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9th ARR. Lots of shopping and easy to access Montmarte

If you want to see the Opera, visit Gallerie Lafayette and Printemps Dept. Stores, this is the area for you. All are within walking distance, lots of dining options, and several hotels. Plus with the metro system, once again easy to access other areas of the city. We have only stayed in this area twice, but I feel in the future it will deserve another visit. For a real thrill, if there during the Christmas Holidays, both department stores really do great window displays, easily rivaling any on 5th Ave in NYC. Plus with the grand gallery in GL, the display cannot be duplicated anywhere. By the way, when doing the 6th Arr. I forgot to mention the Bon Marche. Again a terrific department store, I believe the oldest in Paris.

Just one of the many Christmas set we have seen in this stor

One of the finest views over Paris can be seen from the roof of the GL and best of all, it is Free. You will climb a few flights of stairs so be prepared.

The exterior of Printemps Dept. store. Just a short walk from the Gallery Lafayette.

So again, the Opera is also in this area and again, within a few blocks of both these fine store. It is quite large and very impressive. I strongly suggest taking a tour of the building if you cannot see a performance. It is really very classic and grand.

Side view of the Grand Opera in Paris
Main Entrance and Front of Opera
Academie Nationale de Musique.
Had to include this photo. Seems there is always some sort of Art Display going on around in Paris.

While this next item is not exactly in the 9th, it is a place we seem to visit while staying in the 9th. It is the area around the Canal Saint Martin. Originally built as a commercial canal to move products around Paris, today it is purely a tourist attraction with a series of slow moving tour boats. One passes several areas of interests, a few moving bridges which makes the car traffic crazy as they open for the boats, and I believe 9 different locks. It is always a good place to enjoy a snack along the banks.

Actually this is the Bassin de la Villette at the end of the Canal.
Several cafe’s line the shore plus rental boats are available.
One of the tour boats on the Canal Saint Martin, entering a lock.

Hotels:

Hotel Maison Athenee is a small hotel, that has good reviews on Trip Advisor, yet we found it to be very small, dark, only a half sized closet and overpriced. Would not stay here again.

Opera Cadet Hotel was very nice. 3+ Star Staff speaks English convient to all the stores. Nice view of the Sacre Coeur Metro is close 24 Rue Cadet.

Dining:

Pizza Firenze $$-$$$ 24 Rue de Caumartin Very good. We enjoyed this place.

La Bacchartes $$-$$$ 21 Rue de Caumartin. Lots of locals here. Had a good time.Staff very friendly and helpful.

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