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Les Halles Neighborhood

Les Halles Paris Saint Eustache
Les Halles and Saint Eustache. Paris, France

Les Halles is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Paris conveniently located in the center of the city. It is often grouped together with Chatelet and Beaubourg neighborhoods which blend seamlessly together. Les Halles is spread across part of the 1st and 4th arrondissements. The main street which slices the neighborhood from north to south is Boulevard de Sebastopol while Rue de Rivoli crosses Les Halles from east to west in the southern end and leads you to the Louvre Museum. Rue Rambuteau runs east to west in the northern part of the neighborhood. Les Halles is for art and museum lovers, foodies seeking authentic French cuisine and at night the district jumps with night clubs and bars.

To reach the heart of the neighborhood take line 11 to Rambuteau or start exploring Les Halles from Les Halles Shopping Center by taking line 4 or the RER train line A, B or D to the Chatelet/Les Halles station. This is the area's main RER station with a massive underground mall; it is one of the largest and busiest stations in the city. The Chatelet/Les Halles station has been called the "hub" of Paris as almost all metro and train lines stop here.

Les Halles was the site of the city's fresh food market for 800 years. The huge market was housed in covered halls with a glass and steel-arch frame roof. The neighborhood gained iconic status and was immortalized in Zola's novel Le Ventre de Paris, Claude Monet's paintings of Rue Montorgueil and the paintings of NONDA. The market thrived to such an extent that by the 1950s it was causing traffic problems in the city center. And so in 1971 the massive arches were dismantled leaving a massive hole for several years. The market was relocated to the Rungis neighborhood and in its place eventually the Les Halles subterranean station was built. Above ground gardens and structures reminiscent of the original halls were constructed.

Food and Entertainment in Les Halles

Food and entertainment abound in Les Halles. On the top floor of the Pompidou Centre there is a great eatery with futuristic décor and avant-garde artwork. At night there is Le Bar O on Rue Herold where the chic crowd sips innovative cocktails. L'Ange 20 on Rue Geoffroy L'Angevin is a great place for French cuisine. In the expansive Les Halle Shopping Complex is Forum des Images a five screen cinema complex showing new and classic films. For free entertainment just hang around outside the Pompidou Centre and watch the street performers. Rue Montorgueil is a great little pedestrian street with interesting stores, cafes and restaurants. For classic French escargot try the historic L'Escargot at 38 Rue Montorgueil. For 24 hour food try Au Pied de Cochon and its classic onion soup. For more French classics try Aux Tonneaux des Halles at 28 Rue Montorgueil. At #51 is the oldest patisserie in Paris.

Must-See Attractions of Les Halles

The Forum des Halles Shopping Complex - This labyrinth of every kind of store you can imagine is located underground and connected to Les Halles RER station. It is one of the biggest attractions in the area.

Centre National d’art et Culture George-Pompidou – Near Les Halles are some of Paris' greatest museums including the Pompidou Centre. The contemporary art museum building has a unique ultra-modern structure with bright colors and a skeleton-like metal scaffolding frame. That National Museum of Modern Art contains major works by artists such as Picasso, Modigliani and Kandinsky. You’ll find there a bookstore, a library and a restaurant/café with panoramic views across the neighborhood.

St. Eustache Church – This beautiful Gothic church dating back to 1532 showcases paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, intricate stained glass windows and the largest pipe organ in the country.
Stravinsky Fountain – Close to the Pompidou Centre is an unusual fountain also called Fontaine des Automates, designed by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle. It features 16 modern sculptures representing Stravinsky's work including a large set of lips and a brightly colored elephant head.

Brancusi Studio – From the Pompidou Center you’ll want to get free tickets and visit the reconstructed studio of this great modern sculptor. Admire as many as 137 sculptures as well as drawings and photographic glass plates by the artist.