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Discover the Gaillon district - Paris 02

The Gaillon neighbourhood, situated in the second arrondissement of Paris, is the fifth administrative district of the capital. Due to its western location and its triangular shape, it is wedged between the 9th arrondissement (north), the 1st arrondissement (south) and the Vivienne neighbourhood (east). The streets delimiting Gaillon are:

  • Boulevard des Italiens and Boulevard des Capucines (north) ;
  • Rue Saint-Anne and rue de Gramont (east) ;
  • Rue des Petits-Champs and rue Danielle Casanova (south).

The Gaillon neighbourhood covers an 18.8 ha area.

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The Gaillon neighbourhood is above all known for its Rue de la Paix. Indeed, in addition to being reputed to be one of the most beautiful streets in Paris, it is also very much appreciated (or hated depending on the progress of the game) by board game players. It is said that goldsmith Euverte Le Gaillon gave it its name (as well as that of a hotel and a door). It is also said that the Gaillon neighbourhood was entirely built at the beginning of the 18th century without really having exact information on the true origins of this district.

Today, Place Gaillon is a prime location for many lovers of French gastronomy. This is also where the Hotel Drouant is located (famous for hosting the Goncourt prize every year).


Cultural sites

  • Fountaine Gaillon: this fountain is a Parisian monument whose construction began in 1707. Replaced then restored, it is a delight for tourists and Parisians who love beautiful sculptures.


Local landmarks

In addition to Rue de la Paix, Place Gaillon and Hotel Drouant, there are other landmarks that can be discovered in the Gaillon neighbourhood:


  • Passage Choiseul: built in 1925, this 190-meter long passage is one of the longest in Paris. In its early stages, it would attract many theatre fans and was home to many bookshops. Today, shops are more eclectic. However, its well-preserved porch and canopies are still very popular for visitors.
  • Avenue de l’Opéra: as indicated in the name, this avenue leads directly to Opéra Garnier, one of the most beautiful opera houses in Paris. Opened three times since its construction, it was known as Avenue Napoléon until 1973.
  • Numerous theatres such as Théâtre de la Michodière, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiennes, Théâtre Pépinière,Théâtre des Capucines and Théâtre Daunou.
  • Crédit Lyonnais head office: this building is interesting as it has been home to this bank since 1878. After the fire of 1996, its interior was completely rebuilt. Only the facades remained intact.


Nearby transportation

      Métro - Ligne 3   

Bus      Bus - Ligne 39  Bus - Ligne 74  Bus - Ligne 85

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