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Hot Neighborhood in Paris: Grands Boulevards

Posted March 27, 2009 by

The Grands Boulevards neighborhood in Paris is one of the city's up and coming districts and is a "must-see" for any visitor. Lined with nightlife, restaurants, and cafes, it is one of Paris' best spots for a day (or evening) of people watching. The neighborhood officially begins at the Madeleine Church in the 9th arrondissement and continues through to the Bastille in the 11th.

The opening of the Metro station Grands Boulevards in 1988 brought new life to the historic neighborhood. Below are a couple of suggestions for things to do while there:

Folies Bergere
32 rue Richer
Built over 150 years ago, this historic music hall was a symbol of Parisian life, and even today offers exciting dance and music programs.

7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre
Nothing less than a Parisian institution, Chartier offers inexpensive and tasty Parisian cuisine. Frequented by students, locals, and tourists alike, it has entrées are only 2€ !

La Galerie Vivienne
Perhaps the most famous arcade in all of Europe, La Galerie Vivienne is exceptionally preserved and well worth a visit. It mosaic floor is sure to please, and even better - the shop clerks there are helpful and, dare I say, friendly.

Passage Jouffroy
This passage is dominated by antique bookstores, tea rooms and is a wonderful place for shopping and finding unique Paris souvenirs.

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