Forum des Halles
Just north of the gardens snuggling up to the city’s old marketplace, now the bustling Forum des Halles, is one of the most beautiful...
Fontaine des Innocents
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Forum des Images
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Forum des Halles information
Paris' main wholesale food market stood here for nearly 800 years before being replaced by this underground shopping mall in 1971. Long considered an eyesore by many Parisians, the mall's exterior was finally demolished in 2011 to make way for the new golden-hued translucent canopy, unveiled in 2016. Below, four floors of stores, cafes and a cinema extend down to the city's busiest metro hub.
Spilling out from the curvilinear, leaflike rooftop are new gardens, with pétanque and chess tables, a central patio and pedestrian walkways. The project has also opened up the shopping centre, allowing for more natural light.