In and around La Villette

With leisure activities, nature and culture, the La Villette district is strikingly dynamic

The La Villette district situated in the 19th arrondissement district of Paris has been undergoing urban redevelopment since the beginning of the 1980s. Since then many projects have taken shape: the 55-hectare La Villette Park — one of the largest parks in the capital, the Le Zénith de Paris concert hall, the Cité de la Musique, the Géode and its hemispherical film screen, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, etc. This part of the Paris North-East has in a few years become a vibrant area that boasts architecture, leisure, culture and nature.

1 104 / Centquatre

Le Centquatre, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

The CENTQUATRE is a new Paris city council artistic establishment and a unique place devoted to production and innovation. Located in the 19th arrondissement on the site of the former Municipal Funeral Services, this 39,000 m² space is an ensemble of unique architecture and a place where art meets the general public. Artists regularly hold meetings with the public. These are a great occasion to get an inside view of an artist’s work through talks, presentations of works, readings, public rehearsals, etc. These meetings require an admission fee. The CENTQUATRE organizes sports activities and dance classes (some of these are free of charge).

2 Cité de la musique

Cité de la musique, philharmonie 2, vue extérieure, Paris © William Beaucardet / Philharmonie de Paris

A veritable venue dedicated to music, the Cité de la musique, situated in the southern section of the Parc de la Villette, close to the Conservatoire de Paris, is the work of architect, Christian de Portzamparc. The museum is accessible to everyone and allows greater access to musical culture through its programme of concerts, its museum, educational activities and publications that are suitable for both children and adults alike.

3 Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - Universcience

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie © OTCP - Marc Bernard

Behind its steel and glass exterior, this futuristic giant, surrounded by water, offers a multitude of activities that make science and technology fun and accessible. Talks, aquarium, 3-D cinema, Cités des Enfants, des Métiers, de la Santé, exhibitions, media library, planetarium, workshops, etc. Difficult to fit everything in at one go!

4 La Géode

La Géode, Parc de la Villette © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Behind its steel and glass exterior, this futuristic giant, surrounded by water, offers a multitude of activities that make science and technology fun and accessible. Talks, aquarium, 3-D cinema, Cités des Enfants, des Métiers, de la Santé, exhibitions, media library, planetarium, workshops, etc. Difficult to fit everything in at one go! La Géode closes its doors for two years from November 30, 2018, for renovation work.

5 Sous-marin L'Argonaute

Hall de la Géode © Thinkstock

L’Argonaute, located within the Parc de la Villette, is a real submarine used in the war in the 1950s and disarmed in 1982. With the help of an audio-guide, discover the interior of the submarine from the crew station to the torpedo launching area. This exhibition space presents the history and the technology behind submarines.

6 Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

The Parc de la Villette has become a popular place to walk for fans of wide open spaces. Stretching over 55 hectares, of which 35 are outdoor, this huge area can be discovered on foot or by bicycle. Its two immense grassy areas dotted with 26 ‘follies’, contemporary red-coloured structures are an ideal place to relax or play. Built on the site of the former municipal slaughterhouses, this huge park open 24/24 combines nature, architecture, play areas, exhibition areas, shows and debates. It is home to the Grande Halle, the Cité de la Musique, the Conservatoire, the Théâtre Paris-Villette, the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the Géode, the Zénith, the Trabendo, the Cabaret Sauvage and an equestrian centre.