The 1st arrondissement is Paris at its picturesque best and you could hardly live anywhere more central or exclusive. On the down side, the area doesn’t have much in the way of amenities like supermarkets. The daily influx of thousands of tourists can also make getting around a problem. They come here for the largely pedestrianised shopping area of Les Halles and to visit the vast Louvre Museum, the Tuileries Gardens, the Palais-Royal and the Pont Neuf. The Ministry of Justice is on the place Vendôme and beside the Palais-Royal is the Banque de France. So, along with the tourists, you can expect to rub shoulders with bankers, business people and civil servants, as well as visiting movie stars and the generally well-heeled, who frequent the area’s chic hotels, including the famous Costes, and expensive boutiques, bars and restaurants.