Trip time! Discover the architecture, art and cafes in La Defense.

Outside of the city's 20 arrondissements (districts) and about half an hour from the city centre by Metro, La Défense is a bustling 31 hectare area renowned for its captivating modern design.

The iconic symbol of this part of the city is the cube-like Grand Arche, designed as a modern vision of the Arc de Triomphe, reaching 109 metres tall and 107 metres wide – large enough to fit the Notre Dame cathedral. Come here at night and the glass and marble structure will be beautifully illuminated. The viewing platform however has been closed to the public in recent years.

Here you'll also find the Les Quatre Temps shopping mall, the largest in continental Europe with almost 186,000 square meters of retail space. Packed with well-known stores and brands as well as hundreds of restaurants and a huge cinema, it is a popular destination. You can also make the most of the fresh air on ‘Le Dome’, an outdoor terrace, which has more great places to eat.

The district takes its name from the bronze statue 'La Défense de Paris', built by Louis Ernest Barrias back in 1883 to commemorate the servicemen who fought for their country in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. You’ll find this statue situated beside a pedestrianized strip close to the colourful Agam fountain. Set against the backdrop of the futuristic buildings, the statue is a captivating sight well worth seeing up close.

You’ll also find more recent works. Among them are Cesar's towering 'La Pouce' (The Thumb), and Calder's stunning 'Le Grand Stabile Rouge' (The Red Spider), alongside Miró's colourful 'Deux Personnages Fantastiques' (Two Fantastic Characters), which can be found outside Les Quatre Temps.

Situated on the outskirts of Paris to the west of the city, La Défense is accessible by all major bus and metro routes, as well as by train. It takes about half an hour to drive here from the heart of the city and there’s plenty of street parking available.

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Where to stay in La Defense

16th Arrondissement
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16th Arrondissement

Tours, Cafés, Museums

Travellers choose 16th Arrondissement for its cosy cafes. Hop aboard the metro at Ranelagh Station or Paris Avenue-Henri-Martin Station and check out top sights like Palais de Chaillot.

Parc-Nord
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Parc-Nord

Architecture, Skyscrapers, Tours

The cafes and shopping make Parc-Nord worth a stop. Make a stop by Paris La Défense Arena, and jump on the metro at Nanterre Préfecture RER Station to get around the area.

Quartier de la Muette
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Quartier de la Muette

Tours, Sunrises, Architecture

Noted for its river views and museums, there's plenty to explore in Quartier de la Muette. Top attractions like Palais de Chaillot and Bois de Boulogne are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Ranelagh Station or La Muette Station to see more of the city.

Porte-Dauphine
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Porte-Dauphine

Architecture, Friendly People, Museums

Porte-Dauphine is a destination travellers like for its coffee shops, and you might hop aboard the metro at Porte Dauphine Station or Paris Avenue-Henri-Martin Station to explore sights like Bois de Boulogne.

Top hotels in La Defense

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Melia Paris La Defense
4 out of 5
Rs9,283/night
4 Oct-5 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (662 reviews)

Located in Gambetta, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Grande Arche, Bois de Boulogne and Paris La Défense Arena. Palais des Congres de Paris and Arc de ...

4.3/5Excellent! (662 reviews)

"La Defense is always best area to stay at when in Paris, new facilities, spacious and intelligent room systems. Melia is one of the hotels around the metro station, which makes reaching it bit difficult for Uber, Uber Eats, and other applications. Once you are there, the view from front desk is priceless. ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

Melia Paris La Defense
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Pullman Paris La Défense
5 out of 5
Rs10,140/night
4 Oct-5 Oct
4.2/5Excellent! (726 reviews)

This family-friendly Courbevoie hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Grande Arche and Paris La Défense Arena. Palais des Congres ...

4.2/5Excellent! (726 reviews)

"Best hotel I ever stayed in. Very nice staffs and great breakfast buffet. Room is clean and the location is perfect. La Defense has them all, restaurants, mall, movie theater, train.... I will highly recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2019

Pullman Paris La Défense
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Sofitel Paris La Defense
5 out of 5
33 Voie des Sculpteurs, Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine
Rs11,282/night
20 Sep-21 Sep
4.4/5Excellent! (699 reviews)

This family-friendly Puteaux hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Grande Arche, Paris La Défense Arena and Bois de Boulogne. Palais ...

4.4/5Excellent! (699 reviews)

"It's conveniently located neart a metro station. The staff is friendly and helpful. We also liked the buffet breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019

Sofitel Paris La Defense

Popular things to do in La Defense

Grande Arche
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Grande Arche

Grande Arche is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Puteaux. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

This iconic landmark is the image that comes to mind whenever the city of Paris is mentioned.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

Climb to the top of this grand historic monument for a spectacular view over the beating heart of Paris.

Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles

Learn more about the local history when you visit Palace of Versailles, a well-known historical site in Versailles. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

With its iconic glass pyramid, this Parisian landmark is one of the world's most significant artistic centres.

Moulin Rouge
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Moulin Rouge

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