Though it’s arguably most famous for being the backdrop to Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera, its real acclaim comes from the fact that it’s a stunningly opulent Second Empire masterpiece. While in its first life it was home to the Paris Opera, it now hosts the Ballet. It’s absolutely worth making a night of it if only to see the Grand Foyer, plus The Palais harvests its own honey on the rooftop, which is served by two-starred chef Christophe Aribert in the recently opened restaurant, L’Opera.

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