The 2nd arrondissement is considered a business district. It houses the historic Paris Stock Exchange, the Crédit Lyonnais Bank, alongside some fashion houses and craftsman shops. Given the amount of businesses and financial buildings present in the district, it can feel that the place empties on Saturdays and Sundays. Contrary to that belief, the area does have things to offer to its local residents and to Parisians on weekends.
In the Quartier Vivienne, close to the Stock Exchange, resides the best-preserved arcade in all of Paris, Galerie Vivienne. It hosts some incredible shops, includes some iconic designer boutiques. Also, there are many other shopping arcades dating back to the 19th century to loose oneself in for hours. From Passage des Panoramas and Passage Choiseul to Le Sentier, the area is well known for its fashion prowess.
The Quartier Bonne-Nouvelle is where the bulk of the residential properties are in the 2nd, whereas the Quartier du Mail’s centre is Place des Victoires, one of the few royal places in the city.
Culture is also on the menu in the 2nd, with Opéra Bastille the proud home of the city’s most prestigious operas and ballets. And some of the best restaurants in the city are proudly 2nd residents, known mostly to Parisians and locals.