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Les Halles, Paris

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Les Halles was named for a large marketplace that was demolished in 1971 and replaced with an underground modern shopping area. Its labyrinthine underground alleys once sold fish, meat, and vegetables, and the fresh food market was the center of the city. You can now explore an open-air center area below street level, a sunken garden that contains sculptures, fountains, and mosaics. Beneath the shopping precinct lies the underground station Châtelet-Les-Halles, a central hub of Paris's express commuter rail system, the RER. By using our Paris road trip planning website , you can arrange your visit to Les Halles and other attractions in Paris.
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  • Still under construction at present and mode vigipirate, here are the 2 main current shortcomings of the shopping centre of Les Halles. Once past this, we find ourselves in a human tide with an incredible lot of stores and restaurants not to mention media libraries, cinemas of the Ugc cine city and pool! I would also add a snap hip hop for LaPlace to discover with these exhibitions and concerts.
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  • Les Halles has received a makeover recently, inside and out, however, it remains a bit of a shady place at times. I've seen large fights break out between the teenagers here before, and other acts of ...  more »
  • My wife and I were really looking forward to visiting the new Les Halles, having been very familiar with it in its previous incarnation. What a disappointment! Yes there is still some building work go...  more »

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