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Reasons to visit Paris in 2020

January 14, 2020

Ernest Hemingway famously said, “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” Experience both from your Parisian home away from home at Hôtel Plaza Athénée or Le Meurice with our 2020 city highlights.

Fashion forward

The life of a Parisian fashionista is marked by an action-packed series of high profile fashion weeks. During this time the city feels like one big catwalk, showcasing the world’s finest designs. The calendar consists of two Haute Couture Fashion Weeks (January 20 – 23 and July 5 – 9), two Men’s Fashion Weeks (January 14 – 19 and June 23 – 28), and two Ready-to-Wear Fashion Weeks (February 24 – March 3 and September 28 – October 6).

All things equestrian

The Grand Prix d’Amerique at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes is celebrating its 100th anniversary as the Harness Racing World Championships (January 26). This highly competitive race was created in homage to the Americans for their help during the First World War.  Elite showjumpers compete at the spectacular Grand Palais in the prestigious Saut Hermès (March 21 – 22). For an unforgettable day of thoroughbred horse-racing, visit the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at the ParisLongchamp Racecourse, which is also celebrating its centenary (October 3 – 4).

For the love of cars

Feast your eyes on the finest retro and vintage cars at Retromobile, held at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (February 5 – 9). Now in its 45th year and hosting over 620 exhibitors, you’ll be dazzled by exquisite design and exceptional craftsmanship. If car racing is more your thing, look out for the Paris E-Prix, part of the ABB Formula E Championship at Les Invalides (April 18), where single-seater electric cars compete for victory across the city’s cobbled streets.

Something for sport enthusiasts

See the city transformed by the arrival of around 60,000 runners from 145 different nationalities for the annual Paris Marathon (April 5), along a famous landmark lined route. For tennis fans there’s The French Open, officially known at Roland-Garros, with the world’s top players taking part (May 24 – June 7). The other must-see event is the last day of the challenging Tour de France, when crowds gather to greet the cyclists as they ride along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

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Taste of Paris

For a gourmet experience to remember, head to a Taste of Paris at the Grand Palais. This four-day food festival (May 14 – 17) gives you a delicious taste of both Michelin-starred cuisine and dishes from upcoming culinary stars, served by the chefs themselves at a series of pop-up restaurants.

Bastille Day celebrations

Bastille Day takes place at the height of summer on July 14 and is a national holiday across France. It marks the storming of the Bastille prison and turning point in the French Revolution in 1789. Highlights include a military ceremony and parade on the Avenue des Champs Élysées and a spectacular fireworks show at the Eiffel Tower.

A city of art

Paris is home to some of the best museums and galleries in the world and this year they have a host of exciting exhibitions. The major exhibition at the Louvre is Body and Soul: Sculpture in Italy from Donatello to Michelangelo (May 6 – August 17). Later in the year, the Arc de Triomphe will be transformed into a work of art by artist Christo (September 19 – October 4) and the Musée de l’Orangerie is featuring the creative work of Chaïm Soutine and Willem de Kooning (October 7 – January 25, 2021).

For more inspiration for your time in Paris, ask our knowledgeable concierge teams for ideas to suit your interests and take a look at our Paris Destination Guide.

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