Top 20 Les Halles - Beaubourg - old n'hood don't use, Paris vacation rentals & luxury serviced apartments
Les Halles used to be home to Paris's main wholesale market and Balzac described it as the Belly of Paris. Times have since changed - the historic market has now been replaced by a huge underground mall and the area is probably now best known for its large station and the very distinctive Pompidou Centre - a must-see destination for all you contemporary art nuts out there. The Church of St Eustache (a masterpiece of gothic architecture) is also worth checking out, as is Rue de Quicampoix, a picturesque medieval street that's somehow managed to stay off the main tourist trail so far. The area is home to lots of good bistros and cafes and is very well connected thanks to its large metro hub station, though there's also plenty to explore on foot as well - the Marais is within easy walking distance, as is the Louvre.