Paris City Guide: 2nd Arrondissement

Hi lovelies, I hope you’re all well. I’m all over the place lately: I’ve been coding a whole website for my dad and thinking about personal projects at the same time (by the way, anyone wanting to pay me for a new blog design so I can upgrade either my camera or phone? haha). Needless to say the time spent on the blog these last weeks has been reduced even more.

So when I asked you on Twitter if it was fine to come up with another Paris photography post, you guys seemed okay with it so here we are. Promise I’ll be back with more diversified content soon, I have the ideas but can’t make them work right now.

This being said, I fancied spicing things up a little bit in this photography post so I’m giving you a little tour of the area. I’ve only walked down 3-4 streets when shooting these photos so it’s mostly the 2nd arrondissement. But it’s easy to have a stroll in a particular arrondissement and find yourself in another by walking a few steps.

Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel
Paris | Etienne Marcel

Where to shop

Rue Tiquetonne: This street alone holds a pocketful of gems. Whether you fancy having a treat at Aesop or go crazy in the numerous vintage shops, it’s got it all. I personally love hanging at G. Detou for all things baking as this grocery store sells a fair amount of stuff that you wouldn’t find in your local supermarket. Royalcheese is also a good one. It’s got nothing to do with food this time, as they sell street clothes and accessories from brands like Armor Lux, Carhartt, Levi’s and Sandqvist to name a few. This is where I found my recent Converse acquisition. If you’re in the mood for a haircut, Cut(e) is your hairdresser of choice (and mine too).

Rue Montmartre: A lovely (and lengthy) street that starts from the center of Paris and goes up to the 9th arrondissement. If you follow the same direction for a good while you’ll find yourself in Montmartre! Back to the point, I love this street mainly for Mora (I can assure you the store looks better than the website), a great store that sells culinary equipment with all sorts of cake pans and other bakery utensils. You can literally find everything. A little up north you’ll also find & Other Stories and Cos.

Rue Etienne Marcel: This one ends up with the beautiful Place des Victoires, in the 1st arrondissement and crosses the rue du Louvre, a very luxurious area. I mainly go to All Saints when I’m there and I’ve just discovered that there’s a Made.com showroom so I must visit!

Where to eat

If you’re in the mood for a good pizza, go to Il campionissimo, rue Léopold Bellan. I’ve never seen that many options on a menu. They even make Nutella pizza for dessert. In the same street, I’ve heard good things about the Pere & Fils brasserie but I’ve yet to try it.

In a tiny street called rue d’Argout, you’ll find Blend, a burger place that has a few locations in Paris. The buns taste like brioche and they make lovely sweet potato fries. Just look at their instagram, it’s so dreamy.

While you’re there in the rue d’Argout, have a coffee at Matamata Coffee, or a whole second lunch!

Where to explore

Like I said, it’s very easy to find yourself in the 1st arrondissement as it’s so close and some of the things you can’t miss are Les Halles (the Halls), not so much for the shopping mall but for the Canopée and the very eclectic atmosphere. The rue Montorgueil is also very famous. If you’re closer to the place des Victoires, you can walk to the Palais Royal Gardens and take fun photos with the well-known colonnes de Buren.


It would be impossible to only write one city guide for Paris as there is so much to see & do. So maybe doing it one neighborhood at a time is the right approach. What do you think?