The 2nd arrondissement is one of the smallest, most dense, and least know districts in Paris. If you're not careful, you hardly know when you've entered and departed. Rather appropriately, you can consider this neighborhood as a passage (it is in fact replete with historical passages). But if you're not in a mad rush to get from Montmartre to the Louvre, spend some time strolling through the hidden passages and numerous pedestrian streets. Stop for lunch (or dinner) as this neighborhood offers great value and variety. To discover the best it has to offer, we recommend one of two itineraries, depending on where you're going and where you're coming from.
The first one goes between Opéra and the centre Pompidou (metro Etienne Marcel). Here you'll want to make sure you have set foot on the streets named Sainte Anne, Montorgueil, Montmartre and Ticquetonne. You will also take care to uncover at least two passages (galeries) such as the Galerie Vivienne and the passage du Grand Cerf.
The second itinerary runs from the Palais Royal to the Grands Boulevards. Exit the Palais Royal on the north side, take a left on the rue des Petits-Champs, and welcome to Japan in the heart of Paris ! It's a good place to be if you have a hearty appetite and an empty bank account. Far from the sushi traps you'll find elsewhere in the city, the eateries here offer authentic traditiional Japanese soups and noodles. Here, you need not worry about your French being limited!
To continue the 2nd itinerary, take a right from the rue des Petits-Champs when you get to the Passage Choiseuil, which will take you to the rue Saint Augustin. Take a right, then a right again on the rue Sainte Anne. Walk a few meters then take a left and pay a visit to the beautiful and little known Fontaine Louvois, representing the four major rivers of France. Continue on to the Bourse (stock market) and finish off your discovery of the 2nd arrondissement with a stroll through the passage des Panoramas.