Places to See in Paris – L’Hotel De Ville and Surrounding Area
But the City Hall (L’Hotel de Ville) in Paris is a beautiful building well worth seeing, and is also very conveniently placed to see a number of other sights on your list of places to see in Paris.
To get there, take the Metro to the aptly named Metro station Hotel de Ville. This will put you on Rue de Rivoli and you will see the City Hall as soon as you come out. If you have children with you, they will particularly like the plaza in front of it which has a large area that they can run around in. There are plenty of pigeons for them to chase, and fountains at each end.
There are often musical acts or exhibitions here, which can make this a really nice place to go for a picnic. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area that you can relax in if you haven’t brought anything for a picnic. It is just across the river from the Ile de la Cite, and you can even see the Notre Dame Cathedral from here.
This is such a central place, that you have a lot of options once you have finished here.
You can take a stroll along the River Seine. Going across the bridge (Pont d’Arcole) and turning into the Quai aux Fleurs or the Quai de la Corse is your best option here as both of these roads are much quieter than the riverside roads next to L’Hotel de Ville.
You could also cross the same bridge to the Ile de la Cite and stroll along Rue d’Arcole to the front of the Notre Dame. The Quai aux Fleurs will take you to the back of the Notre Dame.
Or you could take a short walk along the Rue du Renard (just across the Rue de Rivoli) till you come to the Centre George Pompidou (which I have covered in another article). Even the Forum des Halles is easily accessible from here – just turn left when you get to the Centre Georges Pompidou and walk along Rue Aubry le Boucher to Rue Berger, and there it is.
This is a wonderful, central location from which you can easily get to see many of the places on your list of things to see in Paris.
Enjoy your vacation!