The New Hot Quarters the 9th

Written by John Talbott     
"The ninth arrondissement is a real mixed bag: from the elegance of the Garnier Opera House to the seediness of Pigalle lingerie/sex shops; from the Grands Boulevards to the small passages up the hill towards Montmartre. Americans probably spend more time in the small area around the Place de l’Opera, the Opera itself and the department stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps than the whole rest of the quartier and know the rest very little. 

But there is more out there.  One of my favorite museums is the Musee de la Vie Romantique and while its special exhibitions go from the familiar to the strange, it’s a great setting.  Less interesting for me are the Musee Gustave Moreau and Musee Grevin, a misnomer for the wax exhibition but a great show can be seen at the Drouot auction house with its almost unceasing rotation of exhibitions and sales of everything from Picassos to grandma’s silver.  I strongly recommend just walking in and around and sometimes even bidding if you know your stuff."

Read what Jacqueline Friedrich has to say about our neighborhood - she lives just around the corner :



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