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A (Viva)Tech Guide to Paris

Posted at: 06.09.2023in category:Practical Guides
A Paris city guide, but with a VivaTech spin.


Every year, VivaTech gathers tens of thousands of visitors from around the world in Paris for four days of inspiration with the European startup community. While Paris is known as a cultural capital for food, wine, and historical sites, it’s also a burgeoning tech hub with a vibrant startup ecosystem. 

As our visitors gather in Paris this June for VivaTech 2023, we’d like to share a different side of our city – the best of tech in Paris.

Photo credit: Station F

A Flagship Tech Hub

Station F: The world"e;s largest startup campus, housing diverse tech communities. Hosting over 1,000 startups through 30 different programs, Station F is empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs in Paris. Located in a former rail freight depot, the campus offers a unique facility to grow tech projects.

BONUS: In the same building as Station F is La Felicità, the largest restaurant in Europe. Grab a bite at this giant food court comprised of five different Italian eateries.

Silicon IX

While Silicon Valley still steals startup headlines, Paris is one of the world’s most exciting startup destinations. And the epicenter of Paris’s startup scene The 9th arrondissement

The region directly north of the Louvre was once home to brothels and now houses Paris"e; red light district. The slightly seedy aspect of the neighborhood kept rents low and attracted entrepreneurs to set up shop there during the last 15 years. 

The district now boasts an impressive 645 startups and scaleups including Evaneos (travel agency), Voodoo (video games), and Shine (fintech) as well as larger actors like Netflix, who has installed a full-functioning film studio in the area.

KWERK Bienfaisance co-working space.

Co-working Spaces

Business doesn’t stop when you’re on a business trip. If you’re in need of a place to work, conduct a meeting, or wrap up your thoughts on how great VivaTech 2023 was, stop by one of our favorite co-working spaces in Paris. 

La Permanence: The best space to work in quiet – the whole workspace is a designated silent zone. Find printers, lockers, unlimited wifi, and conference rooms.

Greenspace Paris: In addition to a comfortable open workspace, this co-working office has the two most important things for remote workers: a nap corner and unlimited espresso. 

Chez Mona: Built in an old elementary school, this café is the best place to work, read a book, drink a coffee, discuss, or attend a conference, a true rallying point dedicated to women and their projects.

KWERK Bienfaisance: A well-designed co-working space featuring ample workspace, a garden, a gym, and two rooftop terraces that are perfect for both working and after-hours socializing. 

Atelier des Lumières

Tech & Culture Merge

There are over 140 museums in Paris. After le Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, it’s hard to pick what to visit. But when tech and cultural enthusiasts unite, they might meet at one of these 3 iconic centers.

Atelier des Lumieres: Want to appreciate art in a new way Visit this unique art center presenting classic pieces in immersive music- and video-accompanied exhibitions.

Cité des Sciences et de l"e;Industrie: An interactive science museum with a focus on emerging technologies. Visit permanent exhibitions like BR4IN, the Great Story of the Universe, and Mathematics.

Musée des Arts et Métiers: A museum showcasing historical scientific and technological breakthroughs. This is a chance to follow in the footsteps of inventors and pioneers of progress and explore a one-of-a-kind repository of scientific and technical knowledge.



Want to avoid the crowds, but still check out the city Visit Paris in a new way.

Flyview: Fly over Paris in virtual reality. Equipped with a virtual reality headset, fly like a bird over the most emblematic sites. A unique way of visiting the city of lights.

Vitality Tour: A combination of a guided tour and virtual reality. Discover the construction and inauguration of the Eiffel Tower during the World Exhibition of 1889 through VR while guided from Paris’s Miltary School to the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

The robot pizza maker. Photo credit: Pazzi

Grab a Bite

Paris is one of the top 10 food cities in the world. It’d be a sin not to search out a good meal. Or a meal prepared by a robot…

Pazzi: The world’s first fully automated restaurant is in the heart of Paris. Customers have access to quality, affordable pizzas, available at any time, and prepared by a one-of-a-kind pizzaiolo: a robot.

SUPERBIEN: Dine under the sea at Paris’s first immersive dining experience. Battalions of sharks, turtles, or dolphins pass by your head as you enjoy your meal in a restaurant created by the EPHEMERA Group. 


Want more amazing food options One of our VivaTech foodies created this wonderful map from Mapstr that cumulates all the finest restaurants, the best bars, and the perfect places for a business meeting, or to organize an event in Paris. 

And if you still want to visit all the most interesting cultural sites Paris has to offer, check out the tab To Visit on the same map to see the top Paris sites.


A Wealth of Paris Tech

If you have a few hours before or after VivaTech, take advantage of the wealth of tech-related opportunities in Paris. Engage with the local tech community in the 9th arrondissement or go out for networking drinks at La Felicità next to Station F. 

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