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All about the 2nd Arrondissement

Paris 2nd arrondissement

Starting out since the 12th century as the home to Paris’ merchants in what was then the outskirt of the city, today it is one of the most prestigious addresses for it’s diverse range of sights, shops, and restaurants.

The second arrondissement has greatly transformed over the years. 

The northern edge of the 2nd contains several wholesale shops, merchants, and La Bourse, Paris’ stock exchange. The center of this arrondissement is where you will find great vintage shopping, hidden wine bars, and charming cobblestone streets.

Situated on the right bank of the River Seine, together with the neighboring 8th and 9th arrondissements, the 2nd arrondissement houses the city’s most dense concentration of business activities centered on the Paris Opéra.

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No longer the neighborhood for finding a steal, but the 2nd arrondissement remains a solid real estate investment. The tougher neighborhoods around Saint Denis, fetch the lowest prices; closer to rue Réaumur and into the sought-after streets abutting the market street, rue Montorgueil, prices climb fast.  Around the Garnier Opera is the priciest part of the second.

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Land area Population
(2005 estimate)
Price per square meter in EUROS
(prices vary based on size and condition)
Gaillon Vivienne Mail Bonne-Nouvelle
0.99 km2 (0.38 sq mi) 20,700 8,297 – 17,963 8,620 – 14,569 7,826 – 16,266 7,192 – 12,080



Tour Jean Sans Peur: A remnant of a medieval castle housing temporary exhibits centered around daily life and culture during the middle ages.


Rue Montorgueil: This charming pedestrian street is located in the heart of the right bank. Lined with specialty shops for fish, meat, cheese, produce, and charcuterie. rue Montorgueil is not to be missed. Be sure to try the sweet and savory pastries and baked goods at La Maison Stohrer, Paris’ oldest bakery.


Square Louvois: A tidy and classic square with a fountain in the middle, several benches and a perimeter of old trees. It’s also one of the only green spaces in the second. 


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