Paris’ 9th arrondissement, also known as the Opéra district, is a fascinating mix of 19th-century architecture and hip 21st-century cultural trends. Notable for being home to the Palais Garnier, or Paris Opera House, this district also hosts plenty of upscale shops, fashionable bars and restaurants, and a handful of museums and galleries.
The 9th arrondissement—one of 20 in the city, each with its own character and charm—is best explored on foot. District walking tours tend to focus on the unique art nouveau architecture and typically involve a stop at the 19th-century Palais Garnier, one of the most famous opera houses in the world. For evening fun, catch a cabaret show in Pigalle, the former red-light district of Paris.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The 9th arrondissement is essential for lovers of art nouveau architecture, high-end shopping, and opera.
- The district boasts more hotels than any other in Paris, so it is a great basecamp for exploring the rest of the city.
- Don’t miss a tour of the Palais Garnier, home of the Paris National Opera (Opéra National de Paris).
How to Get There
Stretching from the Palais Garnier in the south to the border with Montmartre in the north, the 9th arrondissement is easily accessed by public transportation from anywhere in Paris. Take Métro line 3, 7, or 8 to the Opéra station or line 7 or 9 to the Chaussée d’Antin–La Fayette station.
When to Get There
It’s always a good time to visit Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world. In summer, consider booking admission tickets in advance to avoid long lines, and head out early in the morning to beat the crowds. With holiday markets and festivities, the winter months can be a lovely time to visit Paris—just make sure to pack several warm layers.
Visiting the Paris Opera House
The Palais Garnier is one of the largest and most beautiful opera houses in all of Europe, and was the inspiration behind the famed The Phantom of the Opera book and musical. Enjoy a guided tour of the building with the Paris Pass, with which you’ll enjoy unlimited entry to more than 60 Paris museums and major attractions as well as free public transportation around Paris. Alternatively, book an after-hours tour to see the magnificent opera house without the crowds.