A new stage for contemporary art in the PARIS REGION in the very core of the “Les Halles” neighborhood!

A new stage for contemporary art in the PARIS REGION in the very core of the “Les Halles” neighborhood!

The “Les Halles” neighbourhood in the centre of Paris has been one of the liveliest spots ever since the 12th Century! Following the inauguration of the Canopy in 2016 (External link) and the modernisation of the entire area in the vicinity of the Musée du Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, we now await impatiently for the opening of a major new museum devoted to contemporary art: La Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection! There will also be a brand-new temple to shopping and luxury: La Samaritaine!

Let's start the day at the Canopy, this architectural feature of glass and steel. Visitors will find plenty of breakfast options in the Westfield Mall (External link) and all around.

Forum des Halles 2016
©Alain Potignon/Forum des Halles 2016

Then let’s head to the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection (External link) , which opening has been postponed until spring 2021, that will allow visitors to explore an exciting selection of contemporary art in this iconic Parisian heritage building. Thematic collections of works, monographic exhibitions, new productions, commissions, carte blanches… the museum will be opened to all artistic disciplines, with the intention of attracting both connoisseurs and anyone looking to discover something new.

We advise then to visit the Caves du Louvres (External link) to learn more about wine! Choose a guided visit or simply download the “The French Wine Experience” app. Wine lovers can go further still and create their own wine during a 2-hour workshop.
For lunch, visitors can eat typical French dishes in one of the many bistros around Les Halles. If they are lucky enough to have good weather, they can pick something up on the go and enjoy a picnic in the gardens of the Palais Royal (External link) before going for a lovely stroll at the famous black and white Buren columns

Palais Royal
CRT IDF/ATF/Liiinks/Laurent Derossi

The afternoon is the perfect time for a major shopping spree on Rue de Rivoli, which is conveniently restricted to bikes and buses. La Samaritaine (External link) will become an unmissable stop following its much-anticipated renaissance. This iconic Parisian department store will also house the 5-star Cheval Blanc hotel with 72 rooms for visitors. Right outside La Samaritaine, the Pont Neuf (ironically the oldest bridge in Paris) provides access to the banks of the Seine, a popular after-work spot for Parisians in the summertime.

© Droits réservés La Samaritaine

To end the day on a perfect note and enjoy a taste of the lively Parisian nightlife, Rue Montorgueil and its many restaurants will be the perfect place to sit down for dinner.

More information:
https://www.visitparisregion.com/en (External link)

Lanika LEGER
Promotions Manager at the Paris Region Tourist Board