Between the Louvre and boulevards Haussmann, Montmartre, Poissonnière and Bonne-Nouvelle to the north lies the city’s main commercial and financial district. Right at its heart stand the solid institutions of the Banque de France and the Bourse, while just to the north, beyond the glittering Opéra-Garnier, are the large department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. More well-heeled shopping is concentrated on the rue St-Honoré in the west and the streets around aristocratic place Vendôme, lined with top couturiers, jewellers and art dealers. Scattered around the whole area are the delightful, secretive passages – nineteenth-century arcades that hark back to shopping from a different era.

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