The new pedestrian map of Paris La Défense to access all your desires
Who has never been lost in La Défense? It's not easy to find your way in this atypical urban environment ....
This is why, in order to make it easier for you to find your way around the La Défense business district, the public establishment of Paris La Défense has developed the pedestrian signage of the area:
6 major sectors identified by a remarkable place and a visual marker, the list of all the towers, access to public transport, taxi ranks, car parks, public facilities and services, etc.
Whatever your needs or aspirations: a hotel, culture, architecture, nature, gastronomy, shopping, relaxing with a drink..., find the right spot easily thanks to the new map of the territory's pedestrian zones.
Discover The Arche Ouest sector
Why not take a walk from the Grande Arche via the pier to the Arche gardens in Nanterre?
Come and have an aperitif, lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants on offer at Les Terrasses de Nanterre. There is no shortage of choice: French, vegetarian, Japanese, Chinese, pizzeria, crêperie and many others.
Alternatively, attend a concert, show or sporting event at the Paris La Défense Arena.
Discover The Arche Nord sector
This sector, rich in real estate and residential developments, home to numerous companies and well-known towers such as the Engie tower (former T1 tower, made popular with the general public for being a climbing ground for great professionals such as Léo Urban and Alexis Landot) or the University pole (Léonard de Vinci), is undergoing major changes.
The public spaces, pedestrian accesses and the former La Coupole shopping centre are going to be renovated to make the routes through this historic district of La Défense more fluid.
In the meantime, the Centre des Nouvelles Industries et Technologie offers you the opportunity to discover its shopping centre, its conference centre, an exhibition or simply its architect, who makes it a unique building.
Discover The Arche Sud sector
The Arche Sud sector is mainly known for the "Westfield les 4 Temps" shopping centre, the largest shopping centre in western Paris (+141,000 m²) and one of the most visited in France (+40 million visitors in 2019).
The Arche Sud sector is also the main axis for access to the bus station and vehicle traffic in the centre of the La Défense district.
Moreover, the sector is undergoing a revival with the forthcoming construction of a pedestrian link between the slab and the Gilles Clément garden to revitalise the area between Puteaux and Nanterre.
Discover The Esplanade Nord sector
A vast sector with multiple districts, the "Esplanade Nord" sector is dense in terms of discoveries.
It includes Cœur Défense, the management offices of Europe's leading business district.
The large Diderot park, the D2 tower (winner of the ArchiDesignClub Award 2015), the First tower or the pixel-art of the artist Invader on the stairs of the Iris footbridge are to be discovered.
Discover The Esplanade Sud sector
Composed of the Villon, Michelet, Bellini and République districts, the Esplanade Sud sector is home to the historic towers of La Défense: the Tour Total Michelet, the Tour Allianz One, the Tour Initiale ...
But also that of the future emblematic tower The Link (two towers of 228 and 165 m, linked on 30 levels by green walkways) which will modernise the landscape as for the renovations of the Carré Michelet and the Cours Michelet.
A residential sector, a gateway to the centre of La Défense from the south thanks to the pedestrian facilities created to allow accessibility for all, the Esplanade Sud sector, like the whole of La Défense, is evolving for the well-being of its inhabitants, employees and visitors.
Discover The Axe de La Défense sector
Central part of the La Défense business district, accessible by multimodal public transport (metro, RER, tramway, train), the Axe de La Défense sector is, from the Grande Arche, via Table Square and its Parvis, the largest public space in France.
From La Grande Arche, the Esplanades du Général de Gaulle or La Défense, enjoy the incredible view of the historical axis La Défense - Le Louvre (8 kilometres).
Every year, in summer, Garden Parvis is one of the events not to be missed, food, drinks and chill. In autumn, Urban Week, the street art festival of La Défense, redraws the lines of this territory.
A place of meetings and exchanges between employees, inhabitants and visitors, La Défense evolves with history, developments, exhibitions and events to offer a new experience every day.
"The essential of La Défense in 2 hours" tour
Let's go for a unique experience! Your express journey begins.
Departure: Grande Arche de La Défense station (RER A and M1)
At the top of the Grande Arche
Enjoy a 1,000 sq.m. terrace with an unobstructed view of Greater Paris. Not forgetting the exhibition space dedicated to photography. And an unobstructed view of the historic axis linking the Louvre to the La Défense business district.
Admire the CNIT with its impressive vault. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. The new underground RER E station will be opened at the end of 2022 to simplify your travel and provide better access to the shopping centre.
The Fontaine monumentale [monumental fountain] of Agam
A little further on, bask near Yaacov Agam's monumental fountain. It was designed to be a spectacular work of art, to be on the scale of the La Défense business district. Water, lights and music fill this place.
The Place Basse
Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation on the Place Basse with a breathtaking view of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. An ideal place to rest at lunchtime or to come with your family to discover the Paris La Défense district on a tourist trail.
The Bassin [Basin] of Takis
Finally, at the end of the esplanade, have a picnic by the Takis Basin. A work of art to be discovered, but also a cool place to be on warmer days. Children can often be found playing and having fun here when visiting the historic axis with their families.
"Architecture of La Défense" tour
Paris La Défense is the showcase of contemporary architecture. Walk in the footsteps of the greatest.
Departure: Esplanade de La Défense station (M1)
The First Tower
Impossible to miss, the First tower, the highest skyscraper in France at 231 metres high! It has been raised by 50 metres to be taller and to house the necessary offices. The tapered top of the building was designed to reinforce its image as a landmark.
The ovoid D2 tower
Atypical by its ovoid shape, it is one of the most emblematic achievements of the Franco-American duo Anthony Béchu and Tom Sheehan.
Completed during the last decade, it is a tower with an original architecture to discover during the visit of the place.
It is the largest office complex in Europe, designed by Jean-Paul Viguier, also the architect of the Majunga Tower. It has the largest usable office space in Europe with almost 190,000 sq.m. and 78 lifts and lifts to discover it.
The Légende Tower (former EDF tower)
Élaborée notamment avec Leoh Ming Pei, le créateur de la Pyramide du Louvre. Elle change de nom en 2021 suite à la réhabilitation de cette tour iconique.
Le but étant de dynamiser celle-ci, entre autre, avec restaurant à son sommet , ainsi qu’un auditorium de 120 places.
The Grande Arche
Designed by the Dane Johan Otto von Spreckelsen and completed by Paul Andreu. Discover the Arche de La Défense, for a walk, a gourmet break at the La City restaurant, to discover new exhibitions at the Espace Culturel, to admire the Grand Paris from an extraordinary and totally unique point of view during one of the many afterworks offered or others.
Paris La Défense Arena
Designed by Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in 2017, Europe's largest concert hall with 40,000 seats is also the resident stadium of the Racing 92 XV rugby club and will host the swimming events and the water polo final for the 2024 Olympic Games.
A unique venue, an ultra-modern hall for a show, whether sporting or cultural, that is bound to be original and totally immersive.
"Modern Art in the Open Air" tour
Are you an art lover? More than 60 works, monumental or discreet, are waiting for you in Paris La Défense.
Departure: Grande Arche de La Défense station (RER A and M1)
Le Pouce [The Thumb] of César
Monumental enlargement of the artist's thumb. It is seen as a fragment of our present reality, a symbol of the practical and manual work that can be done. It points to the sky to show optimism and also vanity.
The Personnages Fantastiques [The Fantastic Characters]
Officially referred to as the "Ensemble Monumental", this work of art is by the famous Catalan painter, sculptor, engraver and ceramist Joan Miró. The artist conceived it in 1978 and it has a touch of surrealism and excess.
The Araignée Rouge [Red Spider]
An imposing work of art, 15 metres high and above all with its 75 tonnes of steel. It was the artist himself who chose the location on the Place de La Défense. It evokes another work of the artist called Flamingo, located in Chicago.
The Fontaine monumentale [Monumental fountain] of Agam
The Fontaine monumentale and its mosaic of Venetian enamel. A spectacular work of art, on the scale of the Paris La Défense business district, composed of 86 shades of Venetian enamel glass.
By Raymond Moretti, it is a giant straw, a 32-metre high ventilation chimney covered with 672 fibreglass tubes in 19 different colours, positioned over the entire surface to emphasise the vertical volume of this work.
Le Bassin [Basin] of Takis
A real sensory experience for this rectangular pool located at the bottom of the La Défense esplanade, on which 49 metal rods, 3.5 m and 9 m high, are placed, the ends of which are fitted with coloured geometric shapes and flashing lights, to offer the public a playful ballet that will enchant young and old alike.
"Nature in the heart of La Défense" tour
11 hectares of green spaces to breathe, picnic, visit or "chill out"...
Departure: Esplanade de La Défense station (M1)
The island of Puteaux
Come and stroll along the banks of the Seine. The island of Puteaux, a green setting, invites you to discover, on foot or by bike, its magnificent rose garden which recalls the time of the great perfumers of the West of Paris, its butterfly meadow, the beehive and aquariums of the Naturoscope or the large swimming pool of the Palais des Sports.
The Diderot park
With its hectare of vegetation and its monumental waterfall, its 14 m difference in height, it is a place to relax, take a break or have a picnic on the upper part of the park and it is also a play area for children, a multi-sports ground and a petanque court on the lower part.
The Jardin des Reflets
It is fragrant, flowery and planted with different species of shrubs, a vegetable garden and aromatic plants. It is a quiet place and members benefit from picnic areas and special events with free workshops led by the association: "Vivre Ensemble".
The Place Basse
A green oasis on the historical axis, you can find people reading the newspaper, having a nap, chatting or having lunch. It is a popular place for many people to take a break. The square is planted with holm oaks and Chinese or Mediterranean shrubs such as rosemary, lavender or jasmine, and is also dotted with sculpted tubs with women's heads, the work of Shelomo Selinger entitled La Danse.
The Majunga eco-garden
At the foot of the Majunga Tower. An open-ground eco-garden, covering 2,300 sq.m., offers a mineral and a plant pond, a children's play area and a petanque court for tourists, residents or employees.
The André Malraux park
A vast 25-hectare landscaped park open to the city, with its wide lawns, 400 different species of wood and a watering hole, the park is a refuge for birds. You can go for a long walk, go climbing on the wall or enjoy the water playground designed for children.
Map of the routes
Duty-free shopping in numerous stores at CNIT and Westfield Les 4 Temps
The personal stylists will accompany you for a tailor-made shopping experience at Westfield Les 4 Temps, the largest shopping centre in Europe! Make an appointment on parisian-style.fr/personal-shopper-les-4-temps
Restaurant Bib & Guss, located in Paris La Défense Arena
Restaurant La City, located on the 35th floor of the Grande Arche
Restaurant Eclipse, located a stone's throw from the monumental Agam Fountain
Restaurant Octopus, located near the Takis Basin
For night owls
The Wine Bar La City on the 35th floor of the Grande Arche welcomes you every Thursday evening for an afterwork
The Skyline Bar is located on the roof of the Meliá hotel, to admire the sunset
The Nodd, club and afterwork bar, with DJ sets!
Several coworking spaces are available, such as Anticafé (walk-in), Wojo, Kwerk or Spaces
CNIT: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Westfield Les 4 Temps: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8.30pm and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
La Grande Arche: open every day from 10am to 7pm.
Cinema: UGC Ciné Cité La Défense.
Westfield Les 4 Temps shopping centre.