Between the very chic 2nd and 8th arrondissements and the popular district of Montmartre, the 9th district mixes calm and residential areas and some very busy main roads, especially around the department stores. Keeping the memory of the artists of the late nineteenth who settled there, the 9th cultivates a perfect balance between tourism, economic activities, cultural activities and quiet streets.
For many, the 9th arrondissement is primarily the department stores on Boulevard Haussmann. Real institution, they are part of the tour program for all tourists but also weekly walks of local residents. The Musée Grévin, boulevard de Montmartre, and the Museum of Romantic Life, rue Chaptal, also attract many tourists, as well as the Place de l'Opéra and Palais Garnier, which are essential stops for a trip to Paris. The locals have become accustomed to this attendance and appreciate the interest in their neighborhood.
This important tourist presence creates two ambiances in the 9th arrondissement, on one side the lively boulevards, on the other very residential areas. Thus, among the latter, the so-called New Athens neighborhood, between the streets of La Bruyère, Saint-Lazare, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette and Blanche, offers beautiful mansions dating from the nineteenth century. Romantic artists such as Delacroix, Pissarro, Chopin and Victor Hugo settled there. The Rue de la Tour-des-Dames is particularly revealing of the style of this time. These parts of the 9th, much appreciated by the inhabitants for their calm, constitute the other facet, more discreet and less known, of the district. In the same way, far from the animation of department stores, the district is also famous for hosting numerous head offices of major banks, insurance companies or companies, boulevard Haussmann, rue de Londres, or boulevard des Italiens.
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