Courbevoie combines historic charm with a contemporary edge. Admire larger-than-life sculptures in the La Défense business district, visit a centuries-old church built during the French Revolution and stroll around flower-filled Parc de Bécon, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the River Seine and Eiffel Tower.
Things to do in Courbevoie
The La Défense business district in the heart of Courbevoie is brimming with sleek cafes, bistros and wine bars. Ultra-modern La Grande Arche de la Défense towers over the district and is built from concrete, glass and gleaming Carrara marble. The area is dotted with contemporary sculptures installed as part of the permanent La Défense Outdoor Art Collection.
Escape the crowds and enjoy a stroll in Parc de Bécon. The riverside park stretches along the banks of the Seine and is home to a pair of monuments built for the 1878 World’s Fair, including Pavillon Suède-Norvège. Today the pavilion houses a museum dedicated to beloved French painter, Ferdinand Roybet. Enjoy a picnic on the grass and enjoy postcard-perfect views of the Eiffel Tower.
Strolling around Courbevoie, you’ll see a mix of modern high-rises and heritage-listed buildings. Built in the Neo-Classical style, Eglise Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul dates back to the 18th century. It’s one of the only churches in Paris built during the French Revolution and features a soaring domed ceiling. Barracks Charras is another historic gem constructed in the 1700s. The original façade in Parc de Bécon is all that remains of the handsome barracks.
Getting around Courbevoie
Courbevoie is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The neighbourhood is located in north-western Paris, a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Access the neighbourhood via Courbevoie Station on Line L of the Transilien network, while other stations include Bécon Les Bruyères and La Défense. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 30-minute drive away.