Paris La Défense, Europe's leading business district

Business district - La Grande Arche © 11h45

In Paris La Défense, 180,000 employees work side by side every day in Europe's leading business district, one of the largest in the world, home to no less than 500 companies. The area covers more than 560 hectares and offers nearly 3.7 million sq.m. of office and coworking space.

The Paris La Défense towers are home to the head offices of the biggest CAC 40 companies, SMEs and startups. It is an urban district that includes offices, housing and shops. Its proximity to the three Paris airports and its public transport links make the Paris La Défense district a strategic location for companies wishing to set up in the area.

An internationally recognised shopping destination, it is home to one of Europe's largest shopping centres, Westfield Les 4 Temps, which, along with the Cnit, are two emblematic shopping venues. Gastronomy is omnipresent with more than 150 restaurants, not forgetting the Food Trucks that allow you to have lunch or a coffee while enjoying a break in the open air, in all seasons.

Leisure activities are an integral part of La Défense with Europe's largest theatre: Paris La Défense Arena offers performances, matches and concerts just a few steps away from the Grande Arche, it will host the swimming events of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.

Throughout the year exhibitions, festivals, activities and entertainment are organised, and the Christmas Market in the La Défense district is now one of the largest Christmas market in the Paris Region.

Both a showcase for France's economic dynamism and the driving force behind Greater Paris, La Défense is a constantly evolving area with growing appeal. It is a real living district where workers, visitors and tourists rub shoulders on 31 hectares of pedestrian areas and 37,35 hectares of green spaces. It is also an exceptional public transport hub with 6 railway lines, many bus lines, two new stations of RER E line, and 2 Grand Paris Express stations to come.

The key figures for the Paris La Défense area are synonymous with dynamism :

Paris La Défense is :

  • The 1st business district in Europe
  • The 4th most attractive business district in the world (EY/ULI)
  • 3.7 million square metres of office space
  • 500 companies including 14 CAC 40 and 15 Fortune Global 500 companies
  • 180,000 employees, 60% of whom are executives
  • 3,000 hotel rooms
  • 1 hub with 6 public transport lines, 2 new RER E stations, and 2 future Grand Paris Express stations
  • 50,000 inhabitants, 70,000 students
  • More than 150 restaurants
  • 50 higher education institutions
  • 37.35 hectares of green spaces
  • 31 hectares of pedestrian areas
  • A collection of more than 50 works of art in public spaces signed by international artists...

Paris La Défense skyline and Arc de Triomphe © Anne-Claude Barbier

Mutch more than a business district!

Choosing Paris La Défense means joining Europe's leading business district and wanting to be at the heart of a business hub with more than 500 companies and 180,000 employees, a real international gateway to Greater Paris. Paris La Défense offers solutions to companies of all sizes (VSEs, SMEs, ETIs and large companies) from a wide range of sectors.

Paris La Défense business distric © 11h45

Paris La Défense clubs

Join the Paris La Défense ecosystem of committed companies! The public establishment federates the area's major players around common projects, and also brings them together through clubs and communities to strengthen their ties and draw inspiration from initiatives that could be beneficial to the sustainable transformation of the district.

Paris La Défense business district © Sabrina Budon

Welcome pack for companies

Are you looking for a location for your company? Do you have a question about the business district and what it has to offer? Are you planning to set up your company in the area? Are you setting up your company in the area? A dedicated service is at your disposal: Paris La Défense can advise and support you in your project.