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Les Halles, Paris

Categories: Neighborhoods, Tourist Spots
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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. To visit Les Halles on your trip to Paris, use our Paris holiday planner.
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  • Do not confuse the District of the "Halles" which no longer exist since their move to Rungis in 1969 with a long period of development of the free spaces, with the Forum des Halles, partly underground shopping mall, which has been recently a new project being completed. But the neighborhood has kept the name "Les Halles" with renovated spaces, including the current Forum, which is more airy and functional than the old which had aged badly! This one is being specific advice in the section "Forum des Halles" Tripadvisor around the Forum, the District of les halles includes streets, some are very narrow, for the most part older, who are shopping with buildings dating back centuries. Including the beginning of Saint Denis Street is buzzing with its shops, restaurants and bars, which are often open late at night. Some street names are suggestive of this very old district of Paris as the streets: of the white, preachers, and more far of the Grande Truanderie, etc. The fountain of the Innocents, located between the rue Saint Denis and the Forum, is a recreation area with a beautiful Fountain of Renaissance style and a pleasant public garden in the summer. However, this garden is a degradation of its quality, by the frequent presence of population marginal and pickpockets that pollute the atmosphere. The Nelson Mandela garden, adjacent to the forum is currently under construction, but has little shade, which does not facilitate its use by tourists, in the best conditions. A children's Recreation Center is open at certain times. The magnificent Church, Saint Eustache in the flamboyant Gothic style, radiates in the neighborhood and can be visited with great interest. The old stock exchange of round shape which lies to the West of the garden end, is good with its classic architecture and should become an exhibition center. Street Saint Honore, which limited the area to the South is very busy and lined with very old buildings with active businesses. To the North, is the rue Montorgueil, very active, which has the advantage of being pedestrian with superb old buildings of all styles, which some are enrolled in the Historic Monuments and an abundance of shops including mouth and restaurants. This area is frequented by Parisians and tourists, making it an easy target for the small thieves such as pickpockets to be wary. However there should be evidence of ' a simple vigilance without excess of psychosis. The District of les Halles is served by subway stations: "les Halles"in the West", Etienne Marcel to the North line n ° 4 and"Châtelet"to South lines No. 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14." Similarly, the center of the Forum is served by the "Châtelet Les Halles" RER A, B and D station with direct connection to the Mall and metro lines.
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  • Huge, mega ugly, cheesy. Unless you want to experience the recreation of a 1960s shopping mall, underground, with guarded entrances, terrible signage and the WCs. We finally found one hidden deep with...  read more »
  • We were told this shopping mall area was the biggest and best in Paris. It's not even completed construction yet. Shops were closed. Small and not much selection. Confusing layout. Toilets that you pa...  read more »
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