10 Fascinating Places for You to Explore & Enjoy in the Bourse
Even though the 2nd Arrondissement (you may occasionally hear it called the Bourse) is the smallest of Paris's 20 districts and often dismissed by guidebooks as containing nothing of interest to tourists, it actually packs a lot of fascinating attractions, market streets, and historic sites into its small size.
At the district's western end, glitzy boutiques, upscale restaurants, and 4- and 5-star hotels including the renowned Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme dominate, thanks the well-heeled crowds drawn to the ornate Paris Opera House (Opéra Garnier) located just over the border in the 9th and glittering Place Vendôme in the 8th.
In the district's middle portion is the majestic Paris Bourse, the former stock exchange from which the district gets its name. This area also contains many of the city's historic glass-roofed arcades - the nineteenth century version of indoor shopping malls - and the wonderful pedestrian-only (well, mostly) Rue Montorgueil market street shown in the top photo.
At the eastern end is the Sentier quarter, historically home to small textile and garment manufacturing operations now giving way to hip bistros, bars, and hotels. Once written off as a rather boring commercial area, it is now becoming a newly cool neighborhood, not unlike the Marais next door.
But that's just the beginning. Look for exciting shows at all the major Paris museums, beautiful golden foliage throughout the city, and boutiques bursting with the fall collections. In even-numbered years, the world-famous Paris Motor Show brings over a million visitors to the city to see the latest automotive innovations.
Paris weather during October continues to be mild, with balmy nights, making October a wonderful month to explore the city while enjoying fall foliage colors.
Enjoy sidewalk dining outside your favorite bistro while the warm weather lingers, soak up fall colors in Parisian parks (we'll suggest the best!), and in honor of Halloween, conjure up a few ghostly spirits in the city's famous cemeteries.
Top photo: Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, viewed from the Bir Hakeim Bridge over the Seine River
2nd Arrondissement - Top Attractions
Historic Passages & Covered Arcades
1. Historic passages & Covered Arcades
On October 6, Nuit Blanche (White, or Sleepless, Night) turns Paris into an all-night festival of lights celebrating the work emerging and established artists. Held annually starting at sundown on the first Saturday of October and continuing until sunrise on the following Sunday morning, this free event is one of Paris' largest and most popular cultural events as everyone stays up all night visiting the 100+ special art installations, concerts, dance and theatrical performances, elaborate light shows, and other artistic expressions.
Hotel Lutetia - After a recent 4-year makeover, this Art Nouveau/Art Deco 5-star Palace hotel exudes glamour and offers an indoor swimming pool and spa, gorgeous guestrooms, and a family-friendly vibe
Relais Christine - Gorgeous luxury 5-star hotel built on foundations of a 13th century abbey with a gated courtyard in a fantastic location near the Seine, 48 charming high-ceilinged guest rooms and suites with French country decor, and a fabulous spa featuring Guerlain products and fragrances
Hotel Montalembert - Sleekly beautiful contemporary decor with hints of its Art Deco roots, comfortable furnishings in its 50 guest rooms and suites, and a superb location near the Seine make this posh hotel a favorite with well-heeled travelers
Hotel Madison - Lovely 4-star boutique hotel with 50 rooms and suites across from Saint Germain des Prés church in a fantastic location near two metro stations
Hotel de Buci - This charming 24-room boutique hotel on the Rue Buci market street features furnishings with a romantic Louis XV 18th century très-Parisian vibe
Hotel Clémont - This charming 2-star boutique hotel with 28 guestrooms has air conditioning and an elevator, and serves a fantastic breakfast; great value near the Saint Germain Market and Saint Sulpice Church
Hotel de Seine - This centrally-located 3-star boutique hotel features 30 guestrooms, air conditioning, and an elevator in an excellent location near the Seine River
Au Sauvignon (80 Rue des Saints-Pères) - Family-owned and run since 1954, this popular bistro offers well-chosen wine selections representing the major regions of France accompanied by "snacks": cheese and charcouterie platters, sandwiches, omelets, desserts - easily an entire meal. Book a table on their website.
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