About the area
Châtelet’s area is perhaps the busiest place in Paris but also one of the most interesting. From 1850 to 1960 this neighbourhood was called “The Belly of Paris” because it was a market right in the heart of Paris. Markets were providing the entire city with fresh food and wholesales items. One of the remaining of the period is the beautiful Board of Trade. But Châtelet is nothing without its famous square where you can see two theatres: Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre de la Ville. Not so far from there you will discover the Saint-Jacques tower on your way to the long Rivoli street, is the only remaining part of the church Saint-Jacques. Between squares and avenues, you will find lovely and quiet streets in this amazing quarter of Paris where you have the impression to walk in a Woody Allen’s movie.