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Vacation in Paris 9th Arrondissement

Here are some Travel Ideas for your vacation in Paris!
Among the Paris attractions of the 9th arrondissement you will find the exquisite Palais Garnier, home to the Paris Opera house, the Grands Boulevards area of shopping, romantic Paris walks, magnificent churches and museums, and an unlimited amount of wonderful Parisian patisseries with delicious homemade goods and pastries.

You must go on several Paris walks to discover the romantic neighbourhoods, and you have to go shopping here even if you are only browsing.

The two large department stores on Boulevard Haussmann are Galaries Lafayette and Printemps.

Paris Attractions - Galeries Lafayette Department StoreGaleries Lafayette Department Store

Travel Ideas – Glamorous Department Stores

Both the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores have lovely architecture, great restaurants and rooftop terraces where you can admire the stunning views of Paris attractions.

Paris Attractions - Galeries Lafayette Stained Glass Dome
View of the Stained Glass Dome of Galeries Lafayette

On the rooftop terrace of the Galeries Lafayette you can relax on the patio chairs after a long day of walking and shopping.

Take the time to visit these great department stores and go to the rooftops to see the skyline of Paris, or have a drink and a meal at the terrace bars.

Paris Attractions - Galeries Lafayette - Inside the Store
Galeries Lafayette – View from Above

The 9th arrondissement is a diverse district of the French capital in terms of cultural, architectural, historical and business interests.

If you love to shop, visit Boulevard Haussmann and its large department stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, or head over to the fading red-light and cheap shopping district of Pigalle, a unique area of Paris attractions.

Paris Attractions - Printemps Department Store in ParisPrintemps Department Store

Travel Ideas – Visit Opera Garnier the Paris Opera House

From the rooftop terraces of Galeries Lafette, there is a great view of Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre to the north-west and to the south is a fabulous view of the Paris Opera house.

Paris Attractions -  Paris Opera House
Paris Opera House – View from the Rooftop Terrace at Galeries Lafayette

The Paris Opera house, the magnificent setting for The Phantom of the Opera, is as opulent inside as it is on the outside.

Paris Attractions - Paris Opera Garnier
Back View of Paris Opera Garnier

Travel Ideas – Dine at The Famous Cafe de la Paix Restaurant

On the south side of the Paris Opera house is Café de la Paix, a famous attraction and wonderful café of the 9th arrondissement of Paris for you to experience on your vacation in Paris.

Paris Attractions - Cafe de la Paix
Café de la Paix and the Paris Opera

Café de la Paix was designed by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera house. This café is a wonderful spot for relaxation, people-watching and to enjoy the views of the Paris Opera.

In the north of the 9th arrondissement, closely adjoining Montmartre on the hill above, are the streets around St. Lazare, which used to be the Impressionists hangout in Paris.

Paris Attractions - Street in 9th Arrondissement of Paris
Street in the Paris St. Lazare District

Travel Ideas – Covered Shopping Malls & Museums

Other interesting Paris attractions in the 9th district are the covered passageways built in the 19th Century, charming early versions of the shopping mall. It is easy to find them while going out on your Paris walks.

There are several in the vicinity of boulevard Haussmann and rue Vivienne, including passage Jouffroy and passage Verdeau.

Musée Gustave Moreau is the house of the Symbolist painter, which has now become a museum to his life and work.

The Musée Grévin is a wax museum located on the Grands Boulevards with some 500 characters arranged in scenes from the history of France and modern life.

Paris Attractions - Rue St. Lazare Paris
Notre-Dame-de-Lorette at Rue de Châteaudun, Rue St. Lazare and Rue des Martyrs

Travel Ideas – Go on Paris Walks and Discover Churches and Patisseries

After visiting the department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, I set out to walk over to the Sacre Couer Basillica on Montmartre.

On my way I discovered a wonderful patisserie which had my favourite cookies, macaron pistache. I savoured each bite as I walked along the streets of the 9th arrondissement.

Here I spotted the delightful church, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. Walking around the streets, it’s easy to find many unexpected Paris attractions.

Travel Ideas for a Vacation in Paris – 9th Arrondissement

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