The Opéra area, with its cafés, terraces, and chic luxury boutiques running along the “grands boulevards”, shows more than any other area traces of the grandiose Second Empire of Napoleon III and the work of Baron Hausmann. These wide streets characterize the wonder of the era, a time when Paris was the epitome of European luxury. The splendor of the Second Empire attracted nobility from all over Europe.
This is also the area where Paris is truly the “City of Light”. The Opéra area of today is a very lively area with all of the cafés, restaurants, and cinemas.