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Paris Metro Line 9 Must-Sees

The Line for Little-Visited Gems & Popular Tourist Spots
Paris Metro Station Nation
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Last updated November 7, 2023
Starting and ending in Paris suburbs that really warrant a visit, this long metro line leads you to some of the best shopping spots in the city while also passing through local-loved areas full of good bars, restaurants, and cultural can’t-misses.

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Metro Line 9 takes you across Paris, from the southwest, right through the city center, then on to the east, with plenty of great sights to see along the way. A relative late comer, the first stretch of Paris’s Line 9 was inaugurated in 1922, between Excelmans in the outer 16th Arrondissement and Trocadéro, with the final extension completed in 1937.

Due to the line’s length, it connects with most of the city’s other metro lines along its path, except the two shortest lines (the 3bis and 7bis).

Guide to Paris metro line 9

While many lines have their most interesting stops in the center of Paris, this one starts in the western suburb of Sèvres, with with the terminus Pont de Sèvres just across the Seine from the wonderful but often overlooked Musée de la Céramique de Sèvres.

My next favorites stops are Michel-Ange Molitor and Ranelagh for the stunning Art Deco swimming pool at Molitor, the Brasserie Auteuil housed in a former train station along the Petite Ceinture, and the neighborhoods of Passy and Trocadéro, which are packed full with things to see and do.

 From the Musée Marmottan full of Impressionist paintings and the Maison Balzac, the former home of the writer Honoré de Balzac, to, of course, the Trocadéro itself, home to several museums and offering amazing views of the Eiffel Tower.

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro
View of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro. Our tip? Go very early in the morning to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sunrise over the Iron Lady.

Further along Line 9, the station Franklin D. Roosevelt not only connects you to Metro Line 1, but is also a perfect stop for visiting the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées. Onward to Havre-Caumartin and Chaussée d’Antin-La Fayette for the dazzling department stores of Printemps and Galeries Lafayette Haussmann as well as the opulent Palais Garnier.

Exterior of the Opera Garnier in Paris
The Opera Garnier is open to visits and its opulent interiors are certainly worth the ticket price.

From here, you can set off a nice walk along Boulevard Haussmann which then becomes Boulevard Montmartre before changing names again to the Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle. Further on, it’s called the Boulevard Saint-Denis and Boulevard Saint-Martin. These are in fact all the same street, followed underground by Paris’s Metro Line 9 as it meanders towards the lively Place de la République.

Along the way, you can take in some of the best covered passages in Paris as well as two arches marking the former gates of the ancient Paris city walls at Porte Saint-Denis and Porte Saint-Martin. The area is full of countless great restaurants, bars, and cafés.

Paris guided tour of covered passages

Once you arrive at République, you’re likely to find protestors, skaters, and frequent concerts or other types of events. It’s also one of Paris’s main transportation hubs with Metro Lines 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11 all meeting here.

The next stop leads you to the bustling and hip quartier Oberkampf, with some of Paris’s best bars before heading east to the lovely church at Saint-Ambroise and finally reaching Nation where the 11th and 20th Arrondissement meet.

Crowds at the Place de la République in Paris.
Crowds at the Place de la République in Paris.

The huge expanse of Place de la Nation was once the site of one of the city’s busiest guillotines. Today, it’s worth seeing thanks to the central park dotted with sculptures by Jean Dalou and the two imposing Colonnes de la Barrière du Trône which act as a sort of welcoming committee to people arriving from the east into Paris.

Place de la Nation in Paris 20th Arrondissement
Place de la Nation. Photo via CC BY 2.5, by Francoise De Gandi

Metro Line 9 ends at Mairie de Montreuil, the town hall of the fourth most populous Paris suburb. Montreuil’s history dates back to the 8th century, when it was but a small village built around a monastery. Now, this area is known for its vibrancy, abundance of street art, good open-air markets, and many small restaurants reflecting the city’s multi-cultural population.

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