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Opera district

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Opera / Bourse
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Address: Between the Louvre and boulevards Haussmann, Montmartre, Poissonniere and Bonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France
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Lovely area with real heritage

We got off of the Metro in this area to walk down to the Louvre on a couple of occasions. It was a nice area to walk through with lovely buildings and plenty of little shops... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Richard F
Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fairly average sort of area. The Opera House was OK on the outside. Didn't go in but understand its lovely inside. We went to the Paris Story which is a 1 hr film about the history of places etc. The venue is just opposite the Opera House and down some stairs below ground level. We enjoyed the film because... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got off of the Metro in this area to walk down to the Louvre on a couple of occasions. It was a nice area to walk through with lovely buildings and plenty of little shops, cafes and restaurants. It's just a little bit out of the way so not too busy.

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Yeppoon, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I think to really appreciate the heritage of the area you need to be into theatre and films. This area of Paris is great but there is so much to see in other parts. I think this is a good area to base your stay in Paris however if you are fit and keen to do some walking to other... More 

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Paris, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I go to the Opera district several times a week either for shopping (Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps etc..) going to the Opera and having a meal at the Café de la Paix. Very joyful atmosphere.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Created at the same time as the Palais Garnier Opera House, the main purpose of the Place de l'Opéra is to offer passers-by the finest view of the magnificent facade of the Palais Garnier Opera House. The redevelopment of the square took place under Haussmann who wanted to facilitate the circulation of traffic in the district. An ideal spot for... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

We caught the Metro, which is right at the Opera and walked to what is a real world class shopping precinct. We wanted to find a gap, HandM, Tommy Hilfiger, Starbucks and proper French cuisine. We found only so much more, you could spend a week shopping in this area. It isn't just about the shopping as many of these... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

The area around the Opera House is even more spectacular at night in my opinion. If you get a chance to visit, don't hesitate! You won't regret it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

The Opera district is an excellent example of Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. Its wide, tree-lined Grand Boulevards are truly impressive. This lively district is named after the Paris Opera, which is housed in the famous Palais Garnier located in the middle of this area. The stunning, richly decorated opera house is one of the most beautiful in the world. Do... More 

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Fossano, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

This is one of the best and elegant areas of Paris for a walk and for high street retail. Bars, shops and kiosks are located all the way. The Opera building is located at the end of the road offering a charming view. Bonne promenade!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Very busy area, very touristic, very noisy, very crowdy. And yet so charming with a great view (especially from the Opera terrace!!!!). Do take time to sit on the stairs just in front of the Opera. Enjoy.

Thank Ali K

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Opera / Bourse
The neighborhood around Opéra and Bourse is a belle époque paradise of grand boulevards, refined arcades, and mass-market art-nouveau entertainment. Here, modern day workers continue to take advantage of the legacy that nobility and finance left in the 19th century. Brightly-lit brasseries, theaters, and cinemas sit side by side with French bistros predominating in one area and Japanese restaurants in another. The area is most famous for the Palais Garnier opera house and glamorous department stores.
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