Next stop on our guided tour of Paris is the 2nd arrondissement. Unlike other districts of Paris, the 2nd isn’t home to any infamous landmarks or tourist attractions, but that’s exactly what makes it such an incredible area. Many of the places you’ll find here are geared towards the locals, which often means better prices, more authenticity and our favorite, hidden gems!
A bustling street near Les Halles, Rue Montorgueil is home to some incredible specialty shops, fresh produce sellers and of course multiple cafés and brasseries. La Maison Stohrer is a must visit, this bakery first opened its doors in 1730 and is one of the oldest in Paris. L’escargot is another historical site, this time in the form of a restaurant, founded in 1875. The whole street is blocked off from cars and once you’ve finished getting your shopping fix, head into one of the cafés or restaurants for a bite to eat. If a little bit of home is just what you’re after, venture just beyond the end of Rue Montorgueil and take a right onto Rue de Nil to find Frenchie To Go. Frenchie To Go is home to your favorite American comfort food including pastrami sandwiches, breakfast muffins, lobster rolls and even English style fish and chips.
If you’re interested in something a little saucier than your pastrami on rye, the 2nd arrondissement has a risqué history and you don’t have to go far to find it. Head on over to 12 Rue Chabanais where a very ordinary looking office block used to be the notorious Le Chabanais, one of the most distinguished bordellos in Europe! You won’t see much now, but staring up at the former address can conjure up many images of the champagne baths and debauchery that went on by aristocracy, royalty and dignitaries!
Finally, no tour of the 2nd would be complete without a trip to Harry’s Bar. An American style piano lounge, their extensive cocktail list is just as popular with locals as it is tourists. The bar tenders wear apothecary style white coats and can make one mean Bloody Mary, in fact they even claim it was invented there!
Who Is The 2nd Arrondissement Girl?
The 2nd arrondissement girl is eclectic but not eccentric. She loves to wear relatively unknown brands and mix them with high street staples. She’s the epitome of casual chic and owns multiple pairs of high fashion sneakers.