Located 10 minutes west of the Marais, the area represents the attempt of Boron Haussmann to modernize the city of Paris in the late 1800s. After years of major construction wide avenues framed with ornate neoclassical buildings are now what defines areas of the Louvre leading up to the exquisite Opéra Gernier. Boasting countless museums and monuments, gardens, as well as high class shopping, this district is home to a mixture of business professionals, the wealthy, and international visitors.
One of the most visited museums in the world, Le Musée du Louvre is the largest museum in France. It is said that it would take a week to see the collection in its entirety due to its size. Situated in the middle of this heavy baroque building is its strikingly modern glass Pyramid that acts as an entrance and sits above an underground visitor’s center. The grounds of the Louvre extend into Tuilleries Gardens; a romantic and highly manicured garden that features small museums of its own as well as one of the best views of Paris looking over to Place de la Concord. The streets alongside the Louvre and the Tuilleries feature ritzy restaurants, couture boutiques, and extravagant jewelers.
Following the grand avenue up Opéra Garnier, which is used for fabulous ballets, is the center of the busiest and most commercial areas of Paris, and is steps from the famous department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Most active during the holidays, floods of spectators crowd in front of their display windows to see what festive visuals will be exhibited.
Exploring this area will allow you to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty Paris is know for, discover some of the world’s most popular museums, and visit wide avenues filled with some of the finest shopping - all while experiencing the bustle of Parisian city life.