In an age when living, consuming and travelling need to be combined with
environmental, ethical, social and compassionate considerations, Paris has embarked
on a sustainable approach in a number of areas. Principal among these is tourism.
Numerous initiatives define the sustainable face of what is the world’s leading tourist
destination. Paris is linked to the rest of Europe via its six train stations. 21st century
travellers get around Paris on public transport, but also by Velib’, by Autolib’, on foot,
and share their car or a taxi; they eat organic and responsibly-sourced food, and make
the most of the city’s 500 green spaces or regional parks in the Paris region. They
prefer accommodation with an eco-label, readily seek out less well known areas of
Paris to explore and enjoy meeting Parisians. They appreciate eco-design and related
cultural institutions. Very soon, the reality of being a responsible tourist will be
matched by that of professionals, major players in sustainable tourism. Paris is
continually adopting new way of making the most of the natural, cultural and social
resources it already possesses, for the long term. It helps hoteliers to opt for
sustainable development by creating a self-diagnosis tool for their establishments,
boosts the evolution of eco-districts, and encourages the development of biodiversity,
as well as the many initiatives for urban transport and city lighting that respect the
environment. Plus, the capital is continually promoting cultural, alternative, original,
and ecological tourism, which is also tourism that is participative or with a social
> Paris has excellent rail connections to the rest of Europe
With six train stations and a central geographic location in Europe, Paris already has all
it takes to be a sustainable tourist destination easily reached by train, one of the
cleanest means of transport around. The capital is only a few hours from the major
European cities of London, Brussels, Basle, Cologne, Amsterdam, Geneva, and
Frankfurt thanks to the TGV. By 2020, other European cities will be on average within
three hours’ reach of Paris.
>Public transport, the smart environmental option
In Paris, tourists have access to a huge public transport network that offers smooth and
pleasant travel, and which especially helps reduce car traffic. 89% of tourists get
around the city by metro, 23% by bus, 16% by taxi, and 3% by bike. The Paris metro has
16 lines and is a quick way of getting around. To alleviate congestion on line 13, line
14 will be extended from Saint-Lazare to the Mairie-de-Saint-Ouen, in December 2017.
The bus network has grown significantly and become more fluid since the introduction
of designated bus lanes. The variety of lines crossing Paris from east to west and from
north to south provides multiple possibilities for discovering the city. Some buses are
now hybrid or electrically-powered vehicles, including the ‘Montmartrobus’ which,
thanks to its route and charm, rivals the little tourist train of Montmartre! Then
there’s the Noctilien, which meets the needs of nightbirds, enabling them to party in
Paris into the early hours — with the assurance that an all-night public transport option
is available to them!
> Metros for longer
Although the Paris Métro may have already clocked up over 100 years, it couldn’t be
more up-to-date! Each day, it fulfills the demand for sustainability in the capital a
little more; a demand which means that public transport is favoured over private
vehicles. This powerful symbol of the capital offers users 16 lines serving over 380
stops, with metros every two minutes during rush hour, every four minutes during offpeak and every eight minutes in the evening. It’s therefore very easy to get anywhere
in Paris, with travel averaging about 20 minutes. To encourage ever greater numbers of
Parisians and tourists to use the metro, the timetables have even been extended on
Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before public holidays to 2.15am. On New Year’s Eve
and the night of the Fête de la Musique, a number of lines (1, 4, 6, 9 and 14) operate
until 5.30am, to cater for those staying out all night. NB the Ratp has launched an M21
research programme (metro of the 21st century), of which one of the avenues of
innovation is concerned with sustainable development, in order to improve energy
intensity and quality of urban life.
> Non-motorized travel by bike or on rollerblades
With 600 kilometres of bicycle paths, cycling is an important mode of transport in
Paris. Whether renting a bike for the day from one of the capital’s cycle rental
companies, or renting one of the 20,600 self-service Vélib cycles from a self-service
automatic station, this non-motorized way of getting around is proving to be popular
with Parisians and tourists: 40% of Parisian cyclists use Vélib’, making it a veritable
institution in the capital. Since their introduction, more than 100 million cycle rentals
have been made, from the 1,800 docking stations in Paris and in the 30 outlying areas.
There are currently some 245,500 subscribers to the service. Vélib’ offers the
simplicity of getting around above ground, the pleasure of an outdoor activity to
explore Paris, and a clear conscience knowing that you are using a non-polluting means
of transport.
Between now and 2014, the cycle network should account for 700 kilometres of cycle
lanes! Since last summer, online subscription and booking up to 15 days in advance
means the rental can be safely paid for before coming to Paris. Also new: a Vélib
application for Androïd smartphones can now be downloaded for free! Vélib, which
celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2012, and which has just been awarded the
Responsible Tourism Trophy in the eco-mobility category, has also significantly altered
the image of the bicycle, which was previously considered somewhat outmoded. Now,
cycling along the streets of Paris is seen as living in harmony with the city and oneself.
Alternatives to the legendary two-wheeler include the traditional scooter as well as
roller blades, and these are becoming increasingly popular in Paris too. Lastly, some
districts usually reserved for motor vehicle traffic are even transformed at weekends
into routes for more natural modes of transport (bicycles, roller skates/blades) and for
pedestrians as part of the ‘Paris respire’ scheme, which takes place on the Seine,
quaysides or in districts such as Montmartre or the Saint-Martin Canal.
Vélib’ in all districts of Paris – www.velib.fr
http://blog.velib.paris.fr/: great blog on cycling in Paris.
Download a map of recommended cycling routes at www.paris.fr
> The tramway, still on a ‘green’ roll
How can you get around town, while at the same time respecting the environment? As
early as 2006, Paris produced its answer to that question: by tramway! The old
boulevards of the Maréchaux sud are now crisscrossed every day by the city’s tramway
n°3 - electrical, quiet, less polluting, regular, fast and reliable. Everyone appreciates
it as a mode of transport and for its green and artistic setting. A trimmed lawn runs
alongside the tracks, the pavements have been widened, a variety of tree species
planted to embellish waiting areas and the works of contemporary artists like Sophie
Calle or Franck O. Gehry grab the attention, so unexpected is their presence. The line
will be extended from Porte de Vitry to Porte de la Chapelle in December 2012 and to
Porte d’Asnières in 2017, completing an almost full circuit of the city. At the end of
2009, the tramway n° 2 was also extended, enabling users to travel from La Défense to
the Porte de Versailles in around 30 minutes. In November 2012, line T3 was created
contributing further to respect for the environment.
> The Seine more than ever in vogue
The Batobus tourist river shuttle offers visitors an alternative to coach and bus tours
with 8 stops to hop on and off at along the Seine. A ticket offers unlimited travel.
> Use an electric two- or three-wheeler
Trying it means adopting it! Try out an electrically assisted bike, electric scooter, ESolex, Segway or the latest in eco-mobility, the three-wheel electric scooter, or Trikke
and feel the difference straight away. Silent, environmentally-friendly, practical and
trendy, they are an easy and pleasant means by which to travel around the capital –
with a clear conscience as well. NB as well as guided tours, Paris Trikkes now hires out
its three-wheel electric scooters, on an hourly or daily basis.
Alternative Bike 227 rue Saint Martin Paris 3rd – M° Arts et Métiers – www.alternativebike.com
Paris Trikkes 54 avenue de la Motte-Picquet, Paris 15th – M° La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle
– www.paristrikkes.com
Vélo Electro 39 and 50 rue Saint-Georges, Paris 9th – M° Saint-Georges – www.veloelectro.com
Free scoot 144 bd Voltaire, Paris 11th – M° Voltaire – www.electro-scooter.com
Holidays Bike 22-28 rue Henri Barbusse 94100 Clichy – www.holidays-bike.com
Mobil Board Paris – www.mobilboard.com
> Clean cars
Nothing is lost, everything is transformed. And, rather than disappear, the car is
undergoing something of a transformation. Paris already boasts initiatives which preempt this transition into a new era: in terms of taxis, some companies have converted
to agrofuel or offer a fleet of hybrid vehicles, especially Taxis Bleus, turned into Taxis
Green; Taxis G7 with the Green Cab fleet; and NEOCAB, luxury taxis offering various
ways for travellers to respect the environment. In the same vein, My Magic Tour has
created the electric City Car; this sharp-looking black-and-yellow vehicle will make you
feel like you’re discovering Paris in a New York taxi! Electrical power is increasingly an
option and recharging points are available throughout Paris for vehicles of this type,
both cars and two-wheelers.
NEOCAB – www.neo-cab.com
My Magic Tour – www.mymagictour.com
Taxis Bleus – www.taxis-bleus.com
Taxis G7 – www.taxisg7.fr
> Cars and shared taxi
Being an eco-tourist in Paris also involves having a social conscience in a variety of
areas. The city of Paris encourages car-pooling which alleviates traffic congestion and
helps protect the environment, and there are many car-pooling services online! In the
same vein, Paris organizes car sharing and in 2007 created a label ‘Autopartage Paris’
(‘Carshare Paris’). Car sharing makes it possible to create a fleet of cars for occasional
use by subscribers who are non-car owners. This is practical, cheaper and also
ecological. A shared car replaces between four to eight private cars! Today, there are
five companies with a label: Caisse commune, Carbox, ConnectbyHertz, Mobizen and
Okigo, and parking places are reserved for their vehicles. Finally, the same trend
applies to taxis: the G7 taxi company has launched Wecab®, a shared taxi service for
airport transfers. Online payment and booking up to 3hrs in advance are possible. Plus,
Wecab® technology makes it possible to find passengers making the same journey and
guarantees a fixed price on booking, even if the vehicle is not shared.
> Autolib’, the self-service electrically powered car service
Building on the success of the Vélib’ system, a new self-service electrically powered
car concept called Autolib was introduced in Paris in December 2011. The aim: to
promote a new practical and ecological way of driving, for everyone. Paris’s 45
neighbouring communes are also part of this initiative. Tourists can now travel around
the capital in an electrically powered car, and visit places such as Versailles while
maintaining their environmental values intact! The 3,000 Bluecars, which have electric
power steering, are silent and clean, they are parked in 1,100 stations and available
24/24 via a central assistance system. Registration to use the service is a quick and
easy process which can be done online or at one of the Autolib’ kiosks or information
centres. And the price is meant to be affordable. Plus, a subscription and lots of
information are available via an iPhone application.
> The Charter for Sustainable Accommodation in Paris
In June 2012, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, supported by Paris City
Council, in partnership with ADEME Ile-de-France (the French Environment and Energy
Management Agency), and in collaboration with Atout France, (the France Tourism
Development Agency) and the hotel union UMIH created an auto-diagnostic tool in
order to help hotels assess their ‘degree of sustainability’. Quick and easy to use, this
free tool accessible on durable.parisinfo.com can make hotels more attractive to ecoconscious clients. Following on from this, hotels are invited to sign the ‘Charter for
Sustainable Accommodation in Paris’ according to their performance, or to be helped
on their way to doing this. Many of the big hotel chains (Accor, Best Western, Concorde
Hotel & Resorts, Esprit de France, Inwood Hotels, Marriott France, the hotels
Emeraudes, the hotels Maurice Hurand, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, etc.) have already
joined the programme. To help hoteliers to work towards sustainable development,
the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau offers them the possibility of attending
themed workshops that encourage dialogue between hoteliers and sustainable
development experts on concrete solutions and how to put these into practice. More
than 100 hoteliers assessed their sustainable development performance and 40 signed
the Charter for Sustainable Development in Paris in spring 2013.
Best Western Ducs de Bourgogne 19 rue du Pont-Neuf, Paris 1st – M° Louvre-Rivoli – Tel
+ 33 (0)1 42 33 95 64 – www.bestwestern.fr
Hôtel Brighton 218 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st – M° Tuileries – Tel +33 (0)1 47 03 61 61 –
Hôtel du Louvre place André-Malraux, Paris 1st – M° Palais-Royal – Tel +33 (0)1 44 58 38
38 – www.louve.concorde-hotels.fr
Hôtel The Westin Paris – Vendôme 3 rue de Castiglione, Paris 1st – M° Tuileries – Tel
+33 (0)1 44 77 11 11 – www.the westinparis.com
Hôtel Turenne le Marais 6 rue de Turenne, Paris 4th – M° Saint-Paul – Tel +33 (0)1 42 78
43 25 – www.turennemarais.com
Best Western Le Jardin de Cluny 9 rue du Sommerard, Paris 5th – M° Maubert-Mutualité
– Tel +33 (0)1 43 54 22 66 – www.bestwestern.fr
L’Artus Hôtel 34 rue de Buci, Paris 6th – M° Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Tel + 33 (0)1 43
29 07 20 – www.artushotel.com
Hôtel de Buci 22 rue de Buci, Paris 6th M° Mabillon – Tel +33 (0)1 55 42 74 74 –
Hôtel Concorde Lutetia 6 boulevard Raspail, Paris 6th – M° Rue-du-Bac - Tel +33 (0)1 49
54 46 46 – www.concorde-hotels.fr
Le Madison Hôtel 143 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6th – M° Saint-Germain-des-Prés –
Tel +33 (0)1 40 51 60 00 – www.hotel-madison.com
Hôtel Bourgogne et Montana 3 rue de Bourgogne, Paris 7th – M° Assemblée-Nationale –
Tel +33 (0)1 45 51 20 22 – www.bourgogne-montana.com
Hôtel Vaneau Saint-Germain 86 rue Vaneau, Paris 7th – M° Vaneau – Tel +33 (0)1 45 48
73 11 – www.vaneausaintgermain.com
Hôtel Concorde Opéra Paris 108 rue Saint-Lazare, Paris 8th – M° Saint-Lazare – Tel +33
(0)1 40 08 44 44 – www.operaparis-concode-hotels.fr
Hôtel de Crillon 10 place de la Concorde, Paris 8th – M° Concorde – Tel +33 (0)1 44 71
15 00 – crillon.concorde-hotels.fr
Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière 46 avenue George-V, Paris 8th – M° George-V – Tel +33 (0)1 40
69 60 00 – www.lucienbarriere.com
Hôtel Napoléon 40 avenue de Friedland, Paris 8th – M° Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile – Tel
+33 (0)1 56 68 43 21 – www.hotelnapoleonparis.com
Hôtel Brittany 5 rue Saint-Lazare, Paris 9th – M° Notre-Dame-de-Lorette – Tel +33 (0)1
48 78 44 50 – www.paris-hotel-montmartre.com
Hôtel W Paris – Opéra 4 rue Meyerbeer, Paris 9th – M° Chaussée-d’Antin – Tel +33 (0)1
77 48 94 94 – www.wparsopera.com
Hôtel HI Matic 71 rue de Charonne, Paris 11th – M° Charonne – Tel +33 (0)1 43 67 56 56
– www.hi-matic.net
Hôtel Kyriad Paris-Bercy Village 19 rue Baron-le-Roi, Paris 12th – M° Cour-Saint-Émilion
– Tel +33 (0)1 44 67 75 75 – www.bercykyriad.fr
Hôtel de la Porte Dorée 273 avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th – M° Porte-Dorée – Tel +33
(0)1 43 07 56 97 – www.hoteldelaportedoree.com
Sport Hôtel 258 avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th – M° Michel-Bizot – Tel +33 (0)1 43 43 61
36 – www.hotel-paris-sport.com
Hôtel La Maison Montparnasse 53 rue de Gergovie, Paris 14th – M° Pernety – Tel +33
(0)1 45 42 11 39 – www.lamaisonmontparnasse.com
Hôtel Marriott Rive Gauche 17 bd Saint-Jacques, Paris 14th – M° Saint-Jacques – Tel +33
(0)1 40 78 79 80 – www.marriott.fr
Solar Hôtel 22 rue Boulard, Paris 14th – M° Denfert-Rochereau – Tel +33 (0)1 43 21 08
20 – www.solarhotel.fr
Mon Hôtel 5 rue d’Argentine, Paris 16th – M° Argentine – Tel +33 (0)1 45 02 76 76 –
Shangri-La Hôtel Paris 10 avenue d’Iéna, Paris 16th – M° Iéna – Tel +33 (0)1 53 67 19 98
– www.shangri-la.com
Best Western Premier Regent’s Garden 6 rue Pierre-Demours, Paris 17th – M° Ternes –
Tel +33 (0)1 45 74 05 30 – www.bestwestern.fr
Hôtel Concorde Lafayette 3 place du Général-Koenig, Paris 17th – M° Porte-Maillot –
Tel +33 (0)1 40 68 50 68 – www.concorde-lafayette.com
Hôtel Le Méridien Étoile 81 bd Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, Paris 17th – M° Porte-Maillot – Tel
+33 (0)1 40 68 34 34 – www.lemeridienetoile.com
Hôtel Lumières 110 rue Damrémont, Paris 18th – M° Lamarck-Caulaincourt – Tel +33
(0)1 42 64 25 75 – www.hotel-lumieres.com
Terrass Hotel 12 rue Joseph-de-Maistre, Paris 18th – M° Abbesses – Tel +33 (0)1 46 06
72 85 – www.terrass-htel.com
Hôtel Courtyard® Colombes 91 boulevard Charles-de-Gaulle, 92700 Colombes – TER La
Garenne-Colombes – Tel +33 (0)1 47 69 59 49 – www.marriott.fr
Renaissance Paris Hôtel La Défense 60 jardin de Valmy, 92918 Paris-La Défense – M° La
Défense - Tel +33 (0)1 41 97 50 50 – www.marriott.com
Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre Aérogare Charles-de-Gaulle, 93290
Tremblay-en-France – RER Aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle 2-TGV – Tel +33 (0)1 49 19 70 70
– www.sheratonparisairport.fr
>Sustainable tourism development labels
Signalling a commitment to sustainable tourism, green labels are awarded to tourist
accommodation establishments that take into account the need to protect the
environment. In Paris, four labels are already in use, rewarding those hotels which take
the most proactive approaches to environmental management (water, energy, waste)
and to raising the awareness of their guests. The Clef Verte (Green Key) is an
international environmental label encouraging respect of the environment within the
tourism industry; Green Globe relates specifically to tourism and works towards
economizing water and energy resources, to reducing the operational costs of its
members, supporting local authorities, and responding positively to the expectations of
leisure and business travellers. The European Ecolabel is a Europe-wide system for
certifying environmental quality. Finally, Earth Check is a label and system designed to
help travel and tourism industry players to make the most of their operating efficiency,
increase customer satisfaction and significantly reduce their impact on the
>Green Key
Hôtel The Westin Paris 3 rue de Castiglione, Paris 1st – M° Tuileries – Tel +33 (0)1 44 77
11 11 – www.thewestinparis.com
Intercontinental Paris Le Grand 2 rue Scribe, Paris 2nd – M° Opéra, RER Auber –
Hôtel Bel Ami 7-11 rue Saint-Benoît, Paris 6th - M° Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Tel + 33 (
0) 1 42 61 53 53 –www.hotel-bel-ami.com
Radisson SAS Blu Champs-Élysées 78 bis avenue Marceau, Paris 8th – M° Charles-deGaulle-Étoile, RER Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile
Tel +33 (0)1 53 23 43 43 – www.champselysees.paris.radissonsas.com
Hotel du Collectionneur 51-57 rue de Courcelles Paris 8th – M° Courcelles – Tel +33 (0)1
58 36 67 00 www.hotelducollectionneur.com
Radisson Blu Ambassador Paris Opéra 16 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th – M°
Richelieu-Drouot www.radissonblu.com/ambassadorhotel-paris
W Paris Opéra 4 rue Meyerbeer, Paris 9th – M°Chaussée-d’Antin – Tel + 33 (0) 1 77 48 94
94 www.wparisopera.fr
Hotel de la Porte Dorée 273 avenue Daumesnil Paris 12th – M°Porte-Dorée – Tel +33
(0)1 43 07 56 97 www.hotelportedoree.com
Marriott Paris Rive gauche hotel & conference center 17 boulevard Saint-Jacques, Paris
14th – M° Saint-Jacques www.parismarriottrivegauche.com
Hôtel Pullman Paris Montparnasse 19 rue du Commandant-Mouchotte, Paris 14th – M°
Gaîté – Tel +33 (0)1 44 36 44 36 www.accor-hotels.com
Solar Hôtel 22 rue Boulard, Paris 14th – M° Denfert-Rochereau, RER Denfert-Rochereau
– Tel +33 (0)1 43 21 08 20 www.solarhotel.fr
Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s 117 rue Lauriston, Paris 16th – M° Boissière –
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan 10 place de Mexico, Paris 16th
M° Rue-de-la-Pompe – www.radissonblu.com/hotel-pariseiffel
Renaissance Hôtel Le parc Trocadéro - 55 avenue Raymond-Poincaré, Paris 16th - M°
Victor-Hugo - Tel + 33 (0) 1 44 05 66 66 - www.marriott.com
Hôtel Le Méridien Étoile 81 boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, Paris 17th – M° Porte-Maillot,
RER Porte-Maillot – Tel +33 (0)1 40 68 34 34 www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/
B&B La Villette 4 rue Émile-Reynaud, Paris 19th – M° Aubervilliers-Pantin-QuatreChemins – www.hotel-bb.com
Auberge de Jeunesse le D’Artagnan 80 rue Vitruve, Paris 20th – M° Porte de Bagnolet –
Tel +33 (0) 1 40 32 34 56 www.fuaj.org
Hôtel B&B Paris Malakoff 2 boulevard Charles-de-Gaulle, 92240 Malakoff – www.hotelbb.com
Radisson Blu Hôtel Paris Boulogne 33 avenue Édouard-Vaillant, 92100 BoulogneBillancourt – www.boulogne.radissonsas.com
Renaissance Hôtel La Défense 60 jardin de Valmy, 92918 Paris-La Défense – M° La
Défense - Tel + 33 (0) 1 41 17 50 50 www.marriott.com
Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Center BP 35051 Tremblay en France – 95716
Roissy CDG Cedex www.sheratonparisairport.com
Éco-label européen
Best Western Ducs de Bourgogne 19 rue du Pont-Neuf, Paris 1st – M° Pont-Neuf –
Best Western le Jardin de Cluny 9 rue du Sommerard, Paris 5th – M° Maubert-Mutualité
– bw-paris-hotels.com/jardin
Clarion Collection 214 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Paris 8th – M° Ternes, RER
Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile www.hotel-paris-saint-honore.com
Solar Hôtel 22 rue Boulard, Paris 14th – M° Denfert-Rochereau – Tel +33 (0)1 43 21 08
20 – www.solarhotel.fr
Hotel Eiffel Trocadéro 35 rue Benjamin-Franklin, Paris 16th - M° Trocadéro - Tel + 33
(0) 1 53 70 17 70 -www.hoteleiffeltrocadero.com
Hôtel Gavarni 5 rue Gavarni, Paris 16th – M° Passy – www.gavarni.com
Best Western Premier Regent’s Garden 6 rue Pierre-Demours, Paris 17th – M° Ternes,
RER Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile www.hotel-regents-paris.com
Best Western Star Champs-Élysées 18 rue de l’Arc-de-Triomphe, Paris 17th – M°
Best Western Montmartre 66 boulevard Barbès, Paris 18th – M° Château-Rouge – Tel +
33(0) 1 42 62 31 81-www.bestwestern.fr
>ISO certification, a guarantee of quality for hotels
ISO 9001-certified hotels guarantee quality management, backed up by the ISO 14001
standard, which is based on the continuous improvement of environmental
performance. These establishments respect the principles of the standard in terms of
environmental management, contributing to reducing to a minimum the effects of
their activities on the environment and to permanently improving their environmental
performance. In Paris, over a dozen IBIS hotels are ISO 14001-certified. Le Fouquet's
Barrière, has obtained three certifications - SA 8000, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, and the
label Leading Green.
ISO 14001
Hôtel Lotti 7 rue de Castiglione, Paris 1st - M° Tuileries - www.hotel-lottiparis.com
Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière 46 av George-V, Paris 8th - M° George-V, RER Charlesde-Gaulle-Étoile - www.fouquets-barriere.com Hilton Arc-de-Triomphe Paris 5157 rue de Courcelles, Paris 8th - M° Courcelles, RER Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile
Hôtel Ibis Paris Gare de l’Est 6 rue Saint-Laurent, Paris 10th - M° Gare-de-l'Est Tel +33 (0)1 40 38 05 05 - www.ibis.hotel.com Hôtel Ibis Paris Bastille-Opéra 15
rue Bréguet, Paris 11th - M° Bréguet-Sabin - www.ibishotel.com Hôtel Ibis Paris
Bercy-Village 19 pl des Vins-de-France, Paris 12th - M° Cour-Saint-Émilion,
RER Bibliothèque-François-Mitterrand - www.ibishotel.com
Hôtel Ibis Paris Gare-de-Lyon-L.Rollin 41-43 av Ledru-Rollin, Paris 12th - M°
Gare-de-Lyon, RER Gare-de-Lyon www.ibishotel.com
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hôtel 17 bd Saint-Jacques, Paris 14th - M° SaintJacques, RER Denfert-Rochereau www.parismarriottrivegauche.com
Hôtel Ibis Tour-Eiffel 2 rue Cambronne, Paris 15th - M° Cambronne www.ibishotel.com
Hôtel Ibis Ornano-Montmartre 5 rue Caulaincourt, Paris 18th - M° Place-deClichy - www.ibishotel.com
Hôtel Ibis Paris Sacré-Cœur 100 bd Rochechouart, Paris 18th - M° Anvers, RER
Gare-du-Nord - www.ibishotel.com
Hôtel Ibis Paris La Villette-Cité-des-Sciences 31-35 quai de l'Oise, Paris 19th - M°
Corentin-Cariou - www.ibishotel.com
NEW! Renaissance Paris La Défense Hôtel 60 jardin de Valmy - Paris-La Défense
Cedex - M° La Défense-Grande-Arche
>The High Environmental Quality (HEQ) approach
High Environmental Quality is a voluntary approach to the environmental quality
management of construction developments and building renovation. It is designed to
ensure control over the impact of buildings on the external environment and to create
a satisfactory interior environment. The Novotel Paris Gare-Montparnasse was the first
pilot HEQ hotel in France. The hotels in the Paris region to have received this
certification include the Suite Hôtel Issy-les-Moulineaux and the upscale Mandarin
Oriental. The St. Christopher's Inn youth hostel has chosen the HEQ certification for its
site, part of the renovation of the Magasins généraux on the Bassin de la Villette. A
second hostel will open this year, opposite the Gare du Nord. A 2* B&B Hotel at Porte
des Lilas will also be opening in 2013. Architect Dominique Perrault has designed a
cylindrical building, overlooking a large garden area, which will have HEQ certification
as well as an eco-environmental label. M an d ar i n O ri e nt a l 2 4 7 r ue S ain t Hon o ré , P a ris 1 s t - M° Tui le r ie s - www.mandarinoriental.com No vo te l
P a ris G a re M on t pa r n a sse 1 7 r ue du C ote nt in , P a ri s 1 5 t h - M° P ast e u r
- www.novotel.com St Ch ris to p he r 's I nn P a ris 6 8 - 7 4 q u ai d e l a Se i ne ,
P a ris 1 9 t h - M ° R i que t - www.st-christophers.co.uk
>Staying with Parisians
Paris also contributes to the development of participatory tourism. The French capital
offers bed & breakfast options that enable visitors to stay alongside Parisians, sharing
their advice about where to go and tips for exploring the city. This high-quality
accommodation in people's homes is guaranteed by two labels: 'Hôtes Qualité Paris',
established in 2005 by the city of Paris, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau and
volunteer professionals, and 'Authentic B&B', a charter created by the Fédération des
professionnels parisiens de la chambre d'hôtes (FPPCH), its members also subscribing to
the Bureau. Since June 2008, Authentic B&B has been offering the first eco-friendly
B&B accommodation.
Apartment exchange is another option. More and more tourists are opting for this
solution which also enables them to get to know Parisians better by staying in their
environment. Numerous paying and free websites, translated into several languages,
are dedicated to apartment exchanges. A great way of finding accommodation and
reducing your expenses.
Charte Hôtes Qualité Paris (www.hqp.fr)
2binparis-Bed&Breakfast Paris – www.2binparis.com
BAB France – www.bedbreak.com
Fleurs de Soleil – Les Maisons d’Amis en France – www.fleursdesoleil.fr
Meeting the French – www.meetingthefrench.com
Alcoves & Agapes Bed-and-Breakfast-in-Paris – www.bed-and-breakfast-in-paris.com
Charte Authentic B&B (www.authenticbandbparis.com) France Lodge Locations –
www.apartments-in-paris.com Good Morning Paris – www.goodmorningparis.fr
Une Chambre en ville – www.chambre-ville.com
Websites specializing in apartment exchanges
Echanges Vacances – www.echangevances.com
HomeChicHome.com – www.homechichome.com
Switchome – www.switchome.com
Location d’appartement chez l’habitant
> Youth hostels, Ethic Etapes, furnished aparthotels
Young people who travel are particular sensitive to ecological practices and sustainable
development. The Pa
jol youth hostel, due to open near the Gare de l’Est and
Gare du Nord in spring 2013, offers a unique green area with garden planted with trees
and ponds with aquatic plants. As for the Saint Christopher’s Inn, it has been
accredited HQE. Ethic Etapes has six establishments in and around Paris which are all
oriented towards sustainable development. They foster a spirit of solidarity and
responsibility and encourage meeting people and cultural exchange. For furnished
apartment hotels, the 10 Parisian hotels of Adagio Aparthotel ® have adopted the
European ecological label EcoLabel. All these initiatives should have a snowball effect.
BVJ Quartier Latin 44 rue des Bernardins, paris 5th – M° Maubert-Mutualité – Tel +33
(0)1 43 29 34 80 – www.bvjhotel.com
FIAP jean Monnet 30 rue de Cabanis, Paris 14th M° Glacière -Tel + 33 (0) –
NEW! Auberge de Jeunesse Pajol 20 rue Pajol, Paris 18th – M° Marx-Dormoy –
St Christopher’s Inn Paris 68-74 quai de la Seine, Paris 19th – M° Riquet – www.stchristophers.co.uk
Résidence internationale de Paris 44 rue Louis-Lumière, Paris 20th – M° Porte-deBagnolet – Tel +33 (0)1 40 31 45 45 – www.ee-rip.com
Bois du Lys -Dammarie-Les-Lys 308 chemin du Clocher, 77190 Dammarie-les-Lys – Tel
+33 (0)1 64 37 15 27 – www.boisdulys.com
Eugène Hénaff Aubervilliers51 rue de la Commune-de-Paris, 93300 Aubervilliers – M°
Aubervilliers-Pantin-Quatre-Chemins – Tel +33 (0)1 43 52 29 69 – alj93.fr
Ethic Etapes - www.ethic etapes.fr
Adagio Aparthotel® - www.adagio-city.com
Adagio Haussmann 131 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8th – M° Miromesnil – Tel +33 (0)1
56 88 61 00
Adagio Paris-Opéra 43 rue de Caumartin, Paris 9th – M° Havre-Caumartin – Tel +33 (0)1
58 18 08 20
Adagio Tour-Eiffel 14 rue du Théâtre, Paris 15th – M° Charles-Michel – Tel +33 (0)1 45
71 88 88
Adagio Buttes Chaumont cours du 7th Art, Paris 19th – M° Botzaris – Tel +33 (0)1 53 38
24 24
Adagio Kléber 73 avenue Gambetta, 92400 Courbevoie – TER Courbevoie – Tel +33 (0)1
56 37 20 20
Adagio La Défense 35 cours Michelet, 92060 Paris-La Défense – M° La Défense – Tel +3
(0)1 47 73 90 90
Adagio La Défense Le Parc 1 rue des Lilas-d’Espagne, 92401 Courbevoie – M° La Défense
– Tel +33 (0)1 48 62 22 80
Adagio Montrouge 96 rue Gabriel-Péri, 92120 Montrouge – M° Porte-de-Vanves – Tel +33
(0)1 41 17 10 30
Adagio Porte-de-Versailles 16 rue Éliane-Jeannin-Garreau, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux –
M° Porte-de-Versailles – Tel +33 (0)1 55 00 68 68
Adagio Paris-Vincennes 42 avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes – M° Bérault – Tel +33 (0)1
58 73 52 00
>Sleeping in a natural setting: ecological camping
Camping out in a tent or staying in a wooden cabin or a caravan; opting for basic
comfort in a green setting, which is environmentally friendly, is also a fine way of
seeing Paris and the Paris region! The Bois de Boulogne campsite, the only one in Paris,
is working towards being an ecological campsite with a number of measures: more
greenery where tents are pitched, camping cars replaced by caravans or wooden
chalets made of 100% ecological wood, renovation of buildings according to ecoconcepts. These initiatives are being managed by the company Huttopia, which has
already created an ecological campsite at Versailles. Also a good reason to discover the
biodiversity of this exceptional wooded area.
Huttopia Versailles 31 rue Berthelot, 78000 Versailles - Tel + 33 (0)1 39 51 23 61
>Fair-trade labels and directories
Online directories are useful and simple to use resources that provide information for
visitors on where to find fair trade products. Le marché citoyen.net is the most
comprehensive directory of shops and restaurants selling or using local, organic and
responsibly-sourced products. The website also provides a wide range of information
about numerous related subjects. After publishing Aimer Paris en hiver in 2011,
Viatao Editions have published a new guide Aimer Paris en été, with more than 250
addresses. Essential resources for discovering Paris in a gentle and sustainable way!
Annuaire du développement durable – www.durable.com
Le marché citoyen.net – www.lemarchecitoyen.net
Guide Tao Aimer Paris en été www.viatao.com
Guide Tao Aimer Paris en hiver idem
>Ethical shopping
Paris has few rivals when it comes to fashion, decoration and a range of products that
promote fair trade and organic agriculture. Major retail brands with a presence in the
city include 'Nature & Découvertes' and 'Artisans du monde', but there are also more
discreet addresses, such as Ekyog. Eating or dressing ethically also means buying
responsibly. Visitors will appreciate designer 'stock shops', but also second-hand clothes
shops, charity sales, and jumble sales by various charity associations such as Macaq,
Arcat or Emmaüs, as well as the inimitable Paris flea markets.
Paris Shopping Book and its ethnic/ethical itinerary www.parisinfo.com
American Apparel 31 place du Marché-Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st – M° Pyramides, RER
Auber – www.americanapparel.net
Dalia et Rose 9 rue du Marché-Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st – M° Pyramides, RER Auber –
Maalkita 49 passage des Panoramas, Paris 2nd – M° Grands-Boulevards, RER Auber –
Merci 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 3rd – M° Saint-Sébastien-Froissart – Tel +33
(0)1 42 77 01 90 – www.merci.merci.fr
Alter Mundi Mode 9 rue de Rivoli, Paris 4th – M° Saint-Paul– www.altermundi.com
La boutique Mr Poulet 24 rue de Sévigné, Paris 4th – M° Saint-Paul –
Artisans du monde 84 rue Claude-Bernard, Paris 5th – M° Censier-Daubenton –
Ekyog 59 bis rue Bonaparte, Paris 6th – M° Saint-Sulpice –www.ekyog.com
Boutic Ethic 1 place de l’École-Militaire, Paris 7th – M° École-Militaire, RER Invalides –
Alter Mundi Boutique 25 rue Beaurepaire, Paris 10th – M° Jacques-Bonsergent –
Bayadère 23 rue Louis-Blanc, Paris 10th – M° Louis-Blanc – www.bayadere.com
Idéo 1 rue Robert-et-Sonia-Delaunay, Paris 11th – M° Alexandre-Dumas –
Nature & Découvertes Centre commercial Italie-2 24 place d’Italie, Paris 13th – M°
Place-d’Italie – www.natureetdecouvertes.com
Kolam 2 rue des Plantes, Paris 14th – M° Alésia, RER Denfert-Rochereau –
Private sales
Catherine Max 17 avenue Raymond-Poincaré Paris 16th – M° Trocadéro – Tel +33 (0)1 84
16 12 12 - www.catherinemax.com
Friperie solidaire
MACAQ 123 rue de Tocqueville Paris 17th – M° Wagram – www.macaq.org
Braderies solidaires
Arcat Santé 94-102 rue de Buzenval, Paris 20th – M° Buzenval – www.arcat-sante.org
Emmaüs 124 avenue Pablo-Picasso 92000 Nanterre – Tel +33 (0)1 47 78 12 07 –
www.paris.fr pour les vide-greniers
Marchés aux Puces www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com
>Eat well, eat organic, eat responsibly
For fans of organic food there is no shortage of outlets in Paris that stock branded
organic produce such as AB, Demeter, Bio européen or Nature & Progrès labels, for all
budgets and all tastes. The luxury restaurant at the 4* Hôtel Lotti and the brasserie of
the 4* Hôtel Lutétia offer delicious organic menus, and Cojean has a variety of organic
offerings across its 17 Parisian restaurants. The Ferniot brothers' Boco offer an original
concept, organic of course, but served in a preserving jar (bocal) in several
arrondissements in Paris! Unique to Paris, the organic fast-food Bioburger, created by
chef Marc Veyrat, has just opened in the Bourse district! Tourists and late-risers at the
weekend will certainly love the organic brunches at the Hôtel Bel Ami or at eateries
such as the Pain quotidien, Estaminet des Enfants rouges or even Bioboa. Foodies also
favour the local economy and shop at the many organic markets or specialist stores
such as the Biocoop network, which has nine outlets. In the same spirit of 'eating
regional produce', the Boutique de Saveurs only sells products from French regional and
national parks, branded ‘Parc naturel’. The first Parisian 'slow food' gelateria, Grom,
offers ice creams made with only seasonal products cultivated in the region. Finally,
some Parisian restaurants keep a close eye on what kind of fish they put on the table,
and they prove it with the 'Mr Goodfish' label on their menu; this certification attests
that the restaurateur does not purchase stock that was fished intensively or is a
protected species Over the last few years an increasing number of cafes and
restaurants have not only been promoting healthy eating, but have also been adopting
a ‘social conscience’ with regard to their staff. Finally, you can make a charitable
gesture without it costing you anything by using the website Alter-resto.com to book a
table at a restaurant.
Boco 3 rue Danielle-Casanova, Paris 1st – M° Pyramides, RER Auber – Tel +33 (0)1 42 61
17 67 – www.bocobio.com / Cour Saint Emilion, Paris 12th – + Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris
Lémoni Café 5 rue Hérold, Paris 1st – M° Les Halles, RER Châtelet-Les Halles –
Restaurant il Lotti (Hôtel Lotti) 9 rue de Castiglione, Paris 1st – M° Tuileries - Tel +33
(0)1 42 60 40 62 – www.hotel-lotti-paris.com
Bioboa 93 rue Montmartre Paris 2nd – Tel + 33 (0) 1 40 28 02 83 – www.bioboa.com
Exki 9 boulevard des Italiens, Paris 2nd – M° Richelieu-Drouot, RER Auber –
NEW! Bioburger 46 passage Choiseul, Paris 2nd –M° Quatre-Septembre www.bioburger.info
Pain bio d’Île-de-France – www.bioiledefrance.fr/pain/
L’Estaminet des Enfants rouges 39 rue de Bretagne, Paris 3rd – Tel + 33 (0) 1 42 72 28
12 – www.lesestaminetdesenfantsrouges.fr
Le Potager du Marais 22 rue Rambuteau, Paris 3rd – M° Rambuteau, RER Châtelet-Les
Halles – Tel +33 (0)1 42 74 24 66
Restaurant Murano Resort 13 boulevard du Temple, Paris 3rd – M° Filles-du-Calvaire –
Le Pain Quotidien 18-20 rue des Archives, Paris 4th – Tel +33 (0) 1 44 54 03 07 www.lepainquotiden.fr
Bel Ami 7-11 rue Saint-Benoît, Paris 6th - M° Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Tel +33 (0)1 42
61 53 53
Brasserie Hôtel Lutétia 45 boulevard Raspail Paris 6th – M° Castiglione – Tel +33 (0)1 49
54 46 76 – www.concorde-hotels.com/lutetia
Grom 81 rue de Seine, Paris 6th – M° Odéon – www.grom.it
Holy Planet 34 rue Serpente, Paris 6th – M° Odéon, RER Châtelet-Les Halles – Tel +33
(0)1 46 33 07 05
Phyto Bar 47 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6th – M° Maubert-Mutualité – Tel +33 (0)1
44 07 36 99
Restaurant Auguste 54 rue de Bourgogne, Paris 7th – M° Varenne –
MiniPalais 3 avenue Winston-Churchill, Paris 8th – M° Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau –
Villa Spicy 8 Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8th – M ° Franklin-Roosevelt –
Pousse-Pousse 7 rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Paris 9th – M° Saint-Georges – Tel + 33 (0)
1 53 16 10 81 – www.poussepousse.eu
Supernature 12 rue de Trévise, Paris 9th – M° Grands-Boulevards, RER Auber – Tel +33
(0)1 47 70 21 03 – www.super-nature.fr
NEW! Boutique des Saveurs 61 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, Paris 10th – Tel + 33 (0) 1
47 70 44 69
Jardin des voluptés 10 l’Échiquier, Paris 10th – M° Bonne-Nouvelle – Tel +33 (0)1 48 24
38 68
Alter Mundi Café 4 rue Jean-Pierre-Timbaud, Paris 11th – M° République – Tel +33 (0)1
48 06 15 29
Soya 20 rue de la Pierre-Levée, Paris 11th – M° Goncourt – www.soya75.fr
Première Pression Provence 3 rue Antoine-Vollon, Paris 12th – M° Ledru-Rollinwww.ppprovence.com
Dietetic Shop 11 rue Delambre, Paris 14th – M° Vavin – www.dietetic-shop.fr
Laura Todd restaurant 81 avenue de Breteuil, Paris 15th – M° Sèvres-Lecourbe –
L’Épicerie Verte 5 rue Saussier-Leroy, Paris 17th – M° Ternes – Tel +33 (0)1 47 64 19 68
Le Méridien Étoile 81 boulevard Gouvion-de-Saint-Cyr, Paris 17th - M° Porte-Maillot –
Tel +33 (0)140 68 34 34 – www.lemeridienetoile.com
Canal Bio 46 bis quai de la Loire, Paris 19th – M° Laumière – Tel +33 (0)1 42 06 44 44
Organic markets
Marché bio Raspail boulevard Raspail, Paris 6th – M° Rennes (Sunday)
Marché bio Brancusi place Brancusi, Paris 14th – M° Gaîté (Saturday)
Marché bio Batignolles boulevard des Batignolles, Paris 17th – M° Rome (Saturday)
Restaurant, cafe with a social conscience:
L’Auberge 4 rue Jean-Pierre-Timbaud, Paris 11th – M° République – Tel + 33 (0)1 48 06
15 29 – www.lauberge.fr
Le Petit Ney 10 avenue de la Porte-Montmartre, Paris 18th – M° Porte-de-Clignancourt –
www.lepetitney.free.fr www.alter-resto.com
> Honey and bees in Paris
Who would have thought it? Some of the capital’s rooftops like those of the Palais
Garnier opera house, the 4th arrondissement town hall, Crédit municipal, the
restaurant La Tour d’Argent, and the Grand Palais are home to millions of bees that
produce delicious honey. So you can enjoy a local product and support the
environment! Paris has undertaken numerous initiatives amongst which the
preservation of its many hives. The city has around 300 hives and the most well-known
apiaries are those in Parc Georges-Brassens, the Luxembourg gardens, Parc Monceau,
the Bois de Vincennes and at the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Every year, Paris celebrates
the harvesting of its honey with tastings and sales. N.B.: the honey from the Banque du
Miel (honey bank) which supports a project to pollinate the city.
La Tour d’Argent 15 quai de Tournelle, Paris 5th - Tel + 33 (0) 1 43 54 23 31
Banque du Miel Tel + 33 (0) 1 55 87 08 70
Crédit municipal de Paris 55 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4th
Boutique de l’Opéra Garnier rue Halévy, Paris 9th – Tel + 33 (0) 1 40 01 17 82
Le Grand Palais 21 avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8th – M° Franklin–Roosevelt – Tel +
33 (0) 1 43 59 76 78 – www.grandpalais.fr
Jardin d’Acclimatation bois de Boulogne, Paris 16th – Tel + 33 (0) 140 67 90 85 –
>Organic beauty and 'cosm'ethics'
Ethical cosmetics are a chic trend in Paris! Major retailers such as L'Occitane and the
Body Shop offer ethical and organic beauty products that comply with the Ecocert and
Nature & Progrès labels like creams and soaps that are natural and respect the
environment. More specialist shops such as Guayapi Tropical also sell cosmetics based
on traditional products, sourced from all over the world. The trend is also catching on
in spas which offer beauty treatments based on organic or fair-trade products.
Bio-Moi 35 rue Debelleyme, Paris 3rd – M° Filles-du-Calvaire – www.bio-moi.fr
Patyka 14 rue Rambuteau, Paris 3rd – M° Rambuteau, RER Châtelet-Les Halles –
Aépure 35 rue Guénégaud, Paris 6th – M° Odéon, RER Saint-Michel – www.aepure.fr
L’Occitane 95 rue de Rennes, Paris 6th – M° Rennes – www.loccitane.fr
Mademoiselle Bio 1 place de l’École-Militaire, Paris 7th – M° École-Militaire, RER
Invalides – www.mademoiselle-bio.com
Beauté zen 53 bis rue Rodier, Paris 9th – M° Anvers – www.institut-beaute-zen.com
Guayapi Tropical 73 rue de Charenton, Paris 12th – M° Ledru-Rollin – www.guayapi.com
Herba Barona 10 rue Théophile-Roussel, Paris 12th – M° Ledru-Rollin – www.herbabarona.com
The Body Shop 50 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, Paris 12th – M° Bastille, RER Gare-deLyon – www.thebodyshop.com
Yves Rocher 92 rue Ordener, Paris 18th – M° Jules-Joffrin – www.yves-rocher.fr
Spa L’Occitane 47 rue de Sèvres, Paris 6th – M° Sèvres-Babylone – www.loccitane.com
Les thermes de Lutèce 70 quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, Paris 4th – M° Hôtel-de-Ville – Tel
+33 (0)1 42 77 76 20
Spa Saint-James Albany 202 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st – M° Tuileries – Tel +33 (0)1 44 58
43 21
Back to bio 15 rue de Reuilly, Paris 12th – M° Reuilly-Diderot – Tel +33 (0)1 44 93 70 03
>Discover Paris with the Parisians
What could be better than discovering Paris accompanied by genuine experts: the
Parisians themselves! This alternative, more personal form of tourism often provides an
opportunity to explore new districts, to establish a link between the daily life of
Parisians and the life of visitors. For people to visit the capital in an alternative and
original way, Paris City Council supports numerous activities open to all. The Paris
Treasure Hunt, an event now in its seventh year, takes place every summer. Parisians
and tourists explore the capital in this free and exciting game looking for clues. Paris
Face Cachée reveals a hidden side of Paris, kept a secret, over three days of mystery
and fun discoveries. The event Paris Les yeux fermés enables the public to experience
Paris’s streets with their eyes bound in order to reflect on mobility in the public space.
What’s more, through the Maison des Acteurs (for sustainable development initiatives)
the Paris City Council offers, workshops, visits, talks and film screenings for all; these
are listed on the website, on various themes including respect for the environment and
the responsible behaviour of individuals. Finally, the Seine-Saint-Denis tourist board
organizes all-year-round visits, workshops, urban tours, tours with local inhabitants to
see the region in a different way. What’s more, since 2007, the festive event, ‘ Été du
Canal – L’Ourcq en fêtes’ is an invitation to enjoy a multitude of shows, concerts,
literary, heritage and architectural cruises in order to discover or rediscover the Ourcq
Ça se visite – www.ca-se-visite.fr
Ma langue au chat – www.malangueauchat.com
Meeting the French – www.meetingthefrench.com
www.paris.fr / tresordeparis.fr
Paris Macadam – http://parismacadam.fr
Paris par rues méconnues – www.paris-prm.com
Parisien d’un Jour, Parisien Toujours – www.parisgreeter.org Les Parisiens Associés –
www.les-parisiens-associes.com Pour vous Paris – http://pour-vous-paris.com
Promenades urbaines – www.promenades-urbaines.com Rollers et coquillages –
www.rollers-coquillages.org www.tourisme93.fr
> Exploring artisanal traditions and know-how in Paris, and
craftsmens' workshops.
Seeing Parisians 'at work', practicing traditional ancestral and artisan professions, is a
great way to discover the city from the inside. Les Ateliers de Paris, on Faubourg SaintAntoine, regularly offers exhibitions in its gallery themed around artisan expertise in
the contemporary age. Once a year, craftspeople in residence in the workshops open
their doors to those interested in finding out more about their work. Agencies such as
'Meeting the French', too, offer access to the workshops and the opportunity to meet
and talk with Parisians. Les Ateliers d'art de France, the largest professional grouping of
artists and craft workers, has opened four spaces in Paris ‘at Opéra, at Etoile, in the
Marais district, and at Bastille, where visitors can discover art works from exceptional
artistic professions that respect quality charters. Some craftspeople also open their
workshops to the public during Open Days in springtime.
Finally, the most recent, the website Créativeparis.info shows you Paris in a different
way through a programme of activities consisting of 400 creative workshops on fashion,
design, science and technology, the visual arts, crafts, music, photography and much
more. A whole range of creative initiatives to share with Parisians!
Les Ateliers de Paris 30 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, Paris 12th – M° Bastille, RER
Gare-de-Lyon – www.paris.fr
Viaduc des Arts 1-129 avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th – M° Ledru-Rollin – Tel +33 (0) 1 44
75 80 66 – www.viaducdesarts.fr
Les Ateliers d’art de France 6 rue Jadin, Paris 17th – Tel +33 (0) 1 44 01 08 30 –
Les ateliers d’artistes de Belleville 1 rue Francis-Picabia, Paris 20th – Tel +33 (0)1 77 12
63 13 – www.ateliers-artistes-belleville.org
Ateliers de Ménilmontant 43 rue des Panoyaux, Paris 20th – M° Ménilmontant – Tel +33
(0)1 43 66 54 87 – ateliersdemenilmontant.org
NEW! Créative Paris – www.creativeparis.info
Meeting the French – www.meetingthefrench.com
>Visit Paris in a different way, along urban walking trails
The way most Parisians get about is on foot and this is also an alternative way in which
to get to know the city and its environment. The Paris département hiking committee
has created two trails, one 19 km and one 20 km, crossing the capital from West to
East, from the Bois de Boulogne to the Bois de Vincennes and from North to South,
from the Porte de la Villette to the Porte d'Arcueil. They have also invented the
concept of the Panamées®, themed urban walks organized free of charge, on the third
Thursday of each month. Combine the pleasure of walking with that of discovering the
history of the sites along the way. If you just like to stroll, the Promenade plantée
offers a pleasant walk along a planted trail over 4.5 km, from avenue Daumesnil to the
ring road and features caves, waterfalls and many varied styles of architecture.
>Explore Paris in a leisurely way
Follow your guide on rollerblades, on foot, by bike or by taking a Segway or Trikke
tour; this is the sustainable way to visit Paris as a tourist. Specialist guide agencies put
together itineraries that enable you to get around using various means of ‘soft’
transport which have a neutral impact on the environment: by electrically powered
scooter (Segway or the three-wheel Trikke) with Logic Way or Paris Trikkes Tour, by
bicycle with Paris Bike tour, Paris à vélo c'est sympa, or on rollerblades with Paris
comme sur des roulettes, Roulez Champions and most recently, by bike taxi, with
Cyclopolitain, or Pédicab. The latter also offers a tour ‘Découverte de Paris’ which
combines a tour with a food tasting. Visitors will also enjoy mingling with the crowds of
Parisians who get together every week to go on rollerblading or cycling tours organized
by Pari roller or Rollers et coquillages through the streets of Paris on Friday evenings
and on Sundays. Finally, for those with a nostalgic yearning for 19th-century Paris,
what better than a short tour at the gentle pace of a horse and carriage? Paris Calèches
offers four tours, and can be considered a responsible tourism operator, since the
company changes the team of horses every two days for their wellbeing.
Ecological tours by Ecovisit are also much appreciated by tourists and raise awareness
on ecological issues. Tours take the form of a guided tour in a hybrid saloon car
accompanied by a guide who is a specialist in sustainable development and who over
the course of one or two hours shows visitors Paris from a green and ecological angle:
an original way of seeing the capital’s monuments, museums and famous avenues. Paris
City Council also offers guided tours on different themes relating to the environment,
like the biodiversity trail at the Parc Floral or the Week for an alternative against
Programme of events downloadable on www.paris.fr
Bike About Tours – www.bikeabouttours.com
Paris à vélo c’est sympa – www.parisvelosympa.com
Paris Bike Tour – www.parisbiketour.net
Paris Calèches – www.pariscaleches.com
Paris Trikke Tours – www.paristrikkes.com
Paris Rando Vélo – www.parisrandovelo.com
Taxi King Clovis – www.taxikingclovis.com
Vélotac&Cie – www.velotaccie.com
Roulez Champions
Rollers et Coquillages www.rollersetcoquillages.org
Pédicab Tel + 33 (0)1 56 52 93 15
Ecovisit – www.ecovisit.fr
Mobilboard www.mobilboard.com
Alternative bike www.alternative-bike.com
Velo Paris www.veloparis.com
Blue bike tour www.blubiketours-paris.com
>Parisian parks and gardens and regional natural parks, green
With its 500 parks and gardens, to which Parisians are particularly attached, the capital
certainly has its share of greenery! And the city is also at the heart of one of the
largest eco-regions in Europe: Île-de-France (the Paris region). In fact, the Paris region
is the second major tourist destination after Paris and offers 280,000 hectares of
woodland with abundant and diverse flora, which attract some 90 million visitors each
year. Within easy reach of the capital are four regional parks (parcs naturels régionaux
- PNR): the Gâtinais, the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse, the Vexin and the Oise-Pays de
France. www.iledefrance.fr
>Disney launches its eco Villages Nature project just outside Paris
The giant Disney group has announced an ambitious eco-tourism resort to be built just
outside Paris in partnership with Pierre & Vacances; the project is set to be unveiled by
2015 and gradually expanded over the course of 30 years. Named Villages Nature and
based on the concept of a harmonious relationship between Man and Nature, the resort
would round off the 500 hectares devoted to Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios parks
in France. Planned to be Europe's largest water park, and to be built around a 3,500 m2
geothermal lagoon, it will include walking paths and horse riding trails, lakes, an
organic farm and gardens; in addition it will offer several thousand units of tourist
accommodation. Villages Nature will of course do everything to ensure it is an
outstanding example for eco-tourism, reducing its carbon footprint to a minimum.
>Paris’s commitment to sustainable development: the capital’s
climate plan
The city of Paris has a firm commitment to the environment. The city adopted the
Climate Plan on 1 October 2007 and since then has carried out a number of important
measures to reduce greenhouse gas. Its objective? To reduce emissions by 75% in 2050,
compared to 2004 levels. The Plan Climat Energie de Paris has already outstripped
European objectives (20% in 2020) and predicts a reduction of 25%, even 30% in
greenhouse gas emissions, general energy consumption and public lighting and energy
consumption based on renewable energy. In order to do this, Paris created the Agence
parisienne du Climat, in January 2011, whose mission it is to reduce the carbon
footprint, through help to change current practices and behaviour, and uphold and
promote renewable energy and responsible energy consumption. Another plan
introduced by the Parisian administration or PDAP on getting around responsibly was
also launched in 2011, and the first results of the Bilan Carbone de Paris have been
published. In short, the City of Paris has a growing number of essential and efficient
tools that enable it to know which are the most receptive sectors for their Climate Plan
initiatives and what measures to take for the future.
‘Bleu Climat’, updated each year, gives updates on budgets, progress on actions
carried out, and outlines initiatives for the future. In October 2012, the public were
consulted over a revision of the Plan Climat Energie de Paris.
Find out more: www.paris.fr and www.apc-paris.fr
>Paris, City of Light in an ecological era
As with the Plan Climat Energie de Paris, the city has decided to reduce the
consumption of public lighting by 30%. The challenge is great, but Paris, the eternal
City of Light, has been able to adapt to current ecological demands. Lights on the Eiffel
Tower were replaced by Master Son PIA 600 watt lights with a longer life. Since March
2012, the Montparnasse Tower Block has been lit up with electro-luminous diodes which
are less polluting and which reduce energy consumption by 90%! Finally, at Christmas
time the Champs-Élysées is a wonderful sight to behold for children and adults with 200
trees illuminated with LED light decorations over a distance of 2.5 kilometres. [The
energy for these is produced by a solar energy plant that injects the same amount of
energy into the EDF network over several weeks. This makes it the first Christmas
lighting in France with zero energy consumption]. (Source: 20 minutes November 2012).
>Paris, one of Europe’s top green cities!
Since the study on Europe's green cities, published in 2009, Paris has been shown to be
a leading city in terms of commitment to ecological issues. Taking all categories
together, Paris ranks in the top 10 behind Brussels and ahead of London! And the
capital comes first for the responsible use of land, notably for its 500 green spaces,
managed and maintained by the council.
And green spaces mean diversity. Paris, one of Europe's most densely populated cities,
is nevertheless a natural central meeting point for wildlife to prosper. This biodiversity
is due to the small number of predators, the existence of a wide range of welcoming
environments and careful management of these. A great many emblematic places (the
Petite Ceinture, Père Lachaise Cemetery, the wooded areas of Boulogne and
Vincennes, the banks of the Seine and the canals) have proven especially rich or even
unique in terms of biodiversity, owing to the wide range of species that have been able
to adapt to urban development. The capital’s green spaces account for over 2,000
species of wild plants, mushrooms, mosses and lichens, and some 2,000 animal species;
these fauna and flora can also be found in private spaces, on buildings, in roads, along
waterways. And Paris is constantly introducing new initiatives like the creation of
ponds for wildlife to prosper, planted rooftops, beehives, and gardens on terraces. Six
new hectares of public gardens have been created since 2008. What’s more, there are
guided tours, talks and publications for the public, and the Biodiversity Plan adopted
on 15 November 2011 encourages wider public dialogue and participation via workshops
for citizens. Under the plan, all Paris’s parks and gardens should be labelled by 2014.
>Paris and its ‘eco-districts’
Paris is expanding its 'green' lungs, thanks to an ecological and responsible approach to
the development of existing spaces or the creation of new sites. Eco-gardens are
planned in the Rungis urban development zone and at the Porte de Vanves, and the
transformation of the Auteuil racecourse lawns continues, with the addition of a
further 6 hectares. 2.3 kilometres of green and pedestrianized areas are being
developed along the Seine quaysides. The Clichy-Batignolles district is gradually
becoming an 'eco-district', with new cycle paths and extended pedestrian areas in its
centre. The park Clichy-Batignolles – Martin-Luther-King is to be extended to 10
hectares in 2016. The Cardinet-Chalabre urban development zone will become an ecodistrict, around a 10-hectare park which will house the future Palais de Justice (Paris
law courts) in 2016. Architect Jean Nouvel's plans for the redevelopment of the Île
Seguin include a 4-hectare garden, due to be completed in 2015, and the
transformation of Les Halles is under way with the construction of its 'Canopy'. And in
autumn this year, a new multi-purpose centre will open in the Beaugrenelle district
(15th arrondissement), built using HEQ certified and BREEAM-assessed glass
(Environmental & Sustainability Standard). These and future initiatives all confirm
Paris's commitment to ecology and sustainability in the twenty-first century. Finally,
Emmaüs has recently inaugurated an eco-building on the Quai de Valmy in the 10th
arrondissement: its facade is entirely covered in photovoltaic solar panels. 40% of the
energy used by this 7-storey building, which houses 47 social housing units, comes from
natural light. The project is a flagship sustainable development initiative and has
received the THPE (Très Haute Performance Energétique or Very High Energy
Performance] quality label.
Emmaüs Valmy 179 bis quai de Valmy, Paris 10th - M° Louis-Blanc
Maison du projet Clichy-Batignolles 147 rue Cardinet, Paris 17th - M° Brochant www.clichy-batignolles.fr
>Paris tourist institutions part of the business and public institution
sustainable development club
A very special club was created in recent years, bringing together public institutions
attentive to finding ways to make sustainable development part of the way they
operate on a daily basis. The members of this club have established a charter to ensure
that principles of sustainable development are implemented and initiatives optimized;
examples of these initiatives include fighting global warming, efficient use and
conservation of resources (water, energy, raw materials) and work relations and
conditions. Several major players from the tourism sector have signed the charter: the
Musée du Louvre, the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, the Muséum national d'histoire
naturelle, the Musée Guimet, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the RATP.
For several years now, numerous museums have been taking sustainable development
initiatives into account in the way they operate. Such a museum is the Quai-Branly
museum, which has from the start been designed according to HEQ standards and
which functions entirely on this sustainable principle of recycling and energy saving.
Similarly, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour l’art contemporain, designed just outside
Paris in Boulogne by Franck O. Gehry and due to open end of 2013/beginning of 2014
follows similar standards. The architecture is designed like a cloud in glass between the
city and the forest. Some other collections, like those at the Musée d'Orsay, address
environmental issues in workshops. It launched its 'Atelier de culture et du
développement durable' (culture and sustainable development workshop) in 2010, to
explain how the museum's initiative relates to the environment, the economy, social
aspects and contemporary society in general. Finally, some museums also make
sustainable development and ecology their main subject.
At the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, the current need to protect the
environment is shown through the great history of living things. The different
exhibition spaces (the Grande galérie de l'Évolution, the Jardin des Plantes, the Galérie
de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée, the Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie,
the Ménagerie) raise awareness about the diversity of species, the importance of
protecting them, evolutions in the past and the action to be taken in the future. At the
Musée du Vivant, the first international museum for ecology and sustainable
development, near to Versailles, the collections feature the works of sculptors,
painters, photographers, film makers, designers, architects, etc. alongside scientific
instruments, models of agricultural machinery, posters, photographs, films, a xylotech,
stuffed animals, fossils ... as well as an experimental farm. Although the permanent
collections are only open for visits by appointment, the institution also offers
temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Musée du Louvre Paris 1st – M° Palais-Royal – www.louvre.fr
Musée Guimet 6 place d’Iéna, Paris 6th – M° Iéna – www.guimet.fr
Bibliothèque nationale de France 11 quai François-Mauriac, Paris 13th - M°
Bibliothèque-François-Mitterrand – www.bnf.fr
Ratp www.ratp.fr
Fondation d’art contemporain Louis Vuitton - www.fondation louisvuitton.fr
Museum national d’histoire naturelle 36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Paris 5th – M°
Censier-Daubenton – www.mnhn.fr
Musée d’Orsay 62 rue de Lille, Paris 7th – M° Solférino – www.orsay.fr
Musée du Quai-Branly 37 quai Branly, Paris 7th – M° Bir-Hakeim, RER Champ-de-MarsTour-Eiffel – www.quaibranly.fr
Cité des sciences et de l’industrie 30 avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19th – M° Porte-dela-Villette – www.cite-sciences.fr
Le musée du Vivant Château de Grignon, BP1, 78 850 Thiverval-Grignon –
>Two Parisian winners at the 2012 'Trophées du tourisme responsible'
The 'Trophées du tourisme responsible', organized by voyages-sncf.com, awards
innovative sustainable development initiatives in the realm of tourism; an annual event
for more than six years. It also more broadly recognizes 'operators that offer quality
travel that is responsible, varied and diversified. Pleasure for all'. This year, three
important Parisian operators received awards. The eco-mobility award went to Vélib’,
and the Parisian hotel Hi-Matic, eco-accommodation based on the idea of cabin-style
bedrooms, received the Urban Award. This hotel, designed by Matali Crasset had
already received the Luxury and Zen award for Dar-Hi, her eco- and design hotel in
Nefta, Tunisia.
>The Portes de Paris, playing a major role in a sustainable Grand Paris
(Greater Paris)
The Portes de Paris are a key to the Grand Paris vision - that of the city extending
beyond today's limits to encompass the surrounding areas. These new spaces have all
been designed taking into account new environmental requirements, and contributing
to a sustainable Grand Paris. In the north of the capital, with the Halle MacDonald
development, and in the east with the Porte des Lilas, architects and urban developers
have been forward-looking to make Paris an environmentally-friendly city.
>Art and sustainable development, working together
Looking beyond Patrick Blanc's vertical gardens, recognized for their environmental
benefits (insulation and improved air quality), which may be seen on the facade of the
Musée du Quai-Branly, the Pershing Hall Hotel near the Champs-Élysées, or the BHV
men’s department store, artists are engaging more and more with sustainable
development issues. Two places in Paris enable visitors to follow artists' views on this
theme: the Fondation EDF Diversiterre, a few steps from the Bon Marché department
store, and the Laboratoire, a private foundation that links artists with scientists.
The Laboratoire organizes the awards ceremony for the COAL (Coalition pour l'art et le
développement durable - art and sustainable development coalition) Prize, created in
2008, which is awarded to a contemporary artist who shows a concern for
environmental issues, thus contributing to the emergence of a new culture of nature
and ecology.
Eco-design is also growing in importance and is a concept increasingly adopted by wellknown and lesser-known designers alike, convinced that this is where the present and
the future of the profession lies. And they're right! Matali Crasset offers visitors as well
as Parisians a new kind of urban eco-accommodation in her Hi-matic hotel, which
opened in Paris in 2011 and which was awarded the 2012 urban trophy for responsible
tourism. This accommodation is original and ecological as goods can be bought from
machines, the furniture is made from untreated wood, mineral-based paints have been
used in the decor, and the 42 guest rooms are modular. And a wide range of unique
design objects are on sale at the designer’s showroom, Lieu Commun. For visitors
curious to find out more about the challenges of eco-design, exhibitions are organized
at the Lieu du Design, a site created by the Île-de-France regional council to promote
industrial design and eco-design. Finally, anyone who is passionate about the subject
won't miss the opportunity to visit the Parisian eco-design agency Art Terre, which
promotes the work of young eco-designers and which is underpinned by three
principles: the use of recycled materials, employment initiatives that help people with
difficulties get back into work, and locally-based production.
Le Laboratoire 4 rue du Bouloi, Paris 1st – M°Palais-Royal – www.lelaboratoire.org
COAL 2 rue Caffarelli, Paris 3rd – Tel +33 (0)1 75 57 87 63 – www.projetcoal.fr
Espace Fondation EDF 6 rue Récamier, Paris 7th – M° Sèvres-Babylone –
Mur végétal du musée du Quai-Branly 222 rue de l’Université, Paris 7th – RER Pont-del’Alma – www.quaibranly.fr Mur végétal du Pershing Hall 49 rue Pierre-Charron, Paris
8th – M° George-V, RER Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile www.pershinghall.com
Mur végétal du BHV Homme 4 rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4th – M° Hôtel-de-Ville –
Lieu Commun 5 rue des Filles-du-Calvaire, Paris 3rd – M° Filles-du-Calvaire – Tel +33
(0)1 44 54 08 30 – www.lieucommun.fr
Art Terre 212 rue Saint-Maur, Paris 10th – Tel +33 (0)1 44 84 00 26 –
Lieu du Design 74 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, Paris 12th – Tel +33 (0)1 40 41 51 02 –
Matali Crasset – www.hi-matic.net
>Becoming an environmentally-aware event organizer
Business event organizers (conventions, seminars, etc.) can find all they need on this
website to ensure their event is organized and managed in a responsible way. The
social responsibility of companies or RSE is the new tool with which companies can
assess the social and environmental impact of their activity and thereby adopt better
practice and contribute to the improvement of society and the protection of the
environment. Global social labels and standards have been created to this end and may
be consulted on the website Evénements 3.0. Evénements 3.0 is the leading reference
on the market for responsible events and presents labelled service providers, solutions,
innovations in terms of event planning that respects the environment and Man.
Finally, through its information file ‘Paris, a responsible city’, the Paris Convention
Bureau offers advice on organizing business meetings and gives a listing, by category of
services, of the Parisian service providers that organize sustainable events.
Événements 3.0 -www.3-0.fr
To enable the general public as well as professional visitors to discover the latest
trends in organic products and sustainable and responsible measures, both on a global
level and in relation to everyday life; and to raise people's awareness about the
importance of the challenges in numerous fields, Paris organizes professional trade
shows, action days or weeks, as well as exhibitions and festivals, throughout the year.
>Trade shows not to be missed in 2013
Ethical Fashion Show
This annual event organizes showrooms, round tables and catwalk shows, bringing
together designers whose work is guided by the belief that we can create a better
world, respectful of the environment, know-how and humankind.
Carrousel du Louvre 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st - M° Palais-Royal
99 rue de Rivoli 75001 PARIS FRANCE www.ethicalfashionshow.com
19 to 21/01
Salon mondial du Tourisme
This 'must' event in the tourism calendar consists of a responsible tourism space, where
numerous stands demonstrate how we can 'travel green', give our holidays an ethical
dimension, and enjoy eating organic food.
Paris-Expo porte de Versailles, Paris 15th - M° Porte-de-Versailles www.salonmondialdutourisme.com
21 to 24/03
Vivre autrement
In the green setting of the Parc Floral, more than 400 exhibitors present organic,
healthy and ethical products from all areas of daily life – gastronomy, beauty, fashion,
gardening. There are also workshops and round tables.
Parc Floral de Paris, bois de Vincennes, Paris 12th - M° Château-de-Vincennes
22 to 25/03
Vivez Nature Paris
This trade show, which is the meeting place for organic farming and natural products,
takes place right in the centre of Paris.
Espace Champerret porte de Champerret, Paris 17th - M° Porte-de-Champerret
01 to 04/02
Naturally Paris
For its 10th edition, this trade show which focuses on organic farming and the pleasures
of nature will be held at the Porte de Versailles.
Porte de Versailles, pavillon 5.1, Viparis - Paris Expo - www.vivez-nature.com
31/05 to 03/6
Marjolaine trade show
This has become a landmark event, combining organic and sustainable development
issues and includes a series of talks on key environmental questions.
Parc floral de Paris bois de Vincennes, Paris 12th - M° Château-de-Vincennes www.salon-marjolaine.com
09 to 17/11
Salon des déplacements verts
First trade show devoted to ecological travel in France, to showcase new solutions for
getting around in an environmentally-friendly way.
Espace d’animation des Blancs-Manteaux 48 rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris 4th – M°
Hôtel-de-Ville - www.deplacementsverts.com
01 to 02/06
>Events, conferences, action days weeks and debates not to be
missed in 2013
Sustainable Development Week
2012 will be the 10th annual edition of this national initiative, which offers Parisians
and visitors a varied programme of events and meetings, with a view to enabling
everyone to actively participate in sustainable development, through simple actions.
1 to 07/04
Journée mondiale de coalition pour un tourisme Durable
The seventh edition of this one-day event will take place at the Île-de-France regional
council. This year's theme is based on ‘Islands, laboratories for sustainable
development’. The day includes round table discussion between scientists, tourism
professionals and institutional players.
Conseil régional d'Île-de-France - Salle de l'Hémicycle 57 rue de Babylone, Paris 7th M° Sèvres-Babylone - www.coalition-tourisme-responsable.org
exhibitions, festivals in 2013
Ateliers d'art de France
This federation of crafts professionals organizes the international trade fair for cultural
heritage, a showcase for excellence in all areas of heritage. Restoration experts and
master craft workers, publishers, trainers, local associations, schools, suppliers of
technological and specialist materials are all invited to come and present their
expertise which contributes to preserving France’s heritage.
Carrousel du Louvre 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st - M° Palais-Royal www.patrimoineculturel.com
07 to 10/11
‘Fête des jardins' gardens event
A wide range of free events organized in over 100 gardens in Paris and surrounding
communes. Games, things to discover, classes, demonstrations, and walks; there is
something for everyone to enjoy! www.paris.fr
September 2013
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Press kit produced in collaboration with the agency Art Process

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