre Carousel and the Jardin des Tuileries: Maillol sculptures

Admire the many sculptures tucked away within the hallowed, classical garden, started by Le Nôtre. From Giacometti lurking in the shadows of the over-towering chestnut trees to Henry Moore and Aristide Maillol (1861 – 1944), about twenty sculptures of the female form complement the beauty of the area.

The Jardin des Tuileries: the Orangerie museum

Famous the world over for its eight compositions of 22 panels of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, the Orangerie is truly an oasis of tranquillity. You cannot but be awed by the sheer size of the panels and their mesmerising colours.

Opposite Comédie Française: Othoniel kiosk

Comédie Française is the oldest and most prestigious French theatre. Its troupe, founded under Louis XIV in 1680  moved into the Richelieu building during the French Revolution. Opposite the theatre is Palais Royal subway station with its famous ornate Kiosque des noctambules (kiosk for night owls) of Jean-Michel Othoniel. This work of art, entirely in Murano glass, was created in 2000 for the one hundredth anniversary of the Paris subway.

Palais Royal: The Buren Pedestals

In the courtyard of the sumptuous 17th century Palais Royal, you will be confronted with the notorious Pedestals by the sculptor, Daniel Buren. Installation of the 206 black and white striped pedestals commenced in 1985, under much criticism and nearly never saw the light of day. Today, however, they are an integral part of the courtyard.

Ile de la Cité: Vert-Galant Square

Erected in tribute to Henri IV, nicknamed Vert-Galant because of his numerous mistresses, Vert-Galant Square is a mini paradise of fauna and flora, hidden away at the western end of Île de la cité.