|Opera District [9e]|
The 9th arrondissement of Paris is located on the rive droite, in the north of the city. It is full of interesting places from a cultural, historical and architectural perspective and includes one of the business centres of the city and part of the Pigalle borough, well-known for its being Paris red light district.
WHAT TO SEE
The most representative monument of the area is certainly the Opera Garnier, located close to the underground station of the same name and one of the most suggestive buildings of the city. Also, don’t miss the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra, located inside the building.
Must-see spots in this area are the Musée Grévin, French wax museum with about 500 wax sculptures, and the beautiful Musée Gustave Moreau, with the artworks of the well-known symbolist painter, as well as the church of Saint Eugène, with its colorful interior.
Shopaholics can’t really miss the Galeries Lafayette Haussman, big shopping centre opened in 1912 and located inside a very suggestive building, and the Grands Magasins Printemps. Lastly, pop over to the Folies Bergère, historical music-hall of Paris, particularly well-known during the Belle époque.
To try something unusual along the 9th arrondissement you can visit the beautiful headquarters of the Société Générale, with its majestic buildings, the Fragonard Perfume Museum or the private collection of the shop “Phonogalerie”, with an impressive selection of speaking machines from 1877 on (gramophone, discs and rare machines). In the Musée de la Franc-Maçonerie, at last, there’s a wide collection of the Grand Orient de France, full of historical documents.
UNDERGROUND: Line 3 – 7 – 8 – 9.
MAIN STATION: Opéra.