9th Arrondissement of Paris: What to Do, What to See
There are a few things to see and do in the 9th that you won’t find anywhere else — read on!
Visit and Marvel at the Palais Garnier in the 9th Arrondissement
The Opera de Paris has two home bases, and the Palais Garnier is one of them. It’s known as the heart of the 9th arrondissement, and dates back to the 19th century when this was still a slowly developing cultural hub.
The Palais Garnier is pure opulence; it’s the closest you’ll get to experiencing what Versailles is like without leaving the city. Marc Chagall painted the ceiling in 1964, and it is a must see while inside of this vicinity.
A self-guided tour entry into the Palais Garnier is €10. Once inside, it’s not unlikely that you’ll be desperate to watch an actual performance, such as the ballets. Tickets for this can be booked online.
Visit the Grévin Museum in the 9th Arrondissement
Because Paris is so deeply rooted in the classic arts, the Grévin Museum is very often overshadowed.
This is Paris’ local wax museum, and it’s a lighthearted, quirky break from all of the very serious art museums that fill the rest of the arrondissements. The Grévin Museum is a fun spot for both adults and kids; you’ll be allowed to take photographs with some recognizable personalities from throughout Parisian history, whilst learning a lot along the way.
The building that houses the museum is unlike any others in Paris. It looks like a 17th century palace, and the collection is spread across multiple rooms with lavish finishes.
Hours: Monday TO Sunday — 10am to 5pm
ADDRESS: 10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Grandes Boulevards
Eat at Luz Verde in the 9th Arrondissement
I make a point of trying any Mexican restaurant I come across as I move through the different arrondissements.
Luz Verde is the Mexican of the 9th, and one of few “alternative” cuisines to the typical French and Italian that is so popular around there. Some feel that Luz Verde has found a way of fuzing Mexican and French cuisine together, as this is definitely a-typical to the traditional dishes.
After a long day of exploring the district, stop by for a fresh margarita and some tasty finger foods. This is one of few Mexican restaurants in Paris that offer the classic pig’s head dish.
Hours: Tuesday TO Saturday — 12pm to 3pm // 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: 24 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Saint-Georges
Attend a Show at the Notorious Folies Bergère in the 9th Arrondissement
The 9th is Paris’ theatrical hub, and there are a myriad of concert halls to visit for a night of sheer escapism.
The Folies Bergère is a cabaret music hall with a rich history in Parisian entertainment. It’s where Josephine Baker used to dazzle the crowds back in the day, and people would travel from all over Europe just to attend a performance in this space.
The interior of the Folies Bergère is mid-century/Moorish perfection — imagine! If you can’t attend a show while in the 9th, at least do a walk through the lobby.
Rue Richer, upon which the theatre sits, is a wonderful street to walk through in the 9th. There are parts where the sky gives way for a view of the Sacre Coeur at the top of Montmartre Hill, which is rare from this distance as the buildings are usually blocking the hill entirely.
ADDRESS: 32 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Cadete
Attend Another Show at the Casino de Paris in the 9th Arrondissement
Contrary to what the name may suggest, this is not a gambling house. The Casino de Paris is yet another world class music hall within the 9th arrondissement.
This one is triple the size of the others, and dates back to the 18th century. The legendary plush red interior has hosted the biggest names in show business, including Serge Gainsbourg and Carla Bruni.
Today in Paris, you’re more likely to attend a performance of ‘We Will Rock You’ or Alexis Michalik.
ADDRESS: 16 Rue de Clichy, 75009 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Trinite
Crawl Out of the Dirty Dick in the 9th Arrondissement
The Dirty Dick may be the best kept secret when it comes to tiki bars in Europe. To put things into perspective, the bar is located in an old brothel from the beginning of the 20th century. They kept the name, which probably explains a lot.
This is one of the best cocktail bars in Paris, and there is nothing dirty about what you’ll find going on once you enter through these doors. Scotty is the barkeeper, and is a big name in the American tiki world.
Hours: Monday to Sunday — 6pm to 2am
ADDRESS: 10 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Pigalle
Crawl Into the Bar Hemingway in the 9th Arrondissement
Like the more affluent cousin to the Dirty Dick, Bar Hemingway is an escape to the roaring 20s in Paris, right from inside of the Hôtel Ritz.
This jazzy lounge is inspired by all things Hemingway, and where he used to like to spend his nights whilst out on the town. Good liquor, great conversation and ambient music is the name of the game. Dress the part; this is not a place for shorts and flip flops.