a citizen’s guide to Paris Opera

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Welcome to Paris Opera, the neighborhood where it all happens. Picture a place where culture, fashion, food, and fun come together in one vibrant area. With its iconic opera house, charming covered passages, culinary delights, and lively nightlife, the Paris Opera neighbourhood knows how to make an impression – and it does so with a touch of French flair! So, lace up those shoes and get ready for an adventure through this charming corner of Paris. Ready to explore Paris like a local?

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where is Paris Opera?

The Paris Opera neighbourhood, also known as the 9th arrondissement, is centrally located in Paris, between the popular 2nd arrondissement and Montmartre. Home to the iconic Paris Opera House, the Palais Garnier and Galeries Lafayette, this district is a prime location for shopping, dining, and exploring the city's cultural attractions. So, when you're in Paris, head to the 9th arrondissement to experience the charm and excitement of the Paris Opera neighbourhood. You’ll be right where the action is.

things to do

explore the passages

In the heart of the Paris Opera neighbourhood lie hidden treasures – the covered passages. These passageways are more than just pedestrian pathways; they're portals to the past, adding a dash of vintage charm to your Parisian adventure.

Galerie Vivienne
Step into a fairy tale as you wander through Galerie Vivienne. With its mosaic floors, glass ceilings, and boutique shops, it's a visual treat. Take your time, shop for unique finds, and savour the atmosphere of this hidden gem.

Passage des Panoramas
Wander through the corridors of Paris's oldest covered passage, discovering unique shops and cosy cafes. It's a haven for foodies too, with delicious treats waiting to be savoured. Escape the busy streets and browse through vintage postcards and antique trinkets. It’s like time travelling without all the hassle!

Rue Montorgueil
While this isn’t exactly covered, this pedestrian street is a must for your Parisian rendezvous. Located near the Paris Opera neighbourhood, Rue Montorgueil is a food lover's paradise. This charming street boasts artisan bakeries, cheese shops, and inviting cafes. It’s also known for its lively street markets, offering fresh produce and local specialities. For an authentic taste of Parisian life and a culinary adventure, explore this bustling street during your Paris Opera visit. This street is walking distance from our citizenM Paris Opera hotel, so you can head straight to bed after a glass (or more) of wine.

If you're looking to explore a bit of Parisian history and enjoy a unique shopping and dining experience, don't forget to explore these covered passages in the Paris Opera neighbourhood!

Palais Garnier: opera gem

Opera fans, you're in for a treat! The Paris Opera neighbourhood gets its name from the iconic Palais Garnier, a breathtaking opera house that was the inspiration for "The Phantom of the Opera." This architectural masterpiece is a must-visit, with its opulent facade and plush red velvet seats. Immerse yourself in its rich history and the allure of the Phantom's haunting love story during your visit to this iconic Parisian landmark. You might even feel a ghostly presence or two whispering tales of romance in your ear.

shopping in Paris Opera

Calling all shopaholics and fashion aficionados – the Paris Opera neighbourhood is your ultimate retail playground! At the heart of this shopping haven, you'll find the fabulous Galeries Lafayette. Get ready for a shopping adventure like no other, with a dazzling array of high-end fashion, gourmet delights, and more. As you explore, don't forget to look up to the magnificent glass dome above – it's like shopping under the wide-open sky, an experience that will leave you truly spellbound.

And just next door, there's Printemps, another exceptional department store. Here, you'll find a carefully curated selection of fashion, beauty treasures, and exquisite home goods. That's not all though! Right behind our citizenM Paris Opera hotel you will find the coveted boutique shop called Sezane. Known for its quintessentially French style, it attracts fashion lovers from all over. It's one of the few boutique stores in the area, so the store is always busy.

Whether you're hunting for the latest fashion trends, gourmet temptations, or one-of-a-kind home decor, the 9th arrondissement has you covered, and then some. So, gear up for a retail therapy session that's citizenM-approved – stylish, exciting, and absolutely unforgettable!

Paris Opera food

Grab a croissant or sip on some exquisite wine at a sidewalk café – pure bliss! Enjoy a tasty journey through the Paris Opera neighbourhood's culinary scene. Start your day at charming cafés, where the aroma of freshly baked croissants mingles with the friendly chatter of fellow café-goers, offering a delightful taste of Parisian life. For an elevated dining experience, discover fine-dining restaurants where talented chefs craft exquisite dishes in elegant surroundings. From delicate seafood creations to delicious cuts of meat, these restaurants celebrate French culinary artistry. Be sure to pair your meal with a glass of the finest wine – the perfect complement for your Parisian cuisine.

best cafés in Paris Opera

Indulge in the essence of Parisian café culture. These iconic cafés beckon you to experience the simple joys of life, from the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to the sweetness of pastries.

La Compagnie du Café
Treat yourself to freshly roasted artisanal coffee at this fashionable café. It's famous for its specialty coffee, roasted right on-site, and its mouthwatering brunch choices. Don't miss out on their breakfast buns paired with some of the finest coffee in Paris.

Café Joyeux Opéra
Discover Café Joyeux, near Paris's famous Opera Garnier. Their friendly team serves up tasty breakfast, lunch, and snacks every day except Sundays. Enjoy classics like croque-monsieur and seasonal quiche while supporting their mission of inclusivity and empowerment.

Le Café de la Paix
Situated near the Opera House, Le Café de la Paix is an iconic café renowned for its classic French pastries and decadent coffee. Feeling hungrier? This 19th century cafe doubles as a dining room. Hard to say what’s more exquisite, the ornate design of its interior or the french onion soup.

These cafés are just a glimpse into the city's rich café culture. Whether you're near Palais Royal, the Opera House, or walking along the lively avenues, there are countless more cafés waiting to be explored.

best boulangeries in Paris Opera

Still craving something sweet? The 9th arrondissement has got you covered, with dozens of boulangeries filling their windows with the most delicious pastries. Need help choosing? Here are some of the favourites:

Meet Café Mamiche, where every bite is crafted with love and skill by their talented artisans. From bread to pastries, they're all about using natural sourdough and top-notch ingredients. Their handmade treats are in high demand so be sure to grab yours before they're gone!

Union boulangerie
Dive into Union Boulangerie, the hotspot bakery in the 9th arrondissement. Charles and Maeva's bakery is a favorite among locals, offering tasty treats and a warm atmosphere. Be sure to try their photo-worthy pastries that look almost as good as they taste.

Boulangerie Pâtisserie Miche de Pain
Craving authentic French flavors? Look no further than Miche De Pain in Paris's 9th arrondissement! With its artisanal breads and quality pastries, it's the perfect spot for breakfast or a sweet treat any time of day.

Indulge in these tasty treats and satisfy your sweet tooth! After all, life is too short to skip dessert.

best restaurants by Paris Opera

Get ready for a tasty adventure in the heart of Paris Opera. The neighbourhood's top restaurants are calling, offering a taste of Paris you won't forget. From classic French dishes to culinary innovations, it's a feast for your senses.

Le Grand Colbert
Step into a Belle Époque brasserie where classic French cuisine takes centre stage. Indulge in dishes like escargot and steak au poivre, each a masterpiece of flavour and tradition.

Café de la Paix
An iconic brasserie celebrated for its opulent décor and traditional French fare. Here, you can savour exquisite dishes that capture the essence of Parisian gastronomy.

Le Bergerac
Welcome to Le Bergerac, a charming wine bar and bistro in Paris. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere and their selection of fine wines. It's the perfect place to savor delicious French cuisine and relax with friends. Thirsty for more? Check out our guide to Paris wine bars.

Les Saisons
Discover Les Saisons, a gem in Paris's bustling 9th arrondissement! The team here delights in adding playful touches to traditional French favorites. Get ready for a culinary adventure filled with top-quality ingredients and homemade goodness

Your journey through Paris' food scene is just beginning - there's still so much more to taste and savour. Get ready to be enchanted by the city's culinary wonders!

Paris Opera nightlife

As the sun sets in the Paris Opera neighbourhood, it transforms into a vibrant hub for night owls. Step into the world of iconic cabarets, or unwind in chic bars serving stylish cocktails. Discover intimate jazz clubs where soulful melodies fill the air, and charming late-night cafés provide a perfect backdrop for conversations and contemplation under the Parisian moonlight.

The Paris Opera district never sleeps, inviting you to explore its vibrant nightlife. Whether you're drawn to the glamour of cabaret, the allure of jazz, or simply crave a café au lait as you soak in the city's nocturnal charm, this neighbourhood promises an unforgettable night out in the City of Light. So, join us in exploring Paris Opera after-dark.


The Paris Opera district is famous for its cabarets, and the most renowned of them all is the Moulin Rouge. It's a dazzling spectacle of feathers, sequins, and can-can dancers that'll transport you to the Belle Époque era. A night at the Moulin Rouge is a quintessential Parisian experience.

bars and lounges

If you're in the mood for a more relaxed evening, the neighbourhood boasts a fantastic array of bars and lounges. You can sip on cocktails in chic settings, or enjoy a glass of wine at a stylish wine bar. The atmosphere is often lively, making it ideal for mingling and unwinding.

jazz clubs

For those who appreciate the smooth sounds of jazz, there are intimate jazz clubs where you can enjoy live music. The soulful tunes and cosy ambiance create the perfect backdrop for a memorable night out.

late-night cafes

Paris never sleeps, and neither do its cafés. Late-night cafés in the area offer a cosy setting for late-night chats or a quiet moment to reflect on the day's adventures. You can indulge in a croissant or sip on a café au lait as you watch the world go by.

So, as the stars twinkle above, the Paris Opera district beckons you to discover it after-dark.

where to stay in Paris Opera

When the curtain falls on your day of Parisian food and adventure, your perfect haven awaits at citizenM Paris Opera. Fashionable, welcoming and right in the heart of the city, we offer the ideal blend of comfort and affordability for savvy travellers like you. So, book your stay now, and let the magic of Paris Opera unfold before you – a true citizen's adventure awaits!

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