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A primary business district, the main attractions of the Right Bank, are the Bourse de Paris , Cinema Rex, Tour Jean-sans-peur and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France- site Richelieu.

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The Bourse

Home to the Bourse (stock exchange), this Right Bank district lies mainly between the Grands Boulevards and the rue Etienne Marcel. From Monday through Friday, the shouts of brokers echo across the place de la Bourse until it’s time to break for lunch, when the movers and shakers of French capitalism bring their hysteria into the restaurants of the district.

Le Sentier

Much of the eastern end of the arrondissement (Le Sentier) is devoted to the wholesale outlets of the Paris garment district, where thousands of garments are sold (usually in bulk) to buyers from clothing stores throughout Europe. Everything that exists elsewhere exists in Paris,” wrote Victor Hugo in Les Misérables, and if you take on this district, you’ll find ample evidence to support his bold claim.

Musée Cognacq-Jay

Little magnets of true beauty and value do exist amid the often overwhelming commercialism, none finer than the Musée Cognacq-Jay, 25 blvd. des Capucines. Ernest Cognacq created the Samaritaine chain of stores, but also had time to collect some of the world’s most exquisite art. His collection is a jewel box brimming with treasures, featuring work by almost every artist from Watteau to Fragonard.

List of attractions in the 2 eme

Bibliothèque Nationale de France – site Richelieu, 58, rue de Richelieu, 75002
Fontaine Gaillon (Restaurant),  1 rue Gaillon, Paris, (Opéra), 75002
Galerie Colbert, 2 Rue Vivienne, 75002
Galerie Vivienne, 6 Rue Vivienne  75002
Opéra Comique, 4 Rue d’Amboise, 75002
Palais de la Bourse,  Place de la Bourse 75002
Passage Choiseul, 75002
Passage des Panoramas, 11 boulevard, Montmartre, 75002
Passage des Princes, 5 boulevard des Italiens/ 97 rue de Richelieu, 75002
Passage du Grand Cerf, 145 rue Saint Denis/rue Dussoubs, 75002
Place des Victoires, 40 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 75002