Neighborhood Spotlight: The 2nd Arrondissement
The 2nd is the arrondissement with the smallest surface area, but it has a lot of character. Home to the former Paris stock exchange, it was long a traditionally commercial district. Many banks still have their headquarters here, and the Sentier neighborhood retains its textile merchants. But in recent years it has also become one of the hippest neighborhoods for shopping and going out. Here are our neighborhood highlights!
Rue Montorgueil is a long market street full of wine shops, cheese shops, greengrocers, cafés, restaurants, and more. The street boasts a unique, village-like feel.
For clothes shopping, head over to rue Etienne Marcel and rue Tiquetonne, where you’ll find plenty of hip boutiques as well as a few chain stores. One of the most popular stores in the neighborhood is Espace Kiliwatch, which has a large selection of new, vintage, and upcycled clothing.
G Detou is a play on the French phrase for “I have everything.” It is an apt name for this shop, which has just about every kind of culinary product you can imagine: regional products, baking ingredients, all kinds of chocolate, and much more.
L’appartement Sézane is the Parisian flagship store of a brand that mainly sells online and has become very popular among French women. This is the spot to try all of their latest fashions!
Walking and exploring
The 2nd arrondissement has a concentration of covered passageways, which are worth taking the time to walk around and explore. These commercial arcades have an old Parisian charm, reinforced by the numerous antique shops and art nouveau style cafés you’ll find inside. Some of the most famous passageways are Passage des Panoramas, Galérie Vivienne, and Passage Jouffroy.
Dining and going out
Daroco is an Italian restaurant with a stylish, high-ceilinged interior, carefully prepared pasta and pizzas, and great cocktails.
Harry’s New York Bar was actually dismantled in New York in the early 20th century and shipped to Paris, and has been frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, and Humphrey Bogart. Their extensive cocktail menu includes many drinks invented by the bar itself (like the Bloody Mary).
Le Grand Rex has the largest cinema theater in Europe, so it’s a great place to see the latest films. You can even catch some premiers (with actors and directors present) here! The venue also hosts concerts and other shows.