Discover the 2e arrondissement in Paris
The second in the series, we’ve explored the wealth of Parisian culture in the 1e arrondisement where we saw the Louvre and its gorgeous Tuileries gardens; the stunning Palais Royale and impressive Saint-Chapelle. Now, we’ve moving north-east ever so slightly into the second quarter. There’s an eclectic mix of things to do, so we’re taking culture and adding to it – Paris doesn’t have to be all about museums and monuments. Opera Garnier 8 Rue Scribe, 75 009 Paris One of the most famous ballet and opera houses in the world, the Opera Garnier is one of Paris’ most popular landmarks – both for its history and for its architecture. In classic beaux-arts style the opera house is one of the most opulent buildings in Paris and with a legendary past, immortalised in the Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera it’s a long-living establishment in Parisian culture. Take a tour inside and discover the elaborate décor including the seven tonne chandelier, the marble Grand Staircase embellished with precious stones and gems; and count the allegorical statues of Diana, Eurydice, Aurora and Psyche that line the walls of the Grand Foyer. Gourmet Chocolate Museum 28 bd de Bonne Nouvelle , 75010 Paris A great one for foodies and for the family alike, the Gourmet Chocolate Museum takes you through the history of chocolate and into a hands-on chocolate making experience. An educating and both interactive museum, it takes you through 4,000 years of history from the rudimentary cocoa bean to the process of making the flavours of chocolate we have today. The best thing about it; you’re invited to try the natural cocoa flavours at the end and test your palette with Peruvian fruitiness or the Costa Rican smoothness. French Wine Tasting 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris You can’t leave Paris without sampling some of the best French wine – and we don’t mean at a restaurant. To do it properly, learn from the best at Ô Châteaux the connoisseurs of connoisseurs. From Sauvignon Blanc to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, join in on the introductory wine tasting course and learn about taste, smell and colour. Your sommelier will take you through your paces in their very own wine cellar and you’ll leave with a new nose (not literally) with a heightened appreciation for good wine. Make sure you book your place in advance through their website. Take your sightseeing adventure to another level with The Paris Pass. The complete package, it's all you'll need for discovering the best the city has to offer. With free entry into top attractions, museums and art galleries, it even includes free travel across Paris' busy transport network. Find out more, here.