Shopping at Les Halles

Les Halles is known as ‘the belly of Paris’ and used to be a very big marketplace in the 12th century. There, merchants had to sell their goods as the king ordered, and unsold objects had to be donated to the poor. Later, in the 19th century, a big wholesale establishment was built in this area, where people could buy all kinds of products at affordable prices.

At the end of the 1980’s a big team of architects make this unaesthetic construction disappear and they built a large glass complex. Many stores, cinemas and cafes filled the space that, in a short time, became the meeting point for youth.

The most popular attraction of this area is the Cousteau Oceanic Center which allows lots of visitors to understand the life under the water. There, one can see short movies about the life and works of the explorer Jacques Cousteau. This amazing complex is also one of the biggest and main transport centers in Paris with his numerous Metros stop and subways.

What tourists can’t know at the first sight of the old fruit, vegetable and meat market, is the huge underground shopping center filled with many stores, good restaurants, movie theaters, museums and discotheques, making the place perfect to spend free time, even in bad weather.

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Les Halles is a great place to visit, especially since it became the heart of the capital and it has the largest underground station in the world, allowing access from the entire Paris region.

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