Palais Garnier

Address: place de l'Opéra, Paris, 75009, France
Telephone: 08 92 89 92 90

- Mid-range


Gloriously gaudy: Paris's operatic feast.

Paris's historic opera house remains one of the most glamorous places in the city for a night out for ballet or opera (performances are shared between here and the modern Opéra de la Bastille) but even if you don't have tickets for a performance, it is also worth a visit during the day just to absorb the fabulously over-the-top decor, a symbol of Second Empire Paris, commissioned by Napoleon III as part of his grandiose rebuilding of the city, designed by Charles Garnier and built between 1860 and 1875. You can visit the grand staircase built in gaudy polychrome marble, the massive foyer with its painted ceilings and the auditorium with its tiers of boxes, ceiling by Marc Chagall and massive chandelier.

Value for money

Price advice

 9 euros, 5 euros 10-24, free under 10s.

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Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture