Châtelet - Les Halles - Beaubourg

Central city shopping and a bustling railway station characterize this everyday Paris neighborhood.

Located in the beating heart of Paris, Chatelet – Les Halles – Beauborg once provided the city’s sustenance. What was the site of Paris’ wholesale marketplace has since transformed into a subterranean modern-day mall and urban railway hub. Small cafes, large plazas, spectacular terraces, and inviting French bistros provide visitors with places to sip, perch, or observe. Although this neighborhood is awash in daytime activity, Chatelet – Les Halles – Beauborg’s atmosphere turns unbecomingly nebulous after sunset.

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On the Map

Châtelet - Les Halles - Beaubourg is bordered by Notre Dame - Ile de La Cité, Saint-Paul - Ile Saint-Louis, Palais Royal, Louvre - Tuileries, Le Marais, II Arrondissement, III Arrondissement, and République

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Charles de Gaulle airport : About 45 min by Subway
Orly airport: About 50 min by Subway
Eiffel Tower: About 25 min by Subway

Hip In Chatelet – Les Halles – Beauborg

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Don't get caught in Montorgueil without a pair of sunglasses.

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Wandering around rue Tiquetonne, you'll find everything you need to look street smart.

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Contrasting with its younger side, rue Montorgueil retains much of its traditional roots.

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Charming cafés set the table for this quaint Parisian street.

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Now a trendy and fashionable area with bars, restaurants and French delicatessens, Rue Montorgueil was depicted by Manet himself in one of his masterpieces. This long street connects Les Halles and the Louvre Museum to the Grands Boulevards."

The Hub of Paris

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Nearly all Metro lines and trains stop at Chatelet, making it the largest hub in Paris.

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Chatelet's large crowds can overwhelm unfamiliar visitors.

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Large groups of French teenagers are a common sight in Chatelet, thanks to the neighborhood's subterranean mall.

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... you can never get lost even if you don't know the city, you're far too close to everything."

Milena

Visited in 2013

Parisian Charm and Local History

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Les Halles was once a robust indoor market.

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The market is now gone.

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But delicious food and Parisian wares remain.

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The neighborhood was such a cool young area full of bars, lounges and live music (jazz). It is also minutes away from all the major monuments."

Matt

Visited in 2013

The Modern World

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Niki de Saint Phalle created this fountain. Its playful sculptures spray water in a striking, mechanical ballet.

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The Centre Pompidou, one of the largest modern art museums in the world, invites contemplation beginning with its external facade.

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Its inside-out architecture differs radically from the classical buildings that surround this exoskeletal marvel.

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Some of these works may soon make it inside The Centre Pompidou.

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We won't tell which ones if you won't.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.

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Rachael Woodson is an American photographer based in Paris. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and ENSBA in Paris. Her work explores realms of psychology and family. She also photographs for clients including Airbnb, Rolling Stone, and Nylon. Rachael had an amazing time photographing the diverse neighborhoods and people of Paris for this project.

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Julien is a freelance photographer currently living in Paris. He previously lived in Biarritz, London, Milan, and Geneva while working for the luxury hotel industry. However, his after-hours "secret life" was always dedicated to his childhood passion of photography. Since his first day in Paris, Julien has loved the city and has enjoyed the opportunity to showcase its beauty for Airbnb travelers.

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