Palais de Tokyo
The Palais de Tokyo is a temple for contemporary art, and a cool, younger contender in Paris’ museum scene. In brilliant contrast to its grandiose classical architecture, the interior is largely bare concrete, with exposed fittings and skewed proportions.
Well fitted to a venue that surveys international contemporary art, it has a healthily Gallic disregard for the expected museum rules. Instead, it places emphasis on interactivity, openness, and experimentation, and generally acts as antithesis to the traditionally buttoned-up museum image.
Training projects such as The Pavillion, described as a laboratory for curator/artist collaboration, have firmly established this museum as a breeding ground for innovation. Its late opening hours have also elevated its social scene status with the young and creative crowd attending exhibitions and workshops in the day, and staying for cocktails in the evening.
A recent 14,000 square metre revamp has seen the Palais extended down to the Seine, and has extended its cultural and social appeal even further.
The Palais de Tokyo houses the hip restaurant and bar Tokyo Eat, where you can get a nice mix of Asian fusion and French cuisine. When weather permits, the dining is moved outdoors to the large terrace, which is just in front of the River Seine, offering a phenomenal view of the Eiffel Tower. During the summer, the museum’s terrace hosts the hottest parties in town, the ‘Construction’ soirees.
This informal cafeteria just next to Tokyo Eat is the perfect stop to grab a quick drink and snack on your way around the galleries.
This new 2013 addition to the Palais de Tokyo sees the institution really rise to prove itself as one of the city’s most exciting and current destinations. A menu that combines American classics such as lobster rolls, with modern French brasserie highlights and a variety of caviars sits within a space of minimalist art deco glamour. Decadently decorated in various shades of emerald, and with a terrace with perhaps the most idyllic view point of the Eiffel Tower in all of Paris, evening cocktails or a full feast at Monsieur Bleu feels like the ultimate Parisian luxury.
The large bookstore offers a wide range of books, journals, and publications covering all areas encompassed by the Palais de Tokyo: contemporary art, fashion, design, photography, architecture, music, video, etc. This internationally minded library progresses and supports your craving for contemporary art – and it’s open until midnight.
Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue du Président Wilson
01 81 97 35 88
Mon 12:00 – 00:00
Wed – Sun 12:00 – 00:00
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Iéna