Maisons closes (or closed houses) where prostitutes offered their services, were for centuries an institution in Paris, but have been banned since 1946. The interior design was frequently luxurious and erotic. Some of these venues have been transformed into cafes and restaurants, and here is an address that you might want to incorporate into a neighborhood visit:
Delaville Cafe, 34, boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10, (Tel: +33 (0)1 48 24 48 09), Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (Line 8, 9), Strasbourg Saint-Denis (Line 8, 9) www.delavillecafe.com Located in the 10th arrondissement, it is near the Musee Grevin, the Theatre du Gymnase, and the Grand Rex and Max Linder movie theatres. When inside, go to the bar area, cast your eyes to the ceiling and enjoy the view.