2nd Arrondissement, Paris

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The 2nd arrondissement is one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, the capital city of France. Located on the right bank of the River Seine, the 2nd arrondissement, together with the adjacent 8th and 9th arrondissements, hosts an important business district, centred on the Paris Opéra, which houses the city's most dense concentration of business activities. The arrondissement contains the former Paris Bourse and a large number of banking headquarters, as well as a textile district, known as the Sentier, and the Opéra-Comique concert hall.The 2nd arrondissement is also the home of most of Paris's surviving 19th-century glazed commercial arcades. At the beginning of the 19th century, most of the streets of Paris were dark and muddy and lacked sidewalks. A few entrepreneurs copied the success of the Passage des Panoramas and its well-lit, dry and paved pedestrian passageways. By the middle of the 19th century, there were about two dozen of these commercial malls, but most of them disappeared as the Paris authorities paved the main streets, added sidewalks and gas street lighting. The commercial survivors are - in addition to the Passage des Panoramas - the Galerie Vivienne, the Passage Choiseul, the Galerie Colbert, the Passage des Princes, the Passage du Grand Cerf, the Passage du Caire, the Passage Lemoine, the Passage Jouffroy, the Passage Basfour, the Passage du Bourg-L'abbé, and the Passage du Ponceau.
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  • The 2nd arrondissement of Paris is bordered to the South by Etienne Marcel Street and the street of the small fields Feuillade, on the North by the boulevards of nasturtiums, Italians, Montmartre, Poissonnière, and good news. In the East, we have the boulevard of Sevastopol. This is part of the award and the national library. There are a few small pleasant streets and passages to the South East (metro Etienne Marcel) of this small district where you will find many restaurants.
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  • No misunderstanding, not a bad neighborhood but not on par with many other nicer. It is the business district and in fact there is Palazzo della Borsa who along with Place Des Victoires is one of the few tourist attractions in the area. Home to many companies, comes alive at the time of the lunch break while the rest of the day is all too quiet. What I liked the most are the Boulevard Des Italiens and Des Capucines.
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  • The area dominated by the stock market and the financial sector and the Opera. There are important galleries and many shops. Ideal place to walk from the Louvre Museum and goes to the great Boulevards.
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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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