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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. To visit Les Halles on your trip to Paris, use our Paris holiday planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The amazing, aerodynamic roof covers a huge underground, multilevel mall, circling an open area. Very interesting and original concept. The ground level is open on the sides, just covered as by a susp...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Since the work done the new site demonstrates a beautiful architecture and modern! At the level of the Mall, there is always the standard stores (H & M, Zara, McDonald's, Starbucks, etc).
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  • August 11, 2017
    It's a pretty big scale shopping mall in the basement. And subjected to a new facility on the side of the ground, and not to ordinary citizens, this flux of the population really. The underground shopping mall, this is a decent side to the Museum around the time
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