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Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

8 rue Scribe, Place de l'Opera, 75009 Paris, France
+33 1 58 05 49 42
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This performance hall hosts opera, ballet and chamber music performances.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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8 rue Scribe, Place de l'Opera, 75009 Paris, France
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+33 1 58 05 49 42
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Reviewed yesterday

The over-the-top Baroque explosion of the Opera Garnier, which is the oldest opera house in Paris. Stroll down the halls of luxurious house of music. Take in the art and imagine it two hundred years ago, when it was the place to see and to...More

Thank alina_wood
Reviewed yesterday

Loved visiting this national treasure. The opera house is breathtaking and the tour guide was wonderful - a wealth of information. Well worth the tour.

Thank Deborah E
Reviewed yesterday

I could have taken the tour: I had the Paris Pass, but I could not fit it all in: I chose a few places to visit each day and concentrated on those: next time!!!

Thank Susan L
Reviewed yesterday

Palais Garnier is such an architectural wonder! Gorgeous and definitely worth a visit! Some day I'm going to attend an opera there!!

Thank KarenZB1
Reviewed 2 days ago

We got 10euro tickets to see an opera. It was a wonderful experience. The 10euro tickets are so cheap for a reason...you hardly see anything, but still an incredible experience. Buy a sandwich in the interval, overly priced, but part of the fun!

Thank Rhys W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stunning place. The English speaking tour guide was brilliant and his explanation of the building, artwork, and architecture greatly enhanced our visit and our understanding of what we were looking at. Beautiful site.

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 3 days ago

One the most beautiful buildings you will ever see! We did a tour in the morning and then saw a ballet performance in the orchestra section. The seats are a red, plushy velvet. Very comfy.

Thank Bancroft S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just returned from a European trip with my daughter for her senior night. We attended a ballet at Palais Garnier while in Paris to get the full Parisian experience. Literally felt like we walked into a fairytale when entering this gorgeous building. I have never...More

Thank Sunrize12
Reviewed 4 days ago

I deeply enjoyed the visit. Entrance is on the side, so look carefully. Sometimes school bands will come to play on the footsteps. It can get really loud, unless you love LOUD!

Thank Laurent B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Most people go to the Opera to see an opera; others go for the French architecture that comprises Palais Garnier. I fall into the latter category. This building is absolutely stunning and worth a visit just to marvel at its beauty.

Thank april k
Opera / Bourse
The neighbourhood around Opéra and Bourse is a belle
époque paradise of grand boulevards, refined arcades,
and mass-market art-nouveau entertainment. Here,
modern day workers continue to take advantage of the
legacy that nobility and finance left in the 19th
century. Brightly-lit brasseries, theatres, and
cinemas sit side by side with French bistros
predominating in one area and Japanese restaurants in
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I am planning on surprising a friend with tickets to a ballet performance. Is there a dress code for performances other than nice slacks/skirt and top? How long before performance should we arrive? I'd like to buy tickets on-line, will they be mailed to me in U.S.? or be Will Call at the box office? Thank you for you help.
13 June 2017|
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Response from Gil B | Reviewed this property |
I agree, no dress code but in evening shows usually people do come dressy, on noon shows casual is fine so can fit better if you plan to walk around afterwards
I will be purchasing tickets for a show at the opera and wanted to know if a separate ticket must be purchased if I actually want to tour the Palais? Thank you for any clarity!
6 May 2017|
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Response from LondonBeagle | Reviewed this property |
It depends. There are few limitations to wandering around the theatre but without a guide or the audio guide it will be an interesting, but less informed, experience. To get a guide or the audio guide you need a separate... More
Joe S
We are planning to watch BERTAUD/BOUCHÉ/PAUL/VALASTRO at Palais Garnier in june 2017. Can anyone provide some details about the show? Is it a good show to watch (of course it depends on the point of interest but i need to know if it is worth it)? At what time we should be there prior the show? Where is the best area to reserve our seats? Any additional tips are most welcomed :)
24 April 2017|
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Response from Diane M | Reviewed this property |
On the day we went the auditorium was closed for rehearsal so all I can give you is a repeat of the view already posted, this from the diagram outside on the marble statue of Garnier which shows the auditorium layout.. Or... More