Have you heard of the new Forum des Halles, Paris of course!!!

So here I am in a rainy cloudy foggy cool 13C day in my Morbihan breton and decided why not relive an old favorite since totally renovated in my eternal Paris.

These are the days to stay home for other reason to tell in my next post in my belle France. These places brings back memories  and even thus was just there when they were finishing the renovation, we have been to the old many times as not too far from my place of work in Paris. Of course, I am taking about the Forum des Halles of Paris.

The Forum des Halles is a shopping center located on the site of the old halls of Paris. In 2017, the Forum des Halles is the third most visited shopping center in France with 33.9 million visitors according to article in Le Figaro of December 15 2017.

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My favorite stores in no preference order are Zara, Yves Rocher, San Marina, Orange, Nike,Nocibé, Monoprix, Micromania, Louis Pion, L’Occitane, Lego, Lacoste, Jules, Jeff de Bruges, H&M, Go Sports, Geox respire, FNAC, Darty, Calvin Klein, and Adidas. Not all purchase here ,but favorite stores in the Forum des Halles!

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The RER station Châtelet-Les Halles, located under the complex, is the largest underground station in the world and allows access from all over the Parisian region. Many visitors come here and follow the RATP online guide takes this station to do their moving around Paris. As one who worked there for almost 10 years and visit almost every month now , I have to say avoided as much as you can. It is huge laberinth of corridors connecting several lines and long walks which I rather spent above ground seeing the beautiful Paris. There are many ways to avoid it ,ask me if you need help passing by here.

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A bit of history I like

In the mid-19C, twelve pavilions were built by Victor Baltard on the location of the Paris market halls. Les Halles de Paris was the name given to the central market halls, the wholesale market for fresh food products, located in the heart of Paris, in the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris, and which gave their name to the surrounding neighbourhood or quartier. The history of the Halles is much older than we think, since its origins date back to 1137, when Louis VI set up a first market at this site, on ancient swamps. They are the main setting of Émile Zola’s Ventre de Paris or Paris belly. This large market which was held there until the beginning of the 1970’s was replaced today by a green space (Jardin des Halles), an underground shopping center (the Forum Les Halles) and by numerous spaces devoted to leisure (swimming pool, cinema).

The central wholesale market was moved to Rungis in the late 1960 and the Baltard pavilions were destroyed, leaving a “hole” in the center of Paris for a few years. The Forum was then built and inaugurated in 1979, above the main RER and Metro node in Paris. The creation of a veritable underground city linked to public transport and featuring commercial, cultural, sports and leisure facilities. This direction is confirmed by the Government’s decision to achieve the central point of interconnection of the express regional-RER network, located more than 20 meters underground. During the summer of 1971, the demolition of the halls Baltard is made necessary in order to create, in open air, the underground station of the RER. The inauguration takes place on 4 September 1979, in the presence of Jacques Chirac, mayor of Paris. It started with 190 brand stores settle on 43 000 m2 spread over 4 levels. The whole of this first segment comprises 70 000 m2, to which it is necessary to add 50 000 m2 of parking lots.

The canopy part of the new Forum des Halles, a glass and steel structure built reaching 14 meters in height, covers a central patio and welcomes in its wings a conservatory, a hip-hop center, a library, a workshop of amateur practices and a cultural center for the Deaf and Hearing impaired. It was inaugurated on April 5, 2016. The new Forum and the canopy open to the west on the Jardin Nelson Mandela garden, which has several playgrounds for children.

These roads are public, pedestrian and underground.These are the names in no particular order of layout (in black those taken by me while coming here ). Balcon Saint-Eustache, Grand Balcon, Passage de la Réale, Passage des Verrières, Patio-place Pina-Bausch, Place Basse, Place Carrée, Place de la Rotonde, Porte Berger, Porte Lescot, Porte du Jour, Porte du Louvre, Porte du Pont-Neuf, Porte Rambuteau, Porte Saint-Eustache, Rue de l’Arc-en-Ciel, Rue Basse, Rue des Bons-Vivants, Rue de la Boucle, Rue Brève, Rue du Cinéma, Rue de l’Équerre-d’Argent, Rue de l’Oculus , Rue de l’Orient-Express, Rue des Piliers, Rue Poquelin, Rue Pirouette et Terrasse Lautréamont.

In the cinema, the site serves, in 1973, the transposition of the Adventures of Buffalo Bill, General Custer and the Indians in Touche pas à la femme blanche or touch not the white woman, played by Marcello Mastroianni and Philippe Noiret.

We love his extended hourly Monday to Saturday from 10h to 20h30 and Sunday from 11h to   19h, as well as the wide variety of brands offered, from the largest fashion brands to young French creators , not forgetting a Monoprix on 4 000 m2 which brings together deco, fashion and food. But we can mostly go there for something other than window shopping.

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We go there to do a beauty remake on a test makeup or to offer a family brunch with daily bread or a romantic dinner in Champeaux, the brasserie of Alain Ducasse. Or to learn and amuse at the Cinémathèque, the library or the library of the Cinema. Or spend time at the Olympic swimming pool ,also offering aqua aerobics and aquabike or by initiating the dance at the Hip Hop House. Finally, one does not forget to be entertained in front of an original author film or a blockbuster at the UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles cinema Nice indeed for the whole family.

As usual by me, some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must ,are

Official Forum des Halles

Tourist office of Paris on the Forum des Halles

Official Forum des Halles renovation project

And a nice youtube video I found that tells you nicely the new Forum des Halles;enjoy it

This quartier or neighborhood had some reputation for night walks but since the renovation of the Forum des Halles, the place is much better ,and night walks are ok now.

As always, remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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4 Responses to “Have you heard of the new Forum des Halles, Paris of course!!!”

  1. It’s not just the new Forum des Halles there are plenty of other renovations taking place in the area.

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