Tucked away behind the grand and sweeping Louvre lies the 2ème arrondissement, a quiet and largely overlooked business neighborhood. But the 2ème is home to several hidden gems ready to reward the determined traveler. Culture Trip reveals nine amazing things to see and do in this tiny corner of Paris.
Explore the City’s Covered Passages
Built during the 1800s, these passages acted as the city’s first shopping malls and retain unbelievable amounts of old-world charm and beauty. They also make a great refuge from the tourist hoards and even bad weather (they are covered with Victorian glass ceilings). Galerie Vivienne is one of the most beautiful, with a stunning mosaic floor and fabulous designer shops. Other delightful passages include Passage Colbert and Passage du Grand Cerf.
Galerie Vivienne, 6 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
Go to the Theater
Paris’ 2nd arrondissement is widely known as the theater district, with half a dozen venerable houses spinning stories for centuries. The Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique, also referred to as the Salle Favart, has been around since 1714, and notable performances have included La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana, Le Chalet, La Dame Blanche, Lakmé, Manon, Tosca, Wether, and Carmen, and most of them performed more than 1,000 times. Other famous theaters include the Théatre des Bouffes Parisiens, the Théatre Daunou, the Théatre De La Michodière and others.
Delight Your Senses with Wine Tasting
Caves Legrand, Filles et Fils, has been around since 1880—and they know their wine. They hold tastings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, crowned with beautiful plates of charcuterie to munch on. They also have a school of wine if you’d like to plunge in deeper!
Caves Legrand, Filles et Fils, 1 rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris, France, +33 01 42 60 07 12
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