The new Forum des Halles of Paris!!!

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. Things move fast here and already the figures for 2019, the Forum des Halles was the most visited shopping center in France, with 50 million visitors !! I like to update this older post with new text and older pictures; hope you enjoy it as I.

There is a nice underground parking by level -3 You discounts if shows a cinema ticket ,You come into the parking by rue de Turbigo ,the name Forum des Halles-Rambuteau.  The center will reserve taxis for you too, just go to the information desk,zone Lescot au niveau -3. They will call G7 for you which are the best in Paris, me think, There is also, the metro Châtelet Les Halles lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14, The RER A,B, and D, However, for these, I would recommend only for savvy visitors who have spent time in Paris, for all other avoid it, This is one of the largest underground station in the world ! There is a huge laberinth of corridors/hallways with several lines and long walks that can be confusing to many and yes have stories of visiting friends/family of their tired feet, There are , also, many bus lines passing by here on rue de Rivoli, boulevard Sébastopol, rue Étienne-Marcel, and rue du Louvre lines 21, 29, 38, 47, 58, 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 81, 85, and 96,

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Of course, what better way than walking in ! The Forum Les Halles have 7 entry points, These are : Porte Lescot, located rue Pierre Lescot. Porte Berger, located rue Berger. Porte Rambuteau, located rue Rambuteau. Porte Pont-Neuf (access Zone Place Carrée), located at the intersection of rue Berger and rue Pont-Neuf. Porte Saint-Eustache (access Zone Place Carrée), located rue Rambuteau, near the Saint-Eustache Church. Porte du Jour (access to the Place Carrée Zone), located rue du Jour, in front of the Saint-Eustache Church. Porte du Louvre (access Zone Place Carrée), located in front of the Bourse du Commerce, near rue du Louvre. Porte Marguerite de Navarre, located Place Marguerite de Navarre. Entrance Canopy, located between the Nelson Mandela Gardens and the shopping center.

My favorite stores in no preference order were /are Calvin Klein, Darty, FNAC , H&M, Jeff de Brugges, Lacoste, Lego, Leonidas, L’Occitane, Louis Pion, Micromania, Monoprix, Nocibé, Yves Rocher, and Zara. For restaurants we have tried here Brioche Dorée, Champeaux, and Le Pain Quotidien, And of course, the UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles cinema !

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.

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. On September 13 2019, the Forum des Halles takes its new name of Westfield Forum des Halles.

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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 BergerPorte Lescot, Porte du JourPorte du LouvrePorte du Pont-NeufPorte RambuteauPorte 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, and Terrasse Lautréamont.


The official new Westfield Forum des Halles

The Paris tourist office on the Forum des Halles

There you go folks, a new design shopping center, transports hub, and just great night ambiance of Paris, the area is back vibrant as ever, Hope you enjoy the new Forum des Halles of Paris !!

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

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