The old “low districts” were separated from the Ecusson (pedestrian
area) by the Verdanson river (now known for the graffiti along its banks), and used to accommodate the working-classes until the 1970s.
Its rehabilitation has seen the emergence of cafés and restaurants in the numerous little tree-lined squares which are particularly popular during their after-work happy hours.
The centre of the district has a lively, convivial atmosphere: enjoy
a stroll among the local shops, interspersed with trendy concept stores. In many ways, the Beaux-Arts district evokes the atmosphere of parts of Paris, especially in its generational and social mix, and its “bourgeois-bohemian” lifestyle. Families, students, artists, and shopkeepers rub shoulders in the markets and café-bars.