walks : +++ Culture : ++ Shopping : ++
there is a picturesque neighbourhood in Paris, then it's the
2nd arrondissement. This neighbourhood is authentic from the
Place de l'Opéra to the Sentier. Its lively little
roads are scattered with old boutiques and small workshops:
it's the place to find bargains and old-style shops. It's
also the red light district, which has always been present
in the Rue St Denis. You will be seduced by this neighbourhood,
where a perfume of the past floats in the maze of small roads
and numerous narrow passageways.
for everyone :
lovers of leisurely walks :
can spend hours in the maze of passages which can found between
Montmartre metro station and the Rue St Denis. As their name
indicates, they are passageways between two roads, through
buildings. From the narrowest and darkest to the widest and
liveliest, they all have their charm and their character.
You can find shelter in these passageways, as most are covered
(Passage Choiseul, des Panoramas,
), some even having
become real galleries. This is the case of the Galerie Vivienne,
Rue des Petits Champs, which will dazzle you with its mosaic
frescoes, its rotundas and its wrought iron which make it
a very calm, very pleasant passageway.
lovers of culture :
2nd district will overjoy cinema lovers.
The Boulevard des Capucines is a great collection of cinemas,
without forgetting one of the most renowned of France, the
Rex, famous for its star-studded vault (a listed building)
located at number 1, Boulevard Poissonnière.
the 2nd district also conceals other treasures: the Bibliothèque
Nationale, a real mine of information, the fountain of Square
Louvois which represents four of the five French rivers (the
Seine, the Loire, the Garonne and the Saône ) and the
Opéra which will no doubt charm you.