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La Defense, Paris

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La Defense is the site of the Grande Arche, one of Paris' most modern and imposing landmarks, situated at the western end of the grand axis formed by the Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, and the Arc de Triomphe. This modern high-rise business district of Paris is a purpose-built: In the 1960s, Charles de Gaulle led an effort to concentrate skyscrapers in a single business district, rather than alter the character of downtown Paris with large commercial buildings. You'll find the district at the start of the western outskirts of the city, beyond the last Parisian loop of the river Seine. Plan your La Defense visit and explore what else you can see and do in Paris using our Paris trip itinerary maker.
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  • At the end of Line 1 on the metro, La Defense is a rather large business district just outside of Paris. As soon as you come out of the metro and look up, not only will you see the Grand Arche looming...  more »
  • The most modern district of Paris, with a nice big underground station which connects you to the rest of the city and through trains to the rest of France. Inside the many modern buildings, shopping malls and especially the Grand Arch ", a sort of modern triumphal arch from which you can admire much of Paris in the distance, as it is aligned with the same Arc de Triomphe and Place de La Concorde. There are several restaurants and hotels, a nice neighborhood!
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  • Not sure if I can really call this a business, rather it is a business district. I had known about La Defense, but like the rather dodgy business district in Naples, I didn’t think that this was all t...  more »
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  • Small shopping mall in La Defense. The main attraction is Decathlon sports shop, opens all week even on Sundays. There is also a pharmacy inside the mall near the exit at the back. Free bathrooms are available to use.
  • This is a very public venue used by many different people who are visiting from outside France as well as local residents who are native to the neighborhood. I was glad to see a fair number of security personnel stationed at various points along the way and policing visitors for unsafe possessions and demeanor because obviously matters could otherwise get ugly quickly with certain types of characters hanging around and lurking at some of the more unsuspecting and innocent passersby. My impression was that I may need a set of brass knuckles to walk there after dark. That's just an impression though.
  • Seemed to have many stores. Convenient to the metro. Stayed in the Hilton which was very nice. Did no shopping there so not sure about the stores. Great security.
  • You can buy whatever you want. Cheap place and nice. They do so exhibition for small shops amazing.
  • So many shops and amenities. Very clean. Could use some signage to find places though.

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