The large avenues were designed during the XIXth century, under Napoleon IIIrd, and the Opera was built at this same period.
The department stores, like le Printemps or les Galeries Lafayette, are located in this area.
The Garnier Opera: its prestige and beauty encourage the visitors to enter to buy a ticket for the show of the evening! The construction was finished in 1865, the architect was Charles Garnier. It's one of the largest operas in the world. 450 people can be on the stage. The central chandelier weighs more than 6 tons. The Opera is beautiful but can only hold 2200 people. The ballets and classical operas have returned to the Garnier Opera since the Bastille Opera opening (which is more contemporary).
If you want a drink, don't miss the Grand Cafe, the Bar de l'Intercontinental or the Park Hyatt and its beautiful and quiet courtyard.
Nearby: Place Vendôme, the Ritz Paris, le Palais Brogniart, l'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix, many theaters – Edouard VII, Michodiere, Bouffes Parisiens theaters – the department stores le Printemps and les Galeries Lafayette.