Explore Opéra - Grands Boulevards (10e)

The creme de la creme of Parisian boulevards, and that certainly says a lot in a city that’s riddled with them. The district runs more or less from the Place de la Madeleine to the Place de la Bastille, so when you tire of sipping wine in charming eateries, you can go ahead and gawk at all the luxury and opulence found in this area. The Grand Boulevards contain some of the most striking architecture in Paris, positioned in characteristic form - long and straight with wide sidewalks, uniform facades and overhanging balconies stretching out as far as the eye can see. Take a peek inside some of these buildings - the interiors do credit to their facades. The iconic Galerie Lafayette department store is a sight to see, as well as the Grand Foyer of the Opera, housed in the Palais Garnier. As the city’s main shopping area, the boulevard’s many shops, multicultural restaurants and theatres are an instant draw. Dally in one of the few covered arcades in order to really experience the quintessentially Parisian appeal this neighborhood has to offer.