Your Paris event in Napoleon's footsteps

The release of Ridley Scott's film "Napoleon" and the fantastic spotlight it casts on one of the greatest figures in the history of France offers so many opportunities to rediscover Paris for your events. Here's our selection of places to explore in Paris that still bear the imprint of the Emperor and create memorable experiences for your participants.

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Start your event at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, erected by Napoleon to celebrate his military victories, by welcoming your guests to a 5-star hotel with exceptional views from your room and meeting options available on site. Our selection: the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe, Le Dokhan's Paris Arc de Triomphe, or the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe.

Then head to the Palais Brongniart, the former Bourse de Paris and beating heart of Parisian business. Built at Napoleon's request, it is now a conference and major events centre, which is also home to the Spoon Restaurant.

Erected place Vendôme on Napoleon's orders to embody his victories, the Vendôme column is a point of reference to highlight your company's past and future successes! Welcome your guests to the prestigious square: at the Ritz Paris, a 5-star hotel of excellence and at L'École Ritz Escoffier, its cooking and pastry school where French savoir-faire is shared during workshops. But also in the sumptuous settings of the Pavillon Vendôme and the Hôtel d'Evreux.

The Louvre Museum was once renamed the "Napoleon Museum". The museum offers a wide range of event possibilities, starting with Les Salles du Carrousel - VIPARIS, which offer more than 7,000 m² of function space. In the gardens, the arc de triomphe du Carrousel commemorates Napoleon Bonaparte's victory at Austerlitz.

For gatherings of up to 2,000 people, the Théâtre du Châtelet welcomes you to the sumptuous setting of its auditorium. From its terrace, you'll have a direct view of the place du Châtelet with its fontaine du Palmier, wanted by Napoleon to commemorate his victories and provide Parisians with drinking water.

Let's set off from the Left Bank to imagine the next stage of your event! Head for the esplanade des Invalides, where the Hôtel National des Invalides houses Napoleon's tomb. On the other side of the esplanade, discover Paris Invalides a monument erected in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition that is being reinvented as an event venue. The site offers 1,200 m² of floor space, backstage areas and numerous access points.

Join us for a meal featuring traditional French cuisine at Procope, the oldest café in Paris. Here you mix your experience with that of the Enlightenment thinkers who once frequented these places. Informal discussions take on a new dimension in this place steeped in intellectual history.

The Jardin des Plantes will offer your participants a green respite in the heart of the capital. It was under the Empire that these spaces became a leading scientific centre. Today, the garden is home to several remarkable event venues: Le Jardin des Plantes - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, including the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution and the Les Belles Plantes restaurant.

On the team-building side, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, returned to Catholic worship by Napoleon, promises a breathtaking experience: Eternal Notre-Dame, a completely innovative virtual reality expedition!

The Canal de l'Ourcq, a waterway created by Napoleon, also offers original event possibilities: an event in the form of a cruise with Paris Canal, floating team building with Freshwater Marine or a meeting with a direct view of the canal in the General Stores.

Finally, imagine events worthy of the Empire at the château de Fontainebleau, Napoleon's imperial residence, or a stone's throw from the château de Malmaison, at the Le Relais de la Malmaison.

So many ideas to draw your participants into the epic breath of history and rediscover Paris in the footsteps of one of France's greatest figures. It's the perfect way to turn your event into a living chapter in the history of imperial Paris!

To go further, discover the Parcours Napoléon created by Paris je t'aime - in a downloadable, bilingual (French and English) version: