If you’ve never been to Paris, the Louvre Museum will most likely be on your top 5 must-see list. Spend half the day at the crown jewel of the Paris 2nd arrondissement and then head out to do some shopping. Some of the best clothing and specialty food shops live within the perimeter. Use this handy guide to plot your course and soak up the art and culture at your leisure.
Paris 2nd Arrondissement Shopping
We started at Paris Ground Zero and are making our way out of the city center via the metro. For the easiest route and a good day of shopping in the Paris 2nd arrondissement take the metro to Sentier. Navigate to Cafe Noir and start the morning with your favorite
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If you’re going to hit up museums in Paris, it’s worth purchasing a Paris Museum Pass in advance. The Louvre is the most famous museum in the Paris 2nd arrondissement and does not disappoint! You could spend days wandering the halls of the Louvre viewing art and archaeology finds. If you’ve never been to the museum, be sure to grab a map and plan in advance. Leave your coats, scarves, and shopping bags in their free security lockers and make note of the number and code you use. Then you can wander about the museum totally unencumbered. If you feel the urge to take pictures, use your photo editor to write a quick note about the art for later reference. That makes it much easier to appreciate after the fact.
Rue de Montorgueil
One can take only so much art before you go into sensory overload. Save the rest of your time in the Paris 2nd arrondissement to wander up and around R
Head back onto the cobblestone street Rue Montorgueil and get ready to stand in line for a few minutes. Patisserie Stohrer lives on rue Montorgueil in the Paris 2nd arrondissement and is France’s oldest pastry shop. Known for their croissants, chocolate eclairs, and macarons, it will be worth the wait! Stohrer is also on Lebovitz’s hit list and the window displays alone will have your mouth watering in no time. FYI, the gilded ceiling was painted by Paul Baudry, who also decorated the Paris Garnier Opera House. (More on that later.)
Rue Montorgueil is dotted with restaurants and street markets galore. The Paris 2nd arrondissement is a haven of window shopping and foodie dreams-come-true. Shops are tucked beneath centuries-old architecture and twinkle with lights at night. The street itself is fairly short, so take your time and stop in at any place that strikes your fancy. This is what Paris is all about!
A final little tip is to greet the shop owner when you enter. As you navigate in and out of shops and stalls in the Paris 2nd arrondissement, be sure to say “bonjour madame (or monsieur)”. (If it’s evening say “Bonsoir”.) When leaving, add an “au revoir madame (or monsieur)” and your politeness will be appreciated. A little French goes a long way!