10 reasons to visit Paris in 2016

Iconic and historical monuments that attract millions of travellers every year, a vibrant cultural and events scene that is continually updated, multiple and varied gastronomic delights for a unique culinary experience ... you've got it, Paris never sleeps. Find out 10 reasons to visit Paris in 2016!


1. Enjoy the thrills of the UEFA EURO 2016™

Supporter dans stade de foot © DR - Fotolia
For the third time since 1960, Paris is hosting the European men’s football championship, one of the most watched sporting events, together with the World Cup and the Olympic Games. The fan zone will be set up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, on the Champ de Mars, to host supporters free of cost until midnight on all the match days. There will be giant screens, food stalls and entertainment in the secure enclosure. On 9 June, David Guetta will play a huge free concert at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

2. Find out what’s new at the International Motor Show

Mondial de l'Automobile
The Paris motor show (Mondial de l’Automobile) is held every two years. In 2016, the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles trade fair grounds will welcome car lovers and trade professionals from around the world from Saturday 1 October to Sunday 16 October. It is the most visited show in the world, with more than 1,250,000 visitors in 2014.

3. Applaud top international stars

AccorHotels Arena
Following a two-year refurbishment, the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy has re-opened as AccorHotels Arena. More than 20,000 people can now attend shows by the biggest names in the music and entertainment business. Highlights of the 2016 event schedule include concerts by David Guetta (27 January), Muse (26 February to 4 March 2016), Adele (9 and 10 June) and Celine Dion (24 June to 3 July). As to sporting events, in 2016 the Arena will be hosting the 25th Handball World Championship (11 to 29 January), the judo Grand Slam (6 and 7 February) and the Basketball World Cup (30 April to 1 May).

4. Marvel at the new Ritz Paris

Façade Hôtel Ritz, Paris © OTCP - DR
The Ritz Paris, the legendary five-star luxury hotel located on Place Vendôme, is reopening after being closed for renovation since 2012. Guests will once again be able to enjoy its unique atmosphere and inimitable art of living, French style.

5. Browse the new Halles de Paris

Les Halles
Three years of work aimed at making the district more open to the city, easier to access and more welcoming have breathed new life into Les Halles. The Forum houses 130 shops over a surface area of 6,300 m², with a focus on Parisian fashion. Brands such as Sandro, Jonak and Maje are located on the lower levels.

6. Be awed by an amazing contemporary art installation

Monumenta 2016 - Huang Yong Ping © Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Since 2007, the Monumenta exhibition has invited a major international artist to create a work of art for the Nave of the Grand Palais, a vast 13,500-m² space with a 35-metre-high glass roof. In 2016, the artist Huang Yong Ping will be taking up the challengeThe Monumenta 2016 exhibition – titled ‘Empires’, to be held at the Grand Palais from 8 May to 18 June – gives him a fresh opportunity to create a large-scale work of international significance.

7. Take another look at one of Charles Dickens’ masterpieces

Oliver Twist - le Musical
For the first time ever in Paris, a French musical written and composed in the style of a British show will be performed in the majestic setting of the Salle Gaveau. 130 performances are scheduled from 23 September 2016 to 26 February 2017.

8. Sleep aboard the first floating Parisian hotel

Off Paris Seine
Fancy being rocked to sleep by gentle waves in the heart of Paris? Then step aboard the OFF Paris Seine, a floating hotel on the Seine with 58 rooms (including 4 suites), a lounge offering panoramic views, a bar, a solarium, a 400-m² summer terrace and a built-in landing stage at which small pleasure craft can be moored.

9. Taste French gourmet delights

To the left is a restaurant with 120 covers, half of them on the terrace; to the right, a culinary emporium. Welcome to the Maison Plisson, a new 500 m² food hall. Located on the trendy Boulevard Beaumarchais, it is a magnet for Paris foodies in search of gourmet products.

10. Be entranced by the fashion collections of great fashion designers

Fashion forward - 3 siècles de mode
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs will be displaying its fabulous fashion collection to mark the 30th anniversary of its fashion branch, the Musée des Arts de la Mode (now the Musée de la Mode et du Textile), opened in 1986 at the initiative of Pierre Bergé. The collection has been taken out of its display cases and is being shown in the museum’s Nave from 7 April to 14 August 2016.