Around Paris expo Porte de Versailles

Are you organizing a conference or a trade show at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles or at the Paris Convention Centre? See our tips for enjoying the best of Paris around your event venue!

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is a veritable city within a city serving the events industry. Operated by VIPARIS, the site has 215,000 m² of exhibition space, 7 pavilions, including a huge convention centre: the Paris Convention Centre (71,000 m², and a plenary hall – the biggest in Europe, with 5,200 seats).

The venue is renowned internationally and welcomes more than 7.5 million visitors and 200 events each year. From public and professional trade shows to corporate conventions and congresses, as well as dinners, cocktail parties, and other atypical events, it is an essential meeting place for the Parisian event industry. Located in the south of Paris, the site is in the heart of a district that is undergoing transformation, with easy access to the Eiffel Tower, only 5 minutes away.

There are plenty of options available to you to give your visitors and guests the best Parisian experience. Follow the guide!

OUR SELECTION OF HOTELS

Newly constructed in 2020, the Novotel Paris Porte de Versailles (245 rooms) and Mama Shelter Paris West (207 rooms) are hotels designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte and both feature large planted rooftop terraces and spaces for private hire. Also situated at Porte de Versailles are the hotels Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles (250 rooms) and Mercure Paris Porte de Versailles Expo (388 rooms).

The number of hotels available will increase by early autumn 2023 with a 3rd Kopster hotel from the brand Lavorel: the Kopster Porte de Versailles (127 rooms) and in 2024 a hotel from the affordable, green and lifestyle brand: Eklo (304 rooms).

When staying for a few days, some people may prefer to opt for a studio or apartment; three options are available close to Porte de Versailles: the Adagio Paris Porte de Versailles (214 apartments), the Residhome Paris Issy-les-Moulineaux (176 rooms) and the Adagio access Vanves - Porte de Versailles (115 studios and apartments).

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RESTAURANT OPTIONS

Within the Porte de Versailles area, the hotel restaurants listed above are excellent options and some are notable for their top floor locations with spacious outdoor areas. The restaurant at Mama Shelter serves international cuisine and also has a pizza oven on the rooftop terrace. At the Novotel, the restaurant Pedzouille La Grange offers a unique totally French experience on its rooftop and the restaurant and bar Rosé, with Mediterranean cooking. Another rooftop option: , located on the roof of Pavilion 6, deploys its unique, festive concept on a panoramic terrace in the heart of La Serre (see below).

To widen your search in the Montparnasse district (north of the 14th and 15th arrondissements, Gare Montparnasse), less than 15 minutes by car or transport, see our article ‘All eyes on the Montparnasse district’.

Going westwards towards the Seine, the barge Le Théo, offers a cocktail and sit-down dinner during a cruise along the river.

EVENT VENUES AND RECEPTION ROOMS

For your receptions, two exceptional event venues are situated within the Parc des Expositions: La Serre, on the roof of Pavillon 6, bathed in natural light and opening out onto the exterior.
At the top of the new convention centre (Pavillon 7), Terminal 7 offers a breathtaking view and flexible modern spaces.

A few steps from Porte de Versailles, Châteauform’ La Manufacture offers 22 brightly-lit meeting rooms, adaptable to all types of events in the atypical premises of a former tobacco factory.

THE MODERNIZATION OF THE PORTE DE VERSAILLES

A 10-year makeover to become a destination in its own right: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is being redesigned and continues to open up to Parisians, to visitors to the exhibition centre and to passing travellers. The redevelopment, spearheaded by VIPARIS which operates the site, strengthens the connection between the city and the Parc integrating the exhibition venue in the heart of Paris.

One of the major objectives of this development was to modernize the pavilions so that they could host large-scale events in the best possible conditions. Of note, the transformation of Pavillon 7 which now houses the biggest convention centre in Europe (the Paris Convention Centre), the merging of Pavillons 6 and 8 by the architect Jean Nouvel, and the ongoing restructuring of Pavillons 2 and 3. All of these ambitious architectural projects with fully renovated pavilions create a new vision of the site.

The new Parc is intended to be both a business centre and a living space for visitors and local residents. Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is also an urban park with the creation of areas for strolling and relaxing (planted walkways, fitness installations, restaurants, a kindergarten, and a pedestrian walkway, among others).

Improving the environmental impact of the Parc is also central to the modernization of the site in order to create a Parc that is greener, more open, and easier for people to navigate. Roof gardens account for a surface area of 46,000 m². And with the creation of planted pathways and green areas to stroll, the new Parc will have 72,000 m² of green spaces in total!