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Welcome to picturesque Paris (2nd)

Concentrated Paris (1st)
Welcome to picturesque Paris (2nd)
The Calm of the Temple and the life of the Marais (3rd)
The chic of life on the islands (4th Arrondissement)
The neighbourhood for everyone (5th)
Pure animation! (6th)
Institutional Paris (7th)
The neighbourhood of VIPs (8th)
Shopping in an atmosphere of cabaret (9th)
The neighbourhood of the stations (10th)
The Rock'n'Roll Neighbourhood (11th)
When the modern style sets in, Nature resists (12th)
The heterogeneous neighbourhood (13th)
From Montsouris to Montparnasse (14th)
A spot of green in a densely populated Paris (15th)
Culture and history everywhere (16th)
Popular and chic! (17th)
Bohemian Montmartre according to Aznavour (18th)
The scientific and human neighbourhood (19th)
Accommodation for all (20th)
 

Nature/Leisurely walks : +++ Culture : ++ Shopping : ++

If 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.

Routes for everyone :

for lovers of leisurely walks :

You 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.

for lovers of culture :

The 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.

But 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.

for lovers of shopping :

The numerous small shops bringing to life the streets of this neighbourhood will please all kinds of buyers. Going along Rue des Petits-Carreaux and Rue Montorgueil you will discover the authenticity which makes this a typical neighbourhood and you will pass along the route of the former fish merchants, charmed by the appearance of the market and the old boutiques.

But the main shopping area is still the Sentier, lined with dozens of shops, where textiles have a privileged place, as do conviviality and good humour.

To remember : la Bibliothèque Nationale / l'Opéra comique / la Place de l'Opéra / Le Sentier

 

   
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