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Les Halles, Paris

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Les Halles was named for a large marketplace that was demolished in 1971 and replaced with an underground modern shopping area. Its labyrinthine underground alleys once sold fish, meat, and vegetables, and the fresh food market was the center of the city. You can now explore an open-air center area below street level, a sunken garden that contains sculptures, fountains, and mosaics. Beneath the shopping precinct lies the underground station Châtelet-Les-Halles, a central hub of Paris's express commuter rail system, the RER. By using our Paris road trip planning website , you can arrange your visit to Les Halles and other attractions in Paris.
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  • We visited it in July but didn't particularly enjoy it. Confusing lay out. Lots of wasted space and signs for shops that aren't actually there any more. Ugly building and the general area isn't partic...  more »
  • This TripAdvisor page is that of the Les Halles District, and travellers continue to confuse it with that of the Forum des Halles Shopping Centre. The Les Halles district is bounded to the east by the Boulevard de Sevastopol, to the south by Rue de Rivoli, to the west by rue du Louvre, and to the north by Rue Étienne Marcel. This district takes its name from the old halls of Paris, nicknamed in their time "Le Ventre de Paris", and which were officially transferred to Rungis on March 1, 1969. Located in the heart of Paris, its focal point is the Shopping Centre Forum des Halles with its Canopy, adjacent to the Nelson Mandela Garden, the Pinault Collection Stock Exchange (currently under construction) and the superb Gothic-style Church of Saint Eustatius. By public transport, it is served by 15 bus lines that surround the district, including bus 29 on Rue Étienne Marcel, bus 38 on Boulevard de Sevastopol, bus 74 on Rue de Rivoli and Rue du Louvre , bus 85 on Rue du Louvre, and the largest underground station in the world, Châtelet-Les-Halles, through which the A, B and D lines of the RER pass, and the lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14 of the metro. It is an extremely lively area with many restaurants open very late at night as well as a multitude of shops and small shops, close to many emblematic places of the capital such as the Louvre Museum, the Tower of Santiago and Place du Châtelet, the Centre Pompidou, the Place de la Bourse with its Palais Brongniart, the French Comedy. A neighborhood that has no shortage of assets, and where you will make while walking around, many very interesting architectural discoveries on the facades of its buildings.
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