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Discover the district of Mail - Paris 02

The Mail neighbourhood is the 7th Parisian administrative district. It is located in the centre east of the 2nd arrondissement, between the Vivienne neighbourhood (to the west) and the Bonne-Nouvelle neighbourhood (to the east). To delimit it, start, in the west, from Place des Victoires, continue by Rue du Vide-Gousset, Place des Petits-Pères and Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires to reach Rue Montmartre. Then, at the border of the 9th arrondissement, we come across Boulevard Poissonnière. After this boulevard, turn onto Rue Poissonnière, Rue des Petits-Carreaux and Rue Montorgueil. Finally, to the south, we find Rue Etienne Marcel which leads to Place des Victoires.



Very little is known about the creation of the neighbourhood. However, it is possible to learn more about Rue du Mail (which probably gave its name to this Parisian neighbourhood). The name of this street stems from two things: from the fact that it was built on the site of a mail (a large lane planted with trees) that extended from Porte Saint-Honoré to Porte Montmartre, and from its location in a large pail-mail game space (at the origin of croquet, golf and billiards). Open since 1634, many personalities lived there, including Napoléon Bonaparte himself (in 1790).

Cultural sites

  • Église Evangélique Pentecôte
  • Maison Mozart: located at 8, Rue Sentier. W.A. Mozart and his mother lived there in 1778. The latter died in this house on July 3 of the same year.


Local landmarks

This neighbourhood saw many mansions appear and then disappear. Wise eyes can even notice some remains of famous old buildings including :


  • Hôtel Masson de Meslay ;
  • Hôtel Augeard ;
  • Hôtel du maréchal de La Feuillade ;
  • Hôtel Nicolas de Rambouillet de la Sablière ;
  • Hôtel de Méricourt ;
  • Hôtel de Montholon…


Concerning the other local landmarks, here is a non-exhaustive list of its outstanding places:


  • Passage Ben-Aïad: before being bought back in 1853 by a rich Tunisian owner who gave it his name, this passage was called “passage du Saumon”. It was opened in 1763 as an open-air passage, before a glass roof was added in 1828. It was a great success thanks to its shops, theatre and baths. Victor Hugo, in his book “Choses vues”, also tells a riot that was bloodily repressed in 1832. Today it is closed to the public;
  • Gallopin brewery: created in 1876, it is one of the oldest breweries in Paris. Bearing the name of the master brewer Gustave Gallopin, it is still operating today;
  • Rue Montorgueil: this street is home to some of the oldest shops in Paris. It is a pedestrian and shopping street, which is very lively today;
  • Café du Croissant: this café is known for being the place where Jean Jaurès was assassinated in 1914. To keep this story alive, a dark stain can be seen exactly at the murder scene, which would be Jaurès’s blood;
  • Pâtisserie Stohrer: it is an establishment founded by Nicolas Stohrer, the baker of Louis XV, in 1730. Listed as a historical monument, it is still possible to enjoy delicious classics of French pastry.



  • César Franck Middle School: 7, Rue de la Jussienne, 75002 Paris. Access via metro line 3 (Sentier) and bus lines 29, 74 and 85 (Louvre-Etienne Marcel).
  • Jussienne Public Elementary School: 3, Rue de la Jussienne, 75002 Paris. Access via metro line 3 (Sentier) and bus lines 29, 74 and 85 (Louvre-Etienne Marcel).


Nearby transportation


Bus       Bus - Ligne 29  Bus - Ligne 74  Bus - Ligne 85

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