Pompidou Centre & Les Halles Guide, Paris, France

External view of Pompidou Centre, Paris, France

Centre Pompidou’s Brutalist exterior designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. It’s in Marais, just north of the river.

Visiting Centre Georges Pompidou

The Pompidou Centre is a colourful complex in Paris’ 4th arrondissement displaying modern and contemporary arts in the Musée National d’Art Moderne, in addition to space for shops, library and cinema. Centre Pompidou attracts more than 25, 000 people a day, not only for its avante-garde building style and excellent temporary exhibitions, but also to savour the colourful and wacky street action around the building.

The amusing lake of Pompidou Centre, Paris, France

The gorgeous and amusing lake, lined with good value restaurants and cafés, beside Pompidou.

Modern Art Museum

A close up lake view of Pompidou Centre, Paris, France

Large external spaces attract street performance and regularly updated sculptures and installation art works.

Centre Pompidou’s big draw for tourists – apart from the wild exterior – is the vast collection of exceptional modern art from 1900 to the present day in the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the largest modern art museum in Europe, housing works by Matisse, Dali, Picasso, Chagall, Mondrian, Kadinsky, Magritte, Ernst, Miró, Manray, Pollock, Rothko, Bacon, Warhol, Brecht, Kapoor, Cage, Lichenstein, Starck, Paik, Gilbert & George and a thousand more.

Les Halles

Forum des Halles shopping centre, Paris, France

Just down the road is the totally uninspiring Forum des Halles shopping center, unless it’s mid-summer and you’re a teenager.

Chatelet art nouveau metro entrance, paris, france

One of the area’s Art Nouveau metro stations.

O chateau wine bar, paris, france

And finally, one of the top things to do in Paris for American tourists, wine tasting in O Chateau, just north of Les Halles. Looks a little clinical to us Europeans. We prefer a damp, dark cellar with plenty of mould on the walls. Still, chacun à son goût.

Near Pompidou Centre