On the right (north) bank, a stone’s throw from the Madeleine and the Gare Saint-Lazare, the Opéra – Grands Boulevards district attracts fans of both opera and of fashionable nightlife. If the German philosopher Walter Benjamin thought that this district was ‘the capital of the 19th century’, it remains today one of the liveliest in Paris. Numerous clubs, theatres and bars like the Rex, the Silencio and the Theatre des Varietes have set up along the broad boulevards, designed by Haussmann. On the side of high culture, the Opéra Garnier is the centre of the district. A marvel of eclectic architecture, opened in 1875, it has a magnificent ceiling painted by Marc Chagall in 1964.
Also worth seeing: the Passage Jouffroy, a covered passage or arcade inside which you will find the door to the Musée Grevin; the Cafe de la Paix, a famous cafe frequented by intellectuals in 19th century, built in the style of Napoleon III.