Continuing my series, walking you around Paris, trying to give you some tips to use for your next trip here.
The second arrondissement of Paris is also the smallest, so no excuse for using the metro here. Everything can be done on foot, map or smartphone in hand, you can’t get lost, and hey, even you do that’s how the best discoveries are made.
This arrondissement includes the former Paris stock exchange, the wholesale textile quarter, known as the Sentier, but to my mind the best bits are to be found on rue Montorgeuil . This road feels like a permanent market street, with food shops and tempting little restaurants on all sides. If you are feeling very Parisian then go to L’Escargot otherwise enjoy a meal at the oh- so traditional Aux Tonneaux des Halles, at number 28. Or simply follow your nose and trust your instinct.
Along this road you’ll also find suppliers to restaurants with amazing stocks of culinary tools and wholesale goods. You could easily spend half a day here.
In fact you may even choose this Paris quarter to stay in. Either keep it authentic and check out the flats to rent on air bnb, and pretend you are a parisian for a few days.
If you prefer to be looked after in the comfort of a luxury hotel you could stick to the Rue de La Paix and stay in the Hyatt Park or the Hotel Westminster
Or you could take it up to a whole new level and stay in the divine Maison Favart. This 18th century building has been entirely renovated to create a delicious boutique hotel.
Other shopping delights in the second arrondissement are to be found in the covered galleries. These glass domed walkways were created in the nineteenth century. Places to shop and congregate, sheltered from the elements and the muddy streets of the city. Today there are several remaining in this part of Paris, but my favourite is the Galerie Vivienne
Finally, if after all this eating and shopping you feel the need for some culture, then check out the Bibliotheque Nationale who change their shows pretty regularly, or you may enjoy the Fragonard perfume museum at 39 boulevard des capucines .
Wanting some medieval history? then head to rue Etiene Marcel and visit the Saint Jean Tower and admire the sculpted stone ceiling
Next week we’re heading over to the third arrondissement. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.
If you missed them, here are my step-by-steps around the other arrondissements so far: