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Things to Do in Paris 2nd Arrondissement


Paris attractions and shopping in the 2nd Arrondissement district of Paris are located on the right bank of the Seine River, adjacent the 8th arrondisement and 9th arrondissement.

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The 2nd district of Paris hosts many historical things to see including an important business district and a number of the original Paris shopping malls, concentrated in the area of the Paris Opéra.

Paris Attractions -  Galerie Vivienne Shopping Mall
Galerie Vivienne – one of the Original Paris Shopping Malls and Passageways

This district contains the former Paris Bourse (Paris stock exchange) and a large number of banking headquarters, as well as the oldest textile district in Paris, known as the Sentier.

Paris Attractions - Paris Stock Exchange
Paris Bourse – Stock Exchange is a famous Paris Attraction

Surviving Covered Paris Shopping Malls

The 2nd arrondissment is also the home to Paris’s surviving 19th-century glazed commercial arcades inspired by the success of the Passage des Panoramas with its well-lit, dry and paved pedestrian passageways such as the Galerie Vivienne.

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Paris Attractions - Shopping Arcade and Passageway
Galerie Vivienne – A Covered Paris Arcade and Passageway

Glazed Arcades – Passageways Paris Shopping Malls

These are some of the old Paris Shopping Passageways you may want to include as part of your shopping adventure:

  • Passage Basfour
  • Passage du Bourg-L’abbé
  • Passage du Caire
  • Passage Choiseul
  • Galerie Colbert
  • Passage du Grand Cerf
  • Passage Jouffroy
  • Passage Lemoine
  • Passage des Princes
  • Passage du Ponceau
  • Passage des Panoramas
  • Galerie Vivienne

Paris is internationally known for its fragrances and a unique contribution to Paris museums is the Théâtre-Musée des Capucines, a perfume museum.

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At the Théâtre-Musée des Capucines you can discover the history of French perfumes and how they are made.

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Top Picks of the 2nd Arrondissement

  • La Galerie Vivienne (19th-century shopping mall originally Galerie Marchoux)
  • Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Paris
  • Paris Stock Exchange (the Paris Bourse – Bourse de Paris or Palais Brongniart)
  • Théâtre-Musée des Capucines (a perfume museum)

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