Paris Destination Guide
Fashion Week, Design Week and an abundance of international art fairs make Paris a supremely stylish place to be. Add to the mix an exciting programme of major exhibitions by leading modern and contemporary artists, as well as some of Europe’s most prestigious sporting occasions, and you’ll soon discover each season’s special appeal. Here are our favourite Parisian events to uncover.
The Collectors’ Promenade
Like a living work of art, Le Meurice continues to be shaped by the many personalities who walk through its doors. For our second year, we’re delighted to host an art exhibition in partnership with design galleries Gosserez and Maison Parisienne, for the chance to discover an exciting collection of artworks, handcrafted furniture pieces and contemporary design works.
Tuesday, April 2 – Sunday, April 7
From the entrance to the Castiglione gallery
‘La Dolce Vita’ evening at Le Relais Plaza
On the evening of April 9, Le Relais Plaza will be transformed to capture the glamour and nostalgia of Italian cinema, inspired by 60s classic La Dolce Vita. We welcome Michelin-starred guest chef Fabio Ciervo from Hotel Eden in Rome, who joins the kitchen to present an exquisite four-course Italian menu.
Four-course menu – €95 per person
Event takes place during Italian Week at Le Relais Plaza, April 8 – 14.
Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
‘Femmes, je vous aime’ exhibition
A celebration of all things feminine comes to La Cour Jardin this spring. Unveiled just before International Women’s Day, our new exhibition features the works of 20 internationally renowned contemporary artists, who all present their own unique vision of femininity. It’s a chance to admire and purchase beautiful pieces from the likes of Ormond Gigli, Michel Comte, Douglas Kirkland, Russell Young, Georges Dambier and Thierry Le Gouès.
Until the end of April 2019
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Saut Hermès au Grand Palais
The show-jumping elite gathers in the French capital this spring for the next round of Saut Hermès au Grand Palais. The five-star international show-jumping competition canters across three days at the Grand Palais, offering the world’s most prestigious riders and their steeds the opportunity to compete for spectacular prizes.
Until March 24, 2019
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
+33 140 174 700
Image © Frédéric Chehu
Mois de la Photo-OFF
Roll up, Instagram enthusiasts! In April, Paris is awash with inspired photography, with galleries, pop-up studios, book stores and train stations rolling out some of Europe’s sharpest talent in displays across the city. A fringe spin-off of the official biannual November Mois de la Photo, the focus here is on emerging talent with a taste for the off-beat.
Image © Kira Bunse
PAD Paris Art + Design
Those with an appreciation for clean lines and clever designs will find plenty to inspire among the collections of contemporary furniture, home décor, objets d’art and jewellery showcased at PAD Paris Art + Design. Nearly 80 competitive galleries from across the globe exhibit a choice selection of works, from sleek interiors to state-of-the-art light installations.
April 3 – 7, 2019
Jardin des Tuileries, facing 234 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 30 85 20
Art Paris Art Fair
The freshest instalment of Paris’ tribute to contemporary art returns to the glassy domes of the Grand Palais this spring. Art Paris Art Fair is a cutting-edge collection of contemporary paintings, illustrations, conceptual installations and sculpture, curated by 150 competitive international galleries from their most talented artists and producers. Whether you browse or buy, it’s the city’s go-to for art enthusiasts.
April 4 – 7, 2019
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
+33 156 265 213
Image © Marc Domage
Histoire(s) d'une Collection
In celebration of Musée des Artistes Vivants’ bicentennial, Centre Pompidou refocuses a retrospective lens on 20th-century art. Histoire(s) d’une Collection draws together over 120 works from some of the biggest players in modernism to explore centre’s highly successful history. The fruit of a huge undertaking, the retrospective features pieces by Kandinsky, Lichtenstein and Picasso among others.
Until April 15, 2019
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
+33 144 781 233
Image © istock_Romasolo_
Fashion Freak Show by Jean Paul Gaultier
Irreverent Parisian fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who blazed a trail in the 80s with his sassy street-wear collections and pioneering efforts to popularise the “man skirt”, brings his eccentric part-catwalk, part-social commentary Fashion Freak Show to the famous Folies Bergère—the very same cabaret house that features in Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergere.
Until April 21, 2019
Folies Bergère, 32 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris
Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés
One of the headliners of the 19th edition of Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés is Rymden, a trio of Scandinavian jazz virtuosos led by pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, who’s won awards for his fresh style. Alongside great tunes, the festival commandeers some fantastic venues. From the grand Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe to an atmospheric old church, this is a rewarding acoustic exploration of Paris’ historic artistic centre.
May 16 – 27, 2019
Various locations around Paris
Image © Geraldine Santin
Dimanches au Galop
Sundays are a good time to visit Paris in the springtime—specifically ParisLongchamp racecourse. Fun, family-friendly days out include entertainment from Longchamp’s very amenable resident unicorn Aralée Clair alongside the usual run of high-octane races starring the country’s leading jockeys and their steeds. Take a grandstand seat to toast the winner at the finish line.
April 29 – May 27, 2019
Hippodrome ParisLongchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
+33 144 307 500
Image © istock_marlenka
Arte Opera Season
Occupying Paris’ most prestigious auditoriums—namely Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille—until summer, Arte Opera Season indulges those with an ear for classical music with a glorious repertoire. From Paris National Opera’s skilled sopranos to refined tenors and sweeping scores from across Europe, the season is a thrilling time for opera enthusiasts to visit the French capital.
Until June 2, 2019
Various locations around Paris
+33 171 252 423
Image © Monika Rittershaus
Evening Concerts at Musée d’Orsay
No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the grande dame of its galleries, the Musée d’Orsay. Step inside after dark to enjoy a spectacular programme of classical concerts and recitals by international performers in the Auditorium. This year’s Evening Concerts feature everything from opera to jazz, with performances usually starting at 8pm.
Until June 5, 2019
Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Image © iStock_skynesher
The French Open
The biggest international names in tennis go racket to ball in this year’s round of the Roland-Garros French Open. Last year saw Rafael Nadal claim the title for a record 11th time, while Romanian Simona Halep, who ranks first in the list of WTA players, won the women’s final after a tense match against Sloane Stephens. Secure a courtside seat to cheer this year’s winner.
May 20 – June 9, 2019
Stade Roland-Garros, 51 Boulevard d’Auteuil, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Image © iStock_isitsharp
Franz Marc/August Macke. L’aventure du Cavalier bleu
Spanning five years at the start of the 20th century, Franz Marc/August Macke. L’aventure du Cavalier bleu shows works by two major players in Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) Expressionist movement. Both producers of colourful, kaleidoscopic landscapes, it was their shared passion for French art—notably Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin — that inspired their friendship.
March 6 – June 17, 2019
Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
+33 144 778 007
Image © Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism
A varied body of 100 rare artworks that belonged to Samuel Courtauld showcases in Paris for the first time in 60 years as Fondation Louis Vuitton collaborates with London’s Courtauld Gallery. An affluent 20th-century English industrialist, Courtauld’s real passion was collecting art and he is thought to have ignited a taste for Impressionism in the United Kingdom.
February 20 – June 17, 2019
Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
Image © The Samuel Courtauld Trust_The Courtauld Gallery, London
Men's Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2020
The elite of the gentlemen’s fashion world converges in Paris in June to showcase the sleek lines and trail-blazing styles that will keep the French capital cool next summer. Catwalk shows, star-studded parties and glittering events are rolled out across Paris’ most illustrious venues, from the gardens at the Palais Royale to theatres, pavilions and museums throughout the city.
June 18 – 23, 2019
+33 (0)1 42 66 64 44
Image © iStock_Guasor
International Paris Air Show
The biennial air show touches down at the Aéroport Paris – Le Bourget with its usual daredevil stunts and skilled aerial formations. Over a century old, the International Paris Air Show is the world’s longest-running aerospace show, with impressive flying displays taking off every afternoon.
June 21 – 23, 2019
Parc des Expositions Paris Le Bourget, Aéroport Paris-le Bourget, 93350 Le Bourget
+33 (0)1 53 23 33 33
Image © SIAE 2017_Anthony Guerra _ Alex Marc
Haute Couture Fashion Week
The city’s pre-eminent celebration of high fashion, Fédération Française de la Couture’s Haute Couture Fashion Week makes its biannual return to Paris this summer. The most elite fashion houses and brands—including the likes of Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier—will send their anticipated autumn/winter 2019/2020 collections down the runway.
June 30 – July 4, 2019
Various locations around Paris
+33 (0)1 42 66 64 44
Image © iStock_DKart
July 14 is the French National Day, celebrating the storming of the Bastille in 1789 that began the revolution. In Paris, the celebrations are lavish and wide-ranging, from a military parade along the Avenue des Champs Élysées followed by an aerial spectacular, to live concerts and a fantastic pyrotechnical display that lights up the sky around the Eiffel Tower.
July 14, 2019
Image © iStock_8213erika
Thomas Houseago – Almost Human
Trace the career of UK-born sculptor Thomas Houseago from his early 1990s sculptures to the mammoth installations he’s notorious for today. This strong and compelling collection explores his creative forays into wood, plaster, metal, concrete and bronze, with gargantuan figurative pieces dominating the Musee d’Art Moderne’s galleries.
March 15 – July 14, 2019
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11, avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris
+33 153 674 000
Image © Fredrik Nilsen Studio _Adagp Paris 2018
Black models: from Géricault to Matisse
Encompassing 1974’s abolition of slavery in France, the Harlem Renaissance, the avant-garde movement and more recent works, this exhibition focuses on how subjects of colour have been represented in art. It’s a provocative study of the political, social and racial undercurrents that propelled pieces by Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse among others.
March 26 – July 21, 2019
Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
+33 140 494 814
Image © Musée d_Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais_Patrice Schmidt
Lolla is global, but for two days in July the music festival is firmly French. Held at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, Lollapalooza Paris’ crowd-pleasing line-up of artists and bands attracts around 120,000 spectators. Passes are available for one or both days, with exciting food and family experiences available for festival-goers to enjoy throughout.
July 20 – 21, 2019
Hippodrome de Longchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
Image © iStock_Slavica
Paris Jazz Festival
The musically-inclined flock to Parc Floral every summer for a spectacular jazz extravaganza. Flanking the grand Château de Vincennes, the botanical gardens provide a stunning al-fresco backdrop to the Paris Jazz Festival’s thrilling line-up. Those in the know bring a picnic and a bottle of something special to enjoy alongside the excellent tunes.
June 30 – July 22, 2019
Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
+33 (0)1 48 76 83 01
Image © iStock_Pornpak Khunatorn
Picasso and War
War and its devastation, peace and its symbols: the central thrust of Picasso and War is how major conflicts as well as periods of peace influenced Picasso’s works. The Spanish artist spent much of his life in France and lived through both World Wars, Cuba’s War of Independence and America’s war with Vietnam. Musée de l’Armée’s brings together paintings, press publications, photographs and private archive documents to navigate a dynamic that is rarely explored in this artist’s oeuvre.
April 5 – July 28, 2019
Musée de l’Armée, 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 42 38 77
Image © iStock_Elerium
Arrival of Le Tour de France at Avenue des Champs-Elysées
The world’s best-known cycling race, Le Tour de France starts in Brussels and traverses the Alps before finally racing into Paris, finishing at the top of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, underneath the Arc de Triomphe. The route is packed with spectators, giving the riders well-earned applause after three weeks of intense competition.
July 6 – 28, 2019
Image © iStock_saintho
Electronic Music from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk
The controversial electronic beats that skittered across dancefloors in Chicago and Detroit in the early 1980s changed the course of music history and marked the birth of electronic dance music. This aural retrospective honours the genre’s humble and boundary-pushing roots with a skilled curation by French sound artist Jean-Yves Leloup.
April 9 – August 11, 2019
Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
+33 144 844 484
Image © AFP_Charles Platieau
Calder – Picasso
Both Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) altered the way we perceive art. Now, with the beauty of hindsight, Musée Picasso brings 150 works and texts into focus to examine the dialogue between the two creative contemporaries: their meetings, their use of negative space, and their ability to produce obscure and often illusory viewpoints.
February 19 – August 25, 2019
Musée Picasso, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
+33 185 560 036
Image © Calder Foundation New York_ADAGP, Paris
Romantic Paris (1815-1848)
This opulent exhibition celebrates Paris during the three decades between the fall of Napoleon and the French Revolution. During that time, the French capital reigned over fashion, music and literature, encouraging artists and creatives from across the continent to cluster in the city and contribute to its thriving culture. The Petit Palais offers a glimpse of this glittering romantic heyday.
May 22 – September 15, 2019
Petit Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 43 40 00
Image © iStock_Nastasic
Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
A key driver behind the Parisian avant-garde movement in the late 1860s, but less celebrated than her Impressionist peers Monet, Degas and Renoir, this exhibition honours Berthe Morisot’s prolific talent. Consistently endeavouring to ‘capture something that passes’, her work depicts the homes, private lives and holidays of the bourgeoisie with an intriguing focus on women’s fashion.
June 18 – September 22, 2019
Musée d’Orsay, 62 rue de Lille, 75343 Paris Cedex 07
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Image © Musée d Orsay
Musical Fountain Shows
The French gardens of Versailles date back to the reign of Louis XIV, and they certainly honour the monarch’s exacting tastes. The annual Musical Fountain Shows are a popular series of immaculately articulated water displays that bring the gardens to life. Lully and Rameau’s frothy scores are accompanied by choreographed sculpture fountains, with every Saturday night offering incredible displays of liquid and light.
March 27 – October 30, 2019
Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
+33 130 837 800
Dos à la Mode (Back to Fashion)
In collaboration with the currently under-renovation Palais Galliera, Dos à la Mode is all about how clothes look from the back. Trains, cut outs, clasps and patterns collide as the spotlight shines on a varied selection of garments. Haute couture gowns, military uniforms and straightjackets: the exhibition presents a collection of clothes from the 18th century to the present day.
July 5 – November 17, 2019
Musée Bourdelle, 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris
+33 (0)1 49 54 73 73
Image © iStock_CoffeeAndMilk
Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée (The Starry Night)
Van Gogh’s dreamy meadows and star-swirled skies are brought to vivid, colour-saturated life with L’Atelier des Lumières’ immersive digital display, projected onto 15,000m2/161,459ft2 walls. Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée is a 35-minute journey into the Dutch artist’s life and his most famous works, retracing his steps through Arles, Paris and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
February 22 – December 31, 2019
L’Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 80 98 46 00
Image © Bridgeman Images
Venture beneath the waves at this large-scale immersive exhibition designed to explore the broad biodiversity of the world’s oceans. Encounter giant whale skeletons, life-size models of great white sharks and schools of blue fin tuna alongside intriguing characters such as the deep-sea dragonfish, which produces its own illumination. Pop up above water to meet the polar bears and penguins.
April 3, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Jardin des Plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 79 56 01