Louvre / Rivoli / Tuileries

This neighborhood is all about the Louvre Museum. You might as well go in (not right now: reserve first! Since the Big Cooties started they usually require a reservation to ensure entry) and bask in the opulence of its stunning works of art – some, at least, as there are approximately 400,000 of them. Head over to Cédric Grolet’s pâtisserie takeaway for an after-Louvre treat, to the Tuileries Garden for some greenery or to Rue de Rivoli for taking it all in. Don’t be tempted by the souvenir shops under the arcades, they’re all ‘made in China’ trinkets. For souvenir shopping, go north to the Second instead, to the Empreintes ‘Made in France’ shop. And don’t miss the beautiful La Samaritaine department store: Its years-long renovation has put it back on the map as a prime shopping epicenter. The main bonus is that you get to gaze at a fabulous Art Nouveau ceiling in all its flowery glory for ~free~

coffee + tea spots 

café ver­let

café kit­sune

le café marly

bakeries + sweets

Aki Boulan­gerie

La Pâtis­serie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet

La Mai­son du Chocolat

restos

brasserie du lou­vre — bocuse

café kit­sune

loulou restau­rant 

le café marly

le lou­vre ripaille

bars

Ver­jus Bar à Vins

L’Officine du Louvre 

Le Garde Robe

Bar 228 at Le Meurice

Rehab Saint-Hon­oré

Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde

museums + culture 

59 riv­o­li [ for­mer artists’ squat]

shopping

La Samar­i­taine

hotels

le cheval blanc

hôtel costes

le meurice

hôtel du louvre