Les Halles
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
This vast district in Paris is a must-see for shoppers and art enthusiasts alike. Les Halles boasts a mix of tiny boutiques and huge department stores. Start your day by admiring the stunning Gothic architecture of the Church of St. Eustache before heading to the contemporary artworks of the Pinault Collection. For those looking to indulge in some retail therapy, Forum Les Halles is a must-visit with its impressive underground mall. When hungry, take your pick from countless cafes serving authentic cuisine from all around the globe. Les Halles is easily accessible via the subway and is within walking distance from top sights like the Louvre. – Tripadvisor
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The area

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Neighborhood: Les Halles
Historically the central iron-clad market of Paris, Les Halles has evolved architecturally since then but the pulsating energy has stayed the same. Now it houses the main shopping mall, which nestles underground surrounded by fast-food take-aways and international restaurants coupled with beautiful churches and the old commodity exchange. Parallel to it are the high-street stores of Rue de Rivoli and just parallel to that the Seine. The area bustles with faces from all continents and all ages at all times of the day. If enjoying high-street shopping with easy access to fast eateries and lively bars is on your agenda, this is the place to go.
How to get there
  • Les Halles • 1 min walk
  • Châtelet – Les Halles • 3 min walk
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Leandro van Breet
Paramaribo, Suriname108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The location is super. Just next to the Les Halles metro station. Many fashion shops and a food corner. Make sure to go outside Les Halles to enjoy the beautiful architecture of buildings surrounding Les Halles
Written April 21, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Les Halles is a huge shopping complex. It is full of all types of shops, just like every other big shopping centre. Its most distinguishing feature is probably its unusual wavy ceiling. Worth a visit if you have nothing else on.
Written September 27, 2020
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OB32
Bristol, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
A nice walk through the streets of Paris. About 10 minutes walk from Lourve museum. Vibrant area around the shopping centre.
The centre itself is big, probably same size as Blue Water!

Good luck in finding the loos.
Written July 16, 2023
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ParisZff
Paris1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I am an English student working in Paris for a year and I can safely say try your best to avoid this area...especially if blonde or you look like a tourist! There are a lot of gangs in this area, especially on Saturdays and I have been followed on numerous occasions. This seems to be where all the banlieue kids gather and fight/rob/assult etc. At the weekend I walked into three gangs fighting each other and got hurt. A gun was fired. My boyfriend and I literally had to run for our lives. Definately avoid after dark!!! Shopping is alright but not worth the aggro...go to Jewish quarter instead.
Written October 20, 2008
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Mark K
Paris, France72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
People generally think of Paris as an ancient city, with 1850 buildings, antifacts and walls dating back to the Romans and earlier. The French are a very modern, technically advanced people (in many areas surpassing what we know in the USA), however, and among the ancient monuments of Paris there is a thriving modern culture. Les Halles in the middle of Paris is a good example. Built upon an enormous old market place, where farmers and producers brought their crops and foods to sell to retailers in Paris, Les Halles is an entire shopping complex, most of which is found undergroud. That part of Les Halles that is seen above ground is a modern, glass and steel sculpture of geometric shapes, with curves, arches, and sharp angles, but you have to go underground to discover the maze of modern shops and stores. Here's an idea. Next time you are in Paris and it is raining (that does happen in Paris every once in a while), head to Les Halles. You will have a fanscinating time of window shopping (the French call it "leche vitrine" or window licking), or actual money-spending shopping. Probably when you emerge from underground the rain will have stopped and you can go back to exploring the ancient Paris.
Written March 18, 2019
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DavidandPascal
Riverview, NB162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
Go here if it's raining....it's just like a mall anywhere else in the world....lots of shops, some cinemas and some fast food places. Nothing exciting......but it's the metro stop for Rue Montorgueil, St-Eustache and that area.
Written March 5, 2014
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Roberta P
Naples, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
Loads of fun cafes and fresh market foods! Good pizza, okay sushi.... Just a place that feels like Greenwich Village New York City. Lots of young people were hanging out in cafes for happy hour. Beautiful looking fish market, cheese shop, boulangerie (of course) and liquor store... even a drug store.
Written November 23, 2013
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,557 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
Picture this ... you are in the absolute geographical centre of Paris. So what?... well,there has always been excitement with regard to railway stations,and it so with this major commuter train hub. It is the largest underground station in Europe, positioned beneath the largest underground shopping centre in the world.
Many a complaint are laid at the feet of this ageing icon, arguably that its dirty, miserable and courts the vagrants and undesirables that convene, particularly in railway station.Its worth a looksie just to bear witness to 750,000 people travelling on 120 trains per hour. Incredible people-watching opportunity,if you are not passenger- number 750,001.
Its state-of-the-art in dyspeptic silver,streamlined and carries the most incredible multi screens (10) providing local traffic info,next trains,traffic conditions and delays. This incredible hulk of transportation flows through Forum des Halles, a shopping mall which is a good thing,but it really slows passenger- flow. Its a huge,vast sprawl,so grab a free map of platform and street exits befor you descend into the bowels of Chatelet-les Halles..
Don't be daunted by the spectre of millions of heaving humans dominating platform life. Treat it as theatre, for it is truly spectacular. If you are tired and jet lagged and packing suitcases,i would suggest getting a cab,as convenience and comfort trumps price.fear not, there are plenty of travelators,escalators,lifts and the signage is above your head,so its virtually impossible to miss.
The word Chatelet is a medieval French term for Barbican,a small castle that commands a defile or bridge.. In this case it was named after Grand Chatelet,a castle over the northern approach to the old Port au Change,over the seine to the Ile de la Cite, demolished by napoleon in 1802.
Last word.... if you are overwhelmed by crowds scurrying here and there, this edifice may disorient you. Try asking for directions,ever so politely.
Written November 6, 2013
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nathso
Locust Grove, GA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am French and live in the U.S now and I can tell you that les HAlles is a great place to shop. The stores are not small as someone was saying, you got a big Sephora there, a huge H&M etc... This is a different mall than you could find in the U.S, there is a lot of stores that goes in a labyrinth and they are affordable and some al ittle more expensive, there is something for everyone. There are food there too.
AS for the safety, well I've been to les Halles so many times ALONE and NEVER got any problem!!! You should never go alone or with anyone in a big mall late at NIGHT when there is almost nobody, of course it is dangerous!! Big Malls in America especially in big cities or metro area will be dangerous too late at night, as young people always hang out at mall no matter what country it is.
So, be smart go to les Halles during the day where it is always busy and you will be fine, cops are very present in some area where the young will hang and you do not see them all over the place they hang out only at certain area. Outside les Halles, there are more shopping and more young people to avoid but hey if they don't bother me it's fine and I have never been bothered outside either!! So, give it a try if you visit Paris you won't regret it!!
Written September 8, 2010
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SandraBisset
Inverness, UK121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
We visited it in July but didn't particularly enjoy it. Confusing lay out. Lots of wasted space and signs for shops that aren't actually there any more. Ugly building and the general area isn't particularly attractive. Extremely busy.
Written July 26, 2019
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