Les Halles can be found right in the centre of Paris, in the 1st Arrondissement (district). The name is derived from the large wholesale market of fresh produce that used to take place here, in the 12th Century. Towards 1860, the pavilions were covered following true fine art design; the new roofs were made out of cast iron and glass. In the 1970’s, the market was relocated to the South of Paris (to Rungis) and the great iron pavilions were demolished. After many years of work, an underground shopping center was unveiled in 1979, “The Forum des Halles”, along with a 4 hectare garden and a huge pedestrian zone. This Quarter in the heart of Paris, a hot-spot for many Parisians, neighbouring Châtelet and Marais, is home to the largest shopping centre of the French capital. Chatelet-Les-Halles is the biggest underground station in the world and a crossroad for numerous tube lines and express trains. Les Halles is a fashionable Quarter with its countless shops, bars, restaurants and night clubs. The area has its own history through some remarquable monuments in Paris, as it can be seen in the Renaissance design of the Fontaine des Innocents, located on the Place Joachim du Bellay. There is also the gothic Church of Saint-Eustache, built between 1532 and 1640, the renaissance decorative architecture of which was compared by Viollet-Le-Duc to a “fairy palace”. Today, the Quarter is undergoing building work and is fenced off. A complete renovation is taking place is due to be completed in 2016.
Small groups or private tours. Discover the Notre Dame Cathedral and other must-see landmarks: the Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Transport back to your hotel by minibus.
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Take a guided tour of the main rooms of the Louvre museum and see major works of art like the Mona Lisa. Time to walk freely through the other rooms at the end of the visit.
Round trip transfer by minibus or motorcoach from the center of Paris to La Vallee Village. Free time to shop in the village for a half-day. Discover the most prestigious luxury brands and fashion items at exceptional prices, while enjoying a stroll through the paved streets of the Village. Other services are available on site.
The district of Châtelet les Halles, also called "the belly of Paris" by Emile Zola, concentrates some of the best traditional food shops and old restaurants, some dated more than a century old! This walking food tour in Paris is a relaxing cultural and historical visit to live a real parisian food experience !