82 meeting rooms, 22 conference rooms, 4 amphitheatres, 7 exhibition halls… Thanks to its high-tech installations spread over more than 29,000 m², the Palais des Congrès receives hundreds of international calibre events each year. This Viparis site is also a social space with a range of shops, restaurants, showrooms and cinemas. Located in the west of Paris at Porte Maillot, this congress centre is close to the renowned Champs-Elysées. Many visitors to the Palais des Congrès are keen to take advantage of their stay to discover or rediscover the wonders of Paris. So, what is there to do around the Palais des Congrès before and after your event? Follow this guide to find out!
Take a gourmet lunch break
Worked up an appetite after a morning of conferences? Multi-Michelin-starred chef Marc Veyrat has set up his first Paris establishment in the Palais des Congrès itself! With Savoyard inn-style decor created with recycled wood, Rural by Marc Veyrat offers generous all-natural cuisine. The Mayo restaurant, located in the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile hotel directly connected to the Palais des Congrès, serves sharing platters prepared with quality local ingredients, all in a laid-back atmosphere. Not far from there, Alain Ducasse has reinvented the seafood restaurant Rech, where you can enjoy fresh, sustainably fished dishes in a seaside-style setting. If you have time, the 8th arrondissement is home to Paris’s finest restaurants. There’s Les Cocottes, the restaurant by Occitan chef Christian Constant at the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe, where you can enjoy authentic cuisine from the South West of France. Or why not let yourself be transported by the gastronomic cuisine and idyllic setting of the Michelin-starred restaurant Apicius, located in an 18th century townhouse just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées?
Broaden your mind at a museum
If you’re a fan of cultural outings, you can make the most of your free time in Paris by visiting one of the city’s huge number of museums. You don’t have to travel far from the Palais des Congrès to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. On Boulevard Haussmann, the Musée Jacquemart-André presents a large collection of artworks and antique furniture in a Second Empire-era mansion, once the home of a collector couple. Located at the end of the Champs-Elysées, the Petit Palais was built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle and today houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. In this exceptional setting you can admire over 1,300 works dating from Antiquity to the 1920s. Just a few hundred metres away, you will find a museum of an entirely different kind: at the Palais de la Découverte you can take part in educational, fun and interactive science experiments.
Wander the streets of Paris
A simple stroll is one of the best ways to discover Parisian life. Heading out from the Palais des Congrès, you can take Avenue de la Grande Armée, which will lead you straight to one of Paris’s most iconic monuments: the Arc de Triomphe. Take the opportunity to walk down the Champs-Elysées, where you can shop to your heart’s content. Avenue Montaigne boasts numerous luxury boutiques that are sure to please fashionistas. Before reaching Place de la Concorde and its obelisk, stop by Ladurée - Champs-Elysées to enjoy the company’s delicious macarons. Finally, those wishing to walk further can visit the Tuileries Gardens, a perfect example of French formal gardens.
Relax at the spa of a grand hotel
After an intense day of talks and networking, you can relax and unwind in the spa of a5-star hotel. Located on the most beautiful avenue in the world, Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris opens its spa to non-hotel guests. The Spa Diana Barrière is a veritable oasis of peace that offers personalized Kos treatments and access to its facilities (pool, water course, sauna, hammam & fitness centre). At Hôtel Le Collectionneur, the Mosaïc spa offers a range of Décléor treatments and access to its wellness spaces (jacuzzi, hydrotherapy bath, sauna, hammam & fitness room) to provide an exceptional moment of relaxation.
Experience Parisian nightlife
When night falls, you can dive into Paris’s nightlife scene. With bars, clubs, shows, cabarets and more, the French capital is bursting with great spots for night owls. If you’re staying in a hotel near the Palais des Congrès then head to the 8th arrondissement and you’ll find the party in full swing. Among the plethora of nightclubs in Paris’s Golden Triangle, you will find Le Madam, an exclusive rock club with eccentric decor and clientele of hip thirty-somethings. Don’t forget Les Planches, a renowned club with a young, selective clientele. If the dancefloor isn’t your style, why not go to an enchanting evening show at the Crazy Horse? This famous Parisian cabaret promises glamorous musical numbers and sensual scenes performed by talented dancers.