Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and millions of people visit this French capital on a yearly basis to see the iconic museums, historic buildings, spectacular streets, and other famous attractions in the city. However, several tourists who are going on Paris private tours are not aware that the City of Lights is actually divided into twenty districts or arrondissements.
If you are planning to make the most of your private tours Paris by exploring some of the less-popular yet iconic attractions in the city, then you must visit at least a few arrondissements in Paris before ending your tour. One of the best and most popular districts in the city is undoubtedly the 9th arrondissement that extends from Palais Garnier in the south of Paris city to the Montmartre in the north.
Tourists usually visit the 9th district of Paris to marvel at the beauty of the internationally famous Grands Magasins and Palais Garnier because they are the famous Parisian attractions that are located in this arrondissement. However, only a few visitors are aware that the 9th arrondissement of Paris has a lot more in store for them. In fact, there are a number of hidden gems here, which are nestled amongst the imposing Haussmannian buildings and well-known monuments. Below are some of the best things you can do in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.
The Beautiful Covered Passages
One of the best things you can do here is explore the covered passages in the city. This Parisian district is home to several ornate passageways featuring ancient charm and Belle Epoque architecture. These covered passages were initially built to offer shelter to Parisian bourgeois from rain when they are shopping. One of the most famous covered passages in Paris is the Passage Jouffroy, which starts at Boulevard Montmartre. This iconic passage is lined up with bookstores, gourmet food shops, and antique vendors. If you take a short stroll through the Passage Jouffroy, you will eventually end up at another fascinating passage, which goes by the name, Passage des Panoramas.
The Grand Magasins
Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are two of the most famous and largest department stores in the City of Lights; these two department stores are collectively called as the Grands Magasins. The incredible interiors and excellent selection in these stores lure in hundreds of tourists to these department stores every day. These luxurious stores have an excellent selection of home décor and designer clothes. In addition to that, you will also be able to see a grocery store or gourmet food court near these stores. The café, which is located on top of these stores, offers a breathtaking view of the entire district.
The Musée De La Vie Romantique
The Musée de la Vie Romantique, which is popularly known as the ‘Romantic Life Museum’, is another famous Parisian attraction that is located in the 9th district of Paris. The fascinating museum, which is housed in stunning ancient Parisian mansion, is something you do not want to miss while you are in the City of Lights. The picturesque exterior of the museum is a classic example of the Belle Epoque architecture. Tourists who are visiting the Romantic Life Museum in Paris will be able to find tributes to the famous painter, Ary Scheffer, and several other famous artists. Moreover, the museum has an excellent collection of furniture, sculptures, and paintings that date back to the 19th Century.
The Opera Garnier
The Opera Garnier is another iconic attraction that you should try not to miss while you are exploring the 9th district of Paris. The stunning architecture of this fascinating opera house will surely amaze you. The Opera Garnier in the city often hosts world famous operas and ballets. The elegantly designed gilded Belle Epoque façades and the impressive interior of the Opera Garnier make it one of the must-visit buildings in the French capital city. If you are lucky, you might be able to catch a show, but you will need to book tickets in advance to gain entry to the opera house.
The Artsy SoPi Neighborhood
The Artsy SoPi Neighborhood, which is one of the best neighborhoods in Paris, is also located in the 9th arrondissement. The South of Pigalle or SoPi was once the Red Light District of the city. In fact, this attractive Parisian neighborhood still has a few grungy vibes. The Artsy SoPi Neighborhood is currently one of the trendiest spots in Paris, and it is also home to some of the best restaurants and cool bars. In addition to that, tourists who are exploring the neighborhood will be able to find street arts, art galleries, and trendy shops, which is why you should definitely check out this neighborhood before ending your tour.