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9TH ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS GUIDE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to the 9th Arrondissement of Paris:

9th-Arr-Canal-Saint-Martin-romantic-setting-for-couplesWhen visiting Paris, one of the most popular districts in which to spend time is the 9th arrondissement. And time is all you will need to do a walking tour of the hilly residential streets and main attractions including the celebrated Palais Garnier monument and opera house. Another great way to spend the day is to walk to Canal Saint Martin and if you find yourself there on a warm summer evening, you may well be able to take in an impromptu acoustic performance along this picturesque waterway.

Cafés and restaurants which won’t stretch your euro…

A sight to delight the most tired of eyes, the sweet temptations at ‘A La Mere de Famille’ will likely gauge your attention but while window shopping is free, prepare yourself to be enticed by some of the delicacies at this 18th century chocolatier. And, as an up and coming area a number of budget friendly cafes and cool new restaurants have opened up in the district. Some of the more popular ones to try include Rouge Passion, Les Comédiens and Le Flamboire. Try wandering down the historic Passage des Panoramas with its tea rooms and quaint cafes for a charming way to spend an afternoon exploring 19th century Paris.

9th-Arr-Garnier-Opera-House-in-ParisIf you’re travelling with the kids or just after some unusual and challenging fun, try Team Break for an experience with a difference. Here you will find escape rooms which afford you opportunities to participate in live action adventure games with theme such as ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘Lost’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Wild Wild West’. Mingle with some of the many celebrities at the family friendly Musée Grévin which features a wide range of modern life characters and scenes depicting the country’s history.

But if you were born to shop…

The 9th arrondissement is well known as a bustling shopping district and if you have an eye for fashion, there is no better place to start than at Galeries Lafayette. A department store with a distinctly French style, if you happen to be in the district during the holiday season be sure to check out the elaborate window displays and elegant Christmas inspired lights which adorn the building’s façade. The iconic store also runs free fashion shows twice a week so check the website to reserve your place and indulge your inner fashionista. Be sure to also visit the exciting array of smaller boutiques in the area where you will have no trouble finding a uniquely Parisien souvenir to suit your style.

If you after a memorable evening meal, look no further than Le Pantruche. With its sophisticated décor and classic French cuisine, the innovative menu of this neo-bistro is sure to whet your appetite. If you can plan in advance, book yourself one of the only nine tables at Petrelle where you are sure to receive excellent service by the single waiter in a cosy and romantic atmosphere. Afterwards, reminisce about your day in the district at one of the many cocktail bars, such as the romantic Le Café Carmen with hits ornate décor and innovative cocktails or the cool and classy new Bar Brule.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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