One of the most visited monuments in Paris is the Palais Garnier, or Opéra Garnier. Named after the man who built it, Charles Garnier, it’s one of the capital’s must-sees.
The Opera district is not only highly involved in the development of cultural heritage, it’s also a haven for fashion and shopping. The district largely sits in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, with parts in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements.
In this article, we outline the major attractions to see when planning a visit to the Opéra Garnier.
The Fragonard Musée du Parfum
The Fragonard Musée du Parfum offers guided tours that will take you through the process of making perfume. It also covers perfume history, from antiquity until the present day.
The Museum is located just a few meters from the Opéra Garnier, and your visit there will be divided into two parts. In the first, you’ll be presented with all the stages of perfume making. From raw materials and industrialization to extraction and distillation, every facet is covered. In the second part, a collection of old bottles invites you to retrace the history of perfume.
The Musée Grévin
Also in the Opera district, approximately 800 meters from the Opera Garnier, the Musée Grévin stands out for its wax figures of celebrities.
From French music stars like Edith Piaf, and international stars like Mick Jagger and Michaël Jackson, to movie stars like Harrison Ford and Angelina Jolie, and political figures like Donald Trump, Nelson Mandela and Charles de Gaulle – all have a wax likeness at the Grévin.
Open Tour offers a bus pass and entry to the Grévin Museum to help visitors take full advantage of the museum. Take a trip with family or friends to admire the statues and pose with wax figures of your idols. You’ll also see notable characters from history, as well as new celebrities like Kylian Mbappé.
The Galeries Lafayette
It’s the perfect place for serious shoppers. You’ll find nearly all the major global brands. Located at 40 boulevard Haussmann, the Galeries Lafayette were founded at the end of the 19th century by two cousins from Alsace. Building on their ever-growing success, Galeries Lafayette has seen its store numbers increase year after year.
If you go shopping at the Galeries Lafayette, be sure to take advantage of the magnificent view offered by the large dome dating from the neo-Byzantine era. Take a look in the wintertime to admire the special holiday decorations in various storefronts. Worth the visit.
The Printemps Haussmann
The Galeries Lafayette isn’t the only place to shop in the Opera district. There’s also the Printemps Haussmann, which is located between the Saint-Lazare train station and the Opéra Garnier. This store’s popularity came from the creators’ idea to set up a sale system. Success was immediate.
The store consists of 3 buildings: Printemps de la Mode, Printemps de l’Homme, and Printemps de la Beauté et de la Maison. Its facade is now classified as a historic monument.
La rue Sainte-Anne and the Japanese district
There’s more than just shops and museums to discover in the Opera district. Located on rue Sainte-Anne, you’ll be able to taste typical Japanese cousine in the Japanese quarter. This is where the very best Japanese restaurants and caterers in Paris have gathered since 1963.
How to get to the Opera district?
The Opera district is also home to many restaurants and cafes, in addition to the spots we listed above. That’s why it’s worth spending a full day there. It’s best to plan your visit near the Palais Garnier.
That way, you can opt for a 1-day buss pass that will let you hop on and off wherever you like. For the Opera district, you can take our blue line south of the Palace, or our red line north.
And here are the stops if you go by metro:
- lines 7 and 9, at the Chaussée D’Antin La Fayette stop
- line 3 at the Quatre Septembre stop
- line 8 at the Richelieu Drouot stop
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