Visit iconic places and experience new concepts
More and more ambitious and innovative places will be appearing on the scene in Paris in 2020. Get ready to discover hybrid easy living places, architectural gems and new must-see spots!
For its 150th anniversary, and after a 15-year closing period, the celebrated Samaritaine makes its grand comeback in April! Now part of the LVMH group and renamed ‘La Samaritaine Paris Pont Neuf’, it will include a 20,000 m² store, a luxury hotel under the Cheval Blanc brand, 15,000 m² of offices, 97 social housing units, 4 restaurants (including one run by starred chef Arnaud Donckele) and an 80-place nursery. The hotel will comprise 72 rooms and suites (45 m² for the smallest) with a view of the Seine, including a 1,000 m² suite with a private swimming pool on the 8th floor.
Another important opening this year is the Pinault Collection at the Bourse du Commerce, expected to be accessible to the public in June. Formerly the Chamber of Commerce, the building is being transformed into a magnificent museum of contemporary art by the talented famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The project includes 3,000 m² of modular exhibition space, a 300-seat auditorium to host conferences, symposiums or even concerts, a vast foyer, a ‘black box’ designed to accommodate video installations or performances, and a restaurant. A complete not-to-miss experience!
On the accommodation scene, the Hotel Chouchou, formerly Richmond Opéra, will open its doors in April after a complete makeover by the Elegancia Group. Located in the 9th arrondissement, close to Opéra, this 4-star establishment features 63 stylish rooms and suites celebrating French craftsmanship. It also offers numerous living spaces, such as a market - bar - guingette with live entertainment. A backstage area with 3 rooms is available for private hire for events for up to 40 people seated, and 3 baths on the lower ground floor can be rented by the hour to enjoy being pampered in a soothing setting.
If you haven't already done so, it is worth stopping off at the Porte de Versailles to discover the recent Mama Shelter Paris West! Well located for business travellers, this establishment designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte has 207 rooms, as well as an à la carte restaurant signed Guy Savoy, two bars and terraces, and 400 m² of space for private hire.
Enjoy the excitement of international events
With more than 300 events daily, the City of Light is a major destination for events. This year has a line-up of major trade shows, international sporting events and top-class cultural events.
Paris is a leading city for the hosting of trade fairs and congresses. Some 400 trade fairs and exhibitions are held here every year and the city landed the title of ‘world’s number one destination for international congresses’ last year.
The two biennial trade fairs the Paris Motor Show and SIAL return to the capital! Running from 1 to 11 October at the Porte de Versailles, the 121st edition of the Paris Motor Show promises a festival of events. This year, there will be a focus on autonomous vehicles, which will be the subject of impressive demonstrations. Special events such as concerts, recreational workshops and conferences of all kinds for all types of public will be the opportunity to see the car in a different light. The FISITA World Mobility Summit, the annual congress of the world's automotive learned societies, bringing together 120 countries, will also be held here.
The SIAL is the biggest global food marketplace and will be held from 18 to 22 October at Paris Nord Villepinte. The focus this year will be on the challenges and opportunities that are emerging to keep pace with rapid changes in the industry and our society. Over 5 days, players in the sector will gather together to discuss these transitions and inspire the food of tomorrow.
Are you a sports enthusiast at heart? Don’t miss the Paris Marathon on 5 April or, for tennis fans, the major French Open from 18 May to 7 June. Another key sporting event is the European Athletics Championships, to be held from 25 to 31 August at the Stade Charléty.
For those who are keen on cultural walks, European Museums Night on 16 May is a unique opportunity to discover Parisian monuments at nightfall; European Heritage Days, in September, provide an opportunity to visit establishments that are usually closed to the public. Also, not to be missed, the Arc de Triomphe, which will be wrapped up by Christo with 25,000 m² of recyclable silver blue polypropylene fabric and 7,000 metres of red rope from 19 September to 4 October!
Foodies will love the Goût de France/Good France festival on 16 April, the Gourmet Art festival from 16 to 19 April on the Champs-Elysées, and Taste of Paris in May at the Grand Palais, the opportunity to taste signature dishes by top chefs and take part in culinary events.
Admire the new look of iconic museums
At the end of a major renovation project in Paris’s municipal museums, begun in 2015, several landmark museums will reopen their doors to the public this year with new spaces and innovative sceneography.
Among these is the Musée Carnavalet, a popular museum dedicated to the history of Paris, which is scheduled to open in spring after more than 3 years of renovation work. It will offer mediation and a redesigned 3,900 m² visit, along with rooms for consulting works, documents and archives, as well as areas with workshops for children and adults and spaces for temporary virtual or physical exhibitions. The two mansions will also have new event and catering areas.
The renovation of the Musée Cernuschi, the museum of Asian arts, is expected to be completed slightly earlier, in March. The museum will unveil a new layout of the permanent collections with digital features and archaeological and museographical modifications that will highlight modern works and inter-Asian exchanges.
Finally, the Maison de Victor Hugo will once again welcome the public this summer for a visit to the exhibition ‘Dans l’intimité du génie’ (‘The Heart of Genius’), showing from June. To admire the permanent exhibitions, it will now be necessary to climb the steps of the renovated service stairs, which Victor Hugo used in order to leave the house discreetly. Also new, the superb leafy courtyard has a cafe, the perfect spot for a gourmet pause at the end of a visit.