Quick Trip to the Cité de la Mode et du Design (Ci...

Quick Trip to the Cité de la Mode et du Design (City of Fashion and Design) of Paris

On the left bank of the Seine between Gare d’Austerlitz and the Banque Nationale de France, you can see a gigantic reinforced concrete building, decorated with a curious apple-green caterpillar: the Cité de la Mode et du Design de Paris. Commonly called “the Docks,” it’s a dynamic, cultural and place that attracts many Parisians and tourists.

A more modern architecture

The Cité de la Mode et du Design first opened its doors in April 2012, in the old Magasins Généraux warehouse building located on the waterfront. Until the 1930s, the space was used to transfer goods from barges to trains at the Gare d’Austerlitz.

Also, architects Jakob and MacFarlane wanted to preserve the original building while modernizing it through the use of glass and a huge apple-green tubular structure that everyone compares to a gigantic caterpillar, a lizard or a futuristic crocodile. The result is impressive and the building is just as modern as the new Paris Philharmonic building.If the Cité de la Mode has long been criticized, both for its usefulness and for its architecture, considered too bold for the area, today it remains a vibrant and creative place, where culture, relaxation, and entertainment are one.

The Docks, Preferred Place of the Trendy

The Cité de la Mode et du Design, or “The Docks” for short, is a space open to the curious, to gourmets, and to those addicted to the latest in fashion and design. It houses the famous Institut Français de la Mode (French Fashion Institute), but that’s not all. Here you can also eat well, do some shopping, take in some culture, or bask in the sun by day, and even watch it set in the evening before going to shake your hips on the ground floor. It’s a bold, must-see part of Paris, and it’s far from the famous tourist destinations. A small inventory:

The Rooftop

Greened up by landscape architect Michel Desvignes, the rooftop terrace is most appreciated. You can enjoy a quiet drink, overlooking the Seine


Wanderlust - Paris Attitude

Credit Quentin Carnicelli

Why settle for just Paris when you can have all the capitals together in a single place? Here at Wanderlust is a little piece of all the great European capitals, good for relaxing or partying until dawn. Restaurants, takeout, dancing, open-air cinema, outdoor sports, entertainment for children and adults… There is always something to do here: it’s a bit like Paris itself!

Art Ludique (Fun Art)

This is the first museum in the world dedicated to fun and contemporary art. Comics, movies, video games, Manga… and their creators find themselves in the spotlight at the Cité de la Mode et du Design


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At M.O.B., there’s proof that it is possible to eat food that is both healthy and flavorful. Originally from New York, M.O.B. has an excellent reputation for well-being and collective responsibility!
Hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and all kinds of cheese cake… American food is coming to Paris and we promise you, it’s well-balanced!

M1 – M2 – M3

Warehouses (Magasins) 1, 2, and 3 house temporary exhibitions, including those of the Musée Galliera (Outside the Walls) and the creations of young French talents in fashion and design (furniture, decorative objects, entertaining, books and jewelery). It’s a must see, but watch your wallet, prices here are not the most affordable.

The Nüba

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Located on the rooftop, the Nüba is a musical shack where you can come have a drink any time of day… or night.

Silvera Outdoor

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Credit SILVERA – 2011

230 m2 of space devoted to garden furniture, tastefully to give you maximum inspiration. The big brands are all together!

Practical information

Cité de la Mode et du Design
34 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013

Open every day from 10.00 a.m to midgnighth

Metro : lines 5 and 10 – Gare d’Austerlitz / lines 1 and 14 – Gare de Lyon
Bus : 24, 57, 61, 63, 89, 91
RER : C – Gare d’Austerlitz

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