8 secrets spots
in the 9th district of Paris

If you want to live an authentic Parisian experience, you sometimes need to go off the beaten track: after passing through the unmissable of the 9th arrondissement (Galeries Lafayette, Sacré Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Rue des Martyrs…) discover our secret gems, only a stone’s throw from Maison Mère

8 secrets spots ©8 secrets spots

Pigalle basketball court, Duperré

Located 22 Duperré street, not far from Maison Mère, this legendary court of Paris has just freshened up for the third time. Within the framework of a partnership between Nike, the store and local brand Pigalle Basketball and the creative studio III-Studio, this unique basketball court brings joy to the local youth, as well as tourists fans of photography. 

22 Rue Duperré, Paris 9e (15min walk from Maison Mère)
Closed on weekends, open on weekdays between 10am and 7pm
Free access

crédit photo : ©​designboom


Maison Mère - Cité du Midi ©Maison Mère - Cité du Midi

La cité du Midi

Authentic and unusual alley, this cité bordered by artist studios and fully covered in flowers is a haven of peace in the midst of the Pigalle’s tumult. You can observe the facade of the past public baths, decorated with earthenware-tile facings, beautifully well preserved. 

48 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris 9e (16min walk from Maison Mère)
Open access
Free access

crédit photo : ©​bee.girl

Maison Mère - Passage Jouffroy ©Maison Mère - Passage Jouffroy

Passage Jouffroy 

The Passage Jouffroy is one of the most legendary passages of Paris.
Located on Grand Boulevards and in the extension of Passage des Panoramas, it owes its renown to its unique architecture made of glass and its marble flooring. It hosts unmissable places of the capitale like the Grevin Museum, and many atypical stores: ancient canes, old books, paper specialists… 
Fun fact: we can cross Paris under the covered galleries! 

10-12 Boulevard Montmartre, Paris 9e (9min walk from Maison Mère)
Open everyday. Saturday (from 8:30 am to 7:30pm) and Sunday (from 10am to 7pm)
Free access

crédit photo : ©​Svadore

Maison Mère - Passerelle Pierre Semard ©Maison Mère - Passerelle Pierre Semard

Passerelle Pierre Semard 

On Bellefond Street, this bridge located to the North of Square Montholon offers one of the most beautiful views of the 9th district of Paris. A surprise awaits you when going down Pierre Semard Street: above the bridge you can find one of the rare emblems with bees instead of ‘fleurs de lys’, referring to the construction date, under Napoleon 1st… but also referring to Maison Mère’s bees! 

Rue de Bellefond, Paris 9e (3min walk from Maison Mère)
Open access
Free access



Maison Mère - Square Montholon ©Maison Mère - Square Montholon

Square Montholon 

Lung of Village Montholon, this square situated downwards from hôtel Maison Mère is an unmissable place in our neighborhood. Two oriental plane trees reaching 30 meters high are planted in the central lawn, as well as a beautiful sculpture honouring the ‘Catherinettes’ of Catherine the Saint. 
A relaxing break next to the Parisian tumult. 

2 rue Mayran, Paris 9e (1min walk from Maison Mère)
Open access from 8am to sunset (check out Mairie de Paris calendar)
Free access




Maison Mère - Passage Verdeau ©Maison Mère - Passage Verdeau

Passage Verdeau

Passage Verdeau is the second unmissable passage of the area, near passage Jouffroy. Full of shops still in their original condition (old books, old postcards, ancient cameras…), this unusual passage is like a step back in time. 

6 Rue de la Grange Batelière, Paris 9e (7min walk from Maison Mère)
Open everyday from 7:30am to 8:30pm
Free access





Maison Mère - Jardin musee vie Romantique ©Maison Mère - Jardin musee vie Romantique

Garden of the Romantic Life Museum

We have already dedicated an article about the Museum of the Romantic Life, this hidden garden is a perfect place for lovers looking for a moment of peace. This pretty tea house covered by a beautiful canopy welcomes Parisians and tourists for tea time. 

16 rue Chaptal, Paris 9e (15min walk from Maison Mère)
Open everyday from 10am to 6pm
Access with consumption 






Maison Mère - Gustave Moreau museum ©Maison Mère - Gustave Moreau museum

Gustave Moreau Museum

This house-studio of the 9th district preserves the collections of the painter Gustave Moreau, where more than 1300 paintings, watercolors and paper boards, and 5000 drawings are exhibited. The atypical decoration immerses the visitors in the universe of a house (a bit like Maison Mère) and the majestuous spiral staircase is really worth it. 

14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris 9ème (13min walk from Maison Mère)
Open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm  
Full admission charge 7€, reduced rate 5€ 
photo credit : ©traveler.es

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