Side of the Seine: Right Bank
A highly business-centered district, the old-world refinement of the 2nd is undeniable and lays claim to the Paris stock exchange. It's the city's smallest arrondissement, and because there are fewer tourist attractions here, you'll not come across as many camera-wielding visitors as you would in the other arrondissements. But the platitude of this district is merely subjective, and if you do find yourself in the quieter 2nd arrondissement, your time there needn't be mundane. Below are a few ways to pass your time.
Should I stay here?
Though the 2nd is a financial district, it is also a residential area and in close proximity to the 1st arrondissement. It's not among my top choices for finding a place to stay, but you can find decently priced accommodation while having easy metro access to the other central arrondissements. You'll also have your choice of markets, shops, and restaurants, and you can catch a glimpse of the everyday ongoings of the Parisian lifestyle.
- Galerie Vivienne: Built in 1823, Galerie Vivienne is a delightful covered passage of luxury shops, books, chocolate, and decor.
- Rue Montorgueil: Locals frequent this bustling street that will both whet and satiate your appetite not only with its cafés and bistros, but also with its markets offering an abundance of produce, cheese, meat, pastries, and chocolate.
- Stohrer: Situated on Rue Montorgueil, Stohrer is famed for being Paris' very first bakery. I don't know how anyone leaves without buying at least a dozen items from this patisserie. From cakes to tarts to pastries to chocolate, you can indulge your fancies without judgment.