Two Paris icons were born in 1889: the Eiffel Tower and the Foire de Paris. The Foire de Paris is THE iconic home show. Over 600,000 visitors are expected this year to see some 3,500 exhibitors. In 1889, when the first Foire de Paris opened, over thirty million visitors passed through the pavilion of 500 exhibitors. With a showing like that, it took another ten years to organize an official event instead of holding it only during the world fairs. The Foire de Paris developed from a World’s Fair event to an annual Paris happening in 1904. The show runs through this Sunday, May 11.
Looking for ideas to remodel your home à la française? Discover all the possibilities. Get ideas at the Parc des Exposition Porte de Versailles (since 1924) in the south of Paris. Don’t want to get lost or use the map; download the official Foire de Paris application for your smartphone.