paris la défense: the top 5 things to do

Last updated Jun 04, 2023

If you know, you know… Europe’s largest business district isn’t just for corporate conferences and networking events, La Défense is a destination in its own right – a mini city in a city! With world-renowned public art and architecture, food from around the globe and one of Europe’s biggest shopping malls, there’s always something to see and do. A full year-round schedule of events means you can catch concerts and sports events if you get the timing right. Staycity Paris La Défense is perfectly located in the heart of this contemporary district. Whether you’re staying in Paris for business or enjoying a city break, there’s plenty of reasons to choose La Défense…


1. food trucks over restaurants 

It’s all about the humble food truck. You could spend a week in La Défense trying a new cuisine every day, from Indian dosas to authentic Mexican tacos and everything in between, your taste buds will never be bored! The trucks open for lunch and move between the main thoroughfares, you’ll find their route and various options here.


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2. shop ‘til you drop at westfield 4 temps

La Défense is home to one of Europe’s biggest shopping malls. The Westfield 4 Temps is a beast, with hundreds of boutiques selling French and International fashion, tech, home décor and all manner of high street brands. Enjoy a film at the massive cinema or grab a bite in one of the 46 restaurants. People travel from all over France to come here, it’s the most visited mall in France!



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3. arty strolls

Take your business trip with a side of culture. La Défense doubles up as a mind-blowing open-air museum. It has some of the world’s most impressive corporate architecture including the famous Grande Arche, so big it could fit Notre Dame Cathedral inside it. It’s also home to 69 pieces of public art by sculptors, painters and visual artists. Enjoy a free art tour and spot a piece of the Berlin wall, Miró’s colourful lovers and César’s huge thumb!



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4. happy hour bars

This is a work hard, play hard district. Come 5pm bars fill up for happy hour and the real business starts. The ultimate post-work spot is Nodd complete with panoramic terrace and view of Paris’ skyline, while Le Philosophe has a happy hour every day of the week with a wide range of beers, local wines and cocktails in a relaxed retro atmosphere. Weather permitting, climb up to the roof of La Défense’s Grande Arche and enjoy a breathtaking view of Paris.

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5. park life

Take a break from the shiny buildings with a respite in André Malraux park. Beautifully designed to merge with its urban surroundings, the park winds and weaves around lawns, ponds and open spaces. Spot local birds or enjoy a lunchtime picnic over a good book, it’s the perfect antidote to the bustling business district.



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