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The 2nd Arrondissement of Paris is the smallest arrondissement in the city. Demarcated by big boulevards, it is the district of historic Quartier Montorgueil, Quartier du Sentier, and Bourse.  Paris 2nd Arrondissement hosts the Stock Market and some nice historical shops. It is a busy district with a clear commercial character and the best place to stay in Paris close to everything.

Despite its central location, the second Arrondissement has not many tourist sites. However, there are three interesting areas which deserve a little detour.

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If you are a food lover don’t miss the emblematic Rue Montorgueil, in Quartier Montorgueil. It is difficult to pronounce, we know, but it has a very cool street life thanks to its outdoor market and endless cafes and bistros. Among these eating places, there are real culinary institutions like l’Escargot Montorgueil (#38) or Le Rocher de Cancale (#78), the latest frequented by artists like Balzac, Dali or Marcel Proust. Also, you may want to have a look at Patisserie Stohrer Paris (#51), the oldest pâtisserie in Paris (since 1730!) and probably also the most sumptuous.

Quartier du Sentier was considered in the Middle Ages as the most dangerous place of Paris and even the police did not dare to venture there! Today Quartier Sentier is totally safe and a place full of independent retailers and other curiosities. Did you know that the mini skirt of the sixties was created in this neighborhood? Also, you may want to check 82 rue de Cléry, the only “plumassier” (feather maker) in Paris which supplies theatres, filmmakers, and Cabarets of Paris. Place du Caire, Caire Street and Nile Street refer to Napoleon I ‘s  expedition to Egypt in 1789.

Architecture lovers will enjoy a walk along rue Réaumur. Pierced in 1895, this street was built after several modifications of the Parisian building’s specifications, which “softened” the previous strict Haussmann specifications. Whereas the buildings had to respect some characteristics like similar height, the architects could experience with new designs and materials creating an interesting laboratory of architectural styles.



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No surprises here: you can find all these Paris Monuments and Paris points of interest on all the guidebooks about Paris so no post talking about the 2nd Arrondissement would be complete without the top tourist attractions in Paris. If this is your first trip to Paris you will like to visit some of them. The good thing about Paris 2nd Arrondissement is that Paris 1 is such a powerful magnet that these places are not very touristy so you can still get the feeling of being far from the crowds while visiting beautiful things.

Place des Victoires (1686) one of the “Royal Squares”

Tour Jean Sans Peur (XVth century)

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The 2nd Arrondissement of Paris is full of historical curiosities. Some of them are part of famous places in Paris. Some of them are Paris best-kept secrets. This is our personal list of unusual things to see in Paris 2nd Arrondissement to enjoy Paris Like a Local.

Le Site Richelieu in BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale Française) – one of the closest places to Heaven in Paris

Galerie Vivienne – our favorite Covered Passage

Sentier Metro Station – literally pierced in a residential building

Place du Caire – check the Egyptian side of Paris

Nadar’s photography workshop (35 boulevard des Capucins) – the first Impressionist exhibition was hosted here (1894)

Hotel Scribe (14 boulevard des Capucins) –first public cinema session by Lumière brothers (1895)

Notre Dame des Victoires (rue Notre Dame des Victoires) – and its unique collection of ex-votos (37.000!)

Beautiful clock–mosaic at 61-63 rue de Réaumur 



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On our Paris Arrondissement Guides, we like to encourage people to beat the crowds and explore Paris beyond its main sights.  Despite being basically a commercial area, the second Arrondissement is one of the coolest districts of Paris to explore, especially if you like to go off the beaten path. We recommend visiting Paris second Arrondissement on weekends because during the week there are more people and the car traffic is a little bit crazy. This is our personal list of unique things to do in Paris 2 to enjoy Paris like a local.

Nice meal (and people watching) at Rue Montorgueil Paris

Walk along the most charming Covered Passages

Admire rue Réaumur’s  beautiful architecture – don’t miss buildings #61, #69, #97, #116, #118, #121, #124 #132

Fall into temptation and buy a sweet treat at Patisserie Stohrer – baba au rhum is their star product

Quirky photo session at Rue des Degrés – the shortest (and most colorful) street in Paris

Harry’s New York Bar ( 5 Rue Daunou, 75002 Paris) – drink a Bloody Mary in the bar where it was invented




Check our proposals (by Paris arrondissements) on Yummy Paris. Affordable restaurants in the 2nd Arrondissement but also Paris bistros or Paris street food. This is a living page which we are continuously “feeding” with our Parisian friends’ suggestions. Come back to Yummy Paris from time to time to read the newest additions.



On “Where to Stay in Paris” section we like to propose our top options in each price bracket (budget hotels in Paris, mid-range hotels in Paris and luxury hotels in Paris) for a specific district of Paris. These are our favorite 2nd Arrondissement hotels, hope you will like them! You can see on this link all the hotel options for Paris 2

NB: The same hotel may be in two different price brackets depending on the kind of room you choose.

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A great location (5 min walk from Opéra Garnier) and beautiful 18th-century décor, very Parisian! Apart from the hotel’s comfort and friendly staff La Maison Favart proposes a sauna, fitness room and a small (but very cool) pool to be enjoyed for free on site.

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This is a hotel which is always rated as “excellent” by its customers. Their formula of happiness? Excellent location (150m walk to Opéra de Garnier), friendly staff, great breakfast and nice rooms. Great value for money.

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An elegant hotel with a central location (walking distance to the Louvre). Hotel Vivienne proposes modern stylish room with all the comfort that you need for your stay in Paris. Some rooms have a nice balcony with views over the typical Parisian roofs.

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Hotels are still the most popular option to rest your head at the end of the day but if you dream of living the Paris lifestyle, then an apartment is the best way to get a feel for the local atmosphere. We are talking about enjoying your Parisian holiday in the comfort of your own Paris furnished apartment, regardless of the length of your stay.

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  • Janelle | mrsmomlife
    10/22/2017 at 3:22 pm

    I have been to Paris once before. It was cold and rainy the entire time we were there and due to terrorist threats we weren’t able to go up the Eiffel Tower or even cross the street to the Arc de Triomphe. We of course still managed to have a wonderful, I mean we were in Paris! 🙂 Your pictures and descriptions make me want to go back very badly to explore some where. Thank you for all of the tips!!

    • WorldInParis
      02/24/2018 at 6:03 pm

      I hope you will be more lucky next time you come to Paris 🙂

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    06/12/2017 at 1:52 am

    Really there is so much more to Paris than what meets the eye. Would love to spend a long time in Paris where we can explore all the treasures, hidden and otherwise. I for one would love to walk across Rue des Degrés taking pictures.

    • WorldInParis
      06/19/2017 at 9:54 am

      Thanks Sandy for your nice comment.It takes time to explore all the treasures in Paris, I do this “exploring job” full time! 😉

  • Diana
    05/24/2017 at 9:39 pm

    I wanna go back to paris all over again!

    • WorldInParis
      05/25/2017 at 9:42 pm

      Hope you will make it, Diana 🙂

  • Haze Tolentino
    04/25/2017 at 11:38 am

    Oh Paris! I would like to visit this! Go to touristy places but spend more time on non-touristy parts to know and learn more about the place.

    • WorldInParis
      04/25/2017 at 3:08 pm

      So in this case Paris 2 looks perfect for you, Haze 😉

  • Trisha Velarmino
    04/25/2017 at 8:21 am

    Paris is always one of the places to go! And I love exploring non-touristy places as it offers a different sight of the world especially for Paris which is home for the famous Eiffel tower and art museums.

  • Stacey Veikalas
    04/25/2017 at 8:08 am

    Love this we have been to Paris many times, but have never seen the areas on your list! I would love to wander Rue Montorgueil – totally my thing to do wander and eat! LOL Love this and will have to save it for the next time we are in Paris!

    • WorldInParis
      04/25/2017 at 3:09 pm

      Stacey this is not a very touristy area, that’s why maybe you have never seen these places. Yes, I think you would really like Rue Montorgueil!

  • Arnav
    04/24/2017 at 6:31 pm

    Even though you have mentioned that Paris 2 doesn’t have that many tourist sites, but the places that you have recommended look so good in the photos. I’ll keep these sites in mind and make sure not to miss out on exploring these not so touristy places.

    • WorldInParis
      04/25/2017 at 3:10 pm

      Oh, there are sooo many non touristy places in Paris that look very good in the photos ! 😉

  • Rebecca
    04/24/2017 at 2:20 pm

    There is so much to do here, I don’t know what to do first! I still cannot believe I haven’t been here, it is definitely top of my travel bucket list! I would especially love to visit the Nadar’s photography workshop, the covered passages and of course try all of the amazing food they had to offer. So much useful information, thanks!

    • WorldInParis
      04/25/2017 at 8:46 pm

      Nadar’s photography workshop is today a fashion shop, kind of H&M. Only the original facade is left but it is very nice 🙂

  • Corinne
    04/24/2017 at 6:26 am

    So, thanks to your posts I’m starting to learn about all the different parts of Paris. I’ll have to go back and check out some of these places that are on your must-see list.

    • WorldInParis
      04/25/2017 at 8:47 pm

      Oh, I thought you were an expert of Paris! :-O

  • JuliaSan
    04/23/2017 at 7:38 pm

    This looks like an off-the-beaten-path part of Paris. I love to explore places which are not that touristy. Will take myself a note about the Rue Montorgueil for my next visit 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      04/25/2017 at 8:49 pm

      I am sure you will like rue Montorgueil: lots of food, lots of fun and lots of people watching 🙂

  • Megan Jerrard
    04/23/2017 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the tips 🙂 Paris 2 does sound like it can be a cool place to explore if you know what to do – it wouldn’t have been on my list before because I usually angle for the tourist sites, but you’ve changed my mind! Thanks for the tips 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      04/29/2017 at 9:46 pm

      Well said Megan! Paris 2 is a cool place if you know where to go, I could not say it better than that 🙂

  • Lara
    04/23/2017 at 11:23 am

    I have never been in Paris but I would love to visit this. Thanks for sharing!

    • WorldInParis
      04/29/2017 at 9:46 pm

      Hope you will make it one day! Thanks for your comment, Lara 🙂

  • Kerri
    04/23/2017 at 6:46 am

    Love Rue Montorgueil.! We found it a few trips ago as we were wandering about the streets. We’ve had a few meals there and spent some time in a few bars too! There’s a great chocolate shop there that I love and always visit. Plus of course, it’s very close to all the amazing cookware and cooking ingredient stores that are some of the best in Paris. Great area.

  • Gokul Raj
    04/22/2017 at 4:04 pm

    Would love to visit this city. The French cuisine is pretty tempting.

  • Danik
    04/22/2017 at 3:52 pm

    Totally agree with the people watching at rue Montorgueil. I am pretty sure I have done this before. 😀 Great post and some great tips here. 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      04/28/2017 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Danik. You will have time to enjoy rue Montorgueil during your next trip to Paris, I hope! 🙂

  • Marcus and Mel
    04/22/2017 at 3:50 pm

    Some great tips especially if you have been to Paris already and have done the main sites.The covered passages look really interesting.

    • WorldInParis
      08/04/2017 at 3:07 pm

      There is a dedicated post on the covered passages, if it may interest you. It is under Travel Inspiration category 🙂

  • Christina
    04/22/2017 at 9:05 am

    I’d love to spend more time in Paris. Last visit I did a food tour of Le Marais and loved it. Some of the sights on your quirky list look intriguing. Thankfully, hotel prices in Paris aren’t too over the top.

  • Indrani
    04/22/2017 at 7:47 am

    Such detailed info on parts of Paris! Never knew all this during my 5 days tour there 🙁
    Loved the trivia on mini skirt here. 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      04/23/2017 at 4:33 pm

      Indrani, this is not a very touristy district so it is quite common not to explore it during short visits 🙂

  • Jade
    04/22/2017 at 7:46 am

    We’ll be in Paris for a few days in July – think it would be rude to leave without popping in for an authentic Bloody Mary!

    • WorldInParis
      04/28/2017 at 10:36 pm

      Just be ready for high prices. If I remember well, a bloody mary cost 14€ or 16€? :-O