Philharmonie de Paris
Opening in 2015 in a stunning Jean Nouvel designed building in Paris’ Parc de la Villette, the Philharmonie de Paris is predominantly a concert hall for the Orchestre de Paris, its resident ensemble, but in actuality is a fantastic, all encompassing destination for the exploration of music.
The concert halls remain the epicentre of the building, with three spaces for performances – the Grande salle (a 3500 capacity Symphonic Hall), the 1600 capacity concert hall, and a 200 capacity amphitheatre, all built to hold stunning live events from all genres. The building also holds extensive practice rooms, teaching areas, and plenty of equipment all used regularly for exciting public events that aim to celebrate the sharing and learning of music.
Perhaps the most exciting part of this institution though, is the new Museum of Music. The first of its kind in the area, this museum is dedicated to instrument conservation and scholarly research, as well as exhibitions on music history, musicians, and musical life from the 17th century to today. Its impressive permanent collection holds around 7000 works, with 2000 sq. m. of exhibition space, and includes a piano that belonged to Chopin and a guitar that belonged to Brassens. The temporary exhibitions will be changing every few months, and allow the museum to focus on music of different regions, genres, and periods, as well as delve into other media. The varied, beautiful, and informative displays help make Philharmonie de Paris a wonderful addition to Paris’ artistic landscape.
This café combines a relaxed dining experience with elegant French cuisine, and an excellent drinks menu. The classic dishes include plenty of seafood and French cheeses, as well as crème brûlée and macarons, alongside an extensive wine menu, and excellent bartenders and mixologists creating your favourite cocktails. Further dining locations will be opening inside the Philarmonie building in Summer 2015.
Pop-up shops offering materials relating to performances open during intermissions in the main hall, but anything you could need is available in the permanent shop near the museum entrance. Endless CDs of every musical genre, as well as books on music history and culture make this a must visit for music lovers.
221 Avenue Jean Jaurès,
Tuesday – Friday – 12.00 – 18.00
Saturday and Sunday – 10.00 – 18.00
Metro: Porte de Pantin (5).