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The 2nd & 9th Arrondissements
The opulent façade of the Opéra Garnier stands proudly in the center of this bustling Paris district, renowned for its large department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps), covered passages, and malls. Welcome to the Parisian shopping heaven — one that can turn quite hellish before Christmas! Making it even busier, the neighborhood also hosts many corporate offices and bank headquarters. Fortunately, numerous on-the-go eateries, cafés, and brasseries can be found in the surrounding streets, making it easy to take a short break from the rush or keep your energy up during a shopping craze.

The Must-Sees Around Opéra

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Map of Opéra

Discover the district with our bird’s-eye-view map
Paris Opéra neighborhood map

Lying between the Place de la Bourse in the 2nd Arrondissement and Gare Saint-Lazare in the 9th, this area is always full of activity.

Main metro stations in the Opéra neighborhood:

  • Opéra (Lines 3, 7, 8)
  • Chaussé d’Antin – La Fayette (Lines 7, 9)
  • Gare Saint-Lazare (Lines 3, 12, 13, 14)
  • Auber (RER A)
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Life in the Neighborhood

By Guillaume

When you live in Paris, you might not often head to the Eiffel Tower for a touristic walk. Believe it or not, a lot of Parisians have never gone up the tower to admire the view or to take a traditional selfie shot up there. But when you live in Paris, la Tour Eiffel is always with you, accompanying your every movement no matter your whereabouts, always peeking its head over the rooftops.