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2nd Arrondissement – Paris

Galerie Vivienne The Second Arrondissement in Paris is located on the right bank of the Seine, and also happens to be the smallest arrondissement; the area is home to the Paris Opera and the Stock Exchange. Here, you will find boutiques and cafes that have more of a small town atmosphere than a large city, but one of the most popular spots is the market street Rue Montorgueil near Chatelaet Les Halles. This market street is a pedestrian area that has plenty of gourmet food shops, bakeries, fish vendors, and more goodies than you could possible want. You can also step back in time as you walk through the Galerie Vivienne; built in 1823, the beautiful mosaic tiles will guide you to the boutique specialty shops, restaurants, and tea room as you enjoy the ambiance of the passage. Of course you won’t want to miss a visit to the Paris Opera. “Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar! And you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.” You can almost hear the words to this Phantom of the Opera song as you visit this beautiful Opera House built in the 19th century. It is a must for the Angel of Music in all of us. If the markets, sights and shopping aren’t enough, then there is plenty more to be excited about like luxury hotels, and a great selection of restaurants that will not disappoint. For luxury start with a stay at the chic and comfortable Park Hyatt Vendome. Take time to visit the spa and enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation after a busy day in Paris. If you are staying in the area or just visiting, don’t miss the Bistro Vivienne, located in the Galerie Vivienne. The French cuisine is delightful with  good service and a nice wine list. However, if you are really into wine, try Frenchie Bar à Vins; the food rivals  their main restaurant in the same area, but the wine list is spectacular. Frenchie, the main restaurant will require some serious thought about scoring a reservation well ahead of time, so plan accordingly. Follow us to learn more about Paris and its remaining districts.

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