The area of Beaubourg is one of the most diverse districts in Paris and that makes it really unique. Located at the junction of several Parisian areas, Les Halles and Le Marais. the pleasant atmosphere it offers is appreciated both by tourists and French people along, as culture, art and leisure dominate this Parisian scenery.
Why should you go there?
In a certain way Beaubourg is a “mix ” between the 3rd and the 4th quarter of Paris. It offers both a chilling and lively atmosphere at the same time, and you will enjoy a walk in the streets, especially if you like to discover Paris and all of Beaubourg’s recesses walking.
The district of Beaubourg met success with the creation in the 70s of the Modern Art museum of Paris, the Centre Pompidou (1977). Former French President Georges Pompidou decided its construction because he wanted the city of Paris to have a cultural center, in which all Parisian could have access to culture. Today, the Centre Pompidou is famous for its exhibitions of modern art, but it also offers a movie theatre, a small concert hall, a public library and even a restaurant on the roof (Le Georges) from where you will have a wonderful view over Paris.
Why did Pompidou choose this area? Because this area has a good location: the center of Paris, and it is also near 2 of the most dynamic areas of Paris: Les Halles and Le Marais. At the time, Les Halles was the biggest food market in Paris and le Marais was the gentry neighborhood, which became gradually a trendy area. Today, the evolution of both districts and the cultural influence of the Centre Pompidou have created a very enjoyable atmosphere in Beaubourg.
Activities in Beaubourg
There are so many things to do and discover in Beaubourg! Its particular location offers the tourists and the French people along a large choice of activities. The main attraction not to miss in Beaubourg is the Centre Pompidou. It is a museum that has gathered a huge art collection since the 1970s. A private tour of the Centre Pompidou is available if you wish to discover everything about its architecture and its history.
Around Beaubourg there is the quarter Les Halles. Les Halles is a very good place if you want to enjoy leisure and cultural activities. There is a huge shopping complex, Le Forum des Halles, and a lot of theaters. Le Marais quarter is very nice as well. And more specially if you want to discover a few museums like Le Musée des Arts et Métiers (museum presenting scientific and industrial artworks and artifacts, including Foucault’s pendulum), or even more its large mansions such as the Hôtel de Sens ou the Hôtel de Sully. A great way to discover the area is to take a private Street Art Tour in Le Marais
Who is it for?
The different faces of this area turned it into one of the most disparate and enjoyable places in Paris. That means that it is such a diverse place that it ‘s likely to be appreciated by everyone. Young or older people, tourists and Parisians, Beaubourg will without a doubt meet with your expectations while travelling in Paris. And whether you want to go shopping, to discover museums or just to have a drink in a beautiful and original Parisian café, it will suit your needs in your exploration of the beautiful city of Paris.
How to get there
The Beaubourg area is pretty wide as it combines two neighbourhoods. So there are several possibilities to go there. However, the easiest ways to get there are as follows:
Les Halles area: by metro, stop at the station Les Halles or Châtelet Les Halles (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 or 14).
Le Marais area: by metro you can stop at the station Hotel de Ville or Saint Paul (line 1) or Rambuteau (line 11).
Le Centre Pompidou: by metro stop at Rambuteau station (line 11) or Hotel de Ville (line 1 or 11). Several buses also pass by, including n° 72 which goes all the way along the Seine River from the West.