The village of Paris: Welcome to the 2nd arrondissement

Hello everyone!

Today on the podcast it’s return guest and friend of the show – Amanda from Boneshaker Doughnuts.

She’s talking about the second district, the smallest of all 20 arrondissements, and how it has a distinct community feel. I agree! I spent my first two years in Paris in this little village and I loved it!

In today’s episode, we discuss the delectable rue de Nil, the covered passages, and Amanda’s success with bringing Halloween to Paris. She even plies me with some delicious donuts from her shop – the first of its kind in this city.

Listen here and find the shop at 77 rue d’Aboukir 75002.

Amanda and Louis from Boneshaker.

At the end of the episode it was Bertrand from My Private Paris giving us some context on the second district of Paris and a few spots to find.

If you want to find out more about his boutique travel agency My Private Paris, click here. They’ll take care of you on your next trip to the City of Light. He also plied me with sweet treats. Here’s a closer look at the “financier” we talked about.

This podcast episode is part of season seven and focused on the 2nd arrondissement. Next week it’ll be the curator of the Picasso Museum talking about the third district. And then it’ll be the fourth with the Marais Mayor, and so on. Subscribe now so you don’t miss a beat.

Meanwhile, why not delve deeper into the second arrondissement (and beyond) by purchasing my PDF guide to Paris here?

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Lastly, thanks to all who pre-ordered my new memoir, Paris on Air. The Kickstarter was a success and I’m busy planning the US Book Tour.

3 thoughts on “The village of Paris: Welcome to the 2nd arrondissement

  1. Found this on the Web re: the 2nd arrondissement:

    Developed after Napoleons campaign in Egypt, the streets here are named Rue du Nil, Rue d’Aboukir. ‘Egypt’ was a place of imagination. The Passage du Caire around the corner, the oldest gallery in Paris, was inspired by the oriental bazar.

    1. Hey Oliver, concurring with the above reference, you can always look up a street in Paris on Wikipedia. For Rue de Nil, the wiki site says it was named for the Nile River and had the following previous history, too: “Known since 1590 under the term of “cul-de-sac de la Corderie”, it successively took the names of “rue Pierre-Boyer”; “Cour-des-Miracles” in 1603; “Rue Neuve-Saint-Sauveur” in 1622, before taking its current name in 1867.” Wiki cites Jacques Hillairet , Historical Dictionary of the streets of Paris , t. 2 , p. 183, as its source. This is how I learned that the street my apartment corners on was a 2nd century Roman road!

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