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Bourgeois buildings, beautiful avenues, numerous theaters, the 2nd district offers a typical Parisian way of life. Well rated but still accessible, it attracts a mixed population that does not reject neither the impossibility of owning a car, nor the lack of green space. Shops, services, transport, cultural activities, the 2nd has all the assets to seduce its inhabitants!
If the first impression that emerges from a walk in the streets of the 2nd district is that of a beautiful unit in the Haussmann style, it is quickly nuanced by the expert eye of the local residents. Indeed, the inhabitants of the 2nd are proud to show the diversity and elegance of the buildings of their borough. In addition to the most classic buildings dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, rue Colbert or rue Saint-Augustin, among others, are distinguished by beautiful examples of neo-Gothic architecture and Art Deco, rue Réaumur for example. Galleries such as the Galerie Vivienne, rue des Petits Champs, or the Passage des Panoramas, boulevard Montmartre, are among the favorite places of locals who come to hunt or drink a coffee. Finally, the neighborhood is also characterized by its passages known mainly residents and keep a charm out of time. Among these, that of Anchor Street Turbigo, is particularly moving.
What the inhabitants of the 2nd arrondissement like most of all in its streets is also their perpetual animation. The second is indeed a very active district. First of all, all the east of the district is occupied by the district of the Sentier, largely dedicated to the confection. Designers of wholesale clothing and details are well established. This commercial vocation is also found in the streets starting from the place of the Opera, avenue of the Opera, street of the Peace and street of September 4th. The most prestigious luxury brands are found there. The activity of the 2nd is linked, moreover, to the presence of the Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse. If it no longer includes stock market activities, it has become a very important conference center. In the evening the neighborhood is empty of assets and becomes the favorite place for night owls who find many theaters and theaters. In addition to the Opéra Garnier which marks the limit with the 9th arrondissement, locals like to mention the Théâtre de la Michodière, in the street of the same name, the Opéra-Comique, place Boieldieu, the Théâtre des Variétés, boulevard Montmartre , or that of Bouffes Parisiens, rue Monsigny. Evenings of entertainment can be concluded in one of the many bars and cafes of the boulevard des Italiens or the boulevard Montmartre.