Housed in a glass building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Novel, and set among the tranquil woodland garden landscapes created by Lothar Baumgarten, this invaluable space organizes multiple exhibitions and events a year; often focusing on the connection between “contemporary expression” and the performing arts.
La Gaîté Lyrique is a unique space that focuses on Paris’ exploding digital arts scene.
In addition to a video station that could excite any gaming enthusiast, it also contains an interactive library, café, and rotating exhibitions hall, all housed in its meticulously curated downstairs.
Here, you can also explore contemporary digital expression in mediums, ranging from cinema to web design, to visual arts and electronic music.
Wander through its collection of over 20,000 works, as well as a rotating block that features everything from traditional portraiture to optical illusions. Some of their most popular exhibitions have included a rare documentation of a full season spent behind-the-scenes at French fashion house Lanvin, or the architectural photographs of Caio Reisewitz. In addition to the gallery, it also hosts an auditorium, library, and video facility with frequent workshops.
This exciting, and relatively new (at least by Parisienne standards) gallery has built up a reputation for supporting young and established international artists — with a popular exhibition program that frequently collaborates with international museums and art centers.
Opened in May 2011, this popular gallerist's Marais outpost has become a “stronghold for the most powerful representatives of the Parisian art market,” attracting diverse talents like Nick Cave, whose ‘Soundsuits’ were a hit with Parisiennes, and photographer Boris Mikhailov — known as the Harmony Korine of Eastern Europe.
Established in 2002, Palais de Tokyo also provides an artist residency, the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, which is a veritable laboratory of artistic creation. This is all in addition to events (especially legendary Paris Fashion Week parties), a bookstore, several restaurants, and a club located within this massive space.
Inside this gorgeous, 500 square meter showroom — formerly an industrial garage from the 1930s — creatives flocked to exhibit, with past participants including Parisian multimedia artist Cyprien Gaillard and up-and-coming British photographer Mat Collishaw.
Located in a retail arcade built in the 1800s, Pierre Passebon’s Galerie du Passage is a favorite haunt for collectors of rare 20th-century furnishings and objects d’art, with past patrons including auction-house chairman Simon de Pury and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
Inside this two-story space, peruse quirky antiques alongside midcentury ceramics and fine home furnishings.
Step into the clean, white lines of this chic gallery, created by the French fashion powerhouse Agnès b, and mingle with some of today’s most exciting artists and their works - including Lucien Hervé, Kenneth Anger, Mike Lash, and Martin Parr (just to name a few).
Meanwhile, a second, more spacious gallery space is located across the courtyard. In 2009, the gallery also added its own library to house a “paper palace of press cuttings, reviews, books, objets d’art” and publish their own in-house periodical, Pointe d’ironie, created by Agnès B. and legendary art critic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.
107 Rue de Rivoli
Located just next to the Louvre along Rue du Rivoli, the Les Arts Décoratifs has a storied history of keeping alive the French "culture of the arts which seek to make useful things beautiful.”
Originated in 1882, when a group of collectors came together to help promote the applied arts and develope links between industry and culture, design and production, for years it was known as the Union centrale des Arts décoratifs (UCAD). In December 2004, it changed names and refined its purpose, preserving collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design.
2 - SHOPPING
Marais’ newest craft concept store, Empreintes is a four floor, 600 square meter paean to design, set inside the architectural work of Carreau du Temple and the Marché des Enfants Rouges.
Here, tableware, ornaments, jewelry, furniture, lighting, and artwork created by some of France’s most talented artisans sit side by side with a lively café, library, projection room, and exhibition space.
14 rue Debelleyme
Established in 2012, and with a satellite store in New York, Études is both a fine art collective and a haute-streetwear menswear brand specializing in minimalist clothing, footwear, and even rare-edition publishing and art books.
2 Rue de la Mare
On of our favorite bookstores in Paris, peruse a fantastic selection of illustrated books and editions among a hybrid, triple-purpose space — complete with a curio shop and gallery.
This concept shop tucked away near the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th was recently opened by the designers behind French eco-conscious sneaker label Veja — beloved by French celebrities and the socially-minded.
In addition to Veja’s sleek shoes, check out a range of slow fashion pieces from the likes of Valentine Gauthier, Christine Phung, F-ABRIC by Freitag and more, all inside this gorgeous white-washed space.
10 rue Hérold
This iconic french boutique is credited with first introducing the Antwerp 6 design collective to Paris, and today is still one of the best places to scout out the best in up-and-coming haute fashion.
213 Rue Saint-Honoré
One of the most exciting stores in Paris, Colette melds design, style, and art, and features everything from women’s clothing, to counterculture book and records, to a "water bar" that serves more than 100 brands of bottled water.
25 Rue Hérold
Chez Moi is more than just a concept shop — it’s also a performance piece created to look like a real Apartment, only everything is available for purchase. Inside, peruse David Hockney art books, clothing by Cornaërt, home decor by Pulpo, and rare art magazines and accessories.
It’s no accident this space is a cozy hideaway from the Paris hubub — it’s also the “home” of designer Jean-Baptiste Charpenay-Limon. Created by Freek architects, it’s the perfect place to start dreaming of your ideal Parisienne pied a terre.
3 - EAT & DRINK
13 bis, rue Henry Monnier
93 Rue Bac
Musée d'Orsay, 7ème
A free annual dusk ’til dawn arts festival - 7pm to 7am on the first Saturday in October
Translates to “white night”, each year the first Saturday in October sees the city transform into a glowing mecca of all night art/lighting installations.
Inspired by St Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, which tends to extend through the entire summer, Paris’ more restrained version creates 24 hours of fantastic art and design — one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, and inspiring dozens of copycats.
September 8-16, 2017
Each year, and for eight staggering days, this popular design event culls the best in French and international design professionals to convene for a rousing series of discussions, displays, and presentations.
You can expect to see many of the stars of this festival later pop up in the chicest international retailers, galleries, showrooms, hotels and restaurants.
September 8-12, 2017
MAISON&OBJET, timed to coincide with Paris Design Week, is THE major event for design professionals.
Bringing together an eclectic range of artisans and producers working in decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances and tableware (among other mediums) experience this inventive show that combines business and creativity.
5 - OTHERS
142 Rue Montmartre
Who says great design can only be found in galleries? Created in 2011 by film auteur David Lynch, Silencio is a member’s club on steroids, providing an exhilarating chance for the global creative community to mingle, collaborate, and coalesce.
Named after the cult venue in Lynch’s 2001 movie Mulholland Drive, and set underneath the Social Club — the hangout for Paris’s music lovers — it exists as a surrealist world of gold-leaf walls, neo-1950s style furniture, and unique lighting; all providing the perfect backdrop for concerts by up-and-coming bands, film premières, club nights and prestigious guests.
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