NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

In addition to the proximity of many museums, the Hotel Touraine Opéra is just a few minutes’ walk from the Boulevard Haussmann and its temples to fashion, the Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and other stores featuring trendy brands and designers. Performance venues such as the Théâtre Mogador, the Paris Casino or the Théâtre Saint-Georges (where François Truffaut also filmed The Last Metro), among others, are also found a few minutes from the hotel.

Heading north, you can easily reach Montmartre, the picturesque village perched on its famous mound topped by the Sacré-Cœur and traversed by neat lanes. In its foothills right next to the hotel, the popular South Pigalle district is filled with bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a good time. Towards the south-east, you will arrive at the Grands Boulevards and their busy adjoining streets and plunge into 19th-century Paris, today so cosmopolitan. To the west, the upmarket neighbourhoods, and not far from there, the Champs Élysées. A walk south reveals countless sites and monuments each more prestigious than the next, including Opera Garnier, Place Vendôme, Place de la Madeleine, Palais Royal, Tuileries, etc.

The excellent public transport links to the Touraine Opéra also provide quick and easy access to the left bank, where you can visit the Latin Quarter, admire the Pantheon, stroll along the paths of the Jardin du Luxembourg, explore the boutiques on the Boulevards Saint-Germain and Saint-Michel and shop at the stylish Bon Marché, the only department store this side of the Seine.

But because the best way to discover Paris is on foot, the Hotel Touraine Opéra has selected a few beautiful places, all within a 30-minute walk:

Musée Gustave Moreau (4 min)

  • 14, rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009
  • T: 01 48 74 38 50
  • A family house transformed into a museum by the artist himself, master of French symbolism, as demonstrated by his hundreds of drawings, paintings and watercolours on display.

Palais Garnier (Opéra de Paris) (7 min)

  • Angle des rues Scribe et Auber, 75009
  • T: 0892 89 90 90 or 01 71 25 24 23
  • The capital's unrivalled monument to glamour, a temple for dance, music and opera.

Museum of Romantics (9 min)

  • 16, rue Chaptal, 75009
  • T: 01 55 31 95 67
  • An enchanting haven and its delightful garden in keeping with the museum's theme, with drawings, paintings, sculptures, objets d'art and furniture from the early 18th century.

Musée Grévin (12 min)

  • 10, bd Montmartre, 75009
  • T: 01 47 70 85 05
  • A rich baroque setting in which to admire the waxwork twins of modern-day global stars.

Église Saint-Augustin (16 min)

  • 8, avenue César Caire, 75008
  • T: 01 45 22 01 35
  • A unique building with its metal frame and assorted styles, dominated by Roman-Byzantine inspiration.

The Madeleine Church (17 min)

  • Place de la Madeleine, 75008
  • T: 01 44 51 69 00
  • Internal and external architecture reminiscent of an ancient temple for a church richly decorated with sculptures, frescos and mosaics.

Pinacothèque (17 min)

  • 28, place de la Madeleine, 75008
  • A place of quiet contemplation where you can discover artistic exhibitions from all eras, tackled with an invariable boldness.

Palais Royal (17 min)

  • 8, rue de Montpensier, 75001
  • T: 01 47 03 92 16
  • Gardens, galleries and courtyard (with its Colonnes de Buren and Pol Bury's Fountain) make Richelieu's former residence an elegant oasis of peace opposite the Louvre.

The Louvre Museum (21 min)

  • Rue de Rivoli, 75001
  • T: 01 40 20 53 17
  • One of the most prestigious and largest museums in the world, housed in a spectacular palace enhanced by a majestic glass pyramid.

Jacquemart-André Museum (23 min)

  • 158, boulevard Haussmann, 75008
  • T: 01 45 62 11 59
  • Permanent collections by European painters, extended with beautiful temporary exhibitions, all set in a sumptuous town house.

Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre(24 min)

  • 35, rue Chevalier de la Barre, 75018
  • T: 01 53 41 89 00
  • The symbol of an attractive district, Roman-Byzantine inspired architecture offering a magnificent view over Paris.

GOURMET ADDRESSES

Gocce

  • 7, rue Choron, 75009
  • T: 01 45 26 52 15
  • A place for lovers of original cocktails to be tasted in the cosy back room of the Professore.

Le Garde Temps

  • 19 bis rue Pierre Fontaine
  • T: 09 81 48 50 55
  • A bistro which renews tradition and enhances it with a touch of originality for faultless flavour combinations.

Chez Jean

  • 8, rue Saint-Lazare, 75009
  • T: 01 48 78 62 73
  • A Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant, lover of superior produce delicately worked and elegantly presented.

Beckett

  • 8, rue Godot de Mauroy, 75009
  • T: 09 53 31 68 68
  • The small bistro of a talented chef originally from Chile who makes vegetables the stars of his exquisite fish and meat dishes.

Comptoir Canailles

  • 47, rue Rodier, 75009
  • T: 01 53 20 95 56
  • The result of a meeting between an ex-employee of Bocuse and an ex-employee of Ducasse, a friendly restaurant serving seasonal cuisine showcasing local
  • produce.

Oka

  • 28, rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009
  • T: 01 45 23 99 13
  • A small restaurant giving free reign to its chef to create a cuisine that revisits French culinary heritage to reveal accents of his homeland of Brazil.

Chez Georgette

  • 29, rue Saint-Georges, 75009
  • T: 01 42 80 39 13
  • A short but effective menu for this neighbourhood restaurant unchanged since the 1960s, where you can enjoy traditional recipes.

La Chambre aux confitures

  • 9, rue des Martyrs, 75009
  • T: 01 71 73 43 77
  • A temple to fruity food, with original recipes for jams, marmalades, jellies, honey, chutney and more.

Mesdemoiselles Madeleines

  • 37, rue des Martyrs, 75009
  • T: 01 53 16 28 82
  • A cake shop dedicated entirely to the small cake celebrated by the writer Marcel Proust, offered here in all sort of sweet and savoury versions.